Talkin' Pets News
January 12, 2019
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Suzanne Topor - Livingston Animal & Avian Hospital - Lutz, FL
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Social Media and Production - Bob Page
Special Guest - Dani-Elle Kleha Releases a New EP "Runnin' On Dreams" and will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/12/19 at 630pm ET to discuss her new music, pets and give away some CD's
- Michelson Found Animals’ Adopt & Shop hits the streets with ‘food truck-inspired’ mobile adoption truck.-
LOS ANGELES, CA-- (August 4, 2016) – Michelson Found Animals Foundation, Inc. (www.FoundAnimals.org), an independently funded nonprofit organization working to help Los Angeles become a no-kill city, has launched its all-new ‘food truck-inspired’ mobile pet adoption truck, dubbed the Catty Wagon (www.cattywagon.org). The inside of the Catty Wagon is equipped with six individual condos where the adoptable felines are housed, two ‘meet & greet’ rooms, and an array of fresh and fun cat products. From the outside of the vehicle, when parked, the cats and kittens are visible from windows looking out into the world.
“When Angelenos see a giant cat-like moving vehicle with cat ears, whiskers and a tail driving down the road or at a local event, they’ll be excited to learn that there are dozens of kittens on board waiting for their forever home,” said Found Animals Executive Director, Aimee Gilbreath. “Although there’s definitely a ‘kitten season’ where we see an influx of kittens in our shelters, there is a need to educate on the importance of feline adoption year round. As part of our mission to save as many pets as we can, we’ve launched the Catty Wagon as a fun and engaging way to bring our kitties directly to consumers.”
More cats than dogs are euthanized in U.S. shelters each year, and the launch of the Catty Wagon is a step in the right direction to educate the public on the importance of fostering, adoption, or becoming a volunteer. The Catty Wagon’s purpose is tied to the organization’s mission of Saving Pets, Enriching Lives and is an extension of its brick & mortar store Adopt & Shop (www.adoptandshop.org), an adoption and retail facility where every dollar spent goes back to saving more pets.
"Our food truck inspired "cat on wheels" is the first of its kind and an innovative approach to mobile adoption and retail, it raises the bar on the concept of adoption vehicles and our commitment to saving pets and enriching lives,” said Dr. Gary Michelson, Founder of Found Animals.
Each adoptable pet on board the Catty Wagon will be vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped, an important component in assuring lost pets return home and not back to the shelter. A collection of starter supplies for new adopters will also be available for purchase from the Catty Wagon itself. Because adoption fees and point-of-sale proceeds go back towards saving the lives of area pets, purchases from the Catty Wagon will also directly impact the area’s shelter animals.
“If you adopt from the Catty Wagon, not only are you saving the life of the pet adopted, but you’re also enriching your own life in so many wonderful ways; it’s a win/win.” said Gilbreath.
For real-time information on the Catty Wagon location, follow Adopt & Shop on Twitter and join the conversation on social using #CattyWagon. And, for a list of upcoming events or to book the Catty Wagon at your next event, please visit www.cattywagon.org.
Take a tour of the inside of Catty Wagon, here.
About Michelson Found Animals
The Michelson Found Animals Foundation is a non-profit supporting pet -owners and animal welfare organizations; our mission is Saving Pets, Enriching Lives. After celebrating a decade of service to animals, we continue to grow as we find new and innovative ways to help pets and the people who care for them. In addition to creating the first free microchip registry, we now have our own adoption centers, research next generation spay/neuter technology, and sell affordable high quality products—all in the service of pets. Our unique perspective into all aspects of animal welfare allows us to better support pet owners and pet professionals alike. All of this is possible thanks to generous funding from Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson.
See how we’re using our brains and expertise to obtain real, sustainable, results at FoundAnimals.org. To learn more about our free microchip registry, and the many innovative tools that are making it easier to connect lost pets to their people, check out found.org. Our spay/neuter technology research is at michelsonprizeandgrants.org. And to find out more about our Adopt & Shop locations, where all profits go back to caring for our adoptable pets, take a look at adoptandshop.org.
BETHESDA, Md., USA – April 12, 2016 – As springtime begins so does “kitten season” – when babies are born to cats who have not yet been spayed or neutered. People don’t always know the best way to help these kittens. Sometimes taking home a kitten found outdoors is the best way to help and sometimes it’s best to leave them outdoors with mom – it all depends on the situation.
“If you come across a kitten outdoors, you may be tempted to bring her home with you, but that may not be the best thing for the kitten,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Deciding whether to take a kitten home with you or leave her where she is should be carefully considered based on the individual kitten’s situation and age.”
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the humane treatment of cats, offers five easy ways people can help cats and kittens this spring. Visitwww.alleycat.org/Kittensfor a comprehensive guide to caring for kittens.
Tip #1: Leave kittens with mom.
Like all babies, kittens are best left with their mothers who instinctively know how to help their offspring grow up to be strong and healthy cats. Neonatal kittens, four weeks old or younger, need around the clock attention and depend on mom for 100 percent of their care. Kittens five to eight weeks old can begin to eat wet food but are still being weaned. (To determine the age of a kitten, use Alley Cat Allies’ Kitten Progression Guide at www.alleycat.org/KittenProgression.)
