Family cat saves 5 year old from bullies, dubbed hero

December 31, 2014

What a wonderful story to end the year on
Author: Wayne Dupree
Subject: Family cat saves 5-year old from bullies; dubbed hero

A recent episode that went down in the British town of Doncaster showed that you are never too small to protect the ones you love.

When a group of boys began pushing around 5-year-old Ethan Fenton, knocking him to the ground, the family cat pounced on the chest of one of the bullying boys, stunning them all and scaring them away crying.

The incident had one British newspaper wondering if the cat, Smudge, is “Britain’s bravest cat.”

Ethan’s mom, Sarah Fenton, told London’s Mirror Online that Smudge has been in the family for three years and never displayed such heroics before.

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Ethan’s mother, Sarah, witnessed the scene:

“I was keeping an eye on the boys who were playing football in the front garden,” Sarah Fenton said, according to the Mirror. “I saw three boys, who were much taller and older than Ethan, walk over to our front gate. I heard them shout Ethan’s name twice, but he ignored them and just put his head back down and kept playing with Ashton [his younger brother].

That’s when the confrontation got serious, she said.

“But then they shouted [at] him again, and then one of the boys got in Ethan’s face and said, ‘Oi! Why are you ignoring me?’ and pushed him over,” Fenton said. “That’s when I rushed outside and saw Smudge fly out from under our car and jump on the boy’s chest. I think it was shock more than anything, but the boy stumbled backwards, burst into tears and then ran off.”

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The family was shocked, in a happy kind of way, at their cat’s behavior.

“He has never done anything like that before, but it was absolutely brilliant seeing him look out for Ethan like that,” Fenton added. “He has slept outside his bedroom, keeping guard ever since it happened.”

The family, Fenton said, is happy to know it has such a brave soul in residence.

“I actually feel so much safer knowing Smudge is around after seeing him defend him like that,” she said. “He is a big part of the family, and he is more of a brother to the boys than a cat.”

Fenton said she bought Smudge when the family’s other cat died after just 18 months, calling the new cat’s introduction “love at first sight.

The Fentons actually chose another cat at first, but it had been sold before they were able to purchase it.

The fateful union did more than bring the family a loyal, loving cat. It could now mean a local award. Smudge has been nominated for the area’s most “heroic cat” honor. The winner will be chosen Aug. 7.

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cat may receive titanium foot

December 31, 2014

Cat may receive titanium foot Ontario veterinarian Kyla Dillard hopes to implant a titanium foot in Marco, a cat who lost his hind left paw to a string trimmer as a kitten. Marco has to lose 5 more pounds to receive the implant. If the surgery happens and is successful, Marco will be the first cat in North America to receive the implant. (Canada) (12/29)

TEXAS puppies in need, no legal protection for animals before they make it to your home

December 30, 2014

Typical HSUS propaganda, right before the 2015 TX lege comes into session.

People selling pets don’t want others to know about the dark side of the animal business.

A NEWSCHANNEL 5 investigation exposes what many pets go through. But we also discovered there are almost no laws protecting them.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) took undercover video of what they call a puppy mill. The technical term is “substandard breeder.”

The video showed dogs packed in rusty wire cages, covered in their own feces, with almost no food or water. Breeders can crank out hundreds – sometimes thousands – of puppies a year.

They’re the same puppies you buy at the pet store.

McAllen Petland owner Cesar Cepeda says his animals come from only the best breeders.

“They’re mom-and-pop operations, where you can see the pictures of grandkids sleeping on top of the dog,” he tells us.

The HSUS tells a different story. The organization says many of the puppies sold at some Petlands come from puppy mills. They tracked the sale of nearly 17,000 puppies over eight months….

TEXAS Spring, dog lost adopted by another family

December 30, 2014

This is truly another shining example of the SPCA in Houston.

This is truly another shining example of the SPCA in Houston.

KHOU Lauren Talarico, KHOU 11 News 9:06 a.m. CST

December 30, 2014

SPRING, Texas – A Spring woman is anxiously waiting to hear whether she’ll get her family dog back after he was adopted to another family through the SPCA.

Lisa Landes bought the 3-year-old purebred husky named Koda, when he was a puppy; however, back on December 17th Koda slipped his collar and got loose from their fenced in backyard.

“He’s my son, my baby, my best friend,” Landes explained.

Missing dog posters with Koda’s face on them are still peppered around Landes’ neighborhood.

“We posted posters around the neighborhood, it’s posted on Facebook, I contacted multiple shelters and multiple rescue units.”

On Sunday the posters paid off and the man who found Koda called Landes explaining her dog was at the Houston SPCA. The problem is that the husky had already been adopted.

“I think that this is a sad situation,” said Tara Yurkshat with the SPCA. “We are mandated to hold it for 72 hours and at that point, then we are evaluating the dog for a potential adoption candidate.”….


