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Cats for Adoption: A Very Special Art Auction

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Jayla’s Art Auction to Help Cats

I’d like to introduce a young and developing artist who paints cat portraits, and she’s holding an auction of her paintings to help raise money for rescued cats!

Several months ago a cat named Gnarly was rescued by the same woman who rescued Finn and several others. He’d been living outdoors at her workplace and didn’t look good. She took him in and cleaned him up just as she did Finn, then decided he was so friendly he needed a home.

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Gnarly before and after.

She found a home for Gnarly with Jayla’s family, and Jayla and Gnarly were best friends from the very beginning. Gnarly’s life was forever changed when he was adopted by Jayla and her family. He was a stray cat that went through some pretty rough times, but in his new home he is living the life and loved by everyone. And imagine the memories Jayla will have later on in life when she remembers growing up with her kitty.

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Jayla and Gnarly enjoy some time together.

This little four-year-old artist painted Gnarly with all the love in her heart, and then decided to donate that painting to be auctioned off to raise money to help more cats like Gnarly! It really was all her idea to make these paintings, then auction them.

little girl with cat painting.
Jayla’s painting of Gnarly.

Jayla’s mother is helping to instill the importance of helping animals in need, and showing Jayla that SHE can make a difference! All proceeds from this auction will be used to help local cats in need.

Jayla has continued to paint more cat paintings to auction, a new painting nearly every day. You can see her in her studio below, and also see a video of her at work:

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Jayla working on Gnarly’s painting.

And not only that, but in the next few days Jayla will be offering commissioned portraits from your photos like the one below, which the cat’s owner requested to be painted on a purple background. All the proceeds from commission sales also go to benefit cats in need!

One of Jayla’s portraits.

The money raised will go to the fund we are developing for Pittsburgh Feral Cat Movement which will pay for regular and emergency veterinary care for rescues, emergency food and shelters for cats living outdoors, and help to support low-cost clinics. If you need a tax receipt your donation will go to HCMT which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

But hurry! Time is limited—the auction started January 10 and will end on Friday, January 17 at NOON EST. To see the art and bid go to Jayla’s Art Auction to Help Cats on Facebook and comment with your bid amount under the FINISHED PAINTING!

All photos courtesy Margo Cicci Wiesneski.

And read about other kittens and adult cats who are looking for homes.

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!

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Can’t adopt? Foster! Can’t foster? Donate or volunteer.

There are so many ways you can help cats who need homes and care. You may not have room to adopt another cat, but can foster a cat or kitten for a few weeks. If not that, you can volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue, or donate. You do this because you love your cat, and by doing so you help all cats. No matter which of these actions you take, you help to save a life, and make life better for all cats.

  • Adopt one of the cats I’ve posted here, or from any shelter or rescue near you, or from Petfinder, to open up a space for another cat to be rescued and fostered.
  • Offer to foster cats or kittens for a shelter or rescue near you.
  • Volunteer at a shelter or rescue.
  • Find a group of volunteers who work with homeless cats and help them with their efforts.
  • Donate to a shelter or rescue near you.

If you can foster kittens or adults cats to help prepare them for a forever home, please run to your nearest shelter and find a cat who needs you! Anyone can help with this effort at any level, even if all you do is donate to a shelter or rescue so they can help to pay for the food or medications needed for their foster, or the spay/neuter/veterinary care during a clinic.

Need to know more? Read Fostering for Your Shelter and Fostering Saves Lives

2014 Homeless Cat Management Team Clinics

($30 PER FERAL – See below for other costs)
January 26 • March 9 • April 13• May 15
June 15 Father’s Day – free neuters – get those daddy cats too!

February 23
– With gratitude to HCMT for all they do – Fred & Dawn Riedel
March 23 – sponsored by Diane Bandy
May 4 – in memory of Milton Lendl

Other spay/neuter and low-cost veterinary options

Please check my Shelters, Assistance, Spay/Neuter page for opportunities in Pittsburgh and beyond.

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