The latest recalls:
Shelter feed links:
(It's in French, but you can tell where to click to help the animals.)
Holiday treating:
Thanksgiving is over, but more holiday gatherings are coming up, giving our kitties more opportunities for special treats (aka, leftovers).
Use caution! Read more:


Always remember to check with your local shelter to see what they need. Your donation will go directly to the animals, as a rule, in sharp contrast to some of the large national groups, whose donation income goes toward large administrative salaries and other expenses, not always for animals. But to be sure, be prepared to check out the shelter. Not all of them are as honorable as they proclaim.
Fleas and ticks in winter
 Here is some helpful info for winter care for your pets:         
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Cat News
These are the cutest cat videos:
How to tell if your cat loves you:
New T-shirts now available!
The proceeds go toward supporting the cats here in my shelter. The shirts are not only fun to wear, but they make great gifts for the holidays. 
 Happy Holidays!                              Dec. 7, 2015
Holidays and Observances for December
There don't seem to be (m)any holidays for cats this month. Maybe everyone is too busy with their own holiday activities.  But here are the few I could find. Let me know if you are aware of others and I'll add them to my list for next year.
Dec. 2: National Mutt Day. Also observed on July 31.
Dec. 10: International Animal Rights Day
Dec. 13-14: American Kennel Club (AKC) and Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show 
Nothing about cats.


This is Lolita. She lives in Arizona, has two broken legs, and needs surgery to repair them. Please read about her at the link below and donate if you can, to help with her veterinary bill. Her owner is a young woman who is working 2 jobs just to survive and the vet wants more than she can manage to raise on her own, and he won't take payments.

Visit if you can manage a small donation. Even if you can't donate, please share this information with others.

She's just a kitten and deserves a chance to become a grown cat! Let's give her the gift of life for Christmas! Thank you!


Web stories you might enjoy

What does your cat want for Christmas?

This kitten has grown up with his own dog!
The Power of Touch
A study of shelter cats finds that cats who are gently petted and talked to by humans have a markedly lower chance of getting an upper respiratory infection. Cats who were not stroked and talked to gently were over two times more likely to get sick (due to stress) than cats who were. Ironically, many shelters do not allow people to touch the cats due to fear of disease, placing signs throughout the shelter to that effect, even though it is the absence of touching that makes it 2.4 times more likely the cat will get sick.
Here is more information, but it's on a Facebook page and you will need to scroll down to the story posted on November 30:
This study underscores how it is often the shelter’s own policies that cost cats
their lives. Shelters which do not allow cats to be touched, do not allow volunteers to socialize cats, and want to reduce holding periods in order to kill cats more quickly are not operating in the best interests of cats.
P.S. - Watch your email for a special announcement from me next week.