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11/19/2013

This Cat Covered Dress Is Both Ridiculously Adorable and Helps Charity. Double Trouble.  »

Um, we all need this, right? Like immediately. Plus, $10 from each sale goes to benefit the Teal Cat Project. WHAT COULD BE BETTER? Nothing. Get it. Get it now. Get 20. Do it.

11/06/2013

The Greatest Interview in the History of All the Things: Lil Bub on Vegansaurus!  »

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You guys, this is pretty much the biggest moment of my journalistic career. Lil Bub did an exclusive interview for Vegansaurus! If you are not familiar with Lil Bub, OMFG welcome to life! Lil Bub is a published author, talk show host, movie star, fashion plate and the most amazing cat on the internet. Bub also does a ton of charity work. She is a true philanthropist and a Bub among men. 

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Lil Bub’s Lil Book, for sale at a bunch of places.

Without further ado, I present the one and only Lil’ Bub!:

Vegansaurus: Where did you come from?
Lil Bub: I come from the planet Bub Ub Bub. It’s very far away.

How do you look so amazing?
Well the key to looking amazing is really believing that you are truly amazing from the inside and out. It’s all about perception. In my case, I am so proud of myself, and so sure of how remarkable I really am, that your perception of me is what you see - giant magical eyes, a perfect pink tongue and a remarkable body. But on my planet, we all look exactly the same, because we all know how amazing we are.

What inspired you to use your celebrity for the good of other animals?
Well let’s be honest, what else is there to do with celebrity power? I came to Earth on a mission. It was only a matter of time before the world knew about who I was, and I could pursue my mission of spreading positivity, understanding and knowledge to your people. And I can also do fun stuff while I’m at it.

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What is your favorite animal charity or shelter?
Well this is a very difficult question. I love all the shelters, especially the ones that work extra hard. There are literally thousands of shelters that are doing everything they can to help find homeless pets a permanent family, to get pets off the streets and to spread awareness about the importance of adoption, proper animal care and spaying and neutering. One particular charity that I am very excited about is my own charity that I’m working on. It’s called Lil BUB’s Fund for the ASPCA, and it will be the first national fund specifically dedicated to special needs pets. It hasn’t been official announced yet, but it will be soon.

Where do you stand on cat breeding?
I don’t stand anywhere near it. There are far too many wonderful, magical, homeless and needy pets in the world. Breeding pets, specifically to create an animal that appeals to a human’s definition of “cute” for financial game is cruel in itself, but becomes simply horrific when considering that hundreds of thousands of homeless animals get euthanized every day. And I feel that I am proof that the most amazing animal on the planet did not come from a breeder. And I encourage people that want a special one-of-a-kind pet to go and look for one at their local shelter or at other shelters online. Why spend ten times the amount of money when you could find your very own special pet, who will repay your love ten fold?

Do you have a best friend?
My dude is my best friend. He rules.

imageLil Bub and her dude. 

Do you have any upcoming events or fundraising efforts we should know about?
Not at the moment, I need a break! But I am always raising money for charities through my online store, and am working on making Lil BUB’s Fund for the ASPCA a reality. It’s a lot of work for a four pound space cat!

AMAZING! Thanks so much, Lil Bub! We are so happy to have you on Vegansaurus. For all the Lil Bub fans out there, I encourage you to check out her award-winning documentary, Lil Bub and Friendz by Vice. Now, everybody, comment and tell us why you think Lil Bub is so great. There are so many reasons!

10/29/2013

Uber delivers kittens to offices in honor of National Cat Day. What do you think?   »

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To celebrate National Cat Day (meow!), Uber, the transportation service best known for connecting rich people to high-end transportation, has teamed up with Cheezburger to deliver kittens to people’s offices for 15 minutes for $20 bucks in Seattle, SF, and NYC. They’re calling the campaign ICanHazUberKITTENS, and I feel really conflicted about it!

On one hand, all proceeds of this PR stunt purportedly go to local animal shelters, and as Megan Rascal pointed out to me in an e-mail conversation, kittens do NEED to be held. However, I wonder what kind of message do we send about cats that they are objects to be delivered on command, like any old non-living consumer good?

