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101 Cats in Bow Ties: Felines Dress Up to Help Other Cats

Wedding photographer Lindsi Jones shot shelter cats to help out; now it has become a cause.

Meghan Lodge  |  Feb 3rd 2016


Wedding photographer Lindsi Jones could not have predicted she would be trading wedding vows for purrs and meows when she first visited Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary. Her father had adopted a cat from this small south Georgia rescue, and Lindsi felt inspired to help more cats find their forever homes after visiting the shelter. Having cats of her own, Lindsi wasn’t looking to adopt any more, but she could see her talents as a photographer could make a real difference for the cats at the rescue.

Lindsi Jones getting up close and personal with the residents at Miss Kitty's Feline Sanctuary. (Photo credit: Lindsi Jones Photography)

Lindsi Jones getting up close and personal with the residents at Miss Kitty’s Feline Sanctuary. Photo via Lindsi Jones Photography

On her first visit to the rescue, Lindsi covered herself in catnip and got on the floor with the cats, soaking up all their affection and attention. Lindsi describes herself as a “natural-born cat lady,” and she reveled in her time with the rescue cats. She took some snapshots of individual cats to be used for the adoption section on Miss Kitty’s website and Facebook page.

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Photo via Lindsi Jones Photography

Lindsi had always enjoyed photographing her own cats, and she had even made bow ties for them to wear in pictures. She decided to make bowties for the rescue cats and have them start in their own photo series, 101 Cats in Bow Ties.

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Pumpkin has lived at Miss Kitty’s Feline Sanctuary since it opened in 2010. Photo via Lindsi Jones Photography

While Lindsi’s photography skills and good lighting deserve most of the credit for the resulting photos, the cats merit their own round of applause for the way they posed for the photos. Lindsi had an assistant, but the cats turned out to be mostly easy to work with.

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Photo via Lindsi Jones Photography

They enjoyed the petting and attention, and their personalities really seemed to emerge when they were given more one-on-one time in the makeshift photo booth.

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Jackie Flash is ready for adoption. Photo via Lindsi Jones Photography

Lindsi also photographed Miss Kitty’s most recent additions, a fenced outdoor play area for the cats and a spay/neuter clinic. Although she was happy to offer her time and talent as a photographer, Lindsi wanted to do more for the cats at the rescue. She sponsored a rescue cat each time someone booked a wedding shoot with her.

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Meet Zero. Photo via Lindsi Jones Photography

In 2015, she was able to sponsor 12 cats this way. This year, Lindsi is looking forward to photographing more rescue cats, sponsoring more through her wedding photography, and perhaps branching out to other shelters and rescues.

Silver has been adopted and goes to work with his mom every day at a senior center.  (Photo credit: Lindsi Jones Photography)

Silver has been adopted and goes to work with his mom every day at a senior center. Photo via Lindsi Jones Photography

Can’t get enough of these adorable cats in bow ties? Visit Lindsi Jones Photography.

About Meghan Lodge: Fits the Aquarius definition to a fault, loves animals, and is always pushing for change. Loves ink, whether it’s in tattoos, books, or writing on that pretty sheet of blank paper. Proud parent of Toby (cat) and Axle (dog). I’m a former quiet nerd who’s turned bubbly animal-obsessed advocate.