Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The truth beyond the lore - Black cats are good luck!

Sorry there hasn't been many updates lately, the holidays have had us all running around. I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday, and congratulations to the families that got to spend it with a new family member!

Meanwhile, back at the cattery.... (I feel like this is becoming a thing)

I just got some exciting news today! January 2nd and 3rd the cattery is holding a special adoption event. $50 adoptions for Black and Tuxedo (black with white) cats! Be they big or small, the adoption fee is half off for these two days.

I noticed there still seems to be a bit of misconception about Black cats. Perhaps this is due to a superstitious saying? If a black cat crosses your path, it means bad luck. This was most likely started by the puritans during the times of witch hunts. Back then it was believed cats, (especially black ones) were a witches familiar. -Reality drum roll please- Almost everyone had cats back then, especially if you lived on a farm or just had your own private garden. Cats were a necessity for keeping away vermin from the home and the garden. Black, was just a much more common coat color back then.

Funny, most people don't realize that the superstitious saying is abbreviated from it's original text and thus very different from the meaning of the original saying: If a black cat crosses your path, it is an omen of impending bad luck. 

So what's the difference? The original meaning was intended as using the sign of the black cat as a spiritual creature. Meaning they were sent as a warning of danger coming, NOT that they were the cause of the danger. So, if you saw a black cat cross your path, that was a warning to proceed with caution because difficult times were up ahead. However, being it was a warning it was also giving you the chance to avoid the danger. Pretty neat right? This means that the black cats are actually the good guys, trying to prevent you from falling into harms way. This really changes the perception of the black cat. Did you also know that in Scotland, Ireland (Celtic tradition), Japan, Egypt, and the UK that black cats are generally considered symbols of prosperity, good luck and good fortune?

Come down and meet some of our good fortune kitties this weekend! These guys get overlook way to often and are some of the sweetest cats we have available for adoption!

As a follow up to this, in the comments section below, I would be very interested in people posting an image of their favorite black feline friend and a little about them. Let's see what you guys have to say about these guys that you have opened your hearts and homes to!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Howie's Recovery Progress

Today was an awesome day for a little grey cat named Howie.

This guy came to us after being hit by a car with a broken jaw. Little Shelter has been taking care of him ever since. Howie needed to have pins put in his lower jaw to help it mend back together. Because of that, Howie was on a strict diet of only wet food. This made Howie very upset, because he actually prefers dry food. Every night he mews when the others are getting fed their dry food.

Today was awesome because after 2 months, Howie could finally have all the pins removed from his jaw. The jaw seems to be healing nicely and he is expected to make a full recovery. As of today he is allowed to have dry food that has been softened a bit until his jaw is completely healed. Happy Holidays Howie! I'm sure you'll be back to eating dry food soon.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Gearing up for the Holidays, it's Crunch time!

Everyone seems so excited for Christmas!
Today we received a lot of donations here at the shelter, tons of toys, food, and blankets. I really just wanted to give a shout out to all those who donated, and to thank you for your support.

While life here at Little Shelter is always busy, things really get crazy the week of Christmas. Everyone seems to be looking for a new furry family member to snuggle up to while watching the Yule log burn. We seem to be averaging about 1-3 adoptions a day in both the Kennel and the Cattery, and that's actually a lot. In turn, the more animals we can home, the more we can save. So please, when you see our post on Facebook or in the emails, try to forward them so we can get these guys a home.

If you can't afford to adopt or are not permitted to have an animal of your own, check out our sponsorship program. This is another good way you can make a real difference in the lives of these animals. Donations and Sponsorship can be done in someone's name, making them a perfect stocking stuffer for the upcoming holiday.

Meanwhile, back in the cattery.....
While I missed the event myself, I was informed of a funny happening that goes on every once in a while in the cattery. One of our volunteers came in with a very special treat for our feline friends, turkey!!! The whole place ignited into a sudden uproar with cats clambering over each other trying to get a treat. Don't worry though, there was enough to go around and no furry got hurt. Still, it's a very interesting site to see all the cats suddenly get up and run to one location. Every cat knows as soon as she comes in, and there is a choir of mews to meet her at the door. I was informed of her arrival a little too late today to catch a video, but I'll make sure to grab one next time for everyone to see!

Till next time guys!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Morning Chores and Animal Resuce

Weekends are always so busy here, especially around the holidays.
 Besides all the normal "chores" that have to get done on a daily basis, we get a lot of visitors coming in to see all our animals. That also means we get a lot of adoptions done on the weekend and animals that are going to their new furever homes! Though sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming with everything going on at the same time.

Before the shelter is even open for visitors, all animals have been fed, walked (or litter boxes scooped) and floors cleaned of any "messes" from the night. Blankets and beds get washed, while fresh ones get put down in their place. Meds are given to the animals who need them, the list goes on. Really need to give a shout out to all the staff that come in each day to take care of the animals. It doesn't matter how cold it is, dogs still need to get walked and litter pans still need to get washed. The people here are always working hard to make sure all the animals get attention and are taken care of.

 Today we got a special delivery. Early this morning the van came back with two kittens from a rescue run. They are very sweet but very scared right now. These little girls are probably around 5 months old and will be going up for adoption soon if everything goes well. There is a whole process that each animal here goes through before they are available for adoption. These kittens seem already human friendly, so they might skip a few steps in the process, I will bring those up in a different post.

The first step to taking them in is to put them in quarantine and have them tested to make sure they don't have something that can spread to the other kitties that are here. The kittens will go through some blood test, and also get flea treatment, dewormed and vaccinated just to be safe. The next step will be having them in open face cages so they can get a feel for the place and all it's inhabitants. This also allows us to monitor how they feel about being around so many cats. If all goes well and the kittens don't seem too stressed about their new feline friends, we move to the final step of deciding which adoption room they should go in and then introducing them to the environment.

As you can read a lot does go into getting an animal ready to be up for adoption, and this is a simple case! Sometimes it's a lot more complicated. Anyways, we are happy to have these girls safe and hopefully someone will come in to adopt them soon.

Thanks for reading and I'll post again soon

Here's a sneak peak of the girls:

Little Shelter Animal Resuce & Adoption Center

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Greetings and beginings

Hello everyone,
Welcome to the blog of Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center.
We are a No-Kill, Non-Profit animal shelter located in Huntingon, NY.

Little Shelter was first established in 1927 by a woman named Anna Hunninghouse who sought to change the way lost or homeless animals were treated. The Shelter still stands on the same grounds and principals it was founded on today. 

During a single day here, a lot goes on! Between feeding, rescue, running adoptions, or just play time, it gets a bit hectic. There's a lot of great people here, and a lot of stories that go on. In my travels to and from different parts of the Shelter I'm always hearing different things. So, I thought it might be fun to start a blog of some of the happenings here.

Being Non-Profit, we do rely on the donations we receive from kind individuals. However, many people want to see that the money is going to the needs of the animals, and how the shelter is affecting lives. Through this blog I hope to give you a little insight to life here and the people who truly devote themselves to caring for the animals here. If you like what I'm posting, please donate so we can continue to save lives.

Thank you

Pascal Is Going Home!

What a day at Little Shelter,

Congratulations are in order to our very special boy Pascal and his new family!
This sweet old boy has finally found his furever home.

 This amazing couple took Pascal home today. We can tell already that they love him very much and can't wait to spoil him with a big bed and plenty of treats. The staff here at Little Shelter are very happy to see Pascal get a loving home just in time for the holidays. Thank you to everyone that shared his story on Facebook.