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An Animal Rescue Christmas Challenge


"A Meowy Christmas To You!"

Two weeks ago I posted about a new member of our family and asked for help with a name. Here’s the update. The cat we adopted from the local animal shelter ended up surprising us. When I took her to the vet, she ended up being a HIM, albeit a neutered him. So I had to rethink all the name choices I was knocking around. I decided to get to know the kitty a bit and his name would make itself known.

We discovered he is a watch cat and likes to patrol the perimeters of the house. He’s at the scene of the crime of any unknown noise. He enjoys investigating new areas and when you add the nose factor, the name became obvious: I’d like to introduce you to…

 Pinkerton:

Pinkerton wishes you the happiest holiday season

This is the season of generosity, and Pinkerton would like you to keep in mind not only the people who are less fortunate, but the many animals who are less fortunate as well. Animal shelters and rescue groups are crowded with cats and dogs, especially in this economic downturn. When people lose their homes, they often have to give up their pets. There are lots of pets that would love a new forever home. Maybe you aren’t able to adopt an animal at this time. You can still help. Here are a few easy ways to help dogs and cats this Christmas:

  • Volunteer at your local shelter or rescue group. A few hours a week or month can make a difference to a lonely animal.
  • Donate money to your local Humane Society or ASPCA.
  • Purchase things like cleaning supplies, dog and cat food, litter, flea medications and office supplies while you’re out shopping and drop them by your local shelter. Call ahead and find out their highest priority needs within your budget.
  • Spay or neuter your pet. Many communities have vet clinics that can help with the cost and you can make a difference for animal overpopulation.

Here’s how Pinkerton and I are going to pay it forward. For every comment in today’s post up to 30 comments, I’ll donate $3 to my local cat rescue, StreetCats of Tulsa. I’ve had personal contact with this group and they do a great job of helping cats find forever homes, including many with special needs. So let’s make Pinkerton smile this Christmas and remember the critters, too. Spread the word and let’s get some comments going!

Special thanks to Seth Leonard for giving me the inspiration to come up with this idea. Give him some blog love and check out sethleonard – he has great advice about making your web presence the best it can be.

Question: Did you have a pet as a child? Tell us about him/her!

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  1. Great name and great ideas for giving! My wife and I have a rescue dog and he’s a wonderful part of our family. There are so many loving animals looking for a home, thanks for sharing this.

    Also, I love Pinkerton’s beard. It’s a good addition for a detective.

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  2. Thanks for giving a shout out to the rescue crowd, Kristin. As a kid, my family had an English Cocker Spaniel named Rufus King that we purchased from a breeder. At the time, my parents thought they were doing the right thing by getting an animal from a reputable breeder; we didn’t know that purebreds are prone to so many health problems. Poor Rufus was sick with skin problems from the get-go and by the age of three, the condition was debilitating. But as we know better, we do better and now I recently adopted a rescue dog who is wonderful — healthy and adorable. I’m so glad you’re donating StreetCats of Tulsa — what a great idea!

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    • Thanks for the comment Ilana! We’ve had dogs from both ends of the spectrum as well, from a breeder and from a rescue, and they both come with unique problems, but love and patience can usually deal with most of them. So happy you found a rescue dog to give a forever home to!

      I’m happy to rack up the comments for my StreetCats donation. They happen to be a good local group but there are local groups all over the country that run sometimes entirely on volunteers, donations and love, so readers, find one in your town and pay it forward with your support! 🙂

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  3. PlumaBlanca the working cat here…that is a great idea for helping fluffies and woffies find new foreffur homes. My mommy finded me lost and abandoned. i was sick and scared, hungry and so stressed most of my furs fell off. But I got all better. Now i go to work wiff my mommy every day and help peoples find good things to help them. Effery one pats me and says i am a handsom mancat. Mommy says i am deaf, I don’t know what that means. Haff a furry nice holiday.

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    • PlumaBlanca, thank you so much for your comment. Pinkerton is jealous that you get to go to work with your mommy. It sounds like a really fun thing to do. We looked at your mommy’s blog and we think you are a very handsome mancat. Pinkerton’s happy you and your mommy found each other, and because of your comment maybe another cat will find a nice mommy like you have. Pinkerton says have a Meowy Christmas! 🙂

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