Purrs & Ponderings from Sheba

Blind Cats CAN See a Future!

May 17th 2010 6:01 pm
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My Meowmy asked me to write a diary entry today for a very special cause!

I have two brofurs who are blind and one sisfur who is visually impaired. My angel sisfur, Scarlett, was blind while she was on Earth.

Did you know that even 'no-kill' shelters sometimes euthanize blind cats because they are considered 'unadoptable'?
Did you realize that a blind, black blind cat - like our Bones and Charcoal - stands virtually no hope of adoption?
That cats can become blind due to birth defects, trauma, untreated disease, and yes, even human cruelty?

BUT...
Did you also know that blind cats love to climb??
That they love to play with cat toys??
That they run and jump and enjoy life JUST LIKE OTHER CATS?

AND...
Did you know that there's a very special place for blind cats? A place where they are treated with love, respect, and care? It's TRUE!

This heaven-on-earth for blind cats is Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of North Carolina, featured in the June, 2010 issue of Cat Fancy. www.blindcatrescue.com
BCR is the dream and life's work of a very special woman, and the Sanctuary depends on the sponsorships of the cats and donations from caring people around the world.

But YOU can help BCR today and everyday in the Shelter Challenge at The Animal Rescue Site! It's FREE and EASY and it can truly make a difference.
http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces? siteId=3

Our Stevie, Bones, Scarlett, and Charcoal are some of the lucky ones. They found a loving, caring home, thanks to messages sent to my Meowmy from BCR! Other kitties need the resources only a Rescue can provide.

Won't you help by voting today and every day during the contest for Blind Cat Rescue of NC? (Don't forget to confirm your vote by identifying the animal photo shown after you vote!)

All the blind kitties will purr in gratitude!!

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGiv e/home.faces?siteId=3

 

A Step Forward for Eve!!

April 1st 2010 9:51 pm
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So many of you have supported Meowmy, Mama Terry and their friends' quest to find Justice for Eve, the sweet kitten who died shortly after being adopted from Okefenokee Humane Society in Waycross, GA. You can read all about Eve on her Catster page:
http://www.catster.com/cats/1086369

I asked Meowmy to update you on a positive development!! A man from the GA Department of Agriculture answered Meowmy's (third) email to that office! He asked for Eve's medical records, saying they were necessary for an inquiry to proceed. Of course, Meowmy sent them right away. So it looks like someone has noticed us!! PURRRRRR!!!

This may take time. (Has the government ever moved quickly??) We promise to keep you updated when we have news.

For all who care about Eve, please take a moment and sign her petition, if you haven't already. It's never to late to take a stand for all the animals still at Okefenokee HS. Thank you for caring so much!!!!

Eve's Petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/166/justice-for-eve

 

Wishing Upon a Star for Eve & FLOCK Justice

March 2nd 2010 5:12 pm
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It snowed today but Meowmy says there are a few stars peeking through the clouds. She says if I make a wish, it might come true. I'm going to make TWO wishes! And YOU can help them come true!!!

Wish #1:
Many of you have read the heartbreaking story of my sisfur Eve. I never got to meet Eve, due to the neglect she suffered at Okefenokee Humane Society in Waycross, GA (Ware Co.) Meowmy and Eve's to-be adoptive Mommy Terry, along with their friends, are asking everyone to write snail mails or emails to the folks on the list below. Be polite but ask for an investigation into the conditions at OHS. So far, we have had only one noncommittal reply. You can read my back diary entries for that actual letter. If enough of us write and express our concern for the animals still there, surely someone will listen to us. Please help us bring Justice for Eve!!
http://www.catster.com/cats/1086369 (Eve's Page)

http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-a nd-kitten-blog/humane-society-it%e2%80%99s-not-always-a-paws ative-place-part-1/2010/02/16/(Part One of the Catster blog about Eve)

Eve's Petition: You can sign now!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/166/justice-for-eve

People to Write for Justice for Eve: (Email is fine, but sometimes 'snail mail' gets more attention and is harder to ignore. We only have emails for some people.)

