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 Peter Zippi Memorial Fund Inc.

The Peter Zippi Memorial Fund Inc. was founded in 1977 by Dr. Alice Villalobos, who has rescued dogs and cats since she was a child. As a veterinarian, Dr. Alice did rescues through her clinic. But when a young vet tech employee died in a small plane crash, his parents said to do something good with his last paycheck – so, Dr. Alice  Continue reading “The Peter Zippi Memorial Fund Inc.”

Itty Bitty Kitty Committee

Based in Charleston, West Virginia, Itty Bitty Kitty Committee just may be one of the cutest names for a cat rescue. The 501(c)3 group is composed of a network of fosters who are spread throughout many counties around the Charleston area. Founded in 2010, it is their dream to one day have a facility.

Dorella, one of the founders of the rescue (not to mention volunteer, foster, admin, social media person and more!), says the group has a wonderful board of directors, a reliable network of fosters, and amazing and dedicated volunteers.

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The Art of Rescuing: Kayt Hester

Kayt Hester is an artist and cat lover who uses her artistic talents to help raise funds for local rescue groups in her area. Her artwork is created from bits of hand torn black masking tape and is quite unique and fascinating. Kayt also runs a pet supply store called Fussy Friends in Jersey City, NJ, where she gets to play with and help socialize the cats who are waiting for adoption from two local rescue groups. And in addition to all of that, Kayt also cares for feral cats!

A conversation with Kayt

How did you get involved in helping local cat rescues?
I am an artist with a pretty decent fan base here in Jersey City. I discovered that my cat art was popular and sold quickly. Knowing that my friends who run these local rescue groups will often spend their own money caring for their rescues, I thought Continue reading “The Art of Rescuing: Kayt Hester”

Howard County Cat Club

Missy Zane is the founder and president of Howard County Cat Club, based in Columbia, Maryland. But she is more than just that, Missy is also “head cat mom,” admin, and the PR and social media person for the 501(c)3 rescue. Missy says, “I also do a lot of behavior counseling and provide other advice to try to keep cats out of rescue, decide which cats to take in our shelter – not all are a good match for us – and interview and approve adopters.”

Missy started Howard County Cat Club in celebration of the 20th anniversary of her cat sitting services. Continue reading “Howard County Cat Club”