BEAR

Sex: Spayed female
Breed: Domestic short hair – grey/buff tortoiseshell
Age: ~ 7 years old
Reason Here: My owner could no longer care for me
Arrival Date: 03/01/2018
My thoughts on:

Cats & Dogs: I have no history living with dogs and other cats

BANE

Sex: Neutered male
Breed: Domestic shorthair – grey
Age: ~ 3 years old
Reason Here: Transfer from Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society in Virginia
Arrival Date: 3/19/2018
My thoughts on:

Cats: I am living with cats in a community room at HSCC and may do well with another

Dogs: I have no known history living with dogs

BABY GIRL

Special Considerations: I may need the option of going outside if I want to in my new home.
HSCC fans, we need your help to find Baby Girl, aka BeeGee, a very special home where she can be her true self! Baby Girl is a unique lady. She’s fun, she’s sassy, she’s quite hilarious, and she’s super playful! She’s also social and affectionate which sometimes collides with her cattitude. But, hey, sometimes our feelings get the best of us. We feel you, BeeGee!

BeeGee loooooves food, treats, more treats, and wet food! YUM! She is curious, adventurous, and outgoing. She’ll give you a swat when she’s had enough of your attention even though she appears to be asking for it…talk about sending mixed messages! This beautiful princess demands love, (food) and respect! She will clearly communicate she’s done with you with a punch from her paws (with claws!) or even with a nip or bite. This seems to be who Baby Girl is – this behavior is consistent both in her previous home as well as at HSCC. At least we can say she knows who she is and isn’t afraid to express her feelings!

What we’ve learned about Baby Girl since her arrival last November is that an indoor environment does not seem to be enough for her. In an indoor setting she has struggled with being over-stimulated, trying to escape rooms and offices, and needing more space. She’s a smarty pants and even figured out how to open her office door! This gal needs things to do and the space to do it in! We believe that Baby Girl has showed a personality that may be successful in an indoor/outdoor home or specific barn setting. We hope this will give her the freedom to do as she pleases while offering her a stimulating environment to keep her content.

Her new family should have a full structure (barn, garage, etc.) where she will have a heat source, food, water, attention and vet care. Because Baby Girl does not have experience living outside, HSCC will guide you on introducing her to her new environment. She is used to living in a home and we want to make sure we are doing right by her, so we are open to alternative housing for her – as long as her needs are being met. There is the possibility that Baby Girl will want to live her life as an indoor cat who goes outside when she pleases. Adopters should be open to both options. All interested parties should appreciate an independent AND an affectionate and social kitty who may actually prefer that you don’t pet her tooooo much. Who ever said cats are easy?! Sometimes it can be a bit complicated to find the right solution for our furry friends, but we are willing to try. If BeeGee were on a dating site, her matches may be confused, but like all of us, there’s someone for everyone… even when we’ve got a few quirks!

My thoughts on:

Cats: I have never lived with cats before; I did meet a cat at HSCC and may be OK with a proper and slow introduction

Dogs: I have not lived with dogs; A family dog visited a few times a year and I would keep my distance

Children: I would do best in a home without children

Tips for the First 30 Days of Cat Adoption

Sara Kent, Director, Shelter Outreach, Petfinder

Be prepared should be your mantra when bringing a new pet into your home. Cats are particularly sensitive to new surroundings and some may hide under a bed or in a closet for days or even weeks.

You can avoid pitfalls with your new critter and help him or her adapt more easily by following these guidelines:

Before You Bring Your Cat Home:

Cats are territorial, and coming into a new home leaves them feeling really uneasy. There’s all that unexplored space, and who knows what may lurk there. Do him a favor and provide a small area to call his own for the first few days or weeks. A bathroom or laundry room works well. Furnish the room with cat amenities, such as food, water and a litter box. You’ll want to spend time with your cat, so make sure there’s a comfortable place for you to sit as well.
Fill a litter box with one or two inches of litter and place it in his room where he can use it undisturbed. After all, everyone deserves a modicum of privacy when pottying, and giving him that will help forestall litter box aversion. Not sure which litter to choose? Check out How to Choose A Cat Litter.

If you want to lower your carbon footprint, get rid of your dog

Time to consider your carbon ‘paw’ print, according to US research

According to a new study, America’s cats and dogs are having a hugely detrimental effect on the planet.

