CALIFORNIA – A photographer out of Los Angeles has been taking pictures of blind cats in the hope that people may want to adopt them.
Casey Elise, who is from Los Angeles, has worked for a number of animal shelters and rescue groups in the past to raise the profile of abandoned felines.
In addition, she has also set up a GoFundMe account to help raise funds for the center.
Milo’s Sanctuary, Inc. is a cat rescue center that focuses on cats who have special needs. The facility promises a lifetime of love, care and very much-needed medical attention for the unwanted pets.
‘A few months ago, I noticed an increase in the number of blind cats and kittens at the shelter and rescues where I volunteer. It felt like a sign so I decided I would do a series on blind cats,’ noted Casey on BoredPanda.
Milo’s Sanctuary was founded on the belief that every cat deserves a second chance at life, especially those that have physical disabilities, are seniors, have a terminal illness, or have been abused and just need someone to love and understand them.
If it wasn’t for this sanctuary, these cats and kittens that would likely otherwise die abandoned in a shelter or on the street.
See the adorable video at the end of the article!
HERE KITTY KITTY! PHOTOGRAPHER CASEY ELISE EXPLAINS HER CATTY PROJECT!
‘Cats and kittens who have a disability have a tendency to be deemed unadoptable and euthanized, but because the internet loves animals with disabilities and social media is full of cats who are missing limbs, use wheelchairs, or can’t see, it is difficult for me to understand why an animal would be put down because it has special needs.
‘I had grown particularly attached to a handsome orange cat named Regis, who was surrendered to the West LA animal shelter in April. He had huge, cloudy eyes and was suffering from glaucoma. He was very lucky because Best Friends Animal Society agreed to take him and he received surgery, in which his eyes were removed. Since then, I have had a particular interest in blind cats and when I learned that a rescue group for cats with special needs called Milo’s Sanctuary not only existed but had taken Regis in, I knew I had to work with them.
‘I want this photo series to show that blind cats are just as awesome as any other cat. Their inability to see is no reason for them to be considered unadoptable and definitely no reason for them to be euthanized.
‘Blind cats are just as curious, playful, and beautiful as a sighted cat and their unique appearance should be celebrated.
‘Many of the cats at Milo’s Sanctuary are saved from local shelters, but some cats have come from as far away as Cairo, Egypt. Some are found as stray cats and eventually wind up at Milo’s because of the wonderful work they do with blind cats.
‘I have a lot of experience in photographing cats so these cats were pretty to easy to photo. The only differences from photographing a sighted cat were that I had to get their attention through sound instead of vision so I used a little ball with a bell inside of it and it was a little more difficult to focus the camera on them since I normally try to focus on a cat’s eyes and some of these cats didn’t have any eyes on which to focus.’
Those who are interested can donate to Milo’s Cat Sanctuary by clicking here.