Art for a feline cause

Earlier this year, more than 60 cats and kittens were found—many starved and injured—weeks after a man was evicted from his Cincinnati house. A Web site, ForclosureCats.org, was set up to find the felines “forever” homes.

Now the rescue effort is going in an artistic direction. Local and national illustrators, animators and artists have taken up the cause by painting portraits of the animals. This Web site is the virtual gallery for the project. (I’m an especially big fan of this portrait. Meredith Smith, like the other artists, chose to not hide the cats’ injuries, like little Tortellini’s damaged eye.)

Prints and originals will soon be for sale, with all proceeds going to the forclosure cat rescue groups. (And how cool is this—people who adopt a cat will receive a print of its portrait.) A show is in the works, and I know I’ll be there.

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