Who Would You Want in Your Furbaby’s Corner?

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Jonny, Little Man, and Steph

Jonny, Little Man, and Dr. Stephanie Gandy

Finding a good veterinarian is like finding a good mechanic … once found, the best thing to do is grab hold with both hands and don’t let go.

For us, that veterinarian is Dr. Stephanie Gandy at Catisfaction Cat Clinic, a cat-only facility in Madison, Alabama.

When my beloved Little Man was going through his terrible ordeal, Dr. Gandy’s own staff asked her, “What are we doing, Doc?  This cat should have been put down days ago.”  Dr. Gandy responded, “No.  I won’t give up until Little Man does.”

Little Man never gave up, and neither did Dr. Gandy.  As a result, Little Man was credited with multiple world records for his miraculous recovery, and Dr. Gandy hasn’t stopped doing what she does.

For example, a while ago, a kitten was brought to her with a neck injury.  He was paralyzed from the neck down but with no obvious physical damage.  Several of us took turns feeding him, which involved supporting his entire weight (all in one hand) while he ate from his little bowl.  Dr. Gandy’s husband, Chris, is an engineer, and he rigged up a sling so that Hisstopher, as Dr. Gandy called him, could slowly learn to walk again.  It took time and patience, but guess what?  Hisstopher is fine today.

The same kind of thing happened to another kitten later, and today THAT kitten is all better, too.

And did you know Dr. Gandy is the ONLY veterinarian for miles around who can CURE, not just treat, hyperthyroidism?

Now there’s another cat in her clinic, a feral male Dr. Gandy calls, “Boss Man.”  Not sure why just yet, but he can’t walk on his hind legs.  I met him the other day.  When I walked into the boarding area at Catisfaction, he looked right at me and began kneading his bedding, purring, and talking like crazy.  I opened the door to his kennel, and he stretched his neck toward me so I could scratch his head.  He loved it.  Certainly seems to me he’s happy to be off the street, paralyzed or not.

I know anything can happen and nothing is certain, but I’m not too worried.  Boss Man has someone in his corner.  He has Dr. Gandy.

I don’t think she knows how to give up.

So I ask you, who would YOU want in YOUR furbaby’s corner?

Animal Abuse Registry

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FBI Kitty

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We’ve seen several reports in the news lately that animal abuse is now considered a felony.  I think I speak for animal lovers everywhere when I say, “Right on!!”

But now it seems things are being taken a step further.  Several states are proposing legislation for an Animal Abuse Registry similar to Sex Offender Registries.

I urge everyone to check out the New State Animal Abuser Registries Proposed in 2015 and then click on “TAKE ACTION” to show your support.

Do it for those who can’t speak for themselves.

Little Man’s Law – Progress?

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Just wanted to pass on some news.  In my efforts to garner support for Little Man’s Law (see the petition), I contacted Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).  Just this past week I received a call from his office.  They requested I send them my supporting documentation to back up my (our) position and they would forward it to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.  I asked if it would be helpful if I contacted the committee members directly.  They said to let them do it!  (I was hoping they would say that since the Senator carries more weight!)  According to Senator Sessions’ office, this committee is responsible for oversight of the Food and Drug Administration, the very organization that allows the use of some adulterated ingredients in animal food products.

Looks like we’re finally getting some attention!  However, this is not the time to let up.  If you have not already done so, please sign the petition and share it with everyone you know.  Let’s keep things moving!

Our fur babies are counting on us!

All the best,

Jonny

Congressional Animal Protection Caucus

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In my efforts to garner a sponsor for Little Man’s Law, I came across the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus and wanted to share some of their priorities.  As you can see, Little Man’s Law should be of great interest to them IF we can get their attention.  Take a look at the legislation below, and please sign the petition for Little Man’s Law.

Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act – H.R. 746 / S. 388

This bill would require federally conducted agricultural research to meet the minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). All federal agencies, regardless of their mission, should ensure that taxpayer funds are appropriately used in a transparent and humane manner.  Passage of the AWARE Act will require that research conducted at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) and other federally run facilities meet certain necessary benchmarks of other animal research.

Captive Primate Safety Act – H.R. 2920

This bill would amend the Lacey Act, which enforces civil and criminal penalties for the illegal trade of animals and plants, by adding nonhuman primates to the list of animals who cannot be traded and transported across state lines as pets. This legislation, which has passed both the House and Senate in previous Congresses, would accomplish for primates what the Captive Wildlife Safety Act – which Congress passed unanimously in late 2003 – did for big cats.

Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act – H.R. 1258 / S. 1559

This bill would prohibit threats or acts of violence against a person’s pet under the offenses of stalking and interstate violation of a protection order. It would also provide compensation to the victims of domestic violence and their pets by covering the costs of veterinary services and supporting entities providing housing assistance.

Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act H.R. 2293 / S. 1831

This bill would strengthen the animal crush video law and prohibit those extreme acts of animal cruelty when they occur in interstate or foreign commerce.

Humane Cosmetics ActH.R. 2858

This bill would make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetics animal testing in the United States. The bill would prohibit selling, offering for sale, or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing.

Safe Transport for Horses Act – H.R. 1282 / S. 946

This bill would prohibit a person from transporting a horse in interstate commerce in a motor vehicle (except a vehicle operated exclusively on rail or rails) containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another. It would also prescribe civil penalties for people who knowingly violate this prohibition.

Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act – H.R. 3286 / S. 1121

This bill would stop cruel soring of Tennessee Walking Horses and related breeds by amending the Horse Protection Act to end the failed industry self-policing system, ban the use of devices associated with soring, strengthen penalties, and make illegal the actual soring of a horse for the purpose of showing or selling the animal.

Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) ActH.R. 1942 / S. 1214

This bill would ban domestic horse slaughter and stop the export of horses for slaughter abroad, to prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices ActH.R.1095 / S. 587

This bill would require the Secretary of Defense to use only human-based methods for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of severe combat injuries.

Global Anti-Poaching ActH.R. 2494

This bill would support global anti-poaching efforts, strengthen the capacity of partner countries to counter wildlife trafficking, designate major wildlife trafficking countries, and for other purposes.

Big Cat Public Safety Act H.R. 3546

This bill would amend the Captive Wildlife Safety Act to prohibit the private possession and breeding of big cats, with exemptions for larger facilities such as zoos, sanctuaries, state colleges, and universities.

Again, please sign the petition and help me make Little Man’s Law a reality.  Our pets’ lives depend on it.

Meet Zak, The Highland Tiger

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ZakZak, a Critically Endangered Scottish Wildcat.  Photo by Sue Arber.

One of the best things about writing a cat book is the people (and animals) you get to know because of it.

Meet Zak (photo).  He’s a critically endangered Scottish wildcat, or Highland Tiger, living in the Highlands of Scotland.  I had never heard of the Highland Tiger until someone in Scotland began to show an interest in Little Man and his book.  That someone is Maureen Laverman of Alford, Aberdeenshire.

Maureen and some friends have “a really strong passion” for these magnificent creatures and decided to try to do more to raise awareness and help in the survival of the Highland Tiger.  One of her friends, Sue Arber, is a photographer and routinely goes out and snaps photos of Zak, his babies, and other Scottish wildcats.

They have a Facebook group called Highland Tiger Fling where you can see more photos and learn more about their efforts.  I urge you to join their group to show your support for these wonderful felines.

Just look at Zak.  He’s wild, but couldn’t you just kiss him?  After all, he’s a “furbaby” too.