Rescue Kittens Calendar – Labor of Love

kittens calendar
Facebook Fans for Cats-Can, Inc rescue org voted over the weekend to choose the cover image for the Rescue Kittens 2017 Calendar
Kelly Richardson is donating time, talent and over 60 adorable kitten images to produce a Kittens calendar for her favorite non-profit rescue organization, Cats-Can, Inc. It has become a labor of love, bringing back many memories for her of each foster kitten that she fostered. Last year alone, Kelly fostered over 60 kittens for the rescue organization.
The calendar is almost finished. Kelly is wrapping it up with the last, most important part: designing the front and back covers. The hardest part is choosing one favorite image for the cover. So Kelly asked for help from the Cats-Can Facebook Page Fans over the weekend.
Voting began Friday 9/9 on the Cats-Can, Inc.  Facebook webpage and today the winner was announced- #6 Milowe the kitten in blue jeans won the cover of the CCI/KRI Kittens Calendar! Here were the tallies:#6 received approx. 33 votes, #5 got 14, #7 got 12, and #9 got 13 votes.
Kelly is back to work finalizing the cover hoping to send it off to the printers this week!  This will be Cats-Can’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  Cats-Can  and Kelly Richardson Images were able to collect enough sponsors for the calendar to pay for the printing of approx. 500 calendars. So we are happy to say, 100% of the sales of the calendars will go directly to the rescue for the cats and kittens care and medical expenses. We hope everyone can help support the cause and purchase a rescue Kittens calendar for 2017.

Making Kitten Flowers Bloom …

Kitten Flowers – Kittens in Full Bloom was one of the most fun photo shoots that we have done. We got very crafty making kitten flowers blooms and designed the head pieces ourselves with craft store supplies: artificial flowers, syrofoam discs, scissors, exacto knife, and craft glue. We took photos as we created to give you an idea of how it was made.  We were inspired by Mother’s Day and Summertime Sunflowers for these photo shoots. We wanted to create something special that all moms would love for products. We tried two different types of flowers: a sunflower and pink hydrangea bush flower.
The first was the large sunflower. It is sold at craft store in this huge size! The headpiece is pretty much pre-assembled, you just need to cut the center out to fit over the kitten’s head. It was fairly easy to do.
First we took the sunflower heads off of the stems. Then we went to work peeling off a few layers off the back to make it thinned. Then we cut through the top, pointing our exacto at an angle, much like the angle you use when cutting a matte for a frame.  _MG_7787We used a drinking glass as our guide to make a circle. We cut through the back layers like a star and and glued the layers into the inside to cover up the foam that was showing through.

 

 

Cute tabby kitten hiding in the middle of a pink flower bush inside of a terra cotta garden pot, photographed on an isolated white background.

The second floral headpiece was not pre-assembled like the sunflower, so it took a little more time to make. We used an artificial pink hydrangea bush stem that we purchased at a craft store. To build the base we used a green styro foam disc. We used a glass cup to trace a circle on the foam disc and cut out. Then we took the leaves off the bush. We peeled the leaves off of the wire veins and glued them on first. We left some areas of the green disc empty of the leaves, so we would have a place to secure the flowers. We added a layer of leaves to the bottom to ensure there was no green foam showing from the sides. We also used the leaves to wrap the inside center.  we kept the flowers together in their bouquet groups and stuck them in the foam and glued to secure.

 

 

Hydrangea macrophylis bush, pink flowers, with ten young tabby kittens peeking through.

We shot the pink flower kittens on white, so that we could isolated them from the background and create the pink flower kitten collage. We loved it so much we made it into a desktop wallpaper, it is on the wallpaper page for you to download. We hope you enjoy!  We would love to see this adorable flower collage become a large piece puzzle. We think both seniors and children would love it!

 

 

 

 

Be Mine Valentine … save a heart – an abandoned kittens heart

rescue kitten abandoned kittens found in a truck wheel

Be Mine Valentine … Toss the candy and help save a heart

Many kittens are left abandoned in front of pet stores and vet offices by our community in hopes that someone will help them.  The animal rescue groups receive phone calls and emails daily. Unfortunately when there is no rescue available to pick them up, they are taken to high kill county shelters, and in most cases euthanized.  I am hoping that we can change that by raising awareness in our communities for the rescue kittens, and help fund rescue kitten organizations that will not turn them away. Help save abandoned kittens and cats.
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 a 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 several no-kill cat rescue groups in Orlando, Florida.

Cats and Christmas Trees

Tabby kitten playing with green garland with ornaments
Cats and Christmas trees can be a dangerous combination. It can be very challenging to keep a cat out of a Christmas tree during the Holiday season. It looks so inviting to a cat whose natural instinct is to climb a tree. But it is best to be very cautious. Christmas trees come with many hazards for cats.  Christmas trees are a leading cause of death for cats during the holiday season. Those dazzling, twinkling lights have been known to cause death due to electric shock and or strangulation.  Ingestion of sparkling icicle tinsel and other foreign objects can send you and your feline friend to the emergency vet pretty quickly. And nevermind about the cat drinking the water from the bottom of the tree!

So how can Christmas trees and cats co-exist?

