Treasure McNeil just celebrated her birthday and asked for donations for the humane society rather than gifts for herself. Thanks a bunch, Treasure, for thinking of the animals. We appreciate you!
When you come to the Humane Society of Central Arizona, you walk through the front door and are greeted by some very friendly cats. We’d like to think we have them trained as our greeters, but we all know people don’t train cats, they train us.
Cats are amazing creatures. They can be so loving and kind. They can also cure the blues with their funny antics and playful behaviors. Cats are good for the soul. They are nurturers.
Having a cat as a pet is likely not as high maintenance as having a dog. A cat doesn’t need to go out multiple times a day to go potty. They won’t hog the entire bed at night while they cuddle with you. They don’t require frequent walks or trips to the dog park to play ball. Don’t get me wrong, dogs are wonderful, too, but sometimes a cat is a better choice for someone who may not have enough time to give a dog.
Cats are great pets to have if you work a 9 to 5 job. They will be excited to see you when you get home. After dinner, it will be time to curl up with you while you read or watch TV. Sounds like the good life to me.
If you’re ready to consider bringing a cat into your home and heart, come by the shelter and meet some of our cuddly kitties. Now, lets get to some Fun Feline Facts.
• One female cat and her offspring, left to breed at will, can produce 420,000 kittens in just seven years. That is a lot of unwanted cats which is why spaying and neutering is so important.
• The first animated cat was Krazy Kat, a cartoon strip drawn by George Herriman that made the transition from paper to film in 1916. Other popular animated cats include, Felix the cat, Garfield and Tom from Tom and Jerry. The first full-length feature film with a feline star was “Gay Puree,” made in the 1960s. Judy Garland was the voice of Mewsette, the star of the film.
• Although a kitten is blind at birth, the touch receptors in the nose are already developed, and touching noses helps a kitten make contact with his mother. This practice of nose touching remains a friendly greeting for other cats (and humans) throughout a cat’s life. Here at HSCAZ we often approach a new cat that comes in this same way.
• The orange gene that results in the tortoiseshell coat pattern is linked to the gene that determines a cat’s sex. This means nearly all tortoiseshell cats are female, and the rare male tortie is usually sterile.
• The cat population in the United States is more than 75 million.
• Big cats can roar, but they cannot continuously purr. Small cats can purr, but they cannot roar.
• An outdoor cat’s life expectancy is only 2-3 years, versus an indoor cat who, on average, can live 12-17 years.
Reds, Whites, Bronzes & Bluegrass
You can make a difference for the animals at the Humane Society of Central Arizona by attending the “Reds, Whites, Bronzes & Bluegrass” benefit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Randall Ranch in Rye, Ariz.
Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch with delectable desserts, fine wines, great music and a bronze art display. There will also be canine demonstrations, lip print readings, chair massage and a raffle to win a trip to California’s wine country.
Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at humanesocietycentralaz.org or by calling the shelter at 474-5590.
My name is Donner, but sometimes they call me Don or Donnie for short. Currently I live in a big cat room that has fun things like a big cat house and warm blankets to snuggle up in. I live with some other cats that are pretty cool. I am an easygoing guy, never asking for too much except for some of your time and attention. I am very neat and clean and I don’t make a mess at all with my litter box or food. If you want a handsome, affectionate cat, I’m your guy. I’m even current on my shots and have been neutered.
My name Is Darby and I am a big boy! I’m a Maine Coon mix and I weigh about 18 pounds. I’m pretty laid back and get along with other cats and dogs. I have cute, white toes that stand out from my tabby colored coat. I’m a big teddy bear that loves to lounge on your lap. I’m neutered and current on my vaccines. All I need now is a forever home I can call my own.
They call me Nicki and I am such a pretty girl. I am pretty vocal and really like to talk. I enjoy nap time and will gladly cuddle with you on the bed. I am a mature girl who knows what she wants. I keep my area clean because neat cats are the best cats. I’m already spayed and the staff here at the shelter gave me my booster shots so that I could be placed for adoption. Come down and see me, I’ll greet you when you walk in the door.
Molly Moo is my nickname here, but you can call me Molly if you want. I am a four-paw declaw cat that has some really cute quirks. I get really excited when you come home and I pat at your legs until you pet me. I am pretty easygoing but I do like to talk to you every now and then. Of course, I’ve been spayed and am up to date with all of my vaccines. I like staying here at the shelter in the front office, but I’d really love to find my forever home.
Travie is my name, being sweet is my game. I’m a stud when it come to the ladies, but I do get along with the guys, too. I am actually very handsome, with my adorable little black spot above my mouth; it looks like a mole, hehehe. I get along with everyone; I guess you could say I’m a cool, calm cat. Like the other cats here at the shelter, I’ve been neutered and vaccinated. I am litter box trained and am quite clean if you ask me. Who wouldn’t want to adopt a guy like me?
My name is George and you’ve probably seen me in the paper before. The girls here always tell me they don’t know why no one has adopted me yet. I guess that’s because I’m such a sweet, fun-loving guy. I’m pretty vocal and they say I have the cutest meow. You should come by and spend some time with me, I’ll put on the charm. I’ve had my shots and am even neutered. What more could you ask for in a cat?