It might be hard to believe, but a person can make a living making fun of bakery disasters.
Equally unlikely, perhaps: a Web site called Cakewrecks can generate a lot of cash for the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Cathouse.
That’s what happened Tuesday as Jen Yates made Puffy Paws Kitty Haven the beneficiary of the day during her “Charity Countdown.” Visitors to Cakewrecks.com were challenged to give $1 to Puffy Paws, resulting in a substantial windfall for the haven.
Yates is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong.” Puffy Paws owner Rick Kingston says more than 1 million people follow Yates’ updates on Twitter.com.
Alongside pictures of cakes with overdone decorations and underneath an image of a baby on a carrot, Cakewrecks.com has the following announcement:
“Instead of buying gifts or trees or decorations this year, John and I are going to donate a minimum of $200 to a different charity or worthy cause, every day, for the next two weeks.
“Are you up for my dollar-a-day challenge? Then give one dollar each day to each charity. That’s it! Together, we can use the power of Wreckage for good, and make a difference for those in need.”
First on her list was charitywater.org, which uses 100 percent of the money raised to drill for water in developing nations. Next, in order: St. Judes’s Children’s Hospital, Heifer International, Child’s Play, Share Our Strength, Puffy Paws Kitty Haven, Doctors Without Borders and Love 146.
How did a cat sanctuary in Englewood wind up alongside such heavy-hitting charities?
Yates, an Orlando resident, is inspired by the Kingstons’ willingness to take in any cat, even ones with severe health problems.
“John and I are huge animal lovers,” Yates said.” “…I do want people to know what a wonderful thing it is that Puffy Paws is doing!”
To explain what Kingston and his wife are doing, she posted this explanation: “Puffy Paws is a nonprofit, no-kill, and — get this — cage-free shelter. It is a fantastically clean, warm and friendly environment filled with over 200 happy cats.”
Yates would know. She has actually visited the haven.
As of Thursday evening, Rick Kingston said he had gotten $7,000 from Yates’ appeal, and donations were still coming in.
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