Caring for Cats Displaced by Hurricane Harvey: An Interview with Samantha Bell DiGenova

The Sunday after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, Samantha Bell DiGenova, Cat Behavior & Enrichment Lead at Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles, was called into her manager’s office, who started out with, “You know how Best Friends is helping with Hurricane Harvey…?”

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Samantha and cat Jessica Lange

Best Friends Animal Society, which has helped in disaster areas before, would be going to Texas to rescue animals in and around the storm-ravaged zones. While going to Houston was not mandatory, Best Friends needed to send two or three Los Angeles staff members to Texas, and Samantha knew immediately that she wanted to go.

Best Friends had staff on the ground in Texas on August 28th, shortly after the hurricane hit. The Los Angeles team deployed to Houston about one week later, once the organization knew where help was needed most. Continue reading “Caring for Cats Displaced by Hurricane Harvey: An Interview with Samantha Bell DiGenova”

Cat Pawsitive 2017 – That’s a Wrap!

Cat Pawsitive has officially ended for this year’s participating shelters, so I wanted to share with you the final article I wrote that recaps the program from the Jackson Galaxy Foundation.

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Henry – photo courtesy of SFACC

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Touring Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles #NKLA

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to meet with Samantha Bell DiGenova, the Cat Behavior & Enrichment Lead for Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles, and tour their impressive facility.

I met Samantha through volunteering with the Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Cat Pawsitive initiative (she as a trainer-mentor to shelters and me as a writer) and asked her if I could drive up for a visit. Being the fabulous person that she is, Samantha immediately agreed, and she gave me a personal tour of the Los Angeles facility, which I’m happy to share with you today.

Two black kittens at Best Friends - Los Angeles
Two black kittens at Best Friends in Los Angeles.

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Lakes Animal Friendship Society & “Nobody’s Cats”

Founded by Valerie Ingram and Alistair Schroff in 2008, Lakes Animal Friendship Society (LAFS) is based in Burns Lake, British Columbia in Canada. The group is run by the husband and wife team and recently became a non-profit charity.

Valerie and Alistair also authored a children’s book called Nobody’s Cats, which is how I learned about the rescue group. Fellow blogger Cori of Three Irish Cats wrote about the children’s book, and I promptly ordered it, finding it to be a great educational book that teaches children about trap-neuter-return (TNR) and the importance of caring for community cats. Continue reading “Lakes Animal Friendship Society & “Nobody’s Cats””

Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Cat Pawsitive 2017 Class

Today, the Jackson Galaxy Foundation (JGF) launches its sophomore Cat Pawsitive class! With nine participating shelters, led by four feline behavior experts, the 2017 class hopes to continue on with the success of the 2016 Cat Pawsitive initiative.

Jackson Galaxy Foundation

What is Cat Pawsitive?

According to founder Jackson Galaxy, “Cat Pawsitive is about awareness, enrichment, innovation, and increased adoption placement on a grassroots level. I know that Continue reading “Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Cat Pawsitive 2017 Class”