Before we get to the Lakemore cats, don't forget to vote for Merci today. There have been some problems with the voting site, as many of you are already aware. Several bloggers and the Cat Blogosphere have added her photo and voting page to the sidebar, which we appreciate very much. @happysquid has been retweeting our Vote Merci messages on Twitter. And we've been meeting some new friends through this.
Part of message from Cutest Dog Competition: On Wednesday at 3pm PST, hardware failure brought the server and the Cutest Dog Competition down until 5am PST. Due to this we are extending the contest an extra day. This means you have until Sunday at 12:00 am PST (Saturday night at midnight) to get as many votes as you can. This is true for all 9 remaining weeks. They will run from Sunday morning until Saturday night.
Did you understand all that? We didn't either -- not quite. But this is her direct link:
And vote for Miss Peach (she is # 113 and #131) in the rubber stamp contest -
http://www.rubberhedgehog.com/PetContestPhotos2009Entries6.htm Look for the blue and white box down the page to vote.
The participants in this week's As the Paw Turns are listed on Zoolatry, who made the lovely graphics. We hope you are following it and letting the actors know you appreciate their efforts. And don't miss Khyra & Zoolatry's Maggy riding the motorcycle.
And now that we have the 'fluff stuff" out of the way, we want to update you on Eric and the Lakemore cats. The easiest way to do this is to just to let Eric tell it.
**I have been swamped with work here. 15 to 40 new emails come in each day. I am trying to go back through over 900 email I have saved about the Lakemore Cats in four weeks, plus many calls. I am going as fast as I can with little help. I own 14 special needs cats myself that need care on top of the 98 Lakemore cats I took on the rescue of. They require an insane amount of time and work.
#23 Tiger white female
*Cleaning cages at my home garage, feeding, cat laundry -- and most important, socializing frightened cats -- posting, blogs, web site, calls, photos, vetting transport, recovery time for surgeries -- this all takes hours.
#24 Tiger white female
*Driving each day to Lakemore house, feeding, cleaning & disinfecting, trapping new cats for surgery, etc. The water has been shut off at the Lakemore house, so now I have to take water in 5 gallon containers over too. We have the electric on their in our name for two weeks now.
#25 Siamese lynx with blue eyes.
*I also am starting a new gallery/shop here in Akron Ohio for my tribal arts business with remodeling a century house and painting, moving inventory and trying to open in 30 days. I have to deal with contractors each day also.
#29 Tiger white female
*44 still need homes out of 98 cats. 54 Lakemore cats are safe or in new homes within four weeks -- 30 still need to be vetted & spayed/neutered and those are still in the Lakemore house. I can't make room for more in my garage until the 14 here are gone to homes or rescue groups . That is my bottleneck. No rescue groups have taken any this week!
*ALL THIS IS OVERWHELMING!
Many of you reading this will be unable to help, but perhaps you know of someone or some group in the Akron area -- or within driving distance of the Akron area -- you can contact that might be able to foster and socialize one or more of these cats. It is critical that all of those cats be moved out of that house because it is in foreclosure.
One thing that does need to be mentioned. Whenever there are free animals, the hoarders and dingbats show up wanting one or more, so one of the tasks Eric has but didn't mention is checking potential adopters.
Contact Eric at 330-864-2879 or email him at Ages @ neo.rr.com (delete the spaces in the address before you send it).
Some of Eric's needs for the cats are listed in our previous post on the Lakemore cats.