Right in line with kitten season, June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Originally started by the American Humane group, shelters and rescue groups have now adopted the name and call June: Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.
Ever since mom met Karen Shinevar, co-founder of Communities Promoting Animal Welfare (CPAW) NJ about 18 months ago, she has been so impressed by Karen and her efforts on behalf of our most vulnerable – our stray and community cats.
For our friends in TNR – this post is for you! Mom says the two greatest challenges facing all rescue and colony caretakers is finding fosters for the friendlies as well as finding the money to finance the vet and food bills.
January 24th is National Change a Pet’s Life Day. This day is a big deal because there are so many ways you can do exactly that – change a pet’s life! Mom says many animal lovers think that the only way you can change a pet’s life is to adopt it…or foster…but actually there are many ways you can help make a change! And most do not require a lifetime commitment particularly if you already have pets and/or cannot adopt or foster at this time!
October 16th was National Feral Cat Day – but we celebrate this day everyday as mom is always thinking about the feral cats and the community cats of our local area of Hudson County, NJ! It all stems from her commitment to be a voice for promoting active TNR and TNA initiatives - to trap, spay/neuter, and if feral, release to the area or colony from where it was trapped….or if friendly, prepare for adoption to find its forever family...just like my little buddy Beau and me!
Mom said that when she thinks about World Cat Day – it makes her think of all the homeless and abandoned cats on the streets locally and around the world. After all, what other cats would you think about?
Well mom made the big leap and decided to foster one of the friendly cats that are up for adoption in Union City! While she volunteers in other areas for the rescue group, she has resisted fostering because Beau and I are no longer receiving vaccinations nor traditional flea meds.
This Wednesday we will be honoring World Stray Animals Day and mom says that the operative word here is compassion – because if we have compassion & empathy for the stray animals in our area, then maybe some will find it in their hearts to help the animals have a better life through volunteering, and/or donating money directly to the various rescue groups and no-kill shelters.
Just about a year ago, Mayor Brian Stack of Union City, New Jersey announced that he wanted to address the community and stray cat needs of his city – this was in response to numerous call-outs from the town’s feline advocates. He proposed a budget of $100,000 per year to start for a TNR/TNA initiative to address the growing street cat population.
Mom went to a very special workshop this week – Saving Kittens’ Lives – given by The Kitten Lady – Hannah Shaw and hosted by the Meow Parlour NYC. Hannah is a neo-natal kitten specialist and is 100% dedicated to the most vulnerable – the neo-natal newborn kittens who are found outside and/or turned into the shelters.
National Feral Cat Day happens annually on October 16th - take a quick look at your calendar - today is the day! Today is all about raising awareness about feral cats, promoting Trap-Neuter-Return and recognizing the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.
Sometimes I see Mom at her computer crying…and I know she is reading the Facebook postings of Trap-Neuter-Return Community…it is a group with over 16,000 members from all over the world. I hear her tell people it is a closed group, so you just need to request to join and they accept you in.
When mom moved to Hudson County, New Jersey from New York City, she was alarmed to discover that there were some feral and stray cats in our backyard. These cats were known as the community cats and most of them had names and were being fed by neighbors up the hill.