Animal Shelters – Christ Yoder Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:59:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Animal Shelters – Christ Yoder 32 32 Chattanooga’s Naughty Cat Cafe diverts more than 1,000 cats from shelters to homes Mon, 21 Nov 2022 01:10:00 +0000

The Naughty Cat Cafe in Chattanooga recently reached a major milestone: its 1,000th adoption.

Heath Hanson and Whitney Sickels mortgaged their home to launch Naughty Cat, Chattanooga’s first and only cat cafe, in 2019.

“The only reason we started this is because when we moved to Hamilton County they were euthanizing healthy, adoptable adult animals, and we were blown away that this concept didn’t exist in a community. so touristy and love animals so much,” Hanson said in an interview.

The café serves as a foster home and adoption platform for up to 40 cats at a time. All of the cats there have been abused, neglected, hoarded, in a shelter for over a year or adopted and returned to the shelter multiple times.

“It’s basically the shelter animals that weren’t thriving there,” Hanson said, adding that the cats stay at the cafe for an average of two weeks before being adopted.

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The cafe adopted all of the Humane Educational Society cats 47 times in the cafe’s first year, he said.

Hanson and Sickels have no employees or volunteers, and they don’t get paid for the work they do at the cafe.

Hamilton County health regulations limit coffee offerings to self-serve coffee and tea, prepackaged baked goods, and bottled and canned beverages.

The sale of these products does not generate any revenue, so the only revenue from the cafe comes from the $15 per person entrance fee, which includes a soft drink, and the markup from the logo merchandise, said Hanson. The entry fee pays for the care of the cats.

The health department allows the cafe to admit up to 52 people at a time, but Hanson and Sickels choose to limit the number of people in the cat lounge to 15 at a time. This keeps cats and people from getting overwhelmed, he said.

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The cafe has two lounges with a variety of furniture for cats and people. There is also a closed area for shy cats. This area creates an intimate space for potential adopters to get to know these animals.

“Ironically enough, the shy are often adopted first,” Hanson said.

Despite the self-imposed human capacity limit, the cafe has the highest number of guests — about 40,000 a year — of all the roughly 300 cat cafes in the United States, he said.

Reservations are recommended on weekends, as it usually sells out every hour. When the cafe isn’t busy, people can stay as long as they want.

The cost to adopt a cat from the café is $100, all of which goes to the shelter the cat came from. Residents of the cafe come from the Humane Educational Society, the Pet Placement Center, and Scratch Inc.

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With over 1,000 adoptions to date, the cafe has generated over $100,000 for shelters through adoptions that would not have generated money if the cats had been adopted from the shelters themselves. The idea is for the shelter to use the money generated from adoptions to vaccinate, spay, spay, neuter and microchip the next batch of cats the shelter sends to the cafe, Hanson said.

And cafe owners donate more to shelters than the money they receive from adoption fees. The Chattanooga Police Department was involved in a recent stunt in which the cafe’s ‘mean cat’ mascot was ‘arrested’, and the cafe used its huge social network to raise $4,000 in ‘bail’ which were donated to their partner shelters, Hanson said.

Hanson and Sickels aren’t just cat lovers who started a business on a whim. Sickels previously ran an animal shelter in Hawaii, so she has experience supervising the care of dozens of animals.

Of more than 1,000 cats adopted out of the cafe, the number that was returned is in the single digits, and those cats were all returned for unpredictable reasons, Hanson said.

Hanson and Sickels check what adopters put in their paperwork, call out their character references, and check their social media accounts to make sure the cats are going to good homes.

“We’re not trying to fail these cats,” Hanson said. “Unfortunately, the shelter does not have the resources or the time to do this thorough check.”

Not everyone comes to the café to adopt, but the entrance fee they pay is reinvested into the establishment, and the time and attention they give to the cats makes them more socialized and adoptable for future ones. locals who come to use the cafe as a platform for adoption, he says.

The owners didn’t open a cat cafe to make a profit, Hanson said. They wanted to do something they love and create a self-sustaining adoption platform, and they just signed a 15-year lease.

