Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hear Ye!! Hear Ye!!

So, after a very emotional day, when I got home yesterday from work, I received the following in the mail:

Let me first say how grateful I am to Walt and Karon Simoni, who never give up trying to give me credit, and get some financial help for me.  They sometimes work tirelessly to get me credit that they feel I deserve.  Walt wrote to the Mayor about me, and they decided to honor his wishes, by honoring me in this way.  I told Walt, he is like a pit bull, when he makes up his mind about something, he goes for it and won’t let go!  So thanks guys, for your tireless efforts on my behalf!

Secondly, I truly am honored to be recognized, in this small way, by Mayor Lovely Warren.  I spoke with her communications director Grace, a ‘lovely’ woman by the way, with three cats of her own, and she had me pick the day (any day) that will be recognized as “Janine Wagner Day” in the City of Rochester.  There will be nothing done, of course, but I will look in the mirror when I wake that morning, and say Congrats to myself, and that will be that.  Oh, and my mother wants to have her boyfriend, Bob the Painter, frame it for me.

Thirdly, there are far many others that deserve this recognition more.  There are people out there who have TNR’d thousands of cats in their lifetime, and aren’t recognized in this way, so I share it with all of them.  They have made a huge impact on the city’s population of feral and homeless animals. 

I hope you are able to read it.  If you click on the picture, it will zoom in.  I cried reading it and couldn’t call anyone to read it over the phone because I wasn’t able to read it without crying.  I am such a sap.

This morning, my intentions were to trap Blackie, the most vulnerable of them all, on Stout.   Sure enough, there he was, having spend the entire night with no shelter or food.  He had been used to sleeping in this plastic tote for over a year at least, and it was ripped right from under him yesterday.  Can you imagine, when your world is turned upside down like that?  Think how a cat must feel.  Anyways, I grabbed him, placed him the large carrier I had, and whisked him away from that hellhole.  I did leave some food across the street under a tree, for Neck Wound Kitty or Red, whoever is left there, wondering where they will move to. 

I told Blackie he was going to have a whole new life in the country.  I know he is frightened to death, and I told myself i would never rehome a cat to a barn again after the last few heartbreaking situations, but this had to be done.  He had to be moved from there.  My friend and her husband are going to give him the best possible life he can have.   He will be in a large cage for a while, and then will have a little more freedom, until he knows where he is.  My intentions are to also bring the two remaining cats that are left on Webster and Ferndale, after Webster’s rescue last week.  They are a sweet little black girl and little red girl.  They have NO shelter there, and need to either find homes, or be brought out to live their lives with Blackie.  I will keep you all posted as this progresses.

So, that’s it in a nutshell.  Its been a really crazy, emotional week for me.  Phew.  Glad its almost over.  J

Have a great day!


  1. OMG - this is wonderful Janine!! A day of your own! Thank you Walt and Karon. I know you've worked hard in support of Janine thru the years. You deserve this sweetie and so much more!! Nancy C.

    1. Nancy,

      Thank you very much for all you do for Janine also. I am honored to have crossed paths with such a caring,compassionate and loving person as Janine(AKA) the Cat Angel. I try to instill in Janine that her daily sacrifices and tireless efforts are being noticed and appreciated by many of us. I personally thank and salute everyone out there that is helping our defenseless four legged friends. God bless you all.

      Walt & Karon Simoni

  2. That is a wonderful complement and more than well deserved. Janine you are da bomb.


  3. Congratulations, this is wonderful and you deserve it!

  4. Thank you Walt & Karon for your diligence in getting Janine this well deserved recognition. Congratulations Janine!

    If I read correctly, it looks like November 14th will be Janine Wagner day. Correct? I think that calls for a gathering of friends & family. Anyone agree?

    Blackie looks like he could be Abby's cousin. You did the right thing. He is one lucky kitty. -carol

    1. Carol,

      Thank you ever so much for all you have been doing for the Kitties, through your continued support of Janine. It was a pleasure meeting and conversing with you at Janine's fundraiser.

      Walt Simoni

  5. Congratulations well deserved indeed! I say everyday should be Janine Wagner day but ok I will settle for Nov 14th if we can only have 1!. So happy Blackie was there waiting for you to rescue him I bet he knew it was time to make the move to the country and will love it there. I hope the other 2 that were with Webster can get a place too and neck wound kitty comes out so you can catch him and Red too! You do an amazing job everyday and I am honored to know you and will celebrate your special day :)
    Toni Spencer

  6. Good things come to those that do good things.. AKA What go's around comes around.. :)