Campaign for a Cause – An Up Close and Personal Look at the Nominated Shelters for Zee & Zoey’s Cat Ruler of the World Contest
Throughout the years, I have had a lot of different cats in my life, all dear to me for their own unique reasons. The majority of them “found” me. That is, they just somehow appeared out of nowhere in some form of fate as if destined to be mine. A few cats came because I got them at a shelter, and recently, I have purchased two pedigree cats, my beloved Maine Coon, Zee, and my cat soul mate, Zoey.
During most of that time, I had little knowledge about just how many cats were living in shelters and on the streets, how many were being senselessly euthanized, and how there is such a general lack of knowledge about pet responsibility and spaying and neutering. I had no idea how much help these animals needed and when I became an author last year, writing a book about the life I shared with my cats and the lessons they taught me after a very bad time in my life, my main delusional goal was that I would be the next J.K. Rowling, that The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey would be a best seller, and that I would be on the Ellen DeGeneres Show thanking her for inspiring me to write the book in the first place.
None of that happened. However, the promise I made in the last chapter of the book, that I would use my voice to be a platform to educate people about just how special and unique cats are with the hope to increase cat adoptions, that did happen and then some. I have become an extremely educated advocate on the subject of cat causes and my blog has now become a vehicle to share my knowledge in a positive and informative way to educate others.
So, rather than consider myself a failure, defeated with no reason to try, I realized that my talent, creativity, and passion for writing was my victory and I could make a difference if believed in myself and my cause. I certainly don’t have the same strength that the real heroes do – all the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly each and every day in the physical trenches of the shelters and rescues trying to help cats. The heartache that they have to witness is unbearable, yet they do it with such love, conviction, and dedication. I can’t do that. I become an emotional wreck just walking into a shelter, but that does not mean that I don’t care or that I can’t help in my own way and that is how and why I conceived the idea of the Cat Ruler of the World Contest.
So many of these shelters rely on donations and are barely getting by. Having an opportunity to present one of them with over $7500 in financial and product donations is something I would have never dreamed possible years ago, yet here I am, because of some generous sponsors who believed in my concept and want the world to be a better place for cats, I am doing just that. I picked some equally passionate cat lovers that I knew could really take this campaign to the next level and that is where we are in the process of the campaign for the Cat Ruler of the World Contest. Each of the six Cat-idates – Odin, Sparkle, Cheysuli, Brian, Katie, and Austin will be doing a special feature post today on each of their respective blogs about why they chose the shelter they did and what the prize will mean to them if they win it. Please take the time to stop by to visit with them and learn about some very special organizations.
Here are the post links:
Austin of CATachresis campaigning for Freshfields Animal Rescue in the UK…. Opps, such is life, Austin had a bit of a technical issue and will be unable to post about this shelter today! We will keep you filled in as things progress and thank you for your understanding!!
Thank you and see you all next Tuesday when the Cat-idates are back to discuss and dispel a very common stereotype about cats that you won’t want to miss! Oh, and just throwing the idea out there – if anyone wants to run a campaign for me to be on the Ellen Show… I wouldn’t complain…