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Monday, June 8, 2015

June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month


June is a very important month for organizations like ours that work together with the community in order to help find permanent homes for rescue cats. Why? Because June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. And you might wonder why June? Well, June is kitten season. It is the time of the year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with homeless litters; 3.4 million cats end up in shelters each year. This situation makes it more difficult for shelters to find a permanent home for their rescue cats. Therefore our purpose is to bring awareness and encourage people to ADOPT a shelter cat instead of BUYING one from a pet shop.

A new survey of American adults shows that a majority of cat owners believe that cats are intelligent (77%) and independent (71%), which confirms what many of us already know – cats are smart animals that make excellent companions

Remember her?

Another good reason to adopt a cat is they make the best cuddlers, they are warm and fuzzy, perfectly suited for snuggling.


They are also skilled hunters that will help keep the bug population down in your home, as well as those hair-raising lizards, mice, moths, etc.


And finally, you will be saving a life. Each year 3 to 4 million of those shelter cats who end up not getting adopted are eventually euthanized. You could be single-handedly saving a life by adopting a shelter cat.


To bring even more attention to this matter, during this month ASCPA is joining forces with Animal Planet and Jackson Galaxy to host a social media contest celebrating shelter cats. By sharing your cutest or silliest cat photos using the hashtag #MyRescueCat and signing an adoption pledge, you will be entered for the chance to have your photo featured on the My Cat From Hell season finale June 13. You can enter the contest at http://www.aspca.org/MyRescueCat




You can also be a part of the solution by helping your local shelter this June through the #Litter4kitties contest, where the ASPCA and Freekibble.com will give away 10,000 pounds of Fresh Step cat litter to shelters, with one grand prize shelter receiving 5,000 lbs. and five runners-up receiving 1,000 lbs. each. Visit www.aspca.org/Litter4kitties to nominate your local shelter.

Junio es el Mes Nacional de Adopción de Gatos de Refugios


Junio ​​es un mes muy importante para organizaciones como nosotros que trabajan en conjunto con la comunidad con el fin de ayudar a encontrar hogares permanentes para los gatos de rescate. ¿Por qué? Debido a que Junio es el Mes Nacional de Adopción de Gatos de Refugios. Y usted podría preguntarse por qué Junio? Bueno, Junio es temporada de gatitos. Es la época del año cuando los gatos dan a luz, inundando refugios de animales y grupos de rescate de todo el país, con camadas sin hogar ; 3,4 millones de gatos terminan en refugios cada año . Esta situación hace que sea más difícil para los refugios encontrar un hogar permanente para sus gatos rescatados. Por lo tanto nuestro objetivo es concienciar y animar a la gente a adoptar un gato de refugio en lugar de comprar uno en una tienda de mascotas.

Una nueva encuesta de adultos estadounidenses muestra que la mayoría de los dueños de gatos afirman que los gatos son inteligentes ( 77 % ) e independientes ( 71 % ), lo que confirma lo que muchos de nosotros ya sabemos - los gatos son animales inteligentes que hacen excelentes compañeros.

¿La recuerdas?
Otra buena razón para adoptar un gato es que hacen las mejores compañeros de acurruque, son cálidos y peludos, ideal para este propósito.


También son hábiles cazadores que ayudarán a reducir la población de insectos en su casa, así como lagartos, ratones, polillas , etc.


Y, por último, usted podría salvar una vida . Cada año de 3 a 4 millones de esos gatos de refugio que terminan no siendo adoptados son finalmente sacrificados. Usted podría estar salvando una vida de manera directa al adoptar un gato de refugio.


 
Para traer aún más atención a este asunto, durante este mes ASCPA estará uniendo fuerzas con Animal Planet y Jackson Galaxy para acoger un concurso de redes sociales celebrando gatos de refugio . Al compartir sus fotos más tiernas o divertidas de sus gatos usando el hashtag #MyRescueCat y firmando el formulario en apoyo a la adopción, estará participando para ganar la oportunidad de que su foto aparezca  en la temporada final de "My Cat from Hell" el 13 de Junio. Puede participar en este concurso visitando este enlance http://www.aspca.org/MyRescueCat


También puede ser parte de la solución al ayudar a su refugio local este mes de Junio a través del concurso # Litter4kitties, donde ASPCA y Freekibble.com regalarán 10.000 libras de arena para gatos Fresh Step a los refugios, con un gran premio de 5.000 libras para un el refugio ganador . Y cinco subcampeones que recibirán 1.000 libras cada uno. Visita www.aspca.org/Litter4kitties para nominar a tu refugio local.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Riverfront Cats Receives its First Award!!

by Christine Michaels


In the world of homeless pets and pet rescue and welfare, bad news often outweighs the positive.   But Saturday night was one of those rare moments, a surprise.  Life is full of surprises.

