Monthly Archives August 2020

It’s all in the name

We lost our Bassett Hound in 2003 after 13 years. Our son was grown and 11 years later we were thinking about adopting a kitten. We’d never had a cat before. We came across a kitten named Dapper Dan at HSHV. When our son was little (late 1980’s), they had a doll-like toy named Dapper Dan which taught the child how to dress. Came with laces for shoes, buttons, zippers etc…our son loved it! In fact, we still have it in his keepsakes. We hadn’t thought of Dapper Dan for years and now all of a sudden this cute little
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Miss Izzy the Lovebug

I adopted Miss Izzy when she was 10 years old. Her previous owner had passed away, her son tried to take her but he had 2 big dogs that made her nervous. I am grateful he brought them to HSHV. She has FIV so she needed to be an indoor cat. But that’s okay, because I am pretty much home bound myself. It didn’t take her long to be comfortable in my apartment. She is so loving. We were meant for each other. She turned 14 this year. Miss Izzy or just Izzy
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Toby – People-Loving Cat

Toby the Cat Age: 11 Fixed (Spayed/Neutered)? Yes Declawed? No Weight: 13 lbs Indoor? Yes Microchipped? Yes City in which animal is located: Ann Arbor Rehoming fee? No Toby is very affectionate and sweet with people. She loves plopping down on your lap and falling asleep. She’s come to tolerate her adopted younger brothers, but typically isn’t a fan of other cats. She’s very well-mannered/behaved. We’ve had no issues with her. Contact Michael  at 248-716-4925 or bloomich@gmail.com    
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Theodore – Playful & Sweet Cat

Theodore the Cat Age: 8 Fixed (Spayed/Neutered)? Yes Declawed? No Weight: 16 lbs Indoor? Yes Microchipped? Not known City in which animal is located: Ann Arbor Rehoming fee? No Theodore (gray cat in the photo) is a very playful and sweet cat. He loves playing with toys, eating, and cuddling (whether with you or his brother Franklin). Theodore and Franklin can be adopted together or separately. Theodore was diagnosed with diabetes last year, and we’ve worked closely with his vet to determine his correct insulin dosage. He does require two insulin shots a day, which has come to be very easy to
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Franklin – Extra Cuddly Cat

Franklin the Cat Age: 8 Fixed (Spayed/Neutered)? Yes Declawed? No Weight: 15 lbs Indoor? Yes Microchipped? Not known City in which animal is located: Ann Arbor Rehoming fee? No Franklin (brown cat in the photo) is an extremely sweet, cuddly cat. When other cats run for freshly poured food, he’ll run to you for a hug or to be petted. He’s pretty lazy, and enjoys nothing more than lying around the house, although he can’t resist a laser dot and will chase one indefinitely. Franklin can be adopted by himself or along with his brother Theodore (gray cat in the
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Ava becomes Lady Marmalade

My husband and I said goodbye to his sweet, 17 year-old cat Peaches and we felt a definite hole in our hearts. We go to the shelter often to visit the animals, and waited months for our perfect old lady. When we saw Ava’s (now Marmalade) picture on the site, we knew we had to have her. The next day, we went in and fell in love and brought her home that day. We were notified of Marmalade’s health issues, poor vision, no teeth, and lesser kidney functions. We took her to our vet and have been giving her subcutaneous
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Senior to Senior

As a HSHV volunteer I would periodically visit the animals. That is when I met Donut. He had been at HSHV for a long time and was 12 years old with early stage kidney disease. My husband and I decided to adopt him (Sept 2019) and give him an enjoyable life for what ever time he had left. We are approaching our one year anniversary with Donut. He is so sweet and is always at our side waiting for us to sit down on our lap. This dear senior cat continues to provide lots of love to us seniors. ❤️
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Setting Yourself up for a successful trapping: Pre-scouting an area

August 10, 2020 – Before you begin trapping in a new area, a great way to set yourself up for success is to do some pre-scouting to understand the environment in which the community cats you are helping live, and to create a trapping plan. Pre-scouting can help get a better sense of how many cats are actually in an area. As we all know, estimating the number of cats around is always difficult, and often people asking for help don’t have a true sense of the scale of their community. This also gives the cats in the area a
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Henrietta’s New Oasis

Our family has always had a love for amphibians. We recently built an outdoor pond area and were looking for the perfect turtle to rescue as we know so many outgrow their small spaces in tanks. She’s now living her best life in a 150 gallon pond with lots of space to explore. She really loves her new basking spot. We are already in the works to recreate this space in our basement for the winter months.
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How to get your dog to trim his own nails (Part 1)

  Do you and your dog both dread toe-nail trims?  Then why not give your dog the opportunity to give themselves a pedicure on their own by making it into a simple trick? By taping some sandpaper to a plywood board or something similar, you can create a canine nail file! It is easy to train a dog to swipe their paw on the sandpaper, and as they do so, they will end up filing their own nails. Doing a few swipes a day a couple times a week can keep nails from getting unmanageable, and reduce how frequently you
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