Welcome to our Torbie.Life page, a place that celebrates our 2 recused cats, and also raises money for groups that help rescue these cats from tough urban environments.
In January 2017, we were trying to adopt "normal" shelter cats, but since we were a store, we were met with opposition (when, meanwhile, we are open 362 days a year and would be with the cats for far more houres than a residential person). We then connected with Little Wanderers NYC. an amazing organization of volunteers that rescues feral cats from rough urban environments. They have issues getting feral cats placed in residential situations, so it was a purrrfect match (yes, I went there)
The first few months were toough, with our little angles hissing, spitting, scratching and hiding from us. We put in alot of time to develope a relationship of trust, and we stand today being able to pet them and have them in our laps (well, Chombo's lap at least).
What we are looking to do is to donate 25% of sales of Torbie stuff to Little Wanderers NYC. Every 6 months, we send them a check, and include you as a donor.
Whats in a Name?
Bonestorm: Early on, Bonestorm exhibited what would be called an "insanely aggressive" stance towards us humans. She has since turned it down from 11 to 7, but she's still our Boney. We wanted a name that would represent her no-holds-barred IFC style, and names like "Bloodsport" were tossed around. Being Simpsons fans, we remembered an old episode where Bart steals a video game called Bonestorm, and the name stuck
Flatcat: Flattie was named by Aaron, as she always seemed to be on the bottom of the pile when they went into defensive positions. She has subsequently gotten our from under hir sister, but she still is more 2D than 3D
Little Wanderers is an all-volunteer rescue group that rescues the neediest cats in the most dangerous and underserved areas of New York City. Through Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) and rescue, Little Wanderers works tirelessly to reduce the cat overpopulation primarily in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan.
Through a managed foster-care network, Little Wanderers re-habilitates and socializes animals and puts them up for adoption.
Little Wanderers rescued over 657 cats in 2017, some of which were on the brink of death. This same discipline and acts of compassion continue with us in 2018.