Ozzy Osbourne bassist Robert “Blasko” Nicholson is being honored by animal rescue organization Kitten Rescue with their 2019 Advocacy Award. The award will be presented at the organization’s upcoming Fur Ball at the Skirball gala.
Nicholson has been working with Kitten Rescue for years helping to find homes for adoptable cats and kittens, especially black cats who are notoriously harder to find homes for.
“Kitten Rescue and I met through mutual friends Geezer and Gloria Butler, and I have assisted in many of their fundraising events over the years. Most recently, I have dedicated myself to helping them with the adoptions of their black cats because they are typically difficult to find homes for.
I am beyond honored to be the recipient of their Advocacy Award this year.”
Kitten Rescue executive director Sandra Harrison said of the organization’s 2019 honoree:
“Blasko is a true cat lover with a passion for advocating for homeless cats. He has made it his mission to raise awareness and increase adoptions for black cats in particular. Through his social media channels, he has highlighted Kitten Rescue’s black cats and has been instrumental in helping us to place many black cats. He has also raised funds for Kitten Rescue over the years through his birthday fundraisers and as an official member of Team Kitten Rescue in the LA Big 5k. We are so excited to honor Blasko with this year’s Advocacy Award.”
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, who has previously been honored by Kitten Rescue and turned Nicholson on to the organization, also congratulated him, saying:
“As a fellow bass player and cat aficionado, I congratulate Blasko on a very well-deserved Advocacy Award. His work with rescuing cats, especially black cats, and helping to place them for adoption is an outstanding achievement, and worthy of this award. Congrats Blasko!”
Continues Butler’s wife Gloria:
“I remember when my husband and I first mentioned Kitten Rescue to Blasko. I knew, like us, he was a cat lover, but he’s certainly taken the lead in his passion for and allegiance with Kitten Rescue. He attends adoption events, really pushing those black cats. He even runs the marathon with them!! Who knew? Anyway, I’m so happy to see Blasko getting honored this year. Well deserved!”
According to their website, Kitten Rescue has helped save and place more than 21,000 animals since it started in 1997. The organization also helps to “educate the public about pet guardianship, how to care for kittens and cats and the importance of spaying and neutering” through educational events, presentations and materials made available in print and on their website.
Hosted by TV and radio personality Mark Thompson, “Fur Ball at the Skirball” is set to take place September 28 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. Additional special guests include among others actress Trisha Helfer (“Lucifer”, “Battlestar Galactica”), actress Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”, “Despicable Me”), Instagram purrsonalities Nala Cat and Waverly McTinyBeans and Instagram personality Nathan Kehn (Nathanthecatlady). The organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the gala helps raise the necessary funds to help the group “rescue and rehabilitate homeless cats and kittens,” get them adopted and provide “volunteer-fueled education and outreach programs.” Tickets for the event are on sale now through the Kitten Rescue website.