|(Courtesy of mybarncats.com)|
Please note I'm an advocate of all cats being housed indoors. I think it's safer all around and a better way for cats to be had but it's simply not the reality of rural life. Barns acquire cats the way toddlers acquire sticky and middle schoolers acquire drama, which is to say it's inevitable.
What does remain in doubt is the level of care barn cats receive, and that's where Joy DeLisle and similar advocates of cat health step in to fill a barn-sized need. Joy owns horses and thus had a barn which had its share of cats. Over time, she won their trust and began photographing them in various poses and seasons. Eventually, she was able to handle them and have them neutered to help control the burgeoning population.
But she didn't stop there. Combining her creativity, photography skills and compassion for her furry barn mates she started offering note cards and prints for sale. Proceeds as well as donations go into a special Barn Lions account which is used to neuter and place feral cats and kittens in the community.
Working with other local groups and volunteers, (Kat Snips and Cascades' Forgotten Feline Program), Joy was able to gather, neuter, and place 26 assorted cats and kittens in the last year.
"Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are. "– Teddy Roosevelt
For additional examples of Barn Lions note cards, please visit
http://www.etsy.com/shop/joysbarnlions or to sign up for her newsletter or any inquiries please contact Joy DeLisle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-937-8208.
Help prevent littering, send a Barn Lion instead of a Hallmark.