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Fashion, Marcy To The Rescue

Cool Collaboration For A No Kill Los Angeles

Kitty Stardust Charity Tee by Langley Fox x Wren

Cynthia:  The photo above is artist Langley Fox wearing her own designed tee for Wren called “Kitty Stardust”. It’s $65 and 100% of the proceeds go to NKLA – No Kill Los Angeles Animal Shelters.

It’s so exciting that Los Angeles is poised to become the largest “No Kill” city by the year 2017.

Marcy:  Who are they not killing?

Cynthia:  Adoptable cats and dogs.

Marcy (horrified):  Why would they kill adoptable cats and dogs?

Cynthia:  Because so many thousands of unwanted animals go into the shelters that they have no room for them. I thought you knew that.

Marcy looks stricken.

Cynthia:  But it’s getting better!

Years and years of hard work by nonprofit rescue groups (big and little) as well as individuals, and the shelters themselves, are finally paying off. It is so incredibly encouraging.

One of these big organizations is Best Friends Animal Society which is a huge proponent of the NKLA movement. They contribute through grants, advertising, staff, and even set up a gorgeous new adoption facility just a few blocks from my apartment. In fact, there is a rumor that because of their proximity to the West LA Shelter, the West La Shelter is already a No Kill facility. They are a force I tell ya.

Best Friends is also actively involved in TNR (trap/neuter/return). They work with FixNation in sterilizing feral cats. FixNation has sterilized over 100,000 community cats since they opened in 2007. To be able to use these resources as a trapper has been such a relief.

Marcy:  Why?

Cynthia:  Because it now feels hopeful out there. It really feels like there’s a way out of this horrible mess. And when you reach out for assistance or guidance… it’s actually there.

Kitty Stardust Charity Tee by Langley Fox x Wren

Cynthia:  Plus, as you can see from the Langley Fox/Wren collaboration, it is now super stylish to be an animal advocate.

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to NKLA for providing resources and hope. And to Langley Fox and Wren for furthering the cause with fabulous feline fashion.


Fashion, Marcy To The Rescue

Much More Than Me (part two)

Cynthia wearing The White Kuai tee by Much More Than Me

Cynthia:  Last night I decided to pair my Much More Than Me rescue tee with an old but favorite Anthropologie skirt. Just to be different. Just to see if I could get away with wearing a tshirt with a fancy skirt like the kids do today.

Marcy:  Did you get mocked?

Cynthia:  No. I got compliments! And lots of people asked me about my shirt. So I thought I would blog about Much More Than Me again.

In a nutshell, Much More Than Me is a small Los Angeles based company that sells tshirts with a portion of the proceeds going to animal rescue. The shirts contain powerful messages and artistic images.  Here is an image of what the back view of my tee looks like.

Back View of The White Kuai tee

Cynthia:  The founders, Caryn Casey and Kathy Schmidt, started their company to raise awareness, compassion, and funds for non-profits who work to save society’s abandoned and neglected animals.

I really love love love these start-ups that work so diligently to make a positive difference for our world. Or, as Caryn and Kathy say, “Wear the Change. Live the Love.”

Shall we, Marcy?

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to Much More Than Me for putting their heart and soul into a business that is much more than us!

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Cynthia and Marcy


Marcy:  Wait a minute. Is that a DOG on your shirt?!! Gasp.

Cynthia looks guilty. Then alarmed. She rushes out of the room with Marcy in hot pursuit.

Marcy:  A dog, Cindy?! A DOG?!


My first and more extensive post about the wonderful Much More Than Me can be found here.



Feline, Marcy To The Rescue

Cats Helping Kids/Kids Helping Cats

Landon and Therapy Cat, Huck Finn
Photo by Cathy Cheney/Portland Business Journal

Cynthia:  Who says cats and kids are a bad combination?

Marcy:  That’s a terrible myth propagated by cat haters and psycho helicopter parents. And maybe possibly an isolated incident here and there.

Cynthia:  Ugh. Don’t get me started on irresponsible human behavior.

Marcy:  I won’t ’cause you’ll go on about it forever.

Cynthia:  Anyway, the above photo is from a news story I found on the wonderful website, Love Meow. That’s a therapy cat named Huck Finn who visits ill kids at Doerenbecher Childrens Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Therapy Cat, Huck Finn with patient
Photo by Cathy Cheney/Portland Business Journal

Cynthia:   Look at that smile. I mean, how could you not feel better after petting a cute fuzzy kitty?

Marcy:  Well, it has been scientifically proven that cat purrs are healing. Scientists say so. We blogged about it here.

Cynthia:  And then, there is this fantastic program at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania where kids practice their reading to the shelter cats. It’s called Book Buddies.

