Happy 4th of July!

Wishing all of our friends a happy and safe July 4th holiday!

 

Image:  Fourth of July by Jesse Michael Nix on Flickr.

 

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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

The warm weather means that kitten season is here!  Kitten season is the time of year when unaltered cats allowed to roam outside will mate and produce litters of kittens.  Sadly, many of these homeless kittens (and their moms) will end up in animal shelters.

This is a great time to open your heart and home to a kitten or adult shelter cat.  Many shelters and rescue groups provide valuable cat adoption incentives in the spring and summer months.

It’s also a good time to remind cat owners to spay and neuter their pets and keep them safely indoors.

You can search for available cats and read more about cat adoption on the Petfinder website.

Need some inspiration?  Check out this adorable and funny “Prescription Cat” drug commercial parody video!

 

 

May 6-12 is Be Kind to Animals Week!

According to American Humane, Be Kind to Animals Week is the oldest commemorative week in U.S. history!  What better way to celebrate this important humane awareness event than with these easy ways to show your kindness to all animals?

  • Adopt a homeless pet from an animal shelter or rescue group.
  • Volunteer your time and talents at a non-profit animal welfare organization.
  • Report suspected animal abuse to local police or animal welfare organizations.
  • Enjoy wildlife from a distance and avoid touching or picking up wild animals.

  • Create safe and welcoming outdoor spaces for pets and other animals like birds and insects.
  • Remember to take your pet to the vet for regular wellness exams.
  • Consider buying cruelty-free cosmetic brands on your next shopping trip.

  • Donate to a local low-cost spay/neuter organization to reduce the homeless pet population in your area.
  • Clean up plastic litter than can be harmful to birds and animals if eaten.
  • Teach kids how to safely and gently interact with animals.

  • Be aware of wildlife and free-roaming pets while driving.  Report animals hit by cars to local authorities.
  • Put down your phone and spend more quality time interacting with your pets.

 

Video: Pepper the Cat Safe at Home After a Week in JFK Airport

A tabby cat named Pepper was on her way to China with her owner when she escaped her carrier during check in at JFK Airport in New York.

Unable to catch her, Pepper’s owner took her flight without her beloved cat.  Pepper spent a week loose in JFK, despite the best efforts of some dedicated rescuers.

She was finally caught with the help of her owner’s roommate and her favorite food.  Pepper is safe and sound at the roommate’s apartment, waiting for her owner to fly back from China for a second attempt to fly her to her new home!

Here’s a local news video documenting Pepper’s airport adventure!

 

Happy National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day!

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is observed each year on April 30th.

This special day was created as a way to raise awareness about the many thousands of homeless pets that are waiting to get adopted from animal shelters and rescue groups around the country.

Consider opening your heart to a homeless animal when thinking about getting you next pet!