Help Feral Cats during Animal Rights Awareness Week

Posted by SusanStokes on June 17, 2012

Resources available in New Jersey to benefit feral cats...

Today marks the start of Animal Rights Awareness Week, June 17-23.  As the welfare of feral cats issue is close to my heart, I thought I would point out some local resources to help these special cats in need of support.

It’s National Hug Your Cat Day, again

Posted by SusanStokes on June 4, 2012

Cats get a double shot of hugs this year....

What I like about “National Hug Your Cat Day” is that we get to celebrate it not once, but twice this year.  Maybe that’s a good thing.  Maybe we should celebrate more holidays twice a year. There are proven health benefits to hugging your cat, so a double-dose of hugs may be just what we need to keep healthy and stay in shape.  Here’s why:

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It’s National Hug Your Cat Day, or is it?

Posted by SusanStokes on May 30, 2012

Did you hug your cat today?

There seems to be more and more holidays to celebrate with regard to our pets, and “National Hug Your Cat Day” is one of my favorites, of course.  I originally found it noted on May 30, but there seems to be a conflict on other calendars, and it is scheduled again for June 4.  So why not celebrate more than once?

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Happy Birthday Gemini and Taurus!

Posted by SusanStokes on April 25, 2012

Calculating Cat age into Human age…

Happy Birthday Gemini and Taurus!  Although I don’t know the exact day the kittens were born (being feral and all), I always mark their birthdays each year sometime around April 20 since I do know they were born approximately the same week of the passing of my previous cat, Kitty.  It’s hard for me to believe that this year they turn seven.  So just how old is this in human years?

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Celebrating Earth Day with our Pets

Posted by SusanStokes on April 22, 2012

Vote for Max A Pooch, The Recycled Dog Who Recycles

The first Earth Day celebration took place in 1970 by channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center, according to the Earth Day Network. Now, forty-two years later, Earth Day continues to raise awareness with regard to environmental concerns and “green” living.  How do our pets factor into this movement?

Easter Bunny Caution

Posted by SusanStokes on April 6, 2012

The gift of a pet rabbit for Easter is not a wise decision.

With the Easter holiday upon us, the idea of cute bunnies and chicks as “Easter presents” is quite appealing so some.  However, giving these animals as gifts can be deadly to the animals.  Here is why:

Happy National Puppy Day

Posted by SusanStokes on March 22, 2012

It’s time to celebrate National Puppy Day, March 23

With our calendars already full of legal holidays and personal celebrations, what makes National Puppy Day on March 23rd so special?  And what has turned it into an annual event for the past seven years?

St. Patrick’s Day Parades Showcase Rescue Dogs

Posted by SusanStokes on March 14, 2012

Find a new “Furever” Friend at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Looking for a new “furever” friend?  Maybe you will find the dog of your dreams at one of New Jersey’s St. Patrick’s Day Parades.  According to a recent article published by, New Jersey has organized more St. Patrick’s Day parades than any other state. The parades are a “purrfect” opportunity for Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups to showcase their adoptable dogs.

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Westminster Kennel Club: Rescue Friend or Foe?

Posted by SusanStokes on February 27, 2012

WKC drops Pedigree shelter advertisements

I was lucky enough this year to be able to attend the 136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) Dog Show in Madison Square Garden on February 14.  It was a great experience, but as many of us know, in the animal rescue world there is a lot of controversy about this event and the motivations of the WKC since they dropped Pedigree as their main advertiser.  It was a change that made me wonder:  Is the WKC a rescue friend or foe?

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Family Fun at the Super Pet Expo

Posted by SusanStokes on February 16, 2012

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Reptiles…oh my!

The Super Pet Expo in Edison, New Jersey, February 10-12 far exceeded my expectations.  There were many more types of pets to see than dogs and cats.  There were birds, fish, reptiles, ferrets...a whole community of pet owners and their pets came together for this event.  The truly great thing about the Super Pet Expo was the number of rescue groups that were exhibiting.  Many brought their adoptable pets that were ready for new homes.