End of the pledge drive: a final plea for a donation to Feline Friends London

Here’s one more cat rescue story designed to prompt those of you who haven’t yet donated to the Official Website Charity® (Feline Friends London) to ante up a bit of cash. So far we have about £2500 pounds donated, but if every subscriber donated just one pound we’d have nearly £60,000! I really would be happy if those of you who read this site regularly could kick in a pound or ten (donation information below).

I will continue importuning you from time to time by enclosing endearing cat rescue stories and photos of cute kitties.

As I’ve explained before, FFL is a no-kill cat rescue organization that saves the street cats of London. It operates on an all-volunteer basis and the budget is tight. All donated money goes to rescue cats, much of it for vet bills to help injured or sick strays, or to spay, neuter, and de-worm them.

And here’s the story of one rescue of two black kittens, who happen to have been adopted by readers Laurie and Gethyn. Laurie wrote this a few days ago and sent two pictures (one cat is named after me!):

One month ago, two rescue kitten/cats moved into our lives.

They experienced immeasurable upheaval in their compendious little lives: born in a market in East London and extricated from these frightening confines before being dispatched forthwith to a fosterer, then swiftly replaced to the rescuer to be conveyed to the Vet to be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before being conducted finally to the fosterer to await adoption.

We named them Alcestis Jerry (yup, Jerry!) and Octavia Sadie and upon arrival [JAC: Laurie is a classics scholar], they persisted inside their carriers.  On the first day, they ate and drank nothing, remained in their safe room and for the first week; we disquieted ceaselessly.

Alcestis Jerry

However in four short weeks, they have taken behemothic strides: they haltingly emerged from the safe room and we began to distinguish indications that they were curious about us.

Today is day 22.  They prospect the entirety of the flat (including rooms colonised by us), confidently insert themselves upon surfaces of varying altitudes, advance up onto our bed (albeit briefly) whilst we repose in it, boisterously and uproariously play with us and each other (in fact, they keep me awake most nights and love their laser pointer), nom healthily, take treats from our hands and revel in rubs; purring emphatically.

Octavia Sadie

They are enduringly restive and occasionally scamper away from us if we move too swiftly. They have not yet been in our laps and we have not held them.

We are delighted that we are able to give them their FURever home, and we will endlessly love them.  The little jerks.

We have not had rescues previously; so, special mention to Uncle Jerry for your guidance.

Click on the screenshot below to donate using your credit card. And I assure you: every penny will be well used and will help distressed cats. Remember too that I’m giving two autographed books out to two lucky donors selected at random (each book will have a cat of the reader’s choice drawn in it).


  1. 355101pkl
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    well done ! I have already given a few pounds . I hope that others will thake this opportunity do likewise . We humans owe cats a lot. Mice owe them nothing but that is besides the point.

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    “ … donate using your credit card. And I assure you: every penny will be well used and will help distressed cats.”

    If there’s a way to avoid “foreign transaction fee”s for this donation, I’d be interested to know. I was charged something like twenty cents I assume was on top of the five pounds I further assume ended up with our heroes in London. $0.20 X the total subscribers expected to donate is not insignificant and would be better going to Feline Friends.

    • Posted March 21, 2019 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      Yes, I agree, and the FFL people are trying to arrange other ways of paying, but until then it’s not a big fee for donating.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Hey, the story alone is worth another tenner. How can you not?

  4. Jon Mummaw
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    “A group of puffins is known by a range of names – a colony, a puffinry, a circus, a burrow, a gathering, or an improbability.”

  5. John Crisp
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    I find this amount rather disappointing. I thought when I donated at the beginning that this could be a really transformative campaign. Maybe raise something like $50,000, a game changing amount for a small charity. I’m surprised more people haven’t got involved just for the fun of seeing that happen.

    I have suggested to FFL that they set up an option for regular donations, which is much more effective from a planning perspective.

    • Posted March 21, 2019 at 9:10 am | Permalink

      Yeah, so did I. Given that other “bloggers” can get tens of thousands of dollars for legal fees and stuff like that, I figured I could get a lot more. I really am disappointed, and can’t help feeling that some readers simply don’t want to offer up a few bucks when I write for hours a day for their delectation and never charge a thing. It makes me sad.

      • BJ
        Posted March 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

        Don’t make yourself feel bad by comparing it to things like bloggers asking for personal help. A lot of people feel personally connected to someone after reading their blog for a long time, and an appeal for personal help will always result in far more money donated. If you needed something like that, I would bet $100 that you would get at least ten times the amount you raised here.

        You should be proud of what you’ve done 🙂

  6. Yi Yang
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Just donated. My credit card waives foreign transaction fee. 🙂

  7. BJ
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Thank you for all you’ve done, Jerry! Who knows how many cats you’ve helped recover and find new homes (not to mention how many happy new servants you’ve helped find masters!).

    • BJ
      Posted March 21, 2019 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      And please don’t feel bad about the amount. You did everything you possibly could, most people don’t donate to things, and, like every website with subscriptions, it’s likely a majority of the subscriptions you’ve built up over the years have forgotten dropped out of your pool (though I’m sure you still have many viewers, and it’s disappointing regardless since I’m sure there are tons of non-subscribed readers like me who saw these posts). You did everything you could for this organization, and I’m sure they’re very grateful. Every penny counts, and 2500 pounds is still a big sum!

  8. Posted March 21, 2019 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I have donated to this worthy cause.

  9. Terry Lynne Pedersen
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Well, I did it. Those black beauties did it.

  10. Claudia Baker
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Two gorgeous black kitties! Love them (the jerks), lol. I have a 14-year-old cat who still keeps me up nights with his antics.

    I donated. Happy to do it.

  11. Brian Smith
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Did make a donation, though quite small as I give to other animal rescue outfits nearer my home. But this is a good cause and worthy of support

  12. Derek Freyberg
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I was slow on this, figured I’d have some time to get around to it, but they now have my money. It’s a small thanks to our gracious host.

  13. George Atkinson
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    My ancient browser kept hanging on the website, but my even more ancient tablet worked a donation.

  14. Posted March 21, 2019 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    First 10 pounds I’ve spent in nearly 30 years when I got to visit London.

  15. Jenny Hoffman
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    They look so much like my precious little jerk Priscilla who tries to take bites out of whatever cloth is nearby if I don’t scratch her head continuously!

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