Monday’s pets on furniture and a plea for help

Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2012 by KiM

If you’d like to send me photos to include in next week’s “pets on furniture” post, please ensure your photos follow my basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off…and your pet happens to be sitting on it. And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it’s dark or fuzzy then it may not make the cut. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.comand PLEASE don’t send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

*** Please check out my story after the jump. It’s a plea for help on behalf of an organization trying to do their part to provide sick and elderly cats a home.

This is our baby Glico, she is a three month old Dalmatian sitting on one of our Calligaris ‘Basil’ chair.
– Natsuki (Brisbane, Australia)

Anthropologie’s Cotswold Sofa, Clifford & Winston approved.
– Courtney

My Miniature Boston Terrier Rufus spends his days luxuriating on my bed, watching the boats go down the Hudson River from our NYC apartment. 
– Kiel

Sweet Pea the cat on an antique cow horn chair in Glen Arbor, MI.
– Sara

This is Henry, he’s a 9 year old Havanese, hanging out in his favorite spot in the living room.
– Krista (Chicago, IL)

This is Bonbon de Chocolate, resting in her favorite sink on the powder room. Whenever she is thirsty, she stays next to the sink, ready for me to open the faucet.
– Alicia (California)

Here is our ferret Angus on the “crapaud” chair in the living room and our Cavalier King Charles, Byron, in his favorite place: the sofa.
Sonia & Tristan (Normandy, France)

Yoshi is more known around Bondi then me! We just seem to be the people chaperoning him around town!!  He’d definitely be a local fave up at north Bondi with the kids and cafe owners who cant resist his hungry eyes. Guy the Chef up at Jo and Willlys saves a piece of his organic bacon for him every Saturday morning! It’s quite ridiculous! Not even we get treated that well!
– Dave (from last week’s reader’s home post



And now that plea for help. I received an email from Graham who works for a wonderful organization in the UK for cats who would typically be euthanized if brought to a shelter. I blogged about them a while back, here

I am Graham, a trustee of St Francis Hospice for Cats. I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who read our story and then made a donation and/or started to follow us on our social media sites after our charity was last featured here back in February.

St Francis Hospice for Cats is based in the UK in Derby and we care for elderly and ill cats. We have 20 residents at present, 10 of whom are FIV+ but are otherwise in generally good health. Most of our residents come to us as it is their last chance, either because of their age or because of an illness which they may have. We are currently looking to find a loving home for one of our residents. If you would like to know more about adopting a cat from us please visit our website or email us at

We are currently finding it difficult to get enough committed volunteers who are able to help every week to ensure that we cover all the daily needs of our adorable residents. So if you live in the UK in the Midlands and think that you may be able to give us a few hours a week then please do get in touch.

If you aren’t local to us but would still like to help you could make a donation or you could take a look at our Amazon wish list which we have recently set up.

Many thanks


I told Graham how shocked I was that they don’t have enough volunteers to cover the shifts to care for these poor cats (their main volunteer left with no warning!!). It’s one thing to not have enough money to donate, but everyone has a bit of time to spare. If I didn’t live so far away, I’d be there in a second. (On a side note, I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes because I lived right down the road from the Ottawa Humane Society until it recently moved to a larger location, and I kept telling myself I should volunteeer to walk the dogs, but I could never bring myself to do it. The shelter here does not have a no kill policy and I could not bear the thought of getting to know a dog who could possibly never leave that horrible place. Pretty selfish of me.) So if any of you have a few dollars to spare, please make a donation. And if you live near the Hospice and you have a few hours a week to spend time with these cats, please contact them. They’re a great organization and I’d love to be able to help them out again. 

Before I end this post I’ve got to show you some photos Graham sent me of some of the resident cats. I follow them on Facebook and their photos of these cats always warm my heart. 


KiM says:

Thank you Eve!!!!

sarah says:

I love Clifford & Winston on that leather sofa! Reminds me of the scene at my house…

Rebecca says:

I have sent some cat food to the Hospice, I hope the kitties enjoy it!

MidModTom says:

Glen Arbor and Chicago REPRESENT! WOOT! Some of my favorite dogs are showcased this week in outstanding photos! Bravo everyone!

Ashley says:

Thank you for bringing the cat hospice to my attention, I just made a donation!

KiM says:

Thanks Rebecca and Ashley!!

Barbara says:

I live in NYC and I'm happy to donate.
p.s. Thanks for your great, free, blog. I read it all the time, especially on Mondays.

Katie says:

Shattered I live too far away to help out the little kitties, my daughter and I were in Malta last year and wanted to bring home every stray cat we came across (they hate the car enough not sure a plane back to Melbourne Australia would have been appreciated) but I will send what I can and mention it to my relatives in the UK, I'm not sure if any are near by but we'll spread the words regardless : )
As always, makes my work day chilling out with Pets on Furniture at Lunch time! wonderful selection of characters again this week!!

Sandra says:

Thank you for that story. I have already made a donation, The city of San Antonio, Texas is working hard to become a no-kill city and are on our way! Love your blog and I look forward to Pets on Furniture. I must send photos of mine –they crack me up 🙂

KiM says:

Thanks Barbara, Katie and Sandra!

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