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AJ and his Teddy Bear

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Perhaps you saw the following article about AJ and his teddy bear. AJ and his AJ and his teddy bear at Castaic shelterstory went viral on Facebook yesterday as the rescue community went into action. They began sharing his Facebook post and sending emails through the network. His plight touched the hearts of so many. 

September 9, 2013

AJ was surrendered yesterday to the Castaic Shelter, Facebook reported on September 9.

AJ had a family, which included two other cats who had died. The family said AJ had began acting out since the death of his kitty friends. So his family decided to dump this beautiful kitty the shelter.

Rather than give AJ the comfort he desperately needed as he adjusted to life without his cat friends, AJ was given his stuffed teddy bear. His favorite toy is all AJ has for companionship as he waits for either a home or euthanasia.

Since he was an owner turn in, the shelter isn’t obligated to hold him for several days. His family won’t be coming to the shelter to search for him, because they’ve already thrown him away.

AJ appears very scared in this photo. The photographer who took it didn’t want to upset the cat by flashing a camera at him. She did say he’s really handsome and has beautiful eyes. AJ appears to be a Siamese/Siamese mix.

There’s no information on how old he is, but older cats don’t do well in a shelter environment.

via Cat with a teddy bear turned in to California shelter by heartless owners – Greenville Pets | Examiner.com.

Good News for AJ and his Teddy Bear

At 1:45 pm yesterday, shortly after receiving an email from the rescue community, Dani Ryan, President and founder of MeoowzResQ, sent out a plea to her network of more than 100 fosters to see if someone had room for him. MeoowzResQ is very full at the moment with more than 500 cats and kittens in foster, but before 2:30 Dani had a reply from foster Karen saying that she would take AJ.

10-year-old AJ is not the only kitty with a sad story of an older kitty being dumped by its owners. Karen recently rescued another older kitty, Mara, dumped at another shelter, also with her teddy bear. AJ’s story struck a cord with Karen and she immediately offered to help him.

Castaic is about 70 miles from MeoowzResQ’s headquarters in Orange, CA. A transporter will pick AJ up from the Castaic shelter tomorrow and deliver him to Karen where he will live with Mara until a forever family comes forward for him.

If you would like to help MeoowzResQ with his expenses, or any of their 500 other kitties, please visit their website and make a donation. If you are interested in adopting AJ, send an email to meoowzresq@aol.com.


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Odd-eyed Cats

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What exactly is an odd-eyed cat? An odd-eyed, or bi-eyed, cat is a cat with one blue eye and one of another color, either green, yellow or brown. This is a feline form of complete heterochromia. This condition most commonly occurs in white cats but can occur in other cats that carry the white spotting gene – the gene that makes bi-color and tuxedo cats. It rarely occurs in cats without the white or white spotting gene.

Three gorgeous, odd-eyed kittens

Three gorgeous, odd-eyed kittens

All kittens are born with blue eyes. Normally, melanin (the same stuff that turns our skin brown when we get a suntan) moves into the iris and the eyes begin to change color. By about seven to twelve weeks, the kitten’s eyes have turned the color they will remain, although additional changes can occur for several months. If no melanin moves in, the eyes stay blue.

It is a common misconception that all white cats with blue eyes are deaf. Only some white cats suffer from congenital deafness caused by a degeneration of the inner ear. This condition is associated with blue irises. In white cats with mixed-coloured eyes (odd-eyed cats), it has been found that deafness is more likely to affect the ear on the blue-eyed side.

Odd-eyed Cats in Turkey

Some cat breeds are more likely than others to have odd eyes such as the Turkish angora, Turkish van, and Japanese bobtail, although any cat with the white or white spotting gene can develop them. Complete heterochromia is rare, and because of this, Turkish angora cats with blue and amber eyes are considered a national treasure in Turkey. In 1817, the government of Turkey, in conjunction with the Ankara Zoo, began a meticulous breeding program to preserve and protect pure white Turkish angora cats with blue and amber eyes, a program that continues today. Turkish folklore suggests that “the eyes must be as green as the lake and as blue as the sky.”

A MeoowzResQ Facebook follower relates that “when my family lived in Ankara, Turkey years ago (in the late 70’s) we noticed that there were tons of feral cats wandering around the city. One of my dad’s Turkish coworkers told him that according to local lore, Mustafa Kemal Attaturk (who led the people to rebel against the autocratic Ottoman Empire, founded the Democratic Republic in 1923 and was its first president) was supposedly going to come back, reincarnated as a cat – specifically a pure white Angora cat with the dual toned eyes (“Van Kedisi” in Turkish). Others believed that Attaturk’s successor would be identified by a bite on the ankle from one of these cats. As a result, it was thought to be bad luck (bad form, bad karma, bad what-have-you) to put any stray cat to sleep just in case, but these pure white cats are widely sought after and immensely pampered. The word Angora comes from a derivation of the name Ankara, the capital city where Attaturk established the Democratic Republic, and where many of these cats originate.”

http://www.knowyourcat.info/info/heterochromia.htm

http://www.petsadviser.com/pet-health/cats-with-two-different-colored-eyes/


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Black Cat Appreciation Day

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Black Cat Appreciation DayBlack Cat Appreciation Day is on Saturday, the 17th. Why do they need a day? What is it about black cats that cause them to be overlooked at shelters? Orange or blue-eyed kitties are often adopted on their first day while black cats may stay for months before being adopted. Far more often than others, they are euthanized before they get that chance at a happy life. Rescues have the same problem, with some black cats remaining in the rescue for years.

