My Dirty Paws – An Art Project About Shelter and Rescue Animals

Stacy Tang is an artist in California who volunteers at a local animal shelter and has created a heartwarming art project called My Dirty Paws. With an eight-year-old, adopted cat at home named Casper, he is Stacy’s inspiration and favorite model. However, it is shelter and rescue pets that truly drive this touching project.

From MyDirtyPaws.com:

MY DIRTY PAWS is a passion project I created in 2014 to document the lovely souls that I met at animal shelters. A lot of shelter animals are instantly labeled as difficult and trouble, but only with a little more patience and love, you will Continue reading “My Dirty Paws – An Art Project About Shelter and Rescue Animals”

Zen Clipper Review and Giveaway

Let’s face it. Most cats love nail trim time. Mine do. Don’t yours?

Perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit. Actually, nail trim time is a two-person job in this household. Human #1 wrangles the cat – then with sweat dripping from the brow, deposits the cat onto the blanket covered lap of human #2. Out come the clippers, a few grunts and grumbles ensue (and also a few yowls from the kitty) – clip, clip, clip – and we’re done! Then, onto cat #2 and cat #3. Sound familiar? Continue reading “Zen Clipper Review and Giveaway”

Pitties and Kitties

Pitties and Kitties is a new foster-based rescue group located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri that focuses on…you guessed it, pit bulls and cats!

Started just five months ago in March 2016, their mission statement is as follows: Pitties and Kitties is a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue dedicated to changing the lives of both pit bull type dogs and feral/stray cats in our community. We aim to alter the misconceptions of the pit bull breed and provide dogs in need a second chance by working with local rescues and pulling from high kill shelters. In addition, we will Continue reading “Pitties and Kitties”

Pet Hydration – all the cool cats are talking about it! #pethydrationmonth

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Sophie: It’s very important for us kitties to stay hydrated. According to PetSafe, July is Pet Hydration Month and Continue reading “Pet Hydration – all the cool cats are talking about it! #pethydrationmonth”

Wings of Rescue: Providing Freedom for 400 Cats and Dogs

kittens in a carrierMany of you may have heard about Wings of Rescue, which is a 501(c)3 group of volunteer pilots who perform life-saving airlifts, transporting high-risk shelter pets from one region to another.

To date, Wings of Rescue has saved 19,882 pets!

Starting tomorrow, Friday, July 8th, Wings of Rescue will be flying over 400 cats and dogs to new locations to save their lives.

Known as “Independence Flights,” Wings of Rescue is transporting the cats and dogs over Continue reading “Wings of Rescue: Providing Freedom for 400 Cats and Dogs”

America’s Family Pet Expo

Last weekend was the fourth or fifth time that I’ve attended the annual America’s Family Pet Expo in Orange County, California. But with my husband busy working on his capstone project to finish up his Master’s degree, this year I had to drag my father-in-law along instead. I think that worked out for the best, as he and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to attending these types of shows. We both need to see every booth and walk through all of the areas of the show – even the creepy reptile exhibit. (Just kidding to the reptile owners out there – I have two tortoises myself!)

What made this year different was that Continue reading “America’s Family Pet Expo”

The Older Brother

I ain’t foolin’ ya and it’s no joke! Three Chatty Cats has gone to the dogs! Well, just one dog…Eddie. Before I became a cat mama, closing in on six years ago now, I was a dog mama. When certain individuals found out I was starting a cat blog, they said, “But what about Eddie?” So for those dog lovers out there, this one’s for you! (With a few cat pictures sprinkled in, naturally.)

The Story Begins…

Eddie, terrierThe hubs (Ross) and I started our “family” before we were even married. 13 years ago this coming June, we decided to get a dog. Our college roommates had moved out of the house and we were ready to start domesticated life with a pet.

We looked at various rescues and settled on a group in Los Angeles (which I don’t think exists any longer). We drove up on a Saturday in June to look at the dogs at their shelter. We had told the adoption coordinator that we were looking for a small dog, so she had bathed and set aside a couple to look at. As soon as we entered the room lined with kennels, there was Continue reading “The Older Brother”

The Devoted Barn

The Devoted BarnThe Devoted Barn, while not solely a cat rescue, is an amazing animal shelter that you must read about! A project of Devoted Friends Animal Society, The Devoted Barn is a 501(c)3 that started in 2013. While they specialize in working with feral dogs, they take in animals of any kind that are from extreme cruelty/neglect/large scale hoarding situations. Based in Newport, Michigan, The Devoted Barn rescues animals from all over the United States. They are both shelter and foster based.

Melissa Borden, founder and owner of The Devoted Barn, cares for everything from dogs and cats to horses and pigs – and so much in between (like llamas, sheep, pigs and bunnies!). This wonderful organization was voted Shelter of the Year by the Westminster Dog Show last month.

From The Devoted Barn website: These animals come to The Devoted Barn to heal both physically and emotionally. They learn to trust and love again, or for the first time, with the help of at risk youth and special needs adults who come to work at the barn. In addition to helping the animals, our mission is to Continue reading “The Devoted Barn”

Shelter Life Photography with Lizzy

Fellow blogger, Lizzy, photographs cats and dogs at an open-admission shelter in a small town in rural Massachusetts. She is the Humane Educator at the shelter. “I always joke that children and animals are the best. It is the human adults that are so difficult to understand.” Lizzy photographs almost daily at the shelter and organizes a lot of the marketing materials for animals, special events, and promotions. “If it is a sunny day, I just photograph to capture any kind of cuteness that I can.”

From her blog Shelter Life Photography: I have been working in the animal sheltering world for 3+ years and have found the most amazing inspiration. Every day I photograph homeless animals in search of love and companionship. I am so happy to share these images and hope they inspire other photographers to donate their time at their local animal shelter.

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Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

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This week we will take a look at Heaven Can Wait Animal Society (HCWS). The group, who works with both cats and dogs, covers the Las Vegas area and the surrounding county in Nevada. Sharon Seltzer, one of the group’s founding members and volunteers, talks about HCWS and the work they do.

The HCWS mission statement: To eliminate companion animal suffering and pet overpopulation through aggressive spay/neuter, adoptions, community outreach programs, and education. (You can visit their website to learn about their 5-year plan as well.)

A conversation with Sharon

What year was HCWS founded?
We started meeting in January 2000 and applied for our 501(c)3 on March 15, 2000.

Why was HCWS started?
There were five original founders (including me), who are all local animal lovers. We started HCWS because Las Vegas was euthanizing 30,000 healthy adoptable dogs and cats each year and we wanted to put a stop to that. Our biggest efforts go to spay/neuter and TNR. Continue reading “Heaven Can Wait Animal Society”