If you are a long time reader of my blog you know that I have a soft spot in my heart for animals. I love them! I would have a farm – or a zoo – if possible. I would especially love to have a shelter for homeless pets of all shapes and sizes if I had the money to do so.
We have five cats, a dog and some fish. Four of our cats were adopted from the local animal shelter (one of which we fostered the entire time so she never actually stayed at the shelter). One of our cats was born to feral parents in our condo complex. A neighbor hand raised them so they would be adoptable. Otherwise the kittens would have perished in our complex (many others were hit by cars or climbed into the dumpsters only to be taken away by the garbage men :-().
Our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin) was adopted from the local animal shelter and one of our fish was won at a local county fair (we bought the other fish to keep him company).
My family does what it can for our local shelter. We donate food, litter, blankets, money and even items we don’t want/need that they can sell to raise money too. I was even a volunteer for a while, taking photos of the available pets to be used in local publications and PetFinder.org.
Each and every one of our pets bring such joy and happiness to our lives. I love that they each have their own personalities and “quirks”. For example, Kitty (the Calico above) loves to like windows, mirrors and eat tape (we have to hide the tape from her). She’s also VERY friendly and is always one of the first to greet visitors. When she wants attention she takes my kid’s stuffed animals and drags them into the living room and meows as if she was a lion who just caught it’s meal. LOL!
Anakin is the comedian of the group. He’s also known as “Boobie Boy”. The cat has strange obsession with boobs (no kidding!). He loves to reach out and “fluff” them up with his paws. Crazy cat!
Velcro is our oldest cat. He has Diabetes and needs injections twice a day. He’s a true “scaredy cat”. He’s afraid of his own shadow. But he’s also a brute and lets all the others know that he’s “boss”.
He doesn’t look as healthy now as he does in the photo. The Diabetes has made him lose a lot of weight and his fur and skin look horrible these days.
Padmé is the “mom” of the group. She takes care of all the others. She’s also a sweetheart. She used to sit on my shoulder like a parrot when she was younger (she’s too big do that now).
The baby of the group is Bella. She’s our foster kitten that we adopted. She tends to get a bit more spoiled than the others because she has a bunch of health issues including Thyroid problems, three leaky valves in her heart and severe asthma. I have to give her an inhaler (a people inhaler) every day through a special mask called Aerokat. Despite that’s he’s a very sweet little girl too and probably the most friendliest of them all.
Of course there is our dog Espn. Espn thinks he’s a cat. He loves to play with cat toys, he LOVES fresh catnip and he’s even been caught sleeping ON the cat tree from time to time. LOL!
I’m sure many cat lovers are familiar with Morris the Cat? He’s the famous face for 9 Lives Cat food. He’s been around for many years – even when I was a young girl.
Morris the Cat has teamed up with the ASPCA to help out shelter cats across the country.
Did you know that Morris was once a shelter cat? Before he had a loving home, a comfy bed, and a slew of squeaky toys, Morris the Cat was adopted from a shelter. Since then Morris has made it his mission to help cats everywhere live well.
You can help Morris and the ASPCA provide food for shelter cats simply by watching funny and entertaining cat videos. For each view on the special Morris Rescue Watch website, 9 Lives will donate one meal to a shelter cat in need – up to 1 million meals.
In addition you could also turn your cat into a super star and win a year’s supply of cat food AND a $3,000 donation to a shelter of your choice. Simply submit a silly, sweet or hilarious video of your cat (or cats) to the Morris Rescue Watch website.
Here is a little more information about Morris’ Rescue Watch campaign and contest.
Before he had a loving home, a comfy bed, and a slew of squeaky toys, Morris the Cat was adopted from a shelter. Now, the most famous cat-celebrity in the world, Morris the Cat of 9Livescat food, is giving back. 9Lives Morris’ Rescue Watch is a campaign to generate food donations for local shelter cats by encouraging cat lovers to do what they love and already do anyway– watch cat videos! Anyone can participate by simply watching 9Lives Morris’ Rescue Watch videos on MorrisRescueWatch.com. For every view 9Lives cat food will donate one meal to a shelter, up to 1 million meals! Additionally, now through October 18, 2013, Morris is encouraging fans to submit their own fun cat videos to MorrisRescueWatch.com for a chance to be one of three winners to each receive a year’s supply* of 9Lives cat food and a $3,000 donation to a shelter of their choice.
