River Call: A piece dedicated to Tamarah Cohen, and her River Cat Mission
It can be difficult to sum up a remarkable and inspiring person like Tamarah Cohen, founder of the Kyoto River Cat Mission, and a long time dedicated supporter of Japan Cat Network.
We want to thank Tamarah for all that she has done and continues to do for animals, despite the difficult area and circumstances.
Those wishing to see more of Tamarah’s incredibly beautiful photos of the Kyoto River Cats, and the nature that surrounds them, can follow her on facebook. Her facebook page details several easy ways of helping to support the work, including an Amazon Wishlist. Better yet, forever be a part of this epic story as it continues to unfold by contacting Tamarah to sponsor (and name) one of the river kitties.
Long before the sun does, she rises. The cats are calling. She pedals across a Kamo River bridge, baskets piled high. She answers the call.
We are lonely, they say, hungry. We are afraid, eager, playful, nervous, and shy. Alive. We were unloved, unwanted, invisible, until we met her. Now, she is our life, our love, our happiness. Our only hope. We called, she answered.
Others walk along the same river. Some see, but don’t see, don’t think, don’t care. Some become angry and protective of their path, their park, their place. They will not, must not, share. A kind response to a call for help becomes a daily battle cry. Smashed, broken, stomped upon, and still, she will not be deterred. She answers the call.
A teacher, artistic, smart, and brave. Strong. A communicator. She speaks for the cats, tells their stories. And when their stories are finished, some far too quickly, she tells of the leaving. She is the one to say goodbye, to tell how they have been here and gone.
A quiet student of birds, and the wide patterned sky, she is a miner of moments. Into her baskets, now empty, she collects pebbles for the journey back. Smooth, round, sharp, brilliant, shining, these captured moments return and become an album of many. Each, a monument to long days spent in meaningful pursuit.
A message in a bottle. Look! See this gift of life, that we share, this beautiful tragic determination to live and be loved. This means something.
Now the call is heard far and wide. It echoes across mountains, over oceans. It resonates. Others answer. A kind wind rushes back, whispering encouragement, quietly following a woman and many cats, as they make their way along the bank of a river in Kyoto.
This coming week Addy (doggie) and Tom (cat) will get their needed dental work/teeth extraction. They deserve comfort and better quality of life while waiting for their furever homes... You can donate online via our website by credit card or if you have a postal account (it's easy and no extra fees!) Japan Postal Account Name: Japan Pet Network 14420 -3929901 *if transferring money from another institution/bank use Branch number: 448 and (0392990) * We will gladly coordinate jidoubarai paperwork (monthly autopay) International money orders accepted but sorry no personal checks. CONTINUED SUCCESS and TIA for your kind donations.
Good tips from the Sacramento Bee Pets column, on helping your pets extend and enjoy their elder years. Also, if you read down to the Buzz section about the Million Cat, we'd just like to add: Challenge accepted! :-)
Japan Cat Network participated to the Bandai Matsuri this week end
In order to thank our amazing volunteers, we have decided to start introducing them to you. Today, our volunteer under the spotlight is Pierre.