March 6, 2015

BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards Finalists! :)

It's true, Moosey! The finalists for the BlogPaws 2015 Nose-to-Nose Awards were announced on Wednesday night, and Animal Shelter Volunteer Life has been named one of the “final four” in the "Best Cause Blog" category!

For the uninitiated, the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards are the only pet industry awards wherein pet bloggers and micro-bloggers are judged on the expertise, performance, and creativity of the entry. Each category is judged by a distinguished panel of professionals (not by popular vote), and this year, the 48 finalists in 12 categories were chosen from more than 1,000 entries. Winners will be revealed in an exclusive red-carpet ceremony at BlogPaws Annual Conference, taking place in May, in Nashville, Tennessee.

What an honor (and shock) to be included among so many incredible bloggers we deeply respect and admire (and many of whom are good friends). Thank you to those who nominated us, to the judging panel, and to BlogPaws. And HUGE thanks to all of YOU, for sharing in our lives, for being our friends and for believing in us!

Congratulations to all of the finalists, including our fellow Best Cause Blog category finalists:

Deaf Dogs Rock
Conservation Cub Club
Shelter Cats *

* Amazingly, Shelter Cats is the awesome blog of our friend and fellow shelter volunteer, Maggie! Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined that two of the four “Best Cause Blog” finalists would be about the wonderful adoptable PAWS cats.

For the full list of finalists in all 12 categories, click here.

March 2, 2015

Dr. Seuss Day 2015!

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Today is Dr. Seuss Day, and fans around the world are celebrating the birthday of this famous author and illustrator who touched the lives of so many.  As is the case every year, many members of the pet blogging community are joining in the fun by taking part in the "Dr. Seuss Day Challenge."  As you can see, Moosey, Gracie and Zoe have dressed up for the celebration...

And here's one of our favorite Dr. Seuss quotes, which talks about how caring deeply is the first step towards making a difference in the world around us.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

March 1, 2015

Easy Like Selfie Sunday

At the shelter, Sundays are an opportunity to do a little relaxamicating in preparation for the long week ahead.  Leading this week's snoozefest is Sparky, who's caught himself a glorious sunpuddle...

Here are (top to bottom) Daphne, Hoppity and Patch, going vertical with their Zs...

And Julia and Chip, demonstrating the bunk bed approach to napping...

Of course, Sundays are also a great day for sharing selfies.  We're participating in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, sponsored by our pals at The Cat on My Head. Mom Janet and the Kitties Blue sponsor PAWS resident Swizzle every month, and lo and behold ... here's a Swizzle selfie!

And one from smart and silly housepanther Elmer...

All of the adorable cats shown above are available for adoption at PAWS of Norwalk, CT. Come and meet them (and all of their friends) today!

February 24, 2015

Tuxedo Tuesday - Opt to Adopt Sadie

Our gentle tuxedo friend Sadie is an honest-to-goodness lapcat, who enjoys snuggling with the shelter staff and volunteers (and we all love to indulge her!).  But as much as she likes all of us, what Sadie would love most would be to find a nice, quiet home with a family of her very own.

This pretty ladycat is about 11.5 years old, spayed, microchipped, and current on all of her vaccinations. She gets along with some other cats, and has tested negative for FIV and FeLV. Sadie is on a special diet because she has some skin allergies, but if you're okay with that, so is she.  She's waiting patiently at PAWS of Norwalk, CT. Come meet Sadie today! :) 

February 20, 2015

FURever Home Friday! :)

With Old Man Winter hanging around like a dinner guest who has overstayed his welcome, we thought this would be the perfect time to share some heartwarming (emphasis on WARM) news with you all. What better way to get all warm and fuzzy than by celebrating the most recent PAWS adoptions? So let's get on with the show! :)

Do you remember Buster, the gentle 14 year old ginger mancat loved so very much by all of the shelter volunteers?

 He found his very own happily ever after!

And what about senior Max, the water-loving kitty who had been waiting for years to be adopted?

He found his forever home, too!

And beautiful Lt. Uhura, Brian and Roger, and Gem?

 You guessed it ... their forever families finally found them as well. :)

Here's the full list of recent PAWS cat graduates (in alphabetical order):
Brian and Roger (together)
Butternut and Squash (together)
Ella and Rob Roy (together)
Elphaba and Boq (together)
Jingles and Sheeba (together)
Lt. Uhura
Pip (from foster)
Finally, here are three quick adoption updates to further warm your heart...

If the kitty in this picture looks familiar, it's because it's Max (see above), in his new home! On his first full day of his happily ever after, his new mommy sent this picture, and wrote: "Just wanted to send this pic of Max. He was less than pleased with me yesterday afternoon and evening but today we are buddies. :)" (Ed. note: Oh, he DOES look happy, doesn't he? Way to go, Maxie!)

From Nala's (formerly Bellini) family: "I just wanted to send you some pictures of Bellini aka Nala. She's an absolute sweetheart and her homecoming has been a major success! Thanks again for all your help in making this happen." (Ed. note: So cute! There's a whole lot of love going on in that picture!)

And this from Molly's Mommy: "I know I am probably sending too many pics, but I thought that this was too cute not to share... up on her hind legs, begging for the very last bit of cereal milk (I don't give her but a lick of the empty bowl--I know she shouldn't have too much milk). She has settled into our family so nicely. We love her!" (Note to Mom Carey: You could never ever send too many pictures of Miss Molly! :) )

Hugs and headbonks, and wishes for a warm and happy weekend!

February 18, 2015

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Shadow :)

Do you remember when we featured handsome Sparky a couple of weeks ago?  Do you also recall that we said he has an equally handsome brother named Shadow?

Well ... here's Shadow! :)

As previously mentioned, these sweet and gentle brothers must be adopted together. They're neutered, microchipped and up to date on all of their vaccinations. They've also tested negative for FIV and FeLV.

Won't you please help Sparky and Shadow find their very own happily (together) ever after?

February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day! :)

Can you feel the love?

'Cause we're sending it -- as well as a big dose of hugs and headbonks -- to friends and family near and far, and everywhere in between. :)

Happy Valentine's Day, everybody!

Moosey, Gracie, Zoe, Mom Tracey and Dad Kevin (meowmeowmans)

February 11, 2015

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Creamsicle

Oh hi, everybuddy!  My name is Creamsicle, and I'm one of the awesome adoptable cats waiting at the shelter to find my forever home.

I like hanging out with my human friends, but my most favorite thing to do is play!

Handsome Creamsicle would like to be your one and only pet.  He's not exactly a lap cat, but he really DOES enjoy the company of the PAWS volunteers. And he's got one of the loudest purrs we've ever heard! You can read more about Creamsicle here.  And you can meet him at PAWS!

February 8, 2015

Easy Like Sisters Selfie Sunday

We're participating in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by our most wonderful pals at The Cat on My Head. And here are our very own sweet and beautiful housepanther sisters, Gracie and Zoe, leading the way!

First off is Gracie, with an "Easy Profile, with a Paw Curl" selfie... 

And here's Zoe, demonstrating her mastery of the "Bunny Paw" easy Sunday Selfie technique... 

Be sure to check out all of the other Sunday Selfies Blog Hop participants here! Happy Sunday, everybody! :)

February 4, 2015

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Sparky

Here's handsome and adoptable Sparky, sitting in front of a sign to which we can definitely relate. MOL!

This sweet and gentle boy must be adopted with his equally handsome and sweet brother, Shadow. Won't you give Sparky and Shadow the forever home they want and deserve?