By now, everyone knows about the terrible tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in NewTown, CT. But not all of you know that one of our fellow bloggers, cat rescuer and Kitten Associates head Robin Olson lives in this small and close-knit community. The whole town has been devastated by the senseless murder of 20 children and 6 beloved educators. Like everyone else, Robin is heartbroken and she wanted to do something — anything — that might ease the sadness of those around her, even just a tiny bit. Surrounded as she is by the purrs of many kitties, it is no surprise what came to mind.
Robin is opening the doors of her small, home-based cat and kitten rescue to children over the age of 4 and their families so that they can visit the kitties for some cuddling and play. Every child who comes by will leave with a free plush cat toy. Newtown residents who want to set up a visit can see this post at the Kitten Associates website.
To help make this happen, Robin set up a Wish List for plush kitties on Amazon and mentioned it on the Facebook page for her blog Covered in Cat Hair. Within a few hours, the Wish List was sold out — and she had gotten an additional donation of 50 plush kitty toys from K.T. Cat!
Sometimes things happen that make me wonder why we kitties have chosen to associate with such brutal and cruel creatures as humans. Then humans like Robin and the lady behind K.T. Cat come along to remind me that the good ones by far outweigh the bad. I hope the Kitten Associates’ purrs of comfort are heard far and wide, and that it serves as a call to action for good humans everywhere. The negativity stirred up by awful events can be buried underneath the good created in its wake… if only we all make the effort.