October 31, 2013

Happy MEOW-lo-ween!

(L to R) Hello Kitty Zoe, Engineer Moosey and Queen Zoe
Happy MEOW-lo-ween from (PAWS graduates) Moosey, Gracie and Zoe, and all of us here at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life!

We hope everybody gets more treats than tricks this Halloween.  And that lots of homeless animals everywhere get the sweetest treat of all ... a forever home of their very own. :)

October 30, 2013

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Kit E

Pretty Kit E's information card does not say so, but she also happens to like human laps.  She's up to date on all her shots, negative for FeLV and FIV, and ready for her very own forever family. :)

October 26, 2013

Some Saturday (& Sunday) Sparkle

This is our adoptable and oh-so-handsome buddy, Sparkle 2.  This mellow, long-haired fellow really enjoys hanging out whenever we visit his room at PAWS.  He's friendly, sweet and good with children, but he asked us to tell you all that HE'S NOT PICKY ... he'd be just as happy in a home that only has grown up humans. :)

Even though Sparkle 2 is on a special diet because of allergies, he's got an otherwise clean bill of health. He's about 8 years old, neutered, and up-to-date on all his vaccinations.  He has also tested negative for FIV and FeLV.  Come meet him and fall in love today. :)

October 23, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - What's Up?

What do you see, sweet and pretty Patches II?

In case you're wondering, Patches II is checking out her brother Rusty on a higher level of the cat tree (before she flipped over, leaped off the tree, and raced top-speed around the room ... ha ha).  This wonderful bonded pair is still waiting for a forever home.  Need a pair of bed warmers? :)

(note: yes, there are TWO cats named "Patches" at PAWS.  Go figure!)

October 20, 2013

Easy Like Sunday - Patches

Here's our friend, Patches, wishing everyone an easy Sunday with a smile. :)

Pretty Patches is still waiting at PAWS for her forever home.  Come meet her today!

October 16, 2013

A Special Message from Angel Sammy :)

Hi everybuddy! It’s ME, Angel Sammy, visiting from Rainbow Bridge with a special and important message!

Did you know that today, October 16th, is National Feral Cat Day?

I happen to know LOTS about ferals, since I used to live in a feral cat colony (before I came to PAWS, where my mom and dad adopterated me from).

National Feral Cat Day was started in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies -- the amazing group dedicated to helping feral and stray cats across the nation. The people at Alley Cat Allies are also experts about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), where cats who live outdoors are humanely trapped and checked out medically, spayed or neutered and given their shots. Some of those cats are found to be friendly (like me!), and are put up for adoption.

Cats who are truly feral and unadoptable are released back into the areas from which they came, or into managed feral cat colonies, 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 cats are less apt to fight, and don't have to deal with stresses like mating, pregnancy, and kittens being born.

I sure hope you liked my message for today!  Please consider helping the feral and strays in your neighborhood.  And tell them your pal Sammy sent you!

Hugs and headbonks,


October 13, 2013

Easy Like Sunday - Sweet Moosey

Here's our own sweet Moosey, enjoying a peaceful, easy Sunday on his favorite ottoman.


Moosey and his new sisters Gracie and Zoe are still getting used to each other, but definite progress is being made.  This week's face-to-face meetings have been going well, aided greatly by yummy chicken and lots of petting and praise. :)


We're featured this week over at the awesome Pet Parade!  Thank you, Rascal and Rocco (and Mom Leah)!  Check out all of the fun here!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

October 12, 2013

Catching up on Awards (Finally!)

We're always incredibly honored whenever our blogging friends give us an award.  Which is why we feel terrible about being so far behind in posting about the ones we've received in 2013.  We're so far behind, in fact, that we've created this collage so that we can express our gratitude to those who were kind enough to bestow us with these awards.

(biggify to better see the awards)

Here are the awards we've received this year, along with a little something about each of our friends who gave them to us (clockwise, from the upper left hand corner):

The Reality Blog Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, both from Oz the Terrier.  Oz is a Cairn terrier from South Florida, who was rescued from a puppy mill. He is a good pal, and a master at crafting limericks.  He was also a finalist for "Funniest Blog" in this year's Petties Awards!

The Illuminating Blogger Award, from Purr-sonally Speaking and The Kitties' Blog.  Purr-sonally Speaking is written by our friends Trixie and Caspurr, a wonderful pair of kitties who live with their mummy in Jerusalem, Israel.  We were also friends with their angel brother and sister, Possum and Pixie.  The Kitties' Blog is about our pals Rudy, Buster and Sam from Ohio.  We first met them through their mom, Cindy, and her beautiful blog called Art, Books, Tea.

The Super Sweet Blogger Award and the Dragon's Loyalty Award, both from the super sweet and loyal Kitties Blue (their terrific blog is called The Cat on My Head).  They live in Roanoke, Virginia, and there are EIGHT of them: Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo!

