Friday, October 22, 2010

Susan Olsen Fosters Kittens for Precious Paws

Photo by Pop Culture Passionistas

Speaking of Bradys, we were excited to meet one of our favorite childhood TV stars recently, Susan Olsen who played Cindy on “The Brady Bunch.” And our enthusiasm quickly turned to inspiration when Susan told us about a cause near and dear to her heart—Precious Paws animal rescue.
Long before she got involved with the organization, Olsen has been saving kittens as an official Bottle Baby foster parent. She explained that process to us, “I would take in the little teeny-tiny kittens and puppies, although it’s almost 99% kittens that come in. And sometimes they don’t have their eyes open and they may still have their umbilical cords. They’re these little things that get left in front of the door at night. The shelter workers will come in the morning and there’s a box full of… kittens. And they don’t have the time to take care of them so they train people in the community to be bottle baby parents.”
Then she met Georgyne Lalone, Founder and President of Precious Paws, who also happened to be a former co-worker of Susan’s old “Brady Bunch” co-star Chris Knight. She told Susan how the organization originated following the 1994 earthquake. Susan told us, “She started doing rescue by saving… a feral colony on the Paramount lot. These cats were descendants of the cats I used to feed when I was a little girl growing up at Paramount.”

Georgyne asked how Susan could take care of the kittens and put them back into a shelter system, where no one knew what happened to them. Susan said, “Well, as far as I knew there wasn’t any alternative except adopt them all myself. And I’m not going to be the crazy cat lady in the neighborhood. And [Georgyne] said, ‘No, work with me and you’ll usually meet the people who adopt your babies.’”
Olsen isn’t the only celebrity chipping in at Precious Paws. An upcoming auction ,which starts on October 28, will feature items donated by a wide range of stars. Fans can vote on everything from “My Fair Brady’s” Adrienne Curry’s BHC Chopper to lunch with Susan and Erin Murphy, who played Tabitha on “Bewitched.”
To learn more visit the Precious Paws website.

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