Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

MEMPHIS AREA! Animal shelter is being investigated for cruelty! ADOPT NOW!

There are a lot of things I read that make me sick, just sick, but this has to be one of the most disgusting reports of ALL time. People who were supposed to LOVE animals hurt them and starved them. What kind of people did Memphis hire? Don't tell me that there weren't good, kind people who applied for employment at that shelter. A city the size of Memphis should be ASHAMED, TOTALLY ASHAMED!

IF YOU LIVE IN THE TENNESSEE AREA FOR HERE TO CHECK OUT THE ANIMALS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION.  If I wasn't two days' drive from there I would be on my way NOW to bring one of those sweethearts home with me.

Memphis Animal Services
3456 Tchulahoma Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Phone: (901) 362-5310

ASPCA Forensics Team Sent to Tennessee

posted by: Sharon Seltzer 13 hours ago

The Forensics Team and Emergency Responders from the ASPCA were sent early Tuesday morning - October 27th to assist with an investigation being conducted by law enforcement officers at the City of Memphis Animal Shelter. The request for help came after a raid was made on the shelter by the local sheriff’s department because of allegations of animal cruelty.

The ASPCA Team was called in because of their expertise in collecting forensics evidence for criminal animal abuse cases. Their team is being run by Dr. Melinda Merck, who is a leading forensics veterinarian.

The Memphis Animal Shelter

This municipal shelter which opened its doors in the mid 1950’s is responsible for housing and adopting abandoned and abused pets throughout the entire city of Memphis. Their website states that they hope for a day "... keeping animals safe from mistreatment and abuse. Promoting, motivating and enforcing responsible pet ownership is our number one goal." But ironically, the cats and dogs in this shelter have allegedly suffered severe abuse from the very people who were hired to protect them.

The Investigation

The investigation began earlier this month after District Attorney Bill Gibbons received a tip from a concerned citizen about the conditions at the facility. He ordered a search warrant and contacted the sheriff’s office to conduct the raid.

According to the search warrant, “detectives have learned that some animals have been deprived of food and water while at the Memphis Animal Shelter..” and while in the shelter’s care, “some dogs have been starved to the point of requiring euthanasia.”

The warrant further accuses shelter employees of keeping “dogs that are to be quarantined for rabies with dogs that are not required to be quarantined in the same kennel.”

The ASPCA will scour the animal shelter for possible evidence that hopefully will lead to criminal charges against the facility and its employees. They have set up their “Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit which will help them process the evidence. The unit is equipped with medical equipment that is specially designed for animal patients.

The Emergency Team will focus its responsibility on helping the animals at the shelter. They will see that each pet is examined by a veterinarian and that every animal has a safe and clean living environment. It is unclear yet, if the pets will have to be moved.

“Work like this is central to our mission, and the ASPCA is encouraged that Shelby County is raising its voice against animal cruelty,” said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres.
National Canine Cancer Foundation

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ain't we sweet? Freyja PUPPins 'n Mr. Scout Holmes wish you a Happy Howl-o-weenie!

Our momma is makin' us be in a Howl-o-weenie costume contest in the digital division. We is askin' - no, we is beggin' you to please vote fur us so's she doesn't get all sad an' cry-baby on us which is a PURRty pathetic sight. So, if you will, please take the time to go here to Addies K-9 Costume Contest an' over to here at the Halloween Spooktacular where you will need to leave each of us a lil' comment.

Yesh, a lotsa' work but believe us - better than our momma gettin' all wacko on us - not a PURRty sight, trust us☺

Freyja PUPPins, sweet, kind an' gentle. The PURRfect nanny for any little boy or girl.
Mister Scout Holmes, just the right mixture of curiosity an' snooper-vision to get the job done!

National Canine Cancer Foundation

Friday, October 23, 2009

Nora the Piano-Playing Tabby Wins ASPCA Cat of the Year Award

When Betsy Alexander and Burnell Yow of Philadelphia, PA, visited an animal shelter in Cherry Hill, NJ, they never imagined they would adopt a feline prodigy. Nora, a grey Tabby named after the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, appeared to be your average mischievous young kitten. But this seemingly ordinary shelter cat is receiving an extraordinary honor next week, when she will be officially named Cat of the Year at the annual ASPCA Humane Awards in New York City.

