What are you doing at 3 p.m. 5/29?

Monday is Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember and honor all those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.

Did you know:

• More than 260,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery are adorned with American flags each Memorial Day.

• More than 42 million veterans have served the country in war time.

• Over 1.3 million members of the armed services have lost their lives in conflict.

Most of us will be celebrating the holiday by holding a backyard barbecue. In fact, statistics show that 75% of will be grilling that day. More than 1.5 million will be watching the National Memorial Day parade on TV.

But did you also know that according to a Gallup Poll, only 28% of Americans surveyed knew why Memorial Day is observed?

Some responded by saying it’s the official start of summer; others said it was the day beaches opened. Approximately 19% had no response at all.

So, here’s another fact I would like to share: In December 2000, the US Congress passed and President Clinton signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. As an act of Unity, the National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

So, as you head out to the beach or fire up the grill, at 3 p.m. will you take a moment to pause, remember and share?

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New York to Outlaw Declawing?

As we celebrate National Pet Month, I came across this article about NY State and the declawing of Cats

The article from the Associated Press in Albany, says a bill has been introduced to outlaw the declawing of cats in New York. If passed, NY would be the first state in the nation to outlaw the declawing of cats.

Interesting to note that declawing is banned in the United Kingdom and several other European Countries and in several California cities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.

CFA issued a revised guidance statement in June 2003 pertaining to declawing.

We will keep you updated, but let us know what you think of the proposed legislation in New York.

Celebrating Pets Isn’t Limited to the Month of May

This month marks the start of National Pet Month. But as cat owner, we celebrate our pets all year long. For many of us, the road to our heart is paved with paw prints.

CFA recently posed the question on Facebook: How old were you when you got your first cat?

Alice shared that her parents presented her with her first cat before the age of 2. She’s had many more since then, telling us each one was cherished throughout the years.

Shannon posted that when her mom brought her home from the hospital, her father brought home a litter of kittens he found while on patrol.

Annie related that she asked for her first kitten when she was just a three-year-old. She recalls that she asked for a kitten after watching Pinocchio. She adopted a gold eyed white DSH with a grey patched head…and of course named him Figaro. Annie says he was her best friend.

Betsy tells us that she has a picture of herself at five years holding a kitten. She says at the young age of 79 she continues to care for cats.

Lana’s short-hair, pure white Snowball girl lived to be 18.

So as we celebrate National Pet Month, it is certainly clear that sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.Friendship week3