If you know the mother is present, it is best to leave kittens with her. To determine whether the mother is caring for the kittens, wait and observe for two to four hours to see if the mother returns. She could just be out looking for food. If she doesn’t return, the kittens could be abandoned. A young kitten living outdoors who does not have a mother present should be taken in and fostered.
If you are unsure, Alley Cat Allies has a number of resources available to help. The Alley Cat Allies’ National Cat Help Desk can provide advice and direction for a number of situations. Another option is the Alley Cat Allies’ Feral Friends Network – local individuals and organizations that may be able to help with hands-on advice, information about borrowing equipment, and veterinarians or clinics that can spay and neuter feral cats. To request a list of Feral Friends in your area, visit www.alleycat.org/FeralFriends.
Tip #2: Don’t bring neonatal kittens to an animal shelter.
Most shelters are not equipped or trained to provide the necessary round-the-clock care for neonatal kittens. If a kitten can’t eat on her own, she will likely be killed at the shelter. Realistically, it’s never a good idea to take a cat to a shelter, no matter the age or level of socialization. There are some shelters who have lifesaving programs for cats, but across the nation, more than 70 percent of cats who enter shelters are killed. That number rises to virtually 100 percent for feral cats. Killing is never the answer—it is inhumane and it fails to stabilize or reduce outdoor cat populations.
Tip #3: Volunteer as a kitten foster parent for a local rescue group.
There are kitten foster parent programs across the country. Though it is an investment of time and requires training, volunteering to foster young kittens is lifesaving and rewarding. To learn the basics of kitten care, register for Alley Cat Allies’ free “Help! I found a kitten!” webinar at www.alleycat.org/KittenWebinar.
Tip #4: Support and practice Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).
TNR is the only effective and humane way of stabilizing and reducing community cat populations. In a TNR program, community cats are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (the universal symbol that a cat has been neutered and vaccinated) before being returned to their outdoor homes. Learn more about TNR at www.alleycat.org/TNR.
Spaying and neutering community cats prevents new litters, drastically reducing the impact of kitten season. Cats as young as four months can have litters, so it is important to spay and neuter kittens as soon as they are ready. A good rule of thumb is the 2 Pound Spay/Neuter Rule – kittens can be safely spayed or neutered at two months of age or as soon as they weigh two pounds. Learn more about pediatric spay and neuter at www.alleycat.org/spayneuter.
Tip #5: Advocate for policies and programs that protect cats.
Contact your shelter and local officials and tell them you support lifesaving policies for cats, including spay and neuter funding and spay and neuter before adoption. Write letters and call in support of community outreach and education programs that spread awareness about spay and neuter, community cats and TNR – you can make a big difference. Learn how you can help your local shelter save more cats’ lives at www.alleycat.org/HelpShelters.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 600,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens worldwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org, and Alley Cat Allies is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.
Hallmark Channel’s Three-Hour Original Special Filled with Purr-Fectly Adoptable Kittens Performing in the Biggest Feline Sports Show in TV History
Attention, sports fans! Hallmark Channel announces a brand new tradition that is sure to become the most talked about big game on television! On Sunday, February 2, 2014 (12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. ET/PT), Hallmark Channel opens its stadium doors to the greatest feline showdown in cable television history, “Kitten Bowl,” a three-hour Hallmark Channel Original Special featuring the world’s most adorable – and adoptable – kittens in the mother lode of cat agility competition. The special, which will be presented annually, is supported by the network’s animal welfare partner, American Humane Association, and is just one of many high-profile commitments the company has made to its evergreen Pet Project initiative. With American Humane Association, Hallmark Channel’s in-house production team will scour rescue associations and shelters searching for kitty competitors whose enduring prize will be a loving, forever home. “Kitten Bowl” is a bonanza of opportunity for Ad Sales and product integration and will feature a live streaming internet channel to catch every delightful, charming, or inspirational moment. Suiting up as judges, referees, and sideline trainers will be Hallmark Channel’s top tier Original Movie talent. And, in a first for the network, viewers at home will vote in social media for the MVK – Most Valuable Kitten.
“Creating another programming event to reinforce Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project, our corporate pet adoption and safety initiative, enhances the profile of the plight of shelter animals in our country while providing fun, family-oriented entertainment to our viewers. We are very proud of our association with American Humane Association and their support of our work in this area,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.
The agility competition will consist of a basic obstacle course of hurdles of varying heights, A-frame Alpine Scratchers, tunnels, hoop jumps, and weave poles. Lures, like laser pointers, and toys on a string will be used to get the kittens through the course, but food will not allowed. Cat agility competitions, which are modeled after the equestrian sport of show jumping, normally include rules which state that cats must complete a course in under 270 seconds, completing each obstacle in a prescribed manner. In a typical feline agility contest, a cat would complete between six and fourteen obstacles, with winning cats completing the course in ten seconds or less. In “Kitten Bowl,” however, the competitors are kittens and any form of cuteness is the key to the game.
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 87 million subscribers. Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading destination for quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies and specials, as well as some of television’s most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, Frasier, and Happy Days. The channel is also home to a range of lifestyle programming, anchored by Home & Family, a daily two-hour live show shot in a fully functional house located on the Universal Studios lot, and Marie, a one-hour talk show hosted by iconic entertainer, Marie Osmond. Hallmark Channel's sibling network, Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of original films, classic theatrical releases, and presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library.