Our hearts are heavy with pain and grief as we say goodbye to our very own Eleven Cats Radio cat LOLA. We watched as he and his four brothers and sisters were born on a chilly day – March 23, 2015. Born to a feral mom, he and his siblings lived on our 6 acres on the river – a long distance from the road. We fed them every day and built a large heated structure to keep them safe and warm during the winter. The group never wandered far and never headed toward the direction of the road.
Sadly, we found him on Tuesday morning, September 19, 2017 laying in parts and pieces all over the street. We are forever damaged as well by the site and the thought of this sweet, innocent life suddenly taken in such a horrifying manner.
We built a wooden box and cremated him on our property near the river in the fire pit. As his smoke and ashes swirled around and up toward the sky, we cried and prayed that he finds wholeness once again and is free forever of pain and fear.
Being the last one born – LOLA stood for Last Out Loves Attention.
We hope he finds the long-lasting loving attention he so needs and deserves.
We love you LOLA.
Bob, Pat, Mother, SJ, Tippy, Gracie, Stripe, Whodini, Jumper, Mr. Boots, GiGi, Tiny, Sonny and JoJo
A true story about a ‘rescue’ feral cat forced to live a cage. Please – don’t get a cat if you do not have the time, the finances, the space, the environment or the mental capacity to do everything in your power that is natural and right for that cat.
Here’s an excerpt that says it all from the Animal Rescue Corp in Washington DC.
“The cage is a fundamentally flawed contraption that causes rapid emotional, social and physical decline of its inhabitants. In my experience any animal confined to a cage goes through three phases of decline; typically starting with high anxiety, leading to depression, and resulting in psychological turmoil. Putting an animal in a cage is a violation of that creature’s innate right to live naturally and without suffering. This type of confinement also forces animals to eat, sleep and defecate in a space often only a few times the size of their body. This causes health problems and can ultimately lead to death in some species.”
But the cage itself is not the driving force of the cruelty – it is the humans – as always – it’s the humans.
Our newest baby rescue kitties endured their first vet visit. Shouting staff members, running kids and vomiting dogs forced little Sonny and JoJo to ask – “Are you ‘kitten’ me? Why does the experience have to be so bewildering?” Just like human healthcare, the petcare patient experience is often littered with nonsense. What can we do as ‘advocats’ for our little friends? Tune in.
Couldn’t stand the thought of someone adopting one and not the other. So off to the shelter we headed to pick up brother and sister Sonny and JoJo. These two had two more outdoor siblings that most likely were lost to a couple of roving neighborhood coyotes. What a joy for us to welcome them to the crew.
Whodini wondered why I was getting irritated while skimming through Facebook last week. She could see me shaking my head and heard me muttering to myself. She asked – “What’s wrong?”
Well – tune in to this double segment show where we share a Facebook conversation between a gal who wants to rid her yard of cats and cat poop and will do whatever it takes to get the job done – including a suggestion simply stated ‘Smith and Wesson’. We take that mean spirit and turn it into a positive healing lesson when some suggests Ho’oponopono – a Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.
When vet #3 said perhaps a fly laid an egg in the cat’s nose – I knew we were in la-la-land.
In this special two part show that originally aired on the nationally syndicated radio program ‘Speak Up and Stay Alive’, patient safety expert and host Pat Rullo Advo’cats’ for her kitten Whodini.
Part I – After 10 months of snorting and five different vet encounters, Pat and Dr. Google diagnose a nasopharyngeal polyp. Her conclusion? Petcare and vetcare are no different that human healthcare.
Part II – Pat the ‘AdvoCat’ shares the 5th veterinarian who finally diagnoses and removes a nasopharyngeal polyp from Whodini. Not only must you advocate for your human loved ones – your pets need you to advocate for them too. And always ask for price transparency – HOW MUCH IS THAT?
Lucky is a Jack Russell Terrier who narrowly escaped an early death after his human abandoned him in San Diego, and who lived on to radiate his sacred self and bring joy to everyone he met for the next fourteen years.
We cheated! Today’s episode is a wee bit longer than 11 minutes. But the topic of killing innocent cats is so worth the extra time. We must stop the madness and educate every single human being until shelter killings end. Convenience euthanasia = MURDER! Let’s spread the word about TNR. Let’s offer those who surrender their pet some decent alternatives. Please share this episode on Twitter, Facebook and more.
Little Juniper went over the Rainbow Bridge on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 after a sudden illness. She lived on the streets of New York City until rescued in 2011 where she enjoyed a happy life filled with loving human adults, children, two dogs and a hamster.
She is best known for hiding in the laundry hamper, knocking silverware off of the table and stashing dog food behind the dining room curtains.
Her absence leaves a hole in our family that we can only hope will be filled by our happy memories.
Rest in Peace little lady.
Mom, Dad, Becca, Sam, Nadia, Whiskers, Ruff and Ready
Put your cat glasses on and head over to the Dollar Store where you can rustle up some cool finds for your cat for just a buck. Because these items are not designed specifically for cats and cat safety, please use these toys during ‘Adult Supervised Playtime’ only. This makes playtime safe and extra special because the toys aren’t available all of the time, and when they are – your cat associates them with having fun with you.
And ‘no’ we are not affiliated with any Dollar Store in any way.
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