Since the weather (all things considered) was downright gorgeous yesterday the Mister and I headed down to PS9 to meet a few of the cats from Empty Cages Collective.
The one that stole my heart above all others (and this is no small achievement— there were many a heart stealer to be had*) was this guy. His name is Jonny and he was rescued from the euthanasia list at the Center for Animal Care and Control. His crime? Having Feline Leukemia. The sad reality is any cat (or kitten) who is sick be it a mere cold, upper respiratory infection, Feline Leukemia or F.I.V. gets V.I.P. treatment at the CACC when it comes to joining this club. One which they (more often than not) enter and never leave.
But it is not the purpose of this post to be grim. There are a number of seemingly little things you can do to stop this from happening. Yes, I am asking that you “get involved” by…
- learning more about trap, neuter and return and volunteering at your local feral cat colony.
- Spay and neutering your pets. You want to end “Euth lists” (as they call them)? This is the way to do it!
- Volunteering at your local animal shelter…
- and perhaps, taking in a cat with special needs in your home.
Adopting a cat with Feline Leukemia is not for everyone. They cannot mix with “non-positive cats” as the disease is spread by saliva. In addition there are additional responsibilities that come with having a cat living with Feline Leukemia. The previous is not to suggest, however, that they cannot live long healthy lives or give lots of love. As you will see in this video of Jonny. Be sure to turn up the volume and listen to his crazy purr— I’ve never heard anything like it in my life!
Although someone has apparently filled out an application to adopt this wonderful dude nothing has been set in stone, so to speak. What’s more, he has lots of fellow Empty Cage cats who would very much like to call your home their own. You can meet them by clicking here.
*A few of whom you can see by licking here!
From Keap Street.
From Marcy Avenue.
From Grand Street.
From North 9th Street.
From Meserole Avenue.
P.S.: This one goes out to my ex-boyfriend Rich. Not only is he a married man now but he and his wife are expecting their first child. Congratulations Rich! You were (and still are) a real peach.
The Mister and I passed this tonight while walking to La Vuelta* for dinner. I say it’s Barack Obama. He says it isn’t. Draw your own conclusions.
*Who, it should be mentioned, DOES deliver to Greenpoint!
Do you know where the Hasidic guy moved his glorious warehouse full of shit since leaving Driggs near McCarren? I kinda miss digging through his crap. Since that space is now full of groceries (Khim’s Millennium Market— Ed. Note), it’s not nearly as fun to sift through.
Well, I asked Larry da Junkman (all these guys know each other— I swear there’s some kind ofÂ junk shop mafia in this city). The best he could tell me is he relocated his business in Bushwick— off either the Jefferson Street or Dekalb Avenue stop of the L.
Perhaps one of our friends to the south can pin down this location for us? If you know where this business is please share it with us via comments.
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady
Dear Miss Heather,
…I hope this is not out of line, but long story short, my husband and I are moving to a Caribbean country (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) in May and cannot take our 2 cats. The country requires a 6 month quarantine meaning they will be living in cages at the foreign airport which of course is totally unacceptable.
IÂ thought maybe you could post their photo and mention the situation. If it gives me any “cat credibility”, I volunteered at KittyKind for about 3 1/2 years up until fairly recently. Also for random additional street cred, I’ve been friends for years with artist Chris Smith who you have mentioned lately.
The cats are both about 6 years old, healthy, loving, fun, all that.
Thanks so much for any help or advice!
Anyone interested in giving these two lovely cats a home should contact Julia via email at seamonkeybar (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Filed under: Williamsburg
When I saw this magnifently wrecked (and quite old) one way sign I simply had to get a picture of it. It hails from Broadway near Lorimer Street.
Saturday, February 21, from noon until 5:00 p.m. the cats of Empty Cages will be eagerly waiting to make your acquaintance at Williamsburg’s very own PS9. Why not swing by and say hi? Who knows, maybe you’ll make a new furry friend or two?
Oh yeah, even if you are not in the position to adopt Empty Cages gladly welcomes donations be it supplies, your time or money. For more details about volunteering please check out their web site or contact them via email at:
emptycagescollective (at) gmail (dot) com
Nothing says “curb your dog” like a generous sprinkling of cayenne pepper in your tree pits.
Nothing says love like a discarded DVD of “Nasty Girls #14″…
…save perhaps this.
The missive comes courtesy of the Smith – 9th platform at Greenpoint Avenue’s very own G train. On a semi-related note Williamsburg’s Fashion Weekend kicks off today. Maybe they can teach these reality television fucktards a few things about style? Or not. In any case here’s a snippet from their press release:
Williamsburg Fashion Weekend!
See where up-and-coming Brooklyn designers are taking fashion. The presentations are anything but ordinary or predictable, with show-specific live music scores and artist performances.
When: Friday, February 20th, and Saturday, February 21st, 2009.
– Featuring the collections of eight Brooklyn designers.
– Four collections on Friday. Four collections on Saturday.
Where: At Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
For more details click here. No kid should be forced to wear a candy-ass outfit like this. Do it for the children!