Sunday, March 20, 2011

World Wide Vegan Bake Sale in Brooklyn April 23, 2011

Its that time of year!
Time for World Wide Vegan Bake Sale Week April 23 - May 1!
This year we will be participating on April 23rd, 2011
and proceeds will go to local NYC rescuers:
and yours truly,
Big City Little Kitty
We will be at Natural Vitamins New York
at 671 Manhattan Avenue
between Nassau and Normal
in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
April 23, 2011
from 1 pm to 5 pm

It wasn't easy getting approval from the
manager of Natural Vitamins New York...
(It was nap time:)
But he finally came around
The last time we teamed up for a vegan bake sale, we raised money for the
This time the proceeds will help us with our expenses for
shelter and street rescues, fostering, TNR efforts and vet care.
Here is a little bit about what we do...
Let's start with some of the lucky ones
that were pulled off the euth list,
fostered and found new homes
They come in all sizes:)
Nearly 7,000 NYC cats did not get this chance in 2010
and were euthanized at the city shelter
and that does not count the ones that never made it to the shelter

But thanks to local rescue efforts
many are now safe and snug in their new furrever homes
Little Treize is among the lucky ones
As is Wallaby:)
In addition to helping cats from the shelter,
we perform TNR (trap, neuter, release)
However, any of you involved in TNR know it goes more like...
Transport, Trap, Transport,
Hold, Feed, Care,
Spay/Neuter, Vaccinate, De-worm, Transport, Recover,
(some recovery is longer and harder than others)
Transport, Release, Worry, Feed, Continue feeding and caring for...forever

And one thing we know for sure, where there's one feral cat...
There's a colony of feral cats
And they need food and shelter year round, in all types of weather
and even during holidays and vacations:)
Some are close and easy to get to and some are far
Colony caretakers manage colonies year round providing food and shelter
and digging out these shelters during and after snow storms
This young lady will never have to worry about where to
safely hide her kittens again, she was trapped and spayed 2 years ago
and remains at her warehouse safe and happy
And then there are the friendlies
The ones on the street that are not feral
The ones that walk right up to your door and ask to come in
or climb up your leg after they have been dumped in a parking lot
purring "Please help me, I promise I'll be good"
And the young ones from the feral colonies that still have a chance
to trust humans, become sweet, loving pets and be spared
the life of a street cat
Some take a little work,
some take one head rub,
but ALL take A LOT of FOOD!!!
As the kittens get bigger, the food bowls get bigger
and that means the food bills get bigger!
And in addition to the food, there are snap tests (FIV/FELV),
vaccinations and wellness checks at the vet
Sick ones need vet evaluations, medicine,
fluids and special treatments like a nebulizer
The little ones need special formula
and lots of bottles!
And then there are the injured ones, like Spice here
Spice was found injured in a snow storm and had to have his leg amputated
(Don't worry, he was adopted:)
Little Rozza, only days old,
was found in the dirt by a dog
The dog's owner saw him hanging out of her dog's mouth
and reached out for help
He was nursed back to health
Fattened up and found a good home
And then there are the mystery illnesses
The ones you throw everything at and nothing works
This involved getting multiple rounds of blood work and medicine,
and lots of nursing care,
until bloods came back normal, and they did:)
(Don't worry about them either,
they are safe and happy in their new homes now too;)

And of course there are other injuries,
like broken legs
This guy had a new mama before he even had a cast!
I brought him from the shelter, to my office
(where my coworker said "I WANT HIM"), to the vet
And burned paws
Don't worry, he got a new home too:)
Sadly, we are not able to save them all
May the ones we have lost rest in peace

And the ones we save live happily ever after!

If you can't make it to the bake sale,
but you like what we are doing and want to help
please make a donation by clicking the "DONATE"
button on the right panel of this page

If you would like to adopt one of our fosters, please visit our petfinder page
For information on how to adopt, visit our petfinder information page

All donations will be distributed equally
between North Brooklyn Cats (Shawn and Lisa),

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us
(and our lucky ones) a little better:)


  1. Okay, I think I have to be here...I love all those dudes...furry and human alike. And I like vegan cookies, which is the main reason I'm coming. What can I bring? I know..I have catnip toys from SunStones...can we sell them there too?

  2. Woohooo! That's awesome! I can't wait! Bring whatever you want! I will make a google doc for bakers soon!

  3. Yeah! We'll track our ingredient's for sure! I'm going to bring catnip toys and I'm going to make some Chuck Bass "Star Cat" felt cats...ask Eva, Shawn and Lisa..they know!! I'm going to make a special "Spice" Cat just for you!

  4. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Thank you for all being heroes! You do so much for these animals. I am in awe of the heart and soul you put into your rescue work. Thank you!

  6. This is such a great post. I "know" so many of these cats from Flickr - I really admire the work all you New York folks do. Anne (Goathouse volunteer)

  7. Thanks Anne! Right back at you! You guys do great work!

  8. Such a great time, thanks to everyone that came out for the fun! And a great big thanks to Natural Vitamins New York on Manhattan Avenue!

  9. Yes! Very thankful to all! We did great!