@sn green you are absolutely correct about me having limited experience with responsible rescue but you are 100% incorrect about my unwillingness to work with responsible rescues. Until very recently most of the kittens I rescued were fosters from established animal rescue organizations.
As for making money blogging. I probably should have tried that one a bit harder. I didn't have a donate button until a few months ago. I honestly didn't anticipate needing to raise money this way until even more recently.
I'm not sure if characterizing this project as a revolutionary platform of rescuing cats is accurate to me. What I'm more interested in building is an awareness platform. One which can be used to promote important causes like banning de-clawing, emphasizing the importance of rescuing versus buying animals, and re-prioritizing animal adoption to be based on personality not breed or appearance.
I think along those lines I have been more successful than the organizations which we both agree have more tried and true rescue protocols. I'm saddened to know I lost your support by appearing to be unwilling to learn. This is the farthest from the truth.
I am happy to talk with you in private about ways to improve. Do understand that the majority of the cats came to me via my new roommate and I don't have the final say on a lot of matters - which I suspect includes things you find questionable.
The majority of people who message me talk about the positive impact the Scratching Pad has on their mood and watching my non-protocol way of rescuing cats brings them a certain amount of joy.
And no matter what I know I have a bunch of happy socialized cats and I don't think they should be in a wall of cages in a more "responsible" rescue. So at least from their perspective I'm doing something right.
Since June 2013, I've taken over a duplex apartment in Bushwick to house abandoned cats and used social media to help them find homes by starting the website Scratching Pad which has accumulated almost 10,000 followers and help adopt out more than a dozen cats. Here's a writeup about the project.
As of July 2014, I've received a notice from the landlord that they decided not to let me renew the lease.
This means no more cat photos or videos. And more than twenty cats will end up homeless again.
The reason is that for the past few months we've been unable to pay rent on time. My new roommates have had erratic work situations and one of them had a medical emergency with no insurance. I also have an erratic work situation and was unable to cover for them.
My last ditch effort is to pay the rent owed for July ASAP and offer to prepay for August as an attempt to convince the lords of the land to let me keep the apartment. If this doesn't work, all of the funds raised will be applied to find another space to house all the cats.
All the rewards are optional and negotiable. For example some of the rewards are geographically limited, but if you're in another country just ask me for something and I'll probably grant it.
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