04 July 2023

How to Keep Your Cats and Dogs Calm During Fireworks

Fireworks are a part of many cultures and celebrations, but they can be a major source of stress for our furry friends. If you have a cat or dog, it's important to take steps to keep them calm during fireworks season.

Here are a few tips: (borrowed from the internet)

  • Create a safe space. This could be a quiet room in your home, a crate, or even a closet. Make sure the space is dark and has plenty of comfortable bedding. You can also try playing calming music or white noise to help muffle the sound of the fireworks.
  • Give them a distraction. A stuffed toy, a puzzle, or a treat can help keep your pet's mind off of the fireworks. You can also try taking them for a walk or playing fetch before the fireworks start, so they're tired and relaxed.
  • Stay calm yourself. If you're stressed, your pet will be too. Try to stay calm and act normally, even if you can hear the fireworks going off. You can pet your pet and talk to them in a soothing voice to help them relax.
  • Consider using a calming product. There are a number of calming products available for pets, such as calming collars, pheromone diffusers, pet CBD, and calming treats. These products can help reduce anxiety and stress in some pets.
  • If your pet is showing signs of severe anxiety, such as panting, shaking, or trying to escape, you may need to consult with your veterinarian. They may be able to prescribe medication or recommend other strategies to help your pet cope with fireworks.

It's also important to remember that feral and stray cats and dogs are especially vulnerable during fireworks season. They may be scared and confused, and they may not have a safe place to hide. If you see a stray animal during fireworks, try to offer them a safe place to stay, such as a garage or a basement. You can also contact your local animal shelter or rescue organization for help.

By following these tips, you can help keep your cats and dogs calm and safe during fireworks season.

I can honestly say from experience, the above tips work. I was able to calm down all 4 of our babies the other day when a neighbor decided to set some fireworks off in his front yard the other day. This was the first time 3 of them had ever heard or seen them and they started to panic. Out came a few treats and a lot of reassuring "it's ok" and turning on some calming sounds. All 3 of these together worked wonders, although we had the pet CBD ready to dispense if needed.


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01 July 2023

First day volunteering at the shelter


Today was the first day Erin and I volunteered with Randolph County Animal Services here in North Carolina, and let me start off with saying "It felt amazing".

We are both animal lovers and have been looking for "our place" here in the community we now call home.  Ever since Phantom walked into our lives last November, we knew that this was the place we would call home for a while.  So we started to think about ways to get involved locally and become TRUE residents and not just 'temporary tenants'.  And then we had a feral cat community 'thrust upon us' by way of a neighbor.  Luckily that problem turned into Phantom and his 2 little brothers that we now have.  We immediately started looking for how to handle the colony and found a local rescue, TNR program, the spca, animal services, and humane society.  Now, we volunteer with all of them :) It can be tiring, but so rewarding in the fact that we are helping these beautiful animals that are part of this planet just as much as we are if not more so.  

Back to the topic of the day....

Today, Erin and I ventured to the Animal Shelter for their Adopt and Play Day that they hold every 1st Saturday where you can come in and visit with and potentially adopt a new little friend.  They have several little kitties that will simply melt your heart and there are quite a few of those other little friends that always have it so ruff or is that woof??? Part of what the volunteers get to do is help socialize some of the cats so they can hopefully become adoptable.  Well, this is where I met the cutie in the picture Zira.  We had so much fun playing with a room full of little kittens that were no more than 12-13 weeks old.  We took several of the dogs out for a walk so they could expend some of that held off zoomie action as well.  If we had the property, I'd take them all home with me and yes I mean ALL of them -cats and dogs....

We also got the chance to talk to the director, and I have a feeling, there are many great things in store and I (we) cannot wait to get the ball rolling.

If you're looking for a cute little kitty or a rowdy fur missile and you happen to be in Randolph County NC, head on over to the RCAS and go meet your new best friend or little princess or whatever your heart desires.

While I'm typing this, I'm sitting here thinking about all of the things we did today and how much fun we had with the kitties and the dogs and how I could go on for hours talking about it, but it's getting late and I have our furry bosses begging for some treats and well, they do kinda run things :) 


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23 June 2023

The Challenges of Helping Feral Cats and Dogs

As an animal advocate, I'm passionate about helping feral cats and dogs. But it's not always easy. There are a number of challenges that animal advocates face when trying to help these animals.

Here are some of the top challenges that animal advocates face:

  • Lack of funding. Helping feral cats and dogs can be expensive. Costs include trapping, neutering, vaccinating, and caring for injured or sick animals. Many animal advocates rely on donations to fund their work.
  • Public apathy. Not everyone understands the problem of feral cats and dogs. Some people see them as pests and don't care about their welfare. This can make it difficult to get the support of the public for programs that help these animals.
  • Negative attitudes. Some people have negative attitudes towards feral cats and dogs. They believe that these animals are unadoptable or that they should be euthanized. This can make it difficult to find homes for feral cats and dogs who are ready to be adopted.
  • Legal restrictions. In some areas, there are legal restrictions on how animal advocates can help feral cats and dogs. These restrictions can make it difficult to trap and neuter feral cats, or to provide care for sick or injured animals.
  • Donate to an animal rescue organization that helps feral cats and dogs.
  • Volunteer your time to help trap, neuter, and vaccinate feral cats.
  • Adopt a feral cat or dog who is ready to be adopted.
  • Educate your friends and family about the problem of feral cats and dogs.

