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LEAN ON ME

LEAN ON ME

Published: Apr 14 2018

Does anyone else get the feeling that whenever you tell someone anything about your animal, they do the opposite?

Example one. “My cat doesn´t really like to cuddle.” Cat then proceeds to climb upon the guest, purring, head butting, and full on snuggling.

Example two. You´re out to dinner at a family members house and you bring the dog. “He doesn´t really beg at the table.” You tell your family. HA! Look again because he has found the weakest link at the table and is currently working his magic and great big, puppy dog eyes to get a slice of meat. Little do you know, it wasn´t the first time.

My favourite is when it come down to the walk. I don´t know if you´ve ever had a new person walk your dog and told them, “Just be careful, sometimes he pulls on the leash.”

Would you like to bet that was the same person your dog walked perfectly for?

I swear their main focus is to prove us wrong in as many ways as they can. Through contradictions and, if you´re a cat owner, mood changes.

When I was growing up we had a cat that was, admittedly, incredibly grumpy. But not with us. He would cuddle, cry for attention, beg and plead to be picked up, crawl onto your lap while you were reading because he couldn´t bear to be ignored. If it got him attention he was there. He wasn´t a shy cat and wouldn´t run away when new people came in. He just automatically didn´t like them.

One second he would be purring up a storm then swatting the newcomers if they went near him.

However the dislike was more so if he could see you. New people would approach him from behind to give his head a scratch and he would love it. Until he turned around and saw who it was. He didn´t love it so much after that.

But maybe that conflict he had with others was because he knew who his family was and how much we loved him. He knew where his safety zones were and who would protect him.

Don´t forget! April 27th is Trivia Night! Bring your team out for a night of fun!

This week´s column written by Katarina Rind

For information on all animals up for adoption, please visit the Niagara Falls Humane Society´s main website: www.nfhs.ca

Link to Article: http://www.niagarabuzz.ca/2018/04/14/pets/lean-on-me-24/

LEAN ON ME

LEAN ON ME

Published: Apr 08 2018

Everyday life here at the shelter can be tough , many animals coming in with various levels of care needed from basic shots and deworming to major life saving surgeries and months of behind the scenes treatment.

After talking to a colleague last week and having a frustrating day where is seemed people just didn´t understand how much effort gets put into these animals and that for many of us it´s a passion and a desire to help the unwanted and neglected animals thrive and gain trust and ultimately be prepared for a forever home. Sometimes the cage gets messy , cats love to play I would much rather see a cat flinging a toy and making a bit of a mess than cowering in a corner in what looks like a untouched cage. There are stages for many and it takes time and that is what we are here for, I want to try and open up the bridge between the cage and the negative association with it, for them it´s not just a cage it´s a safe space to heal and recover whether it´s a physical injury or emotional, and for many this is a much better option than what could have happened, I am thankful to have been able to work with them.

A new quote I found while expressing my concerns and trying to get more people to understand - It´s about caring ABOUT them not just for THEM. These animals all have personalities, different needs and wants just like a kid. It´s up to us to try our best to do right by them while they are in our care and it´s something I want everyone to think of because we can all do a little more to make things better for everyone.

Basic needs should always be met but there is so much room for more! I love giving the kitties catnip or making frozen peanut butter Kong´s for the dogs. Little extras make my day better because they are happy and that is my job, some days are better than others but I am grateful that these animals get a second chance and that I can get to know them and help them find their final chapter in a new home.

We always have many animals up for adoption and we need a variety of items to help us keep them happy and healthy. This is a great reference to specific items we use daily and could use a stock pile of at any given time! There is no such thing as too many toys or goodies. Enrichment is key to a happy healthy animal and it brings them great joy!

Cat supplies - mice toys, tinsel balls, scratching posts/cat houses (several sizes and styles) small beds, hanging/string toys, catnip (dried /spray or bubbles) Dry non colored cat/kitten food and any kind of canned food. * We are very low on cat toys and scratch pads and could use more as soon as possible.
Dog supplies -Large Kong´s , leashes and martingale collars of various sizes , peanut butter(must have no xylitol) Heavy duty chew toys like kong or similar , soccer/basket balls , agility equipment of any kind for our outdoor dog pens , kuranda beds and pill pockets.
Miscellaneous items used daily- liquid laundry soap, dryer sheets and bleach, scented cleaning supplies for lobby/ Windex, Kleenex, pens/permanent markers.