Originally deemed “bossy” by shelter staff, Nora wasn’t the most popular feline among her four-legged clan, but Betsy and Burnell saw something special in the demonstrative kitty and welcomed her into their furry family. Nora immediately established herself as the alpha cat of the family’s four other felines, but it wasn’t until she was a year old that her secret gift suddenly emerged. One afternoon, Betsy, who teaches music lessons, was startled to discover Nora delicately tickling the ivories of her Yamaha piano. Playing the piano soon became the cat’s favorite pastime. Her sensitive pawing, which several newspapers have described as "a cross between free jazz and Philip Glass,” became a YouTube sensation, drawing more than 20 million page views. It also inspired a Lithuanian composer to arrange a symphony in her honor.

Though her talents are unrivaled, Nora has been named the ASPCA Cat of the Year as much for her musical abilities as for her pluck and drive to prove that shelter pets—far from being castoffs—often make the best animal companions. Nora is a true testament to the spirit of the Humane Awards, which every year honor exceptional animals as well as inspiring individuals who have dedicated their lives to animal welfare.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Come celebrate with the gentle Miss Peach her upcoming union with Mr. Mickey

We are over at the gentle Miss Peach's bridal shower and tea PAWty today to celebrate her upcoming nuptials with Mr. Mickey. Please join us there for a day of girlie fun, pampering and delicious delights for nibbling!

Our bridal gifts for the genteel Miss Peach are: a lovely and delicate mint green baby-doll negligee, a spa gift certificate and some milk and honey bubble bath. Of course, we are also including some of our favorite chocolates for all of the guests to sample as we sip our tea and giggle about the upcoming nuptials.'re

♥Come on over - we're having the time of our lives♥

Miss Camille Suzanne is pleased to unmask herself as a PAWticipant in MASKED MONDAY hosted by Zoolatry. You just won't beleive all of the lovely, talented and mysterious masked felines that have congregated over there! It is a Monday MUST SEE!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

PURR 4 PEACE: Healing Bodies - Healing the World - Healing our Souls

This is a furry imPAWtant month fur a lots of us. October is Breast Cancer month. A time when 'beans all over the world band together to seek a cure for a horrible disease that has taken from us our mothers and daughters and sisters and friends. A disease that has overstayed its welcome here on earth. 

Click photo to view the Susan G. Komen Foundation

We also see organizations forming to combat Canine Cancer. What we seem to forget sometimes is that all cancer research is related - what helps one living being, helps another. Medicine has no boundaries and neither does research. Often it was the family dog placed in a drug trial for a physical malady that helped scientists formulate better and more beneficial treatment for grandmothers and grandfathers and moms and dads and sisters and brothers. I am speaking about clinical trials - not research performed on unwilling and innocent animals in a laboratory setting.

Click photo for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

In thinking about the GRAND picture, our purrs should also encompass our teachers - our educators - because without them we will not have our future mathematicians and scientists that tomorrow will seek out diseases that take lives away from us that are still in bloom and blossom.

Let us all gather in our h♥arts purrs to heal all forms of malady here on earth - illness, sorrow, rain forrest desecration, purging critical species from our planet through hunting and environmental ruination. We need to heal our bodies and our souls and our minds. Let us purr for all of us, at all times and for all reasons to gain PURRfect harmony and health.

Click photo to visit Cats of the Rainforest

Confucius Cat says:

Week 19 of Purrs 4 Peace details are as follows: Week nineteen’s appointed time is Sunday, October 18, 2009. Participants should purr for three minutes commencing at 12 p.m. EDT (U.S.) which is 5:00 p.m. (17:00 hrs.) BST in the U.K. The cat’s human staff should assist their cats with the project by stroking and nuzzling the cat at the appointed time.

Please post your cat name and the country you purr in at as a COMMENT if you are participating in this historic project. (posting a link to your own website-if you have one-is encouraged.) Or let me know by message on twitter or facebook.

Posting purrs on facebook (Acolytes of Confucius Cat or as friend to Alley Mason) and twitter (@ConfuciusCat) is encouraged, since it inspires purring in others, but not required. On twitter please use #purrs4peace in your tweets.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Miss Peach's Wedding Blog - a MUST SEE for the romantic in all of us

If you are a romantic you need to take the time to visit Miss Peach's Wedding Blog. It's been a long time since I have seen something this creative, darling and loaded with eye-candy! Don't go there when you are in a hurry - take your time and enjoy!

The whole ambiance of the blog is SO Miss Peach!

Friday, October 16, 2009

♪ Forrest catchin' the rays on Friday ♪

Raindrops on roses 'n sunbeams on kittens

These cats need love and warmth and food just like any other feline. They just aren't like every other kitty. You need to express it to them in a different way than with your lap cats. Don't overlook them - you can impact their lives. Trap - spay & neuter - release - it's the right thing to do. (If you want to learn more, click on the poster. It will take you to Alley Cat Allies who really know how to treat feral cats like kings and queens!)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Feline inadvertently shipped from Dallas to Chicago suburb

A Woodstock chiropractor was initially miffed this week when he opened a box of supplies shipped from Texas and noticed tufts of fur. Then he spotted the cat, which had hitched a ride from Dallas. "My first reaction was, I didn't know what kind of animal he was, so I closed the box back up," said Brett St. Aubin, clinic director at Chiro One Wellness Center of Woodstock.

