Catnip Pop Tarts from a House of Dreams, by Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer
House of Dreams in Portland Oregon is the little cat shelter with an enormous coronary heart.
The volunteers at this free-roam, no-kill, all-volunteer-run shelter do greater than deal with cats, nevertheless. They additionally chip in to make handcrafted gadgets which they promote to usher in a lot wanted funds to maintain the shelter operating. The artistic folks at HOD have give you all kinds of saleables, resembling one-of-a-kind knitted animal dolls, cat mats and beds, colourful napkins and family items, and a variety of cat (and canine) equipment and toys. One of the most well-liked gadgets, universally beloved by each people and cats, are the Catnip Pop Tarts made by Jenn Johnson.
Jenn lives in a tiny home in Portland, Oregon together with her husband and 4 cats. Elizabeth is a candy torbie who appears to completely lack the standard feisty tortitude one equates with the breed. CathyCat is smooth and flirty—Jenn’s husband Mark traveled almost 900 miles to rescue her when she was deserted in a campground in Utah. (Jenn feedback that CathyCat is an knowledgeable Pop Tart thief!) Olivia, an extended haired Siamese level combine, is one other rescue, this time collected from Roseburg, Oregon. Their fourth cat Chloe is a shy tabby who solely peeked at me from the loft.
Jenn tried a number of motifs for her catnip-filled pillows earlier than deciding on Pop Tarts—mustaches, owls, peace indicators, and pizza slices to call a number of. All had been made by hand from high quality felt and stitched with colourful embroidery, however some designs turned out to be too labor-intensive, whereas others simply didn’t pique Jenn’s creativeness. Then in 2018, she came across the Pop Tart idea, a toy that was simple to create and fairly to take a look at. (Not that the cats care, so long as they’re full of that engaging 100% natural nip!) She unveiled them at that yr’s Pretty Kitty Bazaar and offered out! The subsequent yr, she made twice as many. Again they had been gone earlier than the occasion was over.
I requested Jenn why she thought cats love the Pop Tart design a lot. She answered, “Flingability!” I needed to giggle, picturing my cats tossing and catching these flat little toys throughout the room.
Jenn’s Catnip Pop Tarts can be found solely from the House of Dreams Etsy Shop, houseofdreamspdx, and the transport is free!
House of Dreams and their much-loved bazaar:
For the previous twenty years, the Pretty Kitty Bazaar and Silent Auction has been a singular vacation occasion with rising attendance annually. When Covid hit and in-person gatherings had been canceled, the oldsters at HOD needed to assume outdoors the (cat) field. In the autumn of 2020, HOD opened an Etsy store and held their public sale just about on-line. The change has been profitable they usually’re doing it once more this yr. For extra data about this yr’s on-line public sale, take a look at the Pretty Kitty Bazaar Facebook page.
The houseofdreamspdx on-line retailer has simply relaunched for the winter season so you should definitely test it out. Every merchandise on the market is made by House of Dreams volunteers and supporters and donated to the shop. Many are restricted version, so should you like one thing, I counsel not ready to buy. They are including new issues a number of occasions every week. All income go to assist the kitties at House of Dreams.
About House of Dreams, from the House of Dreams web site:
WHO WE ARE
House of Dreams gives shelter and look after deserted and homeless cats, with the objective of discovering them everlasting properties or offering them a lifetime residence in our facility. We are a free-roam shelter, the place resident cats can discover, mingle, or curl up in their very own non-public area. And we’re a no-kill shelter, which each wholesome or treatable cat can name residence for the remainder of its life—or till it’s adopted right into a loving residence!
We started in 1999 as an all-volunteer group, and stay so at present—so each greenback donated and raised goes to the cats! House of Dreams is acknowledged by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) group. And we’re one of many solely space shelters with services for geriatric and feline leukemia optimistic (FeLV+) cats.
WHAT WE DO
As we don’t discriminate primarily based on age or medical historical past, a lot of our cats are thought of to be “tough to undertake” in a conventional shelter. We deliver these particular cats to House of Dreams, the place they discover pals (human and feline), take pleasure in common meals, and procure high quality medical care. Think of it as “assisted residing” for cats.
Some of those older, medically-challenged cats will spend the remainder of their lives with us—and we’re completely happy to have them! Others will discover their ceaselessly properties with certified, caring adopters; meet the cats at present out there for adoption right here.
All of our cats have been spayed or neutered, examined for FIV/FeLV, and are present on vaccinations. We additionally present any further dental and medical care the cats may have throughout their stick with us.