Vomiting in cats is a symptom, not a normal behavior

December 29, 2014

Vomiting in cats is a symptom, not a normal behavior A vomiting cat isn’t normal, according to veterinarian Elizabeth Colleran. Veterinarian Connie White says it can be important for pet owners to distinguish between coughing and vomiting because there are several conditions that can cause each symptom. A study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that 99 of 100 cats that had chronic vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss had chronic small bowel disease. The Oregonian (Portland) (12/24)

ARKANSAS, Walnut ridge proposed ordinance targeting ‘pit bulls’

December 28, 2014

Please lend your voice to the fight against an ordinance targeting “pit bulls” in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. fted-in-walnut-ridge-arkansas/


Feline in cyberspace gives species a boost

December 25, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — Dec 24, 2014, 11:36 AM ET

By TERRENCE PETTY Associated Press Associated Press

Cats these days aren’t associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer.

We adore Nora the piano-playing cat. We chuckle as a comical feline named Maru leaps into cardboard boxes. We revel in Grumpy Cat’s permanently sour expression. And with millions watching videos of other kitties getting tongue baths from horses and playing peekaboo with their owners, cats have become online stars.

For feline fans, it’s a sea change. In the affections of Americans, cats often get short shrift compared with dogs. Some see cats as aloof, poor companions and indifferent to attention that dogs enjoy.

But with cats’ celebrity expanding, experts say cyberspace is aiding their plight.

“Social media has put pets front and center,” said Christie Keith, social media consultant for Maddie’s Fund, a California-based foundation that works to save pets’ lives. Social media, she said, “is revolutionizing how we help animals.”

The Internet has created a vast audience of potential adopters. To save pets’ lives, animal welfare organizations are reaching out to an audience addicted to cat videos. Shelters use social media to promote everything from adoption campaigns to free vaccinations, spaying and neutering…..


TEXAS Fort Worth, firefights save cat from house fire

December 24, 2014

Texas firefighters save cat from house fire Firefighters in Fort Worth, Texas, used oxygen to save a cat rescued from a burning house. The pet, Stubby, was rescued but had suffered smoke inhalation. A veterinarian examined her after she was stabilized. Her human family is safe. The Associated Press (12/20)

TENNESSEE, Dunlap home 60 dogs rescued

December 19, 2014

Be sure to read the last paragraph.


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 11:03 AM EST Updated: Dec 19, 2014 7:14 PM EST

By WRCB Staff > By Kelly McCarthy
UPDATE: Nearly 60 dogs and other animals were rescued from a home in Dunlap
Friday morning.

A news release from the Humane Society of the United States said the
animals were living in “absolute filth.”
The Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department served a warrant and discovered
many medium and large, mixed-breed dogs living in cages inside the home on
Austin Road, and some living in cages outside the home.
“It is one of the worst that we have ever seen, that I have ever seen as
animal cruelty,” said Chief Deputy Randall Lockhart, “I mean the dogs are
just, I mean, it’s very bad.
Geoffrey Peterson, 54, is now in Sequatchie County jail and charged with
animal neglect.

Chief Deputy Lockhart said the animal cruelty investigation started months
ago when a concerned person called the humane society saying Peterson
brought in a dog to be treated for starvation. The dog was treated and
released back to Peterson.

Channel 3 spoke with a neighbor who lives across the street. She suspected
Peterson didn’t live at his home on Austin Road, but she had no idea he was
sheltering so many animals. She said whenever the two would talk, Peterson
told her he was a member of PETA, a vegan and loved animals.


To spur adoptions, an Oakland CA puts cats among patrons

December 16, 2o14


At the Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center in Oakland, Calif., customers can
mingle with cats that need a real home to go to. It opened in late October
and has arranged 52 cat adoptions. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times

OAKLAND, Calif. — On a sun-drenched Saturday, Eddie Metairie wandered around
the Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center, past the miniature-golf-size buildings,
cat perches and a bed shaped like a tuna can as he followed Lucia, an
independent-minded brown tabby.

Going to a shelter to find a cat in a cage “is heartbreaking,” said Mr.
Metairie, a project manager at a hotel supply company, but the Cat Town Cafe
“feels organic.” He was having fun.

By the time his $10-an-hour playtime was up, Mr. Metairie had made plans to
take the cat home and rename her Amélie.

The Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center, which opened in late October and has
arranged 52 cat adoptions so far, claims to be the first permanent cat cafe
in the United States. Customers line up for locally brewed strong coffee,
handmade bagels and “vegan fig nut pop tarts” (the proprietors clearly know
their audience). When it is time to visit the cat zone, visitors push
through glass doors to another world of lounging cats, all of them
candidates for adoption. There are no cages.

A co-owner of the cafe, Adam Myatt, chatted as Lucia checked things out. It
costs $10 an hour to play with the cats. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York
Times Cat cafes are well established in Japan, where there are also owl
cafes and penguin bars. There, customers are typically people who need their
cat fix, because many apartment buildings in Japan do not allow cats; few
cafes serve as adoption centers.

