In war torn Syria, there is a ray of hope for some abandoned cats.
According to Reuters, an ambulance driver named Alaa’s has been helping some of the victims no one else has noticed: homeless cats.
Alaa has been spending $4 a day from his personal savings to feed 150 stray cats in his nearly abandoned neighborhood of Masaken Hanano in Aleppo.
Many of the cats’ owners have fled due to violence and shelling, leaving the cats to fend for themselves.
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The 2014 Holiday Kibble Drop “Feed It Forward Tour” brought holiday cheer to the Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills, MI on Wednesday, December 10. Two Detroit-area organizations, Special Animal Friends and Rescue,Inc.(SAFARI) in Livonia and Almost Home Animal Rescue League in Southfield, received Halo Vigor and Spot’s Stew cat and dog food for pets in their care.
SAFARI wrote to say that they “had Christmas come early this year.” James White, III, the Secretary/Treasurer of SAFARI said, “Many of our dogs were severely malnourished when they came to SAFARI, and will benefit immensely from a diet of such high quality health food (and our dogs have told us they LOVE the taste).” We were touched to hear that the donation meant that SAFARI would be able to direct more funds toward veterinary care and training.
Gail and Lauren, the cofounders of Almost Home Animal Rescue League, also expressed their gratitude. “Good nutrition plays a big part in healing after all the trauma rescued animals have gone through. Our rescue dogs and cats love the taste, too.” They continued, “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being such great partners in our continued work…. Happy holidays to you, your loved ones, and the animals who depend on all of us.”
Our holidays are certainly happier for hearing about the effects of the fourth annual Holiday Kibble Drop. Halo,Freekibble.com, and GreaterGood.org are enjoying spreading holiday cheer on the 2014 “Feed it Forward Tour.” The tour is making 15 stops to deliver 500,000 healthy meals to pets in more than 30 shelters and rescues across North America. Part of the #HaloFeeditForward campaign, the Holiday Kibble Drop is an important aspect of the more than 1.5 million meals a year that you enable us to donate to shelter pets. Because you’re the ones who make it possible for us to donate this food, when you share a photo of your pet with #HaloFeeditForward, Halo donates a meal on your behalf to a less fortunate pet.
We hope that the homeless pets of Detroit find homes soon. We know that one dog already found a dream home due to the Beverly Hills stop. Photographer Darlene Czech, whose photographs show the human and canine joy from the event, adopted a dog during the event! Thank you for making it possible for us to help make some holiday dreams come true around the Motor City.
As we all look forward to a new year and take stock of the one that has past, I find it amazing that after ten years devoting myself to educating, inspiring and supporting people about their pets, that I still get a thrill when I discover new information, or encounter people as dedicated as I am to overall pet wellness and encouraging rescue and adoption.
The most shining example for me in 2014 was forming an educational partnership with Mary Peng, the founder and CEO of the International Center for Veterinary Services.
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Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.
She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.
Michael Close of Melbourne Australia was heartbroken when he moved out of the country and had to leave his cat Chopper behind with a new owner. But in a strange series of events, Close reunited with Chopper five years later!
According to the Herald Sun, Close’s mom agreed to take Chopper in when Close moved, but when she discovered Chopper was unhappy in her home with her other cat, she found Chopper a new, loving home. And all was well for Chopper for a few years.
But when Chopper’s owner died, the cat found himself in a shelter, looking for a home once again.
Not long afterwards, Close, who had recently returned to Melbourne, was browsing the local shelter’s web site. His kids wanted a cat. He’d never forgotten Chopper but had lost track of him once his mother had re-homed him.
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Question: My cat loves Halo cat food so much she had gained too much weight and I had to take her off Halo to keep her from getting too fat. Does Halo have a healthy weight formula for cats?
Answer: First, yes Halo does have a Healthy Weight Formula for Cats: Spot’s Stew® Adult Cat Healthy Weight GF Game Bird Medley (6 lb) and Spot’s Stew® Cats Grain-Free Healthy Weight Whitefish & Salmon (6 Lb). Although these two foods are lower in calories (about 7% fewer calories) than the other dry formulas, it is still a fairly calorie-dense food.
If an owner is having issues with weight gain, I highly recommend the addition of canned food as it is much lower in calories. In general, dry food has 3 to 4 times more calories than a similar quantity of canned food…which means a cat can eat a LOT more canned food and feel fuller without all the calories of a dry food. Canned food is also lower in carbohydrates than dry food which is much healthier for cats—especially those prone to being overweight.
The second issue many owners have is the AMOUNT they are feeding. Many cat owners are still using the free-feeding approach where they just fill the bowl up when it gets low. This is really a disaster for a cat’s waist-line!
Most indoor domestic housecats require only between 150-200 calories per day and with the free-feeding approach sometimes these cats are getting close to 300-400 calories each day. So it might be necessary to deal with the way you are feeding. Meal feeding—where an exact amount can be measured out—is necessary to prevent excess weight gain in most cats.
So, it is unlikely that you need to switch away from Halo. You may just need to change the way you are feeding or maybe consider the type of food you are feeding.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector
Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency.
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