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January 09, 2009

Rescue Group Removes "Cat Horde"

A rescue agency has begun the process of removing 180 cats from a Moriches, Long Island home.

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November 04, 2008

Man dies while trying to save cat

Syracuse, New York – A Syracuse man has died after trying to rescue a cat from a tree along Marguerite Avenue.

City police say 29-year-old Robert Crossman Jr. was killed when the ladder he was holding came into contact with an overhead power line.

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July 15, 2008

Cat Saves Man from Fire!

A man owes his life to a pet cat that woke him this morning to alert him to a blaze that was engulfing his Mt Lawley home.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, was taken to hospital after escaping the blaze that caused $200,000 damage to the house on Third Avenue.

Two dogs who were also in the house required resuscitation at the scene.

The cat escaped the fire unscathed and fled the scene as fire-fighters broke down the door of the home to help save the man.

A spokesman for FESA said it appeared the cat had run across the sleeping man and scratched him to wake him up.

Read the full story

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July 04, 2008

Felony trial ordered for cat abuse

~This is very harsh to read. Be Warned~

A homeless man is facing trial for allegedly soaking live cats in gasoline and torching them in the Rancho Cucamonga area.
Timothy Kooyman was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on four felony counts of animal abuse and starting a fire. He will be arraigned July 15.

Investigators testifying at the 24-year-old man's preliminary hearing say Kooyman killed one of the cats by dousing it with gasoline and using a lighter to set it on fire while it was still alive.

The flaming cat then ran into a vacant lot and started a brush blaze.

Six hours after the May 13 brush fire, San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Wendy Saucedo arrested Kooyman. She testified Kooyman had a storage bin in his car with two mutilated, but alive, cats inside.

The cats had broken legs and their tails were cut off.

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June 30, 2008

What will these NY'ers think of next?

Have you ever taken your cat for a walk? Put a lead on him and off you go? Here is a fun story of just that.


Radar walks well most of the time, and practically at heel, though on an off day he may tug or squirm. “He’s not welcome in the dog pen,” Mr. Hassinger said, “and he’s been kicked out of two bars in L.A. and one in New York.”

read full story and slide show of pictures here.

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June 17, 2008

Cool Cat. Keeping your Cat comfy all Summer.

When the thermometer shoots ever skyward during the summer months, your fur-covered feline may be at risk for the same kind of health problems that plague overly hot humans: heart difficulties, heat stroke, breathing issues and more.


“Cats are like people,” says Humane Society spokesperson Nancy Peterson. “They can become dehydrated and suffer organ failure and die if they get too hot.” Because summer temperatures in general appear to be on the rise, likely due to global warming, it helps to be aware of the dangers heat poses for your cat and ready to enact measures necessary for keeping your cat cool.

Read the rest of the story with a TON of info!

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April 29, 2008

Swiss to ban cat fur trade after pets vanish

Switzerland is to ban the trade in cat fur following an outcry in France over the disappearance of hundreds of domestic cats allegedly poached for their soft coats.

Under Swiss law, it is permitted to kill stray cats and sell their fur for £3 a piece to tanneries.

Cat fur products in clothes and belts are believed to ease rheumatism.

However, the Swiss have come under intense pressure to end the practice after hundreds of domestic cats vanished over the French border.

Please read Full Story

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March 07, 2008

Watch out Picasso ; Pawcasso ?

When Tara McClung went out of town for about a week two years ago, the last thing she expected to find when she came home was her cat's new hobby.

Engine(her cat) had discovered wire sculpting.

Read about many more Picassos and the mediums they all work in!

Please read the full story here

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February 28, 2008

A Wealth of Cat Information and Advice now Available at The Professor's House

Everything you need to know and more about cats and kittens, litter to adulthood, training and beyond.

Press Release: Calgary, AB (PRWEB) February 26, 2008 -- Although a dog is traditionally man's best friend, many cat owners will argue it's actually the feline variety who are the true holders of that title. From being self-sufficient when it comes to exercise and feeding, to not pleading to be taken for a walk in the driving snow, cats have always been the easier of the two animals to maintain. Yet this independence can make them a little "aloof" at times. Now, thanks to Professor's House invaluable cat advice and tips section, learning how to train cats to be less haughty has never been easier.


"Cats and dogs are completely different from each other when it comes to training," says David Beart, founder of Professor's House. "Cats are independent and certainly more headstrong than dogs are and although this means they often need less attention, it also results in cats being harder to train than dogs. This is where this site can help you - from knowing what makes your cat tick and everything in-between."

Take a look around the well-designed and intuitive cat section on the Professor's House website, and it's simple to find all sorts of useful tips, advice and training exercises. With every article written by cat lovers and experts, it's an all-encompassing guide to the feline psyche. It helps cat lovers to understand why a kitten develops its character, and how these early traits can be the same ones its mother had when she was a kitten. This knowledge can help [train cats] where to scratch, how to use the litter tray and more...