Virindra Mosaphir said he and his brother-in-law, Mario Nalini, walked past the Naughty Cat Cafe several times before deciding to enter on Thursday.

“I love how they’re so cool with everyone; they’re not aloof,” Nalini said of the cats. “They’re used to human contact. That’s good.” He’s an actor who was passing through Chattanooga from Nashville on his way to Memphis. Mosaphir lives on Raccoon Mountain.

“I think it’s really, really cool,” Nalini said, pointing to openings in the wall painted to look like mailboxes, which cats pass through to access litter boxes in the room on the other side. “It’s a good idea.”

The coffee is surprisingly odorless, considering how many cats live and produce litter in the same place.

“The way he stands is like a statue,” Mosaphir said of a tuxedo cat perched on a pedestal, then turned and pointed to an approaching gray tabby cat on the floor . “This one, he likes to play. He likes to explore everything.”

Contact Emily Crisman at or 423-757-6508. Follow her on Twitter @emcrisman.

If you are going to:

Where: 3742 Tennessee Avenue, Suite 100

Phone: 423-541-4316

Cost: $15 per person, non-alcoholic drinks included.

Restrictions: Open to ages 11 and up. 11-13 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.


How to Make Thanksgiving Special for Fresno Animals in Shelters – GV Wire Tue, 15 Nov 2022 19:06:44 +0000

Now is the time to give, and Fresno Humane Animal Services hopes residents will help animals in need of shelter, food and warmth.

For the month of November, the Murder Free Shelter is offering a deal on adoption fees and hosting a foster family event during the holidays.

The shelter is also seeking help with holiday meals for pets and blankets and warm towels for the city of Fresno and county shelters.

Sally Breyer, Senior Director of Operations for the City of Fresno Animal Center. says that since the opening of the municipal facility, they have struggled to let everyone know who they are and what they do.

“So we really hope to spread the word about this brand new wonderful facility for the city of Fresno and really invite people to come and pick up your lost pet, and if you don’t miss a pet and you would like add to your family, we have a lot of really amazing pets here that are looking for a forever home,” Breyer said.

The city shelter is located at 5277 E. Airways Blvd, near Fresno Yosemite International Airport. The county shelter is located at 1510 W. Dan Ronquillo Drive, west of Highway 99 and off Highway 180 in Fresno.

Help foster a pet for Thanksgiving weekend

Operation Wishbone Drive Thru will take place at the City Shelter on Tuesday, November 22 and Wednesday, November 23. The event asks residents to “sponsor” a pet for Thanksgiving weekend.

“We really hope people will come to the shelter to take in a dog or cat for just a few days so they can experience the vacation in a nice, warm home and get them out of the shelter for a bit,” Breyer said.

The process is simple, says Breyer. Foster families will receive everything they need to care for the animal over the weekend.

The City of Fresno Animal Shelter, located at 5277 E. Airways Blvd., is hosting an event where residents adopt a pet for Thanksgiving weekend. Operation Wishbone Drive Thru will take place on Tuesday November 22nd and Wednesday November 23rd. (GV Wire File)

Adopting a pet can help increase adoptions

Breyer says the temporary placement allows the shelter to get additional information about how animals behave in a home and what types of accommodations or services they need.

“Being around people really helps animals relax and helps them behave better when they return to the shelter,” Breyer said.

Families will be asked to complete a report card on how the animals interacted with the children in the home or with other dogs.

These comments allow the shelter to give information to potential adopters on why a particular pet might be suitable for them based on their behavior and characteristics.

“So it’s really beneficial and we’re still hoping that some of these foster families will turn into adoptions,” Breyer said. “But even if they don’t, it provides us with a good amount of knowledge that helps us place these animals better.”

Adoption offers in November

In addition, the shelter will host a special adoption for adult dogs.

Dogs six months and older can be adopted throughout November for a $25 fee, while adult black dogs can be adopted for free. Normally, a regular adoption costs $125.

Dogs adopted through the shelter will be fully vaccinated with parvo, rabies, and bordetella vaccines, including neutered, neutered, and microchipped.

