Jeffyne Telson grew up in Dallas, Texas but has spent most of the last half of her life in California. Although she has Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from Texas Tech University, she has devoted the last two decades to the pursuit of her real life’s passion…caring for stray and abandoned cats and kittens.
In 1997, Jeffyne founded RESQCATS, Inc, as a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of stray and abandoned cats and kittens.
In the ensuing 20 years, with the help of a small group of dedicated volunteers, Jeffyne has grown RESQCATS well beyond her dreams, into a highly respected rescue organization that has placed more than 2700 cats and kittens with qualified families and individuals.
Today, in addition to being the President of RESQCATS, Jeffyne and her husband, Mitch, share their Santa Barbara, California home with 14 unadoptable cats, 9 collies and 15 giant African sulcata tortoises…all rescued of course!
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Title: CAT TAILS: HEART_WARMING STORIES ABOUT THE CATS AND KITTENS OF RESQCATS
Author: Jeffyne Telson
Genre: Animals/Cat Rescue
Author: Jeffyne Telson
Genre: Animals/Cat Rescue
In 1997, Jeffyne Telson founded RESQCATS, Inc, as a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of stray and abandoned cats and kittens.
In the ensuing 20 years, with the help of a small group of dedicated volunteers, Jeffyne has grown RESQCATS well beyond her dreams, into a highly respected rescue organization that has placed more than 2800 cats and kittens with qualified families and individuals.
And now, she has written a book about her journey of creating a cat rescue, the challenges and opportunities she has faced, and most important of all, the valuable life lessons the cats and kittens have taught her.
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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?
I wrote articles for my RESQCATS, Inc. newsletter as a way to keep supporters informed and as an incentive to donate since RESQCATS is a 501c-3 non-profit organization. I included stories about some of the special cats and kittens that we saved and challenges we faced in saving them. They were called "Believe in Miracles" stories. My good friend was touched by the stories as she read the newsletters and encouraged me to write a book. For years, I resisted the idea as I am so busy running RESQCATS for nine months during kitten season. She continued to encourage me and finally, one day, I took her up on it!
Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?
I discovered my passion for writing many years later, beginning with the articles I wrote for the RESQCATS newsletter. What I learned is that writing about my feelings of love, loss, the challenges of rescue and my passion for animals was a way for me to express my emotions in a safe, less vulnerable way by putting pen to paper. Writing became a healing avenue during loss. And it has been a way of raising the bar for people who care about animals. It has always been my personal mission to be the messenger for animals and hopefully inspire more compassion for them.
Do you have a day job? What do you do?
I am the President and founder of RESQCATS, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue care and adoption of stray and abandoned cats and kittens. The organization was founded in 1997 and since then, over 2800 cats and kittens have been placed in qualified homes. I do not have a salary, nor is anyone paid...RESQCATS is all volunteer. My job is from dawn to dusk eight to nine months of the year during "kitten season." That left little time to write my book, that is why it took four years to complete!
Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?
Write from your heart
Remember, "obstacles create opportunity!"
Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?
I am very focused on my writing. Ideas and words come to me overnight. Every morning, I sit and watch the sun come up over a chai latte and those ideas become clearer in my head. Most often, clarity on exactly how I want to communicate something in writing comes to me when I am on the treadmill! So, no, when that inspiration comes, I write!
What hours do you write best?
Day light hours! I am NOT a night person!
How often do you write?
Several times a week. My writing is not just for newsletters or for the book. I use social media and websites to promote the adoption of the cats and kittens at RESQCATS. So being creative is almost a daily thing! I love writing about the cats and kittens to promote their adoption. It is my creative outlet during the busy days of running RESQCATS.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on the RESQCATS Spring 2018 newsletter and fundraising campaign for an injured kitten in our care.