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It's Raining Kittens

There are certain seasons we celebrate, the holiday season, peach season, and ski season to name a few. But kitten season is no cause for celebration. Kitten season generally begins in the spring, peaks in summer and tapers off in the fall. It's that time of year when cats give birth, flooding shelters and rescue groups with homeless kittens.

My cat Zella as a kitten

Two Way Street Goes To The Dogs

Don't forget to tune in to Two Way Street this weekend. It's all about dogs. First host Bill Nigut chats with author Bronwen Dickey whose book, "Pitbull: The Battle over an American Icon" examines how a once popular American pet became so vilified in our society. Dickey says the idea of Pitbulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation and she backs up her claims with scientific research.

Shelter Me Shows Day In Life Of Rescued Animals

Josephine Bennett and I have been sharing our adventures in fostering, adopting and helping shelter animals through this blog. On Wednesday, June 1 at 7 p.m., you’ll see the work of others who share this passion in the special Shelter Me: Hearts and Paws.

Collars And Tags People

Every day I see lost and found pets posted on social media. I get it. Our dog Duncan (aka Houdini) looks for every opportunity to bolt out the front door so no judgement here. Accidents happen and dogs and cats get away.
But when they do, make sure they are wearing a collar with an identification tag. It’s the fastest way to get them back. A collar and a tag will set you back around $15 and most of the major pet stores have machines that will make a customized tag with your pet’s name and your contact information. There are also multiple options online.

Tucker's Run

As a long time foster-person of rescue dogs from Brooklyn and Los Angeles, living in Atlanta, Georgia has continued that tradition. It all started approximately 8 months ago with a foster dog named Tucker. This dog like many that come from uncertain environments, Tucker came to me weary and anxious.

Georgia Makes Eating Out With Dogs Easier

People in Atlanta enjoy spending time with their pets, from a walk in the park to a day at the beach. Now eating out with their dogs just got easier.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is now allowing pet dogs to accompany their owners to restaurants. Dog owners and their pet dogs can go inside dining areas together as long as those areas are accessible from the street and are outdoor areas like patios. They won’t be allowed to walk pet dogs inside the restaurant. This new rule does not apply to service dogs by the way.

Au Revoir Michelangelo

When I heard about events in Paris my thoughts turned to a Chihuahua from Macon and the French animal rescue there that welcomed him with open arms and found him a new home.

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Josephine Bennett taking Michelangelo out of the shelter

Pets In the Pews For The Feast Of St. Francis

I have always dreamed of bringing my dog to a church service just like on that episode of the Vicar of Dibley, when Geraldine Granger invited villagers to bring all their creatures great and small to St. Barnabas Church.

Last year my dream came true and will come true again.

Dear Adopter Of A Shelter Animal

Dear adopter of a rescue dog or cat,

First let me say, thank you. Before you take your new family member home I want you to remember a few things. This sweet animal has recently come off the streets, out of a home where they were no longer wanted or cared for, or out of a crowded shelter. Some have been abused or sick. You can hardly imagine what many have been through.

Macon's Midnight Miracle

On Friday around 4:15 I was wrapping up a few loose ends at work before the Labor Day weekend. I was looking forward to staying home, getting things done around the house and using up the last of my CSA vegetables. Weekends like this are rare.

But when I logged on to Facebook to create posts for our GPB Macon page the following came across my newsfeed on the Macon Bibb County Animal Welfare Facebook page.