Update: MomFOD and Crepes don’t live together anymore. She and the DadFOD don’t live together anymore, either, and Crepes went with him. The blog will continue as the work of Alana and Pinkle, sidekicks for life.
HI, EVERYONE! My name is Crepes, but I’m better known as the Cat In The Fridge from that movie “Catalogue” that you’ve seen on YouTube. This is my blog. I started this blog originally because my FODs had their hearts set on using some of the money from the Catdance festival to sponsor surgeries for special needs cats like me. When it became clear that we probably weren’t going to win the money, I convinced them to keep this blog going as an outlet for helping special needs kitties get adopted and for profiling special needs rescues. This way, they could help, no matter what. I also like to talk about my fabulous life, things I like, and sometimes things I don’t like. I like to keep peeps entertained while doing my good deeds.
Here’s what else you should know about me: I know how to spell, I don’t overuse the word “HAZ,” I can’t eat cheeseburgers (lactose), and I’m missing a foot. I was adopted at Tree House Humane in Chicago, a place that my FODs are big supporters of. They do great things for special needs cats, and for everyday normal cats, too! My FODs fostered me, my brother, and sister when we needed an emergency shelter. And then they kept me. I prefer to think of it as a “try before you buy” special and not a foster fail. We special needs cats can do anything, so don’t overlook us! Oh, and I have herpes. Whoops!
Alana Grelyak has been a pet lover since the day she was born and has been mother to rats, hamsters, mice, birds, and fish (both marine and freshwater) and is currently mom to four cats, one dog, and a fish named Francis. She has worked as a volunteer at the Dane County Humane Society, Tree House Humane Society, and the Shedd Aquarium. Alana is very passionate about nutrition, both for herself and her pets.
Although her Master’s Degree is actually in music, Alana has been a writer for many years, and her work has been published in Time Out Chicago, CMA Today, Lumino Magazine, Laughspin, and various other publications. She is now the Editor in Chief of CatInTheFridge.com, where she advocates for animals that some might see as less adoptable but that she sees as very, very special. She is also the primary script writer for the CATastrophes web series, where funny things happen when cats appear. She lives in Chicago, IL and is currently the Manager of Marketing and Community Relations for Tree House Humane Society.
Together, MomFOD and I have accomplished a lot in the last two years. I’ve been keeping a list that you can read here!
Why Special Needs?
Many animal lovers have never considered the possibility of adopting a special needs pet. First, there isn’t very much awareness brought to the topic, although this is slowly changing. Second, many people who are aware of special needs animals are concerned about the extra care that might be involved and shy away from that. In fact, many special needs pets, such as blind pets, three-legged pets, etc. don’t require very much extra care at all and are, in fact, one of a kind in a way that a normal animal isn’t. In a world where animal groups are fighting hard to end euthanasia, it is imperative to make people understand that animals who aren’t perfect on the outside are still perfect on the inside, and shouldn’t be overlooked. If people understand the value of these pets, it will help in the overall push to create a humane, euthanasia-free future.
If you’d like to adopt special needs, check out my list of Bachelor/ettes! Many of them still need homes and one of them could be your perfect match!