Here's what's in this issue:

Rabies vaccine to be studied...
Humane Society name hurting shelters...
Hollywood pet shops can't sell pets anymore...
Use pet-friendly search engine...
Pet food recall... Nature's Variety this time.
Halo Pets, Spot's Stew...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...

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NEWS FOR CAT LOVERS
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Rabies Challenge Fund
http://ow.ly/16BZC
http://www.rabieschallengefund.org

Studies are planned to determine the actual effective "lifespan"
of the rabies vaccine. It's already known that it lasts a lot longer
than 2 years, or even 3. Plans are to get it certified for 5, or
even 7 years.

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In Cody, Wyoming, the local animal shelter has changed
its name to Park County Animal Shelter. Why the change?
They used to call themselves a Humane Society, but lately,
that has put them in a bad light, according to board president,
Leigh Dvariskish.

It all relates to the dishonest activities of the HSUS (Humane
Society of the United States). In just one of many
examples, out of the $20 million or so they collected for
Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana a few years ago, only about
$20,000 was ever given to local animal care facilities for
actual animal care. The rest has gone into their robust
political accounts, where it is spent on campaigns to further
their own political agendas. They do NOT care for animals,
no matter what impression they try to make on TV and in ads.

Dvariskish said the best way for people to help at any time,
not just during emergencies, is to call one's local shelter
and find out what they need. Often, just being there can help
a lot, including help with cleaning, animal care and feeding,
and donating things, such as pet food, blankets, pet beds,
cleaning supplies, and help with repairs. Of course, monetary
donations are always appreciated, as there are expenses
many of us don't think about, such as electricity and other
utilities, rent or other payments for use of a building, and gas
for transporting animals to and from veterinary offices, and from
rescue locations.

http://bit.ly/9IaGpC

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West Hollywood, Calif., City Council on Feb. 16, 2010
voted unanimously to ban pet shops from selling cats
and dogs. The new law goes into effect in September
when pet shops within the City will only be able to offer
animals from shelters. The ban is aimed directly at
puppy mills and kitty factories, which provide animals
to pet shops.

http://bit.ly/9mcvs2

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Thanks again to everyone who sent condolences on the loss
of my Miss Tiffany last month. I'm sorry if I didn't get back to
each of you individually! Thanks to Barbara, and her crew,
Sandy Dee, Jack Spratt, Miss Grace and Frank Man.
Thanks Patricia, Donna, Sara, and Dr. Finch. If I've left anyone
out here, I hope I've replied to you personally already. If not,
thank you all from the bottom of my kitty-lovin' heart.

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If you want to help rescued pets, here is a pet-friendly
search engine to use:
http://loveablecat.blogspot.com
Use the DogPile search bar at the top of the page,
just under the picture of the cat.

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CAT FOOD NEWS
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Nature's Variety has initiated a voluntary recall of its Chicken
Formula Raw Frozen Diet for dogs and cats because the
products may be contaminated with Salmonella . The products
affected are limited to chicken medallions, patties and chubs.
The affected product was distributed through retail stores and
Internet sales in the US and in limited distribution in Canada.
No pet or human illnesses have been reported to date in
connection with this lot code.

See my article about pet food safety:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Do-Cats-Go-Wild-From-Eating-Raw-Meat?&id=2554462

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As you may know, Ellen DeGeneres is now a partner in
the natural pet food company, Halo Pets. The company
started in 1986 with founder Andi Brown's cat food recipe
for her ailing cat, Spot. She developed a natural ingredient
food, which she calls Spot's Stew. It saved the kitty's life!

http://www.halopets.com/

http://bit.ly/SpotsStew (Direct link to the recipe for Spot's Stew)

This food is made from human grade ingredients, is for
both cats and dogs, and can be eaten by humans, too!

Additionally, the company phone number is 800.426.4256
in case you want to order or inquire directly.

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Help Feed Shelter Animals

Don't forget to visit these sites as often as you can and
click on the shelter-feed links. There is no cost to you
to do this, but it can only be done once per day.

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/ (Just click to donate)

http://pets.care2.com/i?p=868775137 (click to donate)

http://www.freekibblekat.com/ (Answer a trivia question...
even a wrong answer gives a donation.)

You can sign up for their daily reminders, too, if you need
a little nudge, like I do.

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WEB SITES to explore
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Flea Control Secrets
http://451f4xodu61fjns0ucg0iydp7l.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=FLEAS

Pet Poison Helpline
http://urbanpawsmagazine.com/archives/1137

http://www.theproblemcat.com/letsmove/
(How to move when you have pets)

http://www.thebestcatfurniture.com
(Because every cat deserves to be comfortable!)

http://www.everypetmatters.com
(Information about getting pet insurance)

http://bit.ly/4E9bZj (How to report a petfood complaint)
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A SMILE FOR YOU
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Some cat trivia: Cats can see blue, but not red.

This is fun: http://bit.ly/4vmNXc

How to store and organize cats. This is hilarious!
http://bit.ly/storingcats

This cat family adopted an injured squirrel. Heartwarming!
http://bit.ly/9u0gYU

-------- LATEST VIDEO -----------

Check out the video on my website, at the bottom of the page.
http://www.theproblemcat.com
It shows kittens playing in a tissue box.
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If you want to see more videos, go to my blog:
http://loveablecat.blogspot.com
and then go clear to the bottom of the page, where I have
a "Video Bar" with several cat videos that change out every
so often. So there is always a fresh one there in case
you need a cat video fix and can't wait for the next Kitty Times!

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TAKE ACTION TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED
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http://www.dosomething.org/whatsyourthing/Animal+Welfare
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5 quick, easy ways to help rescue pets NOW! http://bit.ly/1YfBeo
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Do you have any interesting stories to share about your
cats? Send them in and I'll put them here in
this newsletter. (Include your name and website
if you have one, and I'll give you a "plug" for
your website. Or, anonymous is OK, too. It's
up to you.)
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