Jim Brown. jamesbrown45@bellsouth.net County Commissioner
Chairman
Carlos Nelson carlosnelson@wayxcable.com County Commissioner
Victor Aldridge aldridgefarms@wayxcable.com County Commissioner
Kathy Davis ( not animal friendly) kdavis@wayxcable.com County Commissioner
Gene Dixon phone (912) 285-1319 County Commissioner

The mailing address for those listed above is:
Ware County Board of Commissioners
P.O. Box 1069
Waycross, GA 31502-1069

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Gail Boyd gbarronboyd@warecounty.com County Manager
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No Address for the OHS Board Members but here are the emails:

Deen Strickland cdsatty@accessatc.net O.H.S Board President
Dr. Jim Morton jcmjr@wayxcable.com O.H.S. Vice President
Sirena Cady sirenacady@gmail.com, OHS Treasurer
Susan Winge winges_08@hotmail.com OHS Board Secretary.
Dr. Wes Blount satillanimalhosp@bellsouth.net
OHS Board Member Veterinarian ( Was doing weekly visits)
Darla Moumberg silhouettes@accessatc.net OHS board Member
Millie Hopkins Millie@wayxcable.com Board Member past president
Heidi Flowers. heidif@uga.edu OHS Board Member

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You can also snail mail Dr. Blount at this address.
Dr. KT Blount
Satilla Animal Hospital, Inc.
511 City Blvd.
Waycross, Ga. 31501
Dr. Blount is a vet serving on the OHS Board. He is the only person to respond to Meowmy's emails. His very short, very unhelpful response is in my previous diary entry.
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Tommy Irvin
GA State Commissioner of Agriculture
Georgia Department of Agriculture
19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Email: tommy.irvin@agr.georgia.gov

The man in charge of all shelters receiving public funds in GA.
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Mary Green
Division of Animal Protection
Georgia Department of Agriculture
19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Email: AnimalProtection-Administration@agr.state.ga.us

It is her responsibility to oversee all shelters in GA that receive public funds. Her office would be the one to conduct such an investigation of OHS.

Even these state officials, whom Meowmy supports with her taxes, will not respond to her emails or letters. Please join those who BeliEVE in Justice for Eve - and all animals who are abused or neglected!


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Wish #2:

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight...I wish I may...I wish I might...find justice for my friend Muppet and the FLOCK cats.
http://www.catster.com/cats/624959 - Muppet's page

Muppet is my furriend, and she's a survivor! She was at a huge cat 'rescue' called FLOCK. These cats were left to starve and several hundred did not make it. Muppet was critical but she was so strong and fought so hard to live! And she did! Best Friends Rescue took over and thanks to hard workers like Muppet's wonderful furever mommy and others, the surviving cats had a chance for happy, healthy lives.

Unfortunately, the case against the bad people who ran FLOCK was DISMISSED!!!! I'm going to quote now from Muppet's diary:

"...And on this note, and the main reason for my diary entry, we are asking all of our Catster friends to please write a letter to our District Attorney, Bob Beckett, letting him know how outraged every animal lover is that his office failed to properly see that there was justice for Flock. Although he has filed an appeal, we want Bob Beckett to know just how many eyes are upon him and how he better not let his office mess it up this time! Meomy was told that this case was ‘purposely hidden so the outcome would be a dismissal.’ And in today’s paper it states, “Beckett’s notice of appeal was filed yesterday. Gibson (General Council for FLOCK) said that surprised him because he and Beckett had struck a deal that the case would go no further.” Struck a deal? Humph!!

If everyone who cares about this case could please write a 'snail mail' letter to Bob Beckett, it could really help this case a lot. We need a flood of mail to come in. And thank you to everyone who already have sent letters! *grateful hugs*"

Mr. Robert Beckett
District Attorney, Nye County
1520 E Basin Ave
Pahrump, NV 89060

I'm just one cat, but I speak for so many when I beg you to write to DA Beckett and to those with authority over Okefenokee Humane Society. Sadly, neglect and abuse of helpless animals happens every day. Usually there isn't much we can do. Here is the chance for caring, truly HUMANE people like my Meowmy and Muppet's Mommy to join your voices together and take action! Write DA Beckett, please. Write or email those in Ware County who can help the poor animals still at OHS.

You CAN make a real difference! They may ignore a few of us, but they cannot ignore us ALL.

Bless you for caring! Thank you so very much, HQ, for giving us the opportunity to inform Catsters and Dogsters about these heartbreaking cases. We love Catster!!!

 

Important!!! Contacts for EVE!

