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Feline, Marcy To The Rescue

Marcy To The Rescue

Artwork by Vivien Wu for sale here

Cynthia:  Marcy and I are so thrilled to announce our very first donation to animal rescue with money we earned from affiliate links on our blog!

Marcy:  Hmpf. It was only $50.

Cynthia:  Hey! That’s fantastic! That’s what we made and it sure helped out a couple of cats.

Marcy:  Hmpf. I wanted that money to go towards my trip to Paris.

Cynthia:  Oh Marcy.  Look who we helped get out of a bad situation and into a new home!

Lily and Baxter

Cynthia:  That’s Lily and Baxter. Word got to our friend, Dylan Kendall, that they were losing their home immediately and were headed to the high kill North Central Shelter in Los Angeles. They wouldn’t stand a chance there since they weren’t kittens. And, even if they weren’t put down, the possibility of this bonded pair staying together was next to nil.

A new home was needed fast, as well as money for transportation and vaccines. Time was of the essence.

Dylan was able to get the cats before they entered the shelter but quickly discovered they were in bad shape and needed vet care too. Lily was way too skinny.

Lily is too skinny

Marcy:  Gasp! That’s terrible!

Cynthia:  And Baxter had a painful abscess that needed to be taken care of. Poor Baxter was miserable.

Baxter not feeling well

Marcy (shuddering):   I hate those cones. They should be outlawed.

Cynthia:  Our $50 along with other small donations from sweet Samaritans got them fixed up and spiffy. And being fixed up and spiffy means that a home is way easier to find.

Marcy (anxiously):  And was a home found?

Cynthia:  Yes! And with a family that will take great care of them. A wonderful family that won’t forget to feed them or let abscesses fester.

Marcy:  Yay!

Cynthia:  Shall we?

Marcy lifts her Friskies can and Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to our wonderful readers who not only don’t mind the affiliate links, they click on them to make purchases which in turn goes to save cats!

Cheers to Dylan Kendall for putting in the hard and emotional work to save Baxter and Lily!

Cheers to all the sweet Samaritans who donated a little to create a BIG difference for two cats!

Cynthia:  By the way, one of the reasons I was so frantic about Baxter and Lily was because they reminded me so much of a bonded pair that live in my home – Penelope Kitten and her best bud, Hamlet.

Penelope Kitten and Hamlet

Marcy:  Ugh. Those two.

Cynthia:  Hamlet wants to be on the blog too, you know.

Marcy:  Fine. He can be my unpaid intern. He’ll fetch me Friskies, pick up my dry cleaning, and do my social media tasks.

Cynthia:  Uh… unpaid internships are illegal in the United States of America.

Marcy:  Yeah, but not in the United States of Marcy.



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Fashion, Marcy To The Rescue

Cool Collaboration For A No Kill Los Angeles

Kitty Stardust Charity Tee by Langley Fox x Wren

Cynthia:  The photo above is artist Langley Fox wearing her own designed tee for Wren called “Kitty Stardust”. It’s $65 and 100% of the proceeds go to NKLA – No Kill Los Angeles Animal Shelters.

It’s so exciting that Los Angeles is poised to become the largest “No Kill” city by the year 2017.

Marcy:  Who are they not killing?

Cynthia:  Adoptable cats and dogs.

Marcy (horrified):  Why would they kill adoptable cats and dogs?

Cynthia:  Because so many thousands of unwanted animals go into the shelters that they have no room for them. I thought you knew that.

Marcy looks stricken.

Cynthia:  But it’s getting better!

Years and years of hard work by nonprofit rescue groups (big and little) as well as individuals, and the shelters themselves, are finally paying off. It is so incredibly encouraging.

One of these big organizations is Best Friends Animal Society which is a huge proponent of the NKLA movement. They contribute through grants, advertising, staff, and even set up a gorgeous new adoption facility just a few blocks from my apartment. In fact, there is a rumor that because of their proximity to the West LA Shelter, the West La Shelter is already a No Kill facility. They are a force I tell ya.

Best Friends is also actively involved in TNR (trap/neuter/return). They work with FixNation in sterilizing feral cats. FixNation has sterilized over 100,000 community cats since they opened in 2007. To be able to use these resources as a trapper has been such a relief.

