I am excited to meet you and tell you about my book, Cat Tails: Heart-Warming Stories about the Cats and Kittens of RESQCATS.
I began to rescue stray cats over thirty years ago and soon realized that I wanted to make a difference in as many feline lives as possible. I dreamed of creating a sanctuary for stray and abandoned cats and kittens. Once I make up my mind to do something, I do whatever it takes to make it happen!
In 1997, RESQCATS, Inc., a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of stray and abandoned cats and kittens opened its doors. My dream had become a reality. Now the hard work of rescue began. I was enthusiastic and ready to meet every challenge in order to make a difference in the world for the felines.
My philosophy has always been, "It's about the cats first." I have always believed that if the day comes that it is not about them first, then I don't need to be doing rescue anymore. That day has never come! And it never will! .
I began writing articles for the RESQCATS newsletter with the sole purpose of raising funds for the cats and kittens in our care.
As the years passed, I found that writing about the cats and kittens was a creative way for me to share my feelings about rescue and its many challenges. I began to realize the valuable lessons that the animals taught me about life. I also discovered that writing about the losses of some that could not be saved, as well as the grief I felt after losing my personal animals, was a path to healing. Putting pen to paper was a safe, less vulnerable way for me to express my feelings. Over the years, I became more comfortable sharing my views on topics that pertained to my experiences with the animals and people. I wrote to educate others about all that it takes to get many of the kitties healthy, including expensive veterinary care and the emotional ups and downs that can be involved before sending that nice, healthy fluffy little kitten home with a qualified adopter. Through the stories, donors began to realize the challenges I faced and to understand my heartfelt commitment to the cats. Supporters started to feel like they were part of the organization in a personal way and to my surprise, they were more willing to donate to RESQCATS mission.
For many years, a close friend encouraged me to write a book about my experiences because she loved the stories in the newsletters. I resisted the idea for years, but I thought about her request often. One day, I accepted the challenge and spent my vacation time for the next four years working on the book.
I had no idea what I had committed to in writing a book! First, I chose which cats and stories to include in the book...it was tough to choose! In hindsight, writing this book has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. I worked endlessly on every winter break to write, rewrite, edit, and re-edit until I was satisfied that it was the very best it could be. What became most apparent when I wrote the book was not just that I had made a difference in the lives of hundreds of stray cats, but I discovered that the impact the cats had on my life was equally profound.
The stories are truly heart-warming and uplifting. Some will draw on deep underlying emotions...while others are intensely touching and poignant. You will cry and laugh, as well as, experience humor and delight. Every story contains a meaningful, inspirational message of how animals make a difference in people's lives.
Animal lovers will enjoy the book, but it is also a book about life, choices, meeting challenges and being passionate about something.
It is my hope that my book will encourage you to expand your compassion for animals and discover a greater appreciation for the important lessons they teach us.
If I touch the heart of even a single reader, then I feel I have accomplished my goal.
As a footnote, RESQCATS has placed over 2800 stray and abandoned cats and kittens into qualified homes and 100% of the proceeds from your purchase of my book goes directly to the cats and kittens at RESQCATS.
Enjoy Cat Tails: Heart-Warming Stories about the Cats and Kittens of RESQCATS.
With love and gratitude,
About the Author
Jeffyne Telson grew up in Dallas, Texas but has spent most of the last half of her life in California. Although she has Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from Texas Tech University, she has devoted the last two decades to the pursuit of her real life’s passion…caring for stray and abandoned cats and kittens.
In 1997, Jeffyne founded RESQCATS, Inc, as a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of stray and abandoned cats and kittens.
In the ensuing 20 years, with the help of a small group of dedicated volunteers, Jeffyne has grown RESQCATS well beyond her dreams, into a highly respected rescue organization that has placed more than 2700 cats and kittens with qualified families and individuals.
Today, in addition to being the President of RESQCATS, Jeffyne and her husband, Mitch, share their Santa Barbara, California home with 14 unadoptable cats, 9 collies and 15 giant African sulcata tortoises…all rescued of course!
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In 1997, Jeffyne Telson founded RESQCATS, Inc, as a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of stray and abandoned cats and kittens.
In the ensuing 20 years, with the help of a small group of dedicated volunteers, Jeffyne has grown RESQCATS well beyond her dreams, into a highly respected rescue organization that has placed more than 2800 cats and kittens with qualified families and individuals.
And now, she has written a book about her journey of creating a cat rescue, the challenges and opportunities she has faced, and most important of all, the valuable life lessons the cats and kittens have taught her.