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Animal Rescue Adventures

by Lupe Gore


When Feral Paws Rescue opened their Adoption Center four years ago, I had the privilege of volunteering there, caring for the cats and working in the office. I met some very special cats who I will never forget.
One of the cats Feral Paws Rescue saved from a high-kill shelter was named Grandpapa. He was 18 years old at the time of rescue. Grandpapa was the sweetest old gentleman, who loved attention, loved to be held, and loved it when I would share my food with him—specifically part of a burrito from a nearby Mexican restaurant.

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A Pair of Rescued Westies

IN THE January 7 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin


Luna, aged seven, and Casper, aged four, lived happily with their owner until one day the owner decided to move and could not take the two Westies and that turned out to be a life-saving event for Luna. Enter Sunshine State Westie Rescue.

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by Kathy Eide Casas



“Miss Winkles”…A distinctive name, for sure! Named in recognition of David McDonald’s adorable yet mischievous West Highland Terrier, Miss Winkles. She and her brother Rocky were ever-faithful companions to David. Though Rocky is still an ever-present friend, David made the generous decision to celebrate Miss Winkles’ short life by supporting the amazing, state-of-the-art, Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center.

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by Wendy Hunter


What do you get when you combine fifty-five dogs, two cars, 480 miles, and four sleep deprived ARF volunteers? You get a recipe for chaos, confusion, and the craziest road trip since Thelma and Louise. I’m talking about the “Heaven Can Wait” pilgrimage, where Animal Rescue of Fresno transports lucky dogs from California to Oregon several times a year. With adorable critters like Chiquita, Mr. Big, and Emma Lou, what could possibly go wrong? Don’t ask.

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by Jackie Dale



First things first, this is literally the last day to write those tax-deductible donation checks. Donations have been very slow the past few months and funds are at dangerously low levels. Please, please, please, if you have not already done so, please consider making a donation. No donation is too small. The Cat House Facebook page has well over 1 million followers.

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The Accidental Designer Dog

IN THE December 23 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin


Donegal was little more than a puppy when he was found wandering the mean streets by a local rescue. Looking at his coloring and size, they thought he was a cairn and so called Col. Potter Cairn Rescue.

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by Lupe Gore


Everyone loves kittens…that is, every cat lover loves kittens. So when there are kittens up for adoption at the shelter, usually they are adopted pretty quickly, unless they are black. Multi-color younger adults also have a good chance of finding a forever home. Adult blacks, especially if they are rather large, are the last to be adopted. Sadly, that is a fact.

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by Stephanie Cameron


For those of us who had pet rats growing up, I think it’s safe to say the experience was a special one. From building mazes on our kitchen floors to shoulder rides and special trips to the pet store, rats have a way of making each day special and memorable. For those of us who have experienced this rattie love, it’s only natural to want to share it with our own families and children.

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by Allix Ollivier


To properly introduce our Mr. Darcy, we must steal a quote from Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice, “My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Just like Mr. Darcy’s literary counterpart, everyone at the Valley Animal Center fell in love with him, and you will too!

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by Lee Juslin


Jackson came into rescue as an owner turn-in. Despite the owner’s claims that she had been treating this now six year old Westie since he was a puppy, he was in about the worst shape that Aggie and her colleagues at Sunshine State Westie Rescue had ever dealt with.

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by Jackie Dale



As the year comes to a close, The Cat House on the Kings would like to ask you to please consider us when making your end of the year charitable giving. Your tax-deductible donations enable us to keep helping injured, abandoned and homeless cats (and dogs) all year long. We are a non-profit charity that receives no government funding or tax dollars of any kind. We rely solely on the generosity of our supporters to remain up and running. We even accept donations of all kind of vehicles, cars, boats, RV’s, etc.

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by Terese Shaw


Dakota came to our rescue just over three years ago in late December in terrible shape. She was skin and bones and covered in scabs and cuts. Despite her rough condition, she was incredibly affectionate and loving. In the care of FBR, she quickly blossomed into a beautiful, muscular, and majestic dog.

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Feral Paws Rescue: The Donald

IN THE November 19 ISSUE

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by Lupe Gore


Shortly after President’s Day weekend this year, Feral Paws Rescue received an email from the local SPCA asking if they were interested in pulling another cat. This request was like so many others, a cat who was sick or injured and needed out of the shelter in order to survive. Of course Feral Paws Rescue pulled this cat.

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by Allix Ollivier


Beau is our beautiful two-year-old blue Pit mix. His big goofy face and the way he spins in circles when he’s excited makes everyone smile. Although he is happy now, it took Beau about a year to get there.

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by Alyssa Nader


I try not to take it personally when people hate on rats. More rats for me! That being said, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. I try my best to educate as much as I can, because I care so much about rat sons, and everyone wants the best for their children. Plus, I love rats so much I really can’t stop proselytizing to anyone who will listen. So here is a quick primer on positive rat PR practice.

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by Wendy Hunter


In this world of terrorist threats, ridiculous political nonsense, and far too many shootings, we could really use a hero. And I mean a REAL hero. I’m not talking about stereotypical vigilantes like Batman, Spiderman, or Wonder Woman. There’s only so far you can go with a flashy car, spandex, and a push-up breastplate. The dictionary defines a hero as: “a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.” But what about a champion like Underdog?

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by Erica Horn



“He has what?” I looked down at Gilligan wiggling and squirming on the floor as the vet tech and veterinarian attempted to hold him still to examine his back knees.
“Chronic Cruciate Ligament Disease,” the vet repeated as she accepted slobbery kisses from Gilligan all over her cheeks, “basically he has bad knees.

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by Jackie Dale



In only two short weeks it will be time for the Autumn Open House! Make sure you have it on your calendar in big red letters! There is no time to waste! We are in desperate need of donations for the silent auction, and of course, we always need volunteers. At our last Open House, we were woefully short on volunteers so please consider volunteering. As far as silent auction donations, this would be the perfect opportunity to get rid of that gift you didn’t want or need and is gathering dust in the back of your closet.

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