When I was a child, I wanted more than anything to be a famous actor. I didn't know how I could do it, I just knew that I'd be brilliant at it. I was also able to do many things... not always well, mind you, but I got by as being competent. Because of this ability to be a "Jill of all trades", I figured it had to be because I was going to be discovered and be a famous actor. Well, I also hate rejection and the ratio of 1 acting gig in 100 auditions didn't really appeal to me... and besides, once they found out I could work behind the camera... sigh.
Thankfully I discovered myself. I discovered that I have a great love for telling other people's stories too and they are usually so grateful that we noticed them. It is this little bit of happiness that drives me to blog today and share with you one of my recent productions. I had the amazing opportunity to be producer, video journalist and editor on this one... doesn't happen very often. I also got to maul many wonderful felines.
The documentary is about an amazing organization called SCAT Saskatoon Street Cat Rescue. These passion people, made up mostly of volunteers, go out of their way to make sure that every feral, lost and abandonned kitty finds a home. I was so inspired by the beasties themselves. So many different characters in the group and I was really thrilled with the lovely little mother, who at full term walked up to a human and said, "help". She is featured in the story with her litter of 4 kittens.
You always hear about how great dogs are and how they are man's best friend. But not all of us are dog lovers. I do love dogs, but my lifestyle isn't appropriate for keeping a dog. So I am thus a cat person and just like the wonderful Joy, also featured in this piece, my cat, Demon (came with the name) walks on a leash, does tricks and likes to bonzai the locals. How can you not love a cat that forces the neighbourhood children to come to your patio doors to tell you to move your cat because he is on the sidewalk and won't let the kids ride their bikes past him? I've also had to hold him back from trying to take on a dogs. He also has a supreme love for luggage. My other cat, Kuro is just a cute polydactyl (has thumbs and 6 toes on his back feet) who is always happy to support homework, movie watching, cross dressing, having a nap and giving him cake. Both my cats are part of the family.
So many of us really love our cats and so with that I share the story of SCAT and hopefully it will inspire you to get involved in taking responsibility for these most amazing creatures.
Many special thanks to Sasktel Max Local on Demand and Bamboo Shoots for making this production possible. Thank you to Erindale Animal Hospital and Petsmart for taking the time to work with us on this documentary. And lastly, so much thanks to the volunteers who helped to make this story so great.