Hi There Furiends,
It’s that time of the week again. While we are enjoying a beautiful fall I’m thinking about all our furiends on the east coast of the United States who are suffering through the hurricanes. Stay safe my furiends!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
There are a lot of heroes out there and this guy is one of them! Tony Alsup, a trucker from Greenback, Tennessee, drove his empty school bus into four different South Carolina towns to wrangle up as many shelter animals as he could before fleeing the storm. He rescued 53 dogs and 11 cats. And he not only rescues them. he looks for homes for them too! The animals were taken to a shelter in Foley, Alabama and from there they will be sent to shelters around the country for adoption.
Just so you know, sniffer dogs aren’t all that. This cat’s human noticed he was curled up next to a bag it had brought home the night before. The local police took a photo of the cat next to the drugs and commented on Twitter, “Forget police dogs, we should start training up cats 🐱👮♂️Apparently the owner found this in the cat’s bed, with the feline curled up next to it!”
Now don’t get me wrong, I want every cat to have a furever home but if you don’t have your very own humans, this isn’t a bad gig. This wonderful place is on the little island of Lanai. These cats live in amazing weather, get 3 squares a day and have a constant parade of loving fans who come to visit them.
Cat loving tourists stay over night or fly in for the day to visit the sanctuary which is called “The Fur Seasons”. Ninety five percent of the cats are feral and this human interaction is new to most of them. To the kind people who care for these felines I say “Aloha!”
This is a heavenly tale about a Pastor and his congregation who set out in a boat to check homes for people needing help. They didn’t find any people but they did find two dogs and two cats in dire straights. These poor guys were abandoned, the homes were empty but fortunately, their angel came along and rescued them. Folks if you have to flee your home, please, please have a plan to take your fur kids with you to safety! Be sure and watch the video
Since our Female Human is an author (although not famous) I thought she would enjoy this. Lots of famous authors are enlightened enough to love felines and share their homes with them. One of my favorite cat-loving writers is Mark Twain because he had a lot of pithy comments about us fabulous felines. I chose this photo because that cat sure looks a lot like me. The female human in the picture is writer Helen Gurley Brown. She was the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine in the 70’s and she shared her house with her two chocolate-point Siamese cats. (Good choice Helen!)
Oliver here. I’m doing the Friendly Fill Week #122 in answers this week. This is a blog hop sponsored by our furiends 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs. You join the fun at either one of their blogs or you are welcome to opine about your answers in the comment section of this post.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Here are this week’s fill-ins:
1. Being _______________ is _____________________.
3. I am proud of _________.
1. Being a fastidious feline is very rewarding because I receive many compliments on my luxurious fur coat.
3. I am proud of my excellent snoopervising talents.
I and Pangur Bán my cat,
‘Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.
Better far than praise of men
‘Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill-will,
He too plies his simple skill.
‘Tis a merry task to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.
Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur’s way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.
‘Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
‘Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.
When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!
So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Bán, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.
Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.
Hey there furiends,
It’s been a busy week and fall is definitely coming in our neck of the woods. I hope you are all well and that you enjoy this week’s web wanderings.
Purrs & head Bonks,
It makes sense to me that felines would take over the crypto currency craze. There is a new “Game” on the Ethereum blockchain that lets you purchase and collect virtual cats, and then breed them with each other to try to create valuable new creatures with rare attributes, or “catributes,”. It’s called CryptoKitties and recently the most expensive in-app purchase to date happened with the sale of a CryptoKitty named Dragon for approximately $170,000, or the equivalent of 600 ETH in cryptocurrency. Now I don’t understand crypto currency but I do understand $170,000.00! Meowza, that’s a lot of catnip!
You all know how much I love innovative ideas to help shelter or feral cats and this one helps the cats and the people too. The Animal Advocates, a non-profit organization that helps homeless animals in Barnwell, started the MeowMates program at the Allendale Correctional Institute in 2013. Hundreds of cats have been fostered by inmates – also known as “pet dads” – where they are socialized and cared for before being adopted.
