We look forward to keeping in touch with Annie and her new dad- may they love and enjoy each other for a long time to come!

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Annie is a sweetheart with her human mom but gets terrorized by her two cat-mates, who love to tease her and make her nervous.
Won’t you open your heart to this forever little kitty..who at age 5 is a great companion and has plenty of years left to keep you happy!

Contact owner at 646-316-5151 who is on the ASB board. Thanks! Or contact ASB-

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This is Patches, Mr. Patches to his old friends. He’d been rescued from Death Row by ASB, at 10 years of age, for obscure reasons, poor thing.
His first foster was great but she was travelling, so he then went to a less-inspired foster and is now back with us, many thousands of $ later from vet and hospital care. He is probably around 14-15 and is an elegant, big, nice guy, who just needs peace and quiet. Well, he’s in the wrong place for THAT, as his foster home has several Alpha Cats his own age who resent his presence. Do cross-post and spread the word, in case there’s someone out there who’d like to just give this old fella a new lease on life! Gets along with other kitties, esp young, easy-going ones. Not resident alphas and mean older females!

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EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BECAUSE ANYONE CAN BECOME A VICTIM. PLEASE IF YOU FIND AN ANIMAL MAKE SURE IN SOME WAY THAT THE PERSON CLAIMING TO BE THE OWNER IS INDEED THE OWNER. THEY MAYBE OFFENDED BUT THEY WILL GET THEIR PET BACK AND NOT IN THE WRONG PERSONS HANDS.

IN ADDITION, IT HAS BEEN SAID THEY DO THIS TO GET BAIT ANIMALS FOR DOG FIGHTING AND FEEDING SNAKES.

ALSO, IF YOU OFFER AN ANIMAL FREE TO GOOD HOME, DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO MAKE SURE IT IS A GOOD HOME, I KNOW MOST OF YOU PROBABLY KNOW THIS BUT PLEASE SHARE, ESPECIALLY WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT ARE NOT AWARE OF THIS.

and please see the link in our links section for an article on this

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This is Annie, a little tuxedo who has been with a loving home for 4 years but does not love her feline siblings (actually not her siblings- both bigger and fluffier than her!)! She does beautifully with one person and is very clean and companiable. Annie was saved from death row and we think is around 5 years old. Looking for a home with no other pets. They make her nervous! She has done much better when the only cat at home.

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2) Adorable, petite PETAL! Healthy, spayed, all tests=negative. 5-6 year-old rescue. Sweet, shy, learning to trust people and gets along with other cats. She’s been fostered, along with her kittens, since we rescued her a few months ago. The kittens are now being adopted at 3 months old. It’s her turn now, to find the Purr-fect home She lets us scratch her chin and pet her. She follows everyone around and wants to be in whatever room people are in. A sociable, gentle soul.

PETAL is a beautiful little girl who has had a hard life and is finally safe and sound. She will make a wonderful friend, pet and companion to two and four-legged Beings.
Call 888 717 7474***

Does your cat make a variety of noises? Many cats will have a variety of vocal sounds to communicate different needs and meanings. Here are some common sounds with the meanings that they often convey.

Chatter – In people, to “chatter” is to talk noisily or conversationally. In cats, it is often a unique sound that is from the throat and often associated with a very quick fast movement of their lower jaw. It is most commonly made when a cat is excited about its prey –either outside or looking out the window. They often make this sound while stalking and just prior to attacking their prey.

Chirp – A chirp is often a high-pitched sound that is often a surprised greeting. My cat does it when I come home and he sees me walk in for the first time. It is something between a squeak and a “chirp”. It is often like a surprised “Hi”! Some cats will also do it when they want some attention as if to say – “Hey there, what about me?”

Growl – A growl is a low guttural vocalization produced as a warning. It is a sign of aggression or used to express anger. Some cats that growl will strike with their claws or bite and others use it as an expression of anger. Some people consider the growl like “kitty cussing”.

Hiss – A “hiss” is a sharp sound similar to a sustained “S”. It is often used to communicate disapproval or dissatisfaction with their situation. Many cats will hiss at another cat saying “Hey stop it” or “Get away”. Some cats will also hiss if they are frightened. Often a hiss is an initial response to help scare away a threat. If that doesn’t work, many cats will follow-up the hiss with a growl or attack.

Purr – A purr is a throaty vibrant sound made by a cat. The sound varies in tone and loudness from cat to cat. Some cats purr so loudly you can hear it across the room and their entire bodies vibrate. Other cats have a very quiet purr. The purr can mean different things to different cats. The most common meaning of the purr is that a cat is happy and content. It is most commonly seen when cats are being fed, starting to eat, being petted and adored.

However, some cats will purr when they are sick or scared. Some cats will purr at either situation. For example, I have a cat that purrs when he is content and happy and will also purr when he is scared such as when he is having blood drawn. The purr is often different. It is a slower relaxed pace when he is content and a faster pace when he is scared. Some behaviorists believe that the purr is comforting to the cat and in situations such as when they are scared, do it to for “self-comfort”.

Meow – A kitty meow is a sound that is unique to every cat and many cats will have several types of meows. Meows generally are calls for attention of some sort – either to say, “watch it”, “what about me” or “watch me”. Some cats will have a short quick meow when they meet eyes with you across the room as if to say – Hi – I see you too. Some cats meow when they are in pain, which is often a high, pitched loud guttural meow.

Listen to your cat and pay attention to what he or she wants and is trying to communicate at the time. This will help you to better understand his “cat talk”.

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These 5 year old lovebugs love each other and would love to have your love! They are bonded and need to be adopted together!

