Be the Change, One Cat at a Time

Blog the Change

He does look a lot like Selina!One of my human’s favorite stories — and I think it is pretty cool too — is the one about the boy walking along the beach, picking up starfish and throwing them back into the water. When a grown-up told him that he could not save all the starfish, and his efforts would not make any difference, the boy picked up another starfish and as he tossed it into the sea, he said, “It made a difference to that one.” When you make the effort to Be the Change for Animals, it does not have to a sweeping, all-encompassing gesture. In fact, trying to do something too big can intimidate you into non-action. Sometimes it is better to work on saving one cat. Not only will it make a big difference in that cat’s life, it will strengthen your resolve to help the next cat that comes your way.

So in that spirit I am going to talk about one cat today, in the hopes that someone out there can be the change in his life. It is quite possible he is related to my blogging friend Selina because he is located at the same Greenville, SC area country club, near the dumpster and golf cart house, where she was found. This guy, along with several other cats, is part of a small colony a nice human has been tending to for quite a long time now.

This handsome black kitty is maybe a year old, and he is actually pretty friendly — in fact, his caretaker can pick him up and hold him. He has even given him a temporary name — Gomez. It should be pretty easy to socialize him so he can be adopted. Which leads me to his dilemma. He needs a home to go to before his caretaker can take him in and start working with him. And this situation is getting urgent because the country club is beginning to tire of having a feral colony on their property.

So is there someone out there who can give Gomez a helping hand? If you think you can do something to help, please leave a comment on Selina’s original blog post. And please spread the word through your social media channels, especially if you know people around the Greenville, SC area. You never know when you will be the link that gets a kitty rescued.

Come to think of it, is there a kitty in your area who could use a little help finding a home? There are a lot of homeless cats out there… maybe as many as there are starfish stranded on the beach.

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  1. says

    Oh I hope that Gomez finds a great home. The feral cats make great pets eventually. It is great that you are blogging about one cat at a time.

  2. says

    Oh Sparkle! MomKatt says to tell you that, if she were where you are right now, she’d squeeze the stuffin’ out of you! THANK YOU for doing this for Gomez!

    You’re the best furriend ever! And thank you Meowmy, too, for her help in this. (Well, I mean, I KNOW we’re the ones doing the work but they ARE the ones with thumbs for typing, so I guess we’d better give credit where it’s due! MOL)

    Besides, anything to help a kitty, especially one as nice as this one. Uncle Bill says he’s gotten Gomez to the point where handling him is NOT a problem: “This cat can’t GET enough love!” he told MomKatt yesterday!

    Purrs my furriend, & thank you again.

    Selina & MomKatt Laura

  3. says

    There are so many kitties that need homes, and it can seem so overwhelming that some people may not want to try. But helping just one can make a difference! There’s a saying I like: “One by one until there are none.” Hopefully someone will see Gomez today and decide that they can provide him a home. Then one more kitty won’t have to survive on his own, and maybe that will inspire someone else to save a kitty. Thanks for participating in Blog the Change Day!

    Vicki Cook
    Team BTC

  4. says

    That is so very true….sometimes we have to remind mom that she can only do so much. As she says “I can’t do everything, but I can do something”. We hope Gomez’s forever family finds him soon….

  5. says

    We’re purring that Gomez finds a forever home soon! Our mommy took a small step the other day to start helping kitties even though it scares her that she’ll see bad things. She wants to be the change for however many kitties she can.

  6. says

    Oh Sweet Gomez…we hope a forever family finds you soon. They are sure to fall in love.

    We’ve not heard the starfish story…that is so sweet. Bless that little boy. : )

    xo, Katie & Glogirly

  7. says

    Purring for Gomez. I hope he finds home soon. We’ve got to somehow reach outside of the blogging community cos the usual cat lovers have no room in the inn. I’ll keep spreading the word. Thanks for the post.

  8. says

    Oh we are saying our purraryers for Gomez.
    We agree Sparkle, just try to help one cat and you’ve done a tremendous thing.
    It always starts with just one.

  9. says

    Sparkle, “Be the Change” is a wonderful concept!
    You are right that we work on it one cat at a time.
    I am very thankful that my Mom decided to be the change and rescued me!!
    I love my home and am very happy here!!
    We all purr Gomez and so many other kitties are as lucky!!!
    Purrs Julie (6months in my forever home)

  10. says

    I can’t help Gomez, but I can send prayers on his behalf.

    I try to help with feeding the parking lot kitties at work. I wish I could give them all homes, but the best I can do is give them water when it is hot and some food. I think that’s sort of a starfish….well…I hope so anyway.

  11. says

    You are so right, Sparkle! It is overwhelming to think of all the kitties (and woofines) that need help. The starfish story really puts things in perspective. Thanks for sharing about Gomez. We are purring hard there is someone that will help him and give him a furrever home.

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

  12. Katie Bella says

    Sweet Gomez. As you said Sparkle, sometimes it’s one cat or one thing at a time.

    I pray Gomez finds his home.

  13. says

    That starfish story is amazing and incredibly true! 😀 Gomez is a beautiful cat and I hope that he will be able to find a home very soon! My human and I take care of a small kitty colony too, so we know the importance of trying to find him a home soon! 😀 I’ll share on Facebook!

  14. says

    We hope someone comes through for Gomez! Our mom wishes she could take more kitties, but we are 2 above the limit. She would be willing to help transport him if that should become necessary.

  15. says

    Oh, Sparkle, he’s absolutely precious! Crossing all paws here that Gomez has a new, loving home very, very soon!

    Thank you for blogging the change for animals!
    Kim Thomas

  16. says

    I have a very soft spot for black kitties – I hope Gomez finds a forever home to help him! Thanks for sharing . . you’re absolutely right, we can help them . . one at a time.

  17. says

    I love your post, Sparkle. It’s so easy to want to do so much we do nothing. I am all for making the effort, no matter how small. I sure hope Gomez finds a home soon!

  18. says

    Hope kitty finds a home soon. We have a feral cat in the neighborhood that was just left behind when the family moved. Slowly but surely a few of us are trying to take care of it and re-domesticate it so that it can find a home of it’s own. Good luck!

  19. says

    Thank you very much for sharing this story. I passionately believe we can all make a significant difference by helping just one animal in our communities. One cat adopted from a shelter saves two lives, the adopted cats’ and the cat for whom the shelter now has space. When it comes to making positive change, there is no action too small.

    Thanks for participating in Blog the Change for Animals!

    Team BTC

  20. says

    Touching post Sparkle! The feral kitties always tug at our heart strings…we pray that someone can help Gomez out and that he finds an amazing forever home.

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