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|Posted on August 23, 2017 at 11:11 AM||comments (5537)|
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|Posted on December 29, 2014 at 6:09 PM||comments (440)|
As a few of you have noticed my site has been dormant for a while. We have had a few serious setbacks recently and the computer was an on going one. Thanks to Best Tech I am back up and running. (that's right. I have to pay a shop to fix my computer because I do not have any relatives under 12 I can lean on)
So a belated congradulations to our new families of Starbuck, Gigi, Faith, Jed and Grizzly and Robin.
Thank you for your happy notes over Christmas and I am returning messages as fast as I can. Stay tuned for more kittens on our adoption page. We have 11 more to post now (4 -6 mnths old).
WISHING ALL OF YOU A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!
|Posted on July 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM||comments (294)|
We can't say enough good things about people who open their hearts and homes to foster dogs and cats awaiting forever homes. Consider joining these special people by offering to foster pets for a local animal welfare group. It's a rewarding and much needed service.
Why should I foster a dog?
Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you’re:
Not sure you can foster a dog? We know eight reasons you can, even if you think you can’t.
How do I sign up to foster a dog?
Find a rescue group or shelter near you and contact them. They’ll likely have you fill out a foster application and, if you are approved, they will work with you to figure out the right foster dog for your household.
|Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM||comments (167)|
LA ( New Orleans ) New Organization Supporting Research for Cures for Feline Diseases
This event passed but check out this web site re: organization founded by Dr. Karen Miller of the Cat Hospital http://www.artforcatssake.org/
Foundation for Future Feline Health
We are a nonprofit foundation devoted to supporting research to cure feline diseases through art and jewelry sales.
Dr. Karen Miller Becnel has been providing exemplary veterinary treatment for our feline friends for over forty years. At the 2010 Conference of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, held in New Orleans , Dr. Miller Becnel organized a group of artists to sell their artwork with the profits being donated to feline research. It was so successful that she was asked by AAFP to continue these efforts in the subsequent conferences in Boston and Seattle . She went on to establish Art for Cats' Sake, Inc. as a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation to continue this good work.
|Posted on June 9, 2014 at 3:33 PM||comments (403)|
As some of you may have noticed I was a no-show this week-end. I apologize to anyone I stood up that I was not able to contact. My aircraft suffered a mechanical failure and I was forced to work into the week-end without access to my computer.
Please check my home page for new show schedule.
We have extended the $65 adoption fee for the summer.
|Posted on June 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM||comments (237)|
This is also a good guideline when you bring home a new cat.
5 Ways to Help a Semi-Feral Cat Adjust to a Domestic Home There’s a lot of time (and patience) that goes into helping a semi-feral kitty adjust to a new home—but it’s all worth it! Here’s how to succeed where others have failed.
By Taryn Cheal
Helping a semi-feral cat adjust to her environs can be time consuming and challenging—because of this they are more likely to be sent back to their adoption agency and have a harder time finding good forever homes—but this doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the effort; to the contrary. While it can seem like a battle (one that sometimes threatens to verge on stalemate or out and out loss) there are a few key things you can do to make your new cat’s transition to a happy domestic life easier. And trust me, from personal experience, your time and love will definitely pay off, as once semi-feral cats who have adjusted into their new lives are some of the most loving, affectionate, and appreciative cats you could ever hope for. These five easy steps will help make your feral cat’s adjustment as quick and problem-free as possible.
1. Have a Dedicated Cat Room
When you bring your new cat home, have a safe room ready with all of your new cat’s amenities ready and waiting for her. It should have scratching posts, a few toys, food, water and a litter box (ensure the food and litter are on opposite sides of the room). This room should be quiet and, for the time being, not for human use. This space should also have some small and safe hiding places, like a cat house or a blanket draped over a chair, but no places that are completely inaccessible to you, like under a bed, to prevent serious hiding as that allows the cat to completely remove herself from her new environment. You should spend time in this room every day to help the cat acclimate to your presence. While in the room read out loud, or call someone, and just talk. This lets the cat learn the sound of your voice and be comfortable with it.
2. Put Food to Use
Food is the initial key to your new cat’s trust and eventual affection. Cats domesticate themselves for a steady food source. For the first little while, it is crucial that you stick to a regular feeding schedule so that your cat learns that you are, without fail, the bringer of delicious food. Once the cat is comfortable enough to eat (it shouldn’t take too long), begin sitting in the room while she eats. Do not interfere with her or the food during this time; this assures the cat that they are safe with you. If the cat is difficult to convince, you may have to start withholding food unless you are in the room. Food is also a great way to get your cat to do new and scary things. Keep special food (“chicken in gravy” baby food is pretty much a guaranteed hit) to encourage new steps to becoming more comfortable with you. The offering of delicious food will help your feral cat come to you and become more and more used to her new domestic life.
3. Avoid Eye Contact
If you find your cat staring at you, do not engage. Eye contact is an aggressive act to feral cats. If you accidentally find yourself in a staring contest, the best thing to do is to calmly blink, keeping your eyes closed for a few seconds and turn your head away. This shows your cat that you do not mean to threaten them, and are taking a submissive role, which helps them feel safe and confident in the new space.
4. Don’t Force Physical Contact
Your cat will come to you when she feels safe to. This can be encouraged with food once the cat is more comfortable. Put a bit of the special baby food on your finger and have them lick it off. This initiates contact and allows the cat to have positive associations with you. To begin petting, extend a closed fist while you look away, and let the cat come to you and initiate any contact she feels comfortable with.
5. Have Patience
Finally, the most important thing when adopting a feral cat is patience. These things take time, and cats are notoriously guarded. You need to let them have their space and learn that they are safe in their new home. This can take much longer than you would like, but your patience will be rewarded with such love and affection as will prove all the effort worthwhile.
See more at: http://moderncat.com/articles/5-ways-help-semi-feral-cat-adjust-domestic-home/68600#sthash.ulP38Yo5.dpuf
|Posted on May 16, 2014 at 5:41 PM||comments (284)|
Check out the awsome video of a cat rescuing her person from an attacking dog.
|Posted on May 12, 2014 at 1:04 PM||comments (323)|
CAA (the Baton Rouge shelter) held their big annual fundraiser this weekend. They auctioned off 3 puppies, too young to be spayed/neutered, as well as a Texas Hog Hunt.
It has been reported that one of the winning bidders of one of the puppies was trying to pawn off the dog to one of his family members present. As far as the hog hunt goes, we all know how those hogs are hunted and what happens to them and the dogs involved. You can read the news story by clicking the link below and please be sure to watch the video.
You may contact CAA by emailing Cathy at [email protected] or http://www.caabr.org/#!contact-us/con8 to express your disappointment in their fundraising theatrics. Let them know that using the possible abuse of animals in order to raise money to save abused animals is not the answer.
â€‹Rae Nell Dominguesâ€‹