Despite these challenges, there are many animal advocates who are working hard to help feral cats and dogs. These advocates are making a difference in the lives of these animals, and they deserve our support.

Call to action:

If you're interested in helping feral cats and dogs, there are a number of things you can do:

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these animals.

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"TNR Programs: Giving Feral Cats a Fighting Chance!"

Hey there, fellow cat enthusiasts! Today, let's dive into a pawsitively purrfect topic that will leave you feline excited—Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs for feral cat colonies. Now, I know it might sound a bit technical, but stick with me, and you'll see why TNR is the cat's meow when it comes to helping our furry friends!

First things first, what exactly is TNR? Well, it's a program that focuses on humanely trapping feral cats, getting them neutered or spayed, and then returning them to their original habitat. It's like giving them a one-way ticket to the land of no more kittens! But why is this approach so paw-some? Let's explore its benefits together.

Number one on the list: population control. You see, feral cats are excellent breeders, and their numbers can skyrocket faster than a laser pointer can make them jump. By getting them fixed through TNR, we prevent unwanted litters from being born. It's a win-win situation! Plus, no more late-night cat concerts during mating season—yay for a peaceful sleep!

But wait, there's more! TNR also improves the health and welfare of our feral feline friends. When cats go through the program, they receive veterinary care, including vaccinations and health check-ups. It's like a spa day for them, minus the cucumber eye patches! By addressing their medical needs, we help reduce the spread of diseases within the colony, ensuring healthier kitties all around.

Now, I know what you're thinking, "But what about those adorable kittens?" Fear not, my friends! TNR doesn't mean turning a blind eye to the little fluffballs. In fact, TNR programs often include efforts to socialize and adopt out young kittens who are still open to human companionship. So, while the adult ferals return to their outdoor paradise, the kittens get a chance at finding their forever homes. It's the best of both worlds!

But how can you get involved? Well, here's the scoop: support your local TNR programs! Volunteer your time, donate supplies, or spread the word about their pawsome work. Every little bit counts! You can also become a foster parent for those sweet kittens waiting for their fur-ever families. Just imagine the joy of seeing them grow and thrive!

To make it easier for you to find local TNR programs, there are some great websites you can explore:

  1. Alley Cat Allies (https://www.alleycat.org/) offers a comprehensive directory of TNR programs across the United States. Simply visit their website, enter your location, and discover nearby TNR resources.

  2. Neighborhood Cats (https://www.neighborhoodcats.org/) provides a TNR group directory that allows you to search for TNR organizations and services by state. You can find their directory under the "Resources" section on their website.

  3. Feral Cat Focus (https://www.feralcatfocus.org/) has a TNR database that allows you to search for TNR resources by state or country. They provide information on TNR organizations, clinics, and services available in different areas.

Remember, these websites are excellent starting points for finding local TNR programs, but it's always a good idea to reach out to the organizations directly to gather specific details about their services and how you can get involved.

So, let's be the catnip in their lives! Join the TNR movement and make a difference, one trap and one neuter at a time. Together, we can create a world where every feral cat gets the care and love they deserve. Stay pawsome, my friends! Meowt for now! 😺🐾

Remember, together we can make a difference in the lives of feral cats through TNR programs. By supporting local organizations, volunteering, or becoming a foster parent, you're directly contributing to the well-being of these resilient feline creatures.

So, let's be the champions for our furry friends! Explore the websites I mentioned earlier, Alley Cat Allies, Neighborhood Cats, and Feral Cat Focus, to find TNR resources in your area. Connect with these organizations, attend workshops, and spread the word about the importance of TNR to your friends, family, and community.

Imagine a world where no feral cat suffers, where their population is under control, and where they receive the care and love they deserve. With TNR programs and our collective efforts, that world is within reach.

Together, let's give feral cats a fighting chance. Join the TNR movement today and be a hero for our whiskered companions. Every step we take brings us closer to a future where feral cats thrive in harmony with our communities.

Stay compassionate, stay involved, and remember to always give a little "pspsps" to those in need. Meow! 😻🐾

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22 June 2023

A little more about "us" and this blog

Ok, now that there are a few posts made, and I'm starting to feel my way around this tool, I feel it's time to truly start talking to the people or is it the internet or some  random machine?? :)

Let me start off with a quick introduction:

My name is Jason and I have had animals around me since the day I was brought home from the hospital.  My girlfriend (Erin -the other author here) and I are big animal lovers and are the proud adopted family of 4 little former feral felines.  In fact, the first one of the bunch to adopt us is the reason and inspiration behind this blog, our new found future plans, and so much more.  You can find his story here as well.  

