Help feed Rooster613's Cat Colony

$595 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 19 people in 12 months
Yonassan Gershom  SANDSTONE, MN
We are caring for a colony of 9 cats on our hobby farm in rural Minnesota.  No, we are not an animal shelter or a charity, just a softhearted multi-species family willing to take in some homeless cats. And they willingly stay with us. We have a cat door, they can go in and out as they please, but at feeding time, everybody shows up!

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.
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Update 6
Posted by Yonassan Gershom
7 months ago
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This is Garfield, an old battle-scarred tomcat that my grandson found. As you can see from his scarred-up ears, he's been in a few fights. Neutering him helped with that, and he stays close to home now. He also had a tumor growing on his cheek that he had scratched open and it wouldn't heal, so the vet recommended removal. He's healing up fine now, and will be with us frever. All of this care cost me over $250, so if you can spare $5 or more to help, Garfield and his friends will be very grateful.
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Update 5
Posted by Yonassan Gershom
10 months ago
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I'm sorry to report that ZanyCat, shown here, passed away this spring from natural causes. He was with us for many years and had a good life. The interesting thing was, when I dug the hole to bury him, three cats came and stayed to watch. I really do believe that cats understand death. He will be missed by all of us, animals and humans. Meanwhile, we continue to care for the other 9 cats in our wonderful colony!
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Update 4
Posted by Yonassan Gershom
11 months ago
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Thank you to all those who have donated so far. This seems to be working better than the old eBay listing. Here's a picture of another one of our cats, Dark Annabelle, a grumpy but loveable stray we took in.
Dark Annabelle sunning herself
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Update 3
Posted by Yonassan Gershom
12 months ago
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Angel showed up in our yard in 2011, after a scary thunderstorm. My dog Gypsy was barking at the foot of a big spruce tree. and when I looked up, there was a pretty white cat huddling against the dark trunk. She looked like a little spirit up there, so I dubbed her Angel. When i called to her she came right down into my arms. So I knew she wasn't feral. Nobody ever claimed her, so she is still with us today.
Angel sleeps peacefully in the garden
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Valerie Jeanne
29 days ago

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.

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Yonassan Gershom
10 months ago

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.

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Weston Reed
12 months ago

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.

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$595 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 19 people in 12 months
Created March 18, 2016
$72
Valerie Jeanne
29 days ago
$50
Elisabeth Perrin
2 months ago
LB
$25
Lorrie Bradley
5 months ago

Happy World Animal Day to all of your animal friends!

$25
Rina Deych
6 months ago

Thank you for your compassion.

$50
Elisabeth Perrin
7 months ago

For Garfield

AL
$30
Amy Lewis
7 months ago
1
1
JJ
$5
Josette Johnson
7 months ago
1
1
SP
$25
Sharon Parker
7 months ago
1
1
$50
Elisabeth Perrin
7 months ago
1
1
SP
$25
Sharon Parker
10 months ago

I'm sorry about the passing of Zanycat. I'm glad he had as good a life as possible because of your care.

Valerie Jeanne
29 days ago

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.

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Yonassan Gershom
10 months ago

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.

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Weston Reed
12 months ago

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.

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