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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

10-day-old kitten rescued from Pasco trash can

10-day-old kitten rescued from Pasco trash can

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A 10-day-old kitten is recovering at Pasco County Animal Services after being rescued earlier this week from a garbage can by a sheriff's deputy.
Pasco Sheriff's Cpl. John C. Spicuglia was investigating a complaint Monday that a Port Richey woman was shooting at stray cats when he heard a muffled meow coming from the trash can. When he opened the lid, he found the kitten, which had been in the hot trash can for more than two hours.
"The kitten was showing signs of heat stress, including very rapid breathing," he said.
Spicuglia placed the kitten in his patrol car, in front of the air conditioning vent, to lower its temperature. He arrested 26-year-old Jessica Struble on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.

They named him Ollie and he is in good hands now.
kitten rescued from garbage

Judy Tate-Gregory, education coordinator for Animal Services, is fostering the kitten, nicknamed "Ollie." She and her daughter take turns bottle-feeding him. He sleeps in a basket in her office during the day.
"He's a real sweetie," Gregory said. "He's a little orange tabby. He just opened his eyes yesterday."
Gregory said "Ollie" is gaining weight and starting to crawl on his own.
"He purrs when he's happy," she said. "And when I feed him, he moves his little paws up and down like he's nursing from his mom."
She said he'll be available for adoption in a few months.
Spicuglia said Struble, who lives at 9749 Bexley Lane, complained that a neighbor was feeding stray cats in the neighborhood. She said she shot at the cats with a "Nerf" gun and put the kitten in the trash to hold onto it until her mother could drive it to Animal Services.
"I understand that they want the cats off their property," Spicuglia said. "But there's a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it."
Struble could not be reached for comment.

Chronicle of 87-Year-Old Grandmother and Her Beloved Cat

A Grandma and Her Cat (Photos)

Chronicle of 87-Year-Old Grandmother and Her Beloved Cat

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Misao to Fukumaru (Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat), a collection of photographs chronicling the ordinary daily life of an elderly woman and her beloved cat Fukumaru, might seem an unlikely bestseller. But perhaps it is precisely the tranquility of Misao’s peaceful rural life that has appealed to so many busy residents of Japan’s crowded and ultramodern cities.

The photographer responsible for capturing the bucolic lives of Ihara Misao and her feline companion is Ihara Miyoko. The identical family name is no coincidence: Miyoko is Misao’s granddaughter, and the pair live together. Miyoko, now 30 years old, wanted to photograph her grandmother to compile a permanent record of her life. Back in 2003, three years after she began her project, a stray cat happened to give birth to a white male kitten in a barn on the Ihara property. The cat was soon adopted into the family and became Misao’s inseparable companion. Suddenly, Miyoko had two lives to capture with her camera.
“Partly because they are both hard of hearing, my grandmother and Fukumaru are always looking into each other’s eyes. They’re really close,” Miyoko says. “Fukumaru is so happy and contented at my grandmother’s side. When I take a picture of the two of them together it’s like I’m photographing myself as a little girl.”

Some of the photos of 87-year-old Misao at work in the fields or relaxing with her eight-year-old cat might seem to have been taken deep in the countryside. But in fact Misao and Miyoko live on the Bōsō Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture, not far east of Tokyo.
The photos of this rural—yet not too remote—setting show Misao planting and weeding under the open sky, and enjoying a way of life that has vanished from Japan’s urban centers. Miyoko’s pictures show a slower, simpler mode of living: enjoying the subtle seasonal changes in the landscape over the course of the year, planting seeds, growing flowers and vegetables, and living off the land. And her photos also clearly convey the affection between the two companions that transcends the power of words.
“When I see the way my grandmother is living her life, I really feel that she has a kind of strength that my generation simply can’t match. She gets up with the sun, and goes to bed when it sets. She loves her cat and the vegetables in her field like her own children. If her vegetables come out well, she’s happy. She doesn’t have to worry about questions like ’what is the point of my work?’ Her way of life fills me with admiration and a sort of envy.” 

Recording Life’s Fleeting Beauty

The years spent taking photos of Misao and Fukumaru have brought home to Miyoko the preciousness of everyday life. In an instant the scene in front of her eyes passes away and becomes the past. Although each new day may seem to resemble the one that came before, every moment is unique and fleeting. Miyoko’s sense of the impermanence of life was heightened by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. The disaster gave her a stronger sense than ever that she needs to record the life around her for posterity. Since then, she has been taking more photos than ever.

Today, Misao and Fukumaru live happy and comfortable lives in the beautiful Japanese countryside. But who can say whether this simple way of life will last another hundred years? Miyoko continues to chronicle her grandmother’s life, in the hope that one day she will pass these precious scenes on to her own grandchildren and the rest of their generation.   

(Photographs by Ihara Miyoko; Originally written in Japanese by Komiyama Sakura, freelance writer. Produced with the cooperation of Little More Co., Ltd.)

