It’s that time!! I’m so excited to say that I’ve finished designing the 2018 calendar for Seattle Area Feline Rescue and it’s ready to go! It’s always so hard for me to narrow down all the photos that I take in the year of all the rescue kitties and choose JUST twelve for it, but I eventually decided (no small feat).
So how do I choose?
First of all, I usually choose some of my favorite photos and kitties – they represent me, after all! And I want everyone to be seeing beautiful images all year long. Secondly, I try to put cats in the calendar that have awesome rescue stories, since we get so many kitties that come through with memorable tales that are hard to forget. It’s also so important to what we do at our rescue, since we take in so many difficult cases and it’s always so wonderful when those cats get their forever homes. Thirdly, I try to show a variety of the kind of cases and cats that come through our doors: we get everything from bottle babies to seniors, from cats who are highly special-needs cases to ones that would seem to be adoptable at first sight. We get our kitties from all over: Eastern WA, California, Hawaii, and this year, from the floods of Texas and the wildfires of California, but I can’t all of them in; alone I do my ‘special photos’ of hundreds, but we adopt out over a thousand a year (which is a lot for a small rescue). I’m so proud!
And the cover goes to…
This kitty was the lucky bidder (well, his mama was) at our annual benefit in September for a chance to be on the cover of the calendar, so I went over to his house to get his photos…the above were some outtakes. Stealing catnip, enjoying a lot of catnip, cleaning himself… But his cover image is VERY handsome. He will be very pleased.
Details: THE CALENDAR is 11″ x 17″ wire-bound, lots of room to write, and I included lots of cool cat holidays. The paper stock is a smooth satin finish that is nice to write on, and of course, has 13 glorious kitties for you to gaze upon.
Below is the link to the form to order the calendar; you can pre-order now (they will be at the rescue for pickup on Black Friday/Nov 24 or there is an option for them to be mailed). $19.99 in person, or $24.99 with S&H.
Every calendar helps support the rescue; keep these kitties in your home all year long! They make perfect holiday gifts and this batch might sell out so order right away.
Thanks for all your support!! Let me know if you get one. I’d love to hear!
UPDATE: THE CALENDARS ARE SOLD OUT AT THE RESCUE. If you would like to order a calendar, contact me directly by emailing me! email@example.com
I’m just so excited to share this with you!! After another year of photographing hundreds of cats for Seattle Area Feline Rescue, I’ve designed another calendar for the following year, and the 2017 SAFe Rescue Cat Calendar is now on sale to benefit the cats. I put a quick poll on my Facebook page that led to a gallery to get some quick input to help narrow my shortlist, but boy, it is HARD to narrow down the images. This year, 16 cats and kittens show their face in and on the calendar; I honestly wish I could show you ALL the cats I have images of but even those wouldn’t make it into a cat-a-day calendar. But they’re ALL beautiful!
Best part: YOU get to look at some of the beautiful cats that I photographed last year, by having a copy of the calendar in your home, when you purchase one, so YOU MUST. And it’s not a flimsy cheapo calendar. NOPE! It’s an 11 x 17 inch wire-bound calendar, on satin-paper stock (smooth to write on), with boxes that give you ample room to write your info on each day, and I included lots of cool pet holidays on the calendar (so you don’t forget important things like ‘Hug Your Cat Day’). And NEW this year: rescue stories and info about the cats I included!
I tried to balance out some of my favorite and YOUR favorite images with some of the most remarkable rescue stories of the year, as well as present a good selection of the kinds of kitties that come through the rescue doors. It’s so hard to pick though. And with the ones that didn’t make it in the calendar, soon I’m going to make prints and cards available. I sincerely appreciate the love for these sweet faces. It’s also heartwarming to hear from people who adopted these cats and remember these cats. They’re all so special, and I love hearing from anyone and everyone. I put so much work and soul into this, I really hope you love it too.
And the superstar cat at the end of the calendar, who had her photo taken in her new home, is Bindi the blind kitty. You will have to get the calendar to see her new photo, looking entirely blissful! She is so happy now! Here she is way back when I first met her, before she had her two eye surgeries, and before she found her forever home.
