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Tax Season for Pets

Written by Nia on .

Wahooo it’s the beginning tax season! Sorry, I know for fur-less beings tax season is akin to a snow-less winter, a weekend of domestic chores, or even to sticking pins under your fingernails. But for us furry folk it means saving lives, thanks to the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF). I will tell you how this works…  

Therapeutic Robotic Cats

Written by Lollipop on .

I read an article in the New York Times about the use of robotic cats for therapeutic purposes with Alzheimer’s patients. At first, I thought it was offensive to the elderly patients, as well as to living cats who should be providing the therapy themselves. But as I read further, I pushed judgment aside, recognizing it actually honors both…

Doing New Right

Written by Trigger on .

A new year, a new life, right? Well, I am hoping so anyway. Not sure how to start the new year off right? I am here to help; my life is all about new beginnings.

Being in a New Year

Written by Sweetie on .

Writing the last Pet Column of 2021 should be an honor, but quite frankly I am feeling rather anxious about it. What if it is not as inspiring and uplifting as I want it to be? How do you encapsulate a year like 2021 into 600 words? Why am I such a perfectionist? Why am I spinning out right now? Why am I homeless?

Home for the Holidays

Written by Izzy on .

What makes the Holidays special? Most would answer that we get to be with those we love. Isn’t that what it is all about? For some of you that means going home for the Holidays and for others that means staying home and not going anywhere. Some gather with their “chosen” family members to feel that connection. And then there are those, like me, without a heart connection at the moment, who feel more lonely than ever during the Holidays.

How to ID a Cat

Written by Ebony & Sassy on .

According to the Humane Society of the United States, only 2 to 5 % of the millions of lost cats entering shelters annually nationwide are reunited with their owners. This is mainly because cats do not arrive at shelters with secure identification to get them returned to their homes. Compare this to dogs, reunited with owners at eight times the rate that cats are (only 14% of cats arriving at shelters have i.d. as compared to 43% of dogs).  

International Animal Rights Day

Written by Luna on .

On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to prevent the horrors of genocide during World War II from being repeated. This document attested to basic human rights and declared that respect and dignity for human beings are “the foundations for freedomjustice, and peace in the world.”

In the Blink of an Eye

Written by Mr. Hook on .

People who don’t have a cat in the family are missing out on learning how to be simple and direct communicators. I am always amazed at how challenging that can be for humans. For example, those people who smile but…are they really smiling? Cats don’t pretend to be feeling something they are not.

Giving Thanks

Written by Loki on .

As a homeless dog I can think of nothing better than a day devoted to eating as much turkey, stuffing and pie as I can cram into my belly. Although that is literally a dream come true, there is some scuttle that this week’s Holiday offers more than an overly satisfied stomach. I have heard that it can also be about gratitude and connection. Although that may not taste as good, I really like the feel of that.

800 Second Chances

Written by Woody on .

Prior to today there have been 799 homeless pets writing this weekly Second Chance Pet Column. I have the honor of completing number 800. Yep, this marks 800 Pet Columns, and the coolest part is that every single pet that has written a Pet Column has been adopted. I am so thrilled to finally get my turn! Hey world, here I am, ready for my forever home!

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