Acting like Cats for a Cause

By Julie,

Photography Side Projects

lick cheeks.
paw at strings.
be fuzzy.

It’s good to be a kitten.

That’s the gist of “Copy Cats” – a calendar for Tenth Life Cat Rescue created by Mandi Kohlmeier and a team of kitty wannabes.

The Tenth Life Calendar is a passion project Mandi started 3 years ago in efforts to generate support and awareness for St. Louis’ Tenth Life Cat Rescue. Everyone involved volunteered their time, talents, and resources so that 100% of the proceeds from sales will go straight to helping local cats, prioritizing those with special needs.

When Mandi contacted the St. Louis Improv Shop Players to see if they’d be interested in acting like cats for a day, they were all in. After Photographer David Carlyon captured shots of the kittens, Mandi selected the cutest ones and took pictures of the Players imitating the kitty pics.

Now, there’s a significant tie-in with Guardians of the Galaxy that I would be remiss if I didn’t mention. Four of the kittens that came in were named after Guardian characters – Rocket, Groot, Drax, and Quill. Here’s the brigade of intergalactic furballs altogether:

Copycats kitten calendar banner

Then there’s Sean Gunn (does the motion capture for Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – also plays Kraglin – brother of James Gunn, director of the movie). We reached out to him and he was super enthusiastic about the project. See, Sean is originally from St. Louis, and he is very supportive of Tenth Life. He offered to have a photographer in LA grab his pictures to go in the calendar. He’s paired on the cover with Groot the cat, and also in May with Rocket the cat. Here he is now:

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CopyCats-Rebecca - January

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We’d like to thank the hair and makeup artists, David Carlyon, Sean Gunn, and everyone else who pitched in for your awesome support of this project!

There’s a promo price of $15 that ends Sept. 30th. So go, buy a calendar. Buy 10. Get ’em while they’re cheap. And feel great about helping the kitties.

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You can learn more about what Tenth Life is doing for the cat community on their website, or as “tenthlifecats” on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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