Friday Fun: Get Ready to Shop!

Don’t miss the Cats in Tow Garage and Bake Sale Fundraiser tomorrow! You never know what exciting bargains you will find. But you do know that will be helping kitties and small dogs enjoy better lives. 100% of the profits of the garage sale will go towards helping cats and dogs find their forever homes.

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Caturday Clear Out

Have you been meaning to clear out the closet, attic, basement or garage? Now is your chance to clear it out and help the dogs and cats rescued by Cats in Tow. We are looking for gently used items to sell at our fundraising garage sale.  See below or visit our Facebook page for details on donating. 
 
And once you have done the big clear out and are wondering what other wonderful changes you could embrace, think about bringing home a new life companion! Cats and small dogs are always waiting at Cats in Tow for their forever homes. You can come meet them at one of our Adoption Shows which are held Saturday and Sunday from 12:30pm-4:30pm at Petsmart in Brea, on Imperial Highway and Kraemer Boulevard.
Here are some furry friends currently looking for their forever homes. 
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Friday Fun: The Name Game

Reader question: do you have a system for naming your pets? How do you come up with your pet’s name (if they don’t already have one of course!)?

Friday Fun: Furever Love

What makes Friday even more fun? A loving bundle of fur! The mission of Cats in Tow is to find forever homes for cats and small dogs and always has loving animals that are looking for a family. You can come meet them at one of our Adoption Shows which are held Saturday and Sunday from 12:30pm-4:30pm at Petsmart in Brea, on Imperial Highway and Kraemer Boulevard.

Here are some furry friends currently looking for their forever homes.

With the perfect companion, every Friday is filled with fun!

Hello Amanda (Introducing our Amazing Cats in Tow Volunteers)

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Amanda began volunteering with the Cats in Tow Program Mutts-N-Stuff small dog rescue in order to gain community service hours for school. She is in tenth grade and attends Valencia High school. Amanda has two dogs in her house but she has never had cats of her own. She loves coming in on her day off to spend time with the animals at the shelter. Amanda plays with all of the cats and helps them get their daily exercise. She is very patient and has no problem connecting with different cat personalities.

Even though Amanda originally started volunteering for community service, she has found that she really enjoys working with the cats in the shelter. She has actually finished all of her hours but decided to continue volunteering with us for personal reasons.

We are very thankful for all the help during the weekend adoption shows! Thank you, Amanda!

Hello John (Introducing our Amazing Cats in Tow Volunteers)

John is one of our younger volunteers at 14 and is about to graduate from Hutchinson Middle School! He decided to volunteer with us because he needed 30 hours of community service for his language arts project. Although John has no cats at home and limited experience with animals, he is looking forward to learning how to care for animals. John really likes cats but hasn’t been able to have any of his own because he has two dogs already.

In the photo below, John is working with one of our kittens, Sunny D, who is extremely playful! John is very enthusiastic and outgoing. He is great at socializing with people and is building his socializing skills with animals. We are delighted to have him on our team.

Thank you John for choosing the Cats in Tow Program as your community service experience.

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Hello Harold (Introducing our Amazing Cats in Tow Volunteers)

Correction! Apologies to Harold for the incorrect title.

 Harold has been dedicating his time to volunteering with kitties who are in need of forever homes for more than 5 years. He has been with the Cats in Tow Program since we started at the Brea Petsmart in March 2012. Despite the fact that Harold has five cats of his own, he still finds the time to commit a couple of hours a week to working at our shelter. Harold has patiently worked with all of our cats and has improved many of their behaviors through positive social interaction. He is very good at letting them warm right up to him. Harold even stops by the shelter on days when he doesn’t have a volunteer shift, but just happens to be in the store getting food for his own kitties.

In this photo, Harold is sitting with our shelter diva Creamsicle. He always keeps an eye out for all of our precious fur balls and for that we couldn’t be more thankful to have him on our team! His heart is truly there for the cats.

