Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Years... Manifestations?

Instead of New Years Resolutions I would like to share with all of you my New Years deepest most powerful heart felt desires.

First I will say that I believe very much in visualizations.  I have seen this technique work in the most astonishing ways, most powerfully in finding the beautiful home on the ranch where my husband, all the kitties and I currently live.  I now believe is was devine guidence that lead us to the ranch firstly so that we might look after all the cats there that were in desperate need of help.  And secondly so that our life might change its' focus completely.

Many of you may already know that my husband and I run a charity that looks after wild ("feral") cats.  In brief ( I will try though I am not very good at being brief) this is how we came to be...  My husband and I have always loved animals however renting in Santa Barbara is tough with four footed family members so we never had too many...  and they were always rescued animals.  For both of us the horrific problem of animal overpopulation reflected in millions of perfectly wonderful loving dear sweet souls killed every year because no one wants them is really too much to bear.

Shortly after moveing into our wonderful rustic home we became aware of gazillions of cats that were on the ranch.  No one clamed or cared for them, they were just "ranch cats".  These "ranch cats" were starving (as all the rodents had long been over hunted by the huge cat population) covered in flees, reproducing at a frightening rate and some were sick.  I will spare you the details of finding dead kittens.  The Toms were fighting horribly every night for territory and females and getting severly injured in the process.  So in an attempt to keep this already long story short, we quickly edu  my husband and I have as of now trapped, spayed and nutered over 70 cats on the ranch.  After three years of consistently doing this we hit zero population growth.  We are now an official charity called "The Lucky Few" and kennel and care for around 50 cats.  They started as completly wild ("feral") cats but now most are so tame that most of them are in the house with us, sleep on our laps, (and beds!) do tricks and surprisingly they all get along (a few hisses now and then, just as in a human family).  My husband's  and my eyes have been hugely opened to how animals (particularly cats) live and thrive (or not thrive).  We have learned so much, connected with other wonderful charities, read some amaizing books that are completely changing the way humans look at and interact witn animals and generally had our minds blown, this is happening all the while we are putting on weddings and events, creating floral arrangements (and wiping off numerous cat hairs I might add)