In the United States, there have been fitful efforts to establish similar
businesses in various cities, but health department rules against keeping
animals in the same place where food is served have gotten in the way.
Demand, however, is fairly obvious: A pop-up cat cafe in New York City, open
for only a few days this year, drew an almost comically long line of
customers and high level of attention online.

So cat-loving entrepreneurs here have largely ditched the Japanese model in
favor of a charitable one that separates the cats from the food and
emphasizes adoption. Since Cat Town opened here in Oakland, cat cafes have
sprung up in Denver and in Naples, Fla. On Monday, the first permanent cat
cafe in Manhattan — Meow Parlour, at 46 Hester Street — opened, started by
the owners of Macaron Parlour, a pair of Manhattan bakeries.

When word got out that Meow Parlour was coming, so many people signed up for
appointments that the cafe’s website crashed. In 20 hours, 1,000
appointments were filled, said Christina Ha, a co-owner.

More cat cafes are planned for San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. With
the popularity of cat videos and the emergence of individual cats as
name-brand stars — if you have not heard of Lil Bub or Grumpy Cat, consult
Google — the understudy to man’s best friend seems to be taking center

The Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center offers space for patrons to play with
cats that are available for adoption. It is the first permanent cat cafe in
the U.S.; such cafes are common in Japan. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York
Times “Suddenly, it’s O.K. to show off your cat,” Ms. Ha said. “You’re not a
crazy cat lady anymore — you’re the owner of a great cat.”

While visitors may view a cat cafe as a sort of indoor playspace for
cat-loving adults, the intent is serious. An estimated 1.4 million cats (and
1.2 million dogs) are euthanized annually, said Matt Bershadker, the
president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
of New York. Those numbers were much higher 10 years ago, he said. “Any
innovative effort” to encourage adoption “is extremely important,” he said.

Few animals thrive in shelters, with cats having an especially difficult
time. Many become sick, and most do not show well, said Joan Schaffner, an
expert on animal law and associate professor at George Washington University
Law School.

It used to be that animal shelters were located next to the town dump, said
Rich Avanzino, the chief executive of Maddie’s Fund, a rescue group that has
helped fund the Oakland cafe. Things have improved, he said, but, “most cats
still are caged.”

Mr. Avanzino continued, “That’s why Cat Town Cafe is such great idea — it
takes them out of an ugly environment and puts them in an appealing
situation where they can connect with lots of people who may adopt them.”

Robert McCafferty, a retired computer teacher, and Mary Fielder with
Winston, a cat Mr. McCafferty adopted as a companion for his cat Rudy, as in
Rudolph Valentino. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times Ann Dunn, a
co-founder of Cat Town Cafe, runs a rescue organization that finds homes for
cats. Her cafe houses older, shy cats that, if not adopted, likely would be
killed at a shelter. Ms. Dunn used to work in public housing and became
“obsessed with the problem” of unwanted cats. She posted adoption notices on
Craigslist, found foster homes for cats and “dreamed of a cat sanctuary with
a cafe.” she said. She decided, “If we said, ‘Come meet cats and adopt
them,’ probably people wouldn’t come,” but coffee and pastries seemed like a
low-pressure lure (and while the food is served away from the cats, people
can bring it in when they enter the cat zone).

She met Adam Myatt, who produced feral cat calendars, using models from his
Oakland neighborhood, and shared her obsession. They raised $40,000 on the
crowdfunding site Indiegogo to get started. Making money has never been the
issue; it is all about saving cats, they said.

One recent Saturday, a Swedish tourist came by Cat Town after riding San
Francisco’s cable cars. Parents brought their children. Leslie White came
with her inhaler, explaining, “I love cats, but I’m allergic to them.”

“If I have a maternal urge,” Ms. White said, snuggling, if momentarily, with
a seated cat, “it’s not toward humans, it’s toward cats.”

Cat Town has a liberal return policy. A few people who had been providing
foster homes decided the cats “were not a good fit,” Ms. Dunn said, and
returned them. But that is the exception, and Mr. Myatt predicted that
within a year, the cafe will have placed 300 cats in homes. It charges a $50
adoption fee for one cat and $75 for two, and cats with medical issues are

Ms. Dunn serves as matchmaker. She listened to Robert McCafferty, a retired
computer teacher, who said he needed a companion for Rudy, as in Rudolph
Valentino, his old cat. (It was not clear who had the greater need for the
additional cat, Rudy or his owner.)

Ms. Dunn introduced Mr. McCafferty to Winston, a white cat with black
splotches who plays well with others.

“I like the companionship — it’s unconditional love,” Mr. McCafferty said as
he glanced approvingly at Winston, curled in the tuna can bed. Mr.
McCafferty was smitten, if not by the name then by the cat. He eagerly
filled out adoption papers and borrowed a cat carrier from Cat Town, then he
and his wife took Winston home.