Colby and Kitty 
Photo by Animal Rescue League of Berks County

Cynthia:  The benefit here is twofold. The cats get some highly enjoyable people time and the kids get to practice their reading skills on an adoring audience.

Marcy:  You’re wrong. It’s threefold.

Cynthia:  How so?

Marcy:  These kids families may adopt a cat or two. They’ll feel love and compassion for society’s downtrodden and abandoned. They’ll learn why spay/neuter is so important.

Cynthia:  That’s fivefold. Wow Marcy, you are really surprising me here. I’ve never heard so much kindness coming from you.

Marcy looks startled and alarmed.

Marcy:  Really? Uh oh.

Marcy desperately looks around for something to terrorize. 

Cynthia:  It’s okay. I like Friendly Marcy.

Marcy:  I don’t.

Marcy ferociously attacks Cynthia’s toes. 

Cynthia:  Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. OW. Marcy!

Marcy:  Sorry. I thought they were very small mice mocking me.



Fashion, Marcy To The Rescue

What To Wear When Rescuing Cats? Why, Anthropologie, Of Course

Cynthia:  This is what I wore last Wednesday to celebrate National Feral Cat Day. Cat ears and an Anthropologie Corey Lynn Calter skirt.


Marcy:  Wait. You celebrated? I thought you were supposed to cry. I mean, that’s what you usually do.

Cynthia (ignoring her):  It occurred to me that I frequently wear Anthropologie clothes when I am out doing cat rescue. So I thought I’d share.

Marcy (alarmed):  Oh no! Are you going to post another hundred photos of yourself?

Cynthia:  Umm…let’s see…1..2…3…4… Nope. Only four. You know, Marcy, many of our readers are Anthropologie lovers and they may appreciate this.

Marcy:  Fine. It’s Anthropologie in action.

Cynthia: Here I am wearing Anthropologie’s Charleston Henley Blouse when I was accepting a grant on behalf of The Kris Kelly Foundation from the Pacific Palisades Women’s Club. This photo is from The Palisades Post.



Cynthia: Here I am wearing an Anthropologie Deletta tee when I was helping out a family in Cerritos.

Those are kitties in the car. I had humanely trapped them the night before and in this picture they had just been spayed/neutered by FixNation. After recuperating for another night, I released them to their original location  – the family’s backyard. And that is where they happily live today. The process is called TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) and it is the most effective and humane way to reduce the feral cat population.



Cynthia: Here I am wearing Anthropologie’s Elkanah Jacket. That kitty and 8 others were living behind a motel in Los Angeles. We humanely trapped all nine. Five kittens we adopted to great homes and four adults had to be returned since they were semi-feral. They have an excellent person feeding them and are doing great.



Cynthia:  And here I am at the opening of PetSmart in Los Angeles wearing the Abbreviated Blazer and the Loosened Shelby top. The Kris Kelly Foundation shows their adoptable cats and dogs here. PetSmart Charities donates space in their stores, as well as money for spay/neuter programs to 501c3 rescue groups.



Cynthia: The blonde in the white shirt is the beautiful Kris from The Kris Kelly Foundation. I learned how to do TNR through her rescue.

Marcy:  Oh I love her!

Cynthia:  Me too!

Marcy:  You know, Cindy, just because you wear Anthropologie doesn’t mean that you haven’t already fallen into the abyss of Crazy Cat Ladydom. You’ve been bonkers for a while now.

Cynthia:  I know, but I love you sooo much!

Cynthia spontaneously scoops up Marcy and gives her some smooches.



Marcy:  Oh geez. Here we go again.



Feline, Marcy To The Rescue

A New Meme On Monday

“In rescuing animals,

I lost my mind

but found my soul”


Marcy:  That’s a somewhat sappy and pretentious meme you got there, Cindy.

Cynthia:  Really? I thought it was humorous. And the pic is so cool! Striking, in fact.

Marcy:  It reeks of earnestness and new-agey spiritual condescension. Like people with babies who say ridiculous things to you like “you don’t know what love is until you have a child.”

Cynthia:  Yeah. That was kind of a mean thing to say to me. So why can’t I be earnest back and lecture about animal rescue?

Marcy:  Because it’s… (Marcy thinks for a moment) … derivative!

Cynthia:  Derivative of what?

Marcy:  Derivative of  being an asshole.

Cynthia:  What!? I don’t think you know what derivative means.

Marcy:  Oh, I KNOW what it means. You’re the one who has lost her mind.

Cynthia:  I know! That is what the meme is about!

Marcy swishes her tail around and glowers.

Cynthia:  Why on earth are you being so contrary?

