Adopt a cat: Bowsers

January 9, 2019

Bowsers is available for adoption.

Project MEOW, the West Philly-based cat rescue organization, has many cats and kittens available for adoption.

This month’s spotlight cat is Bowsers, a rambunctious black kitty with a big personality. Bowsers entered Project Meow’s world voluntarily, when he followed one of our volunteers home one night in September. Because of the sheer volume of cats in need of being spayed and neutered, Project MEOW TNRs (Trap-Neuter-Return) many of the strays they find, and releases them back to where found.

He was not happy in his trap while we initially took care of him and had his vet work done, but since he has been with his foster mom, he has put on weight and his coat has become healthy and sleek, and he’s much happier.  Continue Reading

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Building a winter shelter for outdoor cats: A tutorial

December 13, 2018

Editor’s Note: This is a follow-up post to last month’s post “Building winter shelters for community cats“, submitted by Project MEOW, the West Philly-based volunteer-run cat rescue organization.

Last month I wrote about the importance of winter shelters for outdoor cats. Now, with winter upon us full force, let’s take an in-depth look at making your own shelter out of Rubbermaid containers. Rubbermaid is the best brand of tote to use, as the plastic does not crack in freezing temperatures. Raising the shelter a few inches off the ground by placing it on bricks or a pallet will prevent rainwater or snow from getting into the shelter, as well as keeping the cold ground from soaking up all the heat building up inside.  Continue Reading

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Building winter shelters for community cats

November 7, 2018

Editor’s Note: This post was submitted by Project MEOW, the West Philly-based volunteer-run cat rescue organization.

This year’s sudden onset of cold weather means it’s time to start bundling up! As you brace for winter, don’t forget the outdoor cats in your community! On cold nights and during inclement weather, shelters for colonies of outdoor cats can make a world of difference to them. Building a shelter for the outdoor cats in your neighborhood has many advantages. Aside from keeping your community cats warm and safe from predators and the cold, it will keep them from burrowing into places they shouldn’t be in order to survive.

Shelters can be built with inexpensive materials such as scrap wood, used dog houses, or plastic totes. The key elements to an effective shelter are insulation and accessibility.  Continue Reading

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What to do if you find a starving cat. Here’s a story of ‘Gloria’

October 19, 2018

Editor’s Note: We’re resuming our posts about cats and kittens rescued by Project MEOW, the West Philly-based volunteer-run organization. This post is about “Gloria” who was found starving and near death. The post also provides information on how to treat a starving cat if someone finds one.

Gloria was starving and near death when she was found (Photo courtesy of Project MEOW).

When she was found by a contractor at a construction site at 45th and Market in August, Gloria was so skinny she could turn sideways and vanish. Barely three and a half pounds, this young calico cat came into her foster home with eye infections, a wobbly gait, and no appetite at all. Her caring and dedicated foster dad, realizing the dangers of overfeeding a starving cat, patiently fed her kitten formula and Urgent Care food through a syringe until she had gained several ounces and could eat regular cat food again.

Now healthier and mobile, Gloria still walked with a funky step. X-Rays at Philadelphia Animal Hospital showed a long-ago broken leg and dislocated kneecap, partially healed, and fixable only through extremely expensive orthopedic surgery. She can still move around fine, luckily, so right now her foster dad is trying to determine how much pain her injury is causing her. That will decide whether amputation might be the right path for this kitty. Once Project MEOW decides how best to handle her injuries and she is spayed, Gloria will be available for adoption. After all of her pain and suffering, we are hoping to find Gloria a safe home where she can continue recuperating and get all of the love she deserves.  Continue Reading

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Bark in the Park, Blessing of the Animals this weekend

October 5, 2018

petsTwo popular events, Bark in the Park and the Blessing of the Animals, will be held this weekend for dogs and their human friends.

Bark in the Park will get underway at Clark Park at 43rd and Chester on Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 2 p.m. (meet near the Bowl). There will be more than 25 contests, from the tallest dog to curliest tail to fastest runner, with chances to win doggie goodies. You can also meet the vet, Dr. David Littlejohn. The event is sponsored by Friends of Clark Park.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, dogs and other animals are welcome at St. Francis de Sales Prayer Garden at Farragut St. and Springfield Ave. (enter from the school yard). You can bring your little best friend to be blessed in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the friend of all of God’s creatures. The event begins at Noon. Please keep your dogs on the leash.

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Cedar Park zoning committee approves pet washing business near 47th and Baltimore

September 20, 2018

A self-service pet washing facility is likely coming to a storefront near the corner of 47th and Baltimore.

The Cedar Park Neighbors zoning committee voted earlier this week to support a special zoning exception required by the city for the ground floor of 806 S. 47th St., which for many years was the location for Vincent Goffredo Plumbing and Heating. The proposal will soon go before the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment for final approval.

The facility, which the owner told the committee will grow to include grooming services, will include six elevated stainless steel wash tubs – two each for small, medium and large pets. The large tubs will even include a ramp that will allow your Saint Bernard or Newfoundland to walk right into the tub. So if you’re tired of bending over the bath tub to scrub down your pup, this might be for you.

The service will include a dryer, shampoos and brushes. A small pet washing, up to 25 pounds, will cost $12. Mediums will cost $14 and larges will be $16.

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