December 31, 2010
For all you PAWS cats who haven't yet "graduated," don't worry! We're confident the coming year will bring with it some great opportunities for us to help you find your forever families. Until you do, all of the volunteers and staff will give you as much love and attention as we can. :)
And finally, to you, all of our friends and blog followers ... thank you, and Happy New Year. :)
December 24, 2010
While Moosey waits for Santa, all of us here at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life wish you the merriest of Christmases, and a blessed new year. We'll be taking a break from blogging for the next few days, but want to thank you all for your continued support and friendship!
Kevin, Tracey, Sammy, Moosey, Maggie and all the PAWS cats :)
December 22, 2010
December 17, 2010
Also going to their forever homes were Biscuit; Blackberry and Rasberry; Della; Emerald; Hallie, Hank and Hammie; Henrietta; Kelsey; Kokie; Loretta; Marley; Mickey; Muffin; Opie and Essie; Pancake; Panini; and Sparrow.
We also heard from the family who adopted Sheila the TV-loving cat, who said: “Sheila is adjusting to her new home nicely … her new name is Sophie Sheila … and she loves gazing out windows and hanging out with her new owners.” Our guess is that she thinks watching birds and squirrels through the window is way better than anything on TV. :)
December 9, 2010
December 1, 2010
November 25, 2010
...we have so much to be grateful for. Thank you to all who adopt shelter animals and/or take in stray pets ... you recognize just how special these wonderful creatures are, and you've opened up your loving homes to them. You are saving lives, and for that we are eternally grateful. Thank you also to those kind souls who help shelter animals, serve as fosters, care for feral cats, and/or participate in trap-neuter-return programs.
We're also thankful for the many friends we've made through our blog. Thank you for sharing your lives with us, and for sharing in our joys (and in our tears when stories didn't have the happy endings for which we had hoped). Your wonderful words and support are often sources of strength and encouragement in both good and bad times.
There are, of course, many other things in our lives for which we are grateful. But because we love animals so much, the things above are high on our list. Thank you all again, and for those who celebrate Thanksgiving ... ENJOY!
-- Tracey, Kevin, Sammy, Moosey and Maggie :)
November 17, 2010
November 9, 2010
Before they came to PAWS, Buddy and Bebe lived their entire lives with one owner, who sadly, could no longer keep them. While they are not particularly bonded to one another, they do get along well. And they do make a nice couple, don't you think? ;)
As for that interview we mentioned in the title...
Today, our awesome friends Oskar and Pam over at the fantastic Pet Blogs United (PBU) have made us the subject of their first ever "Talkie Tuesday" interview! Please be sure to check it out, especially if you ever wanted to know a little more about us at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life (and about PAWS, the animal shelter at which we volunteer).
November 3, 2010
October 27, 2010
October 22, 2010
Other adoptions we're happy to share: Butch, Carmella, Claudia (one of our longtimers), Hobbs, Justin, Mia, Pecan, and brothers Ralph and Richie (together).
We thank you so much, kitties, for enriching our lives. We wish you long, happy, and healthy lives with the wonderful families who took you in.
We love you all!
Tracey & Kevin
October 16, 2010
Truly feral kitties who've done all that v-e-t stuff are released back into the areas they came from, and nice humans feed them every day and take care of any who are sick or get hurt. And because they are spayed and neutered, the feral cats don't have to deal with stuff like mating and pregnancy, and no new kittens are born.
If you'd like to learn more about National Feral Cat Day, Alley Cat Allies, and/or how you can help feral cats, please click HERE.
Thanks for reading my post!
Sammy the Cat :)
October 12, 2010
October 6, 2010
October 2, 2010
October 1, 2010
Exciting news! After being at PAWS for more than a year, our buddy Tally has landed himself a PURRfect forever home. We'll miss this handsome and gentle cow cat with a penchant for chasing sun spots and laser lights, but we're over the moon that he finally has a home and a person to call his very own. ConCATulations, Tally. We love you! :)
September 24, 2010
Hi! My name is Noelle, but I'm also known by my friends as "Meow Meow." Let me tell you ... I sure am happy to be an indoor cat. I've been outside, and it's very scary! My PAWS volunteer friends Tracey and Kevin (who also happen to write this blog) found me wandering around by myself in the woods back in July -- during the middle of the hottest week of the year. I could tell they were cat lovers right away, and was so relieved and happy when they stopped to pet and talk to me. I even climbed in their laps when they sat on the ground!
