TomcatSamurai is a personal friend of mine who is in a genuine bad situation. Recently we had upheavals on Twitter regarding chip-ins and donating, so I want to share some of Tom’s situation with you. After reading this, if you have questions or concerns, please ask me and I will be more than happy to answer your concerns.
Tom desperately needs our help with moving expenses. He lives with his elderly mother and their kitty. Tom is permanently crippled and they are being evicted from their apartment January 31st, due to feeding ferrels a tiny amount of dry cat food. They do not owe rent !
At this stage they are genuinely terrified at being put on the street, and losing their precious kitty. They always pay their rent but often go without enough food. Tom says they have learned to live like this, being hungry, so they manage. They did not expect to be evicted, as they were ‘not’ behind in the rent, and are at a total loss as to what to do.
The landlord HATES cats and has openly bragged about enjoying killing cats every chance he gets, and hates Tom for feeding them. As if this is not bad enough, a LAW was passed in Orange County, where they reside, that makes it ILLEGAL to feed ferrel cats, dogs, birds and homeless people !
Tom fought this for years, but this new law leaves him with no legal footing to stand on.
Tom’s half Japanese, with a US Marine father who got a Japanese woman pregnant all those years ago. Twenty years ago Tom was the ‘victim’ of a horrific situation, breaking his back and leaving him permanently crippled; in pain, 24/7. He was unable to afford treatment and to this day has very little movement or mobility. He received no compensation at all and is still not able to afford medical treatment or even pain killers.
His mother receives a small Marine pension once a month and the two of them live off that. They don’t even have enough money for food, so they are unable to save anything toward moving expenses. We are trying to raise funds to cover his moving expenses, but he also NEEDS first and last and a security deposit for where ever they go.
We will be holding a small Twitter pawty for Tom, so please bring a HUG for him. I will tweet details as soon as the date is decided. Tom is a good artist and a good writer ! If anyone knows of a situation Tom could utilise his talents, he would be truly grateful ! Tom receives no social security or disability money at all.
And he is so incredibly kind and the sweetest person you could hope to meet. Life has dealt him a crap deck of cards, yet he still has so much love to give others.
If you have any ideas, please share them with me, as we are desperate.
@MarioDaCat has kindly put a Chip-In for Tom on his blog. Please click here to go to Mario’s chip-in. If you have questions about this, please ask me. (I couldn’t do it because Tom would lose money with the currency exchanges.) The family deeply appreciate any and all help they receive. No amount is too small – even a dollar helps ! Simply go to blog, and Tom’s chip-in is at the top, on your right, as you begin to scroll down the blog.
If you are able to advise us how Tom could be put in contact with an Advocate, please let me know asap. Time is of the essence as they only have until the end of January before being put on the street, and this is an urgent situation ! They are desperate and willing to relocate anywhere.
Love and furry hugs
PepiSmartDog :=o) & *mum, Michele*
I KNOW Tom is just SO grateful for any help at all !
XXX or as Tom would say : GROUP HUG : =^–^=