Tomorrow is CEO Olivia’s Gotcha Day

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Tomorrow is a special day here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. It was on February 19th, 2011 that I was adopted by my huMom from the Quinte Humane Society. I had been there for three very long months before she showed up looking for a companion for my late fur bro Micky Moo Man. I called him, “Moo Moo” & he was a wooftastic furriend.

Me & Moo Moo

When I arrived at the shelter, my name was Molly & everyone called me that name. But my huMom renamed me Olivia after Olivia the Pig. She has an “I can do anything” attitude that comes from knowing she is loved. I still remember that upon arriving at my new home, as soon as I found it, I leaped on my huMom’s bed, declaring it to be mine too. My huMom took the picture below of me, capturing the moment. You can see I’m still wearing a pink collar from the Humane Society.

Since that day, my huMom has been the light of my life & she tells me she feels the same about me. I know that I’m loved, I have my pack & I know I never have to fight that epi-monster alone. I’m so very grateful that she chose to adopt instead of shopping for a new companion. Still, there are many other “Molly’s” out there waiting in a shelter for their forever home.

Tomorrow we will celebrate my gotcha day with lots of treats & then, a nap on my bed. 😉

CEO Olivia ❤

It’s National Black Dog Day

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a black dog face

Welcome to October, CEO Olivia here. October 1st is National Black Dog Day in the United States. It was started by animal behaviorist & rescue advocate, Colleen Paige to raise awareness of the seldom discussed plight of black dogs. Like black cats, black dogs are passed over when people come to a shelter to adopt. Often it’s due to an old belief that black is associated with evil. How silly, yet this prejudice remains. Some people also find black dogs too intimidating looking.

You know how I feel, a dog is a dog. A black dog has just as much unconditional love to give as any other dog. If you’re thinking of adopting, remember, do your research, but most importantly, adopt, don’t shop. Maybe a beautiful black dog is waiting for you.

Check out the official Facebook page for National Black Dog Day. There is a very touching story in the “about” section.

CEO Olivia

Spring is Kitten Season

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Feral Kittens

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I have a serious topic. It’s spring & that means kitten season. Each year, usually starting in June, shelters & rescue groups are inundated with homeless kittens. Sadly, with such numbers, too many will be euthanized. It’s a terrible situation. Most animal shelters are already stretched to their limit at the best of times.

With kittens coming in off the streets, the risk of illness in the shelter increases. Most feral litters aren’t healthy. It’s common for feral kittens to have conjunctivitis & upper respiratory infections. Although both illnesses are easily treatable with antibiotics, infected kittens are usually euthanized. Shelters simply don’t have the budget or resources.

During “kitten season” the chances that an adult cat in a shelter will find a home typically drops—they get overlooked by potential adopters when cute kittens are in abundance.

What can be done? There are many ways you can help. First, spay or neuter your cat. It really is that simple.

Consider a donation to a local shelter. They are always in need. You could buy food or litter or simply make a cash donation. You could also volunteer & donate your time. Kittens need to be handled so they aren’t fearful of humans.

If there are feral colonies near you, find out if there is a Trap Neuter Release program (where feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered then released back into their colony). Maybe you could help out by doing vet runs. You can also become a feral colony caretaker, providing food & shelter.

Consider fostering a mother with kittens. This will ease some of the overcrowding at the local shelter. But be careful, kittens are very easy to fall in love with.

Finally, adopt, don’t shop. When you adopt from a shelter you enrich 3 lives, yours, the animal you adopted & the one you just made space for.

CEO Olivia