Marcy:  Why?

Cynthia:  Because it now feels hopeful out there. It really feels like there’s a way out of this horrible mess. And when you reach out for assistance or guidance… it’s actually there.

Kitty Stardust Charity Tee by Langley Fox x Wren

Cynthia:  Plus, as you can see from the Langley Fox/Wren collaboration, it is now super stylish to be an animal advocate.

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to NKLA for providing resources and hope. And to Langley Fox and Wren for furthering the cause with fabulous feline fashion.


Fashion, Marcy To The Rescue

Much More Than Me (part two)

Cynthia wearing The White Kuai tee by Much More Than Me

Cynthia:  Last night I decided to pair my Much More Than Me rescue tee with an old but favorite Anthropologie skirt. Just to be different. Just to see if I could get away with wearing a tshirt with a fancy skirt like the kids do today.

Marcy:  Did you get mocked?

Cynthia:  No. I got compliments! And lots of people asked me about my shirt. So I thought I would blog about Much More Than Me again.

In a nutshell, Much More Than Me is a small Los Angeles based company that sells tshirts with a portion of the proceeds going to animal rescue. The shirts contain powerful messages and artistic images.  Here is an image of what the back view of my tee looks like.

Back View of The White Kuai tee

Cynthia:  The founders, Caryn Casey and Kathy Schmidt, started their company to raise awareness, compassion, and funds for non-profits who work to save society’s abandoned and neglected animals.

I really love love love these start-ups that work so diligently to make a positive difference for our world. Or, as Caryn and Kathy say, “Wear the Change. Live the Love.”

Shall we, Marcy?

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to Much More Than Me for putting their heart and soul into a business that is much more than us!

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Cynthia and Marcy


Marcy:  Wait a minute. Is that a DOG on your shirt?!! Gasp.

Cynthia looks guilty. Then alarmed. She rushes out of the room with Marcy in hot pursuit.

Marcy:  A dog, Cindy?! A DOG?!


My first and more extensive post about the wonderful Much More Than Me can be found here.



Feline, Marcy To The Rescue

Cats Helping Kids/Kids Helping Cats

Landon and Therapy Cat, Huck Finn
Photo by Cathy Cheney/Portland Business Journal

Cynthia:  Who says cats and kids are a bad combination?

Marcy:  That’s a terrible myth propagated by cat haters and psycho helicopter parents. And maybe possibly an isolated incident here and there.

Cynthia:  Ugh. Don’t get me started on irresponsible human behavior.

Marcy:  I won’t ’cause you’ll go on about it forever.

Cynthia:  Anyway, the above photo is from a news story I found on the wonderful website, Love Meow. That’s a therapy cat named Huck Finn who visits ill kids at Doerenbecher Childrens Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Therapy Cat, Huck Finn with patient
Photo by Cathy Cheney/Portland Business Journal

Cynthia:   Look at that smile. I mean, how could you not feel better after petting a cute fuzzy kitty?

Marcy:  Well, it has been scientifically proven that cat purrs are healing. Scientists say so. We blogged about it here.

Cynthia:  And then, there is this fantastic program at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania where kids practice their reading to the shelter cats. It’s called Book Buddies.

Colby and Kitty 
Photo by Animal Rescue League of Berks County

Cynthia:  The benefit here is twofold. The cats get some highly enjoyable people time and the kids get to practice their reading skills on an adoring audience.

Marcy:  You’re wrong. It’s threefold.

Cynthia:  How so?

Marcy:  These kids families may adopt a cat or two. They’ll feel love and compassion for society’s downtrodden and abandoned. They’ll learn why spay/neuter is so important.

Cynthia:  That’s fivefold. Wow Marcy, you are really surprising me here. I’ve never heard so much kindness coming from you.

Marcy looks startled and alarmed.

Marcy:  Really? Uh oh.

Marcy desperately looks around for something to terrorize. 

Cynthia:  It’s okay. I like Friendly Marcy.

Marcy:  I don’t.

Marcy ferociously attacks Cynthia’s toes. 

Cynthia:  Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. OW. Marcy!

Marcy:  Sorry. I thought they were very small mice mocking me.