Due to the millions of meat products consumed by the four-legged furry companions, carbon emissions are notably excessive.

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, reveals that there are 163 million dogs and cats in the US regularly consuming animal products.

Subsequently, the popular pets are responsible for releasing large amounts of powerful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Americans own the most pets in the world and the upkeep for pet care is considerably expensive. Reducing the rate of dog and cat ownership will significantly reduce the impact on the environment, the study explains.

Equally, efforts to reduce waste, overfeeding and making use of vegetarian protein sources would make a substantial difference to lowering an animal’s carbon ‘paw’ print.

The harmful environmental effects of meat production are widely known.

A 2013 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences unveiled the quantities of greenhouse gases released after producing one kilogram of different animal proteins.

Researchers found that producing just one kilogram of chicken releases 3.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide.

For pork, on the other hand, the impact is far greater with 24 kilograms of carbon dioxide released per kilogram.

However, the worst offender is beef, which can release up to 1,000 kilograms, excluding the animal’s water usage.

Gregory Orkin, a UCLA geography professor, calculated the amount of meat likely to be consumed by America’s pet cats and dogs and found that their overall caloric consumption was roughly 19 per cent of what humans consume.

Orkin explained that the figure correlates to the total number of calories consumed by France. Yes, the entire country.

‘Croydon cat killer’ still on the loose and suspected of mutilating over 370 pets in two-year spree

Dismembered bodies of felines found across Britain conform to same pattern

Scooter slipped out her home on the south coast of England one night in the summer, BBC News reported, and turned up the next morning on a nearby lawn – sliced down the length of her belly, entrails pulled out and piled up beside her, laid there to find like some sort of sick message.

As went Scooter, so went Rusty 150 miles to the north: dumped in a bag on a teenage girl’s doorstep, according to The Guardian, headless, limbless and earless.

And Topsy, mutilated in Northampton on 7 September; and Squiggles, found partially skinned with her tail cut off in an Addlestone car park on Tuesday.

These are just a few of the victims of who pet owners across Britain and police believe is a serial killer of cats, who has eluded capture for two years and may be expanding his ambitions.

Since the first killing in late 2015, the carcass found near the alleys of a Croydon neighbourhood south of London, more than 370 animals are believed to have been mutilated by the same suspect, the BBC reported.

Most of the victims are pet cats, though foxes and the occasional rabbit or puppy are sometimes reported – even a baby owl, once. As Peter Holley wrote for The Washington Post last year, the so-called “Croydon Cat Killer” has certain hallmarks to his work: “Decapitated, with their tails and ears cut off, stomachs slashed and organs removed, the tortured remains sometimes drained of blood.”

Police have only confirmed a fraction of the hundreds of mutilated animals to be the work of one human mind.

“It’s quite possible other people have got on the bandwagon – copycats, if you like,” Andy Collin, a Metropolitan police detective in Croydon, told the BBC.

But he has no doubt the killer exists and has even worked up a psychological profile. “Cats are targeted because they are associated with the feminine. The killer can’t deal with a woman or women who are troubling him,” Collin said.

The detective worried that “at some stage he’ll escalate or feel brave enough to move on to vulnerable women and girls.”

And already, the killings have spread from a single London suburb in a widening ring, which by now extends from the coast to miles north, east and west of the capital city.

One night in August, the BBC reported, witnesses near the scene of a cat killing in Caterham chased a man with a headlamp or some sort of torch from the area. This led police – through an animal protection group they’ve partnered with – to release a possible description of the killer, and animal rights groups subsequently offered more than $10,000 as a reward for information leading the killer’s arrest.

“He strikes mainly at night in residential areas, often luring his victims with pet food, crab sticks or raw chicken,” the BBC wrote. “He kills them quickly with some sort of blunt force then waits at least half an hour for their blood to coagulate before mutilating their bodies.

“He then tends to display the bodies close to where he’s hunted them down, sometimes in public spaces such as playgrounds.”

The dead cats were first ignored by police, a Vice reporter wrote last year. They were written off as the work of predators or traffic, until news stories went national and made authorities pay attention.

Now, police meet regularly with leaders of South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty, whose volunteers try to investigate each reported killing as a crime scene. And last month, a forensics laboratory at the University of Surrey began to reexamine the bodies of dozens of cats thought to be linked to the case.

