Happy Guinea Pig Appreciation Day!

July 16th is Guinea Pig Appreciation Day…a great time to celebrate the adorable guinea pig!

Thinking about adding a guinea pig to your family?  Consider adopting from a local animal shelter or guinea pig rescue organization.

Need some inspiration?  Check out this story and video from People about the “Guinea Pig Whisperer”–Saskia Chiesa of Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue!

 

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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!

 

Heartwarming Video: Rescue Dog Fosters Dozens of Kittens

Zuca was a pregnant stray when she was taken in by an animal welfare agency in Oregon.  All her puppies were adopted, and eventually so was Zuca.  This sweet pup became best friends with a cat named Stout in her new forever home.

Sadly, Stout passed away and Zuca was depressed…until her human mom Ronda started taking in foster kittens!  Zuca has been lovingly caring for nearly 100 foster kittens since 2015.

Her mom reports that she gets excited whenever new kittens arrive, and she immediately starts licking them and cuddling with them, knowing instinctively exactly what kind of care each one needs.

This upcoming kitten season, Zuca (now 12 years old but still going strong) and her mom hope to foster at least 20 more babies, bringing their total to over 100.

An added bonus to all this great mothering from Zuca…. all of her foster babies are very comfortable around dogs and do well in adoptive homes with canine siblings!

Check out this adorable video of Zuca in action with her foster kittens, and follow Zuca and her kittens on this irresistible Instagram account!

 

Images via Love Meow.

 

Animal Lovers Search for “Fire Cats” Lost in California Wildfires

A recent article in The New York Times highlights some amazing work being done by dedicated California animal advocates.

Many pet cats fled their homes during the devastating wildfires that swept through Sonoma County.  Quite a few of these cats remain missing.

A woman named Jennifer Petruska has made it her mission to track these cats down every night since the fires.  So far, she and her team have found more than 70 cats, but they believe dozens more remain lost.

This volunteer group calls itself Pet Rescue & Reunification.  They set up night vision cameras and traps with food in places the lost cats are thought to be hiding.  The traps are checked every hour until morning.

Many people who lost their homes and all their possessions in the fires are still heartsick over the loss of their cats.  Animal experts say that cats flee danger by instinct and can survive in hiding for weeks.  This gives rescuers and owners hope that the cats are still alive.

A few found cats have yet to be claimed by anyone and are being housed at the Sonoma County Animal Services Department.

Images:  Jim Wilson/The New York Times.