Sometimes I do wonder about what my pet cats, as well as my foster felines, are thinking about. I just saw that January 22nd is “National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day” and I had to laugh. How perfect is that? Just the other day, I was wondering what Helen Rose might ask me.
The entire cat-loving community is in the middle of celebrating National Cat Lovers’ Month. Everyone who has ever loved a cat needs to get involved. There are some really wonderful and fun feline-focused activities you can participate in to help cats in need.
It’s here! BFF! Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center is officially open! Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters who made this happen. We couldn’t have accomplished this without you! The ribbon-cutting ceremony for BFF was a magical evening for me. BFF is more than a building to me; it represents a leap forward in feline wellness and adoption. The felines we rescue will be much calmer and confident in these beautiful, sunny, spacious cage-free surroundings.
I had a sad month! My beloved feral cat, Muffin, recently passed away. I was heartbroken and truly devastated. It’s amazing how a bond can form between a human and an animal that doesn’t even want to be touched. I fed her every day, 2x/ day for 11 years and bought her heated kitty houses that were placed all over our property. Every day she hissed at me but I knew she loved me, and in a strange way I equated that hiss to a “thank you!” On the day she came very close to me and didn’t hiss, I knew something was terribly wrong.
I can’t tell you what it means to me to see the vision for Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center come to life on the North Shore Animal League America campus in Port Washington, NY. I have been amazed by the beauty and functionality of the new center during my visits there. We’re so close to opening and I’m so eager to be a part of the celebration, but more importantly I am so thankful that this will enable Animal League America to save even more lives—both cats and dogs.
I knew there was another reason I love living in New York! New York has banned the brutal practice of cat declawing. Words cannot even express how very happy I am that no more cats will suffer needlessly.
Kittens, kittens, and more kittens. In the last few months, I’ve taken in a number of homeless pregnant moms and an abandoned litter rescued from an attic in a family’s home. As I find homes for these kitties, I like to speak with the adopters about how they should continue to socialize them.
It seems like more cats, and pets in general, are living longer since they are taken to the veterinarian regularly and there have been more advances in pet care in recent years. This is great as long as people remain committed to the responsibility they made to their animals years before.
People who rescue animals come from all walks of life and I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many caring rescuers. This time it’s a teeny baby, who was found by one of New York’s Finest, Officer Aubrey. She’s my latest heroine!
I am a rescuer and foster mom at heart. The hundreds of cats and kittens that have come and gone through my home always take away a tiny piece of me with them when they leave. These beautiful creatures enrich my life while here and they’ve gone on to complete the lives of so many wonderful families.