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Gabriele Ruttloff-BauerBy Gabriele Ruttloff-Bauer
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Gabriele Ruttloff-BauerBy Gabriele Ruttloff-Bauer
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CHF 1,184
pledged of CHF 6,000pledged of CHF 6,000 goal
21
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

[Projektbeschreibung von «Inseln der Katzen» siehe Newsletter #2]

“Hello, my name is Alexander Johnson. My partner Gabriele Ruttloff-Bauer and I want to thank you for taking a few minutes to read about our project «Islands of Cats».”

How it all began...
The idea for «Islands of Cats» came to us while exploring sunny Malta, our secondary home. Gabriele and I noted an unusual amount of feral cat colonies for such small islands. Importantly, what caught our attention was that the cats were well fed and healthy, and surprisingly, even though tame, kept their distance to passersby. This phenomena of high fitness of the strays is truly unique to the Maltese Islands.

Stray Cats in Sliema, Malta
Stray Cats in Sliema, Malta

Stray Cat Carers...
Out of curiosity we made enquiries as to who was sustaining the clowders, and we soon discovered that there are many local folk who, unnoticed, lovingly provide the cats with their needs. We decided to combine our fortes of photography and writing to compose a photographic book to highlight the persons whose vital work has been overlooked, and who make up the Maltese sub-culture of cat caregivers.

Feeding shy strays in Pietà
Feeding shy strays in Pietà

The Book ...
«Islands of Cats» endeavours to take the reader on a journey through the Maltese Islands, highlighting individual carers, their background and the personal reasons why they devote a great part of their lives to their cat clowders. What makes «Islands of Cats» stand out, is that its prime topic conveys the love and passion of the carers for their cats, a bond which is warmly captured in Gabriele’s photography. The book takes on a fresh topic in non-fiction feline publications. Its main theme is supported by unique cat related information, and true cat stories.

The next Steps...
Now, after months of researching, photographing, writing and editing, we are getting close to writing the final chapters. After looking at the pros and cons we have decided to self-publish, the main reasons being we wanted to hold control of the creative process, and it was essential to keep the book inexpensive. We want «Islands of Cats» to be affordable to all, and by offering a fair price we feel it gives the publication a wider reach. To take us to the next step we need CHF 6’000 (EUR 5'400), which will finance the first printing as well as fees for translation into two initial languages, Maltese and German.

Besides using traditional distribution of the printed book, our scope is to market «Islands of Cats» worldwide, primarily through the use of the Internet and social-media. In Malta we work closely with the cat community, who have shown great interest in the book. One of our main channels of marketing in Malta will be through the 30'000 followers of local cat-talk Facebook pages. We shall also promote our work on cat related Internet sites and forums worldwide. For the digital cat lovers, the book will also be available as ePub and PDF.

By pledging to this project, you will be part of bringing deserved recognition to these dedicated givers of unconditional love.

Update: We are delighted to have been invited to "Animal Diaries", airing weekly on Malta's prime station TVM. Watch us talk about this project on the March 5 episode.

Risks and challenges

One possible challenge is to have the book translated, printed and ready for distribution by our target date end of April 2016.

Finding the right distributor for Malta for the hardcopy book may prove to be another hiccup. However, we are certain that this can be overcome.

We will send updates to all our backers during the production and finalisation of the project!

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    BRONZE
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    With your agreement, your name will be listed in the supporter section of the project's web site. And we will be deeply grateful!

    Sofern einverstanden, wird der Name auf islandsofcats.com/supporter geführt. Und wir bedanken uns herzlichst!

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    SILVER
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    You'll receive the Islands of Cats eBook or PDF.
    With your agreement, your name will be listed in the supporter section of the project's web site. And our warmest thanks!

    Inseln der Katzen als ePub oder PDF.
    Sofern einverstanden, wird der Name auf islandsofcats.com/supporter geführt. Und wir bedanken uns aufs Allerfeinste!

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    EARLY GOLD SPECIAL
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    The printed edition of Islands of Cats book will be yours - signed, sealed and delivered for free within Europe.
    With your agreement, your name will be listed in the supporter section of the project's web site. And your kind help will be sincerely appreciated!

    Das signierte Inseln der Katzen frei Haus innerhalb Europas.
    Sofern einverstanden, wird der Name auf islandsofcats.com/supporter geführt. Und wir sind auf ewig dankbar!

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    PLATINUM SUPPORTER
    The printed edition of Islands of Cats book will be yours - signed, sealed and delivered for free within Europe.
    With your agreement, your name will be listed in the supporter section of the project's web site. And your trust in our project will for always be remembered!

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