As a pet owner I know that I would be concerned about my pet’s welfare if I lost everything, pets are family, and a great comfort. This timely NPR story describes the physical and emotional benefits of simply interacting with an animal. Keeping a pet with you during a relatively minor life upheaval can be very challenging so I can’t imagine what it must be like for those who are suddenly without everything, except their pets. In an effort to help survivors of Friday’s tornado’s care for their best friends Spay and Neuter Indians Pets, SNIP, and Pet Supples Plus have partnered to collect donations of pet supplies that SNIP will deliver as needed.
They are asking that you makes purchases of items such as pet food, leashes/collars, litter/boxes etc. at Pet Supplies Plus and leave at any of the four stores in the boxes marked SNIP Tornado Relief or you can stop by the SNIP van in front of the Greenwood PSP store on Sat 3/10/12 from 12:30 to 2:30 with “gently used” items. If you can’t make it to the store and have gently used items or want to make a cash donation for us to purchase items at PSP you can contact SNIP firstname.lastname@example.org
SNIP is a non profit organization that provides “High Quality – Low Cost” spay and neuter services by partnering with local vets who share their passion for saving lives. 100% of funds go directly to help the animals, in this case it is the victims of the tornados. Your donation will go just a far year round with SNIP though because 100% of your donation goes to our spay neuter services–none goes to fundraising, office expenses or employees as they have no employees! They are an all volunteer group, working locally in their communities, grassroots spay neuter initiatives.
SNIP is an IRS 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, your donation is deductible.
Anything you can do to increase donations is appreciated and I’ll do whatever I can to help get donations to SNIP.
I was happy as an only cat for years. I had my mom to myself and when she could tear herself away from me and I was provided with, Amy a pretty good substitute servant. I like her because she appreciates my need for treats and a lap. Then the unthinkable happened. Bella, another cat (and her human-training them is so hard) moved in. We disliked each other immediately. It was MY house, she did not belong and I made that clear, but my efforts were in vain, she’s still here.
“I like it here, except for Mary.”
Moving is very stressful for me but once we settled into our new home I made myself comfortable and began a campaign to rid myself of Mary. I thought this would be simple, she’s kind of soft, always playing sweet to the humans, never putting them in their place. Humans require intensive training and follow up sessions on a regular basis to remind them who is in charge. This includes but is not limited to swatting and hissing in the middle of a required adoration session to keep them on their toes. This is sometimes followed up by allowing more affection immediately or simply walking away. You have to keep them guessing. The same tactics, modified to terrorize a cat, were be employed for my Rid the House of Mary Campaign”. Thus far this has only resulted in much hissing and growling the humans discourage for some reason.
Mary and Bella:
This battle for dominence continued until the most unthinkable thing in the world happened:
“My name’s Millie and I love my new home.”
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Our out and out war had to be altered to a cold war, allowing us to join forces occasionally in a covert operation to rid our home of this vile creature. We have tried everything from blaming any and every thing the humans dislike on the dog, ignoring the humans as punishment and attacks on the enemy. Alas, we are still at war but considering that cat’s are far superior to dogs, we will eventually prevail.
Until we do we now look forward to our humans leaving because the dog leaves too. Training Amy the substitute is an ongoing process but she’s preferable to the dog.
Miss Amy (as we have been taught to call her) has been our dog walker for several years. She isn’t all bad. We, of course, prefer our humans but considering the options; no walk or a walk with Amy, we will choose walking any time. She usually goes plenty fast except in the snow, she’s sort of slow for some reason.
Molly has her say: I am not crazy about new people, it’s not that I am scared, it’s just that strange people should be considered very carefully for many reasons. When my mom rescued me I was scared but I was young then, I have matured quite a bit. Miss Amy was a suspicious character at first but I couldn’t resist pets when she sat on the couch giving them to Gunner and not me. All he really cares about is treats anyway. She takes us on nice walks, I don’t really care to walk away from home, what if it’s not there when I get back? I do enjoy when we turn towards home though. My nice warm bed, that the humans insist on invading, is there waiting for me.
Molly waiting for her humans.
Gunner’s Perspective: Miss Amy was my dog walker long before I allowed Molly to join the household. I did all of the training, of both Molly and Miss Amy. I wait at the window when I hear her car but sometimes she’s tricky and shows up in the wrong car. This necessitates the defense of the house becoming the priority until she is identified. She gives me treats but not nearly enough. I don’t know what our humans have told her but I do need lots of treats, protecting the house is a job that takes a lot of energy and it deserves a lot of rewards. I even protect the cats, though I can’t see their usefulness to the household defenses.
Gunner with Jojo the cat
All in all we report that Miss Amy is better then nothing. Our humans seem to like her fine so that says something even though all humans are sorely lacking in judgement when it comes to visitors. You should smell some of their guests…..