This past week I attended the BlogPaws conference in Nashville, Tennessee, a social media conference for pet bloggers. Saturday night was the final evening and award ceremony. While I've sat through scores of award banquets, this one was different. For 20 plus years of my adult life, I've listened and watched as friends, colleagues, and strangers are announced the winners for an achievement in their work, or school or sport and  take the stage and accept their award. Some times I'll shed a tear or two of joy, even for complete strangers, moved by their story. This night was different that sent shock waves. My name and Riverfront Cats was announced as the winner of an award. 

Harrison Forbes ( Pet Talk host) & Christine Michaels


Best Use of Social Media by a Nonprofit Organization
Facebook Auction for Rogér, the Miami Le Chat Noir

My body was shaking as I stood at the podium. I have no fear of public speaking as I do it every week quite comfortably and for many years.  I was in shock to be named the winner.  Given the company I shared in this category, I did not expect to win. When you least expect it, life is full of surprises. And one pleasant surprise can uplift years of painstaking work  My blog is directly related to a cause.

Christine in shock during acceptance speech

The award was specific to a Facebook auction (the use of social media) we held for a black cat that suffered a slashed throat and dislocated jaw.  This cat looks exactly like the famous French poster, Le Chat Noir. So we gave him an American name with a French accent, Rogér. The vet bill was avalanching, approaching $4,000.  At the time, I was speaking to a friend and fellow cat blogger, Tamar from I Have Cat, and we brainstormed on fundraising ideas.  Thus the idea was born for a fun auction before Christmas time with cute and unique cat products.  While it was a lot of work, it was fun observing the heated but friendly competition as cat lovers outbid each other for an cat-auction item all for a good cause.

Poster on left, Rogér on right

This is what BlogPaws is about--connecting pet bloggers, pet guardians, pet experts (speakers, trainers, veterinarians) from across the country, to improve the welfare of all pets by sharing knowledge, studies and stories.  The body of knowledge surrounding health and behavior of pets is still evolving. Teamwork makes a difference!


While this award is not the Nobel Peace prize, in my world, I bring peace to a world of homeless cats and to a community to learn to understand and appreciate that these harmless creatures want to live in harmony with people and nature. As a hands-on volunteer and pet blogger, I am proud of the work I have undertaken for the past six years to make a difference for the welfare of feral and abandoned cats. The physical labor and the mental work in raising awareness, educating residents and communities and caring for the stray cats is no walk in the park. It's often painstaking and heartbreaking but we forge ahead. I AM an optimist. This is no small award. This is a major milestone.
 
Christine on red carpet after receiving award


This award gives me closure to every community cat that has suffered an injury or died.
This award gives me continued motivation and strength to do battle and enlighten closed minds.
This award gives me hope that we can reverse the rate of homeless cats and pets.

Congratulations to my fellow nominees and the winners.  I'm honored to be in your company!

THANK YOU

Thank you to those who took the time to nominate me. Thank you BlogPaws for the recognition!
Thank you Sabrina Vega and Mollie Smith for your generosity of time and spirit in feeding and caring for the Riverfront Cats. Thank you Deb Barnes for your friendship, role model as a gifted writer, and for serving on our board of directors. Special thanks to Tamar Arslanian for your friendship, endless creativity, and genuine heart-- you are always giving, willing to help those in dire need.  This auction would not have happened without you! Thank you MOM for instilling  in me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. You are the perfect example! And to the biggest hero of all, Thank you Karen Payne, for your tireless devotion and sacrifice in caring for Rogér during this recuperation until we find him a permanent home!!!

Stay tuned for a writeup regarding the adventures of the entire BlogPaws experience in Nashville, TN! 

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www.pawsitivelyhumane.org
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Riverfront Cats Reciben Su Primer Premio!!

Por Christine Michaels

En el mundo de las mascotas sin hogar y de rescate y el bienestar animal, las malas noticias a menudo pesan más que las positivas. Pero la noche del sábado fue uno de esos raros momentos, una sorpresa. La vida está llena de sorpresas.

