Aimee feeding the strays in Tel Aviv
My love and experience with cats is relatively new, having started right before adopting in March 2010. I had grown up with dogs so I was never lucky enough to spend quality time with cats. My boyfriend and I had just moved in together and were interested in adopting an animal. While we were initially thinking of adopting a dog, we ultimately decided a cat would be a better fit for our lifestyle, and after a fateful sighting of a mouse in our apartment, it seemed like the right choice! We had visited cats at the ASPCA several times to meet the different characters, and it was during our last visit that we met Batman, a one year old recent owner surrender, who stole our hearts. I immediately fell in love with our first child! We decided three months later to adopt him a brother, and sure enough a three-month old tabby renamed Flash Gordon (Gordon!), completed the family! “Cats are kids too.” has become my motto!
Like many people, I had stumbled across KittyKind as I frequented Petco to purchase supplies for my kids. I felt such sadness seeing those precious faces in the cages, and I knew I had to contribute in some way. I started by cleaning and feeding once a week on Wednesdays, and Wednesdays immediately became my favorite day of the week. I was no longer sad seeing the cats in the cages because I knew they received such great care, attention and affection from our amazing volunteers. It happened by chance that a fellow volunteer introduced me to Miriam so I could learn more about the adoptions aspect of the organization. I learned so much from her and credit her with my wonderful experience, and I’m happy to report that I now work three shifts a week as an adoption counselor. Suffice it to say, KittyKind has become my home and has provided me with a supportive network of like-minded friends and colleagues that I’m so grateful to have.
At home with Flash and Batman
Please consider adopting an FIV + cat…it’s not a death sentence!
Some of the best cats we had/ have were FIV +
By Jane Warshaw
The last Tuesday of every February is World Spay Day, an annual campaign by the Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.
Millions of unwanted cats and dogs are euthanized every year simply because there aren’t enough homes for them. And neutering means your cat will live a longer healthier life.
Dr. Daniel Lauridia, DVM of the Murray Hill Pet Hospital says, “It comes down to overpopulation of cats and dogs and protection from health issues…Male cats that are neutered can’t get testicular cancer and female cats can’t get uterine cancers.” He adds, “The risk of mammary cancer to female cats is reduced by approximately 24% due to removal of ovaries which produce estrogen. Unneutered cats also have more tendency to wander and become aggressive toward other cats which will lead to fighting/biting and an increase in spreading Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus.”
Still some people are reluctant to spay or neuter their kitty because of common misperceptions.
My cat will get fat.
Spaying or neutering doesn’t make animals gain weight. Dr. Mike Marder DVM, Diplomate. A.B.V.P., of The Village Veterinarian is adamant: “Surgery doesn’t cause obesity. Food does. Neutering does lower the metabolism, which lowers calories needed for maintenance, but it’s up to the owner to moderate caloric intake.” He adds, “Kitten food has more calories than adult food so after neutering, the food should be changed.”
My cat’s personality will change.
The Humane Society of the United States says that a cat’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than sex hormones. Marder agrees. “Neutering an animal usually makes it a better pet. In males hormones can influence aggressiveness towards other males. Neutering decreases the aggression.”
There are many free or low cost clinics and programs in our area to make this surgery affordable. Here are just a few:
The ASPCA has Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics in all five boroughs.
$5 spay/neuter, rabies and distemper vaccination, nail trim, and e-collar on a mobile clinic in all five boroughs with proof of public assistance. $125 per animal if you are not on public assistance. You can check their website for when their mobile clinic is in your neighborhood. Phone: (877) SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692)
The Toby Project. Neuter is free for male cats. Spay is free for female cats whose owners receive public assistance (please bring photo ID/proof of public assistance) or $60 for female cats owned by NYC residents not receiving public assistance.
Phone: (212) 799-1120, E-mail: email@example.com
The Humane Society of New York- Animal Clinic
305 East 59th Street, NYC 10022. Phone: (212-752-4840)
HealthyPets Project of NYC. Headquartered on the Upper East Side. Offers free spay/neuter services, pet food and supplies for low income pet owners and assistance to those facing financial hardship due to a veterinary emergency with the goal of keeping pets in their homes, Applicants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must meet certain criteria. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find upcoming Low- Cost Spay/Neuter events on the website for The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, animalalliancnyc.org
Spaying or neutering is so important KittyKind requires it before any cat can be adopted. The problem of pet overpopulation is so critical that the ASPCA, Bideawee, and participating rescue groups in the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals also don’t adopt out animals that haven’t been spayed or neutered.
Spaying and neutering our cats is just one more thing KittyKind does to help you adopt the healthiest, happiest cat possible!
If you visited the Meow Parlour October of 2015, you probably met Sergey, our senior teddy bear who could well be the sweetest cat Meow Parlour ever fostered. Sergey came to KittyKind as an owner surrender with a severe limp. When KittyKind decided to have him re-examined, it became increasingly clear that his limping was more serious than what we were originally told by his previous owners. It turned out that Sergey‘s leg needed to be amputated in order for him to live a life without pain.
Sergey’s surgery was quickly scheduled, and KittyKind and the Meow Parlour began a campaign to raise funds to cover the cost of his surgery. The outpouring of financial and moral support from the community was nothing short of amazing, and Sergey’s surgery was not only covered in full via his fundraising campaign, it was a complete success. Here he is recovering at the vet’s office, begging for belly rubs and chin scratches just two days after his surgery:
Sergey’s miracles didn’t stop there. One of the community members following Sergey’s story just so happened to be his future adopter. In fact, when Sergey left the vet’s office, he completed his recovery in his new forever home! The cherry on the sundae that is the story of Sergey’s incredible journey is this update from his family:
“Sergey has brought nothing but joy to our household. His recovery in our home has been nothing short of extraordinary. Now, he can run as fast as any cat and has no trouble jumping on your lap for a hefty amount of cuddling. His affection knows no bounds. He is even friendly with his new brother and sister, Peaches and Cream, a pair of guinea pigs. Putting it simply, Sergey proves that adoption should always be the first option. While it is impossible for him to say it, you can truly see how happy he is to be with our family in his forever home.”