Thursday, July 1, 2010

Town Hall Meeting

Toni's Kitty Rescue was well represented at the recent Volunteer Town Hall Meeting held on June 29th at SFACC. The annual Town Hall Meeting (and pot luck) provides an informal setting for all volunteers to voice ideas, questions and concerns regarding the care and treatment of the animals at ACC.
Deputy Director, Kat Brown reads and answers questions submitted by volunteers. All in all the atmosphere was amiable, the food was delish, the questions were pertinent. As the ACC web site states "We receive approximately 14,000 animals every year and rely heavily on volunteers to assure the success of our efforts" Now more than ever that statement rings true. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer foster parent with Toni's Kitty Rescue, call (415) 828-4153 and set a time to meet Toni or a TKR volunteer. If you are interesting in volunteering at San Francisco Animal Care and Control the next Orientation Meeting is : Sunday, July 11 @ 11:00 AM

Monday, June 28, 2010

Charlotte Likes to Read to the Kitties

I visited SFACC yesterday and I was lucky to meet Kirsti Rogers and her nine year old daughter Charlotte. They were more than happy to stop and pose with their foster kittens. Kirsti says Charlotte spends hours with the kitties and is a superb helper when it comes to the care and feeding of their charges. One of Charlottes' favorite things to do is to curl up with the kitties and read to them. Right now they are reading 'Best Nest'. Charlotte says she reads them simple stories so the plot "stays easy for them to understand". Many foster families tell me how helpful their children (and grandchildren) are in the socialization and care of the tiny fosters. While adults are busy with the daily grind of responsibilities the children have the energy and time to enjoy the playful antics of the kittens. The youngsters will spend hours playing with them just for the fun of it, not realizing these interactions are creating a contented and well socialized cat!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Spotlight on the Scottish Fold

Toni's Kitty Rescue and our local shelter doesn't get too many stray Scottish Folds, and when we do this breed gets adopted very quickly. Here are the reasons why. Besides being so 'owl like' in their cuteness, Scottish folds are typically easy going and placid. Owners say these kitties adjust to other animals within a household extremely well. They tend to become very attached to their human caregivers and are by nature quite affectionate and not too needy. A fold will prefer to sit close by your side and does not always insist on being the center of attention. Folds receive high marks for playfulness and are considered to be very intelligent, loyal and quiet.

The original Scottish Fold was a white barn cat named Susie, who was found at a farm in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1961. Susie's ears had an unusual fold in their middle, making her resemble an owl. The ear mutation is due to a simple dominant gene; if one parent provides the gene for straight ears, and one parent provides the gene for folded ears, the kittens will be Folds.
Compared to the Persians and Siamese, over breeding doesn't appear to be a big problem with the Scottish Folds. The Folds that do find themselves homeless are usually older cats. There is no local rescue group specific to Scottish Folds (so far so good) so lets take a look and give a big Shout Out to Persian and Himalayan Cat Rescue for the work they do to help the over bred Persian cats.