Monday, August 28, 2017

Purr-ayers for Texas

Thank you Ann Adamus for creating this thoughtful image!

Many people are wondering how we can help humans and animals caught in Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. One thing mom wants to stress is please don't self deploy to Texas! As a disaster Services volunteer for the Red Cross mom knows first hand how overwhelming it can be to the community affected for spontaneous volunteers to just show up. Now there are exceptions of course. Many people and their fur babies needed assistance evacuating and that prompted people who had boats to drive to Houston (and surrounding areas) to help. Without these brave people bringing their boats to assist, the death toll would likely have been higher. If you don't have a boat or are not trained in Emergency Response please don't self deploy to Houston. The best thing you can do if you want to volunteer is to sign up through an agency such as the Red Cross or Salvation Army where you will be trained in how to best help people devastated by this storm.

Here are links to reputable organizations that you can either volunteer through or donate through:

American Red Cross - Emergency Disaster Services
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance and disaster relief in times of crisis, is seeking donations to help victims of Harvey. The organization is urging people to call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need. You can also sign up to be a volunteer. Follow the link to learn more. Shelters are open, truck loads of supplies are being distributed and volunteers [are] in place,  Your donations help make this assistance possible.

Salvation Army - Emergency Disaster Services
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is the relief arm of the charitable organization, which is part of the universal Christian Church. The organization is taking donations to provide "physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers." 

Catholic Charities USA, a Catholic social service organization, is seeking donations to help those who have been affected by Harvey. The group has set up a website devoted to Harvey relief, and explains that "long term recovery" is part of the group's approach to disasters like this one. 

Austin Pets Alive! has been helping shelters in the direct line of Hurricane Harvey. We’ve been working with these shelters to transport as many pets as possible to APA! Austin Pets Alive! is an animal shelter and no-kill pet advocacy group seeking assistance to help with pets, has created a page on its website specific to Hurricane Harvey-related needs. 

The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team provides animal rescue in response to natural disasters. They have volunteers, equipment, and rescue vehicles currently working from Corpus Christi to Texas City to San Antonio. They rely on donations to fund their support.

The SPCA of Texas prepared to intake up to 300 animals affected by Hurricane Harvey in addition to deploying emergency response teams to areas affected. Anyone with the capacity to foster animals is desperately needed to free up space in animal shelter facilities to make more room for animals displaced by flooding.

These are just some of the many organizations providing assistance for those affected by #Harvey. Before you donate, be sure you are donating to a reputable agency so your money goes to help those in need. Unfortunately disasters bring out the criminals who just want to scam people out of $. 

Fortunately disasters also bring out the best in people! If you want to volunteer here is another helpful website for organizations such as North Texas Food Bank and Volunteer Now. It's called MassCareTaskForce

In the meantime, let's keep the folks and animals of Texas in our thoughts and prayers! 

Angel CJ, Angel Cosmo, Mia and Mosby (and their human)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Mosby!

Hi pals, will you take a minute to wish Mosby Happy Birthday? He turns 4 today.

You may recall mom adopted him from Wayside Waifs, a KC area no kill shelter, shortly after I went to the Rainbow Bridge. Mia was having a hard time adjusting with me no longer around for her to chase. Mom volunteers at Wayside and well, she fell in love with this guy. He's so cute I can see why she fell in love with him. It's hard to see in the pic but Mosby is a polydactyl kitty. He actually has extra toes on all 4 paws which is a little unusual! Mom will try to post more pics of him so you can see his extra toes. She says he doesn't sit still much so it's hard to get a pic of his paws, especially his back paws which she says looks like they were put on backwards. What a strange thing for a kitty to have! Backward paws? Hmm... I hope mom can post some pics of those funny looking paws for my pals to see.

Happy Birthday Mosby! Keep chasing Mia. She likes it when you do that! he he....

Take care pals!

Angel CJ

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the fire that took brofur Cosmo. Mom is taking this anniversary a little bit harder because it's the first one without me now too. Mom is looking through old photos and wanted to share some.

Hope all my pals are doing well!

Angel CJ

Friday, February 3, 2017

Flashback Friday

This pic is from 2 winters ago (February 28, 2015). Mia and I enjoyed deck time even during the winter. I never liked the snow much. Mia on the other hand loves to bat her paw in the snow!

Mom says they are having a mild winter this year and haven't had much snow. I bet Mia wouldn't mind one more snow before the winter season is over?

Take care pals!

Angel CJ

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Touching Base Tuesday

Hi pals!

Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday! Mom is a little sad because it's her first Christmas without me in 15 years. Yesterday would have been my 15th gotcha day anniversary! It makes me sad to not be there physically with mom but I am keeping an eye on her and my fursibs from OTRB. 

Mosby is coming out of his shell! He's even hamming it up for the camera! 

He's also becoming a lap kitty which I know mom loves. 

Mia is still being a meanie and growling at Mosby but they are playing some and can now eat in the kitchen together. 

Glad to see my fursibs are taking care of mom. Well I gotta go. More anipals have joined me up here but rest assured we are looking out for our humans from the Bridge. We're always with you even if just in spirit. Take care pals!

Angel CJ

Monday, November 21, 2016

Portrait of CJ

A few years ago after we lost Cosmo in the fire, mom got a portrait made to have something to remember him by.

Artist BzTat created a special memory that mom cherishes so it was no surprise to learn mom had a portrait of me created to remember me by. Artist BzTat did the honors again this time. I think it came out purrfect! What do you think?

Angel CJ