A while ago, while visiting Isa Chandra’s Post Punk Kitchen (PPK) for some yummy vegan recipes, I stumbled upon a link to her not-for-profit site, Teal Cat Project, which raises money for cat rescue. The site was rockin’. I loved it’s mission, and I thought to myself, “Wow, this is really cool!” But then, I got busy, and I forgot about it.
eat vegan cornbread, save cats
Last week, again at PPK, looking for a cornbread recipe (which I found and made, and it turned out delish, by the way), Isa’s October Newslettery Type Thing took me back to TCP, and I was once again struck by its awesomeness. I also learned that National Feral Cat Day was only two days away, there was a Teal Nail Project to raise awareness, and there I was with ugly nails and not a teal nail polish to my name.
cat action with flair
Like I said, I love TCP’s mission, so I decided now was the time to take action. I called my daughters into my office, showed them the site, and we decided we were going to do what we could to support the Teal Cat cause, and we were definitely painting our nails teal.
wtf is a tchotchke?
So what does the TCP do? They raise money to help rescue kitties all over the country, and one way they do that is by selling painted and numbered (collectible) teal cat tchotchkes. In order to do this, they need lots and lots of cat tchotchkes, and they are always accepting donations.
To begin doing our part, my kids and I decided to start a mission to find as many little knick-knacky kitty-cats as we can. Then we’ll bundle them up and send them to TCP, so they can start doing their teal thing. We started our kitty search at one of our favorite little antique shops, Lamb’s Gate. They were fresh out of cats, but we told the owner about TCP, and she said she would keep an eye out for cats at auctions and estate sales. Yay! Cat power! (Click here to listen to Cat Power, she rocks.)
a teal-magical, charmed day
Next, we needed cruelty-free nail polish, so we purchased a bottle of No Miss Cosmetics Tampa Teal from our local Foods for Living, and then spent the afternoon giving ourselves manicures, drinking tea, watching Charmed on Netflix. The power of three will set you free. It was a magical day.
I’ve mentioned before that we have three felines in our family, and we love them like mad. We’re just cat crazy here, and if it weren’t for the fact that we don’t want to end up on an episode of Animal Hoarders (and cuz we know it’s bad), we would bring home every little kitty that needed some lovein’ and a place to crash. We’re also a little artsy, and we love combing resale shops, Goodwill and the like for fun finds, so the Teal Cat Project speaks to us on many levels.
our feral friends
It’s hard to nail down any numbers, but it is estimated that there are tens of millions of feral cats in the U.S. and trapping and killing them by the millions has become common place; but this method is costly, cruel and ineffective, and a number of organizations and concerned citizens are mobilizing for change. Cats need our help. So check out TCP to see what you can do.
better late than never
Just because National Feral Cat Day has passed, doesn’t mean you can’t spread the word. Get some teal nail polish, paint those nails, and when people ask, tell them about feral cats and the Teal Cat Project.
Are you a cat lover? Animal lover? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.
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