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Sugar the Blind Kitty!

Sugar is a blind cat in New Jersey--a sweet boy looking for a new home for the new year so he doesn't end up in a kill shelter. 

So those of you who live on the eastern seaboard (and parts of the Midwest as well) know all about the brutal blizzard that pummeled us here in the tri-state area this weekend.

Greetings and Merry Christmas!  Since so many of us are, by now, home for the holidays--and since this shelter has generated a couple of "Christmas miracles" these past few weeks--it is my very great pleasure to present this week's Shelter of the Week: Now I'm Home Animal Rescue in Nashville, Tennessee.

Meet Annie, one of the many adorable rescues up for adoption at Now I'm Home!

Good news--the Zadroga Bill has passed the Senate!  9/11 first responders will receive the medical care they so desperately need and, as The New York Daily News so aptly puts it, our sense of national honor has been restored.  Here's a link: everybody who sent an email to their Senators yesterday supporting the Zadroga Act.  I will have books out to you just as soon as I get them from my publisher!  I'm afraid I won't be able to give away any more books to anybody who didn't write to me yesterday, but I encourage those of you just now coming to my blog and reading about this for the first time to take action anyway.  Every so often, it's important to tell our government in no uncertain terms that we expect them to do the right thing!  :-D
Wow!  You guys are AMAZING!!!  The below post has been up for less than an hour, and already I've gotten copies of 100 emails from you to your senators!  THANK YOU!!!!!!!  Keep spreading the word--Tweet this, Facebook it, email your friends...let's make our voices heard! :-D

I just need you to do me one quick favor first.

Help make a Christmas miracle!

Greetings, all!  Iris goes to her new home with my editor, Caitlin, this weekend.   Caitlin's really excited, as am I.  And Iris looks pretty happy, too!  Here's a picture taken of her just yesterday in her foster home:

Meet the kitties of Domino's House!

This week's Shelter of the Week is located in Palm City in my very own home state of Florida (Florida in the house, y'all!  Whoot whoot!).  They're a no-kill cat sanctuary called Domino's House, and if you don't fall in love with this picture then you're made of sterner stuff than I am!

Hope everybody had a fantastic weekend!  Thanks again to everybody who helped get the word out about Iris.  As an added bonus, the shelter that had been caring for her was able to rescue two kitten siblings (one who is missing a foot) from a high-kill shelter, mere hours before they were scheduled to be euthanized, once they knew they'd have a newly freed-up spot.  When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you so frequently have the chance to save two lives instead of one--and I'm really just so thrilled with how this story turned out!  :-)

Iris the cat has found a "fur-ever" home!

Iris, a sweet blind kitty who needs a "fur-ever" home

Meet the kitties of Rustic Hollow Shelter!

Greetings, all!  It is my very great pleasure to introduce you to the outstanding kitties (and even more outstanding humans) of Rustic Hollow Shelter.

Well, I meant to post earlier in the week than this--and to include some photos of my trip--but I've had a very difficult time detaching Homer from my lap and arms these past couple of days.  He cries and cries if I try to do anything that doesn't include him (that would include sleeping, by the way)--and, of course, it doesn't take much to make me feel terribly guilty for having left him for two whole weeks.

Hello, all!  I'm finally back in New York (and done with my book tour).  Just got off the plane two hours ago! I have many wonderful stories and photos to share from my trip, but they'll have to wait as Homer will NOT let me type!  He's always happy when I get back from a trip, but I've never seen him quite this frantic about it--although that's probably because I've never been away from him for quite this long (17 days!).  Scarlett, of course, is her usual blase self...although she has made a point of letting me know, in a more quiet and dignified way than Homer, that she missed me too.  ;-)  Check in over the next few days for new posts--but in the meantime, it's good to be back.  I missed you guys!!!

Happy Wednesday!  This is my last blog post until Thanksgiving week, as I'm leaving tomorrow morning to head to Hawaii, where I'll visit Scott Kester, the winner of last year's "Homer for the Holidays/Win a Visit From Gwen Cooper" contest (I swear he won legitimately!), and do a reading at the Borders in Kona on the Big Island.  Laurence and I are swinging through San Francisco on our way back to visit one of our dearest friends, and while we're there I'll also do a San Francisco reading.  Scroll down for details!

Homer and I wish all of you a spoooooooky Halloween!
View from my balcony, five minutes ago...

So I've been thinking about Vashti a lot today, more than I have in the past few weeks.  The feeling of thinking about her was so strong that I kept walking past her old favorite napping spots and expecting to see her there...before I caught myself being forgetful.

Good morning, everybody!  As you may know, I recently donated $10,000 to Blind Cat Rescue, a wonderful organization in North Carolina and one of only two shelters in the country that provides a life-time home specifically for blind cats.

They're hanging on to that $10,000 in the hopes that they'll be able to break ground on a new building that could house many more kitties who would otherwise be killed in shelters just because they're blind.