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Nov 25, 2007

I'm really bad at doing these "shares" and this is one of the hardest I've ever done.  My wife and I have both lost our parents, and a son, one of are other "keeper kitte`s (Miss Chakotay), and hundreds of feral cats in the past decade.  But losing Miss Jean-Luc Kitte`, our first feral rescue, born the day after our wedding - Mary's birthday - and having her almost our entire married life made her more than special, far more than "just a cat."  She was a huge part of the formation of "Spots and Stripes" our highly successful wild cat charity. 

All that is in jeopardy now, as we are both deep in the grieving process.  I'm forced to ask as many of you as can to donate even one dollar (more if you can) to help feed, water, and shelter as many of the 1000 + feral cats we maintain in their colonies.  The big cats should be fine for now, but the immediate need is for the ferals.  Send this to anyone you think might be able to help or are just plain interested.  The site  is in shambles, but I'm not likely to clean up the junk anytime soon.  Thank you all in advance -
David and Mary

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- 2 hours ago -
On Nov 2, 2007, our first rescue and lifelong angel, Miss Jean-Luc Kitte` took her final breath. Our founders, David and Mary Lemke, are in a long, hard period of grieving.If you can spare even $1.00, please visit our site(it is in a mess)We are begging.

David Lemke (8)
Sunday November 25, 2007, 3:23 am
She was 13 1/2 years old. Because in part of her, Spots and Stripes ( was founded, with all volunteers and no paid employees. Vets called her "The Demon Cat", "Cat from Hell" "Bad Kitty", etc. She was always my "Love Muffin" and Guardian Angel, and live saver. She was surrigate mother to seven other housemates, teaching them to use the litterbox, use a scratching post, and was a stern diciplinarian to those two and four pawed. "Mom and Dad" are inconsolable right now, but we still have over 1,000 ferals to tend to and not enough food or money to go around. One day the grief will fade, but Miss Jean-Luc will always live on in our hearts and souls until together we cross that "Rainbow Bridge" together.
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David Lemke
male, age 53, married, 1 child
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