The Catfe

In Vancouver, there’s a cafe full of cats. Cats everywhere. The “Catfe” is modeled after cat cafes in Taiwan and Asia, part coffee shop and part foster home for cats. You can go there to get coffee and cat treats or pay extra to pet some cats in in the adjourning cat lounge. No more than 16 people are allowed in the cat lounge at one time, so as not to stress out the kitties. They’re doing very well with adoptions, and actually ran out of cats to adopt over the holidays due to their popularity. Within the first ten days of operation, they adopted seven out of their eleven resident cats, and had to temporarily close later due to a cat shortage.

Cats living at Catfe are free to wander around and socialize with people at will, instead of being cooped up in a cage and stared at all day. It’s a safe and comfortable environment for them to live in until they can be adopted, which probably won’t take very long.

The Catfe is a great example of people helping reduce the stray animal population in a creative and fun way. If more people could find creative ways like this it could make a real difference in improving the stray animal improving.

Find more info about the Catfe here.

Sponsor A Cage Program

Buy a man a dog for Christmas, and you give him someone to look after that he’s not prepared for in any way.  Sponsor a cage for them, and you feed a dog and give them a cage for Christmas.  If you have a friend or coworker whose hard to buy for, but is passionate about animals, then this is a better option then randomly getting them a pet without warning.  By sponsoring a cage for your friend, you honor them with a plaque to hang somewhere that states their participation in this activity, and you assist an animal, paying for their cage as a holiday gift.   For $25 dollars a month or $250 a year, you too can pay for an animal’s cage and care over Christmas. I highly recommend this, it sounds like a great organization and it would be a fantastic present for anyone who cares about animals.

(http://www.animalwelfareleague.com/sponsor-a-cage-program/)

The Beagle Freedom Project

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For chemical testing on animals Beagles are a popular breed. They are docile, trusting, smart and they adapt well to life in confinement. Everything from cosmetics to medicine are tested on them. When testing is through, these animals were often put down, until several years ago. In 2007 the Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) was founded. This organization is dedicated to the liberation of our canine friends. The rescued Beagles now get a chance to be adopted out to suitable homes after testing, but not without challenges.

The dogs usually come from breeders that specifically work to sell their dogs to laboratories and universities. The go strait from breeders to captivity, so they have not experienced life outside a lab. Grass, sunlight, and affection are all unknown and often frightening things.  Life outside a lab is a maze to navigate. They are often debarked and  have phobias from years of confinement.  They may also have damaged paws from their uncomfortable stay in wire cages. If you choose to adopt one of these adorable dogs their medical history will not be shared nor will you know what was tested on them. Despite the obstacles you may face these dogs still need a home and a patient and loving guardian to help them transition into regular life.

“With time, patience, play, companionship, love – and most of all, freedom – these dogs will learn how to become dogs, and their transformation will be amazing.” – (http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org/about)

Canine Cellmates

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Canine Cellmates is a program in Atlanta that saves cellmates in both prisons and animal shelters.  Dogs on the euthanasia list in local animal shelters are pulled out and brought to the Atlanta Fulton County Jail, where they are paired with inmates in a service dog training program.  With training scheduled every day, the dogs have helped some of the inmates get their lives back.  The dogs have helped the inmates find their ambitions and goals for other things besides crime.

The program Canine Cellmates seek to provide viable job skills through dog training for when the inmates get out of prison and need to function in society.  The dogs rescued from shelters receive the training and enable them to find forever homes.  When not in training session, the inmates get to spend time with and bond with their respective dogs.  With the dogs, the inmates learn “responsibility by caring for a living being, accountability in working towards a goal, experiencing the joy of unconditional love, gaining confidence in working toward a positive outcome and skills that will allow them to become law abiding, productive members of society (quote from the site).”  So yeah, this be important.

Friday Friend (once again on a Sunday)

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This is Olive.  She’s an 11 month old, female Shih Tzu, and she’s looking for a forever home.

Shih Tzus are good family and lap dogs, being both mellow and energetic at the same time.  They are good with children, but stubborn, and can’t tolerate high temperatures.  The little dogs are less noisy and demanding than other breeds, and don’t require an insane amount of exercise.

To learn more about Olive, go here.

Dog-A-Thon

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There are more people then me who care about our furry friends. Several of my classmates are doing Culminating projects that, like mine, involve domesticated animals and the problems surrounding them.  Two of my classmates, Ella and Luna, are partners in their CP, in which they plan to hold an appropriately named “Dog-A-Thon.” Their main project is to raise awareness about the animals being killed in shelters, and are working with the animal shelter known as Save-A-Pet.  To assist with their awareness raising of no-kill shelters, they are hosting a 5-k run in the Prairie Crossing neighborhood in Grayslake, Illinois.  They are collecting donations for Save-A-Pet, including but not limited to: cat/dog food and treats, leashes and collars, sponges, and paper plates and towels.  Why they need paper plates, I do not know, but it’s on the list.  Bring your dogs, children, weird uncles, cool hats; they need all the support they can get.  Refreshments will be served, and at least one donation is required. Please email cpellaandluna@gmail.com for more information.

Friday Friend

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This is Romeo.  He’s a 7 month old Guinea pigs, and he’s looking for his Juliet.  Or a forever home, that works too.  Just a reminder, putting Romeo with his Juliet is a bad idea, unless you intended to have 57 Shakespeare-themed Guinea pigs.

Want to learn more about Romeo? go here.