I received this Cornucopia with a beautiful floral arrangement from my mom on Thanksgiving (thank you mom!). It was inevitable that I would use it in my Fall studio pets gallery. But this photo has greater meaning to me. What I have placed inside of my cornucopia is what makes it so special – a foster kitten supported by LuvKelly.
The foster rescue kittens I have helped this year have been life changing for myself and my family. I really had no idea that innocent, little kittens were being euthanized just for being born. The lucky ones were the ones I was given the opportunity to photograph. These beautiful creatures that do nothing but give unconditional love to humans – how can this be?
I appreciate every opportunity I have to photograph each foster kitten to celebrate that they were able to have life. It is an unfortunate truth that many rescue organizations are not able to afford to take foster kittens in, and some refuse to take them. There are many left abandoned in front of pet stores and vet offices by our community in hopes that someone will help them sustain life. Unfortunately when no one is there to pick them up, they are taken to high kill county shelters and in most cases euthanized- (killed). I am hoping that we can change that by raising money and community awareness for the rescue kittens and fund rescue kitten organizations that will NOT turn them away. Licensing these images will help provide support and community awareness to save kittens’ lives -to help these little babies reach the adoptable stage.
How much does it cost? Most rescue kittens are found abandoned at approximately 5-7 days old or so. They are still nursing and need around the clock foster care to feed every few hours with a nursing bottle. It takes dedicated humans to do so. One can of KMS powder kitten milk replacement cost upwards of $20.00. Because of the conditions in which they are born, most rescue kittens come with some sort of stomache parasite they will need to see a vet for, and also must be dewormed. As they grow to 2-3 weeks they can begin eating canned wet food and dry. Food cost money, as does cat litter. When they reach over 2 pounds they are ready to be vetted and then adopted out.
What does vetted mean and what exactly do they do? All rescue groups are different, however the group I work with will “Vet” each kitten as follows: give each animal their first set of shots, test for Feline Leukemia and FIV, and neuter the kitten. They are then ready for adoption for approx $75 each (adoption fees vary per rescue , some are as high as $125 for kittens). As you can see, in most scenarios the $75 does not begin to put a dent in the cost to care for them for their first 8-10 weeks of life, let alone the vetting fee.
I am hoping to make an impact and help save more kittens’ lives by creating beautiful images of them and licensing them worldwide. By doing so, I can give back money to the rescue groups to help pay for the costs to get the kittens to the adoptable stage. At the same time, I am hoping to build community awareness for the kittens to save their lives by ensuring every image that is licensed will tell their story, and that when consumers purchase a product with a LuvKelly kitten image on it, they know they are helping to save a kitten’s life. I can personally guarantee that a portion of every LuvKelly foster kitten image will go directly to help save and foster a kitten’s life.
According to Wikipedia, the cornucopia (from latin cornu copiae) is the “horn of plenty”. It is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts. Its first known use is 1508.
I would like to Give Thanks for the cornucopia “abundance” of love and life helping the rescue kittens has brought to my world and everyone that I share their images with. I hope that people around the world will consider how important our mission is to save abandoned kittens’ lives and support this cause.
I would like to take this opportunity to give a huge thank you to those very special licensees who have given their support to LuvKelly cause and have licensed rescue kitten images.