National Cat Day!

October 29, 2015 say Happy National Cat Day!

at My Kitty Care, every day is Cat Day, but today is a reminder to look at our cats, pick them up and give them hugs and kisses and remember how fortunate we are to have our wonderful cats as family members.

Hug your cat

Hug your cat
photo by shari smith dunaif 2015

In addition, National Cat Day is most importantly a day to promote and encourage people to adopt and rescue all pets, especially cats, who wait for a caring home, for someone to hold and love them.

adoption at ARF

adoption at ARF
photo by shari smith dunaif 2015

Cats are waiting in non-kill shelters, stressed but lucky, or feral cats hungry and waiting out a cold winter, or cats crammed in shelters waiting to be euthanized. I would emphasize that today is also an opportunity to remind people about the importance of spaying and neutering our own cats, as well as feral cats that need to be humanely trapped to receive veterinary services including spaying and neutering.

adopt a cat at your local shelter

adopt cats at your local shelter                             photo by shari smith dunaif 2015


Adopt, rescue, spay and neuter: Love hugs and kisses to all our cats, everywhere.
Today say Happy National Cat Day!


Adopt – and spay, neuter


Potsdam Humane Society hosts giveaway to battle kitty overpopulation



spay and neuter

Potsdam shelter


POTSDAM — The Potsdam Humane Society is urgently looking for prospective pet owners as the shelter continues to fill with more felines than it can handle.Cats like Conan, Moo Moo, Bojangles and more than 150 others prowl the shelter, which is at a loss for how to deal with the surplus. “This is the fullest and busiest we’ve ever been,” shelter employee Bonnie Peryer said.

Those who work at the shelter refer to springtime as “kitten season,” when they receive more cats than at any other time. This year, however, kitten season didn’t end. They just kept coming. To combat overpopulation, the shelter began offering half off the price of adopting cats at the start of the summer. The initiative was meant to last only a week or two, but kittens and strays kept coming in, and the reduced costs stayed.

Last week the shelter took it a step further, giving cats and kittens away for free in an initiative dubbed “Feline Fiesta.” Ms. Peryer said this giveaway has led to an increase in adoptions, but not enough to reduce the shelter’s population significantly. “Feline Fiesta” was supposed to last only a week, but it has been extended to the end of the month.

Ms. Peryer said she will be taking a vacation soon, but hopes to return to find the shelter’s efforts have been successful. “I’m hoping to come back to everyone having been adopted and all new animals coming in,” she said.
Potsdam resident Erwin Zahler said this summer’s sale prompted him and his fiancee, Michele Rudlong, to adopt two strays from the shelter: Oliver and Felix. When they heard the shelter was giving cats away, they adopted a third and named him Zeus. “They’re doing great. They are very well behaved,” Mr. Zahler said.
New animals are brought in as fast as space is made for them. The shelter is running at maximum capacity, and the waiting list is so full it may take six months to a year for owners looking to give up their pets to be able to give them to the society. These owners are redirected around the region from shelter to shelter, many of which are suffering from the same overpopulation problems. At the start of 2013, the Potsdam Humane Society was caring for 45 dogs and 93 cats. It is now up to 60 and 162, respectively. Dog adoptions will be free starting next week, although puppy adoptions still will cost money.

Normally the cost is $50 for cats, $75 for kittens, $95 for dogs and $115 for puppies.
By giving its animals away, the shelter may be taking steps to solve one problem while exacerbating another. Each animal that comes through the doors costs the Humane Society an estimated $180 to care for, and the shelter already is operating a deficit spurred by a drop in donations. The society is relying on these dwindling donations more than ever, but for the moment, the highest priority is bringing the number of animals down to manageable levels, even if it means giving them away, according to Humane Society Director Alicia M. Maynard. “At least it’s helping us right now getting animals into homes,” she said. Ms. Maynard said she wants to focus the society’s efforts on expanding education initiatives and spay/neuter programs, taking steps to help stop animal overpopulation before it starts.