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October 29, 2009

National Cat Day, Really!

Yes, it’s true!  This week the cat nation (and people, too) celebrated the greatness of cat-hood. The official date was October 29.

                                                 DOGS DROOL – CATS RULE

Quickly, I must add – the above statement is not mine, but meowed recently and very sweetly by my little kitty, Miss Sarah Bell.  At least it seemed this is what she meant, but maybe I’m wrong.

According to the founders, National Cat Day was formed to celebrate cats for their unconditional love and companionship as well as to encourage humans to rescue these sweet pets from animal shelters. It is estimated that approximately 4 million cats enter shelters every year, and 1 to 2 million of them are euthanized – so sad. The primary goal of this special day is to facilitate 10,000 adoptions of shelter cats nationwide on October 29. This will be the first year that the Animal Miracle Network will attempt to trace the numbers of cats adopted. Similar initiatives for dogs in the past have exceeded their goal of 12,000 dogs adopted. Colleen Paige, Founder, National Cat Day stated. “We put a lot of manpower into communicating with our affiliate event promoters and shelters around the country that signed to participate.”

There are many other organizations dedicated to the welfare of shelter cats/dogs. One is Tailwaggers For Life, Waynesboro, MS. Take a look at their web site: . It was in 2005 that this 501(c) 3 nonprofit began offering canine sheltering services. Their latest fundraiser is a very nice hardback cookbook entitled “Look Who We Found In The Kitchen.” It is a cookbook filled with special recipes donated by celebrities. To name a few:  Vanna White, Alan Jackson, Glenn Close, Gov. Haley Barbour, Arnold Palmer, Betty White, Jo McDivitt, Paul Ott Carruth, Jamie O’ Quinn, and Anne McKee (that’s right, ME!). There are a total of forty “Celebrity Recipes.” I’ve listed my granny’s pecan pie extravaganza – you don’t want to miss that one. The wonderful cookbook will make a lovely Christmas present and the funds will go to a great and needed cause.  Check with these fine people: Tailwaggers For Life, POB 1008, Waynesboro MS 39367, phone no. (601) 735-3779.

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