PALS—People and Animals Living Safely

Urban Resource Institute (URI) is launching New York City’s first-ever co-sheltering program to allow domestic violence survivors and their pets to reside together in a shelter. The project, called PALS—People and Animals Living Safely—will run as a 6-month pilot which began on June 1.

The URI is partnering with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals because of its expertise in ensuring pet safety in crisis situations.


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Currently, as many as 40% of domestic violence victims delay leaving abusive situations out of concern for their pets’ safety, yet no domestic violence shelters in New York City—and only few nationwide—allow pets in residence.

URI PALS is addressing this need by equipping its largest emergency domestic violence shelter to house families and small animals together, preserving the welfare and safety of all.

Great idea! Kudos to all!

Penn’s Vet Ryan Hospital Offers Free Lecture Series on Animals

The Animal Lovers Lecture Series at  the University of Pennsylvania Vet’s Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia, PA offers free lectures to the public on canine and feline topics the second Saturday of the month.

During the Animal Lovers Lecture Series,faculty and clinicians at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital share current information on topics of interest and relevance to dog and cat owners throughout the region. The series will be on hiatus in July and August, but will resume in September.

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This month’s lecture is by Alexander Reiter, associate professor and chief of dentistry and oral surgery at Penn Vet, will present a special lecture, Commonly Encountered Dental and Oral Diseases in Cats and Dogs. 

Founded in 1884, the school was built on the concept of Many Species, One MedicineTM. The birthplace of veterinary specialties, the school serves a distinctly diverse array of animal patients at its two campuses, from companion animals to horses to farm animals. Penn Vet is one of the world’s premier veterinary schools and is the only school in Pennsylvania graduating veterinarians.

Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and can be made at (215) 746-7460 or johnrc@vet.upenn.edu.

 

Garfield Recipes with Cattitude! is Cat’s Meow

Garfield Recipes with Cattitude! is packed with over 230 terrific recipes for all of Garfield’s favorite foods from lasagna, (of course) to pizza and more!

The book is filled with illustrations by Jim Davis and with pointers from our favorite feline, you will be sure to be entertained, informed and inspired to try these delicious offerings! over 200 pages of beverages, breads, breakfast items, cookies, candy, desserts, lunch items, main dishes and even pet treats, you will find something to fit your palette!

Try this lasagna recipe for starter and get your copy today!  Watch the video below from Vickie and Jo Ann on how to make Garfield’s favorite food!

 

 

 

It’s Official: Asheville, NC Replaces Iron Sculpture with Cat!

This NC city replaced a tourist attraction–a sculpture of the monopoly iron with a replica of the new sculpture of the cat.

Representatives of the city said, ”the feline sculpture should resonate more with the general public since the world has become obsessed with cats.”

We agree!

Cat Lovers Everywhere will love to add this city to their cat attraction trip list!

 

 

Caution is the Key When Using “Green” Cleaning Products Around Your Cats

In honor of Earth Day, we have some tips and suggestions for your spring cleaning and keeping your pets safe from harmful chemicals, this year.

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As companies offer more environmentally friendly alternatives to toxic cleaners, pet owners should keep in mind that what’s considered ” green” to a human can be dangerous, and even deadly to animals. Be sure to read labels.  Remember, the term “natural”  may also be misleading. Many products say that they are green when they are not.

Most household cleaners are safe if used according to manufacturer’s directions, but many home-made cleaners do not have the benefit of instructions, so be careful to check out individual ingredients as well.

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Cats can get stomach aches from orange, lemon or peppermint essential oils added to cleaners, said Dr. Camille DeClementi, a senior toxicologist at the Animal Poison Control Center.  She adds, “Many commercial green products are safe for animals, but owners should still exercise the same precautions as with chemical alternatives. For example, do not use fabric softener sheets that contain cationic detergents, (kills bacteria) because they can give your cat stomach distress.”

It is important to keep pets away from an area that is being cleaned and to make sure that sprays are not used directly on a pet. ” A good rules of thumb is when the instructions say to keep out of reach of children, it is a good idea to keep out of reach of pets as well,” DiCleminti said.

It is possible to be clean, environmentally friendly and provide a safe environment for your cat.

 

Feline “Manicure” Serves an Alternative to Declawing

Have you tried training your cat to not use your furniture as a scratching post to no avail?  Does your cat ignore the scratching posts you already have around the house?

Consider a lovely shade of pink, fake nails for your female cat?  How about matching colors for your and your favorite feline?

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Before you subject your cat to the painful declawing procedure, consider this alternative: nail caps.  There are plenty of nail caps on the market today.  You can choose to put them on yourself or take your cat to the vet so your vet can put them on for you.

You will find the nail caps at your local pet store such as Petsmart. This product is a fake, little nail with soft plastic points, which owners can glue over the cats’ regular nails.  The nails are made of soft material, making it impossible for the cat to harm furniture.

Try it! What do you have to lose?