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

Meet the New Guy

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I want to introduce you to the newest member of my family. I have a new cat-bro named Jerry.

My huMom met Jerry at my good vet’s last month. He’s just a year old & has been living there for a while. He’s had his shots & has been neutered. We wanted Dottie to have a cat furriend as she is only two years old & still has lots of youthful silliness to share.

Jerry has been here just over a week & is starting to feel at home. The first few nights he cried a lot because he was afraid. He stayed hidden behind furniture but slowly he’s come around. I can understand how being in a new place with strange animals & smells can be overwhelming. It takes time to get to know a new place & new furriends.

He’s a very friendly young cat who seems to get along with everyone. But the best thing is that I’m not afraid of him at all. Usually, cats make me very nervous but Jerry is so mellow & affectionate that I feel good around him.

Dottie & Jerry are already good furriends. They have been playing together & since he’s been feeling more at home, Jerry is having more fun every day. I’ve noticed that he likes to nose nudge everyone, I wonder where he got that idea? BOL!

We are all very happy to provide Jerry with a loving home. All cats & dogs deserve the same. Just remember the golden rule: adopt, don’t shop.

CEO Olivia

 

 

An Act of Dog

Canine Culture

Artist Mark Barone is an accomplished artists who with his partner Marina started the “Act of Dog” project. It is both sad & beautiful. Every day in the United States 5,500 dogs are euthanized. Barone wanted to raise awareness of this awful statistic so he has set himself the task of doing 5,500 portraits of condemned shelter dogs.

He & his partner have created the first memorial museum of its kind in the world, designed to illuminate, educate & lift animal welfare consciousness.

The museum will allow a stable forever fund, that will distribute 100% of donations towards the salvation of shelter animals.

The charity is committed to the salvation of all healthy & adoptable animals. The fund will support all shelter animal needs, shelter reform, rescue groups, fosters, transporters, groups fighting BSL & all the other people & organizations, who work selflessly on the front lines everyday.

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I came from a shelter, I might have been one of those dogs if not for my huMom. This is why I always say, adopt, don’t shop.

CEO Olivia