Thursday, September 1, 2016


Don't forget the Meow & Chow Funraiser on October 1st!  12-5pm at the Creekside Inn!  

Yes, today is my Friday of a work week.  Hurray!  I have four days off from work!  I do not, however, have four days off from getting up at 2:45 am, leaving the house at 4 am to feed a hundred or so cats in the Beechwood section of Rochester.  Public Market area.  I go in the dark so that people don't see me, to trash the food or shelters, or hurt the cats, and I go in the morning because most people are sleeping at that time.  At night, that's a different story altogether.  Its safest in the morning.

TOP:  Jace and Lucy
BOTTOM:  Jinx and Jules


When I finally get home an hour and a half later (in the summer months), I have to clean out the large yogurt sized containers - six of them - did you know that the 5 oz. cans of wet food - the large yogurt containers can hold six of those cans.  I fill up six yogurt containers.  That's 36 cans right there, and then I go through at least 12 more cans by the time the route is done.  I also fill up my 4 two-gallon bags with 30 pounds of dry food.  Usually Kit-n-kaboodle.   Cheapest, and they like it.  Plus it allows me coupons if I collect enough of the weight circles on the sides of the bags.  So I have to refill the dry and wet for the next day.  Every day.  Every single day.

I make 14 stops, although this summer, I’ve been veering off course a bit and stopping at a few other spots.  I see a cat on the side of the road, I know that most likely, the bowl of food and water I place will be their only meal that day.  So I do it.  This morning, my heart sank as I saw two baby kittens playing on the side of the road on Central Avenue between First and Second streets.  I think about how its just ME trying to care for – i.e. spay/neuter, feed, shelter – ALL of these cats!  I had just left the garage – where my vehicle STILL is – to put food down for the mom and her kittens.  The shelter I had left there two mornings ago – an old cooler someone turned into a shelter with a cut out too close to the ground – the blanket inside was soaked.  The rain came down so hard yesterday, it must have been spewing into the shelter, so the baby kittens could not take cover or sleep there over night.  I poured out the excess water and placed dry towels inside for today, but will bring a better shelter tomorrow.  UNTIL I can rescue these baby kittens.  Time is not on my side because each day they get a little more feral – they are eating the food I place, so they can leave their mom, I just need help trapping.  Lets not forget the two kittens on Parsells I have not seen since I had their mom (I think it was their mom) spayed two weeks ago.  I have not had a problem with the young man that lives next door either.  No one has touched the food, nor the shelters on the vacant house’s porch next door.  I did buy them a bag of oranges thinking I would leave those along with a note that cats don’t like citrus smell and for them to put the peels in their garden, but I didn’t want to upset the apple cart by reminding them I was still doing what I was doing next door.  Feeding 10+cats.

I become so dismayed.  My Jeep is now at the $700-$800 mark.  AND he is giving me a break on the 2+ hours he will need to take apart the front again so that he can replace a cooling fan.  So now it’s the radiator, thermostat, and cooling fan.  Lets hope that does the trick today.  I need the Cat Mobile back.  I think about this money, and all the cat food it could buy.  All the spay and neuters it could buy.

Jace and Lucy, Jules and Jinx are still waiting for their forever homes.  Peaches is still in my bathroom recovering from his surgery and meds, and I am socializing him enough to go to a foster home.  From there, we will get him adopted.  He is such a sweet boy, but still a bit hesitant.  He has spent years on the streets and needs to trust again.

Please spread the word, please consider foster and adoption, and if you are able, I could really use help in trapping kittens. 

Have a great day!

Once I was a lonely cat,
just looking for a home.
I had no place to go,
no one to call my own.
I wandered up and down the streets,
in rain in heat and snow.
I ate what ever I could find,
I was always on the go.
My skin would itch, my feet were sore,
my body ached with pain.
And no one stopped to give a pat,
or gently say my name.
I never saw a loving glance,
I was always on the run.
For people thought that hurting me
was really lots of fun.

Then one day I heard a voice
so gentle, kind and sweet,
And arms so soft reached down to me
and took me off my feet.
"No one again will hurt you,"
was whispered in my ear.
"You'll have a home to call your own
where you will know no fear."
"You will be dry, you will be warm,
you'll have enough to eat,"
"and rest assured that when you sleep,
your dreams will all be sweet."
I was afraid I must admit,
I've lived so long in fear.
I can't remember when I let
a human come so near.
And as she tended to my wounds,
and bathed and brushed my fur.

She told me about the rescue group
and what it meant to her.
She said, "We are a circle,
a line that never ends."
"And in the center there is you
protected by new friends."
"And all around you are
the ones that check the pounds,
and those that share their home
after you've been found."
"And all the other folk
are searching near and far."
"To find the perfect home for you,
where you can be a star."
She said, "There is a family,
that's waiting patiently,
and pretty soon we'll find them,
just you wait and see."
"And then they'll join our circle
they'll help to make it grow,
so there'll be room for more like you,
who have no place to go."