Marcy:  I don’t know. I guess I liked talking about shoes better. Tomorrow I am taking over and talking about shoes.

Cynthia (impishly):  You know what shoes have, Marcy? Shoes have soles! Bwahhhaaahaahaa haa haa!

Marcy:  Sigh… Living with a mindless soul is not as easy as living with a soulless mind.

Cynthia:  But seriously, do you think anyone will get my Duran Duran reference?

Marcy:  Double sigh…


Fashion, Marcy To The Rescue

Much More Than Me

Cynthia:  Much More Than Me – an online Tshirt shop dedicated to raising money and awareness for rescue animals –  is contributing $7 of every sale on their site to The Kris Kelly Foundation! The promotion goes through August 31st. Here’s a pic of Kris wearing one of the shirts.

Kris in The White Kuai shirt
Photo By Sara Cozolino Photography

Cynthia:  The Kris Kelly Foundation is a 501c3 rescue dedicated to rescuing and rehoming the lost, abandoned, and abused animals of Los Angeles. I have never seen anyone so driven when it comes to saving the lives of our animals. Kris is a force, I tell ya! Compassionate. Relentless. Beautiful.

Photo by Sara Cozolino Photography

Cynthia:  Much More Than Me– in their own words – “was created to reinforce the importance of acting with greater compassion, awareness, and generosity.” Not only do they give money to rescues from the proceeds of their sales, the shirts themselves contain powerful messages. This is the back view of The White Kaui tee from above.

Back View of The White Kuai Tee

Cynthia:  This one below has an uplifting message of what one receives in return for taking a rescue animal into their home.

Why Rescue Tee?

Cynthia: And here’s the back view.

Back View of the Why Rescue? Tee

Cynthia:  Love the messages. Love the cause. Love all those out there trying to make a difference.

Thank you, Kris! Thank you Much More Than Me!

Marcy:  Wait a minute! Hold your chihuahua! Where are the cats?

Cynthia: Marcy, not everything has to be about cats.

Marcy:  Yes it does!

Cynthia:  Okay, okay. Here it is. It’s called Unconditional Means Forever. Which is how I feel about you. I love you even when you have a bad attitude, regurgitating food issues, and terrorist tendencies towards our carpet.

Unconditional Means Forever Tee

Marcy:  I like it! I only wish everyone felt this way.

Cynthia:  Me too, Marcy. But you know what? A LOT of amazing people DO feel this way and are making incredible differences for the lives of rescue animals. Any one can do something – big or little – it ALL matters. And it can start with a purchase of a Tee. Woo Hoo!


Beautiful and Immense

“photo of man rescuing two cats in a flood”

This picture smacked me in the face as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed.

Yes. Smacked me in the face so hard I lost the ability to breathe and my face got puffy and my eyes welled.

Kind of like when I saw the Grand Canyon for the first time. Ya ya I thought … whatever… trees… rocks… a big hole in the ground…and then … BAM… SMACKED in the FACE.

(Please note that I have never actually been smacked in the face.)

Most of the time I feel insane for loving my cats as much as I do and then I see this and am relieved to know I am not the only one out there with this sort of insanity.

Although, looking at the picture I am not entirely sure if I would really be that guy.

I am a flight type of person – not a fighter. When the electric wires above my apartment caught fire a few years ago and threatened to engulf the entire complex, I got the hell outta there. Fast. So fast that I completely forgot about Marcy and our other cat, Scooter. So really, I will be the frantic sobbing wailing person on the side of the road –  who other people look at with disdain – screaming about her cats.

Kind of random moral of the story:  Microchip your pets. That way, if you can’t be your cat’s hero in the 2nd place, you can be her hero in the 1st place. (she said in her best wise Oprah voice)  Found Animals states it perfectly with their handy dandy infographic!




Welcome to Marcy Very Much!


Cynthia:  Hey Marcy, look at this! I set up your own cat blog. Marcy Very Much. Woo Hoo!


Marcy:  Yeah. So?
C:  Um…Sooo… now you can
post all that stuff you’re always complaining about along –
M:  Oh good. I hate that stuff! It makes me mad!
C:  (ahem) … along with
other cool cat stuff and hopefully raise some awareness about –  and
provide solutions for – feral/abandoned cats. AND – possibly raise some funds
for our favorite Non Profit Cat Rescues. Maybe some fashion too! We can do
whatever we want – it’s OUR blog!
M:  No! I hate other
cats. No  ******** way!
C:  Marcy. This is a PG rated blog.
M:  Yeah well.
C:  Oh, Marcy… You are too
M:  Whatever. What did
you do with my sunspot?