La semana pasada asistí a la conferencia BlogPaws en Nashville, Tennessee, una conferencia de medios de comunicación social para los bloggers de mascotas. El Sábado por la noche fue la última noche y la entrega de premios final. Aunque he asistido a decenas de banquetes de adjudicación, éste fue diferente. Por más de 20 años de mi vida adulta, he escuchado y visto como amigos, colegas y extraños son anunciados como ganadores en reconocimiento de un logro en su trabajo, su escuela o deporte y toman el escenario y aceptan su premio. Algunas veces derramo una lágrima o dos de alegría, incluso para completos extraños, movidos por su historia. Esta noche fue diferente; me dejó en completo shock. Mi nombre y Riverfront Cats fue anunciado como el ganador de un premio.

Harrison Forbes (Anfitrión) & Christine Michaels

Mejor Uso de Redes Sociales por Una Organización 
sin Fines de Lucro
Subasta en Facebook para Rogér, El Gato Negro de Miami

Mi cuerpo temblaba mientras estaba en el podio. No tengo miedo de hablar en público como lo hago todas las semanas con bastante comodidad y por muchos años. Yo estaba en shock al ser nombrada la ganadora. Dada la compañía compartí en esta categoría, no esperaba ganar. Cuando menos te lo esperas, la vida está llena de sorpresas. Y una sorpresa agradable puede elevar años de arduo trabajo Mi blog está directamente relacionado con una causa.

Christine en shock durante su discurso de aceptación

El premio fue específico para una subasta de Facebook (el uso de las redes sociales) que realizamos para un gato negro que sufrió una rajadura en su garganta y dislocamiento de su mandíbula. Este gato se ve exactamente como el famoso cartel francés, Le Chat Noir. Así que le dimos un nombre americano con acento francés, Rogér. La factura del veterinario fue aumentando enormente, acercándose los $ 4.000. En ese momento, yo estaba hablando con una amiga y compañera blogger de gatos, Tamar de "Tengo Gato" y discutimos un sin número de ideas de recaudación de fondos. Así nació la idea de una divertida subasta antes de la época de Navidad con productos lindos y únicos de gatos. Si bien es mucho trabajo, fue divertido observar la intensa competencia, pero amigable donde amantes de los gatos aumentaban sus ofertas entre sí por un artículo de la subasta relacionado con gatos por una buena causa.

Cartel en la izquierda, Rogér en la derecha.

Esto es de lo que BlogPaws se trata - conecta a bloggers de mascotas, guardianes de animales domésticos, expertos en animales domésticos (altavoces, entrenadores, veterinarios) de todo el país, para mejorar el bienestar de todos los animales de compañía, compartiendo conocimientos, estudios e historias. El conocimiento que rodean la salud y el comportamiento de los animales domésticos está todavía en evolución. El trabajo en equipo hace la diferencia!




Aunque este no es el premio Nobel de la Paz, en mi mundo, yo traigo paz a un mundo de gatos sin hogar y a una comunidad para que aprendan a entender y apreciar que estas criaturas inofensivas quieren vivir en armonía con la gente y la naturaleza. Como voluntaria y blogger de mascota, estoy orgullosa del trabajo que he realizado en los últimos seis años para hacer una diferencia en el bienestar de los gatos callejeros y abandonados. El trabajo físico y el trabajo mental en la sensibilización, la educación de los residentes y las comunidades y el cuidado de los gatos callejeros no es un paseo por el parque. A menudo es laborioso y doloroso pero seguimos adelante. YO SOY optimista. Este no es un premio pequeño. Este es un logro importante.
 
Christine en la alfombra roja después de recibir su premio

Este premio me da cierre a todos los gatos de la comunidad que han sufrido una lesión o muerto.

Este premio me da continua motivación y fuerza para la batalla en contra de e iluminar las mentes cerradas.
Este premio me da esperanza de que podemos revertir la tasa de gatos y mascotas sin hogar.

Felicitaciones a mis compañeros nominados y los ganadores. Me siento honrada de estar en su compañía!

GRACIAS

Gracias a todo el que tomó parte de su tiempo para nominarme. Gracias BlogPaws por el reconocimiento!
Gracias Sabrina Vega and Mollie Smith por tu generosidad en tiempo y espíritu al alimentar y cuidar los gatos de Riverfront. Gracias Deb Barnes por tu amistad, modelo a seguir como talentosa escritora y por tu servicio en nuestro Consejo de Directores. Agradecimientos especiales para Tamar Arslanian por tu amistad, tu creativad inagotable, y tu corazón genuino-- tu siempre estás dando, siempre dispuesta a ayudar a aquellos que lo necesitan.  Esta subasta no habría sucedido sin tí! Gracias Mami por inculcar en mí que puedo lograr cualquier cosa que me proponga a. Usted es el ejemplo perfecto! Y para la mayor héroe de todos, Gracias Karen Payne, por tu incansable dedicación y sacrificio en el cuidado de Rogér durante esta recuperación hasta que le encontremos un hogar permanente!!!