February 24th 2010 8:11 pm
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We finally got the emails of the board members of the Okefenokee Humane Society!! These are the people who have control over the animals, like Eve, waiting there for forever homes. I'm also posting the county commissioners emails as they control funding for OHS.

Please!! Take a moment and email them, asking for an investigation of the circumstances surrounding Eve's malnutrition, spaying and death. Be polite but firm. Let them know we are also writing the state agriculture department. Eve's death should matter, and we are the ones who can see that it has meaning and importance. Bless you!!!!

Jim Brown. jamesbrown45@bellsouth.net County Commissioner Chairman

Gail Boyd gbarronboyd@warecounty.com County Manager

Carlos Nelson carlosnelson@wayxcable.com County Commissioner

Victor Aldridge aldridgefarms@wayxcable.com County Commissioner

Kathy Davis ( not animal friendly) kdavis@wayxcable.com County Commissioner

Gene Dixon phone (912) 285-1319 County Commissioner

Deen Strickland cdsatty@accessatc.net O.H.S Board President

Dr. Jim Morton jcmjr@wayxcable.com O.H.S. Vice President

Sirena Cady sirenacady@gmail.com, OHS Treasurer

Susan Winge winges_08@hotmail.com OHS Board Secretary.

Dr Tinker & Wes Blounts satillanimalhosp@bellsouth.net OHS Board Member Veterinarian ( Was doing weekly visits)

Darla Moumberg silhouettes@accessatc.net OHS board Member

Millie Hopkins Millie@wayxcable.com Board Member past president

Heidi Flowers. heidif@uga.edu OHS Board Member

 

Justice for Eve - We Need YOU!!!

February 23rd 2010 10:00 pm
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The campaign for Justice for Eve, and all the animals still at the Okefenokee Humane Society, is still gaining steam! Since we've receive only one response from all the people we've contacted through email, we've decided to switch tactics. Let's flood the offices with snail mail! (If you haven't yet met Angel Eve, please visit her Catster page:
http://www.catster.com/cats/1086369

You can sign her petition here:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/166/justice-for-eve



Here are the two recent Catster blogs about Eve and the Okefenokee Humane Society.

Catster Cats Meow Part#1
http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kit ten-blog/humane-society-it%E2%80%99s-not-always-a-pawsative- place-part-1/2010/02/16/

Catster Cats Meow Part#2
http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kit ten-blog/humane-society-it%E2%80%99s-not-always-a-pawsative- place-part-2/2010/02/17/

Now here's how you can help! Here are the names and addresses where you can make a difference by mailing a letter. Briefly explain Eve's brief life and death. Provide links to the blogs and petition site. Ask for an investigation into conditions at OHS and how Eve became so very malnourished. Ask how she was released for adoption by the director of OHS unable to stand or walk.

1. This page lists all the names of the Ware Co. commissioners. They oversee the Board of Directors for Okefenokee Humane Society. Since we have been unable to find any info about the OHS board, let's try the Commissioners.
Here are all the commissioners' names:
Commissioner Gene Dixon, Chairman Jimmy Brown, Commissioner Carlos Nelson, Commissioner Victor Aldridge.

Their mailing address is:
Ware County Board of Commissioners
P.O. Box 1069
Waycross, GA 31502-1069

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2.

Dr. KT Blount
Satilla Animal Hospital, Inc.
511 City Blvd.
Waycross, Ga. 31501

Dr. Blount is a vet serving on the OHS Board. He is the only person to respond to Meowmy's emails. His very short, very unhelpful response is in our previous diary entry. Please write him and ask for an investigation into conditions at OHS and how Eve became so very malnourished. Ask how she was released for adoption unable to stand or walk.

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3.

Tommy Irvin
GA State Commissioner of Agriculture
Georgia Department of Agriculture
19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

The man in charge of all shelters receiving public funds in GA.

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Mary Green
Division of Animal Protection
Georgia Department of Agriculture
19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

It is her responsibility to oversee all shelters in GA that receive public funds. Her office would be the one to conduct such an investigation of OHS.

Thank you so very much for joining the effort to bring about Justice for Eve!!!

 

Justice for Eve Update - You Can Help!

