#drivepetshomeAttention rescues, shelters and those who love them in NYC, Chicago and Los Angeles!

There is a super cool event going on NOW through Oct. 10 sponsored by Get-A-Pet, an organization with a history of helping place homeless pets from rescues and shelters into forever loving homes.

Get-a-Pet has partnered with Halo Purely For Pets, GMC and Chevrolet to donate three vans full of Halo Spot’s Stew and a total of $9,000 in cash to a handful of lucky rescues and shelters.

“Drive Pets Home” will be the first of its kind scavenger hunt, which will take place in New York City, Chicago and Southern California from October 1 – October 10. Get-A-Pet is releasing clues through Facebook and Twitter to find three hidden keys in each city.

Fans will follow the clues to find the key that will unlock one of three vans that will be filled with Halo Spot’s Stew. The vans will be donated to one lucky rescue of the finders’ choice in each market.
But that’s not all: every “Drive Pets Home” key is a winner.

The holder of the key that unlocks the van filled with Halo Spot’s Stew will receive $1,000 cash, and choose the animal rescue that receives the van. The finders of the other two keys will receive $500 cash, and get to choose an animal rescue that will receive a $500 donation.

It’s easy to participate! Just do this:

  • Simply Follow Twitter, @GetAPetToLove and Facebook.com/getapettolove for clues to where the keys are hidden in New York, Chicago and Southern California.
  • The New York event is happening right now. Chicago clues begin Sunday, October 5 and Southern California clues on or around October 7.
  • Look for clues and hunt for the keys.

Let me know if you are going to participate and we’ll cheer you on!

Meow for Now!

-R

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Believe me, Pug has been working it today. He’s no dummy.

Black Cat Appreciation

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Bonjour, Guy! Photo: Catastrophes

Bonjour, Guy! Photo credit: Catastrophes

Great news, cat peeps (and cats)! A new web video series has launched that uses comedy to promote an important topic that is oh, so close to our hearts: adoption.

CATastrophes recently made its debut on Discovery Digital Network’s Animalist.com.

The series is the brainchild of Alana Grelyak and Michael Gabriele, a Chicago-based husband and wife film making team, along with actor and comedian Kris Flanagan.

You may remember these guys from their other very funny videos, a couple of which were finalists in the Catdance Festival: CATalogue and Inheritance.

Alana also pens a blog called Cat in the Fridge, all about special needs cats, and is a huge animal advocate. Love her. 

This series is poised to do great things to raise awareness for homeless pets in an entertaining and creative way.  Each show features hilarious cat antics and the long suffering couple who has to put up with them (although it’s obvious they really don’t mind!)

Plus, each episode weaves in an important adoption message. “We hope our work will make more people aware of important topics, like adopting special-needs pets, or making sure their kitties are spayed and neutered,” says Grelyak, “but we want to do it in a funny way that will make people want to hear more about it. We feel like it’s a fresh approach to reaching viewers that would prefer to laugh instead of having their heart strings tugged.”

And, all of the stories feature adoptable cats (yay!)

Episodes include Cats vs Zombies - Feeding Your Cat In The Zombie Apocalypse; the hilarious adventures of Wellington, a cat who can time travel, starring none other than LIL BUB, the story of Guy, a French cat who comes to America looking for love, and more.

Plus, you’ll also find shorter videos featuring tips for living with cats (also quite entertaining, I must say).

We love this entire concept and are so excited to support it and know you will, too.

So, what can you do to help this wonderful series spread the good word about adoption?

1. Watch the series. And get ready for some giggles.

2. Subscribe to the videos so you don’t miss any. They’ll be appearing weekly on YouTube and on Animalist.com.

3. Share the videos with your social networks.

Thanks, CATastrophes, for your creativity and dedication to helping pets in need – in a fun, entertaining way!

xo, R & P

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Discovery Digital Network. I’m being compensated for helping spread the word about CATastrophies but, like all income we receive from this site, the sponsorship money will go to cats in need! Meow!

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Photo credit: Caters

William and BFF Milly Moo. Photo credit: Caters

I love the story of this sweet, sweet tabby cat named Milly Moo and her favorite little dude, William Dutton.

According to the Daily Star, William, Milly Moo and their family live in Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK. William is three years old, just the age of my littlest human so this story is a favorite in our household.

The little boy was super scared to start his first day of preschool at The Maple Tree Lower School back in April. William’s mom said he was so nervous and anxious but somehow, Milly Moo the cat knew just how to calm him down.

The cat sat next to William as he put on his shoes and got ready to go. Vicky, William’s mama, says she could see William immediately relax with Milly Moo next to him.

Then, Milly Moo did something that surprised them all. She walked alongside William and Vicky all the way to William’s school (a 13-minute walk!), calming William’s nerves and showing moral support.

And then she walked back home with Vicky again and went about her cat-day.

Later that day, Milly Moo was waiting for Vicky to walk back to pick up William from school.

How cute is that?  What’s even cuter is that Milly Moo has done that every day since!

Plus, how much do you love this photo of William and Milly Moo? I’m getting my humans yellow “cat” t-shirts. That shirt is da bomb dot com.

So, tell us, friends: what kinds of cute things do your cats do?

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Pugsley: Resident Scratcher Man

Pugsley: Resident Scratcher Man

The staff has been in an uproar lately because Pug has been scratching up the windowsills and female staff’s prized sea grass laundry hamper. And, every time the staff buys a new scratching post for us, it goes unused. I understand her frustration but humans aren’t always smart about cat products. In this instance, there are some things the staff needs to understand about choosing a scratching post.

Here’s the thing: a scratching post isn’t just a fun toy for a cat. It’s actually a very critical tool that will keep your resident felines happy and healthy – and your windowsills and hampers safe!

