Poor little Snuggles had a rough start in life. His mom Debra found him living on the streets. Snuggles had a mangled leg and his veterinarian suspected that it was due to either a birth defect or a very early injury.
Snuggles needed a limb amputation to prevent infection and improve his overall quality of life. Debra was unable to afford the full cost of the surgery, so she and her vet reached out to FACE for help. We were able to provide them with the needed financial assistance.
“I would like to send a great big thank you to the FACE Foundation for donating towards Snuggles’ surgery. He is doing great after seeing Dr. Morris and Rancho Del Oro Veterinary Hospital for his first follow up visit. Snuggles and I are so grateful.” – Debra
Today is the 10th annual Celebrate Shelter Pets Day. This awareness event is designed to encourage the adoption of shelter pets by having owners tell their pet adoption stories on social media using the #CelebrateShelterPets hashtag.
An organization of cat care professionals in the UK called The Cat Group has created a very helpful “Kitten Checklist” for anyone thinking about adding a new kitten to their family!
This user-friendly checklist was designed to help owners choose a happy and healthy kitten, whether it comes from a shelter, rescue organization, friend, or breeder.
Besides checking for signs of poor health, the creators of the checklist also note the importance of assessing temperament. “Many people don’t understand that in order to become a good pet cat, kittens need positive interactions with people and need to get used to the human environment and lifestyle before they are about 8 weeks old,” they report.
The checklist guides potential owners through a series of questions. These include things to consider before visiting a shelter or breeder to see kittens and what to observe when you are visiting and interacting with a kitten.
The health section includes an easy way to evaluate the different parts of a kitten’s body: eyes, ears, nose, coat, etc.
You can download or print out the Kitten Checklist pdf by clicking HERE.
We’ve heard a lot about what makes a city dog-friendly, such as amenities like parks and restaurants that welcome dogs. But what makes a city cat-friendly?
Since we don’t normally take our cats out and about with us, are there other factors that make a place cat-friendly? Turns out, the answer is yes!
Trupanion and Redfin recently teamed up to create a list of the top 25 cat-friendly cities in the U.S. The criteria used include good access to feline-specific services such as veterinary clinics, hospitals, and shelters/rescues.
They also looked at homes for sale that had cat-friendly features like enclosed outdoor patios, room to climb, and extra bathrooms for litter boxes.
Another element considered was a lack of environmental hazards for cats with access to the outdoors (fewer parasites and poisonous plants, etc.)
Factoring in all these cat-friendly elements, the top cites for felines are:
1) Corvallis, Ore.
2) Spokane, Wash.
3) Orlando, Fla.
4) Bellingham, Wash.
5) Tulsa, Okla.
6) Raleigh, N.C.
7) New York, N.Y.
8) Dayton, Ohio
9) Clarksville, Tenn.
10) San Antonio, Tex.
11) Albuquerque, N. Mex.
12) Eugene, Ore.
13) Boston, Mass.
14) Allentown, Penn.
15) Dover, Del.
16) Columbus, Ohio
17) Boise, Idaho
18) Louisville, Ky.
19) Tacoma, Wash.
20) Lincoln, Neb.
21) Portland, Ore.
22) Minneapolis, Minn.
23) Knoxville, Tenn.
24) Santa Rosa, Calif.
25) Oakland, Calif.
The folks at Trupanion and Redfin remind pet owners that when searching for a new home in a new city, be sure to look at both the features of the house and the nearby facilities to maintain your pet’s health.