If there's any concerns about any aspect of a [cat's health], Professor's House has a dedicated area on anything and everything that a cat can pick up. This can help tell when a cat is vomiting from illness, and when it's simply the result of the wrong kind of food. There's also advice on what can cause cats to have bouts of diarrhea and how stress can cause a major stomach upset.

For both first time cat owners as well as virtual experts with years of owning a cat behind them, there's more than a good chance that the Professor's House cat section will teach everyone at least one thing they never knew about cats. If it's advice on how to train a kitten or cat, or even just some tips on what's a healthy diet, there's no longer any need to spend hours at the library with all the cat books that can be found. Simply visit the Professor's House website and start discovering why cats are the real man's best friend.

The Professor's House website is a one-stop solution for a wide variety of everyday questions. Covering homes, relationships, children, pets, dog and [cat information], cooking and more, and with an active forum where members can share tips and advice, it's an invaluable source of information for people from all walks of life.

Further details about Professor's House are available at

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February 26, 2008

It's National Cat Health Month

If you're like many cat owners who are lax about getting regular checkups for your feline friends, it's a good time to get them in for a vet visit.


By numbers alone, Americans have a love affair with cats. According to the newly published American Veterinary Medical Association U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, they outnumber dogs: 82 million cats vs. 71 million dogs.

But cats are the Rodney Dangerfield of pets -- they often get no respect. Consider these numbers from the experts:

According to an AVMA survey, cats don't visit veterinarians as often as dogs. The average dog sees a vet 1.5 times a year. Cats average less than once a year. And that's especially bad news for cats because they can hide illness or pain, so millions don't see a vet until they're profoundly ill...

Please read the full story at FREEP

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November 06, 2007

Cheetah Orphans

This Sunday, cuddly cubs grow into big cats with an unlikely surrogate mother.

Film Charts Four-Year Emotional Rollercoaster As Acclaimed Filmmaker Raises Cuddly Cubs Into Big Cats, Preparing Them To Return To The Wild

At just four weeks old, cheetah cubs Toki and Sambu were orphaned when a lion killed their mother. Shortly after, Simon King, who has filmed wild cheetahs for 20 years, became their new parent at the 50,000-acre Lewa wildlife conservancy in northern Kenya. From bottle-feeding to teaching them how to hunt as their mother would have, King hand-reared the brothers and became deeply attached to them in the process. Toki and Sambu's life under King's care, by turns idyllic and tragic, and unfolding amid the stunning vistas of the Kenya savannah, is shown when The Cheetah Orphans premieres Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 8 p.m.

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August 28, 2007

A new Idea in Cat Shelters!

Press Release!

Dearborn Animal Shelter Introduces Cat Community Center
With the rising number of
cats being turned into the shelter this summer the Dearborn Animal Shelter
has taken an active role in making sure these cats find a loving home by
starting the Cat Community Center, also known as the Triple C. This program
usually can be found in newly built shelters, but the Friends For the
Dearborn Animal Shelter has taken an innovative approach by renting and
converting a trailer. Renting a trailer was a necessary step since the
current 4,000-square-foot facility cannot accommodate all of the cats
available for adoption.

In this satellite center, up to 15 cats are able to live cage-free while
waiting for a home. The cats can roam and socialize with other felines,
stretch and play, and enjoy the sunshine. This socialization and higher
quality of living greatly improves a cat's adoption rate, especially since
many shelter cats wait up to a year or more to be adopted. The center also
provides a more inviting adoption area for shelter visitors.

The Dearborn Animal Shelter has already seen the success of this program
since it first started in the beginning of this year. To date over 18 cats
have been adopted.

A particularly compelling story involves two cats, Mona and Sissy, who had
been waiting for homes for over 3 years. These two best friends were the
very first felines to take up residence in the Triple C, where their
wonderful personalities were finally able to shine. April Cronin, a teacher
in Dearborn, visited the Triple C and met the delightful duo. They are now
part of her family.

April commented on the impact the Community Cat Center has on cats waiting
to be adopted, "Because of this care, these two loving and trusting cats
made a smooth transition into my home, into my family. Thanks again for two
beautiful cats."

If you would like to learn more about the Community Cat Center or would like
to adopt a cat you can contact the Dearborn Animal Shelter at 313-943-2697
or visit the shelter at 2661 Greenfield in Dearborn.

The mission of the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter is to provide
loving care and sanctuary to animals, encourage adoptions and reunions, and
promote respect, responsibility and compassion for all animals.

Animals are the heart of our mission.

Elaine Greene
Executive Director, Shelter and Animal Services

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August 03, 2007

OMG too cute!!

Cat Month Photo Contest!
Announcing the winners of the second annual Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month Photo Contest!

In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month this June, we put out a call for portraits of the most amazing kitties out there. Our inbox was flooded with entries, leaving our judges with the difficult task of selecting the best of the best. We are proud to salute the winners here.

ok, you know me better not to give you at least a peek... right.
naw, I can't..
well. ok.


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