Tails of the Painted Cats ~ Cat Care Society ~ Lakewood, CO
- The Unity Cat depicts the Tree of Life, a representation of unity between humanity, Earth and the Cosmos seen throughout many cultures and religions. The design consists of a synthesis between tree and other cultural symbols positioned to flow with the cat form. Stars above represent the limitless sky, and a serpent tail represents Earth as it slithers on the ground. The tree ties the two together as all beings are connected. The final connection made between the cat and the beholder is a symbol to cultivate compassion for cats that need human support and respect.
Tails of the Painted Cats debuted in 2011 as the signature fundraising event for the Cat Care Society's 30th Anniversary Celebration. The project included 17 painted fiberglass cats, each about 28" tall (some sitting, some standing) and painted a different theme by Denver-area artists. The CCS, founded in 1981 by Linda East, DVM and Lynn Rowe, is a nonprofit organization established to improve the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. The CCS, a cageless shelter, is supported by a number of loyal members and contributors, without whom the shelter could not operate. CCS receives no government funding. For more information, visit http://www.catcaresociety.org/.