The people at PAWS had me checked out by a V-E-T, and it was a really good thing my friends found me, because I had a leg wound that needed to be treated AND an upper respiratory infection. I'm all better now, living at PAWS and waiting to find a purrfect forever home. I'm a young (about one year old), sweet and playful ladycat. I am spayed and am up to date on all my vaccinations. I hope I'm adopted real soon ... hey, maybe YOU can adopt me ... but until then, am living in one of the open cat rooms at PAWS.
Love and Purrs,
Noelle aka Meow Meow
September 15, 2010
September 9, 2010
The adoptions include five kitties we've covered previously on our blog: Babe (pictured above), Chyna, Oliver, Pip and Shaq. Also joining the ranks of official PAWS alumni are: Alexa, Almond, Cap'n Crunch, Cashew, Chester, Cutie Pie & Faith, Earl the Girl, Flower, Graham, Hank (to foster), Itchy & Scratchy, Jax, Jellybean (to live with Frenchie!), Kix & Trix, Ladybug, Lapis, Layla, Leif, Lolita, Ludwig (to foster), Macaroni, Magenta & Joon, Maya & Savannah, Mr. Friendly, Mr. Meow, Petal, Pisces, Polly, Queen Bee & her daughter, Quinn, Sweet Pea & Pesto, Tigor, and Tikka & Charlie.
As for the follow-up notes, here are a couple that we hope make you smile as much as they did us...
"Prince is doing well. He and I were MADE for each other. He is SUCH a lovey-bear! He now sleeps with me every night and lays on the foot of my recliner sometimes (especially if I am not feeling well). He likes to wake me up very early on weekend mornings to feed him by sneaking up next to my face and touching his little nose to mine and purring so loud you'd think a Harley Davidson was in my bedroom ... it's just too cute! He loves tummy-rubs and ear-scritching and if he had his way I would do it 24/7. When I talk to him ... he totally understands what I’m saying and acts on it. He greets me with much kitty-chatter when I come home at night and at bedtime! I just adore him!”
"Sherwood (who is now named Massimo) is doing great and has fully acclimated into our family. My older cat Bella has finally accepted him. It took close to 6 months, but it looks like we are there. They are now feeding together, and just the other day, Massimo had finished eating and as he turned the corner to leave the room he was face to face with Bella. They stopped and looked at each other. He then proceeded to lick her neck/chest area and nuzzled his head into her neck. It was the first time I witnessed a display of affection between them and frankly cutest thing I've ever seen them do! He's great with our kids - still a little skittish as they are a little loud for his taste and he keeps a low profile when we have guests (especially children). He kills all of the bugs too! He loves to get groomed and have his nails trimmed. Thanks again for helping us pick out and rescue the perfect addition to our family! We could not be happier. He truly is a gentle giant!"
Have a great day, everyone! :)
August 31, 2010
PAWS has a number of unique fundraising events throughout the year, and on September 19th will hold its 3rd annual "Bark in the Park" fundraiser, at beautiful Cranbury Park in Norwalk, CT. You can check out details about the event here.
Have an adorable picture of one of your pooches? Think it's worthy of an award? Then submit your photo in the PAWS Photo Contest! Submit a photo for a chance to win at a cool prize AND have your dog appear as the PAWS Facebook Fan Page Photo for 2 weeks! The winner will be announced at the Bark in the Park event. Click Here for full contest details & entry form! Deadline for entries is Sept. 10, 2010.
August 25, 2010
August 20, 2010
Maggie seems to be doing well, and her appetite steadily improved over the weekend -- even after we weaned her off the appetite stimulant. She still isn’t eating with the same gusto as before, but she IS cleaning her bowl pretty well. Oh, and she hasn’t thrown up, and she’s going to the bathroom regularly (knock on wood).
For the most part, she’s been acting normally, though she seems to lack some of her normal feistiness. When she is feeling up to it, we’ll have some good old-fashioned playtime. In the meantime, however, our girl has been enjoying lots of petting, brushing and snuggling.
We will be speaking to the V-E-T today to find out what our next steps are. FYI -- they seem to think this was NOT related to Maggie’s hyperthyroid meds, but we are a little nervous since she got sick so soon after she started taking them. We’ll be sure to ask again when we speak to the V-E-T.
