Rachel Shubin -Inaugural Homer's Hero!

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Rachel Shubin has been a friend ever since she interviewed me for her high school newspaper back in 2010.  Her passion and compassion for animal welfare have always been evident to all who know her. Now a college freshman, Rachel continues her efforts on behalf of animals in need.  Here’s Rachel’s mom, Julie, on why Rachel should be our inaugural “Homer’s Hero.”

I'd like to nominate Rachel Shubin for “Homer's Heroes.”  Rachel has been volunteering with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Organization (LDR) since she was 12 years old.  Rachel volunteers at adoption events almost every Friday night. Not many teenagers would be willing to hang out with her parents and other adult volunteers and give up a Friday night.  At rescue events, Rachel often handles scared cats and tries to help socialize these cats.  She is an expert claw trimmer, too.  Rachel has written articles and ad copy for LDR and is always willing to pitch in to do anything that the rescue needs.  Rachel also passionately writes about cats and her experience rescuing cats in her cat blog, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."> 

Here are two specific stories about Rachel's commitment to LDR. Two years ago, our family fostered a very young pregnant cat (Rachel was still in high school).  She agreed that the foster cat could live in her bedroom so that Piper would be isolated from our family cats.  The first night we had, Piper, she prematurely delivered her kittens (a whole month early so the kittens were not developed), the whole process taking from about 3 a.m to 6 a.m.  It was so sad and upsetting to see the unformed kittens and very messy.  Rachel stayed calm and did her best to comfort Piper and help her get through it.  A day later, Piper got very sick (extremely anemic) and it turned out that she had one kitten left inside her and needed an emergency spay.  When Piper came home, Rachel took such good care of her.  She helped me create blanket steps to her bed so that she would not have to jump up and down.  Piper would sleep on Rachel's chest.   Needless to say, we were all too attached to Piper to adopt her out, so now Piper lives happily in our home.  http://www.sandpipercat.blogspot.com/

One Friday night, during a rescue event, a recently spayed kitten acted strangely and Rachel saw something coming out of the kitten's tummy.  It turned out that the kitten's spay had opened (allergic to the stitches) and her internal organs were coming out the opening.  Rachel remained calm enough to get an adult to help, Rachel kept the other kitten safe, and the Petsmart vet took the injured kitten to clean and stitch her back up.  The kitty was saved and happily adopted by another volunteer weeks later.  Not many teens or for that matter adults, would have the composure that Rachel had that night.

These two stories are particularly amazing because Rachel tends to be on the squeamish side, but is able to overcome it when necessary.

And, even though cats are Rachel's thing, Rachel keeps a dog leash (as do her parents) in her car -- as one too many times we have run into a loose neighborhood dog that has strayed from his/her home.  She's always ready to aide in any type of rescue!

As a college student, Rachel continues to do rescue most Friday nights and I think one of the reasons she didn't want to go to college far away is so that she can continue doing her LDR rescue.  Rachel didn't just do rescue to put it on her college applications; rescue is a part of her life.

Rachel, without a doubt, would be a perfect Homer's Hero.

Thank you, Rachel, for all you continue to do on behalf of cats like Homer who’d never get that “second chance” if not for outstanding humans like you!


  • Michelle Wilson Saturday, 24 November 2012

    Rachel Shubin -Inaugural Homer's Hero!

    What an amazing young lady! I realize there is hope for the future when I read about people like her. I hope she decides to become a Vet. The animals would be lucky to have her!

  • Rachel Shubin! Saturday, 24 November 2012

    I'm so honored!

    Gwen & Homer - I am so excited to be the first Homer's Hero! It is such an honor :) The new website is amazing, of course I love the idea of Homer's heroes and I love the covers of Homer's Odyssey scrolling in all the different languages it has been published in, very neat!

  • Layla Morgan Wilde Saturday, 24 November 2012

    Purrs of congrats to Rachel

    Rachel is a remarkable young woman. I first met her at the CWA conference in 2011 and along with a small posse of other cat lovers, placed Rachel under our protective wing. She's no longer a fledgling and destined to fly high. P.S. Gwen, love the fresh new look!

  • Rachel Shubin! Saturday, 24 November 2012

    Thank you Layla!

    Thanks Layla! I appreciate you looking out for me! Hope to see you soon.

  • Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz Saturday, 24 November 2012

    I, too, am proud to call Rachel friend. To see the commitment in a young person is both reaffirming and reassuring about the future and the cats she can help...

  • Rachel Shubin! Saturday, 24 November 2012

    Thank you Teri >^..^

  • GypsyGeisha Saturday, 24 November 2012

    What an amazing and compassionate Gal! Thanks for all the great work you do to help our feline friends...Homer's Hero is a MUCH deserved honor.

  • Gina Ysunza Sunday, 09 December 2012

    Homer's Heroes

    Well deserved recognition! I'm proud to say I have the pleasure of volunteering with Rachel and her family at Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. The Shubins have raised an amazing young lady :-)

  • Kumo Wednesday, 19 December 2012

    Is Naoto Matsumura going to be a Homer Hero???!!!

    Dear Gwen,
    I just saw on your facebook page a message from Nauto Matsumura!!!!
    What a boost if he would be the H.H. (Homer Hero) for January 2013!!! He is a "bigger than life" hero whose courage, generosity and endurance needs recognition world wide. Thank you for all your support for each one who, in their own way, is compassionately caring for animals world wide. The task is huge and needs encouragement on every level.
    Grateful greetings,

  • Lori Garratt-Sharp Monday, 18 February 2013

    Gwen: --- Homer's Odyssey book.

    I just finished reading your Homer's Odyssey book. I thoroughtly enjoyed it. You are a very good writer. It open people's eyes to the abilities of all sorts of disabled creatures, including people. Additionally, your writing skills keep the reader interested. I was especially intrigued by the insdie view of living in Ground-Zero during the 9/11 attacks. Liviing far away in Portland, OR you just don't get the same viewpoint as a person walking through the devastation as you did, franically trying to reach your beloved furry children like any concerned/worried pet mama. It was an awe-inspiring portrayal. Thank you for enlightnening my life with your kitty tales of all three (or more now) of your kids. Laurence sounds like a jewel too. You made a good selection. I imagine Homer is very old now... I hope he's still alive. Thank you so much for sharing..

  • Claudia Wednesday, 20 February 2013

    This book is a balm!

    Dear Gwen & all animal lovers,
    Thank you so much for existing... This place is a better place because of each of you!
    I've just finished the book in English, and since I am from Brazil, my mom is going to get one in Portuguese as my gift!
    Thank you ALL!

  • lisa snider Thursday, 27 February 2014


    I know you are doing great things and am happy that other people do care about animals. All 6 of my dogs and one cat are all rescues, i would not have it any other way. Every animal must be treated well. They do have feelings, they grieve, they get sick, they need proper care, they hurt when people are MEAN!!!!!!! Put your self in their place. Think about that.!!!!!!!!!!!! People who mistreat animals or any person is a low sliverly, snake, rapscallion. Also your are mean and a cowherd.

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