Thursday, February 21, 2013

Prison Inmates Socialize Cats

Just came across this  news headlines.  It's absolutely brilliant and an easy solution.  A win-win-win-win for cats, inmates, taxpayers, and the shelters. Watch the news video below. These cats have perches, natural light, fresh air and constant attention.  


Since the program began last year, the inmates have helped nine cats get adopted. They also raised six kittens, bottle-feeding them every four hours until the animals could eat solid food.

To work with the cats, the inmates must have a history of good behavior with the Department of Corrections and no violent crimes or animal abuse in their history. The application process also includes an interview with prison staff.

While other prisons have foster programs for dogs, this is the only program involving cats in the Washington State Department of Corrections, according to prison officials.

This is a model example of a solution that works!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Who Let the Dogs Out?


 by Elizabeth Andrade 

Hallmark Channel--that's who! So what is the commotion about? "The Heart of TV" has aired a segment that shows dogs of different breeds and sizes and their talents!  Yes dogs are pretty smart too. (We feral cats warmed up to a dog before we rubbed against the leg of owner who feeds us.)

So what does this have to do with cats? Excellent question! In this episode, Natural Balance followed these famous dogs to Blog Paws--a social media conference for pet bloggers.

What Do We Like in General about Who Let the Dogs Out?
We loved this show as we see two heroes together in action, Snoopy the Therapy Dog, and Tillman the Skateboarding dog dazzling attendees of Blog Paws.

What Did We Enjoy about the Blog Paws part of the Episode? 
Our favorite part was the highlight on tripod dogs (dogs with three legs). You see we recently rescued a kitten, named Sophie, that had her leg amputated at two pounds. So four legged, three legged, special needs, and pets of different species (ie. cats, ferrets) are all welcome at BlogPaws.

What Would We Like to Learn at BlogPaws?
We would love to learn basic SEO to more advanced if possible, graphic design, and html coding to tweak or make minor improvements to our blogs...we have a list!

This conference is for anyone with a desire to write about pets and animals.  Whether you want to start a humorous blog covering the antics of your ferret, or you're a trainer that can help pet owners with a host of pet behavior issues, or a nonprofit animal rescue that recognizes the power of social media to help with fundraising and finding permanent homes for dogs and cats...this is the conference for you!

 See you at Blog Paws 2013!