All in all, things are looking really good. Thank you all for your purrs and prayers, and for your continued friendship!
Kevin, Tracey, Sammy, Moosey and Maggie
*** UPDATE 08/23/10 @ 10:06PM ***
Maggie is laying here next to me, purring and looking sweet as I type this update. I spoke this afternoon with the V-E-T, who was pleased to hear that our good girl is recovering nicely. She continues to eat well, and we are starting to see flashes of her normal behavior. Once she’s pretty much back to normal, the V-E-T says we’ll try her on the Methimazole (for hyperthyroidism) again, but that we will take it slow – and at a smaller dose. As we said before, they do not think this was Methimazole-related, but they would rather err on the side of caution. And for that, we are glad! :)
Thanks, purrs and nosetaps to you all,
Maggie and her family
August 18, 2010
Thank you all for your positive thoughts, purrs and prayers ... please keep them coming. Your friendship and messages are great sources of encouragement and comfort to us, and we are truly grateful. :)
This morning, we received an encouraging update from the vet, who said that Maggie did fine with the IV drip … did not throw up all day yesterday or overnight … ate (a little) wet food … pooped and peed ... and does NOT have any obstructions in her digestive tract. Her test results are showing mostly good things … no parasites in her stool sample, liver values are okay, and she is negative for pancreatitis. Her CBC *does* show some mild changes, and according to the vet, this is where they sometimes see problems from thyroid meds (Maggie recently started taking methimazole for hyperthyroidism). The vet will be speaking with a consultant today about this. And if Maggie’s eating does not improve, the vet is going to give her an intravenous Valium, which should help her appetite.
We will get another update later today, and are hopeful that we can bring her home. We will keep you posted with any updates. Thanks again. :)
*** UPDATE 08/19/10 @ 9:51 PM ***
Please keep purring and praying. The vet felt it was best if Maggie remained there for at least one more night. At this point, the biggest concern is that she still isn’t showing a lot of interest in food. Not even when her mom (Tracey) showed up after work with some tuna and chicken! They’ve given her another appetite stimulant, and the hope is that she’ll eat overnight, when the hustle and bustle of the vet hospital has subsided for the day. We certainly hope she gets her appetite back soon, because not eating can lead to a whole lot of other secondary health issues. And there is even talk of a temporary feeding tube if this continues ... we don’t want that to happen. What we DO want is to have Maggie all better and back at home where she belongs. We miss her dearly.
Thank you, everyone.
Kevin and Tracey, and Maggie’s brofurs Sammy and Moosey
August 13, 2010
August 4, 2010
Sheila is another cat who has come out of her shell with the love and care she's received from the volunteers and staff at PAWS. She's even learned that it's possible for multiple kitties to live together in relative harmony in one of the shelter's "open" rooms. Throughout it all, one thing's been clear ... this girl lives for watching (and interacting with the) TV. And as seen in the her screen capture (below, right), she isn't afraid to take on a bird that appears to be bigger than her!
Sasha and Reeses: TV-watching is just one of the things these relative newcomers enjoy. Besides stalking birds and squirrels on the television screen, they also show great affinity for their volunteer friends offering pets, laps, belly rubs and toys.
ConCATulations, Sheila! And kudos to the other finalists, too. You are ALL stars to us, and we're working hard to find your PURRfect forever homes (with televisions, of course!). :)
July 29, 2010
July 21, 2010
July 9, 2010
June 30, 2010
Thank you to our blogging friends, blog followers, family and friends who so faithfully voted for this spicy senior. We were very moved by your willingness to vote daily, and to help get the word out. Pepper's victory wouldn't have been possible without you.
We hope her win will bring her more attention from potential adopters (and hopefully a forever home).
In case you're wondering, Queen Pepper is handling her new status as a world-famous cat with great aplomb. We asked her how she can be so cool about all of this, and her reply was something to the effect of, "...well, I've always KNOWN I was the Queen."
PAWS will also be receiving 20 cool “Hide, Perch & Go” boxes, which are designed to give cats control over their environment, reduce stress and help them adapt to their new surroundings, and a five-tier cat tower donated by Kuranda USA.
Thanks again for your friendship and support. We appreciate you! :)
- Tracey (aka "PAWSVolunteer"), Kevin (aka "meowmeowmans"), and all the kitties of PAWS