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Blind Cat Rescue gets $10K donation from author

Posted September 18, 2010

— A New York Times-bestselling author is making a $10,000 donation to a Robeson County animal rescue devoted solely to blind cats.

Gwen Cooper, author of "Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale," visited the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary facility in St. Paul Saturday morning. She then traveled to Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, where she presented the check and did a short reading.

Blind Cat Rescue is one of only two shelters in the country that provide a permanent home specifically for blind cats.

"Gwen has become such a strong national advocate for the plight of 'special needs' pets everywhere," shelter director Alana Miller said in a statement. "We've heard from so many people who've chosen to bring a blind cat into their heart and home because of Gwen's book."

"Homer's Odyssey" tells about Cooper's eyeless, three-pound cat who was trapped in an apartment near the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and once scared off an intruder who broke into her home.

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  • animaenagerie Sep 22, 8:39 a.m.

    The one thing I can count on with GOLO. If there's a story where anyone brings light into anyone or anything's darkness - literal or metaphorical - there will be at least one alleged human being sitting at their keyboard with something derisive and snotty to say about it. Thanks for not disappointing me, ghimmy.

  • christimichelle2007 Sep 21, 5:07 p.m.

    May God bless the animal rescue group as well as the author. They are both angels on Earth. It's so good to hear positive stories such as this one.

  • Desiderata Sep 21, 3:51 p.m.

    ghimmy..your life is worthless as are you. Therefore you are considered..deceased

  • IdoN0TliveinDurham Sep 21, 1:43 p.m.

    "Put them down and help humans."

    why don't you get off golo and go help some humans?

    p.s. though I doubt that you help anyone or anything, nowhere is it mentioned in this article that those who help cats are doing it at the expense of helping humans.

    I send financial contributions to animal AND human welfare organizations.

    you?

  • estrauch Sep 21, 12:34 p.m.

    "Highly recommend visiting the author's web site:

    http://www.gwencooper.com/

    There are photos of Homer and a blog from fellow readers.

    There were actually three different animal welfare/rescue organizations at the Quail Ridge Books for Gwen Cooper's visit: Blind Cat Rescue, SPCA of Wake County, and Alley Cats.

    The reading was from the book, Homer's Odyssey, which I believe was chapter 14. This was when a burglar entered her apartment while she was sleeping, and Homer's saved Gwen and scared off the burglar at the same time. It was incredible, to say the least."

    WOW....this is so awesome! Homer is beautiful! Kudos to Gwen for donating to such a wonderful cause. Check out the site...really informative. I'm in love with Homer too :)

  • ceceliaterry Sep 20, 4:53 p.m.

    ghimmy51, I think it'd be a much better idea to PUT YOU DOWN since you haven't got enough brains to live a productive life. After all, what kind of m*ron in this day & age asks such a ridiculous question? Besides the fact you ASSUME that one who gives to helpless animals doesn't give to humans in need, it is so pathetically ignorant to even compare the two - where to begin? The fact that humans are able to go get a variety of human services such as welfare, food banks, soup kitchens and shelters. Where does a blind animal go? Yeah, answer that when you grow a brain. But you should not be alive mainly due to your lack of humanity and compassion. While you seem so concerned over the addicts & drunks living under your nearby bridge, the scum of the earth who cost all taxpayers billions a year with their crime, disease and health-related costs, you have no sympathy for the most vulnerable who can't speak for themselves. I do hope your family posts your obituary in this paper so I can do

  • Preebok Sep 20, 10:43 a.m.

    Most humans put themselves in their predicament! Not all, but some. Animals have NO CONTROL over their lives and they need our help.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Sep 20, 10:43 a.m.

    ghimmy51, let's put some real perspective on your statements:

    1. People have choices and there are programs available to help them. People living under a bridge, as you put it, are there for various reasons. Some due to mental health or drug issues, some due to bad marriages, and some just want to leave a vagabond life.

    2. Blind cats, on the other hard, don't have such choices, and they survive with the help of individuals and groups such as Blind Cat Rescue. However, the quantities of these individuals and groups are very small compared to support organizations for humans. So comparing one support for another is not realistic.

    3. What have you done to help the people who live under a bridge? I support 4 different non-profit organizations who help humans (and 4 others who help animals), including volunteering my time.

    So as far as I am concerned, I have "injected" some realistic perspective compared to your stupid questions/statements.

    Looking forward to your response...

  • ghimmy51 Sep 20, 10:29 a.m.

    Can we please inject some perspective here? There are people living under a bridge one block from me and you're worried about blind cats? Put them down and help humans.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Sep 20, 8:59 a.m.

    BTW, it was very nice for the author to make the donation. There is a little history about this event, which was not covered in this article. Gwen had an idea to write a book about her blind cat Homer, but her first agent thought it was a terrible idea. In trying to determine if her idea had any merit, she did an Internet search for blind cats, and the Blind Cat Rescue web site came up. She contacted the organization, and talked to owner who confirmed that it is very rare for anyone to really care for special needs cats since they are typically put down. That conversation led to a bond between Gwen and Blind Cat Rescue, and Gwen made a promise that if her book ever became a best seller, she would donate a proceed to Blind Cat Rescue. Well, the book went #1 on the NY Times Best Seller, and today (Sept 18), she kept her promise.

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