It’s the October 2012 edition of Blog the Change for Animals, where a lot of us blog about what we can do to help animals less fortunate than ourselves. Today, I want to remind you that there are lots of ways to help homeless kitties that do not take a lot of effort! For example, my human brought home some food for me that I decided I did not like anymore. She was stuck with a full bag of kibble and Binga and Boodie only get canned food (I am picky, so I get whatever I will eat). What to do? Give it to one of the local rescue groups of course! As you can see, somebody was less than thrilled with this decision.
Actually, all us kitties were not that happy with this decision! But I have to admit, it is the right thing to do. So early next week, my human will take the food and some inexpensive toys to cats who need homes. It’s as simple as that to make a difference in a kitty’s life.
Don’t ever think you can’t help things change — you can! It can be as easy as signing a petition, like the one right now to urge Petland USA to stop selling pets in their stores. This huge multi-national chain gets 95% of its animals from puppy mills. Even though I do not care for dogs, I think puppy mills (and kitten mills, for that matter) are wrong: unlike legitimate breeders, they do not breed pets with the highest health and personality standards in mind. And churning out pets for profit like this and offering them in stores condemns shelter pets to death! How? Because these stores could be working in conjunction with their local rescues and city animal services instead of using the space for sad, poorly-bred creatures. I for one will not be happy until all pet stores help showcase shelter animals. I hope you will do something to help make that change!
P.S. Speaking of change, come back tomorrow for a special National Feral Cat Day commenthon!
Kim Thomas says
How wonderful of you to donate food to kitties who need it! And we most definitely must remember that “puppy mills” also means kitty mills – not nice places either. Your ideas are great, here’s hoping so many more people will do as you have.
Thank you for blogging the change for animals!
d'ArtagnanRumblepurr (@rumblepurr) says
I’m off to sign the petition!
Laura and Taffy says
A friend’s sister has made a refuge of her home and yard for the local feral cats. She neuters/spays them as she catches them, sees to all their needs, tries to find loving homes for the adoptable ones. Whenever we have food that mine won’t/shouldn’t eat, I donate it to her. She does this all out of her own pocket, making her little corner of the world better for cats.
Spitty the Kitty says
Hi my friend Sparkle…Your post is so good. The Human is trying to donate more to some rescues that do such great work.
It’s nice to visit a Bloggy where I can see the pictures! ;-(
Sparkle, this is an excellent post. Although it looks like Binga and Boodie find the food very interesting, it’s so nice you are donating it to kitties in need. You kitties are very generous. Because Neytiri tends to be particular, we try different foods for her and end up donating some good grub to shelters too. (PS: Thank you for your thoughtful comment on our post about Inka, we appreciate it.)
Wes forgetted all about be the Change Day today! But Mommy and Daddy went to Greenwood to drop foods off for the foodbank there and they always takes a BIG bag of dog kibble, a case of canned dog foods, a big bag of kitty kibble and a case of cat food when they goes.
We won’t forget the next one.
Hi Sparkle, it’s a great post! Yes, we can help things change for fur babies and there are many ways to do it!
The Island Cats says
That’s a great use for foods we don’t like! In our area, the local rescue started collecting pet food donations at the local food bank (yep, the same one that humans go to) for people who can’t afford foods for their pets.
Sparkle, you are always such a wise kitty! Our mommy gets all leaky when she sees animals for sale in pet shops because she knows all too well about those puppy mills. Our sisfur Sadie was borned into a place like that and our Grandma in Las Vegas had a schnauzer that a vet rescued from a puppy mill. Her name was Timid because she was always leary of humans after her experience as a puppy. Puppy mills are awful and if more people knew about them, we know they wouldn’t exist anymore. As for foods, our mommy and daddy take foods and supplies to the shelters to help the animals.
Mark's Mews says
Yeah, its about time for TBT ta round up the foods we have turned down, and some old blankets, for the local shelter…
We have given our shelter pals lots of food we won’t eat and that is as it should be. Just because we didn’t like it doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t love it. Great one Sparkle!!!
Great post. Thanks for the great reminder that there are lots of ways we can help our local shelters. Not only are they always in need of food but paper towels, laundry detergent, bleach and kitty litter are also welcome drop-offs!
Found you through the blog hop. :hi:
Katnip Lounge says
Miss Sparkle, we admit no food goes uneaten at our house! We are competative swine.
BUT, we agree it doesn’t cost much to buy an extra case of food and drop it off at the shelter.
Pricilla - Famous SpokesGoat says
The publicist does not like the idea of pets for sale in shops either.She would never buy one
Cats of wildcat woods says
Good post Sparkle. Mom has an article about how puppies and kittens from the mills do not make for good pets to adopt without lots of extra TLC since they are so traumatized from their early treatment. Like we say – Adopt – Don’t Shop!
CCL Wendy says
You and your humans are so very generous, Sparkle! It’s a great idea to share your bounty with the less fortunate of your kind.
Picky eaters — we got ’em, too!
Thanks for this great post Sparkle. We did sign the petition and hope we can do more than that. It would be so wonderful if the pet stores would sell or at least give away the dogs and cats out of the shelters. We sure will be back tomorrow. Take care.
Hannah and Lucy says
We have a local shelter and mum takes our “dislikes” there.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
Great post friend. You do make a difference.
Another excellent post, Sparkle! You are so right about the small but very significant things we can all do.
Huffle Mawson says
I had mum send some money to kitties and pups in need. They should be able to get some food I hope.
Max the Quilt Cat says
Great post… and you’re so right. There are many little things that we can all do.
Thank you for thinking of all the less fortunate kitties out there.
We regularly donate food, toys and bedding to our local shelter. It’s so simple and anyone could do it!
Sparkle, thank you for the reminder that eve doing small things like donating food to a shelter can make a difference to some animals. Mom also buys some foods that we don’t finish for one reason or another. And she switches around the type of kitty litter she uses too. This is a very good idea.
We are all 100% behind you, and even we would give up some food to help kitties in need. And pet stores selling animals is not right. It stopped here and in the UK many years ago – except (we discovered) in Harrods where there are really expensive breed cats for sale.
Ã„iti did loads of work for kitties in need in the UK and still gives some money for them. Here there are very few feral cats because they cannot survive the winter but even so Tuomo and Pekka were both homeless….