Help feed Rooster613's Cat Colony
Why do we have so many cats?
Because people keep dumping them here on our hobby farm, or we find them lost, abandoned, scared and lonely. Some people think you can just dump a pet cat in the country and she'll live off the land just fine. DEFINITELY NOT !! Most of the time she ends up hungry on somebody's doostep -- or worse.
Every cat we have has his or her own story. We don't take them to shelters because out here in the boonies, there just aren't any no-kill places. I simply could not bear to think of these beautiful animals being put to death because nobody wants them.
We have 15 acres of land in the country and big open hearts, but not much money. Feeding and caring for these cats gets expensive. Over the past year we finally got everybody spay/neutered and vaccinated, except for a feral tomcat who shows up now and then whom I have not been able to catch. The colony population is now reasonably stable, but I'm deep in the hole with my vet and it's costing me a lot to feed them, too.
Who am I? Am I trustworthy?
I am the same "rooster613" on ebay who used to run a sale there to help feed these cats, but recently eBay took the sale down -- even though hundreds of people had bought and were satisfied and even though I clearly said it was NOT a charity auction. So their loss is GoFundMe's gain: I'm moving the fundraiser here.
In real life, I'm Rabbi Yonassan Gershom, published author, peaceworker, vegetarian and animal welfare activist. I am best known for my books on reincarnation. But, as any author knows, you rarely get rich as a writer, and freelancing does not come with a pension. So, my retired-nurse wife, Caryl, and I sometimes struggle to feed the cats on our meager income. Again, I stress that we are not a charity and your donaton is noy tax deductable, but you will have very good karma for helping care for some of God's creatures.
Visit my blog, Notes from a Jewish Thoreau, for more about me, the cats, and my essays on Judaism and nature.
Thank you, Kvod aRav, for your wonderful essay about cats and Judaism, and for embracing Ha-Shem's creatures with such love and understanding. With blessings, Dr. Val.
That would depend on local ordinances. Out here in the country where we live, it's zoned "farmland" so we can have as many animals as we want. However, cities and towns sometimes have rules about how many cats or dogs you can keep. With a mother cat and kittens, she can certainly keep them until old enough to adopt out, but it would be best to ask your local animal shelter what the rules are.
hi ive got a question . you seem pretty cool first off , so here it is, if you dont have the answer that is alright. I am just curious about how many cats are ok in one house. the love of my life tho she will not see it that way is the mother of my kid and her cats had kittens and well shes had some bad luck placing them and really i think my daughter loves them and maybe thats why it seems to be taking extra long to place them tho maybe their all gone or placed as of yet its impossible to know because shes hard to get a hold of and i am worried she could get in trouble for having to many to long they are all looking pretty big now , i mean the kittens are getting big. when is it gonna be a problem or is that not possible in sandstone country areas? Thank you Sir.