There has been a particular theme here at the daily dose blog this week (and last week, too). I have been pushing for homes for my newest Winnie’s Wishers. I’m back to bigger numbers in the cathouse so getting wonderful homes moves to the top of the list of priorities around here. When I returned to blogging after my mom’s heart attack, I mentioned that I wanted to ask a favor of you. It involves a BIG dream of mine. Some of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that I had a dream to expand my cathouse. It was very small when we first built it, and I wanted to expand it so I could more than double the number of cats and kittens I could save. With the help of my wonderful family and friends (YOU!), I was able to realize my dream of more than doubling the size of my cathouse. I had another dream. This one was to get the stories from my blog into book form. I knew that if I could ever do it, a book could provide another source of income to keep the rescue work going and still pay the bills. And now the book is in print. So . . . I have another dream - a big one. HUGE, in fact. But hey - I’m gonna go with the saying “Why wish for a loaf of bread when you can wish for the grocery store?” I’m going for the grocery store this time.
I need to continue to be able to cover the high costs of rescue work. That takes more income. If I sell more books, I will have more income. SO - I need to sell more books. But it doesn’t stop there (remember I’m wishing for the grocery store here). If I could sell LOTS more books, I could keep up with the current costs AND I COULD DO MORE. Here’s the dream. Sell enough books to replace my kennel business income. I could stop boarding and use the kennel as continuous foster care for dogs. It would be perfect for that! We do it anyway during the Winter when I have less business and open runs. If I could sell lots and lots of books - enough to replace my kennel income - I could stop boarding and start fostering year-round. If I could sell LOTS and LOTS of books - I could help Older Daughter save the dogs from the pound who have no place to go because the shelter is full and can only take so many. I would have the perfect building and enough income to save the dogs who end up being euthanized because they have no place to go. Wait. It gets better. If I could sell LOTS and LOTS of books, that would mean LOTS and LOTS more folks would learn about Winnie’s Wish which would increase the chances of wonderful homes for the kitties here. And even though I would be “fostering” the dogs in my kennel building, I could invite folks who read about my work to adopt a foster dog from here.
I’ve looked at this logically. My blog has anywhere from 100 to 150 readers during the week. With only that small number of readers, in two years FIFTEEN homes have opened their doors to Winnie’s Wish kitties. FIFTEEN readers of this blog have adopted from us (sometimes more than once)! What if book sales suddenly took off, and one thousand readers became aware of Winnie’s Wish? What if FIVE thousand did? The more people who become aware of what I’m doing here, the bigger the pool of wonderful people who could become potential adopters.
OK. You probably weren’t reading that with the same urgency with which I was typing it. I’m nearly out of breath. So let me calm down here for a minute and say this. You guys have been the best support system and cheering section a person could ever have. You have been on this journey with me sharing not just the pain but also the joy, the mountain-high joy when some furry creature is saved from a life of struggle and brought to a life of love. I know you guys have ideas and I know the lengths to which you will go in order to make something wonderful happen for the little lives we save here. SO - I need to sell more books. It is the key to the dream. My book has to come to the attention of someone of influence who is willing to announce it, tweet it, review it, something. I know the book I wrote is not amazing or life-altering or anything of the sort. But I know there are animal lovers out there who would read the stories of rescue and want to help. I just have to reach them.
I have emailed and written letters to some people of influence and asked them to read the book and discover private animal rescue. I know that sounds silly. Obviously, people of influence aren’t going to pay any attention to mail from (very small) me. Mine is one of thousands of emails and letters for sure. But maybe if you join me and the name of the book keeps showing up over and over - someone in an office somewhere will say - “Wait - this book daily dose . . . it’s sticking in my head for some reason. I should look into it.” There are plenty of animal-loving people of influence - Ellen Degeneres, Bob Barker, Betty White, Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper, Jada Pinkett Smith, Rachael Ray to name a few. Anybody got any ideas about how to grab the attention of an animal-lover of this stature?
It was actually my wonderful mother who said I should ask my blog readers for help. She said by reading your comments of support over the months, she feels certain that you guys would go the extra mile and help me any way you could to get the book noticed enough to bring more readers . . . . (and with them more income and more homes which means saving more animals). I want to save more. Knowing of the demise of the pound dogs and leaving behind the Florida feral cat colonies, I realize I WANT TO SAVE MORE DOGS AND CATS. I could just leave it all to chance and continue to wish I could save more. But I believe in “going for it” because you never know if you don’t try. So that’s the BIG dream. Some of you who read my blog seem to want my work to succeed as much as I want it to. That by itself is inspiring. To those of you who continue to ask me what you can do to help . . .
Anybody willing to send a letter or an email?
Here are some physical addresses and email addresses of some (very) influential people who love animals. Or maybe one of these people is a close friend of yours - put in a good word for me, would you?
132 E. 43rd St., PO Box 543, New York, NY 10017
Ellen Degeneres Website is:
http://ellen.warnerbros.com/ There is a place to “email ellen”.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Telepictures Productions, 3000 West Alameda Avenue, Suite 2700, Burbank, CA 91523
The DJ&T Foundation, 200 North Larchmont Boulevard, Suite 3, Los Angeles, CA 90004
O Magazine, 300 W 57th Street, Floor 36, New York, New York 10019-3741.
Oprah Winfrey Harpo Studios, Inc. 1058 West Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607
Oprah’s website is www.oprah.com
Jada Pinkett Smith has a Facebook page.
Betty White, P.O. Box 491965, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Agency for the Performing Arts L.A., 405 S Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212-4425
Anderson Cooper has a website for his show. www.andersoncooper.com
I know everybody in the world is so very busy. But I also know that a bunch of you people are crazy about animals and take real satisfaction in knowing you've helped to save the scared, sick, and homeless ones. So I'm asking for your help. I want you to help me set up a future that increases the number of dogs and cats that can be saved. You guys are the team around the core of this thing. You've been with me through thick and thin. Now we need a bigger pool of help and homes. Thanks for anything you're willing to do.
Have a great weekend!