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They Name Themselves

When adopters ask about good kitten names, I tell them to give it a few days before choosing the new addition’s name. And I’m not alone — all of the counselors at our location say the same. It’ because the cat or kitten will name itself, or at least let the new human know it’s name. It’s best explained by example.

My colleague Deb found a kitten in a box on top of a trash bin. Shortly after picking him up, she sent me a text. Here’s the convo:



No other name ever stuck. Nothing fit, nothing seemed right. He was always referred to as Kmart. And I’m pleased to report that Kmart is happy and healthy in his home.


Young “Volunteer” Suggestions

I’ve had a number of young people inquire about volunteering at my shelter. As with most shelters, volunteers must be 16 at a minimum, leaving little for the younger crowd except for disappointment in hearing “you’re too young”.

There has been one young lady who has made two monetary donations to the cats at my store; the first was the remaining two dollars from her allowance, the next was a donation of her full allowance – $20. That she did it the first time was cute. The second time? Well, that just kind of blew us away. And it got me to thinking and researching for ways for our younger supporters to help. The best and easiest I’ve found thus far are tithing and having an altruistic birthday party.


A child receiving an allowance can learn a valuable lesson if he or she is taught to set away a certain percentage of the funds to donate. Ten percent is a small enough amount that most children won’t miss it; if your child receives $10 a week for allowance, giving up a dollar isn’t that difficult.

Altruistic Birthday Party

This has made the news several times recently. Children and young adults request that their guests bring donations for the local shelter in lieu of gifts. These gifts can include pet food, toys, beds and blankets, and perhaps even the contents of their piggy banks. If kids still have those these days, that is. 😉

Katze! Aus Deutschland!


Ambrose came from Stuttgart, Germany, and can’t go with his family to their new home. He’s a one year old sweetheart who has traveled further than some people I know.

I tried talking to him in German, but his response was the same: Meeeeooooow! 🙂

No Kill Communities vs No Kill Shelters – and why confusing the two endangers the movement

via Kc dog blog

MSN had an article last week (editor’s update: the article was actually written last summer, but just popped up on my MSN last week, which is odd — go MSN) about how, as a country, we may be coming close to becoming a No Kill Nation. While the article was mostly good, there was one big thing that stuck out at me in the article that is bugging me.

I’m tired of there being talk about no kill shelters. It is time we make the conversation about being no kill communities instead.

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