Saturday, January 11, 2020

Ten Things of Thankful, Shelter Update Edition


How about a happy, thankful update from the shelter?  Yep, that sounds just right for the start of the year.

It's still time to celebrate, and we don't leave out any holidays:

We celebrate Mardi Gras...

And Valentine's Day.

We had so many adoptions at the end of last year that we have a couple of colony rooms empty, and Cammie, who always wanted to remove my hand when i would open her cage to give her food or water, is in her own room now and much better behaved. 

Then there's being thankful for the sheer number of adoptions:

January is already off to a great start.

Our number board, it makes us smile.

Arancio is in a foster to adopt.  He's another of those "tetchy" cats that take a special person to come along before a home can be found.  We have high hopes for him.

There are newly organized closets:

The caretaking instructions are now clear and posted!

Volunteers are always appreciated:

This volunteer is a whiz with giving meds to  cats.

Sweetie loves to help.

Only one cat is now in the upper respiratory infection isolation room, and we have some more cleared from the ringworm isolation every day:

Three more kittens get the all clear.

And Buddy's girlfriend, TigerLily, has decided she wants to have a  home, so she's an office cat for a while:

She didn't want to hold still so the picture is not very good.

The shelter is doing great, and we are all glad.

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Today is:

Banquet of Fairies, Goblins, Pixies, and Elves -- Fairy Calendar

Bikaner Camel Festival -- Bikaner, India (colorful camel activities, including a beauty competition, and fun for people also in this gorgeous fortified desert town; through tomorrow)

Burning of the Clavie -- Burghead, Scotland (ancient ritual to ensure good luck through the year)

Carmentalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of the goddess of childbirth)

Children's Day -- Thailand

Cuckoo Dancing Week begins -- in honor of Laurel & Hardy, whose theme song was "The Dancing Cuckoos"; watch some of their fabulous material this week, and introduce it to a new fan

Designated Hitter Day -- the American League adopted the "designated hitter" rule on this date in 1973

Feast of Sokar -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Independence Manifesto Day -- Morocco(1944); Western Sahara(1944)

International Thank You Day -- as declared by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith

Jackson Day Race -- New Orleans, LA, US (a 9k run through historic areas of New Orleans; the oldest street race in the South and 5th oldest in the nation.)

Juturnalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of prophetic waters festival)

Kosrae Constitution Day -- Micronesia

Milk Day

National Hot Toddy Day

National Western Stock Show and Rodeo -- Denver, CO, US (110th edition of the Super Bowl of livestock shows; through the 26th)

Secret Pal Day -- no info found on the origin, it's a secret!  do something nice for someone, secretly.

Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day -- just don't do it to your secret pal

Sts. Paldo, Taso, and Tato's Day (founders of the monastery of San Vincenzo)

St. Theodosius of Cappadocia (Patron of file makers)

Tattoo Pride Day

Birthdays Today:

Amanda Peet, 1972
Mary Blige, 1971
Kim Coles, 1962
Stanley Tucci, 1960
Ben Crenshaw, 1952
Christine Kaufmann, 1945
Naomi Judd, 1946
Jim Hightower, 1943
Clarence Clemens, 1942
Jean Chretien, 1934
Rod Taylor, 1930
Grant Tinker, 1926
Alice Paul, 1885
William James, 1842
Eugenio Maria Hostos, 1839
John A. Macdonald, 1815
Alexander Hamilton, 1755
Theodosius I, 347

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Daktari"(TV), 1966
"Have a Heart"(Musical), 1917

Today in History:

Prophet of Islam Muhammad leads an army of 10,000 Muslims to conquer Mecca, 630
The first recorded lottery in England is drawn in St. Paul's Cathedral, 1569
Isaac Newton is elected a member of the Royal Society, 1642
Mt. Etna erupts, 1693
William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, the moons of Uranus, 1787
An earthquake in Martinique destroys half of Port Royal and results in about 700 deaths, 1839
Charring Cross Station opens in London, 1864
Milk is first delivered in bottles, 1878
Martha H. Cannon becomes the first woman state senator in the US, in Utah, 1897
The Hudson, the first sedan type automobile, goes on display at the 13th Auto Show in NYC, 1913
The first use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient occurs in Canada, with 14-year-old Leonard Thompson, 1922
Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Honolulu to Oakland, California, 1935
The first recorded snowfall in Los Angeles, California, 1949
United States Surgeon General Luther Leonidas Terry, M.D., publishes a landmark report saying that smoking may be hazardous to health, sparking nation- and worldwide anti-smoking efforts, 1964
The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane in Queensland, Australia is officially opened, 1986
The government of Ireland announces the end of a 20-year broadcasting ban on the IRA, 1994
Illinois Governor George Ryan commutes the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois' death row based on the Jon Burge scandal, 2003
Forty-six  people are killed and 12 are missing after a landslide buries a village in the Yunnan province, China, 2013
In China's first significant #MeToo moment Beihang University in Beijing fires a professor for sexual misconduct, 2018


  1. Wonderful news today.
    And an international Thank you never goes astry. With that in mind, huge thanks for the effort you put into each and every post. I really appreciate it.

  2. So many good things going on at the shelter. So glad that you still have your hand in tact and that Cammie is feeling more peaceful now!
    Have a wonderful week, Mimi.

  3. Thank you for the smiles, good news and the lists. Today it happened. I do not know any of today's birthday persons. I have ben waiting for this to happen :)

  4. Good that most of the cats got adopted. So nice and kind of volunteers coming in to help.

  5. International Thank You Day
    Should be every day!

    So thanks for the enlightenment you bring and the cajun jokes and the kitty kats and poems and fun.

    Will thank you for the rest of it ... next International Thank You Day. :)

  6. So many things to be thankful for.

    God bless.

  7. Hooray for all of the adoptions, that's always the best thing ever!

  8. That is a wonderful thankful list. Especially all the adoptions.

  9. Mimi, you are so wonderful. The cats are thankful for all the work that you do. Congratulations my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. Good news about the kitty adoptions and grateful for you and other volunteers ~ ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. I've read our local shelters are also almost empty...seems adoptions are picking up.

  12. Wonderful news about all the adoptions and shelter organization!

  13. Great news about all the adoptions. My most thankful thing right now is my local vet office being just up the street and around the corner, because Lola needs to go back again, she has another migraine, so is buried deep under the bedcovers and not eating.

  14. Excellent thing, your shelter... props to your person who is able administer medicine to cats... Its a challenge when I have to give Una medicine and she's a dog*

    Have a good week.

    *no! nothing against cats... lol . just that, to me, cats are stronger willed in certain aspects of life

  15. Looks like a good year. Glad that some thousands of fur babies found homes.

  16. Sounds like things are going very well at the shelter!


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