Manténgase atentos a mi siguiente publicación donde daré más detalles sobre las aventuras de la experiencia completa de BlogPaws en Nashville, TN! 

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Peewee The Tuxedo Cat Knows Paw Sign


This beautiful big boy (around 13 pounds) is 6 year old Peewee. He is a people cat, loves to be around his humans, even when he is outside he will stay close to his guardians. He can perfectly join a conversation because he is a talker, but no, he doesn't use his voice, he uses his paws. YES! HE KNOWS PAW SIGN LANGUAGE! PeeWee stands and kneads lifting one paw at a time and curling his foot in and he will paw at night to ask for more food. He even uses his paws to drink water. He is definitely multitalented.
He also loves to be petted, just by making the motion with your hand like you're going to pet him, he will jump first and will try to rub his head against your hand even before you start to pet him. PeeWee is very sociable since he gets along with other cats and dogs. He prefers older children and other adults.

If you are interested in adopting sweet Peewee, please contact Lori Marquis at lmarquis@mankutagallagher.com

Peewee El Gato Esmoquín que Sabe Lenguaje de Signos con sus Patas


Este hermoso y grandote gato (alrededor de 13 libras) es Peewee. A sus 6 años, es un gato bien sociable, le encanta estar cerca de sus seres humanos, incluso cuando está afuera él se quedará cerca de sus tutores. Él puede unirse perfectamente una conversación porque es un conversador, pero no, él no usa su voz, él utiliza sus patas. ¡SÍ! CONOCE EL LENGUAJE DE SIGNOS CON SUS PATAS! PeeWee se para y amasa levantando una pata a la vez y se encrespa el pie en la pata y por la noche hará lo mismo para pedir más comida. Incluso utiliza sus patas para beber agua. Él, sin duda tiene múltiples talentos.

También le encanta ser acariciado, sólo por hacer el movimiento con la mano como si se va a acariciarlo, él saltará primero y tratará de frotar la cabeza contra su mano, incluso antes de empezar a acariciarlo. PeeWee es muy sociable y se lleva bien con otros gatos y perros. Prefiere los niños mayores y otros adultos.

Si usted está interesado en adoptar dulce Peewee, por favor póngase en contacto con Lori Marquis. Su correo electrónico es lmarquis@mankutagallagher.com

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Is That McDreamy on #VetOnDemand?



Geisha relaxed at home in her pet bed for vet visit--online with VetOnDemand


This post is sponsored by Vet on Demand and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. Riverfront Cats is being compensated for helping spread the word about the VetonDemand App, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Vet on Demand is not responsible for the content of this article. 


TRUE SCENARIO:
A foster kitten had a virus. It spread throughout the home. All the other cats (six of them) and environment were treated. Several months later, cats are showing symptoms again. But this time, little Geisha had swollen eyes, with green discharge, and she was lethargic. She's definitely ill. But how ill?

After bringing three of  seven pets to the vet, and doing complete exam, bloodwork and fecal test/urinalysis, all pets showed normal results. Each visit cost about $200. Were Geisha's symptoms minor? Was I overreacting by rushing to the vet every time my cat showed symptoms?


I had questions but didn't want to rush to the vet again. But I did want immediate answers.  Geisha had similar symptoms six months ago and all tests came back normal and I was told she most likely had a URI (upper respiratory infection) and the vet did not recommend antibiotics.  But what about this time?

Hundreds of questions swirled in my head.  I researched online.  It could be a number of causes or illnesses.

If only I could ask some initial questions to help me narrow down probable illnesses and course of action.  And like a genie in a bottle, there it was. Vet on Demand illuminating from my iPad.




VetOnDemand™  is the first mobile application to provide personalized, real time access to a licensed veterinary care via videochat. All you need to do is open the App, set up your pet’s profile and call the vet. Once there is an available vet you will get an alert and your video screen will open up so that you can begin chatting face-to-face with a veterinarian. This app is downloadable through iTunes and can be used for iPhone and iPad.  We love the tablets for their easy-to-read big screens. The cost is only $2.50 a minute.


Opening the VetOnDemand app on the iPad2
Prepared with recent history and events and my list of questions, we spoke with a female doctor (we wrote down her name on paper but the other cat ate the notes for snack. Yes the cat ate the homework!) 