Surely, in this day and age, it is not the “unlucky” myth! Perhaps to a few, but to others, what is it? Some say they are harder to photograph. Yes, that’s true, but really? Are people just looking for something flashier? Something with stripes, spots, or an unusual color? I think black cats just blend into the background at shelters and rescues, like they do in a photograph where they seem to lose their face. 

Topper - in celebration of Black Cat Appreciation Day

Topper

I don’t currently have any black cats of my own. My beautiful Topper went to the rainbow bridge a few years back and is actually the reason I got into fostering. (That’s a tale for another post.) As a foster, I have cared for many black cats and kittens and it seems to me that they are the most affectionate and loving. When I go to a friend’s house where multiple cats live, it is always the black ones that come for attention and affection.

Black Cat Appreciation day was created by Wayne Morris, who invented the day in honor of his sister (who passed away on August 17 years ago) and the black cat that she loved. He used social networking to spread the word on his Facebook page For the Love of Black Cats (Black Cat Appreciation Page).

adopt black cat

How you can help bring awareness on Black Cat Appreciation Day — and beyond!

It is a mystery why people are less likely to adopt black cats, but here’s how you can help bring awareness to their plight.

  1. Join the Black Cat Appreciation Day Event on Facebook. Share the event on your page and invite friends.
  2. Share black cats anywhere you can, like your social media posts or your website/blog. Show people how special they are — or even just how they are like other cats!
  3. Learn to take great photos of black cats. It can be done.
  4. Find a local shelter or rescue and volunteer. Find creative ways to help them promote their black kitties.
  5. Adopt a black cat.

So, after writing this, I have to wonder: If we bring awareness and get more black cats adopted, are more orange and blue-eyed kitties going to die? The real awareness we need to foster is spay/neuter and adopt-not-shop. But for this post, black cats rule!

 

Adopt a black cat


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Wordless Wednesday: Philly and Ocean

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Philly (calico) and Ocean (Siamese mix), both foster failures and adopted through MeoowzResQ.

Wordless Wednesday - Philly and Ocean

Philly and Ocean


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Spencer Rescued by MeoowzResQ

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Update on Spencer: He was adopted on Saturday, August 3rd!

I have been a foster for MeoowzResQ for over three years. During that time, I cared for hundreds of cats and kittens until they were placed in their forever homes. A while back, I started taking kitties that are sick and caring for them until they are well and ready for adoption. Most fosters aren’t able to give the kitties the isolation they need to avoid exposing other animals in the home. Many don’t have the time or the desire to try to administer medications. After the kitties go to their first adoption event, if they are not adopted, they are moved to another foster so I can take in more sick kitties. 

Orange County Animal CareToday, I went to Orange County Animal Care to pull a little three and a half month old seal point Siamese mix with upper respiratory infection. Apparently, he had been adopted once but was returned because he had a cold and his new owners safe in the car on the way homedidn’t want their current cats to catch it!! Please, if you are going to adopt a pet, be prepared to care for its medical needs regardless of other animals in the home.

Spencer Rescued

Spencer is very sweet and will be a wonderful addition to someone’s family when he is well. He has already been neutered, has tested negative for FIV/FELV, and is microchipped. He has been treated for worms and fleas and prior to adoption, his vaccinations will be up to date.

Spencer making biscuits in his new bed 

Here he is making biscuits in his new bed as soon as he arrived here. He is purring up a storm.

Spencer sound asleep

It didn’t take long before he was sound asleep. He will be on medication only for the next few days since he has already been on them for a few days at the shelter. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready for adoption in 10 days to two weeks. If you are interested in adopting him, tell us in the comments!


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DIETER, My Rescue Dog

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Dieter, my standard schnauzer, has never seen a shelter that I know of. He is a rescue dog none-the-less. He is lucky that the police did not shoot him. Let me tell you his story.

Asia, Shiba Inu

Asia

I have had Asia, my Shiba Inu, since she was seven weeks old. She is now 12 and starting to move a little slower. I have wanted a second dog for quite some time and have been looking at several breed types.

I got a call from my cousin, Jody, who knew I was looking for another dog. She said that her friend down the street found a schnauzer. They really liked the dog but had too many dogs to keep him. We made arrangements to meet and I went to her house the next day. She started by telling me his scary story. 

Rescue Dog’s Scary Story

Dieter - rescue dog

Dieter

Her husband is a truck driver for Safeway during the week. He and a couple of other coworkers rent a house where they stay during the week, going home on the weekends. One night, around 2 am, they heard a lot of barking outside. Figuring it was just coyotes, he went outside and shot off a couple of shotgun rounds into the air. The barking stopped and he went back to bed.

The next morning, when he walked out of the house, he found this raggedy dog stuck under his truck on some tape he could see wrapped around his body. He then noticed that in the tape was a black box looking much like a bomb. My friend immediately called the police who came out directly. They looked at the dog who was still stuck to the undercarriage of the truck and after much ado, decided it wasn’t a bomb and crawled under the truck and rescued this terrified little dog. My friend said he looked like he wasn’t starved and clung to him for security. They cut the tape to find the box was an old internet router box.

Where he came from, there is no way of knowing. Our best speculation is that kids took or found him and did this to him. He either got away or they just let him go. Either way, it was terrifying and traumatic for him. Poor baby… My friends assured me that they had posted several ads and called all of the shelters in the valley and after two weeks, the only missing schnauzer was a female. 

Dieter is a total sweetie with a few little issues we are working on. Since the first time he figured out he can use the dog door any time he wants, he is in and out all the time. I can’t recall the name they had given him, but Dieter is a good German name. He has been with us since late December 2012, and Asia, though more tolerant now, still treats him like a bad smell in the room. But we love him greatly and he will spend the rest of his life here with us.


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