New York Shitty Day Ender: Adoption Event & Benefit

April 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


Tomorrow, April 11, the folks at Empty Cages Collective have not one but two events lined up. Firstly, they will having an adoption event from noon until 5:00 p.m. at NYC Pet Supplies:

241 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Later that evening there will be a benefit at the Rockstar Bar featuring Nathan Carpenter, Morgan O’Cane, Sturgeon, Zhenia Golov, Hipster Holocaust, and DJ Marvelous Hagler with proceeds going to Empty Cages Collective. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. and admission will be determined on a “sliding scale” (think anywhere between $5.00 – $10.00— either way that’s pretty cheap!).

Empty Cages Collective Benefit
April 11, 2009 starting at 9:00 p.m.
Rockstar Bar
351 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

For more details about either of these events head over to Empty Cage’s web site.

Miss Heather

TOMORROW: Adoptable Cuties At PS 9

March 20, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


By all reports it looks like it is going to be a beautiful weekend here in north Brooklyn. After (or perhaps before) indulging in some beer and goulash goodness in Greenpoint why not make a detour to PS9 Pet Supply and make the acquaintance of some of the lovely felines of Empty Cages Collective— like sweet little lass in the following video. Her name is Jo Jo, she is six months old and purrrfectly healthy. She would very much like to have a “forever home” to hang her hat. How about yours?

Empty Cages Collective Adoption Event
March 22, 2009, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
PS9 Pet Supplies
169 North 9th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Miss Heather

Adoptable Cutie Video Du Jour: Heath Lets Loose

March 16, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


Yesterday I had the pleasure of finally checking out Empty Cages Collective’s new digs right here in Greenpoint. I have to say it is a significant improvement over their older space. Among other things the split level layout enables them to let their Feline Leukemia positive friends roam about without the risk of cross-infecting their non-Leukemia roommates. Among the kitties getting a little exercise this Sunday afternoon was a kitten named Heath. As you will see he found my camera strap of the utmost interest. Enjoy!

For more information about this little fella (who isn’t much of a cuddler but clearly loves to play) check out Empty Cages Collective’s Petfinder page. Otherwise you can see more footage of Heath’s bunkmates (including a couple of roosters that were recently rescued from a cockfighting ring) point and click your way over to my newly created Flickr set.

Miss Heather

A Highly Unusual Situation

February 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady 


Julia writes:

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.

I  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.


TOMORROW: Empty Cages Collective Adoption Event

January 9, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

All you bone fide and aspiring cat lovers out take note: tomorrow, January 10th, Empty Cages Collective will be having an adoption event at P.S. 9 Pet Supply in Williamsburg. Why not brave the snow and kick off the new year with a fuzzy new friend?

ADOPT (at P.S. 9 Pet Supplies)
169 North 9th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

You can also see the fur kids of Empty Cages online at their Petfinder page.

Miss Heather

A Few Thoughts About Cats & Dogs

December 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

There are two types of people in this world: dog people and cat people. While I consider myself an animal person in general (hence why I am a vegetarian) I have the presence of mind to know which one I am: a crazy cat lady. Not that it would take a rocket scientist to figure this out, mind you: I am reminded of the fact every day at around 5:00 a.m. This is when Chez Shitty’s pride starts agitating for breakfast. Believe you me if Greenpoint had lobbyists in the public interest as persistent as my furkids our neighborhood would be a much different place. But I digress.

This is not to suggest that I dislike dogs (such as the lovely Miss Olive depicted at left). I do. Canines simply don’t appeal to my peculiar sensibilities. “Man’s best friend” (as they are rightfully called) are pack animals. They very much desire to have a leader, an “alpha dog” that tells them what to do, when to do it, and so forth. In a nutshell they are eager to please. A little too eager, if you ask me.

While some might like to start their day with slobbery licks and wagging tails, this is not for yours truly. The way I see it, such auspicious beginnings only lead to disappointment later. No sir, when it comes to preparing ones self for the rigors of the day yours truly wants to wake up to a face like this.

Meet Joy. She is one of the many adorable and adoptable cuties calling Empty Cages Collective her home. Rest assured this 1,000 mile stare is only skin fur deep. She is in actuality a very sweet young lady who would very much like to exchange her life behind bars for a nice, warm, cozy home this holiday season. Maybe yours? Joy has had all her shots, is FIV and Feline Leukemia free and has been spayed. What’s more she has also been litter trained!

Which brings me to the primary reason I prefer cats over dogs.

When an ice storm hits you don’t have to dress them up, schlep outside and pick up their poop: a litter box will suffice.

You can learn more about Joy and her friends by checking out Empty Cages Collective’s Pet Finder page. And remember kids crack kills!

Miss Heather

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