Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cats and Writing - A Purrfect Combination!

Hi everyone!

June is Adopt-A-Cat month and as always, I’m advocating adopting pets (of all kinds) from shelters and giving them a real home. (Would you want to live out the rest of your life in a wire cage?)

This year, adopting cats has become even more personal. After deciding we wanted cats and visiting several humane societies and rescue places, we adopted two adult cats from a local no-kill shelter. The volunteer was happy to hear that we weren’t looking for kittens and were interested in a pair of adult cats. (Most everyone wants cuddly kittens because they’re cute now – but they do grow up. Sadly, adult cats have a bad rep of being hard to place – not true!)

Over the course of three days we visited three shelters and saw more than 300 homeless cats waiting for loving homes. With hundreds of cats available, it was hard to choose the “right” ones – but I’m happy to say that our cats chose us and now they’ve found a forever home with lots of windows, places to lounge, and people who love them.

As a writer, my love of cats has naturally extended into my writing. In December 2011 my short story “Just an Innocent Little Cat” was included in the Dark Things II: Cat Crimes anthology.

This collection of 21 tales (tails?) features feline mayhem, murder, and other things you always suspected cats were doing when you weren’t looking. Cats you don't want in your worst nightmares and cats you might want on your side against evil. (My story falls into the latter CATegory.)

All proceeds from sales go to several cat sanctuaries across the USA. If you like mystery/suspense/horror or just like to read cat stories, order a copy and help give a needy cat a new leash on life.

I even found a way to weave cat adoption into my contemporary romance, Trust with Hearts. The subplot of the book – Sherrie’s devotion to save Kitty Corner – was crucial because I wanted to give her a purpose, something to build her self-esteem. Sherrie’s cat adoption project lets her help unfortunate cats who need rescuing and good homes. It parallels how Dave takes Sherrie in (aka “rescues” her) and gives her a second chance at a new life.

I’ve also written three non-fiction cat care books that explain how to choose a cat and keep it happy and healthy. You can find them all on my author page at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kelli-A.-Wilkins/e/B001JSAB24/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Please consider adopting a cat (or two, or even a dog – they need loving homes too!) and saving a life. Not sure where to start? www.Petfinder.org is an excellent source for locating pets looking for good homes. And if you don’t want to own a pet, you can always click on http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3 to help feed homeless animals and support shelters.

Until next time,