The stowaway's collar identified him as Cody Bennett, 2, a black and white cat who disappeared Monday from the Chiro Design Group. Cody jumped unnoticed into the roughly 2-by-3-foot box as it was being packed, said Marie Webster, whose daughter owns the cat.

"She taped it up, put the label on it and off he went" via UPS, said Webster.

Making the best of it, the cat burrowed deeply into a bundle of foam products designed for the neck.

When St. Aubin called Webster on Wednesday to report Cody's whereabouts, her first thought was that he had found him wandering nearby in Dallas. "I didn't know he was in a suburb of Chicago," Webster exclaimed.

Cody spent the night at a veterinarian's office and made the trip home Thursday, this time by crate. He arrived at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport about 3:30 p.m., looking a bit thin, Webster said.

The cat won't be forgotten any time soon at the Woodstock chiropractic clinic. "We made him patient of the month," St. Aubin said.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Canadian Man Says His Cat Detected His Lung Cancer

In many cases, a CAT scan can detect if a person has cancer. In Lionel Adams’ case, his cat Tiger detected it. "I get a little emotional when I think about far as I'm concerned, he saved my life," Adams told The Calgary Sun.

Adams said that his 8-year-old kitty (above), who was never much of a cuddler, began to paw at his left side about seven months ago. "He would climb into bed and take his paw and drag it down my left side -- he was adamant there was something there," he told FOX News. "And it was right where the cancer was."

Later, during a routine exam, an x-ray showed that Adams had a tumor in his left lung, which he has since had surgery to remove. Recent studies have shown that dogs have the ability to detect cancer but it’s rare to hear of cats doing so. In 2006, National Geographic reported that ordinary household dogs learned to accurately distinguish between breath samples of lung- and breast-cancer patients and healthy subjects.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Miss Camille Suzanne moves into her new aPAWtment

I know you think you're cleaning this cupboard BUT I've decided to move in and claim it as my new three-story aPAWtment. And, I DO expect a housewarming PAWty with gifts!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Duct-Taped Cat Finds Home — And Inspires over 100 more Adoptions!

Yesterday I posted a story that made people sad and angry and frustrated with our society. A while back I shared with you the story of the little cat that was totally and cruelly covered with Duct tape.  Well, here is the ♥HAPPY ENDING♥. Every now and then the good guys win, just like with the story of Oreo and his little girl I shared with you on Tuesday. ADOPTIONS! Those are words that make my heart sing songs of joy and happiness

A cruel act by a heartless person turned into happily every after for Sticky the cat and for many other homeless cats in the Philadelphia area. Just last week the feline made headlines when she was found bound by duct tape and abandoned in a yard in North Philadelphia. But now, the famous feline has found a new place to call home and has inspired a slew of others to rescue cats of their own from the Pennsylvania SPCA.

After searching through over 100 inquiries from eager animal lovers, the PSPCA reports that Sticky was placed in the loving care of a physician and his wife who live in suburban Philadelphia and wish to remain anonymous.

But Sticky's saga is not the only success story to come out of this ordeal. According to Williamson, the publicity Sticky generated during her short seven days with the organization managed to inspire animals lovers to take action, and led to an astonishing 119 cat and kitten adoptions. To add a little perspective to the grand total, during the same week back in 2008, PSPCA adopted out only 15 cats.

"The awareness that Sticky helped to bring, not only to the Pennsylvania SPCA but also to the plight of many other cats and kittens, resulted in the 119 adoptions," Williamson says. "We are very, very happy about that."

The feisty feline, who is about a year old, was found bandaged by duct tape -- from neck to tail -- and abandoned for days. PSCPA staff were able sedate Sticky to remove the tape and the cat suffered no serious health problems. After offering a $2,000 reward to find Sticky's abuser, a call into the PSPCA's cruelty hotline lead local law enforcement to arrest a 19-year-old male suspect in North Philadelphia, who confessed to duct-taping the cat because he was "annoyed."

With her cruel past now behind her, Sticky is settling into her new life with her new family -- and new siblings! The animal-lovers are the proud owner of two dogs and four cats. Says Williamson, "We are confident that they will provide and can provide an excellent home for Sticky."