Few pet products for Thanksgiving

The shelter also recently announced that it was running out of laundry products to help keep shelter animals warm.

Now that the temperatures have dropped, the shelter is asking residents to help keep animals warm this winter by donating old blankets, towels or sheets.

Drop-offs for any of these items are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at city and county shelters.

The shelter is also looking for donations of pet-friendly holiday meals, such as canned green beans, canned chicken and canned pumpkin.

“We like to make a little holiday meal for pets that don’t come home for Thanksgiving,” Breyer said. “And those items allow us to make sure everyone here gets a nice little treat and a little holiday meal that the staff provide.”

Food banks for Fido? Pet owners are also feeling the pressure of inflation – Orange County Register Sat, 12 Nov 2022 17:56:21 +0000

Inflation has hit Americans from virtually all sides, and a new report shows pet owners are feeling the pressure.’s survey of 1,000 pet owners found that over the past 12 months, almost a quarter of respondents had considered giving their pets away or taking them to a professional. shelter in the face of rising costs for pet food, supplies, grooming and veterinary services.

Fifty-five percent said they canceled their pet food subscriptions on,, and other websites offering pet meal services, and 50% said they were looking for cheaper alternatives to pet food.

Linda Largo, who owns a Labrador Retriever and two cats, admits she is paying more than she would like for pet food these days.

“It’s probably 40% higher,” the Valencia resident said. “But there’s really nothing you can do. I already shop at Sam’s Club and Costco for pet food.

Dr. Matt Wheaton and veterinary assistant Kasi Winters wrap up surgery on a cat during Ford Petersen spaying day at Alicia Pet Care Center in Mission Viejo. (File photo by Josh Barber, contributing photographer)

A report by shows US pet food inflation hit a record high in August, rising 13.1% year-over-year. But that doesn’t take into account steeper price increases among boutique brands.

Additional data from shows that a 12-pound bag of Merrick Adult Grain-Free Chicken Cat Food rose to $41.98 in 2022 from $20.59 in 2020, an increase of 103.8 %.

The cost of a 30-pound bag of Royal Canin Labrador Retriever dog food jumped 52.4% over that same two-year period to $104.99, while other boutique brands posted price increases of 23.5% to 49%.

The survey also shows that 35% of pet owners have reduced grooming visits, 46% have had to delay or forgo veterinary procedures or treatments for their pet, and 22% have requested special services that help with animal costs. .

Pet Assistance Foundation, a Long Beach nonprofit that provides low-cost neutering and neutering referrals to pet owners, also sees the cost pinch.

“A lady called me on Monday asking if we had any pet food to donate,” said Delilah Rosales, director of the foundation’s office.

The non-profit organization participates in monthly wellness events held in low-income communities where free food bags and vaccines are distributed, she said, adding that the demand for food and of free pet services had increased.

Veterinary costs have also increased. Prices for veterinary services have jumped 10% in the past year, according to government data – the biggest spike in two decades.

Veterinary care, like many services, is labor intensive. Worker compensation is about half the cost of running a practice, and with wages rising nationwide at the fastest rate in decades, many clinic owners have had to pay more to find or retain employees.

Euclid Veterinary Hospital has faced higher costs for drugs and is also paying more for supplies to be shipped to the clinic, office manager Lisa Zabala said.

“Our prices for customers haven’t gone up too much – maybe a few dollars here and there,” she said. “But they will definitely start going up the first of the year.”

Other pet owners have expressed frustration with the rising cost of grooming their pets.

“Can anyone explain why the price of a bath and haircut for my 18lb mini Aussiedoodle has gone from a base price of $56 when I booked last week to a $94 base price now when I try to book in app? a dog owner complained on Reddit. “I know the prices of everything have gone up, but that’s ridiculous!”

Pasadena Humane, a community-supported animal shelter and resource center, offers pet adoption and placement through its Helping Paws program. He also operates a pet food bank for owners who are struggling to care for their pets.

“Our goal is to keep pets out of shelters,” said facility spokesman Kevin McManus. “We have a very good adoption rate.”

