Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2/19/2014

Good Morning,  53 degrees and rainy this morning.  Supposed to be in the 70's today.

Today in history A prize is inserted into a Crackerjacks box for the first time (1913)


Natalie made this poster for her 9th birthday and asked for donations for the cats!    HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATALIE!



This is what she got for the cats,  a Kuranda climber! 
 Plus a cash donation!!     Thank you so much Natalie!! 
That was so very kind of you!   You ROCK!!




Microchip your Pet

The prospect of losing a beloved pet is every pet parent's worst nightmare. But pets do go missing every day, and despite the best efforts of owners and local animal control, many of these pets are never reunited with their families.
If accidental losses weren't enough to be concerned about, a disturbing new trend of pets being stolen is cropping up in news reports this summer. The American Humane Association estimates that more than 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. Some of these pets wind up for sale on local Craigslist boards and sadly, others are sometimes sold to medical laboratories, where they become unwitting test subjects in the name of science.
Protecting our pets from loss and theft is fairly simple, but hardly foolproof. As pet parents, we do everything we can to keep our furry friends out of harm's way, but there are times when even the most vigilant among us become distracted; furniture deliveries being a case in point. On warm August nights, it can be tempting to just open the back door and let our pets roam in the yard unsupervised. Or you may think, "What's the harm?" and tie Fido up to pop in a shop for an iced coffee. It only takes a split second for a thief to snatch your pet, and once he is gone, your best chance of recovering him may be his microchip.
Microchips are the only permanent method of pet identification, and not only are they extremely helpful in the event your pet is lost, but having your contact information linked to your pet's chip can help you prove rightful ownership in the event that your pet is stolen. 
Don't have your pet microchipped yet? Here's what you need to know:
• It is estimated that more than 94 percent of lost pets who have a microchip are successfully reunited with their families.
• Microchip scanning devices are available to all U.S. animal shelters and veterinary clinics. If you're not sure whether your pet is chipped, have him scanned.
• Injecting a microchip into your pet's back takes less than 10 seconds and is only as painful as a vaccination.
• Microchips are made of biocompatible silicon and encased in glass, and rejection and infection are rare.
This is what a microchip looks like next to a grain of rice

• The biggest reason microchips fail to reunite lost pets with their owners is that the owner information either was never registered or it wasn't current. Register your pet's contact information immediately when you get the new chip. If you already have a chipped pet and are unsure of your pet's microchip number or manufacturer (info you will need to update your contact details on the chip), take him to your local vet clinic or animal shelter to be scanned. Don't take any chances!
While microchips are the only permanent form of identification for your pet, there are some promising new options for pet identification that can work in tandem with a chip to make sure you always know the whereabouts of your best friend.
GPS-enabled collars can help you find your lost pet using your smartphone. When your pet goes missing, you get a text message with the GPS coordinates of the collar. The message contains a link to the coordinates on a map, which you can open on your smartphone and use to start your search efforts. Some models even act as a virtual fence, sending you an SMS message when your pet leaves a predefined zone. In other words, as soon as your dog leaves the yard, you can be notified of his location. While the technology can be pricey (some models fetch close to $500), it can be well worth it for the extra peace of mind.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/natasha-ashton/lost-and-found-microchips_b_3744897.html



Boxes



Thank you so much for all the wonderful gifts sent to the cats from our wish lists!
http://blindcatrescue.com/wishlist.htm

Thank you to Kristen Verdeaux for the beautiful catghan's  she hand made for the cats.   They are copies of the ones that she has made for Gwen Coopers cats over the years.  The Gold & white one is a copy of the official Prudence-Catgham she made for Gwen when Love Saves the Day was published.     If you would like her to make one for your cats,  you may email her at
catghans@yahoo.com    She will donate $5. to BCR for each one ordered   :)











Thank you so much for the gifts,  often amazon does not tell us your names and they NEVER tell us contact information for you.  We deeply appreciate your generosity!


Scotty is guarding his box :)
Thank you Ingrid Moran for the Shark Steamer!
Thank you Mary White for the Kuranda climber!
Thank you Annie Scott for the gain laundry soap, food and toys!
Thank you unnamed for the toys!
Thank you unnamed for the bound, laundry soap, magic erasers and toys!
Thank you Maria Llambes for the food!
Thank you Kelly Barum for the food!
Thank you Harvey Martin and Easy for the food!
Thank you Erin Noe for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the toys!
Thank you Molly Drozda for the trash bags!!  (love the trench things  :)
Thank you Michael Townsley for the food!

Bless you all for your kindness!



Please help the blind cats win in TWO contests, both daily votes:
1. http://www.shopforyourcause.com/voting-challenge(category LARGE RESCUE Shelter, Blind Cat )
2. http://www.shelterchallenge.com/ 
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