February 16th 2010 11:59 pm
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Meowmy wanted me to post an update about our sweet Angel Eve. Many of you already know her story but you can read about her on her Catster page. http://www.catster.com/cats/1086369
Eve's story has been the focus of this week's Cat's Meow!
http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kitt en-blog/humane-society-it%E2%80%99s-not-always-a-pawsative-p lace-part-1/2010/02/16/

Meowmy and Mommy Terry, along with friends and supporters of Eve's, have written to the government officials mentioned below. As of today, they have received a total of 0 responses. It seems Eve's mommies and their furriends are being ignored by those in a position to help improve the situation at Okefenokee Humane Society.

In Eve's memory, we are asking any of you who can to contact these people, asking for an inquiry into Eve's case and conditions at OHS. If enough voices are raised, perhaps we will be heard.

Tommy Irvin, GA State Agriculture Commissioner:
tommy.irvin@agr.georgia.gov

Mary Green, Head of Animal Protection at GA Dept.of Agriculture
(Note: The email link is no longer working. Perhaps a FAX or phone call would be even more effective.)
Tele: (404) 656-4914
Fax: (404) 463-8195

Dr. Blount - A vet serving on the Board of Directors of OHS. He has been sent the complete story of Eve, her photo, and a copy of the petition. He has yet to respond either to Terry or me.
satillanimalhosp@bellsouth.net

Gail Boyd, Ware Co. Manager: I wrote her asking for her help in contacting the Board of Directors of the OHS. I explained Eve's story. No response.
gbarronboyd@warecounty.com

Ware County Commission: These people oversee the elusive OHS Board of Directors and deal with their budget. This link has emails and contact information for at least some of the Commission.
http://www.warecounty.com/CommissionBoardMembers.aspx

 

I Gets Lost...AND FOUND!!!!!!!!!!

June 22nd 2009 9:45 pm
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What a night! About 8:15, that's what Purrdaddy sez 'cause I can't tell time, I saw Purrdaddy go out our back door. He left that door open...just a little bit...and I decided I wanted AN ADVENTURE!!!!! So...I darted out the door and down the steps off the back deck. A moment later, I wuz in the WOODS!!!!

Do you know 'bout WOODS?? They are filled with lots and lots and lots of trees!! Our woods has a nice creek in the back. For a while, I just wandered around, sniffing the trees, sipping from the creek. It was nice -HOT - but still a nice place.

THEN...somethin' scared me!!! I's not sure what it wuz but I heard a dreadful noise!! Purrdaddy and Meowmy has said there's COYOTES around our woods.

Could it be a COYOTE??? (I isn't sure what they are but they doesn't sound nice, do they???)

I's scared of coyotes, so I decided to hide!! I hide so good, Purrdaddy and Meowmy couldn't find me! I heard them calling and calling and calling...

It got dark and still they wuz calling me...

But what if those coyotes wuz still out there???

The lightening bugs wuz flashing and the crickets wuz chirping and the tree frogs wuz singing. I heard an owl! Meowmy and Purrdaddy still called me...

I felt my angel sisfur, Darcy, and angel brofur, Dylan, with me. They whispered that it wuz safe. They would fly with me all the way through the dark, scary woods to our house, all lighted up in the night, like a beacon calling me home.

I wuz still afraid, but I trusted Dylan and Darcy, so I darted out of my hiding place. I tore through the woods as fast as I could run!! My little cat feet barely touched the forest floor!

Then I wuz on the path!! There wuz Purrdaddy, still calling me! I zipped past him and heard him shout, "Sheba!!!", but I didn't dare stop. There wuz the basement and the cat door that I knew led inside, even though Meowmy and Purrdaddy doesn't let me use it. I flew through it, into the basement, and upstairs!!!!

Meowmy and Purrdaddy wuz SO happy to see me!!! They fed me some delicious canned cat food, gave me cat milk, and even my favorite treats!! Of course, I got lots of loving cuddles, too.

I's SO glad to be home!!!!!

To all our furriends on Catster who purred and purrayed for me and for Meowmy & Purrdaddy...THANK YOU!

Miracles do happen...I's living, purring proof!!

 

I'm a Daily Diary Pick!!!! What's That Mean???

December 23rd 2008 3:03 pm
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I got 'citing news today from Meowmy. I's a Daily Diary Pick!!!! Yippeeee!!!!! Hooray!!!!! Yay!!!!!!

