EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: DebbieB's Cat Rescue Story

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Monday, March 16, 2009

DebbieB's Cat Rescue Story

Hi Michele:

I have a little story I’d like to share with you, and you can post it on the site if you wish. I donate a fair amount of money to the SPCA and the Humane Society, but recently I had a chance to do something more concrete.

I have five beautiful ferrets, so I always thought it would be difficult for me to adopt a stray cat or dog. But for three nights in a row, a little black and white cat cried at my back door. I fed her, but I was afraid to let her inside in case she brought disease or harmed the ferrets. But the weather was well below freezing, and I finally decided I had to invite her inside.

Sadly, she was already pregnant, so I made the difficult decision to have her spayed, aborting the kittens, because there are already far too many unwanted cats in the world.

But she immediately settled in and was deliriously happy to be here, and I love having her. And one of the most fun things is watching as she learns to play with the ferrets.

Fortunately, ferrets cannot catch feline distemper, so I didn’t have to worry about that; she didn’t have fleas or ear mites, but she did have skin mites, so everybody got treated for that.

Her name is Camille (Cami for short), and she purrs every time I go near her. At night she sleeps on my bed, and during the day, when the ferrets are sleeping in a drawer, she sleeps next to them.

It is such a joy to know that I rescued this sweet little cat from cold and hunger, loneliness, and repeated unwanted pregnancies. And she has brought so much laughter and affection into my life.

I’ll attach a couple of photos of Cami with the ferrets.

Best wishes,


  1. What a beautiful story, I enjoy cats, and I would have done the same thing, I think cats and ferrets make great friends.

  2. Aw - this got me so teary!! Cami deserves a wonderful 4EVER home ... I am so glad that she found you! HugZ & health to all!

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  4. Excellent story! Found your blog through a new follower...so glad I stopped by! What a simply wonderful site!!! Cami is a sweet little cat. :)

  5. Hi I would love to join! I just signed up for yahoo group!

  6. What a wonderful story, I'm so glad she was able to find you, I really believe animals have a sense about things like this and she knew you were the one for her!!There's always room for one more,huh? Cute picture!! Carol


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