Here’s an opportunity to help a friend and fellow blogger Robin A.F. Olson, founder of Kitten Associates Inc., raise funds to help more kittens—buy a piece of art by making a donation! Right now she seems to have an overload of orange kittens so I’m offering three very orange daily sketches.
There are at least two very good reasons to help Kitten Associates right now and, incidentally, another reason to feature orange cats.
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NOTE: Someone has already purchased the sketch above, “Three Orange Cats Waiting for Dinner”, with a $50.00 donation to Kitten Associates, just a few hours after I posted this article! Thanks to the generous donor—I’ll be sending your sketch off soon!
For those who are still interested in the image I’ll offer signed archival-quality digital prints for a $25.00 donation to Kitten Associates. Normally I only charge $10.00 or $15.00 for prints, but this is a benefit.
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Orange cats, and Fred
Kitten Associates is managed completely on donations, and as any small rescue will attest one expensive medical condition can completely clean out the bank account. Recently she lost a sweet kitty called Fred who it was suspected had feline infectious peritonitis, or FIP, “suspected” because there is no definitive test for this disease and it’s often diagnosed by ruling out all other possibilities. Sadly, diagnosis or not, it is always fatal; after spending thousands testing Fred for every suspected illness and infection the vet could come up with, and had to watch him fade from a leaping kitten to near total paralysis over a period of months and lose him in the end. You know how FIP has affected our household as well.
A leaping Fred was the symbol of hope for an innovative program Robin designed. Kitten Associates is based in Newtown, CT, not far from where the shootings occurred last December, and in order to help her friends and neighbors the program was called “Kitties for Kids” where children and adults could come to play with kittens to help put smiles back on their faces.
The kittens have not quit arriving despite this, and a new momcat, orange and white Minnie, has been suffering some complications requiring testing and treatment and her kittens need to be bottle fed, so any donations are welcome.
Kitten Associates also helps cats and kittens all over the country by arranging rescue and transport from high-kill shelters to rescues who can take them.
Patrick Lomantini, a Master Hairstylist, funded BarkAid as a way to help animals in need. He and his team of stylists travel the country and stop in each of the 50 states offering $20 haircuts for 12 hours, all proceeds going to a local animal charity. Patrick and his team from BarkAid will be making Kitten Associates their one Connecticut stop on his 50 States Tour at at Salon Michele on August 6.
Art for Donation
I sell my daily sketches unframed for $75 to $100 depending on medium and complexity. When a regular art customer and cat rescuer expressed interest in a few sketches, I asked her if she’d like to donate the selling price to help a cat in need, explaining the cat’s condition. She could make a charitable donation in the amount of the selling price to the rescue taking care of the cat. She gladly agreed!
I’m happy to do this with the purchase of nearly any daily sketch I’m ready to give up! Daily sketches are the one thing I have to offer that have very little production cost associated with them so I have no cost of materials to cover and I’ll be glad to frame them for a little bit extra. It’s a nice big donation in support of rescued cats, one I can’t make myself.
Donate and purchase
To purchase any of the either of the sketches in this post go to Kitten Associates and make a donation for $50 for each sketch, “Hot Afternoon” and “Another Hot Afternoon”, and in the notes give the name of the sketch you’d like to purchase.
I’ll get a message from Robin about the transaction, and you and I can exchange your address and you’ll get your sketch!
You can click on the links above or on any of the three sketches to see the original post and read more about the sketch.
If you’d like to read more about artwork as I develop it, about my current portraits and at assignments and even historic portraits and paintings, each week I feature a piece of artwork on Wednesday and a new product on Thursday. Choose the category for featured artwork.
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