While Uber does support kitten adoption through its app, how likely is it that 15-minute cat-holding sprees at random offices will lead to any actual adoptions? Does this stunt really promote adoption instead of animals as entertainment? How is it affecting the kittens being used in this service? 

I’m still so conflicted! What do you think?

10/21/2013

Have mercy! This video is too cute. From the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. While this is not explicitly vegan, Vegansaurus is all for good will toward humans. And cute kitty videos!

10/08/2013

A kitten unable to walk learns how right in front of your eyes!  »

Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!

Here’s your happy story for the day! This little kitten was born with a neurological disorder that made his back legs weak. But with a little help… well, you’ll see.

He’s so cute! I love the black splotch on his head, right? Any readers have pets born with health issues? We hear so many stories about them but I wonder if they actually find homes.

10/02/2013

Whoa, did you guys know Lil’ Bub has her own show?! The 3rd episode preview is here! How did I miss one and two? Well, never fear, I shall never miss an episode again. I’ve subscribed to Lil’ Bub’s channel, on YouTube and in life.

09/30/2013

Two super sweet kitties in NYC need a new forever home!  »

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We have a bad allergy/asthma case that has made it necessary to re-home these two cuties. Jackson is 3 years old and Spencer is 5. Both are fixed and up to date with shots. A brief description:

Jackson and Spencer are the sweetest cats in the world. If you or anyone you know wants a cat that will not ignore you and be aloof, these guys are for you! (especially jackson, the most love hungry creature ever made). 

I know everybody wants a kitten but adopting adult cats means you know their personality! Kittens are a crap shoot! And two kitties are supposed to be easier to take care of than one (they entertain each other!). If you or anyone you know is interested, contact me: meganrascal@vegansaurus.com. And spread the word!

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09/17/2013

These kittens have no time for you, are still cute!  »

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I love this project by NYC-based photographer Arne Svenson! Strays is a series of portraits of lil’ kittens from Animal Kind, but as you see, they aren’t your average portraits. These kittens have no time for you!

If you’re a pet stalker like me, you know the troubles of trying to photograph your pets only to have them turn their heads. Figaro straight up turns his head to the side deliberately whenever I try to take a pic. UNLESS I give him a treat. Jerk.

Read the backstory here. I just think these are so funny, right? It’s like the “I’m not listening!!!!” ear plugging thing. But more of a silent protest. Go ‘head kittens, get your civil disobedience on.

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09/06/2013

This little rescue kitty has the best hats!  »

A famous internet dude I’ve never heard of makes these little construction paper hats for his three-legged rescue kitty Maxwell! I don’t know why it matters that Maxwell is three-legged but they keep mentioning it. I guess so you’re not surprised when you see a pic where you can tell he’s missing a leg. Dang, three-legged animals just without fail make my heart swell. You too?

More hats!:

He makes some hats for his other kitty too. But who cares about a four-legged kitty! JK. So is this Wonder Woman or some anime thing I don’t know about?:

07/22/2013

Cats as your favorite beat poets. Yes.   »

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In honor of the Contemporary Jewish Museums Ginsberg exhibit, they’ve teamed up with SF SPCA to honor the beats’ favorite pet: the kitty!

The connection is natural as Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Burroughs all owned and were photographed with their cats. Kerouac mourned deeply after his cat died. And Burroughs wrote a book solely on cats, titled, The Cat Inside.

And as the post proposes, these shelter cats have lived beat lives. Above is Thistle as Burroughs:

Thistle easily evokes Burroughs with his long limbs, quiet demeanor, and bony face with large protruding eyes. Poor Thistle had a hairball. We feared he was taking his role of Burroughs too seriously. He looked unwell for a moment and we feared he was going to vomit. But a true champion, he pulled it together, kept it all in, and we finished. Thistle then nodded out in front of the typewriter after the shoot.

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And here’s Dorothy as Ginsberg:

Crazy beat cats! Check out the rest of the portraits

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