Category: Pet Rescue

Brew Hug for Japan: Art Auction to Support World Vets

Brew Hug cat painting
"Brew Hug for Japan" painting by BZTAT

Whenever there is a natural disaster that disrupts the lives of people, the lives of animals are turned upside down as well. Sadly, the very creatures that bring meaning and companionship to human lives often must be left behind when a disaster looms.

Rescue efforts to bring people to safety often are unable rescue pets as well. As a result, disaster victims must endure additional loss, anguish and heartbreak when they must leave a pet behind.

Animals are an integral part of our daily lives. Their lives are of great value to us when things are normal, and their safety is important to us when things go wrong, too. It is good to know that there are rescue groups who are experienced and prepared to deal with the needs of animal victims in addition to those who help human victims.

Why is it important to help animals in the face of such human tragedy as the calamity that is facing Japan right now?

Because the animals that we see in news footage wandering the streets after a disaster have names. God forbid that those names would ever be Brewskie, Okey, Slick, Noah and Who.

The earthquake and tsunami that has devastated northern Japan is one of the worst disasters to affect modern civilization. The looming threat of nuclear contamination has complicated rescue efforts for both human and animal life. It is essential that those responding to the needs of animals in Japan have resources to meet the crisis before them, just as other rescue groups do.

Paws for Japan

In concert with other pet bloggers today, I am supporting Official Paws for Japan Day. This day has been designated to raise awareness of the animal aid groups and to help raise funds for their efforts. I am helping World Vets, a rescue group actively responding to the Japan crisis by auctioning the painting above and donating all the proceeds to their efforts. I hope that you will bid generously and donate to their cause as well.

The painting is of my Twittering cat Brewskie Butt, who often sends *Brew Hugs* thru social media to those who are sad or having a rough time. In this painting, he is sending hugs to all those who are suffering in Japan – humans and other creatures.

Here is the info about the painting and the auction:

14″ H  X 10 W″ painting on wood by artist BZTAT

Leave bids in increments of $10 below in the comments section.

Minimum Bid $50 USD

Shipping: $25 USA $45 International

BUY NOW OPTION: You can buy this piece now for $170 as long as no bids have been made in the comments below. Simply write BUY NOW in the comments and send a payment of $170 + shipping via PayPal to bztat at

Highest bid at 11:00 pm EST on Saturday 3/19/11 wins the piece.

Winning bidder: send payment of bid + shipping to Paypal using email address: bztat at

Please allow 4 weeks for shipping.


Please be sure to visit the other blogs posting for Official Paws for Japan Day:


Critter Updates: Percy, Andy and Okey have all found homes!

Digital Art by BZTAT

I am SOOOOOO happy to write today’s post!

I received a phone call last night that Percy the Wonder Cat and his adopted brother Andy have both found a home in the local Stark County area! They will be staying together and will be going to live with a local family. YAY!!!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped in searching for a home for these two cats. It truly was a worldwide effort. I had folks around the world tweeting and re-tweeting about Percy and Andy’s need for a home, and I received the sweetest emails from people who wanted to help.

Special thanks go to Dorian Wagner at Your Daily Cute and Gwen Cooper from Homer’s Odyssey who truly sent out a worldwide call of hope and love for these two cats. And I am deeply indebted to Jill Kirsch of Cripple Creek Ferals and Friends for listing them on her Petfinder site .

And little Okey, formally a parking lot kitty, then a studio cat, has a permanent home as well!

I hear it is called “Foster Failure” when a cat that is fostered ends up becoming the pet of the foster family. Failure, though, does not seem to be a word that fits Okey.

Call me a sucker, but I just couldn’t give her up after all the time I spent rescuing her and helping her acclimate to a new world. Yes, Okey is staying with me.

I want to emphasize that I simply could not have kept her and ensured that she received proper vetting were it not for the financial support that my devoted friends and fans shared. As I am transitioning from a career as a counselor to one of a full time artist, my finances have been very unpredictable of late.

$305 was donated towards Okey’s care! She was spayed last week and received all her shots and medical needs. She has recovered well, and is now getting to know the other four felines in my home. All I can say about that is she learned some assertiveness out there in that parking lot.

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Brew and Okey
Brew and Okey

Okey whisker slapped Brewskie Butt a few times, but they are starting to become pals. I was so thrilled that I had camera in hand for their first nose tap!

I personally call it a “Foster Success”.

Thanks again to everyone who supported all of these critters and helped with their needs. It is so gratifying to know how much people truly care, and are willing to be the change for pets in need.

Okey the Studio Cat has been rescued from the parking lot!

It took a couple of days, but Okey the Parking Lot Kitty is now Okey the Studio Cat!

Thanks to coaching and equipment from Jill of Cripple Creek Ferals and Friends and the inspiration and support from Dorian of Your Daily Cute, I was able to capture Okey last night and bring him/her inside the studio.

As you can see, Okey is not at all a feral kitty! Once safely inside, Okey has shown that he/she is a loving and socialized cat who seems very grateful to be away from the cold, damp and dangerous outdoors.

Okey and I cannot thank Jill and Dorian enough for their help and support. I prefer to be on the PR end of rescue rather than the “in the trenches” side, so this was a nerve wracking experience for me.

I also cannot thank all of those who have provided financial and moral support for Okey’s rescue (see widget to the left if you are interested in contributing to Okey’s care). We plan to take him/her to One of a Kind Pet Rescue soon to get checked out by a vet and see about any treatments/surgeries that may be indicated.

Once Okey is checked out by the vet, we will start looking for an adoptive home. It is possible that Okey escaped from a loving family who misses him/her, so we will do what we can to see if someone is looking for him/her.

I keep saying him/her, because I am not sure yet if Okey is a he or a she. He/she is keeping the tail firmly between the legs, so it is hard to tell, but at first glance it appears Okey maybe a SHE. We will let the vet make the final determination.

There is one other thanks I need to share. I have been participating in the Nu Campaign with Nulo Pet Food, which my cat Brewskie Butt has been blogging about on his blog Just Meowin’.

Nulo has been providing us with free pet food for several weeks in order to give the food a try. We have been participating to assist my overweight Noah in losing weight as well as to enhance all my cats’ overall health.

With the exception of some tuna (sorry Charley) and some very pungent canned food to entice Okey into the live trap, Okey has been eating Nulo food exclusively. As long as he/she is with me, he/she will continue to do so. Nulo is a premium food that is packed with nutrients and not fillers, and it is perfect for restoring Okey to a healthy weight and overall status.

I think the video above is the best illustration EVER of Nulo’s motto, which is: “nutrition meets love”.

The video below was shot soon after Okey’s rescue. So soon, in fact, that the celebratory text from Auntie Dorian upon hearing of Okey’s rescue appears in the video, which was shot on my iPhone!

Thanks again to all for your support with Okey. I will keep you posted on his/her adventures!

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Disclosure: Nulo has generously provided free product and other benefits in exchange for our participation in the Nu Campaign to fight pet obesity. We are happy to be a part of this awareness campaign, however, all of the opinions about the product are mine and not dictated in any way by the company.