Thank you Harold for being a devoted and enthusiastic volunteer!

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Debunking the Myths: Penny Wise

Many low-cost options exist for spay/neuter services. Most regions of the U.S. have at least one spay/neuter clinic within driving distance that charge $100 or less for the procedure, and many veterinary clinics provide discounts through subsidized voucher programs. Low-cost spay/neuter is more and more widely available all the time. Start with this low-cost spay/neuter finder.

“Oh, but it will cost too much money to get my cat/dog spayed/neutered.”

Our current series is focused on some of the reasons that people do not get their pets spayed or neutered. Our starting point is this well-done page from the Humane Society’s website.

We have discussed the numbers: how many cats and dogs could be saved each year if we all spayed or neutered our cats and dogs. We have looked at biology: how you cannot get a carbon copy of your pet if you breed them and how many shelters have purebred animals. Next: money.

It is a difficult subject for some people. But the fact is that if you cannot afford to spay or neuter your pet, you need to think about whether getting a pet is right in the first place. There will be vet costs to keeping your pet healthy. This is just one of them, and spaying and neutering prevents many more costs in the long run. As discussed earlier in the series, spaying/neutering actually prevents certain cancers, as well as relieving your pet of the stress of mating and giving birth.

But in the long run, the greatest savings is in the lives of the cats and dogs who do not find homes.

It does not have to be all or nothing though. There are many low cost options. First, get your pet from a shelter. Shelter dogs and cats should be neutered/spayed already. Yes, there is a small charge to adopt from a shelter, but the cost of the spaying/neutering, as well as a full vet check up is included in that.

If you have a dog or cat that is not spayed or neutered, the Humane Society has many resources. Enter your zip code here to find low-cost spay and neuter options. This page has additional resources for low-cost vet care.

The costs of spaying/neutering is far less than possible future costs.

Debunking the Myths: Copy Cat

Our current series is focused on some of the reasons that people do not get their pets spayed or neutered. Our starting point is this well-done page from the Humane Society’s website. In the first post, we talked about the myth of just one litter.

We will look at two closely related myths today:

  • But my pet is a purebred.
  • But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.

Our pets are a part of our family, so of course we think they are special. Special in that they are a purebred or because of their unique beauty or personality.

However, you can never get carbon copy of your pet. Biology tells us that mixing the genes of two animals is going to give us a different animal. Then there is the influence of environment on personality. You would never expect your second child to be exactly like your first!

And if your pet is special because it is a purebred, don’t count out getting another purebred from a shelter. In fact, the Humane Society website says that one in four dogs and cats in shelters are purebred. Rescue organizations for specific breeds abound.

At Cats in Tow, we believe all cats and dogs are special. That is why we work to provide loving forever homes to all of our animals. Why not come see how special they are!

The Numbers

There is a serious pet over-population, not just in the US, but across the world. And the biggest reason for this is that people do not spay or neuter their pets. According to the ASPCA website, only “10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered.” Only one in ten animals.

What can that mean in terms of over-population? Cats can be sexually mature from 3 ½ months, usually after they reach 4.4 pounds. They can have up to three litters per year and the average is four kittens per litter. That is 12 kittens each year for one cat. Cats do not experience menopause. So they can have kittens their entire lives, but will usually slow down as they grow older. Still, that can be from 40 to over 100 kittens for just one cat. If only one in ten cats is spayed, that is hundreds and hundreds of kittens in just a few years. There just aren’t that many homes for all of them.

Dogs start a little later, from six to 12 months. These numbers vary much more in dogs because of the different sizes and breeds. However, on average, a litter of puppies will be between five and eight, with a female dog averaging five to eight litters per lifetime. Again, just too many for the number of loving, safe homes available.

But why don’t people get their pets spayed and neutered? Just think of the difference we humans could make for animals if we could get the number of pets spayed and neutered up, 20%, 40%, 50%? But the reasons animals are not spayed or neutered are many and complicated. We will look at some of those reasons in upcoming posts.