Photographer. Born in 1981. After graduating from the Nippon Photography Institute in 2002 she studied under the photojournalist Higuchi Kenji. One of her ongoing projects involves photographing the traditional women pearl divers (ama) of her home prefecture of Chiba. Misao to Fukumaru (Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat), published by Little More, is her first collection of photographs.

Cats with Superb Agility

Cats with Superb Agility

Daniel built an indoor agility course for his very active beloved kitties. They run through it like a pro.



A local veterinary practice pooled their money at Christmas and bought a selection of pet oxygen masks that they gave to the fire department.
Paramedic Shane Collette of Rural Metro Fire spoke with a reporter in the video report below, telling how he used a pet oxygen mask to save a cat pulled from a fire at its home in Queen Creek, Maricopa County, AZ this morning. Firefighters at first thought the cat didn’t survive. It was limp, had foam coming out of its mouth, and its eyes were red before Collette administered oxygen for about 15 minutes. Kitty came around and was returned to its grateful family.


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RSPCA rescues cat that gave birth to kittens in a tree!

RSPCA rescues cat that gave birth to kittens in a tree!

We were left stumped after we were called to rescue a cat who is believed to have given birth to kittens 25ft up a tree.

We received a call on Monday, 3 September by a concerned member of the public who had spotted mum and a small kitten poking their head out of a nook in the tree in Littleover, Derby.

Cat, Squirrel, in tree© RSPCAToo high to reach

Cat, Squirrel, rescued from tree© RSPCA
RSPCA Trainee Inspector Sarah Burrows was called out to the incident and, realising the cat and her kittens were too high to reach, she called out the fire service.

Firefighters from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Serviceattended the scene and used ladders to climb up the tree and then place the kittens in a cat carrier.

Mum ran off, but then returned for the kittens and she was also caught and placed in the carrier.

The mother cat, who has been named Squirrel, was taken with her three kittens to our Derby and District Branchand they are now all being cared for by fosterers.

Three kittens were found in the tree and they are thought to be just two weeks old. Another kitten had been found on the ground below the tree around two weeks earlier, it was taken by a member of the public to a vet and is now understood to be in the care of a local cat rescue charity.

It is thought Squirrel would have been going up and down the tree to get food.

Trainee Inspector Sarah said:
I couldn’t quite believe it when I got the call to say that a cat and her newborn kittens were up in a tree. 
It didn’t quite ring true. But when I arrived we could just see mum poking her head out of the nook in the tree, it was quite bizarre indeed.

She clearly thought this was the best place to keep her kittens safe, but I don't think she had really thought it through as to how she was going to get them down afterwards!

Rescued cat, Squirrel, with kittens © RSPCA
Sarah added:
"I would like to thank the fire service for getting mum and her kittens to safety."

Squirrel and her kittens, who have not been named, are now in the care of Derby RSPCA and all seem to be doing well.



Feral Kittens Found by Dog Under a Boat

Feral Kittens Found by Dog Under a Boat

“The dog was running around the boat like crazy whimpering and I couldn’t figure out why,” said the dog owner via imgur.
“She went in to investigate more closely.” Then what she discovered were two tiny kittens, hiding under the boat by themselves. The Coonhound/Lab mix dog became very motherly to the kittens, grooming and soothing them while the men started thinking what they should do to help the kittens.
“We waited around for the mother for quite a while. There was no sign of her. They were feral and we were worried that they might not make it through the cold weather and with winter just around the corner. We took them to a vet and are following instructions to make sure they are properly taken care of. I know it would have probably been better to leave them for the mother, we couldn’t just leave them there with the other things in mind. My friends who are holding them in the pictures are keeping them,” he wrote via reddit.

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The boat
The dog was running around the boat like crazy whimpering and I couldn't figure out why.


She went in to investigate more closely...



She was being very motherly.

She was being very motherly.

Four abandoned kittens rescued from blizzard

Four abandoned kittens rescued from blizzard
Posted: 12.31.2012 at 8:50 PM

During a frigid blizzard on December 26th, someone phoned in what they thought was an abandoned kitten, dumped in a box on a country road. The Humane Society of Sandusky County immediately rushed to the rescue.
During a frigid blizzard on December 26th, someone phoned in what they thought was an abandoned kitten, dumped in a box on a country road. The Humane Society of Sandusky County immediately rushed to the rescue.
When the humane society agent arrived, they found not one, but four kittens, stuffed into a "Shop-Vac" box on CR 37. The box was already half-covered in snow from the snow plows, when the agent arrived.
Kelly Askins, HSSC Shelter Mgr./Animal Cruelty Director told WNWO, "This is happening all over this county.  We've got to get people to understand this is not acceptable."
Askins urged pet owners to take responsibility and get their cats spayed or neutered.

The box the kittens were found in
"Here at the shelter, we have been bombarded with cat surrenders, so much so, that right now we have a seven page waiting list for someone to surrender their cat, and the only way we can accept them at this point is if they are in imminent danger." Askins continued, "Times are tough and we understand this, but personal responsibility has got to start happening in this county."
Askins said the four kittens are at the shelter "staying warm and keeping their bellies full." They are all up for adoption. If you are interested in adopting or have any information regarding who may have abandoned the kittens