Every little bit helps us make the animals feel better, it´s about them and what they need, it´s so important that they are a priority. They depend on us and we need to be there for them and do our best to give them what they need to heal and succeed. If you are wanting to help in anyway or looking to adopt, please visit our website for profiles and more information www.nfhs.ca If you are unable to donate , adopt or volunteer , I encourage you to please share this article to help get the animals the supplies they need and help those who are right by their side every step until they are ready to leave. Our community is so important to us and every little bit helps get the animals what they need and deserve.

This week´s column written by by Alexis Bennett

Link to Article: http://www.niagarabuzz.ca/2018/04/08/pets/lean-on-me-23/

LEAN ON ME

LEAN ON ME

Published: Mar 31 2018

If you drive into almost any area of the city, there is construction. New homes are being build. Old homes are being renovated. New families are being started. Roads are being expanded for the influx of traffic in developing areas. We are expanding!

If you´ve been by the shelter lately, you would have seen the construction in our front yard. New paths are being built, gates put up, fences to contain dogs in the new areas. It´s all happening as the snow melts away and spring begins to unpack her bags to stay for a while.

Getting outside into the fresh air is invigorating. It shakes off the claustrophobia that winter seems to bring each year. It renews us and makes us feel like taking on a new project, or a new pet. In the next few weeks, we will be getting many new dogs at the shelter from other areas. We will love to see you stop by and try to find yourself a dog for their Forever Homes. Often, our dedicated dog walker Linda will be able to provide very good insight into each dog. So, when you stop by, take a moment to chat with her and to thank her for her unrelenting dedication to our dogs.

Bernadette Peters (main picture) weighs 68 lbs. She will need a home with no other animals. She loves to play and would like a forever home that will give her lots of exercise and love! Linda observes: I love to spend time with this spunky girl!!! She is so much fun to play with in the pen, chasing down toys as I throw them. Bernadette is a nice looking dog with her caramel coat and inquisitive eyes. She is very smart so you have to stay on top of her, or she will take over. After lots of exercise she is sitting, coming and doing some heeling for me now. She can be jumpy so obedience classes would be ideal to give her a new outlook on life. She just needs a committed owner who would work with her, give her lots of exercise and love too.

Dog Walker Linda enjoyed spending time with Jimmy and has this to share: Jimmy is another one of those dogs you fall so deeply for!

I just love this charmer with his good looks and amiable personality. I thoroughly enjoy all the times I spend with him, he comes, downs and sits for me and will even heel when he´s in the mood. He takes treats very nicely from me, doesn´t grab them anymore. I´ve worked with him over that. With his gorgeous black coat and playful ways you´d never know how old he is. I´m surprised he is still at the shelter with all he has going for him! Jimmy weighs 55 lbs. Jimmy is very loving and high energy, he has a fun loving attitude and loves to talk to you through his cage but once he´s out his tail is wagging and he´s ready to go. Jimmy is quite strong and is suggested to not go home with a family who has small children he will grab food out of your hands and is quite rough with play we feel like he would be best suited for a home with children over 10; he is jumpy and sometimes doesn´t realize that he is a big boy. He is full of personality and love - his smile is infectious. Come out and meet Jimmy if you think he might be the right fit for you. A $150 adoption fee applies for Jimmy.

A mini Panther who is an absolute Kitten at heart. Billy is energetic and very playful while being very easy to handle and just loves his lap time and pets.Billy would be better suited being the only cat of the household and would make an easy transition to home with no other cats.

