Cat Library

Borrowing a book from a library may not be high on many people’s list these days, but instead of a book what if you could borrow a kitten? How would you take out a kitten you ask? Well, there is a kitten librarian receptionist of course! This is an older story that I came across but worth sharing as it demonstrates a positive and innovative way to help homeless cats.

The Dona Ana County office building in Las Cruces, New Mexico installed a Kitty Kondo, what employees later renamed the cat library, in the lobby of their building where cats from the local animal shelter are made available for adoption. Animals considered less adoptable or special needs in a shelter environment, like cats that have been abused or have minor medical issues, are also given equal time in the Kitty Kondo. There is a great deal of exposure, perhaps more so than in the shelter, by having the cats in the center of a very public place with literally hundreds of people walking through the lobby daily. The end goal is to help reduce euthanasia, increase cat adoptions as well as educate the public about cats that need homes. The other winners in this are the employees who get free stress relief by being able to check out a cat for an hour to have at their desk while they work.

The kitty condo is 5 years old this May and with a 137 cat adoptions to date they have lots to celebrate. All work including socializing, cleaning and feeding is done by employees and, the cats come spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, checked for feline leukemia and heart worm all for a minor adoption fee of $50.

The program has attracted a lot of attention and has created interest in other governmental offices which means it’s only a matter of time before we see more programs like this pop up elsewhere – a win-win situation for all involved.

The Winning Ticket

Have you thought about what you would do if you had a winning lottery ticket? Bryce Vucekovich of Dallas knew exactly what to do with his $500 in winnings from a scratch ticket when he showed up at Dallas Animal Services with “a pickup truck loaded with food, litter and other supplies for the shelter’s dogs and cats.via Life with Cats

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Bryce Vucekovich surprised staff at Dallas Animal Services with food, litter and other supplies for the shelter’s dogs and cats. – photos Facebook Dallas Animal Services

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Bryce who adopted a 3 legged rescue dog from the shelter last Christmas had always wanted to give something back and this ticket proved to be the perfect opportunity. “Just the mass amount of animals they have there, it can’t be easy to manage all them,” Bryce said.

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If he had won a million dollars, Vucekovich said he would have done the same thing and hopes that his actions will inspire others to give as much as they can too.

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10 Years Hundreds Of Cats

October 2014 marks a milestone, my 10th year volunteering as a cat cuddler with      Toronto Animal Services.

In that time I have socialized and cuddled hundreds and hundreds of cats. The most rewarding part of the job is knowing that I had a small role in helping them on their journey to find their forever homes.

Over the years I have taken many pictures of the cats at the shelter and thought I would share a few of my favorites here.

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I will say it has been an amazing learning experience and one that has taught me much, including the most important lesson – I cannot possibly adopt every cat I fall in love with.

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Of course Spinner has been the one exception…so far.

If you want to do more to help look into volunteering in your city as animal shelters and local rescue groups are always in need of dedicated people. Fostering is another great option, you can choose to look after a new mom and her kittens or help an older or special needs cat… and if you fall in love with one of the cats, you can always  – adopt. 🐱

Helping Stray Cats With Photography

I recently came across this fantastic website called Photographers for Animals. Their mission is to ” Inspire positive change on behalf of animals; to support those helping animals; and to document animals and the efforts being made on their behalf.”

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Photo Credit: Jason and Elizabeth Putsche

Baltimore based Husband and Wife team Jason and Elizabeth Putsche have various projects on the go but their documentary, currently in production, called Community Cats was one that caught my eye. Through their work over the years the couple has documented the lives of feral cats, and with this film they will profile the people that care for them and the love hate relationship communities/cities have with stray cats.

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Photo Credit: Jason and Elizabeth Putsche

Beside photography being a great medium to capture the beauty of animals, it also speaks to people in ways which words cannot. For me it makes an emotional connection and when it’s an image of something that I love, in this case cats, the impact is often stronger and longer lasting.

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Photo Credit: Jason and Elizabeth Putsche

Sadly feral cats are heavily misunderstood and persecuted, so it always good to have them portrayed in a positive light along with individuals who are working to make their city a better place for these forgotten animals. It’s also wonderful to see the benefits of TNR, which is truly a humane way to help them, being profiled.

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Photo Credit: Jason and Elizabeth Putsche

If you are a photographer, professional or amateur, and would like to help out animals locally by volunteering your services you can register here to be included in their website directory. Connect with like minded people and combine your passion for animals and photography for a most worthy and excellent cause.