Get Ready for National Feral Cat Day

Next Thursday is National Feral Cat Day. Wondering what National Feral Cat Day is? It was launched by Alley Cat Allies ‘to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.’ (from the National Feral Cat Day website). All over the country, various organizations have planned events to increase awareness, educate people and help these often-misunderstood kitties.

If you would like to learn more about feral cats, Cats in Tow ran a series of posts last year discussing several aspects of the feral cat issue. Click on the titles to read more: What to Do; First Step; Stray, Feral, Pet; The Feral Fix; Why TNR; Cat Colony Care; TNR: Humane Trapping; Colony Carer Help and More Help for Feral Cats. (all will have links)

Or better yet, get involved with National Feral Cat Day. Click here to find an event taking place near you. If you are in Orange County, the OCSPCA has organized a Feral Fix drive. Or contact your local rescue shelter to find out what you can do.

Feral cats are not wild animals. They have been domesticated by humans and need our help. What’s your plan for National Feral Cat Day?

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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: Find Your Next True 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!

Changing Feelings

We have taken a break from our series, but we are back talking about some of the myths surrounding spaying/neutering. If you need to catch up, here are links to previous posts: Time for a ChangeThe Numbers, Just One Litter, Copy Cat, Good HomesPenny Wise, and Interference.

The connection between personality and spaying/neutering is a fear for many people. They worry that neutering a male cat or dog will make them feel less like a male, or that spaying or neutering their dog will make them less protective of the family and not a good watch dog. Or that cats or dogs will become less affectionate after being spayed or neutered.

All of these fears are ungrounded! There is simply no evidence that spayed or neutered dogs are less watchful; protecting the ‘pack’ is a basic natural instinct of dogs. Neutering will not make a male dog or cat feel less like a male either. We have to remember that even though we think of our pets as family members, they are still animals. Animal personalities are formed by genetics and environment. Dogs and cats don’t have an identity based on being male or female, and are refreshingly free of egos. They nurture their off-spring and protect their families based on the natural instinct to breed and ensure the survival of the species.

The fact is that animals that have been spayed or neutered are often more affectionate with their humans. Why? Because the instinct to breed is gone. They are not driven to urine mark or fight with other dogs and cats to keep their territory. They are not driven to search out mates, so they are less likely to try escaping and roaming. Female cats and dogs are freed of the burden of having to care for each litter. Relieving our pets of these drives reduces their stress. Many dogs and cats calm down after being spayed or neutered and make better pets.

Better pets for us and a better world for cats and dogs – what more do we need?

 

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!

Holiday Planning

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The 4th of July is almost here. Do you have a holiday pet plan?

We may think our pets don’t want to be left out of the party, but they do! Your pet may be the very, very rare exception, but dogs and cats do not like loud noises, boisterousness, having to dodge strangers or disruption to their schedule at all.

In fact, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. They are often inundated by pets that were panicked by the noise, lights and general mayhem. Too frequently, these pets are lost or get hurt.

Of course us humans seem to crave these holiday disruptions, so we are not able to spare our pets the holiday altogether. But we can help them. If you don’t have a holiday pet plan, you need to think about one – the sooner the better.

Here are some of the things you need to think about:
  • Not everybody waits until July 4th to commence their celebrating – fireworks are available now and unfortunately, there are people out there who are not careful with them around people or animals. Put your plan into effect immediately.
  • Do not use insect repellent on your pet! If you need to control pests, use products designed for cats and dogs.
  • Keep your pet at home indoors. Again, waiting until the 4th to do this might be too late.
  • The above especially applies if your are going to a party or public celebration. Fireworks displays are no place for an animal. The least that will happen is stress for your pet. The worst is running away, injury or being lost.
  • And as a back up plan only, your pet should be properly identified. Microchips with your current information and an ID tag with their name and your phone number are the best methods – and should be present all year but now is the time to make sure the information is up to date. A current photo is good to have in the event that you have to make signs.
Enjoying your holiday is easier when you know you have done all you can for your pet!

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 Cheryl (Introducing our Amazing Cats in Tow Volunteers)

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This is a photo of Cheryl and the beautiful and friendly calico Caliope. Cheryl is the definition of a rockstar volunteer. She began volunteering for the Cats in Tow program and Mutts-N-Stuff small dog rescue in July 2012 and is coming up on her two year anniversary with us. At home, Cheryl has three cats and one special needs dog, who needs insulin shots twice a day. One of the cats that lives with Cheryl and her son Mathew is Babygirl. Cheryl and Mathew took Babygirl in for long-term foster care so that Babygirl could leave the shelter environment.

Cheryl is an extremely hard worker! She has two businesses: a cleaning service and a resale business for designer items. On top of her busy schedule, she has four kids and a new grand baby. Cheryl is undeterred by her hectic life, still finding time to volunteer with Cats in Tow. On top of being a cage cleaner and socializer, Cheryl is also in charge of washing all of the laundry that comes from the shelter. Her upbeat personality brings positive energy into the shelter. We are so lucky to have her with us!

Thank you for everything you do, Cheryl!