I waited very patiently,
the days they came and went.
Today's the day I thought,
my family will be sent.
Then just when I began to think
it wasn't meant to be,
there were people standing there
just gazing down at me.
I knew them in a heart beat,
I could tell they felt it too.
They said, "We have been waiting
for a special cat like you."
Now every night I say a prayer
to all the gods that be.
"Thank you for the life I live
and all you've given me.
But most of all protect the cats
in the pound and on the street.
And send a Rescue Person
to lift them off their feet."


  1. Wish you would stop saying it is only you taking care of cats. Their are others that do what you do every day but do not seek the publicity. You saying this constantly may cause you to lose some of your donors. You do great work as do the others out there who decide to remain anonymous. Thank You.

    1. Dear Anonymous: I wish you would write your name when you make a comment like that. You don't need to hide behind 'anonymous'. I would never say that I am the only person in Rochester feeding cats. Did I miss bumping into YOU in the Beechwood section recently? You obviously have a grudge about something. So speak up to me personally instead of trying to embarrass me publicly.

  2. Janine does acknowledge and thank those that donate food, time and money but for the most part, the expenses are paid for by Janine. If her daily posts encourage anyone to help her, I say they're worthwhile; plus I love reading her daily adventures - good and bad. Nancy C.

  3. Someone has misunderstood. Janine said "these cats," not "cats" in general. The Beechwood area is a small section of a large city. She works with and is known by all the cat rescue groups in the county. It's obvious Janine isn't implying she's alone in the mission. But yes, she is alone in that area. I'm her witness of 3 years. -SS

  4. Oh for goodness sakes people, we are ALL on the same team. We ALL spend our OWN money to help the homeless, abandoned, abused, and feral kitties in the streets of Rochester, the fields in the country. We are ALL Angels. However it does get old hearing how You are the only person doing this. I know you are the ONLY person at 4am doing this in the Beechwood Section of Rochester, but there are others out in different places doing as you do each day too. Also you choose to go at 4am for various reasons for the kitties, but it also might work better for your life too. So when you come home from work you don't have to go feed, because you did it in the morning. It is a choice what time people go feed the kitties, and you chose your time at 2:45 / 4am. Thank You for all that you do for GOD's creatures.

    1. Your comment 'however it does get old hearing how you are the only person doing this'. I reiterate what I do because of new readers. That's why I repeat myself. You also fail to mention, if you read this every day, the other rescues and people who have helped me that I've referred to many times throughout the years. And one final note, this is my blog, my diary and you are free to read it, or not. I don't even normally respond to comments, but this hasn't been a good week for me, and I apologize if I upset anyone else with my 'bragging'.

  5. I can personally attest to the fact that Janine has always found time to thank Karon and myself whenever we help her. We on numerous occasions have told Janine not to bother with sending a Thank you, because we understand that she really doesn't have any spare time. As far as the publicity goes , anyone who knows Janine understands she does it for one reason and one reason alone. She does it for the Cats. I've nominated Janine for the Jefferson Award the last 3 years and after finding out she would always say Thank you very much but you did not have to do that. Their is no doubt in my mind that she sincerely means that because one thing Janine is definitely not is a publicity hound. Janine's whole life is devoted to helping the Cats on her route, animals in need, and really anyone needing help who crosses her path.

    Walt Simoni

  6. You know what, this is Janine's blog about HER life and her efforts to help the animals. She is a hero and your negativity and nastiness is not appreciated. Yes, many of us do take care of colonies as well and we have every right to blog about it and talk about it if we want. Most of us appreciate Janine and her sharing her day to day life with us. The good and the bad. If you don't want to hear it than leave the page but don't belittle or talk down I her like that. It's very cowardly to come on here anonymously and talk bad about her. If you have an issue with her you should have contacted her privately. Janine knows she isn't the only one helping animals but when she is out there everyday all alone doing this, it is all her! Please stop the negativity she doesn't need to be discouraged from sharing her stories with us. Very disappointed in your selfish comments. Julie L.

  7. I agree Walt & Julie - I've ridden with Janine a few mornings and not only was I scared shxx-less, I was exhausted afterwards; went home and fell asleep!! Not sure many people feed as many cats EVERY day of their life as Janine - but what's important is Janine is a very sensitive soul and thoughtless comments hurt her. Her main goal in life is feeding and caring for these helpless creatures and negative comments hurt a person who is selfless and devotes her life to these cats. She has so much going on her life - just like we do - PLUS she spends so much money and time on these cats - that alittle compassion would go a very long way. Nancy C.

  8. Hi Janine! I say, let's trap some kittens. I've got the time and the desire to lend both hands for this one. Let me know what you have in mind and I'll be there.
    Also, how are you getting around without the trusty cat mobile? I've got a 2 seater, but if we ride with the top down- we can fit ourselves and cat supplies.
    You can use messenger to get a hold of me or g mail, I'm or deedeedisano on FB and messenger.
    Best wishes, d