It’s been five-and-a-half years since Homer, the blind cat perpetually immortalized in Gwen Cooper’s touching memoir Homer’s Odyssey, passed on to the great beyond. When she thinks again at the 16 superb years they spent in combination, the picture that immediately involves thoughts of her affectionately nicknamed Homer Undergo, is of him sitting proudly, his ears erect with the Empire State Development within the background. Tall. Proud. Indomitable. After which, she thinks of the particular purr he reserved for waking her up within the mornings saying that they have been about to spend some other day in combination.

How Homer impressed Gwen to present again

Gwen Cooper's book, MY Life in a Cat House.

Gwen Cooper’s e book, My Lifestyles in a Cat Space.

The tiny kitten Gwen followed when he used to be handiest three weeks previous modified her lifestyles perpetually. And, in flip, she has modified the belief of blind cats and the way they are able to serve as and love like every other bushy pussycat to an target market of hundreds of thousands around the globe. Gwen has all the time been a cat particular person and had two pussycats when she followed Homer. On the time, she used to be operating for a nonprofit group that serious about recruiting volunteers for a wide variety of initiatives each human and animal. Propelled by way of this superb little creature who hijacked her middle, she made up our minds to put in writing about him.

He indubitably helped her in finding her literary voice. It seems Gwen is a superb wordsmith and has long gone on to put in writing 4 memoirs about Homer (and her different pussycats). She’s been categorized with the accolade New York Instances’ best-selling writer and thus has a brand new occupation. This has given her an out of this world platform to teach folks about blind cats around the globe, converting the former trust that they have been unadoptable.

“From Homer, I’d realized that even essentially the most ‘imperfect’ of creatures is in a position to loving with a deep and absolute best love. All they want is any individual to present them a possibility,” Gwen says. “They’re no other of their demeanor round the house than every other cat.” Like several cats, Homer beloved video games, and his favourite toy used to be a bit of filled trojan horse with a bell in its tail that had first belonged to his older pussycat sisters.

“He used to be in particular keen on the rest with bells or that made noise,” Gwen provides. There’s in fact a tale about Homer’s favourite toy known as The Trojan horse Has Grew to become in Gwen’s newest e book My Lifestyles in a Cat Space, which is a choice of cat-centric tales taken from brief tales that she publishes as a sequence on-line, one of those common literary fur repair for her hundreds of thousands of stalwart Homer enthusiasts that also have interaction along with her — 1.five million, in truth — on a weekly foundation.

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary

Gabriel from the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary.

Gabriel from the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary. Images courtesy Gwen Cooper.

Because the e-newsletter of her first e book, Gwen has all the time supported animal organizations by way of donating a portion of her royalties (and on occasion all her royalties for a set time frame when a brand new e book is printed). One such group that has benefitted from her generosity is the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary Inc., a nonprofit group in St. Pauls, North Carolina, that provides blind pussycats a protected and loving house for the remainder of their lives.

In keeping with govt director Alana Miller, she recently has 105 cats in her care. The present spokescat for the sanctuary is a black-and-white kitty named Gabriel, a miracle survivor of Hurricane Irma. He used to be discovered residing beneath a automobile within the aftermath of the devastation, with a couple of wounds and affected by a nasty higher respiration an infection and a watch an infection that in the end robbed him of his sight. On in any case shooting him, his rescuers additionally came upon that he examined sure for feline leukemia. That’s when Alana stepped in, providing him a perpetually house on the Sanctuary.

From Alana’s standpoint, Gwen’s books about Homer have indubitably modified attitudes towards blind cats for the simpler. “I pay attention from many of us now that experience followed blind cats,” she says. “Additionally, many shelters now give them a possibility and don’t right away euthanize them.”

Nowadays, Gabriel is an excessively good-looking, satisfied and wholesome 8-year-old cat who now not has to reside in hurt’s approach at the streets. He’s taking part in his lifestyles and all of the love and a focus he will get from BCR workforce and volunteers. His favourite factor, in step with Alana, is mendacity in a comfortable mattress and taking part in with catnip.

Shedding Homer

“With all he’s been thru and the place he’s now, Gabriel is why BCR exists — to be the perpetually house for our neediest cats,” Gwen provides. When Homer passed on to the great beyond, Gwen poignantly wrote in his obituary that used to be printed within the Huffington Publish: “As soon as in an ideal whilst, one tiny creature may have a spirit so large that it spills over and makes the entire international just a bit bit higher, and happier, and extra impressed, than it used to be sooner than. Even within the darkest puts are small lighting that may develop and develop till they heat us all. “Finally, and after a chronic sickness, Homer used to be too drained to struggle anymore. And I needed to love him sufficient to let him fall asleep.” In dropping Homer, Gwen realized one thing else, too.

“Pay attention on your cat,” she says. “Finally, Homer adamantly refused medicines. There’s a message in that. And when the time comes to finish their struggling, don’t wait till the worst day. It’s essential so that you could say good-bye correctly.”

#pawsforthiscause So what can YOU do to assist blind cats in want?

In keeping with Alana Miller, govt director of The Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary Inc., a blind cat isn’t a special-needs or handicapped cat, so there is not any distinction between adopting them or a seeing cat.

  1. If you happen to volunteer at a safe haven you’ll ask to in particular deal with any blind kitties and assist advertise their adoption in your social media channels.
  2. You’ll be able to sponsor a blind cat who lives at a rescue or sanctuary.
  3. If you wish to have a present for any individual, you’ll additionally prepare a sponsorship of their identify.
  4. Faculty youngsters are all the time having a look to assist advertise reasons. If you’re concerned on your kid’s faculty, counsel a fundraiser for a safe haven that works to undertake blind cats on your house.

Thumbnail: Gwen Cooper (pictured with Homer), is a New York Instances best-selling writer and is helping train folks about blind cats. Images ©Jessica Hills.

In regards to the writer

Sandy Robins is an award-winning multi-media puppy way of life skilled, writer and puppy trade character. Her pussycat muses, Ziggy and Tory, love to disrupt the workflow by way of challenging video games of fetch with wand toys and directing meals operations within the kitchen. Be informed extra about Sandy at

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