Commencing May 2nd 2013, Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey and Love Saves The Day, begins her latest book tour. For those of you interested in meeting this amazing woman, this article lists all of her stops. I’ve also provided a bit of information on each shelter or animal care facility Gwen plans to visit. Please save this article for future reference, as it lists addresses and other info you may need.
MAY 2 NEW YORK CITY
Bideawee shelter has been the leading pet welfare organization serving metro New York and Long Island. The location is 410 E. 38th Street, Mantattan. Gwen will be there at 7p.m. The first 50 attendees will receive free Litter Genies!
MAY 11 HOUSTON
Friends For Life shelter is one of the few no-kill shelters in the Houston area. They offer low income assistance food support, veterinary care, and provide rides to and from vet appointments. The shelter is located at 107 E. 22nd Street. Gwen will be there at 5 p.m.
MAY 14-15 DALLAS
Bonus stop on May 14. Information not available at this time, but check Gwen’s website at www.gwencooper.com for update. The May 15 stop is at Take Me Home Pet Rescue, founded in 2008 by a group of mothers and their children. This rescue uses a foster care system so the pets coming into their care can experience the love of a family while waiting for their forever home. It’s located at 561 E. Campbell Road, Richardson. Gwen will be there at 7 p.m.
MAY 18 AUSTIN
Austin Pets Alive is Austin’s largest no-kill organization. They work at keeping the pet in the home during times of family crisis, including offering veterinary treatments using a sliding scale according to income. Gwen will be there at 2 p.m. The shelter is located at 1156 W. Cesar Chavez Street.
JUNE 2 PHILADELPHIA
Red Paw(hosted by Central Bark) assists displaced pets and their people free of charge to ensure all animals and their people are taken care of in times of disaster. They provide emergency transport, shelter and veterinary care to those who have suffered a devastating loss. Red Paw is located at 2501 Wharton Street and Gwen will be there at 12:30 p.m.
JUNE 6 ATLANTA
Good Mews serves the metro Atlanta area, offering a no-kill cage-free haven for homeless, abused or abandoned cats until they can be placed in a permanent home. Gwen will be at their location at 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta at 6 p.m.
JUNE 15 New Jersey
Seer Farms provides extended emergency care for animals of families affected by natural disasters, foreclosure, and family crisis. They currently are able to place 85% of the animals back with their families. Gwen will be at their location at 472 W. Veterans Hwy., Jackson at 2 p.m.
JUNE 22 KANSAS CITY
Wayside Waits is the largest pet adoption center in Kansas City, placing over 5400 animals each year into loving homes. They also deliver educational programs to over 30,000 students each year. Their location is 3901 E. Martha Truman Road and Gwen will be there at 1 p.m.
JUNE 29 PHOENIX
Arizona Animal Welfare League, founded in 1971, operates the states largest no-kill shelter. Their goal is to lead to the eradication of puppy mills. Gwen will be at their location at 25 N. 40th Street at 2 p.m.
JULY 13 CHICAGO
Tree House Humane is a cage-less, no-kill humane organization specializing in the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured stray cats. They offer low cost spay-neuter, food pantries, grief seminars, animal assisted therapy and humane education programs. Gwen will be at their location at 1629 N. Asland at 3 p.m.
MEOW Cat Rescue places approximately 1500 animals each year into permanent homes. MEOW offers a voucher program for those in low income brackets. They also offer education programs in area schools, as well as organizations such as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. They’re located at 10600 NE 68th Street, Kirkland. Gwen will be there at 2 p.m.
JULY 24 PORTLAND
The Pixie Project is the smallest location on the Love Saves The Day book tour. They are currently caring for 13 cats in a small cage-free building. Their devotion to provide programs for low cost to free spay/neuter to the homeless population in the Portland area has gained them nationwide attention. Gwen will be at their location at 510 NE MLK Blvd. at 7 p.m.
JULY 27 SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco SPCA is the birthplace of the no-kill movement. The San Francisco SPCA has a 97% Live Release rate in their no-kill organization, which is the largest in the city. They offer many programs, including a police horse retirement ranch. They’re located at 201 Alabama Street and Gwen will be there at 2 p.m.
AUGUST 10 LOS ANGELES
Best Friends Animal Society is the largest no-kill organization in the U.S., maintaining L.A.’s largest no-kill shelter. Working closely with the Mayor of L.A. and Animal Services, their goal is to make all of Los Angeles a no-kill area. Located at 15321 Brand Blvd, Mission Hills, Gwen will be there at 1 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 10 NORTH CAROLINA
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary was started in 2005 to provide a safe place for cats determined unadoptable and slated to be euthanized. Gwen donated $10,000 to their rescue in September of 2010 from royalties received from Homer’s Odyssey. She remains active with their organization. The time and location are not final at this time. Please check Gwen’s website for more details.
SEPTEMBER 12 SOUTH CAROLINA
The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare has placed thousands of needy animals into loving homes. They go into classrooms with very young students to create a positive image for the caring and understanding of pets. They offer their program at no cost to Aiken County schools, with the program entirely funded by the SPCA. Gwen will be at their location at 199 Willow Run Road at 7 p.m.
Gwen Cooper has done an excellent job in promoting cat welfare by not only caring for Homer, but in educating cat lovers everywhere that having a blind cat isn’t a death sentence for the cat. Blind cats can do everything sighted cats can do, except they use their other senses to make up for lack of eyesight.