Contact ASB at 888-717-74747 to meet this beautiful pair- they are healthy, up to date on all shots and being fostered uptown.

photo-7photo-3image001image002It was a warm April New York City evening. The excitement grew all day as we couldn’t wait to pick up the newest member of our family. Thus far it was only the three of us: two humans and Lovey, the Queen of the house. She’s been the only kitty in the house, so we were quite curious how she would react to a fellow feline. Well, she didn’t take it well. It was quite obvious she was very upset with us, how dare we bring another cat into HER house!
At first he was scared, he cried at night and wouldn’t come out from his safe spot behind the mirror, but we gave him time and with his courage he got more brave and ventured out. It seemed like in a matter of days he became comfortable and adventures in his discovery of his new home.
At Gregg’s apartment he was one of the smaller kitties and it seemed like he realized almost overnight that he now is the biggest one of the cats in the house and the smaller one is going to be an easy one to get along with. Even though there were fights and chases and serious stare downs, they coexisted
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It was just when he became comfortable in his new home that we decided to move out of the city for a while. Both Willow and Lovey watched us pack all the boxes and suitcases and take everything out of the apartment. All in one van, we started a drive to Florida. The first 8 hours were the hardest, but the kitties did very well, especially Willow – he was cool and composed, watching the world outside the windows. Oh how happy our two babies were when we arrived in a hotel half way to our destination, new places, new smells, quite a heaven for them. We did have to keep the tv on all night, because they were quite loud and talking to us and each other all night!
Once we got to Florida, our new life begun. It was a change for all of us, especially the little ones. The first uneasy steps in, a few sniffs here and there and the case was settled. Our new home has become Willow’s, there was no doubt about that. Willow decided to become the King of the house, he supervises all activities, human and feline and most importantly, Willow became the protector of the house. Any creature that approached the house would have to deal with his wrath. He sits upon his perch to oversee his domain and ensure all his subjects, cats and humans are following his rules.
Willow was given a window bed perched high up on our patio glass window, he watches the waves come and go, surveys all the birds, rabbits, dogs, humans and other kitties that come into view. He sits on his his high throne majestically, watching the world as he reminds himself, it’s good to be the king. HAIL TO THE KING WILLOW!!!!

Here are some links for his majesty:
http://www.magisto.com/video/bw5CZAVVRmIKDUdr
http://www.magisto.com/video/aw5DYAdRR2IKDURh

“You Talkin’ Ta ME?”

I’ve got two hypothetical scenarios for you, please select the response you feel best describes your reaction.

1. You’re sleeping in your cozy bed, in your own private space. A total stranger comes strolling in, sits themselves down on the edge of your bed, and says, “Hi. I’m Gayle. Your mom sent me. Now…how are you doing?”

Your response:
___ a. Open up your heart and soul and pour forth all your secret woes willingly and with the desire to help and be helped.
___ b. Respond with a slighly shocked but forced-polite, “Fine,” and hope they go away.
___ c. Stare at them dumbfounded, looking for a way to quickly get under the bed.
___ d. Grab the phone and dial 9-1-1.
___ e. Reach for the baseball bat hidden behind the bed, whack them over the head, and get the heck out of there.

2. You’re sleeping in your cozy bed. A knock comes on the door, and, somewhat suspicious, you say, “Come in.” The perperson, a total stranger, pokes her head in quietly and says, “Hi, I’m Gayle. Your mom asked me to talk to you. She likes you very much and is concerned about the tummy aches you’ve been having. Are you willing to talk to me about them, tell me how they feel, and help her understand how to better help you?”

Your response:
Well, I guess you’d already agree that the above responses probably would’t apply quite so strongly. Even with this more polite and detailed greeting, “a” might be a bit too much. However, knowing why this total stranger is suddenly appearing in your space, with more than “Mom sent me” as an introduction, might make you more open to sharing details.

Animal communication, though I suppose it’s technically a “psychic skill”, is really not very like the standard “reading”, where an intuitive is attempting to glean information with very little intro to the problem. Animal communication, although the information comes through in various forms, like pieces of a puzzle, is really more of an emotional and energetic conversation. Animals, or many of them, are naturally suspicious of strangers (my apologies to all the Labrador and Golden Retriever owners out there who just spit their coffee all over their keyboards). Most cats, in fact, if you approach them with Scenario One, are going to quickly choose “letter b” or even “c”. Some might even go as far as looking for that baseball bat.

Although there is a balance between providing “too much information” and “not enough”, when it comes to making an initial contact with a new animal friend, it’s usually more helpful for the communicator to have enough information about the animal and situation to quickly open up a dialog of trust. The faster we can get the animal to understand that we’re trying to help their human caregivers to help them, and why, the faster that help may begin.

Once communicators get to know your animal a bit better, of course, the pet will be more likely to open up and share without a lot of “intro”. However, do keep in mind that you have initially called in a total stranger to help. If you give them enough information to do so efficiently and lovingly, you’ll find that your pet not only finds assistance on the other end of the connection … he finds a new friend.

Gayle Nastasi
Animal Communication Consultant

Resolve to send all of your adoptable pets home microchipped in 2013.  Through the Chip FurKeeps program, you can add budget savings to your list of resolutions too!

In  partnership with HomeAgain, Petfinder member shelters and rescue groups can earn a FREE microchip each time you have an adopter register a microchip for their pet at the time of adoption using your Petfinder Shelter ID, through a dedicated Chip FurKeeps website and phone number.

Educating adopters on the importance of microchipping and keeping contact information updated is an important part of a successful microchipping program.  Petfinder and HomeAgain are offering your adopters a discounted registration fee of $10.99 for the first year. This includes LIFETIME microchip registration and the ability to update contact information at no cost.

To participate in the Chip FurKeeps program, register your organization by calling 1-888-HOMEAGAIN (choose prompt 4, then prompt 1).

Visit http://pro.petfinder.com/chipfurkeeps for more information.

– Petfinder Outreach Team