Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Just as Sweet as Her Name Suggests - Kit Kat!

Through no fault of her own, 11-year-old Kit Kat was returned to Animal Friends in August 2013.  She had been living happily in a busy home for ten years before a severe allergy, developed by a young member of her human family, necessitated Kit Kat’s relocation.

Although Kit Kat arrived without any glaring behavioral issues, ten years in a noisy household may have taken a toll on this green eyed beauty.  She prefers adults to children, and quiet to chaos.   As long as it is Kit Kat’s idea, she loves to snuggle into a lap for long restful naps.  

Kit Kat has been back at Animal Friends for almost two years now, and it is an anniversary she would like to miss.  She is full of personality and longing for a calm quiet place to become her new forever home.

Someone believes in Kit Kat so much, her adoption has been sponsored! Come visit her today!

Ready to add some fur to your family tree? Check out our adoption guidelines here and then make a trip down to visit Kit Kat. She's waiting to meet you!

The Only Bug You'll Ever Need To Love - Bug The Cat!

Meet the only bug you will ever love!  Bug is a four-year-old cat who has been at Animal Friends since July 2013.  She was rescued during a Humane Investigation case involving an animal hoarder, which involved 25-40 animals living in unsanitary conditions.
As a result of her previous living situation, Bug arrived at Animal Friends a pretty fearful little girl who avoided handling.  She immediately entered a foster home and began to receive the love and attention that she needed.  Within a few weeks, Bug was making great progress.  She began waiting at the front of her crate for attention, instead of hiding at the back avoiding human contact, and was eagerly settling into a few laps for some snuggle time. 
Staff and volunteers work with Bug each week, and she continues to make wonderful progress.  She loves to play with her toy flying mouse and chase any laser pointer she can find.  Bug needs a patient owner who can further develop a growing bond of trust, while helping her leave her shy ways behind.  She is currently living with cats at Animal Friends, and she would be great in a multi-cat family.

Someone believes in Bug so much, her adoption has been sponsored! Come visit Bug today!

Ready to add some fur to your family tree? Check out our adoption guidelines here and then make a trip down to visit Bug. She's waiting to meet you!

Cat Enrichment Fun for Adopt a Cat Month and Every Month!

Guest Blogger: Suzanne Denk, Animal Enrichment Specialist

A cat’s quality of life can be easily improved with a variety of toys and activities which provide mental stimulation.

Try the following easy activities with your cat:
  • Blow bubbles
  • Let your cat drink from the bathroom faucet
  • Read a story to your cat
  • Put a bird feeder outside a window
  • Hide treats in a cardboard egg carton
  • Play with a feather teaser
  • Provide a scratching board or post
  • Grow cat grass
  • Hide toys and treats throughout the house to provide a chance for hunting while your cat is alone. 
  • Feed dry food in a puzzle ball.
Create a Cat Activity Center:
Throwaway items can be made into entertaining play stations for cats.  The activity center can include scratchers, candy trays, toilet paper tubes, pipe cleaners, clean medicine cups, ribbon spools, or egg cartons.  The only limit is your imagination.  Once the items have been securely glued in place, add pinches of catnip, balls, toy mice, or treats.  Let the cat explore on his own.  The textures, smells, and nooks will get your cat thinking!  Once the cat has lost interest, refill with the goodies, wait a couple of days, and move the activity center to another location.  Your cat will think they have made a brand new discovery! 

Make a toy from things around the house:
  • Plastic Bottle caps
  • Milk jug rings
  • Toilet paper tubes – fringed edges are fun!
  • Pipe cleaner twists
  • Origami balls or Origami lucky stars
  • Drinking straws
  • ½ of a plastic Easter egg with wet food spread inside
  • Plastic Easter egg with a pinch of catnip
  • Empty spool of thread
  • Tea bag envelope pinched open for unique scent
  • A pinch of catnip in an old sock
  • Ping pong ball in a tissue box or in the bathtub (no water)

Rotate toys regularly to keep them new and interesting.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Animal Friends' Home-to-Home Adoption Program presents: Bella!

Bella is a beautiful 5-year-old long-haired brown Tabby who came to her foster home when her owner could no longer take care of her. She is gentle and affectionate with adults, and enjoys being brushed and combed. She loves to toss her toys into the air, then rest in a sunny window.

Bella has one very important request: no other pets or young children, please! In quiet surroundings, with her beauty and sweetness, Bella promises to make her "forever' home a happy home.

If you can help Bella find a forever home, please contact Mary at 412.885.4501 or email at

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ravioli Catnip Toy: A quick-to-stitch whimsical cat toy

Guest Blogger: Suzanne Denk, Animal Enrichment Specialist

For those that enjoy making crafts, a few quick stitches and some scrap fabric can make a popular toy for a shelter cat.  Shelter toys are quickly soiled and can have short life spans so handmade toys should not be labor intensive. 

Cut out two ravioli-size squares from your fabric of choice with pinking shears for that authentic Italian look!  Stitch ¼” ” seam allowance and leave an end open for stuffing.  6-8 tight stitches on each side are all that is needed. Pinking the edges and stitching without turning it inside out make sewing the toy quick.

Fill end with fiberfill and a pinch of catnip.  Stitch closed and give it to your favorite cat!