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Homer the Blind Wonder Cat is the subject of the New York Times bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat, which has been translated into more than two-dozen foreign languages, and the sequel Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat. Found as an abandoned kitten with an advanced eye infection at two weeks of age, Homer faced euthanization (nobody wanted to take a chance on a blind kitten) until he met his “forever mom,” Gwen Cooper. Today, Homer is an international ambassador for the cause of special-needs animal rescue. “Homer’s Heroes,” the grass-roots community of animal lovers that has formed in his name, have raised more than $200,000 on behalf of shelters and animal-welfare organizations all over the world.
Gwen Cooper is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale and Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat, the novel Love Saves the Day, and the crowd-sourced collection of cat selfies—Kittenish—100% of the proceeds of which were donated to animal-rescue efforts in the wake of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Gwen is a frequent speaker at shelter fundraisers; donates 10% of her royalties from Homer’s Odyssey to organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals; and oversees Homer’s social-media platforms, which reach more than 2,000,000 animal lovers across the globe each day. Gwen lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her two perfect cats—Clayton the Tripod and his litter-mate, Fanny—who aren’t impressed with any of it. www.gwencooper.com