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Kittens at the shelter (video)

 

I went over to the shelter this morning to learn how to take photos of the cats so that I can hopefully lend a hand once in a while. I say “hopefully” because if I’ve learned anything, it’s that I’m often more of a hinderance than a help to the folks at RAS. Thank goodness everyone is so patient with me.

I think I got the computer stuff down OK; I took good notes. But as for the photos? All I can say is that it’s going to take me a while to figure out how to open a cat cage, get the cat to sit still, then take a photo and not have anyone escape.

I opened one cage and while I was trying to snap a photo of one kitten, it’s companion leapt over my head out of the cage and onto my back. Across the aisle in another cage, a kitten reached out and batted all of the paperwork out of the holders and onto the floor.

These two kittens in this video cracked me up. The black kitty is high on catnip, I think, because he was going nonstop the whole time I was there. He’d reach out with both paws and grab anything that went in front of the cage – people, paper, you name it. If he could have squeezed his head through the bars he would have been out. Both kittens are just a few weeks old.

The white kitten seems so mild mannered, but watch what happens when he catches sight of the black kitten’s tail. It’s almost like he doesn’t know it’s connected to the kitten that was just all over him. He reached out. And then whomp! Wrestling match.

I wish we could set up a kitty cam, because it’s hilarious watching the kittens.

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Nevada Humane Society “Adoption Dance” video celebrates a dog’s new home

Picking up on the YouTube phenomenon “JK Wedding Dance” video, the folks at the Nevada Humane Society have created their own dance – celebrating dog adoption!

The Nevada Humane Society is a no-kill shelter with programs “designed to address the needs of all animals — and to provide support, education, and assistance for all the people that care about them.”

You can learn more on the website for the Nevada Humane Society.

And if you’re looking for a pet in Rochester, why not visit Rochester Animal Services, the shelter for the City of Rochester? There are lots of cats and dogs available for adoption. Visit the shelter’s website or stop in at 184 Verona Street, at the corner of Brown St, near Frontier Field.

Nevada Humane Society "Adoption Dance" video celebrates a dog's new home

Picking up on the YouTube phenomenon “JK Wedding Dance” video, the folks at the Nevada Humane Society have created their own dance – celebrating dog adoption!

The Nevada Humane Society is a no-kill shelter with programs “designed to address the needs of all animals — and to provide support, education, and assistance for all the people that care about them.”

You can learn more on the website for the Nevada Humane Society.

And if you’re looking for a pet in Rochester, why not visit Rochester Animal Services, the shelter for the City of Rochester? There are lots of cats and dogs available for adoption. Visit the shelter’s website or stop in at 184 Verona Street, at the corner of Brown St, near Frontier Field.

Shelter stories – If you really cared about your cat …

Scarlett, one of the cats available for adoption at Rochester Animal Services

We got a call at the shelter this week from a woman who wanted to know if we had a list of apartment complexes in the city that allowed cats. She left a message on the voice mail explaining that she had a bunch of cats, that her landlord found out, and now she has to move ASAP.

She didn’t want anything to happen to her cats.

This, my friends, is part of the reason why shelters get overrun with cats.

People do a wonderful thing when they adopt a cat or take in a stray. It’s one less cat in the shelter, and a cat can be a great pet for apartment-dwellers.

But if they don’t have permission to have the pets, there’s always the chance they’ll have to surrender the animals when their landlord finds out and they have to move before they find another, pet-friendly, apartment.

That kind of disruption isn’t great for the cats or the shelters that are already bursting at the seams with cats that need homes.

So it’s important to balance our good intentions with a realistic approach to animal rescue. Not every animal will be rescued; that’s just a fact of life. So if you live in an apartment and have permission to have a pet, fantastic. If not, consider volunteering at the shelter rather than keeping cats on the sly. It’ll be better for you and the animals.

Shelter stories – week 3

Rochester Animal Services has lots of dogs and cats available for adoption. Visit the shelter at 184 Verona Street, at the corner of Brown Street, right near Frontier Field.

So it’s week three of my volunteering at the shelter, and I’ve been thinking about starting a blog about my experiences, maybe even doing some follow up stories about people who adopt. Not sure if it’s a separate blog or can just be incorporated into this one (or if they’ll let me talk to people after they’re finished with the adoption process).

But I’m definitely learning a lot and seeing a side of animal care and rescue I never knew about.

I volunteer at the front desk, which means that I help answer phones, file paperwork, and generally spend much of the time I’m saying, “I’m a new volunteer ” to explain why I seem to have no idea what’s going on.

Sometimes it’s mind boggling. You’d be surprised, for example, by the number of pet owners who either attempt to be their own vets or who eschew the vet altogether because it costs too much money. 

My first day I took a call from someone who had given their dog worm medicine, was still seeing worms in the stool and wanted to know if it was safe to give the dog another dose.  I asked him what his vet said, and the dog owner explained that he didn’t take the dog to a vet; he just ordered the shots and medicine over the internet and dosed the dog himself.

Sometimes it’s sad.

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