This program is working so well and is so innovative that MeowMates will be featured on an episode of the popular television show “My Cat from Hell” this Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet.
“I feel the special partnership is making a huge impact on both our animals and our pet dads and it is my hope that maybe other rescues across the U.S. will see the segment and begin their own collaboration with a prison in their area,” said Vikki Scott, president of the Animal Advocates.
The Tribe of Five gives this this program our “Paws Up” Award because it’s good for the felines and the humans!
Okay, now that that’s settled I can continue. These 17 cats are quite interesting and I bet you’ve seen many of them and there are probably some you’ve never seen. Had on over and check out some of these cool cats (and don’t forget the Feline Opines page!)
Any time humans go above and beyond for felines I want to tell the world about it. This is what the Cat’s Cradle Sanctuary is doing. They only take senior cats that have no chance of being adopted. “What we’re trying to do here is to give these senior cats a wonderful environment for their final years,” Bruce Jenkins explained.
Alley Cat Allies is a wonderful organization whose sole purpose is to help felines. And as we pray for our furiends in the path of hurricane Florence, we wanted to share some of their emergency preparedness tips. Please stay safe and be prepared!
- Make sure to have descriptions of the community cats (sometimes called feral cats) you care for and your pets, along with photos. If you need to look for displaced cats in shelters or other rescue areas after the storm, this will help accurately identify them. Make sure all pet tags and animal microchips have up-to-date information.
- Enlist a back-up caregiver who is responsible for the community cats in your absence, and network with other community cat caregivers in your area to set up a “buddy system.” This will create a safety net of care for the cats. You may be able to find other cat caregivers in your area through our Feral Friends Network™.
- Create an emergency contact card for your community cat colonies and pets in case you are not immediately available. Include all contact information for your substitute caregiver. Carry this card in your wallet and your car, give copies to your backup caregiver, and post it somewhere visible in your home like on the refrigerator.
- Make a list of local shelters and their contact information. You will need this information in case you need their help or resources.
- Keep an emergency supply kit on hand and know where to find it quickly. Disaster kit basics for pets include a pet first-aid kit, a supply of prescription medications for pets, veterinary and microchip ID records, three to seven days of pet food and dishes, a seven-day supply of bottled water per person and per pet, a litter box and litter, a leash and collar, crate or carrier, blankets, and photos of pets and cats in colonies.
- Protect outdoor cat shelters by turning the openings away from the storm surge, or, if possible, by moving them to slightly higher ground nearby.
- Fill multiple food and water bowls in case you may be away for an extended time.
- Do not try to bring unsocialized community cats with you if you evacuate. Remember, community cats are resourceful. The outdoors is their home, so they know how to deal with weather.
Since it’s not possible to bring community cats with you when evacuating from disasters, they need their own special disaster plan. Read our Disaster Proofing a Community Cat Colony resource for guidance.
Finally, you can always reach out to Feral Friends Network™ members in your area for help in preparing community cats for a disaster or finding them after the danger has passed.
Hello There Furiends,
Alberto here. We got to try out this new toy called Cat Amazing and we made a little video to show you how it went.
The Humans tell us that we must let you know that we were provided with this toy from the Cat Amazing company in exchange for our fair and honest opinion. The reviews expressed in this video are strictly those of The Tribe of Five and their Female Human and Purrsonal assistant.
Note, Lily couldn’t be bothered to come off the Princess Pillow she likes to recline on in the guest room to join us and as soon as Tucker figured out that although there was food involved he would have to work for it, he sauntered right on by. But Oliver, Jasmine and I had a ball with this fun toy!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Jasmine here. I’m feeling better these days and so I decided to take on the Friendly fill in questions this week. If you want to purrticipate in this blog hop, head on over to the host’s sites, 15andmeowing or Four-Legged Furballs and enter. If you purrfer, you are welcome to opine about your answers in the comment section of this post.
Purrs & Head Bonks,