Uber delivers kittens to offices in honor of National Cat Day. What do you think? »
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?
Cutie Chihuahua up for adoption in Bay Area! »
Winnie is currently being fostered in Oakland but would like a forever home of her own! I love her big ol’ ears! Details:
I am fostering a little 4-pd chihuahua through A Leg Up Rescue, a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from life-threatening situations. All of these companion animals were either in danger of being euthanized in animal shelters, neglected or abused, or taken from the public (when space permits) so they are not bounced around to different homes or collected and sold to research labs by “bunchers.”
The dogs name is Winnie and she is a very sweet, loving 1 year old puppy who was abandoned in a cardboard box outside a shelter in Monterey. I am fostering her in Oakland and hoping to find her a forever home! She loves walks outside just as much as snuggling deep in the covers. She is great with my other dog, so she would definitely be OK in a multipet home.
Contact Kate if you want to know more/adopt Winnie!
Igby is the coolest cat and he needs a new home! His owner has to move and can’t take him along. So sad!
Here’s what a friend of mine, who’s Igby’s former roommate, has to say about him:
“Igby fetches (really), he’s an avid chaser of lasers and rubber bands, and when you talk to him, he’ll talk back. This one time he swallowed a whole shoelace and lived to tell the tale. On another occasion he stole a fortune cookie fortune off the dinner table only to trot it out again the next day to brag about it. The fortune said, “Nothing can keep you from reaching your goals. Do it!”
The dude loves the spotlight, and would be thrilled to be the star of someone’s living room. Here’s his slightly NSFW glamor shot. He’s definitely the cutest cat around.”
If you live in the Bay Area and want this guy in your life, or know someone who does, email chrischlyon [at] gmail [dot] com and tell him Vegansaurus sent you. Go kitty go!
To get you in the Fat Tuesday spirit, how about a little Beignet from New Orleans? She’s not really a pastry, silly, she’s a kitty! A Katrina rescue (still?) looking for a home in New York. Have you ever seen such pretty eyes? It looks like she’s wearing false eyelashes! She is super pretty with a reportedly quiet demeanor—such a lady! Maybe you have room in your home to party with Beignet this Fat Tuesday?
A Pekingese wins Westminster, others still homeless »
This is Malachy, the pekingese that won Best in Show at the 2012 Westminster Dog Show. Anytime a breed wins Westminster, there is a surge in popularity. This can lead to a surge in puppymills producing that breed. This sucks.
What many people forget is that 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebred. Do you know someone who just HAS to have a pekingese now? Tell them they can adopt one! Look for breed-specific rescues, or just check Petfinder and search for pekes! You’ll find great dogs, like Cody here:
Cody is the hotness.
I don’t think we need to tell someone not to focus on what breed of dog to get. Instead, tell them that whatever breed they are looking for, they can find up for adoption! I mean all dogs are different, but if they have their heart set on a particular breed, just focus on adoption. It’s great if someone wants to rescue the millions of pitbulls that need homes, but if the breed is the deal-breaker, I’d rather they rescue a homeless peke than buy one!
New York Area: Sweet Roscoe is having a rough time at the shelter, needs a home! »
This handsome fellow is Roscoe! He’s at the Shandaken shelter, which seems to be about 2.5 hours from NYC. I got an email about this guy because, though he’s at a no-kill shelter and not endanger of euthanasia, he’s having a hard time:
Roscoe has been at the Shandaken shelter for a long time. His life is not in danger, since it’s a no-kill shelter, but his sanity is. He’s lonely, and he’s been kenneled so long he’s starting to get a little “cage crazy.” The Shandaken shelter doesn’t get the kind of foot-traffic that they get in NYC or other busy places. And Roscoe is a bit aloof when people first meet him (can you blame him?), so he doesn’t immediately win them over, and they move on. But I’m told that he’s a real sweetheart once you spend time with him. He just needs a chance to show it!
Aw, poor guy! Do you know anyone who could help Roscoe? Homeboy needs to spread his wings and fly! His profile says he loves to play and that the volunteers play hide and seek, fetch, and catch with him! It also says he’s very smart. And look at that pretty coat!
If you or anyone you know can help Roscoe, please call the shelter at (845) 688-5004. Roscoe deserves a home!
Abandoned pit bull near Sacramento »
Sorry to break your hearts but I had to cross-post this. This poor dog was abandoned in Citrus Heights, CA (near Sacramento):
Male Pit Bull left behind in a 10x10 kennel after foreclosure. Not only pent up but on a chain, too! NOT AGGRESSIVE. He’s a bit shy when the kennel is opened for food and water, goes to the back of the kennel but once closed, jumps up and wags his tail. Vetting unknown, not sure if neutered. No Paws will pay $250 to a bona fide rescue that comes forward. Thanks so much.
If you can help, email email@example.com. They also asked that you not post this on craigslist.
These two fox terrier-mix puppies need homes! Can you help? »
How cute are these babies? Pro tip: SO CUTE! They are at the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in Stockton, CA and they need homes! Lena and Lewis both have petfinder pages. The brother and sister were found sad and dirty on a country road in Stockton in October. Lena is lively and gentle and likes getting hugs (OMG!). Lewis is a “miniature athlete with a winning heart of gold,” and is looking for some nice active humans. They sound so cute! They LOOK so cute! Someone out there must be looking for cute puppies like these. If you can’t adopt them, maybe you know someone who can? Send this around to your friends and family! Post it on Facebook! These guys deserve homes and every little bit helps!
If you want more info or want to meet Lena and/or Lewis, contact Lena at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A good picture could save a dog’s life! »
"I can’t stand the thought of, for want of a good picture, that a dog goes homeless."
Teresa Berg is a professional photographer who’s been using her powers to help little homeless dogs get the adoption photos they deserve! As you can see in the video below, she started working with a dachshund rescue that had been slow with adoptions. Now, with some professional photography help, the rescue’s adoption rates are up 100 percent! And in my opinion, it’s not just dogs getting adopted from there and not other shelters; I’ve known people who look around for a week or two online for a rescue dog and then give up and buy a dog anyway. Maybe if they saw the perfect picture? Because we all know that there are plenty of great dogs in shelters and if they got a chance, someone could love them. They just need a good PR person like Berg!
[Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!]
I know that in SF, photographer Kira Stackhouse helps kitties and pups get adopted by working with the SPCA and Muttville. Do any of you guys use your art to help homeless pets? I did some writing for rabbit adoption earlier this year—that was fun! I hope it helped!
All the homeless animals deserve a whole makeup team and ad agency, for real! Let’s get it together! Go team!
Congressman adopts the most adorable yorkie ever! This video is so cute, I’m half dead. Congressman Michael Grimm had been working with the Humane Society to find the right rescue dog for him when they finally settled on Sebastian, a little puppy-mill rescue. It seems this Grimm character is an animal hero! From the Humane Society:
The personal is the political in Washington, and we are grateful that Rep. Grimm introduced H.R. 198, legislation enabling shelter dogs to become part of a pilot program for military veteran therapy and rehabilitation. Mr. Grimm is also is co-sponsoring the PUPS Act (Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act) to crack down on puppy mills. That’s a bill HSUS is determined to pass in this Congress, as part of our broader effort to turn around the puppy mill problem in America. Now, Rep. Grimm has a special incentive and case example to help drive that policy reform forward.
That’s all very interesting BUT LOOK AT THAT PUPPY! Ridiculous. See now why couldn’t Obama follow through with his adoption idea? Why are the men in my life ALWAYS LETTING ME DOWN?! Speaking of letdowns: Grimm is a Republican. Rip my heart out, why don’t you!