How to I.D. a Cat

My name is Tommy and I have a pet (pun intended) peeve to share. 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. Compare this to dogs, reunited with owners at eight times the rate that cats are. Why? Because only 14% of cats arriving at shelters have identification as compared to 43% of dogs. What the fur ball is up with that?

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Sweet Dreams are Made of This

So our little Second Chance Pet Column caught the attention of an interesting organization called Tuck, based in Seattle and devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness. They create and disseminate comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources (check them out at The cool thing is they asked us to share information about pets and sleep. So as it such a universal and important topic (who doesn’t need sleep?!) we are going to cover some of their info today.

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The Fortune of the Black Cat

So what is the deal with Halloween and black cats?  Do you people still think that we are the vessels of evil witchcraft or minions of the devil? Seriously? People, this is the 21st century - can we please get over it already? Yes, black cats have endured a major role for centuries in folklore and mythology but continuing to perpetuate this superstitious mumbo jumbo isn’t helping our cause – to love and be loved.    In the immortal words of Groucho Marx, "A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere."

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Catify to Satisfy

As I sit and wait for my new family to appear here at the Second Chance shelter I have been considering what might help make the transition into a new home go more smoothly for all cats. I believe that the single most important thing is to properly prepare your home. Below are tips to create a safe, comforting and stimulating setting, without forgetting your own desire to have a well-designed living space.

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Designing Dogs Doesn’t Always Work

I am a mutt and proud of it. I don’t intend to trash talk the purebred dog but for this week’s Pet Column topic I thought you should be aware of the impact that the demand for designer dogs (crossing purebreds with other kinds of purebreds) is making upon all dogs. From overcrowding shelters with unadoptable “designs” gone wrong to dogs living a life of suffering because of their failed “design”, I can help you avoid these pitfalls.

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How To Freshen the Feline

One would think that any creature that can so beautifully emulate the flow of water like we cats can would not harbor such a longstanding hatred and fear of it. The fact is, most domestic cats do not enjoy getting wet. Some will even lift their noses at the thought of walking over a damp floor. So, do cats need baths and if so how do you bathe a cat?

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The Tale of the Dreaded Foxtail

Last month a beloved Utah K9 named Storm died due to complications from ingestion of a weed. Not the cannabis kind (which can also be deadly to your dog) but form the simple foxtail – a weed that is prevalent in this region. Read below for tips on reducing the risks to your dog from this unfriendly grass-like plant.

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The Cat Span Issue

My name is Mango and I wanted to share reason number 782 of why you should adopt a cat rather than a dog (like you really needed another reason… I mean come on just look at those drooling beasts!). Another way that cats are superior to dogs is that we tend to live longer. So there you have it – adopt a cat for a longer and more meaningful relationship.

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Sadie's Story

My name is Sadie. Before my housemates and I arrived here at Second Chance we lived in a small house with far too many dogs. There were dogs just everywhere I turned and only one elderly person who was trying to take care of us all. She did her best and she thought she was doing a great job, but she wasn’t. 

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