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Over the last 3 years, I’ve been volunteering at the San Francisco Animal Care & Control, helping shy cats become bolder and trying to get bitey cats to be less bitey! I’ve been helping Give Me Shelter SF a little as well. There are so many wonderful cats in need of homes.

One day I accidentally brought home our first Flame Point Siamese kitten Sidney from a shelter. (I didn’t know what “Flamepoint Mix” meant.) He was a little blue eyed indignant kitten in a cage, who literally reached out to me & started complaining. Of course it was love at first sight! I quickly realized Sidney not only had an amazing personality, but was a living piece of art. I knew nothing about Siamese cats. They are born white. Because of their genetics, their color points are influenced by temperature and deepen as they grow older. Sidney was like a watercolor in progress. Sadly, we discovered that he had FIP, a fatal disease for cats and he died 6 months later. He left behind many gifts: fond memories, a fascination with a new breed of cat, and my blossoming interest in photography.

*I’ve become disenchanted volunteering for SPCA. I feel money could be used far more effectively and carefully. The standards for training staff and volunteers has slipped. A blossoming cat behavior team was dismantled over the last 2 years. It seems their purpose is somewhat lost amidst marketing priorities.

  • Joined: October 2008

Journal

My First Sale!

How exciting! “Goofy Montecore” made a sale. And one of my personal favorites too! Thank you.
Posted almost 9 years – 3 comments

Thank You for Featuring us in Playful Photogenic Pets!

What a wonderful compliment! (Oscar & his under the cover antics 4/12/09, and even Elva the photographer. :-) )
Posted over 9 years – 4 comments

Thank You for Lola's Feature in Domestic Cats

Thank you for featuring Lola 11/26/08
Posted almost 10 years – 1 comments
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