The CatChannel Community Cares
Club Cat members came together at CatChannel last month to help one ailing member re-home her five beloved cats.
Anastasia Thrift |
Posted: May 17, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT
Member Kathy Stepnick was active on Club Cat; all her cats had blogs and were well known among other club members. Kathy was a vibrant member of the site, until last fall when she was hospitalized.
Club Cat member Mary Mahoney with Amaretto, one of Kathy Stepnick's five cats who went to loving homes among club members.
A handful of very kind Cat Club members stepped in and cared for Kathy's cats while she was sick. Members coordinated cleaning and feeding schedules in emails and online posts at CatChannel. When, tragically, the members learned that Kathy had passed, these same people stood up and took full care of the orphaned cats.
One member, Sandy Coser, came forward and organized the campaign to find new homes for the five cats. Members volunteered their time and transport, and a nationwide effort went into effect to find loving homes.
"All I had to do was ask," Coser said. "About 40 people have contributed to the care of these cats since January by either sending coupons, contributing financially and/or transporting."
As the cats traveled, CatChannel visitors could keep track of the effort. Members posted updates of the rehomed cats' progress, including links to photos of "slumber parties" and stories of adventures on the road. The Club Cat page “Mews Room” acted as an online bulletin board for these stories.
Sussan Halsted packed Stepnick's cats carefully in her car as part of what the members dubbed the "Honeysuckle Hauling Company."
Angela Gibson, a Club Cat member who helped coordinate the five cats’ relocation, was moved by the warmth of the members who participated.
“Many kind-hearted members of the CatChannel community contributed money to help offset expenses
for the kitties’ food, medicines, vet care and transportation, both during Kathy's illness and after she died,” Gibson said. “Needless to say, everyone who was part of the kitty transport service spent a lot of time, money, and energy in seeing these kitties reached their destinations.”
Bennie and Giovanni enjoy a three-day break in Atlanta on their way to new homes.
Members traveled to and from Pittsburgh via Georgia, Massachusetts and West Virginia. Those who couldn’t actively participate in the transport and housing donated funds to veterinary care, housecleaning, cat food and cat litter.
"I am really proud to know these people,” Coser said. “The kindness and goodness of all those involved amazes me as this truly was a monumental task. I knew that these people would take extraordinary care of these five ‘not particularly special’ cats and simply let them take their own action and make their own connections."
Special thanks go to Sue Clark, who found member Janine Morgan. Morgan stepped in and cared for Kathy's cats for three months while she was hospitalized. Another member, Dora Pennock, kept in daily contact with Kathy and her Aunt Sue during this time.
Members who also deserve recognition include Mary Mahoney, Sara Belvins,
Lynda Philips and Linda Arms of the "Honeysuckle Hauling Company," which transported three cats south, and Janine Morgan, Laura Chuba, Ron Perrotta, Jeannette Lord
and Loretta West of the “Phat Cat Express” that brought two cats north.
Of course, thanks also go to the 40 people who have contributed to the care of these
cats since January by sending financial aid, clipping coupons, providing vet
care and participating in the transport from Pittsburgh. These caring cat lovers truly make Club Cat a community.
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