M25 cat killer ‘has slaughtered up to 400 animals’ and is still on the loose, it is claimed

It’s believed the animals are mainly cats but also include rabbits and foxes

The supposed M25 cat killer has slaughtered around 400 cats and small animals, leaving their bodies in plain sight in order to “horrify” people.

Police are hunting a killer who has been described as a “psychopath”, and is thought to kill the animals with blunt force, before mutilating them with a sharp implement.

The attacker was first dubbed the Croydon cat killer, because it is believed the killings started in the south London area in around October 2015.

However over the last two years animals in Surrey, Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham are thought to have been killed by the culprit.

South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (Snarl) has been cataloguing the deaths, and helping police with the investigation.

Snarl co-founder Tony Jenkins said: “We are seeing the exact same injuries, and he leaves a signature.

“If there is more than one killer, it is likely to be a joint enterprise rather than a copycat killer.

“We suspect he gets off on hanging about and watching people’s reactions. We can’t prove that, but we strongly suspect it is the case because of the way he is displaying the bodies.

“It is definitely an act against humans on that basis – he leaves them underneath bedroom windows whilst he hangs around to see someone find their beloved cat decapitated.”

Asked what he thought the killer’s motive could be, Mr Jenkins replied: “I think the motive is to horrify humans. Why else would you get a fox and cut its head completely off and then place the body pointing to the children’s playground not 10 metres away.

“It is definitely an attack on humans, to terrify humans.”

He added that Snarl believed that up to 400 animals, mainly cats, but also including rabbits and foxes, had been decapitated and some had had their tails severed by the attacker.

Selfies make black cats less popular, rescue centre owner claims as she offers to neuter the creatures for free

‘People live their lives to put pictures on Facebook and so black cats are even less popular’

Black cats are being left behind at a rescue centre as nobody wants to adopt them because they do not show up as well in photos posted to social media.

“People will not even come and see them,” Christine Bayka, founder of the Moggery in Bristol, told the Independent.

She added that it had become much harder to re-home them “because of selfies”.

“People live their lives to put pictures on Facebook, and so black cats are even less popular,” she said.

The 67-year-old said that for the first time, all 40 cats at the centre are black. This has prompted her to offer free neutering to all black cats in February in a bid to reduce the number of leftover kittens.

“Every autumn I am left with black kittens,” she said, adding that people “will wait for the next kitten season rather than adopt what we have.”

They were “delightful and friendly but the wrong colour and people will not even look at them,” she said.

The Cats Protection charity recently said that black cats took 13 per cent longer to rehome than cats of any other colour in 2017.

“In France and Germany, black cats are considered unlucky but they aren’t here,” Ms Bayka said.

Aberdeen University students are pushing for Buttons the cat to be voted new rector

‘University management do not take our interests seriously’, student says

Hundreds of students are fighting for a cat to become the University of Aberdeen’s new rector.

Students fed up with university management not representing their interests have nominated Buttons the cat for the position once held by Winston Churchill – arguing for “cats not bureaucrats”.

They claim that Buttons is apolitical, fluffy and lives on campus, making him the “ideal candidate”.

So far, more than 300 students have signed a petition calling for the popular white cat to be allowed to stand as a candidate for “the sake of student interest, democracy and fluffy feline friendliness”.

But the University of Aberdeen has denied Buttons the opportunity to stand as they say he does not meet the requirements to be a charity trustee – which includes chairing governing body meetings.

Alex Kither, a third-year history student behind the campaign, said: “There’s been an issue between university management and the student body. Often their interests are not taken seriously.”

On his decision to back Buttons, Mr Kither told The Independent: “There are a couple of cats on campus but Buttons lives on campus and everyone knows him because he is incredibly friendly and engages with students. So we felt he was the ideal candidate.”

The campaign comes just two months after the university ratified a decision to scrap the rector election over allegations of “dirty tricks” by the campaign for Maggie Chapman.

A re-vote was called for after at least one other candidate wanted the Scottish Greens co-convener, the current rector, removed from the ballot in a row over campaign posters being torn down.

On the campaign, an University of Aberdeen spokesman said: “The role of the rector is to represent and support the students of the University.

“The rector also chairs meetings of the university’s governing body and as such is a charity trustee.

“Buttons has clearly caught the attention of our students as a potential candidate for the rector role, but sadly cannot stand for election due to not meeting the requirements of a charity trustee.”