My Cat From Hell now casting!


Is one of your rescue cats wreaking havoc on your staff?
Do you have a “lifer” cat that you know will never get adopted unless his/her behavior changes?
Is your facility in desperate need of a makeover to function successfully?
Maybe an adoptive or foster parent is begging to return a cat they feel is unmanageable? …or you’re trying to help someone avoid surrendering his/her pet?
Perhaps you’re trying to help a feral cat colony, or a particular feral cat, and feel you’re in over your head?

If someone among your staff, network, or friends, is struggling with a cat’s disruptive, destructive, extremely odd, quirky, or outrageous behavior, we’d love to hear from them ASAP!


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The “tail” of the stinky purse.

As an animal lover I am always on the lookout for cute animal themed things. I’m going to guess this is common among animal lovers, right? Anyway, I found an adorable dog purse on a website, but it was selling for almost $60! Here is the purse:

Cute dog purse

I really wanted to buy it, but just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on a novelty purse, so I did what I always do in these situations. I looked on Amazon! Sure enough, there was the same purse, but for only $10!! A few clicks later it was on it’s way to my house.

Here’s where the story takes a smelly turn. The purse arrived, and was just as darling in person as I expected. It was nicer than expected too (for $10 who knew what was going to arrive)! However, it smelled so amazingly bad. I don’t know the right words to describe the smell, but it was strong, and there was no way I could use the purse right away… I mean, what if people thought that smell was ME?

So I took the purse down the basement where it could air out without offending noses. And it did air out, and is now just fine for use. In fact, all trace of the nasty smell is gone. Phew!

I’m just glad I didn’t spend the $60 and got it for $10 instead! :)

Has anything like this ever happened to you?

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Strut Your Mutt 2015

We love Best Friends, and are so excited for Strut Your Mutt 2015!

I’m strutting as part of a local rescue team (you can support my goal here if you want), but you can walk as an individual, start your own team, or join one a team that already exists. You can even strut virtually!

Strut Your Mutt, presented by BOBS from Skechers, is a 12 city fundraising dog walk, 5K run and festival that brings together rescue groups, shelters and individuals to celebrate the collective effort of saving the lives of shelter pets.

The event kicked off the tour last weekend in Minneapolis and Portland, and will be visiting the following cities this month and next:

Austin – September 19
Kanab, UT – September 19
Jacksonville, FL – September 26
NYC – September 26
San Francisco – October 3
DC Metro Area – October 10
Los Angeles – October 10
St. Louis – October 10
Houston – October 17
Salt Lake City – October 24

Since 2010, Best Friends has raised more than $5.2 million for its animal welfare partners through Strut Your Mutt. The national goal for this year is $2.6 million.

Can’t make it to an in person strut? Join the virtual Strut Your Mutt Challenge! Supporters can raise money to help homeless pets in their own communities or for national programs that help to create sweeping changes for homeless pets everywhere. Learn more about it and join the fun at Strut Your Mutt.

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What to Ask to Trust a Pet Sitter

What to Ask to Trust a Pet Sitter

Jordan Walker has always been passionate for animals. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise about the animal kingdom through pet-related blogs. Currently, he leads the content team of Coops and Cages. And now, Jordan will be sharing us some tips on things we should ask to a pet sitter before hiring them.

Employing a pet sitter can be a very scary experience because you will have to trust a stranger to look after your pets while you are gone. Just like the selection process an employer does when finding an employee, a pet owner must also be very keen to details so as to choose the best candidate for the job.

If you are a pet owner looking for a pet sitter, these questions might be of great help before you make the hire:

  1. Do you have a business card?
  2. If you’re about to talk with a professional pet sitter, then you can expect them to have a business card with them anywhere they go. This should contain all contact information you might possibly need, especially when you need to check on your pets while you are away to ensure the safety of your furry friends.

  3. Do you listen to instructions?

  4. While some professional pet sitters require the owners to complete a questionnaire before arriving, others will just take note of specific instructions. If this is the case, then make sure they jot down any essential information given to them, including the animal’s habits, needs, and grooming.

  5. How do you interact with pets upon introduction?
  6. Most of the time, professional pet sitters interact with pets and greet them upon meeting. If this isn’t the case, then it is best that you look for other information about them.

    Sometimes, if your pet is too bashful, the tendency is that he will tend to shy away and just sit at the corner and observe the actions of the sitter. When this happens, a professional pet sitter must have a better plan on how to get your pet’s trust.

  7. Do you have other emergency contacts?

  8. In times of emergency such as a dog getting a cold, the pet sitters must always have contact information of the veterinarian. But in the event that the pet’s vet isn’t available, the sitter should have a local contact.

    If at the end of the day, you have hired the right pet sitter, by the time you get back, your pet should be very happy to see you. This is because when they receive the right amount of food and care, they would also return the favor. Hence, a good pet sitter should bring out the best of your pet, even if you are away from home.

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Author: Jordan Walker:
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can reach him via Google+ or Twitter

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DOTT: The Smart Dog Tag

DOTT The Smart Dog Tag

DOTT: The Smart Dog Tag was created by a group of pet lovers to provide an affordable and active solution to help you locate your pets if they ever get lost. It uses Bluetooth® Smart technology paired with the DOTT mobile app to provide a community of people who can help you find your lost pets.

We think this is a fabulous idea, and are happy to help spread the word about the Kickstarter project. To learn more and to become a backer, click here. It’s more than just a tracker, you can also set a virtual leash for your dog, and you can help other dog owners locate their lost pets too. DOTT is a community of dog lovers, as well as a neat piece of technology for your pet!

You can also connect with DOTT on their social media channels:
DOTT Facebook
DOTT Twitter
DOTT Instagram

Be sure to check out the DOTT Kickstarter project to learn more about the product, and to see what great rewards are being offered to backers.

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