Naturestage Meets 12 Cats Who Need Your Help

Lupina is up for adoption at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen. You can read about her below.

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.


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Available for Adoption as of November 12 at MSCPA Nevins Farm

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.

Einstein Needs a Home! Available for adoption as of November 12 2012 at MSPCA Nevins Farm.

Salem Needs a Home! Available for Adoption at MSPCA Nevins Farm as of November 12, 2012

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!

Salem Needs a Home! You can adopt her from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen. Come soon to have this regal and beautiful cat as your companion.

Daquiri Needs a Home! Adoptable as of November 12, 2012 at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen

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!

Daquiri is ready for a home! Available at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen as of November 12, 2012


Rafiki Has Lots of Sweetness and Love to Offer. He is adoptable as of November 12, 2012 at the MSPCA Nevins Farm in Methuen

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:

Rafiki Needs a Home! He is adoptable as of 11/12/12 at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen.

Tater Tot is a very distinguished cat with a huge heart. She wanted to stay on the rug in the set and get petted endlessly. She needs a home and is adoptable at MSPCA Nevins Farm in Methuen. Come soon!

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.

Tater Tot Needs a Home! Available from MSPCA Nevins Farm in Methuen.

Tater Tot needs a home! She is available at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen.

Sebago really needs a home soon. He is so sweet and good with kids and other pets but seems depressed. He came from another shelter and is now at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen. Come soon!

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!

Sebago needs a home! You can find him at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, MA. Come soon!

Sebago Needs Home! He is at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen. Please come soon!

Hidz hid in someone’s garage during hurricane Sandy. She has lots of zest and is just a beautiful cat. Come give her a forever home! MSPCA at Nevins

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. 

Hidz is ready to go to her forever home and feel safe and fully appreciated. She is available at MSPCA Nevins as of November 12, 2012

Happy will make a wonderful cat for someone who has time to listen to him and give him affection and playtime. He’s available at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, and because he is a black cat, he really needs your help. People are still superstitious about black cats which is why there are so many in shelters. Come soon!

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!

Happy is so handsome! Available for adoption at the MSPCA at Nevins

Lupina is ready for a forever home! You can find her at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen. Come soon!

Lupina is a very special cat and needs a forever home. You can find her at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen

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!   

Lupina needs a loving home! You can find her at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen waiting for you.

Almond Joy is a gorgeous cat who adores being stroked and playing. He has FeLV but that just means he needs to be kept indoors and can be the only cat in a household. You can find this gem of a cat at Nevins Farm MSPCA.



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

Almond Joy! Ready to go home with you at MSPCA Nevins.

Sally is full of playfulness and ready to be out of her cage and in someone’s home. She also has Feline Leukemia Virus but this just means she needs to be the only cat and can’t go outdoors. Come bring her home!

Sally: Tiger, FeLV cat. Feisty and fun. More info here. What a beautiful cat she is!

Sally needs a home! You can find her at Nevins Farm MSPCA in Methuen.

The Muffin Man is only one years old, but he caught FeLV from another cat and just needs to be in a home where he doesn’t go outside and he is the only cat. He’s the sweetest and you can find him at the MSPCA at Nevins in Methuen.


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.

The Muffin Man is only one years old, but he caught FeLV from another cat and just needs to be in a home where he doesn’t go outside and he is the only cat. He’s the sweetest and you can find him at the MSPCA at Nevins in Methuen.

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These 4 inch by 5.5 inch cards come in packs of 25 and cost $50 plus sales tax and shipping. They are a wonderful way to bring attention to Naturestage’s work as well as the MSPCA, and of course to the cats needing adoption. Email us at to order your cards in time for the holidays.

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 and tell me how many you would like for your holiday mailings or just to share with people you know.

About naturestage

Miranda Loud is the Founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit NatureStage based in Waltham, MA, and is an interdisciplinary artist - classical singer/organist/filmmaker/photographer and environmentalist. She writes about the vital need for education to include a more heart-centered approach to studying other species that leads to a sense of stewardship. Naturestage creates works that foster empathy and kinship with other species, using the emotional power of storytelling in different art forms, mainly film, photography and music. She is also a public speaker on art and social change. Her current projects include The One Language Project, Park Dreams, The Elephant Project, and Elephantasia which all use different art forms to encourage a mind shift in how we relate to other species by asking "How would the world be different if we viewed other species as someones instead of somethings? If, instead of drawing lines, we drew circles?"
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  2. Mary Van Vleck says:

    Wow! I love your cat photos, Miranda, and am just a bit tempted to come down and see these animals. But here I am, still in northern VT with no pets – and I’m in and out a lot, so it’s better for me not to have any. Still, I’m tempted! this was a huge and wonderful thing for you to do. I hope that some of these lovely creatures will be adopted – due to your efforts, and that your Elephant Walk evening is wonderful – I’m sorry that I’m not there – but up here having just returned from two weeks in Europe.

    with love and best wishes to you, Mary Van V.

  3. naturestage says:

    Hi Mary,
    So nice to hear from you and thanks for the enthusiasm about using my photography to help specific animals this season. I love working on the larger issues and projects for Naturestage but it really makes sense to also try some local, smaller and more quickly achievable efforts as well.
    I would love to come up to Vermont to see you in your beautiful spot at some point and visit with Trisa as well.

    Per the adoption photography, if you have a chance, check out our new store with some holiday cards and the cat cards if you’re interested in helping spread the word this season with your mailings. There will be a lot of other artwork and some sustainably-made affordable jewelry on the site very soon as well as all the greeting cards. Much love to you too!

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