Animals in Art: Domesticated Cats

The Stroll by Gertrude Abercrombie, 1943 Felt cat by Katerina Kozunenko Cat sculpture, Iran, 19th Century (Image: Musée du Louvre/RMN-GP/Hervé Lewandowski) Kogane mushi こがねむし (Gold Beetle) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, ca. 1843 Cat by S. Mitsuda Illustration featured on the cover of the book Insondables Mystèresby Jean-Jacques Sempé, 1993 Tadukhippa and the Sculptor by DownUnderPharoah, 1999 Midnight … Continue reading Animals in Art: Domesticated Cats

Vintage Book Images: Our Domestic Animals

The 1907 book, Our Domestic Animals, their Habits, Intelligence and Usefulness by Gos de Voogt, Charles William Burkett, and Katharine Prescott Wormeley, contains many photos and a few illustrations of dogs, cats, horses, chickens, rabbits and other domesticated animals. I chose several cat and dog images I thought readers would enjoy. Starting with these decidedly … Continue reading Vintage Book Images: Our Domestic Animals

Why Roaming Cats Should Not Be Taken to a Shelter

Stock photo via Pexels I sometimes see online advice encouraging people to take roaming cats to their local shelter because, whether owned or unowned, it's the best place for them. While well intentioned, this is misinformation and I'd like to explain why. 1. Cats get sick at shelters - very sick and very easily: Traditional … Continue reading Why Roaming Cats Should Not Be Taken to a Shelter

Two County Employees Charged After 14 Shelter Cats Found Dead in SC

Marion County Code Enforcement Officer Marion Richardson was fired earlier this month after 14 cats he had taken from the county pound were found dead. Richardson has since been charged with misconduct in office and a violation of the state's animal euthanasia law. Hank Rogers, the county building code and inspections supervisor, has been charged as well. The … Continue reading Two County Employees Charged After 14 Shelter Cats Found Dead in SC

Rowan Co Pound Gets a Million Dollar Donation and Totally Blows It

In February 2016, the Rowan Co pound in NC unveiled a new cat wing.  The $1.1 million, 160 cage area of the facility was supposed to be an enormous upgrade for cats who were previously housed in groups inside dog runs. Anti-microbial floors, an isolation area and separate ventilation systems for each room were designed … Continue reading Rowan Co Pound Gets a Million Dollar Donation and Totally Blows It

Jacked Up Shelter Staff Charged with Cruelty in VT

Warning:  This is some disturbing shit. In February 2016, the Vermont Department of Agriculture reportedly inspected a 16 year old cat shelter in Chester called Webster's House and approved the facility for re-licensing.  In April, a local paper reported that Webster's House was being evicted by its landlord, forcing the shelter to find homes for … Continue reading Jacked Up Shelter Staff Charged with Cruelty in VT

NC Pound Closes to the Public Due to Weather but Heroically Keeps Kill Room Open

There are levels of appalling.  This story is all top tier appalling.  It's the appallingest. On Monday, January 18, Teresa Panameno let her cat outside.  Little Boy never came home.  He was trapped by a neighbor and Wake Co ACOs picked him up the next day.  Like many pets who get trapped by cat hating neighbors and … Continue reading NC Pound Closes to the Public Due to Weather but Heroically Keeps Kill Room Open