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.
I’ve been thinking a lot about friendships lately. It all started as I watched some magical relationships develop among my foster nuggets. I say friendship, but love is a better word for what bloomed between Moonrock and Mr. Gray.
Not only is February Valentine’s month, it’s also Kitten Bowl season. This year, the first weekend in February was especially special, with two fantastic bowl games — Cat Bowl I on Saturday and Kitten Bowl VI on Sunday (Thank you, Hallmark Channel!) — plus several glorious adoptions at our house.
When the ball dropped in Times Square, 2018 became 2019, just like that. But for people who care about animals, a lot changed besides that number. Across the country, from Illinois to my home state of Pennsylvania, laws went into effect that will improve life for pets. The most dramatic is California’s law that requires pet stores to sell only dogs, cats, and rabbits who come from local shelters and rescue groups.
December is already designated as National Cat Lovers’ Month. And since this is the month of giving — of finding ways to give something of real value to the world — I asked myself, why not take Cat Lovers’ Month one step further and shine the spotlight on black cats?
There’s a subtle art to distinguishing between frightened cats and those who are feral. But kittens are different — they’re more adaptable — and I felt these babies just needed a week or so at the Beth Stern Socialization School to relax and trust.
World Animal Day was October 4th, but in our home, animals are celebrated every day of the year. To commemorate this day, I’m highlighting a few adult and senior cats available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America. Adult and senior cats are absolutely incredible companions, but sadly they are often overlooked in shelters across the country even though there are so many good reasons to adopt an adult cat.