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A colleague of mine just forwarded this to me for a laugh, and it delivered. Part of me thinks the kitty may be saying, Stop! or Back Off!…but it is truly adorable. Click here.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 4:28 pm |

Just try to resist us


Oh my, oh my, oh my…..I just want to pick all of them up at once and smother them in kisses. They give Spike a good run for her money, I’d say….Here are Baby, Jelly and Brownie. Their brother, Jabba, was being a mischievous kitty and simply wouldn’t stay still for the picture.
These bundles of adorablness were found by a good Samaritan. They are approximately 8 weeks old, tested negative for FIV/leukemia, have been de-wormed and are up-to-date on shots. They are also super friendly and full of love. The two tigers (Baby and Brownie) are female, and the two black cats (Jelly, pictured, and Jabba, not pictured) are male. Their fosters would prefer to adopt them out in pairs, as they love each other very much. If interested, contact Bonnie at 914-737-6020 or bonnieberry123@gmail.com. The adoption fee is $75.


Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 3:34 pm |

Dear Santa…


What P&C would like for the holidays is for these pets, and many many more, to get adopted and find loving homes. Here’s a couple of cuties for your consideration.

A Maine Coon-like cat with a most wonderful temperament, Max puts his paws around your neck to give hugs then nibbles on your fingers to ask for patting. Always good-natured and playful, Max is people oriented but not dependent. He is relaxed, companionable kitty who loves children, dogs and other cats. Max has a long, luxurious blue-gray coat, ending in a bushy tail that is very much Maine Coon. His face tends more toward his Angora ancestors, with a soft expression and radiant eyes. Max is neutered, immunized, micro-chipped, blood tested and healthy. His adoption fee is $95. Visit www.putnamfelines.org.max13

Rudy is a handsome guy who has been at the Putnam Humane Society for some time. The shelter doesn’t know why he gets overlooked, but he’s really a wonderful boy! He’s a bit strong and gets excited when first going out for a walk, but once he’s out and about, he’s easy to be with.
Rudy is up to date on his vaccinations and is neutered. Meet him at Putnam Humane, Old Route 6, Carmel. Call 845-225-7777.Rudy

Scooter is a 40-pound border collie/corgi mix who is about 1-1/2 years old. He is a sweet and friendly handsome boy with short legs and an adorable loving face. Scooter is house trained and gets along with other dogs. A loving home with no little kids would be best for him. Scooter is neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, de-wormed, heartworm tested and micro-chipped. His adoption fee is $200. To adopt Scooter, visit www.NY-PetRescue.org or contact Larchmont Pet Rescue at 914-834-6955. scooter

Won-Ton is a 4-month-old, one-eyed kitten who is very outgoing and friendly. He loves the company of people and other cats. He requires no additional medical care.  Won-Ton would make a great addition to any family.  He is neutered, micro-chipped and up-to-date on his vaccines. His adoption fee is $105. Visit Won-Tn at the SPCA of Westchester, 590 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 914-941-2896, Ext. 11.Won-Ton_2734

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
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Adopt a pet, help feed one….or both


Here’s a reminder of two events being held on behalf of the Putnam Humane Society, both at Northern Westchester Restorative & Nursing Home, Lexington Ave., Mohegan Lake. For info, call 845-225-7777.
• Adoption Day, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Pet Food Drive, to help support local animal rescue groups and shelters, new unopened dog and cat food is being collected until Jan. 10.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 11:43 am |
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Want your dog to be a therapy dog?


Then head on over the Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights Dec. 12 for their next Canine Good Citizen testing. The program is a stepping stone for pets to become a certified therapy dog. Guding Eyes became qualified to run the testing last summer and, for $20, owners can test their dogs and receive certification from the American Kennel Club. All proceeds support the Kennel Enrichment Program at the Guiding Eyes Training School.
All the info you need can be found here.web_cgc_use2

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 10:00 am |
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Spike update


She’s two pounds! But you wouldn’t know it by seeing her. Still the most amazing itty bitty liitle girl. I wish I had video of her because pics just don’t do her justice. Like when she jumps suddenly as if she’s been electrocuted, or when she’s playing with and tearing up a piece of tissue….so you’ll just have to settle for this. Spike, I had a great time with you!

I’ll post more pics later but here’s a quick tease of the Spikester….First, I am hiding, can you find me?


Seriously, what is it about cats that they just know how to find the small space to hang in, no matter where they are? She just found that bowl, and lived in it. Now here she is on the kitchen counter. Diane and I talked about putting her in the blender to her right just for a fun photo, but eh, I nixed that 🙂


Precious! So, that’s all for now. I’ve been away from home for a whole 36 hours and as I post this, Stanley and Cup are demanding mama’s attention. More Spike later, the girls are calling…..:)

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 7:00 am |


If you’re online shopping anyway….


