The car comes to a stop, the back door opens and in reaches a woman’s shaking hand to pick up the carrier that’s buckled in on the back seat. Inside, a kitty meows and scratches at the carrier door, unsure of what is happening. Tears fill the woman’s eyes as she turns and faces the shelter, ashamed, but uncertain of what else to do.
Enter OC Shelter Partners, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit that works to keep pets with their people. Founded in November 2015, the group has already kept over 1,000 animals from entering the shelter. Continue reading “OC Shelter Partners – Helping People Keep Their Pets”
Raise your paw if you’re a grazer. Raise ’em high and raise ’em proud! In our household, Sophie is the resident grazer. A nibble here, a nibble there…a mid-nibble snooze…then back for another nibble.
As the human who monitors the nibbling, I need to allow for enough grazing time but not enough time for the food to spoil. So, I was more than happy to try out the SureFeed Sealed Pet Bowl from SureFlap.
What is SureFeed and How Does It Work?
SureFeed is a sealed pet bowl and its lid automatically opens when your pet approaches, allowing your pet access to their food at any time. The lid then closes when the pet is done eating and seals in freshness and odors – and keeps out bugs! Pretty simple, but pretty smart. Continue reading “Sophie and the SureFeed Review (plus 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”
Today we learn the ending to Kat McCann’s Hurricane Katrina evacuation story. In Part 1, we met her two cats Blackie and GrisGris. In Part 2, we followed her evacuation from Louisiana to Georgia.
PLEASE BE AWARE that this story will be hard to read for animal lovers, as Kat does recount some of the awful things that occurred during the disaster. But in her story, there is also hope as she finds a new feline friend. Kat’s story reminds us of the importance of being prepared in case of a disaster.
Thank you for returning and finishing Kat’s story.
By Kat McCann
Edited by Three Chatty Cats
After being in Georgia for about four weeks, we were finally told that my sister Jane’s neighborhood had power, and we decided to return to Louisiana. We arrived home on September 20, 2005. We came back to a much changed place. Destruction was everywhere! Continue reading “Kat’s Story, Part 3: Home Again”
In Part 1 of Kat McCann’s story, we left off where Blackie and GrisGris were the two cats living with Kat. Today Kat shares with us the story of evacuating during Hurricane Katrina. On Thursday, we will learn the conclusion to her tale of survival.
I want to thank you for reading Kat’s story. These posts are longer than usual, but I personally found Kat’s story riveting and I hope you do, too.
The Evacuation Begins
By Kat McCann
Edited by Three Chatty Cats
Three weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, my boyfriend at the time (who will remain unnamed) and I decided to move from our apartment. The one we were moving into turned out not to be ready for us in time. So, we put the bulk of our items in storage, and we stayed with our friends Nona, Karl and their dog Happy (not their real names).
We saw Katrina heading closer and joked about how we could stay in our storage unit, as it was above ground, climate controlled, and had a generator. Two days before the storm hit, Continue reading “Kat’s Story, Part 2: The Evacuation Begins”
A quick note: I have been planning this series of posts for a couple of months now to coincide with the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It just so happens that Louisiana is currently experiencing massive flooding. Graciously researched and provided by Kat McCann, I have included links to a few animal organizations at the bottom of this post in case you want to help. ~Rachel
When Kat McCann and I first discussed the possibility of a post, it was initially to talk about her love for black cats. As she began to tell her story, it was obvious to me that she is clearly a cat lover, but that she had a unique experience, and fortunately she was willing to share it with me. And that extraordinary tale was when she evacuated during Hurricane Katrina with her two cats, with a third joining her shortly thereafter.
Kat told such an intriguing story that I have turned it into a series of three posts, presenting them during this month of August, which is the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States. And also one that changed certain policies about Continue reading “Kat’s Story, Part 1: Blackie, GrisGris and Hurricane Katrina”
Erica Callais Falbaum is the founder and president of PEP! The Pet Education Project, based in Shreveport, Louisiana. From their mission statement, PEP! is an education and outreach program that teaches the core responsibilities of pet ownership. A volunteer-run 501(c)3, they strive to foster humane habits in children and citizens of their community in order to reduce pet overpopulation, abuse, neglect and euthanasia.
A conversation with Erica
What is PEP! all about?
We are working to educate kids so they understand the core principles of being a responsible pet owner. We teach each student about topics that Continue reading “PEP! The Pet Education Project”