The Copper Sun Team Readership Award, from both Twinkletoe Tails and Thoughts and Mewsings of the Cat from Hell.  These are two of our bestest blogging buddies.  Twinkletoe Tails is all about the fun adventures Oui Oui, Mica Minnie Moo, Julie and Carl have at their house in Maryland, with occasional appearances by The Girl and The Mom (who we got to meet in person at BlogPaws!).  And beauteous Siamese cat Nellie (aka the Cat from Hell), is a former rescue cat from Canada.  We think she is actually NOT so hellish.  Nellie is always so kind and thoughtful, and we love her, her brother Kozmo and sister Jo-Jo, and their hairy, slobbery (dog) sisters Cinnamon and Bob.  

The Why I Love Thee Award, from Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats.  These kitties - Sunny, Angel Penelope, Gabriel, Lorelei Avalon, Larry, Ana, and Aurora Rose Avalon - live with their Mom and Dad, who have the most beautiful and enchanting garden!  They are wonderful friends who visit our blog often, and always with such kind words.

The Shine On Award, especially for Gracie and Zoe, from their honorary sister Willow at the Cherry City Kitties.  Willow and her brothers Harry, Dexter and Tipp live in Traverse City, Michigan, and are Moosey, Gracie and Zoe's official honorary sister and brothers!  When our Angel Sammy went to the Rainbow Bridge, Harry, Dex and Tipp didn't want Moosey to be lonely, so they asked if they could be his honorary brothers.  And then, their mom and dad adopted Willow, and Gracie and Zoe came to live with us.  So now all the kitties have LOTS of honorary brothers and sisters! Dexter and Willow are also in the Tabby Cat Club with Moosey. :)

Thank you again to our thoughtful friends who gave us these awards.  We are sorry it took us so long to post about them, and hope you will forgive us!

Have a great weekend, everybody. :)

October 9, 2013

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Buddy

Buddy is another of our friends for whom the transition to shelter life has been difficult. But love and kindness are powerful tools, and this mancat is gaining confidence and learning that the PAWS volunteers and staff are A-okay.  He and I had a real nice time hanging out last weekend!

We have no doubt that Buddy would absolutely blossom in a forever home.  This handsome dude is about 9 years old, neutered and up to date on all his vaccinations, and has tested negative for FIV and FeLV.  He'd do best in an adult-only home, and could be perfect for a retiree. :)

October 6, 2013

Easy Like Sunday - Pumpkin

Who's this hiding under this fleece bed?

Look, it's our beautiful friend Pumpkin!

Oh, hello.  May I please go back to my nap now?
Pumpkin is a sweet and gentle ladycat, who is a little bit shy until she gets to know you.  But once she does, you'll have a best pal for life.  She would do well in a quieter home, without other pets or small children.  Pumpkin is about 8 1/2 years old, spayed, and up to date on all her vaccinations, and has tested negative for FIV and FeLV.  Come meet her at PAWS!

Wishing everybody an easy Sunday - just like the one Pumpkin is enjoying. :)

October 4, 2013

FURever Home Friday!

Hip hip hooray!  It's time for another edition of FURever Home Friday!  It's been a while since our last adoption update, and we're happy to report that a whole bunch of PAWS cats have found homes of their very own. :)

Do you remember Mr. Daisy (who looks like a little version of our pal Katie)?

Yes, Mr. Daisy!  You've been gotcha'd!
He's been adopted!

And handsome but shy Quinn found a great foster home, where he'll have a much better chance to blossom and learn to trust humans.

Here's the full list of those who joined the most recent PAWS parade of graduates:

Dalton and So So (together)
Fry and Scruffy (together)
Gracie and Zoe (together, of course)
Jack Sprat
Mimi and Malcolm (together)
Mr. Daisy
Peter Piper
Phoebe, Ross and Joey
Tinker Bell

And just to make extra sure your weekend starts on a high note, here's a "Happy Tail" about one of our favorite PAWS alums...

Jasmine is doing great! I call her Jazz for short, which she responds to quite well.  She lets me pet her all the time and loves coming over and sitting near me while I'm on my couch. She even lets friends pet her after making sure they're okay. Jazz eats all her food and always uses the litter box.

I'm very happy I was able to adopt her! Here's a recent picture of her at my back door, which she loves to sit at, soak in the sun, and watch outside.

Have an awesome weekend, everybody! :)

October 1, 2013

Tabby Tuesday - Molly

Good golly, check out our pretty and adoptable friend, Molly!

Molly is a sweet and talkative lap cat.  And just look at that face - isn't she adorable?

 Molly is about 4 years old.  She's spayed, microchipped, up-to-date on all her vaccinations, and has tested negative for FIV and FeLV.  AND she's ready to meet her new BFF.  Is that you? :)