Video chat with licensed vet through Vet on Demand

The vet asked me to do a visual exam with the iPad to see Geisha's demeanor and the physical symptoms. After sharing the entire history leading up to today, she narrowed it down to two possible illnesses but recommended that I take her into our primary vet for a closeup physical exam.  Otherwise she recommended a topical eye ointment which I already had and a couple of over -the- counter products.

My questions were answered. Relief set in! The entire call lasted 15 minutes and at $2.50 per minute that is $37.50.  We covered a lot of information.  A vet visit alone is $50 plus any test and products that vet recommends. 

Geisha ignores the vet and wants to play with her brother.


OUR THOUGHTS
1.VetOnDemand should not replace your primary vet.  Just like you have a primary physician that you feel comfortable with and knows your history, the same should happen for your pets with a primary vet.  That personal connection and knowledge of your pet family history is valuable.The VetonDemand vet did recommend we visit our primary vet.

2. VetOnDemand is convenient for those moments when it's after-clinic hours, or when you can't leave work early to take your pet into the vet.  Simple advice anytime. VetOnDemand can evaluate risk factors and will advise you if you need to take your pet to emergency pet hospital right away or wait next day to make appointment with primary vet.

3. VetOnDemand as a second opinion.  If you are ever unsure or uneasy, ALWAYS get a second opinion, for a peace of mind. Vets at VetonDemand are licensed and board certified.

4. No stress for pets. This is a big plus when you want a vet to take a look at your pet for initial questions or concerns. .

BOTTOMLINE
VetonDemand is another online resource for questions about pet health. While I studied many pages of information to answer my looming questions, I soon learned many NONexperts are giving "opinions" on the Internet which poses a danger.  With VetOnDemand you know you are getting the experts and they can guide you from there even if it is to send you to your primary vet.

With a household of several pets, and foster pets coming in and out, we are excited about VetOnDemand as another source to readily answer pet health related questions.

How do you feel about this new app? Leave a comment below by clicking "comment".

"The vet? What vet? I saw some blonde woman. Let me know when McDreamy arrives"

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Book Review: Purr Prints of the Heart



One of my favorite ways to multitask and relax is reading a good book surrounded by my pets. Learning, bonding, relaxing.  Even better is a nonfictional book about pets! Love those true stories. With a newly-released book by award-winning cat author, Deb Barnes, I knew I was in for a special treat.

Jean Pierre is curious about my new book. He loves to curl up next to me.

In reading the summary of the book, this was a must read as my cat and dog are now senior pets. Purr Prints of the Heart, A Cat's Tale of Life, Death & Beyond, is journey of a ragdoll cat.  A sickly kitten that was the last to be adopted.  "The best was saved for last".  This last pick could not be luckier than to be adopted by cat angel, Deb Barnes, long before she became an award-winning cat writer. His dull health turned around and thus begins the lustrous journey of a cat named Mr. Jazz.


Cat Book

Many of us can relate to the lives of our pet children--the day we chose them, their personalities, antics, learning lessons and also when they become sick and age and leave us. And so Purr Prints will have you smiling, laughing, reflecting and celebrating.

Deb deftly tells the life story of the cat- human bond through the voice and viewpoint of her cat, Mr. Jazz. Pet parents in-tune with their fur children will tell you that dogs AND cats do communicate with their humans.  This is why spending quality time with your pets, talking to them (yes talk to them, cats like dogs are extremely intelligent), playing with them, and the simple act of petting them will effect a response.  Their body language is always a message.

So as your cat ages, he/she relies on your understanding to aid them in the final phase of their life. The special guide to coping with loss is invaluable.  The end is a welcoming upturn. A refreshing reminder of the celebration of life and the indelible purr or paw prints pets leave on our hearts. 

So grab a mug of coffee, cup of tea, or glass of wine, curl up on your favorite chair, hammock, sofa, and relax for the next few hours. 

CLICK HERE to order your new book!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Domino's Latest Update



Domino is still unsure of all this shuffling from place to place. But he doesn't complain.  At least the pesky cone is off.  Much easier to pet him and show him some people do care and will never dump him.  He's not shy of strangers! Maintenance man came to do repairs and he didn't flinch or act nervous. We're sure he could learn to go on regular outings and travel.

Lo Último sobre Dominó


Dominó todavía no siente en confianza debido a todos estos traslados de un lugar a otro. Pero él no se queja. Al menos el molesto cono fue removido. Ahora es mucho más fácil acariciarlo y enseñarle que si hay personas que se preocupan por él y que nunca más será abandonado. Él no es tímido con los extraños! Las personas de mantenimiento vinieron a hacer reparaciones y él no se inmutó ni actuó nervioso. Estamos seguros de que puede aprender a ir en excursiones regulares y viajes.