Book review: Taming Me, Memoir of a Clever Island Cat

Posted by SusanStokes on October 6, 2017

If you have an interest in feral cats, trap-neuter-return, or animal rescue efforts and cats in general, you should like this book. It’s a novel about Lucy Miracle, a feral kitten rescued by a caring person on a private island in the Bahamas called Cat Cay. The story is told in Lucy’s own words from her own point of view.

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Houston SPCA reunites pets with owners in Hurricane Harvey aftermath

Posted by SusanStokes on September 25, 2017

According to the Houston SPCA’s latest press release, the organization has rescued more 1,200 companion animals, horses and farm animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They are pleased to announce that over 200 animals have been reunited with their owners to date while more reunions are expected in the near future.

Pet sitting service teaches concept of pet adoption at 4-H Fair

Posted by SusanStokes on August 15, 2017

When it comes to creativity, Lorrain Zdeb, owner of Love Your Pet, LLC pet sitting services, stands out from the crowd. Her table at the recent Somerset County 4-H Fair in Bridgewater, N.J., was teeming with visitors as folks stopped by to share their own personal love for their pet and win a prize just by doing so.

LuLaRoe Fundraiser to Benefit a Service Dog for TBI Survivor

Posted by SusanStokes on August 8, 2017

It's International Assistance Dog Week, and the perfect time for a LuLaRoe Fundraiser launch to help raise funds for the service dog training of Gracie. We've been working at funding this cause for months, and we are so thankful that folks continue to step up and offer their assistance in seeing this through.  What is LuLaRoe you ask?

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Seventh Annual New Jersey Week for the Animals

Posted by SusanStokes on July 22, 2017

The 7th Annual New Jersey Week for the Animals is upon us! This week of celebration July 22 through July 30, 2017 is the time for animal advocates in New Jersey to make their voices heard through special promotion by Animal World USA.  If you want to raise awareness for your animal rescue efforts, pet adoptions, wildlife advocacy, or humane education contribution, you can have your event listed on the special New Jersey Week for the Animals Calendar of Events.

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Canada Geese family time on Father’s Day

Posted by SusanStokes on June 19, 2017

It is Father’s Day, and I thought I would share some Canada Geese details since I have some geese families living nearby that I am able to observe. Geese are also very faithful to the area where they're hatched and reared and many exist here in areas of New Jersey year-round because they have established their home.

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What you should know about leptospirosis

Posted by SusanStokes on June 1, 2017

Leptospirosis is bacterial infection that can be life threatening for dogs and can cause severe illness in humans. It can be found throughout most of the United States with the exception of desert areas because it is most prevalent in warm, wet, and humid climates.

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Looking for a children’s book with an animal twist? Sweet Pomchu is an engaging children's story where the author, Cristina De Paula, introduces the reader to a young girl named Paula who goes to New York City and befriends a cat named Pomchu. This story unravels a tale of friendship and care.

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A few years ago I had the opportunity to watch an animal acupuncture presentation at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. The “Canine Acupuncture” demonstration was presented by Shari Silverman, VMD. For those who had never seen this form of pain management process up close, it was an informative and inspiring experience.

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Celebrate National Puppy Day - Adopt, Don't Shop!

Posted by SusanStokes on March 20, 2017

National Puppy Day is March 23 – a day meant to educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills and encourage folks to adopt abandoned puppies from shelters and rescue groupsNational Puppy Day was founded by Colleen Paige, pet lifestyle expert, back in 2006 and has gained in popularity ever since. This year I want to introduce you to my friend, Mary Nielsen, founder of who has some important tips to share about National Puppy Day and the importance of adopting your new best friend.