The Wonderful Staff of Town Cats

The Wonderful Staff of Town Cats

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The Wonderful Staff of Town Cats Written By Jose Parra For an organization to function effectively, each operational aspect of an organization must create an ensemble of productivity that leads to success. At Town Cats, we are fortunate to have an effective Board of Directors and the thousands of supporters we have gathered over the decades! The many different types of volunteers contribute their time and energy for the cats in our care, onto the off-site volunteers that foster our kitty cats and the ever-loyal transport volunteers. We could never do it without them, for which we are truly thankful. However, at the front lines of Town Cats stands our proud staff, who have always been able to adapt to the changing times and continue the humble care of our…
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As A Community, We Thrive

As A Community, We Thrive

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As A Community, We Thrive Written by Jose Parra As 2020 draws to a unique conclusion, with all of its afflictions currently abetting all of our hampered plans for the short term, It’s that time of the season again. Late November is the prime time for reflecting and forming aspirations for future progress in our pursuits, so let’s do just that!  After almost a full year of uncertainty, Town Cats has held itself together stronger than ever before. As a staff member of over a year with plenty of volunteer time before that, I’ve witnessed how we, as a staff, can coalesce during trying times and charge forwards towards the obscurity of 2020. However, nothing on earth can ever halt the annual procession of events that keep a shelter as…
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Safe Halloween Kitty Cats

Safe Halloween Kitty Cats

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Holiday
Safe Halloween Kitty Cats Written by Jose Parra This day has come once again! Halloween is here, on a unique year of uncertainty nonetheless, but the spirit of the Fall season is at its peak by Halloween day. Regardless of your neighborhood is participating in the Halloween practice of Trick or Treating, there is another factor to worry about; our beloved pets! Pets, but more specifically, cats, are often the most bothered and harmed during Halloween night. Other than the harms from the outside, there are many other little infractions to look out for this Halloween night! Let’s start with the obvious, there may be many people roaming the streets in funky outfits looking to fright, but receive a treat! However, if there's anyone that wouldn’t appreciate the night of mysterious…
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Sheet Day – Time To Play!

Sheet Day – Time To Play!

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Sheet Day - Time To Play! By C. M. Saracco Sometimes, I wonder why it takes me so long to make the bed on Saturdays.  But one look at Little Lizzie, our 3-year-old rescue cat, and I have my answer. You see, Saturday is “sheet day” in our house — the day I change the bedsheets.  It’s also the day Lizzie likes to exercise her predatory instincts. As soon as I strip the bed, she jumps on it, wide-eyed and enthusiastic.  She braces herself for the unfurling of the fitted sheet, attacking each corner as I attempt to tuck it around the mattress. This can take several minutes, as adjusting the sheet with a 12-pound cat running across it is no quick task. Next, I slip the pillows into their…
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Cats and Classical Music

Cats and Classical Music

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Cats and Classical Music by Giselle Stancic As a cat adopter and classical musician, I’ve long been intrigued by the influence of our feline friends on composers and their music. Cats hold a special place in keyboard, vocal, orchestral, and contemporary music.  Going back in history, one of the earliest cat-inspired compositions was Domenico Scarlatti’s “Cat’s Fugue” from 1739. As the story goes, the composer’s cat wrote the melody as she walked across the harpsichord keyboard. Here’s a piano version. Can you hear the kitty on the keys? Moving into the 19th century, Gioachino Rossini’s “Duetto Buffo di Due Gatti” consists of one word —   you guessed it —  “meow.” Check out this performance by opera sopranos Kiri Te Kanawa and Norma Burrows, complete with a little playful purring. …
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From Fearful To Friendly!

From Fearful To Friendly!

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Happy Tails
From Fearful To Friendly! By C. M. Saracco He appeared near our porch one day:  a shy, striped grey cat.  Crouched beneath a bush, he eyed the empty food bowl that I’d left out for a neighboring stray. When I called him, he hissed and ran. I went inside, refilled the bowl, and placed it on the porch.  My mystery guest was nowhere to be seen.  But a few minutes after I retreated into the kitchen, he crept towards the bowl. Young and slim, he had a clipped left ear, which told me he was a feral or stray male who’d been trapped, neutered, and released.  By the looks of it, this kitty was well under a year old. Weeks passed before I could get close enough even to take…
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