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Blessings from My Cats
How I Discovered the Boundless Joy of Caring for Wild and Domestic Strays
Janet S. Dumas
“My heart was touched by Blessings From My Cats; thank you, thank you for the lifeline you provide for so many cats and continuing to remind us of our spiritual connection to animals.”—Sonya Fitzpatrick, Radio Show Host, SiriusXM, Animal Intuitive, TV Host of Animal Planet’s “The Pet Psychic” and “Pet Psychic Encounters”, Author, What the Animals Tell Me and Cat Talk
Blessings From My Cats is a collection of short stories about the rescued cats that share the author’s home and the feral cats that depend on her in the wild.
Author Janet S. Dumas became drawn to cat advocacy after her visceral reaction to a chilling expose in the newspaper about the thousands of animals being gassed to death each year by the City of San Antonio, Texas. She knew she had to take action, thus beginning her adventures into the world of Trap-Neuter-Return and caring for cats near her, both feral and domestic. Janet shares her experiences as a feral cat colony caretaker, how she came to understand the individual cats, and the relationships they built together.
She also shares her newfound commitment to adopting stray cats, realizing the enormity of the feline neglect that has become common in cities across the nation. In fact, she didn’t adopt any of her cats from a shelter—she had her pick of alley cats merely by walking outside her door.
The author takes the reader through the myriad of emotions she experiences in caring for the cats—from unmitigated jubilation to the depths of sorrow to a level of compassion that she never knew existed within her.
Blessings from My Cats provides a window into the secret lives of cats in the wild, and the surprising ways these cats demonstrate their profound appreciation for their humans on a daily basis, delighting and resonating with cat lovers of all ages.
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-57-0
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About the Author
Janet S. Dumas lives in San Antonio, Texas and is a semi-retired medical social worker. She enjoys writing, fitness, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. She has been a cat afficionado for over 40 years, and her love for animals led to an unintended journey into cat advocacy fourteen years ago. Janet is passionate about improving the lives of stray and feral cats. She enjoys caring for these vulnerable felines while educating pet owners and well, anyone who will listen, about the need for spay/neuter and our responsibility to care for God’s creatures.
Endorsements from Animal Experts:
“My heart was touched by Blessings From My Cats; thank you, thank you for the lifeline you provide for so many cats and continuing to remind us of our spiritual connection to animals.”—Sonya Fitzpatrick, Radio Show Host, SiriusXM, Animal Intuitive, TV Host of Animal Planet’s “The Pet Psychic” and “Pet Psychic Encounters”, Author, What the Aanimals Tell Me and Cat Talk
“Blessings come in all shapes and sizes and often don’t look like blessings at all. This very personal account of one woman’s blessed relations with the cats in her life offers a good reminder to stay alert to the unexpected.”—Craig Brestrup, PHD, Author, Disposable Animals
“In this collection of charming stories, Dumas captures an intimate relationship with cats, from those who share her home to those who rely on her care in the wild. Her insights will deliver a deeper understanding of the bond shared between people and cats.”—Cathy M. Rosenthal, Author, The Lucky Tale of Two Dogs, Columnist, San Antonio Express News, “Animal Matters”
“A captivating, funny, and heart-warming story about the gratifying results of saving cats. It is also a wonderful ‘how-to’ book for feral and stray caretakers. The educational component is an added bonus! If only we had more ‘Janets’ out there.”—Sherry Derdak, President, San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition
“It is always a joy to see all of the different ways that cats choose their people and then set about training them. It is a wonderful service, TNR, that Janet and her associates provide for the feral cat population of San Antonio. It gives me great satisfaction to be a small part of helping to improve the lives of these wonderful cats.”—Dr. Mike Mixon, Founder of Texas Veterinary Hospitals