Denim came to the shelter as an injured stray after she was hit by a car and found under someone´s BBQ and fence. She was severely injured and rushed to the vets where she was evaluated to have multiple broken bones and fractures. She has since had extensive life saving surgery which cost the shelter over $2000 to repair her broken femurs and have a rod inserted so she could walk again along with weeks of medication and constant care.This little warrior is looking for a forever home that will take care of her. She will need to be the only cat in her new home as she does not want to share her space with any other felines and she gets very upset. She is extremely friendly and has the spunk and energy and a big personality packed into a small frame. The shelter is looking for funds to help cover the cost of her surgery which was over $2000 , and we need to keep up our efforts to save the animals like Denim who need a second chance at life after enduring so much. Please contact the shelter if you are interested in donating to Denim´s care and the care for the many animals who require these life saving efforts, we couldn´t do it without the help from our community. Click this link for an article about Denim.-https://www.niagarathisweek.com/opinion-story/8086147-tiny-warrior-has-endured-a-lot/

Hashbrown is a chatty lady who has a big personality. She likes attention on her own terms but a quick way to bond is through food, she can´t resist! Hashbrown will need an adult only home and she will need to be the only cat.

Honeydew is a sweet girl who loves chin rubs. She prefers if you take a calm approach so she can get to know you, she loves her treats and is always snuggled in her bed.

This week I want to challenge all of our readers. I think growing individually and as a community is very important. I want to challenge each of you to do something new, something that you´ve always wanted to do but haven´t for whatever reason. Maybe fear has limited you. Maybe uncertainty stops you from taking that first step into that passion project you´ve been dying to start. Challenge yourself to just do it. Embrace it and see what change is has on you.When we are authentic, expressing our warmth and light in all directions, we cause things to grow.

Share this story with others and if there´s something that has stuck out and impacted you, we want to hear about it. When we are authentic, expressing our warmth and light in all directions, we cause things to grow.

We now have a great new way you can connect with NFHS. See our adoptions, report cruelty, or connect with local shops support NFHS. You can find our app in the Apple Store or on Google Play.

Help the animals at the shelter by sponsoring a Cage -$25/mo or Kennel- $50/mo.

Thank you to our current sponsors! For more information and hours of operation please visit the website at: www.nfhs.ca

This week´s column written by Chris Dalton

Link to Article: http://www.niagarabuzz.ca/2018/03/31/pets/lean-on-me-22/

LEAN ON ME – Volunteering at For the Love of Cats

LEAN ON ME – Volunteering at For the Love of Cats

Published: Mar 16 2018

“The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it” - Mother Teresa

Why become a volunteer? To feel great by doing a good thing, contributing to an important cause and to spend time with like-minded people.

The job of a volunteer at the cat adoption center is working with cats that are normally strays, some who have had very little or no human interactions. They come in frightened, possibly angry or aggressive, and some show no emotion at all. So in saying that, TRUST has to happen, and to do that we do our best to spend as much time with them as we can.

During that interaction we see changes in their personalities and behaviours and we know that showing them love, time and patience goes a long way in helping them to find a forever home. It is very rewarding and enjoyable to find the right family that matches with the right cat. The saying is, It is not the people that pick the animal (cat) but the animal (cat) that picks the people. (Below, cats lounging at For the Love of Cats)

It also does wonders for us too. It provides us with emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. There is a bond that happens between helping them and us, they help us by reducing stress and some other emotions which help in being calm and relaxed in our daily life. It is a win-win situation. It also gives us professional and life experiences for future endeavours. Stating on a resume that you are a volunteer gives future employers knowledge about you. It shows teamwork, respect of others through communication and work ethics.

“Volunteers don´t get paid not because they´re worthless, but because they´re priceless” - Sherry Anderson

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please pop in either For The Love Of Cats, the Shelter or go to our website, www.nfhs.ca.

And finally, there is an invitation for 20 people, but please no kids, to join us in an event called Nap for Cats, April 20, 2018, 6 p.m till April 21, 2018. 9 a.m at For The Love Of Cats location. Contact us at 905-356-4409 for more information, or check us out on facebook.

Some of the cats available at For The Love of Cats Now…

Link to Article: http://www.niagarabuzz.ca/2018/03/16/pets/lean-on-me-volunteering-at-for-the-love-of-cats/

Lean on ME- Did yo know this about black cats?

Lean on ME- Did yo know this about black cats?

Published: Jan 27 2018

Link to Article: http://www.niagarabuzz.ca/2018/01/27/pets/lean-on-me-did-you-know-this-about-black-cats/