Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Happy Animal Club update

I received the news yesterday that Ken, founder of the Happy Animals Club (see last week's post), has been awarded a $1000 grant from The Pollination Project. This is the first time, in the three and a half years I've been blogging, that I've been made aware of a domino falling. My tail's wagging.



Giving Seed Grants to Social Change Projects

We provide $1,000 startup grants to individual change makers and projects that promote compassion around the world.

Watch the CBS This Morning segment on the Pollination Project

Seed money sprouts change for tiny non-profits - CBS News

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Mar 23, 2014 - Seed money sprouts change for tiny non-profits ... He gave away his 447th grant this morning -- that's $447,000 and counting. In the past ...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Animals Club

Happy Animals Club is a non-profit no-kill animal shelter project in the southern Philippines, started by a 9-year-old boy with help from international donors. Imagine, if one child can accomplish this in the Philippines...





Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bring a Sandwich. Maybe not Tuna



America’s first permanent cat cafe is now open at 2869 Broadway in Oakland, CA! 
The Cat Town Cafe is split into two rooms, the Cafe and the Cat Zone.
The Cat Zone is where:
We have between 6 - 20 free roaming cats who are available for adoption. Meaning, they are coming out of tiny cages of the shelter, and waiting to find a permanent home while here in our Cat Zone. 
We allow 14 people to enter every hour on the hour, this is to help limit the stress and over stimulation of our four legged friends.
Walk-ins are welcome, but we highly recommend that you make a Cat Zone Reservation for a $10 donation to Cat Town, especially on weekends! This will ensure your visiting time is available and support a great cause. 
You are welcome to bring cafe food and beverage into the Cat Zone, but please don’t bring your own cat!
Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you have about cats, adoptions, and cat related things.
Please note: 

Cats sleep a lot. They also hide a lot. This is natural and healthy. Our cats meet up to 140 people a day, 5 days a week. If you’re itching for play time, we recommend coming early for the 10AM and 11AM hours, when the cats are most active.
We are a non-profit rescue dedicated to the safety and well-being of our cats. Their comfort and safety is our first priority.
Our cafe is minimal, but awesome. We serve extremely good pour over coffee, locally made bagels and pastries, and have the friendliest employees you’ll ever meet. We have limited indoor and outdoor seating, plus viewing windows into the Cat Zone should we reach capacity.
We are closed Monday & Tuesday to acclimate new cats into the space and give our current residents some much deserved rest.


Cat Town is a non-profit cat rescue, that started in 2011 as a foster based rescue program. Since founding, we’ve helped get over 600 at-risk shelter cats out of the cages of Oakland Animal Services and into loving foster and permanent homes. The Cat Town Cafe is an expansion of our current rescue efforts, and will help us get many more cats out of the shelter and adopted!
The cafe cats are being adopted at a rate we never imagined and we are joyously overwhelmed by the interest, kind words, encouragement, press, and good cheer of our customers, volunteers, employees, and adopters. Thank you so much!
Cafe hours: 8 AM - 7 PM Wednesday through Sunday
Cat Zone hours: 10 AM - 7 PM (14 people are let in on the hour every hour)
Come see us at 2869 Broadway, Oakland, CA!
America's First Cat Cafe


The Cat Town Cafe is split into two rooms. ". . .the Cafe is minimal, but awesome." 

They serve coffee, locally made bagels and pastries, with limited indoor and outdoor seating, plus viewing windows into the Cat Zone should they reach capacity.

The Cat Zone is where you are welcome to bring food and a beverage.
  • We have between 6 - 20 free roaming cats who are available for adoption. Since founding, we’ve helped get over 600 at-risk shelter cats out of the cages of Oakland Animal Services and into loving foster and permanent homes.
  • We allow 14 people to enter every hour on the hour, this is to help limit the stress and over stimulation of our four legged friends.
  • Walk-ins are welcome, but we highly recommend that you make a Cat Zone Reservation for a $10 donation to Cat Town, especially on weekends! This will ensure your visiting time is available and support a great cause. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

I fell in love hook, line, and sinker.

http://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/abandoned-baby-bat-pup-tolga-bat-hospital-16.jpgSome of you may recall that I had a bat in my bathroom for seven summers. Last year, Johnnie failed to reappear. I'm optimistic that he just reached an age when looking for female companionship was far more interesting than buzzing me on his way to the bathroom.

A friend sent this link to me this morning. I'm totally smitten. The pictures are melt-your-heart great. 
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Black Cat audition circa 1961


I'm afraid my old girl would have been sent home, though she often looks cranky enough to be a star.

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ039mG_MstUdSV9KQr8rX9COygqrbLBoIi9merO8sfOJk0phxqBlack Cat audition

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thinking Outside the (nest) Box

Marbled Murrelet
odysseykayaking.com 

Portia Halbert, of Humboldt State University, was thinking outside the (nest) box when she came up with a unique idea to save the endangered Marbled murrelet, a small seabird that feeds at sea and nests only in old growth forests. 

Stellar jays and Ravens eat murrelet eggs, so giving them a reason to never eat another was her clever idea. So far so good, but outsmarting a Jay can be tricky. Read the full story: Dietary Lessons
A box of chicken eggs painted to look like marbled murrelet eggs. The eggs contain a chemical that induces vomiting. Scientists are trying to teach the endangered bird's predator, a type of jay, to avoid murrelet eggs.


blackhills.audubon.org
Marbled Murrelet conservation