“It’s time to put the hours we spend watching cat videos to good use!” said Morris the Cat. “Whether you’re watching one of the videos or sending me a video of your own kitty on camera, each view will help care for a cat in need.”
LIGHTS, CAMERA, CUE THE CATS!
Morris and 9Lives brand cat food are proud to support the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to help cats most in need. With the ASPCA’s help, the 9Livescat food donation of up to 1 million meals will go to shelters where they can do the most good.
“9Lives Morris’ Rescue Watch is a fun, easy, and interactive way for cat lovers to help feed and care for cats in need across the country,” said Carrie Schliemann, Director of Cat Food Marketing at Del Monte Foods. “With the increased popularity of watching and sharing funny cat videos, we know fans will help make a big impact on the lives of shelter cats. We’re thrilled to partner with the ASPCA in a continued effort to ensure that every cat lives well.”
MORRIS ON A MISSION
Throughout the years, Morris has made it his mission to help cats live well. In 2006 and 2007, Morris led Morris’ Million Cat Rescue adoption campaign and traveled the country to raise awareness and facilitate more than 1 million cat adoptions.
Morris and 9Lives are proud to support the ASPCA. Founded in 1866, the ASPCA is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. Like the ASPCA, 9Lives believes that all cats deserve to live well, and living well starts with eating well. 9Lives cat food offers great taste and nutrition to help keep cats happy and healthy.
To support 9Lives Morris’ Rescue Watch by watching a funny video or submitting your own video, visit MorrisRescueWatch.com. For additional information on 9Livescat food, visit 9Lives.com.
*A year’s supply calculated as 15 bags of 13lb cat food to be awarded in the form of one (1) Visa gift card; approximate retail value: $142.50 USD.
It is so easy to help cats in need. All you need to do is watch adorable cat videos. Sounds great to me! Who doesn’t love to watch cats doing cute and silly things? Plus the more videos you watch the more food is donated to help cats in need. The videos are only about a minute or two long so you could easily watch all the videos during your lunch break or anytime you want a laugh.
I wish I could find a video I did not too long ago of our youngest cat Bella playing with a toy. She did a tumble that was so funny. Even my family got a good laugh out of the video when I showed it to them. I can’t seem to find it now.
The only ones I could find (aside from videos I took for the vet of Bella having asthma attacks) are these videos. The first one is literally just a few seconds. It’s a video of Bella closing the door on a toy barbecue.
I love the one of Bella rubbing up against my daughter’s damp hair. Bella LOVES damp hair – especially long hair. She does that all the time to my daughter. She goes out of her way to do that when she knows my daughter came out of the shower. I don’t know why she likes it so much.
The last video is of Bella when she was a kitten. I thought it was cute (even if the quality is poor). Bella loves her “Lambie” toy. She’s had is since she was a newborn. We fostered her and her sister (who had to be put to sleep at 3 weeks old :-() since they were one day old. I gave them the little stuffed lamb so they had something soft to cuddle with. Bella played with it all the time. I even saw her run around with it in her mouth. She still has the toy and plays with it.
If you love animals as much as my family does, would you please consider taking a few minutes out of your day to check out the adorable videos on the Morris’ Rescue Watch website. You get to enjoy sweet and funny videos and a cat in need will receive food. It’s a win-win situation.
To learn about the ASPCA visit www.ASPCA.org.
Please consider donating to your local animal shelter. Donations of food (both for adults and puppies/kittens), litter, blankets (used is fine including sheets, pillow cases and pillows), cleaning supplies, office supplies as well as cash is always appreciated and needed. Volunteering to help walk the dog and socialize with the animals is also welcome.
Do you have a pet that you rescued from a local shelter? Feel free to tell me about him/her. If you happen to have any funny, sweet or silly cat videos be sure to upload them to the Morris’ Rescue Watch website for your chance to win a year supply of food AND a $3,000 donation to your local shelter.
*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this because I support causes that help animals in need. Any opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.