Scratching is an ingrained feline behavior and cats scratch for lots of different reasons.  According to the Indoor Pet Initiative at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center, cats scratch sharpen their claws, streeeetch, shed cuticles and to leave their scent.

And, even if you don’t like it, these are all very good reasons for a kitty to scratch so you might as well work with your cat to find an acceptable solution.

Here are some things the staff is considering while finding the right scratching post for the Pugman:

Material

There are a variety of materials available in scratching posts but coarse, rough surface that kitties can shred is best, says the article, “Scratching” by the Indoor Pet Initiative.

Cardboard and carpeted scratching posts are other effective materials but make sure the carpet is rough and tightly woven so your buddy’s claws don’t get stuck in the material.

Location

The posts should be in a convenient location and, if your little buddy is already scratching your furniture and rugs (or windowsills, Pugsley, ahem), the Indoor Pet Initiative says to place the posts near these items or areas.p;

Also, if you have more than one kitty, offer more than one option. In our house, there’s only one true scratcher but I could get into it if I had something fun to scratch.  The Indoor Pet Initiative recommends a few scratching posts, both vertical and horizontal, in various hot spots throughout the home, near congregation spots and along “routes” to food, water and litter boxes.

Scratching Post Direction and Size

Your cat’s fave scratching position should dictate what type of post you get.

If your guy likes scratching carpet, a horizontal scratcher is probably a good option. If he targets furniture legs, the walls or curtains or, like Pug, windowsills, hampers and I forgot to mention he also likes the ottoman, then you have yourself a vertical scratcher.

Also, if your cat likes the up and down scratch, make sure the vertical posts are tall enough so he can get a good old stretch in there. If your post is too short, your stretcher-scratcher is going to go back to the place that gives him all the benefits….and if that’s your furniture, you ain’t gonna be happy.

Sturdiness

So, there are plenty of flimsy posts out there on the market. Don’t go cheap! Get something sturdy (there’s a reason some cats choose furniture…it doesn’t move!) that isn’t going to fall over when your cats really gets going.

So what this all boils down to is if you have a scratcher on your hands, take some measures to find him something you won’t mind him scratching up.

We’ll let you know how Pug’s new scratching options turn out!

Readers, any scratching insight you want to share?

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If you’ve been thinking about adding another cat to your family and live near a Best Friends Animal Society location, this weekend is the time to do it!

This weekend, all BFAS locations are running a special promotion through the end of June: 9 Lives for $9.

Here’s what’s up at each center:

Kanab, Utah — Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
$9 for all cats and free transportation for first 15 cats adopted.

Los Angeles — Best Friends Animal Society Pet Adoption Center
$9 for all cats regardless of age; adopt one and get second cat for free
NKLA Pet Adoption Center
$9 for all cats

Salt Lake City — Best Friends Animal Society Utah’s Sugar House Adoption Center
$9 for all cats, ages nine months and older.

Last week, more than 130+ organizations part of the BFAS No More Homeless Pets Network offered specials to their communities as well.

Check out this cute video BFAS created to confirm what we already know: there are AT LEAST 9 (more like 9 million) reasons to adopt a cat.

Thanks, Best Friends, for all you do!

What is Best Friends? Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All®.

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Why can’t we all just be friends? Check out this hilarious video and make sure to watch until the end. You won’t be sorry.

xo,

R & P

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Be open to new ideas.

I yam who I yam.

Today I’m thinking about how humans are always trying to change other people. And that’s a shame.

We all bring something different to the table and embracing these differences, new ideas, and ways of doing things can benefit everyone involved.

I’m a cat who doesn’t like to be held. The staff is a very cuddly human and she likes to hold cats. This was a problem all those years ago when I first came to live here. She’d try to hold me and I’d try to get away. It seemed we were at an impasse on the cuddling front.

But fortunately, my staff was smart enough to know I wasn’t going to change and suddenly enjoy being carried around like a baby, so she stopped picking me up all the time and gave me the opportunity to show her my way of doing things.

Once she stopped, she says she realized that I am a cuddler….but in my own way. I like to sit next to her, pressed up against the side of her. That’s my way of being close and now she likes it better because we can sit there for hours, all snuggled up together, without anyone’s arms getting tired.

We are all a compilation of our experiences and history and personalities. Each of us is beautiful and wonderful and unique and we offer different viewpoints on how things can be done.

Don’t try to change others. Accept who they are and their lovely unique selves and you just might discover a more cuddly way of life.

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Let Her Sleep

April 3, 2014

For when she wakes she will move mountains….to get my BREAKFAST ready on time.

Sleep Tight

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Anyone who’s ever adopted a pet understands that pets give back to their humans in infinite ways. In some instances, a pet literally can save a person’s life – bring them back from the brink, lift them from depression, make them believe in love again and more.

Halo, Purely for Pets has created this beautiful film that explores the question of “Who rescued who?” Le Sauvetage (The Rescue), stars the Olate Dogs, performing dogs who won America’s Got Talent in 2012. There’s much more to their story, though. The Olate Dogs are almost all rescue dogs! You got it. The Olates find dogs in shelters and train them to be part of their show. In fact, Olate patriarch, Richard, began his show more than 50 years ago, when he would rescue stray dogs and train them to be part of his amateur act. The dogs’ popularity grew and here we are today. Incredible story. And you’ll love watching these cute and talented little guys.

And, the film is going to open the Sonoma International Film Festival on April 2 and is headed for the Court Metrage at Cannes in May. Exciting to see a rescue film get such accolades!

Enjoy, friends. And tell me, who rescued YOU?

As you all know, the staff, in addition to working for me, also performs some freelance work for Halo. But posting here was all my idea. LOVE this film and everything it portrays. xo.

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