Cute Cats

Every month I spend a Saturday morning cleaning out the cat cages at the Humane Society of Cobb County.  I’m one of many volunteers they have that do the same thing on different days.  I do it for several reasons:  I know they need the help, the cats enjoy the socialization, and it’s good for me to spend the time with the cats.

 

Most of the animals in the building are cats.  They just don’t have room to keep a lot of dogs.  At the end of July there were 42 adult cats and 41 kittens.  As you can see there are all ages, colors, breeds and personalities there.  Some love attention and want you to pet them every time you walk past the cage.  Some get as far away as possible when you open the cage. 

They have 2 rooms that the cats run free in, and there about 2 dozen cages that cats are kept in. 

These cats are kept apart from the others for a variety of reasons, including a medical issue or a socialization issue.  Some cats from the same litter may be kept in a cage together.  I’m always compelled to take pictures of these cats.  My mother never liked cats so I was raised more of a dog person.  Since I’ve left home, I’ve been around more cats and have learned to like their personalities.  It’s been fun since I started pet sitting to see the different cats and their personalities that I’ve cared for.   I’ve kept cats in my home for clients when they’ve been away for long trips.  Still pictures don’t always do justice for the cats.  With a lot of the kittens all you get is a blur.

So I decided to shoot some video this time.  Of course, they are curious about the phone (camera) so they stop playing and watch me instead.  You can see it on my YouTube page.

The pictures are great for my Facebook or Pinterest pages. 

Hopefully some people will see how cute these cats are and go and adopt one or two.  It’s kind of sad because some of the cats have been there a long time and may never get to a loving home.   If you want to see more of the pictures I’ve taken go to the Cobb Humane board I’ve created on my Pinterest page.

Fetch! Pet Care of NW Atlanta provides pet sitting, dog walking and cat care services for Roswell, East Cobb, Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA.  You can follow us on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/fetchnwatlanta/.

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Pets and Adoptions

More and more Americans are adopting their pets.  Rescue dogs have become a bit of a status symbol in certain groups.  While it’s doubtful you will find one like “Weego” in the Bud Light commercial, a rescue pet will provide the same love, companionship and loyalty as any purebred.  A recent article passed along to me from the Christian Science Monitor shows how the number of homeless animals being put to death has decreased dramatically since 1970.  The article quotes a stat from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that the number of animals euthanized each year has decreased from 20 million in 1970 to about 3 million last year.  During that same time the number of pets has doubled.

A couple of reasons are given for this.  One is the awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering animals.  Another reason is the rise of “no-kill” shelters.  And with so many people electing to take the pets home from these shelters, many lives are being saved. Image

There are many places around the northern part of the metro area where pets can be adopted.  The Atlanta Humane Society has opened a beautiful facility off Mansell Rd.  I do some volunteer work at the Humane Society of Cobb County.  Mostly cats are available there because they don’t have room to keep many dogs.  Here are just some of the other places I’m familiar with around the area that do adoptions:

Kittens are available at the Cat Clinic of Cobb on Sandy Plains.

Georgia Homeless Pets has pets available on weekend afternoons at the PetSmarts in Smyrna, Dunwoody and Austell.

Angels Among Us is a group that finds homes for animals.  Follow the link to their website for more information.

Mostly Mutts hosts events each week to try and find homes for dogs.

Our Pal’s Place on Canton Rd. is open on weekend afternoons for adoptions.

If you must have a specific breed, many breeds have rescue programs around the area.  Just do an internet search for them.  Most places give the animals the appropriate shots before they go home with you.  Most have been fixed, or you get a voucher to have that done.  Exactly what is done is one of the main reasons the prices vary from facility to facility.  Be sure and ask plenty of questions.

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If you can’t decide if it’s the right time for a pet some of these groups have a “foster” program where you would care for the pet on a temporary basis.  Also all of these facilities not only need money, but volunteers to help care for the animals.  A lot of the animals just need some attention and having loving hands and a soothing voice for a just a few minutes can do wonders for a animal.

If you’ve decided you’re ready to make the commitment to save an animal’s life and bring it into your home congratulations.  I think you’ll find it as rewarding for you as the animal does.

Fetch! Pet Care of NW Atlanta provides in-home pet care and dog walking as well as cat care services in Roswell, East Cobb, Marietta and Woodstock, Georgia.