Spring is a very busy time for animal welfare workers and volunteers. It’s the time of year when the warm weather means that homeless cats in your community (and unaltered pets allowed to roam) will mate and produce lots of kittens. Each year, animal shelters and cat rescue groups are flooded with homeless kittens (sometimes with mom, sometimes orphaned) that need care.
Want to know what it’s really like to be on the front lines during kitten season? Cat rescue advocate Hannah Shaw–aka “Kitten Lady”–has recently shared a video about how shelters handle kitten season on her YouTube channel.
If you haven’t heard about the work that Hannah does rescuing vulnerable shelter kittens and raising awareness about this issue, check out the Kitten Lady website to learn more! And if you’re interested in helping your local shelter or rescue group, you can consider fostering…or donating much-needed kitten season wish list items like kitten food, formula, and other supplies. Check with you local animal welfare organization to find out what’s needed most.
Here’s a great way to start your week with a smile! The good folks at the Santa Fe New Mexico Animal Shelter & Humane Society have created a fantastic video to help raise awareness about shelter pet adoption. Check out their “Bachelor” TV show parody featuring 2 love-struck women competing for the affection of one very handsome shelter dog named Stewart:
Animal hoarding stories are always tough to hear about. A recent hoarding case in the San Diego County community of Poway has gotten a lot of attention recently. An incredible number of dogs were rescued from a hoarding situation…123 to be exact (the number grew after animal welfare workers found additional dogs that the owners had been hiding during the original rescue operation).
In this sad case, an elderly couple had been hoarding these little Yorkie-mix dogs in their home, and the living conditions faced by the dogs were, as you can imagine, horrific. The dogs are now in the care of the San Diego Humane Society, and it’s been all hands on deck caring for these sweet pups. They’ve needed grooming, dental care, vaccinations, and other services.
They soon will be made available for adoption. San Diego Humane has set up a special web page to help field the many inquiries about the adoption process for these Yorkies. If you live in the San Diego area, consider opening your heart to one of these special dogs. You can also watch a news video about the dogs HERE.
An orange tabby cat named Romeo and a miniature schnauzer named Juliet were recently found living on the streets together and brought to the City of Chula Vista Animal Care Facility here in San Diego. Romeo and Juliet were initially separated into the dog and cat sections of the shelter. It soon became obvious that these two were a bonded pair, as Romeo began to deteriorate without the companionship of Juliet. Staff reunited the two best friends and decided that not only should they be housed together at the shelter, but also had to be adopted out as a pair.
Check out this sweet video about Romeo and Juliet. We’re happy to report that this special couple had a much happier ending than Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The two have found their new forever home…together!
With Halloween coming soon, October is a great time to remind potential cat adopters to consider adding a beautiful black rescue cat to your family! While some shelters and rescue groups do not feel comfortable adopting out black cats around Halloween, others use the holiday as an opportunity to spread the word about how adopting a black cat is a cool thing to do! Black cats (and dogs) are overrepresented in the shelter population, so now is the perfect time to open your heart to an animal in need.
Here are a few awesome facts about black cats, courtesy of the website Catster:
A black cat’s fur color can change over time. Like us humans, they can go grey as they get older, and some black fur will “rust” with exposure to the sun.
Solid black coloring in a cat requires both parents to carry the same black color gene. Tabby is the dominant cat coat type, so some black cats actually have faint tabby markings in their fur if you look closely at them.
Black cats tend to be healthier than cats of other colors. Research has shown that the genes associated with black color also make the cats’ immune systems stronger. They tend to be more resistant to diseases like FIV than other cats.
Black “panthers” are actually two different cat breeds, depending on where they live. In the Americas they are jaguars, and in Africa they are leopards. Like domestic cats, the black coloring in big cats is genetic.
Still need more convincing that black cats are cool? Just ask cat lover Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead (click image to enlarge):