Friday Favorites: Gwen Cooper

Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted here (Tressa's Wishful Endings), that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that you love, recommend, and want to tell others about. Just pick one and link up to my post each Friday to share.

As many of you know, I am an animal lover. I have four kitties at home right now, all rescues.  I grew up having animals and rescuing them in one way or another.  I am a self proclaimed "Crazy Cat Lady". Today, for Friday Favorites, I'm profiling an author, Gwen Cooper, who shares my love for rescuing animals, and wrote an amazing book on one such rescue kitty.

Title: Homer's Odyssey
By Gwen Cooper
299 pages, published September 2010
Genre: Memoir

From GoodReads:
The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten who’d been abandoned. It was love at first sight.

Everyone warned that Homer would always be an “underachiever.” But the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three-pound dynamo with a giant heart who eagerly made friends with every human who crossed his path. Homer scaled seven-foot bookcases with ease, survived being trapped alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near the World Trade Center, and even saved Gwen’s life when he chased off an intruder who broke into their home in the middle of the night. But it was Homer’s unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, and his joy in the face of all obstacles that transformed Gwen’s life. And by the time she met the man she would marry, she realized that Homer had taught her the most valuable lesson of all: Love isn’t something you see with your eyes.

This book melted my heart. As a cat rescue mom who tends to rescue the ones that no one else wants, I fell in love with this story.  It's beautifully written, and an eye opening look at the human-animal bond, Not only did Cooper tell a beautiful story, she raised awareness for blind cat rescue organizations and animal welfare in general.  If you are an animal lover, this is a MUST read.

Cooper donates 10% of her book royalties to charities that serve blind cats. For her  most recent book, Love Saves The Day (a novel told from the perspective of a cat!), instead of visiting bookstores for her book tour, she visited animal shelters. How cool is that?!

Sadly, last year, Homer passed away. But thanks to Gwen, he lived a long and happy life of 15 years. Also thanks to Gwen, he lives on in Homer's Odyssey as a example of love, loyalty, and the fact that the inability to see doesn't stop an animal from having a full life. I commend Gwen Cooper for rescuing Homer, and for sharing her story, and recommend you read her heartwarming books.

For more information on Gwen, visit her website. You can also become a fan of Homer on Facebook!

Any other rescue cat mamas out there like me?