Naturestage is all about using the arts to foster a sense of kinship with other species, but sometimes it feels very satisfying to make a real difference that is tangible and as practical as a cat leaving a cage after months at a shelter and finding a home where he or she is cherished.
That is what we’re aiming for this holiday season, as I use my photographic skills to help make some of the cats needing homes stand out on Petfinder. Your donations help me afford to do more photography like this of animals in shelters, as well as the pursue the other Naturestage projects.
Here are some of the cats I photographed on Monday at the MSPCA Nevins Farm in Methuen, MA and their stories. You can request copies of the postcards of each cat to include inside your holiday cards this season. Samples of the cards are at the end of the post. Help spread the word by sharing this blog and ordering some postcards to enclose that will draw people to the naturestage website to see more animals needing homes and learn about our various large-scale projects like the One Language Project, The Elephant Project and Park Dreams.
Huge thanks to Peter Sward and Jackie Goreham for “cat wrangling” and the descriptions of the cat histories, and to Lensprotogo in Concord for lending lighting equipment, as well as to Susan Hughes of the Greening Touch for lending the orchids and other plants for the session.
Einstein is a gray and white male. He’s living in the staff offices because he doesn’t like cats. He must be the only king in the castle. He’s full of zest and would love to have a real home. He was very scared during the photoshoot as you can probably tell by his eyes.
Salem is a long-haired tabby. Her previous family had no time for her and her two friends. They were both adopted. She is a very smart and curious cat, but a bit wary until she warms up. She loves affection – being petted and brushed. She is very terrified in the shelter and wanted to hide in this apple basket. Please help her feel loved and safe!
Daquiri is a tortoise shell female. She is 3 years old and very talkative. Her ‘Dad’ in her family died and her Mom was allergic so she brought her to MSPCANevins. She has so much love to offer!
Rafiki is a playful and sweet gray cat. He was adopted but returned when the cat in the house was bullying him. He really likes other cats and you can read more about him here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23296271
Tater Tot is a beautiful black cat. She was a stray hanging around someone’s yard for a while and is declawed, so this was a very risky life she was living outdoors with no way to protect herself from raccoons, coyotes, and dogs. Without her claws, she especially loves being scratched and petted and is a big fan of head butts.
Sebago is a loving black and white cat who came from another shelter. He is mellow and the caretakers at the MSPCA at Nevins are worried he’s depressed. He tolerates other cats as well as kids. Please give him his forever home! http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24572962
Hidz was a stray who hid in someone’s garage for Hurricane Sandy. While in there, she was polite enough to use a litter box. Total lapcat. She is actually sick right now with an upper respiratory infection which is common when cats come into the shelter.
Happy is a black male with a little white on his paws. He came in with his lifelong companion, Chloe, but they weren’t adopted together and he did not get along with the cat in the new family, so they returned him. He probably misses Chloe a lot, but we can see he loves to play. Give him a second chance! http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23844606
Lupina is a tiny white tabby: She’s about 3 pounds and looks like a kitten but she’s about four years old. She has a heart murmur and they are hoping to get enough donations on her behalf to get her an echocardiogram so we can determine the severity of the problem. She came in with a friend who was adopted. Just as with us, it can be hard on other animals when their companions leave them for whatever reason. Come soon and give this beautiful little spirit a good home! http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24588446
Almond Joy has Feline Leukemia FeLV. He was abandoned in an apartment and has been waiting such a long time to find a home. He likes dogs. More info here http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24520680
Sally: Tiger, FeLV cat. Feisty and fun. More info here. What a beautiful cat she is! http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24243763
The Muffin Man is a Long Haired Ginger cat. He is only one year old, but looks so much older, probably because he has contracted Feline Leukemia Virus from another cat. He is so mellow and sweet, and an absolute purr machine. When I photographed him on Monday, he was getting over a case of the sniffles.
A sample card (there are twelve made for each of the above cats) which you can include in your holiday mailings this season to help raise money for Naturestage projects and make more photoshoots of animals needing adoption possible. They also bring awareness to the wonderful work of the MSPCA. We are about to launch a store on the Naturestage site. If you would like to order cards, they are $50 for 25 and they are 4 x 5.5 inches so that they fit inside a 5×7 envelope and folded card. To order your cards, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me how many you would like for your holiday mailings or just to share with people you know.