Here are some tips we found online :

1. Feline repellants – Bitter Apple sold at petstores or home made remedies are useful. We found a few home made remedies but have not tried them:  cotton balls soaked in citronella and placed under the tree may help keep them away, or try a spray made with camphor, diluted vinegar, apple cider vinegar,  or hot sauce?  BUT, Be careful about spraying a tree that has electrical wires on it (lights).  Another suggestion was to use pine cones sprayed with citrus and place those at the base of the tree, or put orange peels under the tree… cats hate the smell of citrus.
2. We have heard of people using obstacles such as tin foil under their tree, wrapped around the trunk, also clear contact paper..
3. Baby proof your tree: use plastic ornaments, unplug lights at night, check for frayed wires, use wire hangers to bend tightly around each ornament so when it is swatted it will stay on tree…..
4. Select a strong base for tree: make sure the water base is completely enclosed so that your cat can not drink the water, select a strong base that will hold tree in place or, tether the tree to the wall…. ..
5. For a sure bet to keep your cat away from the tree: put the tree in a room with a door that can be shut! You will surely sleep better at night!
For a mellow cat these ideas may actually deter them from climbing the tree, however for that stubborn, strong-willed kitten that is ready to conquer your tree these may not work. So we continued to surf the web and found this inventive idea that may be worth a purchase:  Here is a link to something called a christmas tree defender with video that looks like it really works.

 

Tabby kitten playing with green garland with ornaments

We hope all of our readers have a safe and happy holiday and please protect your kitten/cats from the christmas tree!

June Weddings – JUNE

Kitten Bride to be

It is June, the most popular month for weddings. Every year, millions of couples walk down the aisle and begin their new lives together. It is a big event that is accompanied by a big need for unique wedding greeting card designs. So it only seemed fitting for Kelly Richardson Images to use June Weddings as the theme for this month with the LuvKelly Recycles 2015 with rescue kittens.

To create this image for this theme, we recycled a family heirloom for this image: Kelly’s Victorian style drawstring bridal wedding purse lined with tiny pearls. Kelly’s grandmother gave this to her for her wedding over 15 years ago. Next we added beautiful floral head bands and hair ties borrowed from Kelly’s daughter. We used Burlap material in a creme color over a creme fleece for the background. The cute little rescue kitten above is Tom. His brother Jerry is pictured below. They loved playing on top of the cool, soft silk!

Please DM Kelly Richardson if you would like more information on how you can license these images to help support the LuvKelly cause. A portion of the proceeds goes directly back to help save and foster kittens from death row.

“LuvKelly Kittens Recycles 2015 Photo Shoot Tutorial Series” To RECAP: 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:

Card Gnome welcomes LuvKelly

Card Gnome welcomes LuvKelly

LuvKelly Rescue Kittens at Card Gnome

Have you heard of Card Gnome? You should definitely check it out! It is a very unique online Greeting Card Store.  Sending a greeting card in the mail has never been easier.  Choose a card, write your personal message, type in the address, and Card Gnome does the rest. The prices are very competitive, it includes postage and peace of mind that your card has been sent and will be on time! Card Gnome allows you to create an account and utilize a calendar to schedule your cards to be sent out one year in advance.

ARTISTS you should try it! It is a great way for your work to be seen in the marketplace. Kelly Richardson loves it because it enables LuvKelly to spread the word and bring awareness for the rescue kittens.  It serves as a great online portfolio presence for artists to show their work to licensees.  Artists can deactivate their image/greeting card at any time with just a click.

LuvKelly has a store and is adding new greeting cards daily.  As of June 2015, Kelly Richardson has 32 LuvKelly greeting cards to choose from on Card Gnome in many categories including Father’s Day, Birthday, Belated Birthday, Get Well, Love, Flirty, Wedding, and much more. There are beautiful images of kittens on cards, with some that are blank inside that can be customized for any special occasion.

Greeting Cards

CARD GNOME helps save the planet! They use recycled paper and adhere to an”eco-friendly production process”.  AND they help support non-profits.

“Staying connected with your loved ones, family and friends has never been easier. Choose your card, write a personal message and we mail it! Send a single card or upgrade to one of our Pack, Box or Drawer plans. Create an account and choose the best plan for you. For added convenience, you can schedule your connections up to one year in advance.” —-Card Gnome 06/11/15.

Pocket full of love – APRIL

recycled items for photo shoots save rescue kittens

 

As winter comes to a close, and we begin to put our jeans and winter clothes away (some of us do in Florida anyhow, 91 degree today!) we chose to feature JEANS as our recycled, household, “natural green” material for this months photoshoot: APRIL – a blue jean pocket full of love. Luckily these new little foster kitten critters were only 1.4 pounds and tiny enough to fit inside the pocket of my husband’s favorite old jeans.  The Luvkelly Denim Blue jean kitten gallery has just been added to the image bank, so please have a look!

Meet Pippa, Carly and Penny, our newest foster rescue kittens.  This litter of three kittens was found on the side of a busy road in Orlando rush hour traffic in a box. A passerby driver said that the car in front of them pulled over and put the box on side of road, then left. He says he saw the mother jump out of box, and then get run over.  He pulled over, checked the box, found the three babies and called the rescue. These three sweet little girls have been with us since they were only ten days old and only 5 ounces, with eyes that just opened.  We have enjoyed being their mommy, bottle feeding them every few hours as they grew and grew.  Now they are fully weaned and over two pounds! They are just about ready to go to a furrr-ever home.   They are happy, loving and simply adorable!  All three are scheduled to be “vetted” and will be available for adoption April 18th!  Both Pippa and Penny have already been pre-adopted! Carly, the black kitten with white socks, is still available, and as you can see, she loved playing in the pockets and is very playful and frisky.   She is so cute,  funny and full of love.  She gives kisses and is very social. I will surely miss them, but have to make room to save more kitten’s lives!  KellyLOGOpink