Some South Florida pets spend years waiting for adoption Tue, 08 Nov 2022 22:28:20 +0000

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Florida. – You’ve probably heard of the phrase “adopt, don’t buy,” but have you ever wondered how long some of these adoptable animals have been sitting in the shelter, waiting for their forever homes?

Some pets have been sitting in South Florida shelters for years.

Benny, an 8-year-old dog, is one of them. It’s a bundle of furry love.

“He loves the scratches on his chin, the little scratches on his neck,” Humane Society of Greater Miami spokeswoman Melanie Ochoa said.

But he spent a quarter of his life at the shelter.

“He came in 2020 and he was adopted and he was kicked out because he needed a little more attention at home, he had a little bit of separation anxiety,” Ochoa said.

Some rescue animals require a little more work.

“Pets are part of the family and so sometimes we have to adapt a bit and they will settle in and they are unique, but they are incredibly unique,” ​​Ochoa said.

Benny isn’t the only animal to have spent years at the shelter.

Ghost and Jones are two dogs who spent two to three years at the shelter.

“A shelter is not a home, we have to find them a forever home,” Ochoa said. “A house you have the bed that is always yours, you have the corner of the house that you know, you have the path that you like to walk in the house, they have everything that is theirs.”

That’s the goal of rescue organizations: to save lives and get animals adopted as quickly as possible, not to make a building with concrete kennels their permanent home.

If two to three years in a shelter shocks you, you’ll never believe how long Tanzi the cat has been at the Humane Society – seven long years.

She may be a little misunderstood, but making the cat her home since 2016 is unfathomable.

So the next time you’re at a shelter, look at the piece of paper next to the animal to see how long it’s been at the shelter. Because once we started counting time in years, it’s been way too long.

“Once they’re in a house and settled in, their real personality comes out and it’s usually an amazing personality,” Ochoa said.

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Stockton City Council District 1 Race: Q&A with Michele Padilla Thu, 03 Nov 2022 22:13:54 +0000

Michele Padilla is challenging Sol Jobrack for the District 1 seat on the Stockton City Council.

Who is Michele Padilla?

Age: 55

Party Affiliation: Impartial

Occupation: Teacher

Experience in community and/or municipal organizations.

I have lived in North Stockton for over 30 years. I am a mother of two, a public school teacher, and a community advocate. I am extremely active in my community, organizing numerous cleanups, animal rescues, PTAs and volunteering at Bear Creek High School.

Below is a revised version of a questionnaire completed by applicants.

Do you consider yourself politically conservative, moderate or liberal? And why?

I consider myself socially liberal and fiscally conservative. I say socially liberal because I’m not a fan of governments placing restrictions on what people do in their personal lives. And I say fiscally conservative, because it’s important that government isn’t seen as the cure for all the world’s woes, and the meager share of the burden of solving those woes shouldn’t fall on the hard-working taxpayer. Especially the middle class and the poor.

Why are you running for election?

I’m running for office because I love my family, my city, and over the past four years I’ve seen how many of our elected officials seem to struggle to think for themselves. Leadership shouldn’t happen once every four years during election season, and in my community there has been a lack of communication, representation and action for far too long. I called and wrote my rep, never received a response. I went to city council meetings to sensitize our entire representative body to the concerns of our community, no action. So instead of constantly complaining, I decided to just run because frankly, I’ll do a better job than my opponent.

Why do you consider yourself the best candidate?

I’m the best candidate because I really care about my community. I am active in my community and I feel every day that I go out with my family the effects of the constant deterioration in our quality of life. I know how to build consensus, your coalition, and lead by example.

The five main problems of this race

  • Health and safety in our city
  • Roaming
  • More positive opportunities for our young people.
  • Connecting our school districts and municipal governments so they can work collaboratively

What’s the best way to deal with the city’s homeless problem?

One is to recognize and declare that we have a public health emergency. Second, we quickly get the low-barrier shelters with open enveloping serves. Then we start enforcing the laws in the books. People who live in areas that are not designated homeless shelters will not be permitted.