I had to ask Meowmy what that means. (I focuses my attention on catnip toys, cat treats, and finding the next best place for naptime. I dictates my diary entries to Meowmy but I didn't know there wuz anybody readin' them!!!) She explained that it means that Catster HQ picked MY diary for other cats to read. Wow! I's so 'cited!

I's really 'cited 'cause my last entry wuz all 'bout the contest that our favorite rescue group, the Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of North Carolina, is tryin' to win. If enuf folks vote fur them, they win $10,000.00!!! Meowmy sez that's a LOT of money. I know money's a good thing, 'specially fur rescues 'cause money buys cat food, litter, medicines and other good-fur-cats things.

THANKS, Catster HQ, fur pickin' my diary and giving the blind cats some extra exposure. We're up to 97 votes the last time Meowmy & I checked!!!! YAY!!!!!!

So please, please, please, give the blind cats a really great Christmas gift. Go vote fur them! It's really SO easy!!!! It's free and you can vote anonymously.

Here's the address:

http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest/76194/ ?refer=17083.06.1230058958.6751

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!!!

 

Vote for Blind Cat Rescue!!

December 18th 2008 7:00 pm
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Our Meowmy loves the Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of North Carolina. They help kitties who are blind find loving homes and give them a safe, caring place to live. Our new sisfur, Scarlett, is blind and we're glad she's safe with us! Meowmy sponsors two of the blind cats at the rescue - Natasha and Mike. Lots of other Catster members are now sponsors, too.

We just got word that the blind cats are SO excited!! The rescue has the chance to win $10,000.!!!! I don't know much about money, but the humans seem to think this is a LOT.

The best part is...our Catster furriends can help! And it's so easy!

All you have to do is visit the link below. Fill in a few fields of information, and viola! You've voted for Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary of North Carolina! You can even vote anonymously, if you prefer. (Whatever anonymously means...)

So please vote for Blind Cat Rescue today. Tell your furriends and ask them to vote. The rescue wants to build a new cattery so can more blind cats can be saved. Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to start the New Year?

Here's the address: http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest/76194/?refer=30719 .15.1229633524.6461

(Meowmy doesn't know how to do a link in my diary. Poor dumb Meowmy!)

Thanks and a zillion purrs!
Sheba

 

I Gets Tagged!!!!

November 18th 2008 10:41 pm
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I just got tagged by Mathis der Meowler so Meowmy had to start me a diary! ('Bout time, Meowmy!! Bad Meowmy!!!!!)

I has to tell 7 interestin' things 'bout me. Then I has to tag 7 other kitties so they can play, too.

Here I go!

1. I loves to carry around this little cat toy with feathers. I carry it from room to room, growling and making vicious 'rowrrrr' -ing sounds. I's pretending it's a real birdy & I caught it!!!! (Meowmy seems to find this humorous. Silly Meowmy!!!)

2. Contrary to what Meowmy & Daddy thinks...I owns the house! And the yard...and the car...and...well, you gets the idea. That's why I'm called The Queen of Sheba!

3. I has a notch in one ear. 'Tis a mystery how I got it 'cause I already had it when Meowmy adopted me at the Petsmart. But I wuz a stray cat once. (Me! A stray!!! Can you believe it???) And I gots into a fight while I wuz livin' on the streets. I think it gives me an air of mystery...

4. How embarassing! I have no fur on the inside of my back legs!

5. It took me a long time to get 'dopted. My rescue group found me at a shelter where I'd been taken after being picked up as a stray. (See above #3) The lady who wuz my foster mom kept me over two years before my Meowmy found me!!! Foster mom said I was quirky and finicky and the majority of humans couldn't understand me or get along with me. Meowmy brought me home and thinks I'm a hoot. We gets along just fine!!

6. Sometimes I sleeps with my tongue out. (How unlady-like.)

7. I loves to play chase with Meowmy. It's a fun game. She runs at me saying, "I'm going to...GET THAT CAT!" I say, "Rowrmp!" and run off while she chases me. Once I turns a corner, I whirl around and...I chases her! I likes to chase Meowmy! (She can't run very fast, but I gives her a good head start. Poor, slow Meowmy!)

Okay...that's enuf 'bout me.

I tags:

1. Angus McFangus (97092)
2. Sylvester (480219)
3. Tocca Dulce (491240)
4. Legolas (602378)
5. Teddy Bearz (679175)
6. Biber (751861)
7. Fuzz (795821)

Have fun!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

 
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