Summer Lovin’ is here and so is kitten season. Blame it on the weather, they say that the heat acts as a catalyst. It is a fact that between the months of May thru October, an intact female kitten can go into heat every three weeks, resulting in at least two litters during these months. Unfortunately many of these litters are euthanized due to lack of space in shelters. Hard to believe these cute, little, purring bundles of joy would be killed due to lack of space. You would think that since they are so adorable they would get adopted right away. But that is not the case. If you have ever visited a county shelter in the height of kitten season, months of July, August, you would be astonished at the numbers of kittens up for adoption. It’s sad knowing that not all of these cute little critters will get homes.
Feral cats and kittens have it worse. Most feral litters aren’t healthy. It is very common for kittens to be found with conjunctivitis and upper respiratory infections. Both of these illnesses are easily treatable with medication, however infected kittens are usually euthanized immediately unless a rescue takes them. Shelters simply can not afford to treat sick kittens.
Here’s how you can help.
Donate time, money and supplies to your local cat rescue.
Practice and teach responsible pet ownership by spaying and neutering your own pets, even if they never go outside. As soon as a kitten is 8 weeks old, and two pounds they can be safely altered with a speedy recovery.
Practice TNR- which means trap, neuter, return. If you know where a feral colony exists, be proactive and become a responsible community member by helping to trap them, have them spayed, neutered and vaccinated, and release them back into their habitat. If just one female cat is left intact, she and her offspring can produce thousands of cats. If you don’t help, who will?
Volunteer for an animal rescue. If possible, foster an entire litter, or volunteer to bottle-feed homeless kittens. Or even better yet, foster hard-to-place adult cats, who seldom get adopted during kitten season.
Adopt your own cat, especially an adult one. If you opt for kittens, keep in mind that 2 are better than 1!
Kelly Richardson volunteers as a kitten foster and photographer for no-kill cat rescue Cats-Can, Inc. If you live near the Orlando Area and are interested in helping to support area cats/kittens, and would like more info on how to TNR, donate and/or volunteer please contact Cats-Can, Inc at firstname.lastname@example.org
Card Gnome is a very unique online Greeting Card Shop that I recently discovered, “Card Gnome Welcomes LuvKelly (previous blog post)” . I absolutely love this store and I truly believe the people who created this smart, efficient way to send greeting cards are incredibly talented.
So when I was approached by the marketing department at Card Gnome, who asked if I would participate in an online interview as a featured artist for their online greeting card store blog, I immediately said Yes! They told me I would be their first featured artist for their store, and with over 200 artists to choose from, I felt very honored.
Answering the interview questions really took me back in time! I even learned more about my self in the reflection. If you are interested in getting to know me better personally, with answers to questions about my early beginnings, interest in photography/card-making, my favorite photographer/rolemodels, and inspiration for my images, please take a look. Here is a link to the Card Gnome interview and the online greeting card store.
Card Gnome is the “smartest, most efficient” way to send greeting cards in the 21st century, so get on board, support my fellow artists, or better yet, support rescue kittens (My LuvKelly store) and use Card Gnome to send your next greeting card!
WANT TO KNOW WHY CARD GNOME IS AWESOME? Let’s take a look at how much time can be saved by sending a card from Card Gnome. Traditionally, when sending a greeting card, one has to purchase it: either online and mail to self, or in a store. Then one would take it home, find a pen, write a message, sign it, and address it. Then one has to buy a stamp at the post office, put the card in a mail box, which then takes a few more days to finally arrive to the recipient. With Card Gnome, you can do this ALL of this in one step, and save so much time.
Kelly Richardson Images and LuvKelly is offering FREE Desktop kitten Wallpapers. CLICK this link to the WALLPAPERS page. On the wallpapers page you will find seven different monitor sizes of each image customized to fit purr-fectly on your computer screen! A new wallpaper will be available each month. Easy downloadable wallpapers with just one click! 123
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This is what it means to relax.
Memoirs of the Summertime Beach House…
I sink deep down into the comfy cushion couch, I lean my head back onto the soft cashmere pillows. I am surrounded by an orange glow of golden sunlight that glistens off the wooden floors around me. Through the open door I can see the warm, white sandy beach path, leading the way to the oceans’ edge. I can smell the salty spray, while I listen to the constant purr of the rolling waves. Wall to wall, at every turn, I feel immersed in peace and calm. – Kelly R.
2015 LuvKelly Recycles Monthly Photography Tutorial Series JULY- Summertime Kitten Relax
To continue with our monthly LuvKelly Recycles with rescue kittens, for July, we wanted to share this intense feeling of relaxation as described in the Memoirs of the Summertime Beach House above. We call it Relax It’s Summertime. We borrowed a few shell decorations from the beach house that inspired us and carefully prepared our set. Though the background looks as if it could be real white beach sand, it is actually a recycled ivory colored fleece blanket. Using an f-stop of 2.8 allows the background to blur very nicely with little need for background touch up, and allows the focal point, the kitten’s big beautiful eyes, to stand out.
Our featured rescue kitten is Lovey. She is as sweet as her name. She has been in our foster care since she was just 4 weeks old. She was brought to an adoption event by a little girl and her dad. They found her inside his truck’s wheel well in their front yard all alone. They could not care for her and asked Cats-Can, Inc. to help. I was volunteering that day, taking photos of the cats and helping with adoptions. I couldn’t resist. I became her foster. Her warm brown tabby coloring matched our set very well. She loved being inside the shell so much that she began falling asleep. She looked like she belonged, like a hermit crab in a shell. Lovey is now over 8 weeks old now, big enough to leave foster care and find a furr-ever home. She will be available for adoption this Saturday at Petsmart.
Photographic Details: Our Photographic Equipment used and settings are: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon Macro 100 mm lens, available window light, f2.8, ss125, iso 100.
We photographed several kittens from the rescue and have a great variety of shots to share. Here are a few of them:
Summertime Beach TRIVIA: There is a seashell named after kittens! It is the colorful Atlantic kitten paw (Plicatula gibosa) seashell. It is a favorite to find along Florida beaches, especially the west coast of Florida in places like Sanibel Island. The kitten paws are small and colorful with bumpy ridges that fan out like fingers. Their color is usually a peach or coral orange, but can be reddish or yellow. The raised bumps of color are marked with thin lines, while the base of the shell is whitish. They are small in size about one inch. The kittenpaw is a scallop.
“LuvKelly Kittens Recycles 2015″ Photo Shoot Tutorial Series” : For the entire year of 2015, Kelly Richardson Images has chosen to create a monthly rescue kitten photo shoot with all natural materials and recycled items that can be found around the house. We are going green in an effort to raise community awareness for the planet earth and for the innocent kittens and cats that are in need of rescue. We hope to encourage our communities to recycle to help save the environment, save energy, and help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses that depletes the ozone layer of the earth; We hope to raise community awareness for kittens on death row in county shelters, and get help and support for the private rescue organizations that save them, take them off death row, foster them with adequate supplies, attend to their medical needs and find them a furrr-ever home.
So far these are the featured monthly photo shoots we have done this year:
Happy 4th of July America!
Celebrate with a July 4th Kitten PHONE screensaver this month!