Monday, May 31, 2010

Meow Monday

Hi! My name is Elodie, and I'm a very sweet and super attractive one year old brown tabby, so it surprised me to find myself walking down Myrtle Avenue desperate for someone to take me home. Times are hard and my former owner must not have been able to afford to keep me anymore. That could be the only reason, because I am agreeable, easy to care for and a lot of fun. Take me home! Please!

Aren't I gorgeous?

If you'd like to foster or adopt Elodie please email

Monday, May 24, 2010

Meow Monday

Lizzie is a beautiful, exotic looking medium hair dilute tortie. She is 15 months old and she's a nice mellow cat. She enjoys sitting with her humans, playing with her toys and she gets along well with other cats. 

If interested in fostering or adopting Lizzie please email

Friday, May 14, 2010

Positions Available

We have new volunteer positions available!  Do you love animals but can't have pets?  Are you a student who needs community service hours?  Interested in learning more about animals or helping out more?  We are looking to fill the following volunteer positions:

Adoption counselor -- An adoption counselor visits the home of a potential adopter, sometimes with the new cat or kittens in tow.  During the home visit the counselor gives the Adoption Seminar, a short talk that teaches new pet owners about proper nutrition, health, and other important aspects to having a new pet.  Adoption counselors also follow up with new adoptive parents to see how things are going.  Training is provided.

Foster mentor -- 
A foster mentor is a contact for new fosters in case they have questions or concerns.  A foster mentor provides guidance, tips on how to take good photos of the animal up for adoption, how to keep the animal safe, and information on behavior and health.  This is a position for someone who has experience with foster animals.

Transport -- 
-This person ferries cats and kittens to new homes, to and from foster homes, events, and vet appointments.  When we need transport we send out an alert and whoever is available offers help. Notice is anywhere from 2 days to a few hours. We're looking to add names to our email list!  Can we add yours?

Spay/Neuter Coordinator -- This position is great for someone who is great with data, records and is really organized.  The spay/neuter coordinator maintains records of which animals have been spayed/neutered, who need to get fixed, when they're due to get fixed, et cetera.  The S/N coordinator also keeps in touch with adopters to notify them of upcoming surgeries and to schedule appointments with our vet. 90% of this job is done over the phone and computer.

If interested or you have any questions, please email

And remember ... THERE WILL BE KITTENS!

P.S.  We still need volunteers to cover shifts at our adoption event tomorrow.  Can you come spend an hour with us?  Email!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Adoption Event This Saturday

Adoption event this Sat May 15th
at Pet Health Store
corner of 81st and Amsterdam
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


It's going to be a gorgeous weekend and we will need a total of 4 volunteers
2 inside, 2 outside

Email to sign up for a shift!
These are the shifts needed:
11:30 to 1:00
1:00 to 3:00
3:00 to 4:30

What does a volunteer do?  Volunteers help set up the kitty crates with blankets, food and water.  Voluteers empty a litter pan if someone does their business.  They provide interested people with information about the animals, and about our organization.  But the best part?  Volunteers get to spend their afternoon snuggling kitties.  

A Tail co-founder Tracey at an adoption event in December 2009

Email or visit our website, for more info.
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Monday Meow

Hazel in the sun

Hazel is a beautiful, friendly and playful tabby.  She became a mom at an early age, raised and weaned her kittens, and is now looking for a home of her own.  Still just a kitten herself, she is currently living with a dog and loves to cuddle with her humans.  When I first met Hazel she immediately started rubbing her head against my hand, always a good sign.

Interested?  Email

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Love Your Mama

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, so I wanted to take a moment to write about a group of mothers who go quite unnoticed most of the time.

Puppymill Mothers.  You probably weren't expecting that.  And I know it isn't a very cheerful thing to think about, but that's kind of the point.  Puppymill mothers spend their entire lives in small chicken-wire cages, stacked one atop the other, in drafty barns or stuffy warehouses.  Many of them have never been spoken to kindly, they've never slept on a bed, they've never known that a human's hands can be gentle or loving.

My own Theo was a puppymill rescue, and that dear sweet little dog still has not healed.  He cowers and urinates in submission when anyone but my husband or I reaches out for him.  When he sleeps he cries out,  whimpers and moans, shivers all over until I place a warm hand on his belly and then he gasps, sighs, and lays still.  I think he has terrible nightmares.  And yet, he was a stud.  He only had to fend for himself. He never had to nurse a litter while malnourished and pregnant with another.  He never had to fight to protect six babies when he couldn't protect himself.  These are creatures who are degraded, mistreated, abused and used.  Let's show them some love on Mother's Day.

Mabel spent ten years in the same Virginia puppymill Theo came from.  She, Theo, and more than two hundred other small breed dogs ranging from Jack Russel Terriers to Westies to Chihuahuas, were rescued in the fall of 2007 thanks to effort from Best Friends and Pets Alive.  When she was rescued, Mabel was pregnant with what could have easily been her nineteenth litter.  It was clear she was due any day, her belly was quite swollen and she was obviously uncomfortable.  The veterinarians taking care of her were nervous about this birth because Mabel was well past her prime years.  They waited two days and then they gave her a C-section.  Her vets had had every right to worry.  It turned out she had only been pregnant with one pup, and by his size they could tell he was weeks over due.  And many more weeks dead.

But you can help!  You can make a difference!  Make a pledge to pass the word that Puppies Aren't Products.  Talk to your friends and family about the importance of adopting a pet instead of buying one.  And if you don't know what to get your mom for mother's day, click here to make a donation to the Best Friends Puppies Aren't Products campaign. It's the perfect way to say thank you to a lot of wonderful moms, your own included.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Trap Neuter Return

A few years ago, Kitty Kat appeared utterly exhausted as she roamed the streets of Astoria with her limp tail pointing down.
The street-smart feline had birthed dozens of the neighborhood's feral cats and kittens - and was still producing litter after litter - until she was spayed and saved by an angel.

Continue reading this excellent article by clicking here...

Monday, May 3, 2010

Monday Meow

Buddy is a super sweet nine-month-old kitten.  He is your typical orange tabby -- friendly, loveable, affectionate and playful. Did we mention gorgeous?  He loves to sit with you while you read or watch TV, but he prefers a sofa cushion to a lap.  He gets along well with other cats, yet he's also independent enough to be an only pet.  Right now he's being being fostered with Pippy and they get along great! Fully vetted, he's to be your best Buddy.

Interested?  Email

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