Once the calendars arrive at the rescue, the options are to have one mailed to you, or if you are local to Seattle, you can pick one up. I am pondering adding in a Holiday print of the cats for people. Maybe for the first 25 orders or those who come to the rescue to pick up their calendar. What do you think, friends?Calendars will be hot off the press on December 23rd in a LIMITED BATCH, so pay for your pre-order now!
Well, on that note, I hope you get your calendar, and I hope the New Year ahead is a happy, healthy, and warm-cat (and dog) -filled one!
“The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.” ~ Maya Angelou
When I hear that there is another airlift coming in thanks to Wings of Rescue, I always jump at the chance to document it. I feel like it’s such a special thing to be even a small part of these missions, especially when I think about the magnitude of what is being done, and how many people are involved, and how many pets are being helped.
Dogs and cats were flown from the Los Angeles area (they fly out of Van Nuys airport), where there are high euthanasia rates and severe overcrowding issues in shelters. In the words of Wings of Rescue, they are ‘pleased to announce that because of [your] generous support, we are flying 787 cats and dogs who otherwise would not have seen Thanksgiving to no kill shelters throughout the United States and Canada this weekend. We would like to thank all of our donors, our fabulous volunteers, our receiving and sending shelter partners for helping make this happen! If you would like to help us continue our life-saving transports – please donate by clicking here www.wingsofrescue.org/donate‘
Here is a slideshow of just some of the photos from that afternoon; I have the full album up on my Flickr photostream (CLICK ON THAT LINK!!), and I’d love for you for check them ALL out, but these give you a look at this wonderful day for these dogs and cats, as they arrive in Washington.
When you realize that this is only a fraction of the animals that were flown out that day, and that we even met FIVE PLANES here in the Seattle area, it’s mind-boggling to think of the need that is out there. They come here because of the higher adoption rates, the shortened adoption time, and the second chances we can give them. We are one big rescue community, all volunteering to give these precious lives a new start. The pilots volunteer their time and the use of their planes, and the ASPCA assists. It takes many shelters and rescues to take in all the animals on the receiving end. It fills my heart with so much happiness to know that there is so much compassion out there to get this done.
Make sure to keep up with all my rescue photography for Seattle Area Feline Rescue, as well as the exciting work I do for clients and other projects over on MY FACEBOOK PAGE. I’d love to stay in touch and keep talking! I hope this ‘tail’ touched your heart! Leave a note and let me know if it did. Sending peace and love out there!
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I did a bit of a goof and left this post in my drafts, even though these images of mine make my heart sing. I’ve photographed a couple of these amazing Wings of Rescue missions before, but hadn’t for a while, so it was high time I documented another flight coming in.
The rescue I photograph for, Seattle Area Feline Rescue (SAFeR), is now regularly receiving rescue transports from California and Hawaii, thanks to Wings of Rescue AND the ASPCA (via our friends Alaskan Airlines), and I can’t explain how blown away I am by the power of this community rescue work. The math is pretty simple: we have higher adoption rates here in the Greater Seattle Area, than in CA, Hawaii, and in Eastern WA, where we usually get our cats from. Many times, these animals will have been waiting for a while in shelters where they came from, but will get adopted in a fraction of that time on this end.
Love is in the air…and on the ground, waiting for them, every time. There are also smiles all around when that plane touches down; with this flight, I was able to meet the Founder and Pilot in Command, Yehunda Netanel, as he was flying the flagship plane that day. And that little plane holds a lot of crates!!
EVERY time I document any rescue transport coming in, and I photograph these little animal faces peering out, with them not knowing what’s going on, I see this contrast of their anxiety with the smiles of the volunteers, and I wish I could assure them that their second chances had already arrived and it would be okay. The whole experience really warms my soul.
Let me know what you think when you see these images, and about these missions! I’d love to hear from you!
**And remember to check in with me on Facebook; I’m always there!