I'm pretty sure there will be more about me that gets shared over the course of writing these little posts.

Now, onto the important stuff, what is this blog all about......

In short, it's about feral/stray cats/dogs, but there is so much more.  Our intention is to share our passion for helping those little furry critters in any way we can.  We both are volunteering with our local SPCA, Animal Services, Humane Society, and a local animal rescue that has been in operation since 1982 -Happy Hills Animal Foundation.

There will be posts written in all kinds of formats, some random, some super informative, some events, and who knows what else.... sit down, buckle up, and let's go for a ride

I (we) hope you will come along for the trip as we try to share information about feral/stray cats and dogs, resources that are available, how the community can help, and some of our own personal thoughts and activities. 

Thank you


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"Let's Chat! The Fascinating Stories of Feral Cats and Dogs"

 Hey there, fellow animal enthusiasts! Today, I want to dive into the captivating world of feral cats and dogs and spark some engaging conversations in the comments section. So, grab a comfy spot and get ready to share your thoughts, stories, and ideas!

Feral cats and dogs often lead mysterious lives, navigating their way through urban jungles and finding shelter where they can. But behind those brave exteriors lie incredible stories of survival, resilience, and the power of compassion.

Have you ever encountered a feral cat or dog in your neighborhood? What was your experience like? Share your encounters in the comments below and let's celebrate the uniqueness of these remarkable creatures. Maybe you have a heartwarming tale of a feral cat who eventually became a part of your family, or a story of a stray dog who found his way to a forever home. We want to hear it all!

But it's not just about sharing anecdotes. Let's also discuss the challenges faced by feral animals and the steps we can take to make a difference. What are your thoughts on Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs? Have you ever volunteered or supported a local TNR initiative? Share your insights and let's explore the impact of these programs together.

Are there any resources or tips you'd like to share with fellow readers who are passionate about helping feral animals? Maybe you know of a fantastic local organization, a helpful guide, or a DIY project that can benefit feral cats and dogs. Don't keep it to yourself! Share your knowledge and let's create a vibrant exchange of ideas that can inspire others to take action.

Lastly, I invite you to ask questions, seek advice, and engage with one another in the comments section. Let's build a community of animal lovers who can learn from each other, support one another, and collaborate to make a positive impact on the lives of feral cats and dogs.

Remember, every comment is a chance to connect, learn, and make a difference. So, go ahead, join the conversation, and let's keep the chats flowing. Together, we can create a more compassionate world for our feral friends.

Paws up for engaging discussions! Let's get started! 🐾😺🐶

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21 June 2023

"Feral vs. Stray Cats: Unlocking the Mysteries of Whiskers and Paws!"

Meowdy, feline enthusiasts! Today, we're diving into the fascinating world of our furry friends with whiskers and paws. Join us on this thrilling adventure as we demystify the difference between feral cats and stray cats—two captivating creatures that often leave us wondering who's who in the world of whiskers!

Picture this: You're strolling down the street when you spot a mysterious feline darting across your path. Is it a feral cat or a stray cat? While these terms are often used interchangeably, there are intriguing distinctions that set them apart.

1. Origin Stories: Feral cats have a wild ancestry, tracing their roots back to untamed feline ancestors. They are born and raised in the wild, with little to no human interaction. On the other paw, stray cats are domestic cats who have, unfortunately, found themselves without a permanent home due to abandonment or getting lost.

2. Social Skills: Feral cats are independent masters of survival, preferring to keep their distance from humans and maintaining a self-reliant lifestyle. They've honed their hunting skills and formed tight-knit colonies. Stray cats, though they may be initially wary, still retain their social nature and may be open to human interaction or even forming temporary bonds.

3. Habitat Hangouts: Feral cats thrive in outdoor environments, often finding shelter in secluded spots like barns, abandoned buildings, or natural habitats. These skilled adventurers aren't keen on cozying up in a human's lap. Stray cats, however, may seek refuge in urban areas, seeking temporary shelter in backyards, alleys, or even under parked cars.

4. Adoption Opportunities: Due to their wild nature, feral cats are not typically suitable for domestication. They prefer their untamed lifestyle, and attempts to bring them indoors may cause stress. Stray cats, on the other paw, have experienced human care and can often be rehabilitated for adoption into loving forever homes.

Now that we've unraveled the secrets of feral and stray cats, we'd love to hear from you! Have you encountered a mysterious feline friend in your neighborhood? Share your stories, thoughts, or any interesting encounters in the comments below. Did you manage to differentiate between a feral cat and a stray cat? We're all whiskers and ears, eager to learn from your experiences and insights!

Remember, every cat has a tale to tell, and understanding their world brings us one step closer to building a more compassionate society for our feline friends. So, let's paws for a moment and embark on this interactive journey together. The comment section eagerly awaits your purrfectly engaging anecdotes, questions, and thoughts!

**Share your experiences and thoughts below! Have you encountered a feral or stray cat? How did you differentiate between the two? We can't wait to hear from you!**

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