Saturday, August 4, 2012

Cats Need Help - From the American Heartland to the Holy Land

August 4th, 2012:

We receive lots of request to share information about cats that need to urgently find homes (we generally share these via Oskar's Facebook page). Often, these are cats with special needs and disabilities. This cute bunch is no exception.

The first cats that need help were dropped off in a cardboard box on the porch of a former Cat House volunteer named Melissa -- she now lives outside of Lincoln, Nebraska, in a small town called Friend. The box contained a momma cat and her babies. One of the babies was unfortunately not alive, and the others were wrapped up in the umbilical cord (which caused some injuries). One of the kittens is partially blind and another has a damaged foot. Melissa writes:

"I just wanted to send you a message about those babies that came to me in the box that were intertwined in umbilical cords. One has half a paw and one is partial blind. The other one escaped peril. The mama also needs homing as well. Their names are Sassy for the half foot.... Sheba for the mom..... Stella for the blind and Sabrina for the fluffy gray cutie!!!"

Below are the photos. If you can help Melissa in any way, please contact her directly at this e-mail address:

Sassy (the half-foot)
Sassy's damaged foot
Stella (partially blind)
another Stella pic
Sheba (mom cat)

The kitten you'll see below is currently being taken care of by a fan of Oskar named Gili in Tel Aviv, Israel. The little guy is named Sammy and he is totally blind. Gili writes:

"This is Sammy (temporary name). He is vivacious, sweet, climbs and plays, loves to come up to people. We can get him to anywhere in Israel. We can't keep him because we are at full capacity animal (and people) wise. Uses a litter box. So adorable."

You may contact Gili at this e-mail address or you may call from Israel: 054-7000175.


Here's also a link to a short YouTube video of sammy:

Let's see if we can find permanent, loving homes for these cats living on basically opposites sides of the globe! Thank you!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Launching Today:

Today we will launch at 9pm Central.  What you will see in a few hours is just a tiny step in creating the coolest online pet shop in the whole universe (we have modest goals). 
This web shop was created to offer pet lovers around the world a chance to buy quality products made by independent, creative, eco-friendly, and just plain awesome companies.  We will specialize in pet toys and accessories that feature durable construction, nontoxic materials, organic ingredients, and -- above all -- great design.  
Our goal is to keep testing pet products and constantly adding the best we can find.  We always prefer doing business with suppliers who donate a portion of their sales to fund charities around the globe.
We personally partnered with three fantastic animal rescue organization and 20% of the full purchase price of each product we sell will be donated quarterly to aid their mission (most companies donate 5% or 10% of just profits, not net sales).  Our partner charities are listed below.
-The Cat House in Nebraska (former home of “The Klaus”)
-Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary in North Carolina
-The Cat House on the Kings in California
We only have a handful of products as we begin this venture (inventory is expensive when your business has no cash flow yet), but we will certainly offer the first batch of 100 cat ties starting at 9pm.  These are specifically our product and Bethany has spent countless hours perfecting the design and sewing.  If we sell out of any product, it’s just a matter of days before more will become available.  Additionally, in the next weeks and months you will be able to buy Oskar and Klaus calendars, photo books, recycled totes, posters, signature catnip toys, photo prints, and all sorts of pet products made by animal-loving entrepreneurs from around the world.  Oh yeah, we will also have a girl-cat version of the ties!
I’m sure we will receive some criticism for this venture because “selling” and “money” have an amazing ability to spoil a good thing in the minds of many.  We will close by stating our intentions:  we want to offer products that we have control over (unlike Cafepress and Zazzle), we want to sell the right products from the right suppliers, we want to raise funds for organizations we admire, and finally, we hope that this gives us an opportunity (down the line, anyway) to have a part-time home business that lets us spend more time with Oskar and Klaus.  Call it our own mini American dream!  
Thank you for all of your support,
Mick, Bethany, Oskar & Klaus
Omaha, Nebraska