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Friday, December 19, 2014

Homeless Cats + Cafe = Adoption!

Photo of the Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center in Oakland, California, courtesy of Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Have you stopped by for a coffee and cat lately? Yet another great idea to spur adoptions, the Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center lets patrons mingle with kitties running free...or just snoozing as in the above photo. The cats get a double dose of positive vibes: First, they're not confined to a cage like in a traditional shelter environment, and secondly, their personalities shine through in this open environment, brimming with lofty perches and cat toys, helping them to be more adoptable.

To satisfy food service laws, the cats are in a separate room—while they mingle with the patrons they don't mingle with the food. Interested patrons pay $10 an hour to play with the kitties...and perhaps get a new family member. Although the cafe just opened in late October (it's the first permanent cat cafe in the U.S.), it's already arranged 52 adoptions, and the cats come from the local shelter, which frees up their space to save even more felines. The good word has spread, and cat cafes have arrived in Denver, Colorado, Naples, Florida, and downtown Manhattan.

What a fantastic idea! Have any of our readers visited one of these "Cat Town" cafes? Let us know!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's Wordless Wednesday "theme" over at BlogPaws is apropos for the season: "Not a creature was stirring..." And just look at this cutie enjoying his daily nosh!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...we're not doing much stirring either.

Now wake up for some blog hoppin' at the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Boundless Energy of Puppies!

One full minute of watching these frolicking Daschund pups will wear you out...but take that minute and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's "theme" over at the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop is "Pets Love People", and don't we though? I speak for both me and Bella when I say that we're missin' our Parental Unit, who's in Seattle, taking care of her sister. Sis (who has a dog named Mugsy you might remember from previous posts), had hip replacement surgery, and Parental Unit is her caregiver for the week. She really knows how to take a vacation, doesn't she! Although we're in good hands here at home, we do miss our main PU...

       Meanwhile, it doesn't hurt to get in a bit of shut-eye...

Are ya ready to join the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop? And don't forget the good folks at BlogPaws are also hosting a fun photo contest during the month of December to celebrate "Giving Month", so check out both!




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