Melanie Teller via Crowdrise
October 20, 2011
BENEFITING: Kitten Rescue
ORGANIZER: Kitten Rescue
EVENT: Honda LA Marathon 2012
EVENT DATE: Mar 18, 2012
Hi Everybody! Well, my story is a simple one. I don’t have nor am I recovering from a horrible disease. I’m not super old, nor am I super young—I haven’t accomplished anything super-fantastic that I recall, other than completing my Bachelor of Arts degree at the age of 51. I consider myself a regular, average, run-of-the mill person, who just happens to be a “crazy cat lady” (by my own definition!).
Late in 2003 I took in a rather skinny cat that was found wandering in my apartment complex. I quickly recognized this cat as one that had belonged to some people who had moved out over three months earlier. The cat then was a chubby boy and a bit shy with people. This cat was now super thin—and though wary of people, he readily ate some food I put out for him. I managed to get him into my apartment and after a few months he was healthy enough to put up for adoption. A work friend told me about Kitten Rescue, whom she had adopted her two cats from. I contacted Kitten Rescue, and became a Community Foster in order to find a new home for this kitty called Jack (I remembered the name he was called by his former people—who had moved away leaving him behind). Jack was the introduction to my becoming a full-fledged foster for Kitten Rescue. He ended up wrapping his paw around my heart, and today is still in my household, amongst a myriad of other kitties. Jack has had quite a few health issues the past 2 ½ years, but he remains a staunch reminder as to why I have dedicated myself to helping kitties (and other animals) in need.
Throughout my tenure with Kitten Rescue, I have become adept at socializing feral kitties, both small and a few older kittens. Some folks have called me a “cat whisperer” at times—I just tell them that perhaps I was a cat in a prior life! I’ve helped a people to understand how kitties think and how they could better handle some situations—including encouraging others to trap-neuter-return feral kitties, and helping in other ways where I can. Sometimes it’s helping a fellow foster/cat lover with their situation and not just the animal itself.
Because of the above, and the fact that one of my mentors and good friend, Minoo, was so successful in raising over $5,000 in the past 2011 L A Marathon (her very first marathon and first time doing this type of fundraiser); I am encouraged to put forth my best efforts and fundraise for Kitten Rescue by participating in the 2012 LA Marathon.
UPDATE: 03-03-12 - Due to various reasons, I have had to aim my efforts to the LA Big 5K (3.1 miles) being held the day before on March 17th, 2012. PLEASE support me in my effort to get into good enough shape to handle this "race" at a 20 minute mile walk. I could use moral support as well as fundraising support! I have $295 to go to meet my current fundraising goal of $400.! THANK YOU!
For more information, please go to our website at www.kittenrescue.org/LAMarathon or e-mail us directly at TeamKittenRescue@yahoo.com
ON BEHALF OF THE HOMELESS CATS AND DOGS WHO YOU WILL BE HELPING SAVE, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!