Today is Global Cat Day, and I couldn’t think of a better day than today to tell you about my new book scheduled for publication next June! The book follows my “Rescue Dogs: Portraits and Stories” book released this past August and, as with the dog book, features images of many rescue cats and kittens along with the stories of their journeys to rescue and beyond. The new book is titled “Rescue Cats: Portraits and Stories.” 

Rescue cat book cover featuring an orange tabby rescue kitten and a fluffy grey tabby rescue kitten from the book Rescue Cats Portraits and Stories by Susannah Maynard.

While the book is not scheduled to be released until June 2018, you can pre-order the book from Amazon and get it before everyone else, once it is available to ship. I know with my “Rescue Dogs” book that everyone who pre-ordered got it before the actual release date. 

While many of the cats in my new book are rescues that come from shelters or rescue groups, there are many that were rescued by an individual or their adopter. Cats, unlike dogs, are more often left to their own devices outside. In fact, many of the laws out there treat cats differently than they do dogs. 

We often think of cats as loners, animals who would rather be by themselves, but that is simply not true. Cats are very social animals and those left outside often come together in a larger community of cats. There are many places where there are colonies of feral cats and, fortunately, in a lot of places, there are individuals or organizations that take care of them by providing food, shelters, veterinary care, and–most importantly–spaying and neutering procedures to prevent the continued growth of the feral cat population. Sometimes, cats in feral colonies are suited to home life and there are rescues that take them in so that they can eventually be adopted. Other cats that are more suited to their outdoor life are ear tipped after they are spayed or neutered and returned to their colonies (this sort of program is called TNR, Trap-Neuter-Return). The ear tipping identifies them as being altered.

Alley Cat Allies is a national advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and improving cats’ lives. They work to effect legislative change around the country. They work towards changing societal attitudes about cats by providing education and mobilizing grassroots efforts at the community level to save cats. They also work towards ending the massive amounts of euthanasia of cats in shelters around the country as an estimated 70% of cats who enter shelters nationwide never leave alive. In order to make these changes, attitudes and laws need to be changed, and that is what Alley Cat Allies works towards. That is also why they started National Feral Cat Day in 2001, which is now Global Cat Day. Archie | Orange Tabby | Cincinnati Cat Photography

In many communities there are local organizations that help rescue cats from the street, provide support for free roaming cat colonies, or provide TNR services to help control the free roaming cat population. In Cincinnati, Ohio Alleycat Resource (OAR) not only provides a low cost spay/neuter program for your own cats, but OAR also provide free services for feral cats. In San Francisco, the San Francisco SPCA provides TNR services. To find out who to turn to in your community, simply look up TNR for your city.

Pluizig | Tabby Kitten | Cincinnati & San Francisco Pet Photographer

My hope for my book, “Rescue Cats: Portraits and Stories” is that it will help raise awareness of how wonderful cats can be no matter what their circumstances were before they were rescued. In the book, you will meet kittens, adult cats, senior cats, and cats with special needs. You will see bright, colorful pictures of them, and read their heartwarming, and sometimes harrowing, tales. Because it is not just enough to donate my time to help cats in need find their forever homes by taking pictures of them, I will also be donating proceeds from the sale of this book to a number of cat rescue organizations. In order to find the most worthy organizations out there, I am taking reader submissions of cat rescue and advocacy organizations around the country, so please comment with your recommendation and what makes that organization a worthy recipient. 

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