A Breathless Cat Fence Update! PART II

Six days ago, I did my first Cat Fence Update.

And that post was a response to this post, which detailed the reasons why, after five years, I still cannot move into the Cross House. Most of these issues have been resolved during the last five years, but the last issue is proving intractable: The cat fence.

The fence is VITAL as the house abuts a highway!

My funds are, and always have been, limited. And because what funds I do have are earmarked to complete the south facade in 2018 (part of the Heritage Grant work), the cat fence will just have to…wait.

So, I thought I was stuck.

Then wondrous things started happening!

I was amazed and joyous that, because Tinker the cat unexpectedly sent me money to help fence my cats at the Cross House, other cats (and some humans) also felt like helping!


What Tinker started!


In my first update I received donations from:

Kitties Max & Gus. We kitties need out proper spaces. Please use this towards the cat fence — or house funds as best suits. Thanks for making the world a better place! Max & Gus

Kara Hudson. History and kitties. 🙂

Jackie Steele. I’m never going to get to live at the Cross House, but I can help you and your kitties get under that roof sooner!

Sheryl Gruhler. I’m a crazy cat lady also. I have 3 and adore them!

Sarah Whillock. I’m more of a dog person than a cat person, but all furry things have a special place in my heart. You sir, are a saint for taking in so many helpless little ones.

Derek Walvoord. Keep up the good work!

Amanda Hodson. From Gypsy, the mustached kitty.

Stephanie Sullivan.

Mary Beth Seith. Our household kitties wanted to contribute to the fence to help get that amazing clowder to their new home safely!

Linda Brandt. Specially for you cat fence, I would love to see you move into the house

Dan Goodall-Williams.

Mary Bercik. MEOW!!! Build that fence and install a computer somehow so we kitties can watch Randy Rainbow YouTube videos to keep us sane during this administration’s continuing reign.

Tinker. Dear Ross, Don’t tell Patricia I took this out of her wallet. I’m sending it for the cat fence. Love, Tinker

These contribution brought in $805!


I then received three donations via Go Fund Me, but these seem specific to the house restoration rather than the cat fence.

Judy Edie.

Lee Ann Antes. I donated because I love old homes and admire those who restore them to their former glory! Wishing you well!

Roger Heineken. This Squires-designed house demands restoration/preservation and Ross is THE man for the job.

These contribution brought in another $180!


Since my previous post, these donations have come in via Go Fund Me:

Brendan Denehy

MaryCarol Smith

Sara Bruckmeier. for the Cross house and the kitties – to be used at Ross’ discretion

Bob Murray. Ross, the work you are doing is amazing. I’ll leave it to your discretion as to how the money is used. Kitties, house, pond…as you see fit.

Shannon Gigerich. CATS!

Marie Marshall. Your love and respect for the history of this house and the animals you encounter is inspiring. Half for the house, and half for the kitties!

Juan Vasquez. Kitties.

Tracy Weltha. For the fence, from Mac & Vector, your kitty neighbors at IM Design Group

These contribution brought in another $615!

Note: IM Design Group designed this blog.


And these donations via the mail:

Matt & Erika: We have 5 cats, all of which are rescues, Your stories and generosity bring an occasional tears and many smile stop our faces.

Kim Harvey. My husband says build the wall and make the cats pay for it!

These contribution brought in another $600!


All told, an amazing $2,200 has been donated! Wow. Wow! Donations have ranged from $20 to $500, and each is very much appreciated and feels like a hug!

I created the Go Fund Me account in 2016 after receiving repeated request from people. “I would love to help? Can I donate somehow?” As of today, $5.070 has been donated (including the cat fence donations)!

Donations have helped to offset some of the terrifying financial burden of restoring the Cross House. But donations impact me, too. It is hard to explain but every donation makes me feel less alone, less crazy. Every donation makes me feel connected to a family of people who love old house…and now kitties, too! And I often think about this when I am high up on scaffolding or stripping old shellac off oak trim. I think: Wow. People CARE about this. And this generates a special kind of tingle inside. It feels good!

I am keeping the Cat Fence monies separate from the general donations, and will be doing updates on the fence and future donations.

You can see all the donations on my Go Fund Me page (the green button just above the comments).

You also send a check if you prefer:

Fence the Cats!
POB 454
Strong City, KS 66869


I estimate the cat fence at $6,000 to $8,000. Because everything costs more then anticipated, I am assuming $8,000 will be the correct number. With $2,200 now donated, that is 27.5%!!!!!!!!!! I am astonished!

With the current donations on hand, I plan to order some of the fencing material this week and install it on the tall wood posts I installed last year! I will, of course, breathlessly blog about this as the work begins and finishes. I also think I have enough in donations to start on the east wall!

All this has radically shifted me from feeling despair (will I ever move in?) to feeling hope (OMG! I might be able to move in sometime in 2019!!!!!!!!).

I much prefer the latter feeing.


To all of you fabulous and crazy people, a hug and kiss!





  1. Dan Goodall-Williams on October 28, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    You are very welcome. I hope that the funds keep coming. If 100 people donate 50 bucks you will be well on your way. I look forward to the updates!

  2. Elizabeth on October 28, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Ok, I’ve been reading your blog for a few years, and I LOVE what you are doing. Since I’ve never owned a cat (and probably never will…allergies), I was curious to see what a cat fence was. I saw that there were several kinds. Out of curiosity, which cat fence are you interested in? If I ever have a dollar to spare, I’m earmarking it for you. Restoring an old home, I’m sure, seems like an arduous task at times, but know that you are inspiring those out there like me, who, if given the chance, will willingly take on the task of preserving a part of history for future generations.

  3. MaryCarol Smith on October 28, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Putting a little bit more in the cat fence fund tonight. I finally got my new dog fence this summer. Yours will be so good for the cats. Keep up the good work!

  4. Jackie on October 28, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    SO thrilled that funds are still coming in, over a quarter of the way there‼ Wouldn’t it be amazing if it could keep on at that rate. 😍

  5. tiffaney jewel on October 28, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you for taking on such a massive project like the Cross House – I love to see old houses come back to life. And double thank you for loving all those kitties. You’re such a savior.

  6. Knothere2day on January 8, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    I haven’t been on here in quite sometime and I’ve come back to catch up and I see the kitty posts….. I now know why I adore you sooo much! I mean besides your halarious writing style, we are such kindred spirits. My boyfriend and I have adopted the alley cats and we have been taking care of them ever since we moved into our new home (4yrs now) we are up to 23 sweet babies. It’s a full time job too. Those sweet babies didn’t ask to be here though you just can’t help but take care of them. Big squeezie hugs from one crazy cat family to another!

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