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Black Cats Need Your Help

Handsome house panther, George
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August 17, Black Cat Appreciation Day, is just one of several days designated to bring awareness to the plight of black cats and I am grateful for all of them. Black cats are often overlooked in shelters and rescues and many more of them are euthenized than other colors.

There are some theories about why this is:

  • People think they are unlucky
  • They are hard to photograph
  • They are not as flashy
  • They disappear into the background

The truth is, black cats are awesome. I can’t say with any certainty that it has anything to do with color but, in a group of cats of many colors, it is quite often the black ones who are the most outgoing and affectionate. I’ve only had one black cat in recent times and I can say with certainty that he was very special.

Black cats need your help - my black cat Topper

My Topper

 

As a foster for many years and now as a pet sitter, I have met many black cats. Here are two of my current favorites.

 

This is George. He is handsome and smart. I love the way he sits in the kitchen by the treat drawer when he thinks it is time for me to give him some.

My favorite panther.

A photo posted by Savvy Pet Care (@savvypetcare) on

 

How You Can Help Black Cats

You can help black cats everywhere by sharing them every day. Share this post, and all other positive posts you see about black cats, on social media. Share your own black cat stories to tell people how awesome they are. Find creative ways to help local shelters and rescues promote their black kitties. Adopt a black cat!

Remember, though, the only way to really solve the pet over-population problem is to promote spay/neuter!

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Jackson Galaxy on Spay/Neuter

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This is an excellent, short video by Jackson Galaxy on spaying and neutering your pets.

He answers all the basic questions:

  • Will my cat gain weight if spayed/neutered?
  • What are the health risks of NOT spaying/neutering?
  • Isn’t the surgery too invasive?
  • But I want my cat to have just one litter. Is that OK?
  • But I want my kids to see the miracle of birth. Is that OK?

 

A recap of the statistics:

* 6-8 million animals are booked into shelters yearly
* 70,000 cats and dogs are born daily 
* 3-4 million adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized yearly.
* In the US, 1 healthy adoptable cat and dog is euthanized every 11 seconds
— Source: The Humane Society of The United Statesspay and neuter

* 3-4 million animals are adopted yearly 
— Source: http://www.animalsheltering.org

* It costs over 1 billion dollars of taxpayers money to round up, house, euthanize and dispose of homeless animals yearly (MANY other sites state it is about 2 billion) 
— Source: http://www.bestfriends.org

To find a low-cost program near you, search the ASPCA Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Provider Database by simply entering your zip code. They are constantly adding to the database so if you don’t find anything in your zip code now, check back. Many low cost clinics offer services for as little as $30-$50 for cats and $40-$75 for dogs.

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Be Kind to Animals Week

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Be Kind to Animals Week, May 4-10, 2014

The American Humane Association created Be Kind to Animals Week in 1915 to encourage compassion toward animals. Every year, animal shelters throughout the country hold special events during this time-honored week to raise awareness about animals in our homes and communities and to celebrate the unique bond between humans and animals.

For those tempted to comment that this should be every day, of course, we agree. Commemorative days or weeks for an occasion are intended to bring special awareness and to celebrate, not to suggest that the activity should be done only on that day or during that week. And though you might be kind to animals, there are so many out there still suffering at the hands of people who are not. So, take a look at the other ways to celebrate below and see how you can help spread the word.

Be Kind to Animals Week

Other ways to celebrate from The American Humane Association

  • Report any suspected animal abuse or neglect to animal control
  • Commit to adopting your next pet from an animal shelter
  • Donate to or volunteer at your local animal shelter
  • Spay or neuter your pets and encourage friends and family to do the same
  • Spend quality time with your pet
  • Make sure your pet has an ID tag or microchip
  • Drive cautiously through areas populated by wild animals such as deer
  • Plant flowers in your yard that will attract butterflies or hummingbirds
  • Speak out in your community about the importance of respecting animals

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Adopt a Pet

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National Feral Cat Day 2013 — hauspanther

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National Feral Cat Day 2013

Today is National Feral Cat Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the community cats living throughout the country and how we can humanely care for them. “Community cat” is a term used to describe unowned cats, which includes stray, abandoned, and feral cats. Believe it or not, there are many people who consider stray or unowned cats to be essentially pests, not giving them a second thought or caring about their livelihood. Well, I disagree completely. I believe that there is no difference between the cat sleeping on your bed and the cat sleeping under a dumpster. They’ve just been given different opportunities in this lifetime. All domestic cats, owned and unowned, are social and complex creatures, and it’s our fault that there is such an overpopulation problem. Irresponsible pet owners who do not spay and neuter their cats and who allow them to roam freely have caused the shocking numbers of unowned cats. With the appropriate awareness of how to reduce these numbers and humanely care for community cats, we can begin to reverse the cycle.

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There are two outstanding resources for learning about community — or feral — cats and how to humanely care for them. First, Alley Cat Allies is the national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Alley Cat Allies created National Feral Cat Day to share resources and raise awareness. Visit their website alleycat.org to learn more about them and be sure to visit the National Feral Cat Day website at nationalferalcatday.org to download information and participate in this year’s events.

Another extremely important resource is Vox Felina, written by cat advocate Peter J. Wolf. Peter spends countless hours researching bogus scientific claims made against feral cats, debunking illogical arguments calling for their destruction. Peter’s writing is thorough, well-crafted and heartfelt. He is truly one of the most important voices for the cats. Please visit VoxFelina.com to read his work.

There are many, many other wonderful organizations throughout the country working to help community cats. If you are involved in any of these organizations, if you participate in TNR Trap-Neuter-Return, or if you help care for a feral cat colony, THANK YOU for what you’re doing to help the cats. Happy National Feral Cat Day!

via National Feral Cat Day 2013 — hauspanther.


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Pet Lover’s Spay Neuter License Plate

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Could they be any more perfect?

Could they be any more perfect?

When I brought in the mail tonight, there was an envelope that looked and felt like new license plates but I couldn’t imagine why I would be getting new ones. When I opened the envelope, I was so excited! It was my new California Pet Lover’s Spay Neuter license plate. I ordered it so long ago that I totally forgot about it. They had to have 7,500 pre-ordered in order for the plate to be approved. They reached that number and the plates have begun shipping. Click here to read the press release.

The plate was designed by actor and environmentalist Pierce Brosnan. The proceeds from the plate will generate additional funding for free and low-cost spay neuter surgeries throughout California and will be another tool to stem pet overpopulation and the euthanizing of millions of unwanted pets in state shelters.

pet lover's spay neuter license plate

About $40 from every plate will go to the spay/neuter fund. You can order yours now at DMV. Standard plates are $50 and personalized plates are $98. Can’t wait to put mine on in the morning.


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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).

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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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Find a Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic or Program

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Many states and counties have established low-cost spay/neuter programs that make surgery easily affordable and accessible.

Through their partnership with PetSmart Charities®, the ASPCA has developed spay and neuterwhat seems to be a very comprehensive database of resources designed to help you find low-cost spay/neuter programs in your community. To find a low-cost program near you, search the ASPCA Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Provider Database by simply entering your zip code. They are constantly adding to the database so if you don’t find anything in your zip code now, check back.

Many low cost clinics offer services for as little as $30-$50 for cats and $40-$75 for dogs. Some areas even have free programs if you qualify. Be part of the solution in ending the crisis of pet overpopulation .


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