Cats in Disasters

Ohh — here we go again.  The Superstorm Sandy that demolished so many homes on the East Coast, also left cats and dogs in perilous conditions.  Now, comes the news of pets that have been rescued but remain separate from their people.

We also see good news coverage of  reunions between cats and kids in the midst of apocalyptic loss.

When thinking of making donations to the Red Cross, also consider donating to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or the The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  See HSUS rescue video.  Both agencies take action during disasters to rescue and house lost pets.

But many others work too on behalf of the animals.  I especially love the news that Chef, Rachael Ray, donated $500,000 to the ASPCA for rental on a building where animals are being housed pending reunion with owners.  In addition to the cash, she also donated 4 tons of her branded dog food to the animals, and $100,000 to food banks for humans.

PetSmart Charites also works on behalf of animals in disaster areas.

PetSmart Charities has a strong commitment to assisting pets affected by large-scale natural disasters and man-made emergencies. Since 2004, PetSmart Charities has funded nearly $8 million in emergency relief grants.

Petco Foundation

The Petco Foundation also serves animal needs but its program is not as fully visible as others.

 Save the pets!

June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month

The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has declared  June, to be Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month.  ASPCA reports that more than four million cats and kittens enter U.S. animal shelters annually.  And now that our Central Texas region is moving toward the No Kill Philosophy for animal shelters, it’s more important than ever to cooperate in caring for cats and reducing the overall cat population.

My kitties, Maddie Bell and Nosey Nell both came from ARF of Wimberley at Christmas several years ago.  They were beautiful, well cared for kittens who came into my home and immediately went to the box I had fixed for them without any hesitation.

Nosey Nell and Maddie Bell, Christmas Shelter Kitties

In the next few months, as I adjusted to having kittens in my home and they adjusted to me, we had little, kitten level adventures.

Nosey Nell Contemplates A Christmas Amaryllis

Nosey Nell, who has to see everything, wondered about the big blooming flower on my Christmas Amaryllis and Maddie Bell, a completely well-behaved little miss, just had to sit in my bathroom sink.

Maddie Bell tries out the sink

Shelter kittens turned into my loving cats who sit on my desk while I work and love to sit on the top of my car in the garage to watch the deer, or the neighbors walking dogs and, on occasion, a pickup driving down our county road.

Shelter cats are the best!

Emily S Carter

My two beautiful little girl kitties came from ARF -- a rescue service in Wimberley. Maddie Bell, in the header photo, likes to help me make the bed.

Shelter cats are the best!


Making a difference to pet owners looking for their lost cat [or dog] – this is a place to post information about your animal and to provide contact information -- see the Lost Cat page.

Its also home to cat and dog stories -- see The Literary Cat page.


All text and images © copyright 2011 Emily S. Carter. All rights reserved.
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