I didn’t realize until recently just how many holidays and celebrations are devoted to us cats: Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (June), Happy Cat Month (September), World Cat Day (August 8), National Black Cat Day (October 25), Black Cat Appreciation Day (August 17 — hey, black kitties deserve multiple days!), National Feral Cat Day (October 16), of course my very own Cat World Domination Day (June 24… also my birthday), and today is National Cat Day.We cats deserve to be celebrated every day, and in the past I have offered suggestions on how humans can properly honor their cats on these designated days. But National Cat Day is something deeper than mere hedonistic pleasure. It was founded in 2005 to bring awareness to all the cats that need rescue, and to celebrate the good we cats offer to those who are wise enough to make us members of their family. So in that spirit, I will tell you the story of something wonderful that happened yesterday for a cat named Jamie.
For unknown reasons by unknown humans, Jamie was dumped at a dog shelter in Greenville, SC. He was unhappy and confused and crying for whoever had left him behind. The woman who ran the dog shelter knew if she took him to animal control, he would be euthanized. Because of all the dogs she cared for, she couldn’t really keep him, but she gave him a temporary home in her office while searching for a permanent home for him. Brian, a good hearted cat blogger many of us know, found out about Jamie’s plight and sent out word on all his social networking channels. Many of us shared about Jamie on Facebook and Twitter (including me).A very cool Twitter friend, the human of Mizz Bassie, heard the call and said she wanted to adopt Jamie. The only problem was that she lived in Hollywood, FL — across three states and over 700 miles away! It was going to take superhuman efforts to get a transport together to get Jamie to his new home. But of course, humans who help kitties are pretty super, so it came together. Brian’s human, Dorian of Your Daily Cute and Mario da Cat’s human worked very hard to find transport for Jamie. Dorian especially is some amazing force of nature — she creates miracles when it comes to rescuing kitties. And her organizational skills put together a group of humans who made Jamie’s transport positively magical. Not only did Jamie’s transport go smoothly — all 744 miles of it — it involved some humans who had never done a transport before… and whose cats are blogging and Tweeting friends of mine, and probably yours! Brian’s human, of course, got things started. He picked up Jamie and headed south, where he met with a friend of Dorian’s named Melanie. Melanie drove to Savannah, GA, where she met up with #NipClub human @flacatlady, who drove Jamie to Jacksonville, FL. In Jacksonville, Jamie met up with Abby’s human! Now for the fun part: Abby’s human drove Jamie to Daytona to hand him over to the the human of the Friends Furever blog — they had never met each other in person before! In Satellite Beach, Jamie caught a ride with Twitter friend Sam I Am, and then with a nice human named Carol. Dorian did the last leg of the trip herself, and personally delivered Jamie to his new human!
In spite of all the legs, the transport went so smoothly, and everyone fell in love with Jamie! He is a very special kitty — he won all our hearts when we were trying to find him a home, and those who were lucky enough to meet him in person loved him even more!
I know there are other homeless cats, very near to where you are, who are just as special as Jamie and who deserve to have somebody go the extra mile (or 10… or 100) for them! Can you do something to make life a little better for one of those cats on National Cat Day? If you have a car, maybe you can plan for the future by signing up as a transport volunteer. Dorian has a form here: http://bit.ly/cutetransport. My human signed up! She does not even particularly like driving, but she would be more than happy to take a road trip if it helped out a kitty. I hope you will do the same.