…why not take one or two extra clicks and do it this way, a cost-free way to help animals in need. Got this on behalf of www.BringPetsHome.org.
On Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season, shoppers can help needy pets by shopping online with more than 140 retailers including Macy’s, Zales, Walmart and Amazon. Consumers can log on to these retail sites through www.BringPetsHome.org and, automatically, a portion of the purchase (amount varies by retailer) is donated to shelters nationally or used to provide immediate assistance to a shelter in their community.

According to the Humane Society, 6 million to 8 million animals enter pet shelters every year. Due to financial constraints, approximately 4 million of these pets are euthanized annually before being reunited with their owner or adopted by a new family.

According to the ASPCA, the ongoing economic downturn increases the burden–as many as 1 million additional dogs and cats are in danger of losing their homes in 2009 with fewer donations coming in. Shelters are feeling the strain on their capacity.

In addition, one shopper will be selected and have $5,000 donated to the shelter of their choice and the winner will receive a $5,000 online shopping spree, courtesy of Intervet Schering Plough Animal Health.

P&C friends, it doesn’t get any easier to make a donation without spending extra money than this. Go forth and shop!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Sunday, November 29th, 2009 at 7:00 am |

Holiday Open House


The SPCA of Westchester is holding a Holiday Open House Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Club Fit, 584 N. State Road in Briarcliff Manor. Here’s the info they sent….have fun!

Join us with 100.7 WHUD to celebrate the holidays with your canine companions! Have your photos taken with Santa or Frosty by Liza Margulies of Snootydog.com while enjoying live music, fabulous food, wonderful refreshments, games for the kids, prizes and much more!
Please RSVP by Dec. 4 to lisa@spca914.org or call 914- 941-2896, EXt. 22 for further details. No fee to attend.  

You can also visit www.spca914.org or click here for the shelter’s holiday donation wish list.  holidaycat1

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Saturday, November 28th, 2009 at 7:00 am |

Honorary cute sleeping pet champion


I mean, really, does it get cuter than this? I posted pics like this last winter, and now that the heat’s on, Stanley has resumed snoozing on her favorite seasonal perch.


P.S. I’m seeing Spike later! Look for pics early next week.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, November 27th, 2009 at 11:06 am |


Come down kitty, kitty…


I’ve never experienced this, most likely because I have indoor cats, but I can imagine how anxiety ridden people feel when their cats are up a tree and won’t, or can’t, get down. Here’s a story from a woman in Pomona, NY, Petina Cole, whose cat-in-a-tree story ended well. I wish I had a photo of the cat, but she sent these. Three cheers for the rescuers! Take it way Petina:

On Nov. 24 a daring tree climber scaled a 50-foot tree to save a cat.
I urged the police and fire departments to help me get kitty out of a 50-foot tree for two days.  I called several local tree companies and some animal rescuers.  No one was willing to help.
Finally, Angelo Schembari of Ira Wickes Arborists, Spring Valley, came to my Pomona home.up he goes_1_1

Schembari called special climber Greg Lewis and their assistant Curtis June to the scene.  Lewis climbed by rope over 50 feet to perch above the cat. The cat them climbed out on a limb and Greg patiently coaxed her into a state of calm.  He then swung off the trunk and reached out to grab the cat and bring her to safety.up he goes_1_1

At one point Lewis was swinging almost upside down to position himself to grab Lucky Kitty.  Lewis is a cat lover with four cats of his own.  He asked about the cat’s temperament.  I told him this was a feral cat I had rescued.  He was undaunted and the cat ultimately relaxed in his arms.  (This is a cat who bites.)  He had planned to use a pillowcase to hold the cat, but it was unnecessary.
Schembari and Lewis spent about 15 minutes preping, with June ready to assist, if the cat suddenly jumped out of the tree.  Lewis was up the tree in a matter of minutes and had the cat in about 5 minutes more.
I was desperate when I realized kitty had been up there for at least 2 days with a 50-foot straight drop to piles of rocks.  She really couldn’t make it down.  And grandma in Boston is waiting for us to come and bring her Thanksgiving. All good now.down w kitty_1_1

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, November 27th, 2009 at 7:00 am |

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For most animal lovers, pets are members of the family. They carry around pictures in their wallets and schedule vacations with pets in mind. This blog takes a look into the world of a pet owner: the good, the bad and the just plain obsessive.

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Laurel Babcock is the Community Life editor for The Journal News, Express Publications and LoHud.com. She grew up with a beloved mutt and was surrounded by dogs into young adulthood. She liked cats enough, but didn't really think of them as true pets. That changed when her brother brought an abandoned 4-week-old kitty into the family, dooming us all. Laurel currently serves as staff for two completely adored cats, Stanley and Cup, both girls.


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