Weeny Opens his KitNip Box!

Happy Caturday furriends! We are so thankful for the lovely folks over at KitNip Box who have sent goodies! Weeny had a blast just opening it! This one happened to be rock n’ roll themed, and his first pick was the little “Hiss” T-shirt. KitNip Box is a kitty subscription box that offers high quality goods and healthy treats for your fur-babies! It comes with a list of all the goodies inside, so you know exactly what your little one is getting. Here’s the list for Weeny’s box:He absolutely loves everything so far! The little T-shirt and crinkle pillow seem to be his favorites. They even included some healthy treats! Click right here to visit their website and grab your own KitNip Box subscription!! Follow their Instagram at @kitnipbox and tag your posts #kitnipbox to show them some love!!

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My Squish Collection Begins!

Phew! Big apologies to all my lovely readers! I haven’t posted in wayyy too long as I have been so busy. Totally unacceptable, of course! Free time has gone mainly toward naps and that will be changing very soon! I want to make a brief post featuring my preciously adorable Teeturtle Minis that I have become obsessed with as of this spring/summer. It began when I picked up the lil blue guy at Heroes and Villains fest in Chicago this spring. I recently grabbed the lil rainbow guy in honor of pride month 2018 at Wizard World Columbus. I plan on grabbing a new one at each con to represent each city! However, if you aren’t that patient, you can grab them all right here! Don’t forget to show me pics of your sweet lil plushies on Instagram by tagging #urbanmermaid and check out the Teeturtle page at @teeturtle and @teeturtleminis

Happy summer!!

xoxo

Stephanie

@stephaniepiix

For The Shelter Cats on New Years…

Happy New Year’s Eve, guys!! 2018 is closely creeping upon us! This year went by WAY too fast for me, but I must remind myself of how blessed I am with what I’ve done, learned and experienced this year!

I am writing this post for a special reason. Sure, I could post glittery New Years pics of me “partying” (which I may), or pics of me and my friends being black-out wasted (which I won’t)! But to all who read this, there is something I want you to do. There is an issue in this world that, if you’ve kept up with me in the past, you know is hugely important to me.

As you ring in the new year at midnight tonight, please take a moment to think of the animals that are currently in shelters and in need of rescue!

I ask you to add it to your list of resolutions for 2018 to bring a new family member home from a shelter. If that isn’t possible for whatever reason, please make it a priority to donate to a local shelter or pledge for the rescue of an animal that needs your help! I promise you will find deep satisfaction in doing so!

To give you some place to start, I’ve included a list of cat rescues that take donations and places that you can go to adopt. You may remember my previous post here about cat rescues that you can donate to from anywhere. Some of those are on this list too, some are new ones. So here they are:

  • Bronx Stray Cats

Instagram: @bronxstraycats

PayPal.me/bronxstraycats

This is a cat rescue/foster in (you guessed it!) The Bronx. They have an Amazon wishlist here and if you are in the Bronx area, you’re in luck! They have sweet babies available for adoption.

  • Ziggy And Friends Cat Rescue

Instagram: @ziggyandfriendscatrescue

I’ve mentioned this one before, but decided to add it again because I feel strongly about their mission. They give cats on “death row” a second chance which is so wonderful!! Their website is here and if you are in the SoCal area, you can rescue one of these precious kitties and take one home!

  • Downey Rescue Network

Instagram: @downeyrescuenetwork

This is a serious one because they network cats from the high-kill Downey Shelter in LA. They work to find fosters and permanent homes for the cats that come into this horrible shelter! If your are outside of the Los Angeles area, you can still make pledges towards the shelter cats for rescues.

  • Street Cats of LA

Instagram: @streetcatsofla

This is another lovely street rescue that also networks cats from the high-kill Downey Animal Shelter. They have an Amazon wishlist as well.

  • Shelter Cats of LA

Instagram: @shelter.cats.of.la

This one is also in LA, so if you’re in the area there’s plenty of resources for you to utilize when deciding to bring a shelter baby home! They work with several shelters in the area, including Downey.

  • Paul The Cat Guy

Instagram: @paulthecatguy

PayPal: paul@paulthecatguy.com

This is a rescue located in NYC, and I love seeing the heartwarming rescue and recovery stories he posts about the cats that come to him!

  • Baldwin Park Shelter Cats

Instagram: @baldwinparksheltercats

This one is also located in LA. They have a Facebook page here and contact information can be found on either Instagram or Facebook! They network cats from the Baldwin Park Shelter.

And of course, keep your local shelters in mind when looking to add a new addition to your family this year! Rescue a cat with an urgent need for a home if possible, and donate to support your local no-kill shelters!

To wrap this up, I also want to remind you that black cats, unfortunately, are the most overlooked cats in shelters and the least likely to be adopted. With that being said, please consider giving a little black bundle of fluff a forever home! It’s totally NOT bad luck!!!

Have a save and happy New Year’s Eve and remember to adopt, don’t shop! 💕

Cat Rescue: Places to Donate and Make a Difference! 

To find out what your true purpose in this lifetime is, I believe that you must ask yourself: What would I do if money were no object? What do I do without expecting a reward, attention, or monetary gain?If you follow my Instagram or are a regular reader of my blog, you may have already guessed that I am a huge animal lover! I’ve been a cat mom since I was 2 years old and feel very passionately about helping strays, bringing animal abusers to justice and just making the world a safer, kinder place for cats and all animals. So why am I writing this article? To raise awareness, and hope that this information reaches enough people to make even a small difference.

When I see those sad, heart-wrenching commercials showing tortured animals and neglected strays, I want to cry because I wish I could just rescue them all! I feel helpless to stop it from happening because I am only one person. If I can’t wave a magic wand and make everything ok for these animals, or build a giant paradise big enough to house every neglected cat on the planet, I hope to make a difference through raising awareness and donating to trustworthy animal rescue causes. One of these days I just might get around to that giant paradise thing! 

When donating to a well-known big-name charity for any reason, there can be some concern about where your money is going and how much of it is really going directly to its intended purpose. Worry not! Aside from bringing supplies to a local shelter close to where you live, you can also donate to some small private charities and organizations. This way, you can see the difference you are directly making. That’s why I’ve completed a small list of cat rescue programs that are privately run and are always looking for donations and pledges to help with the costs of rescuing and caring for cats!

  • Ziggy and Friends Cat Rescue

Ziggy and Friends is a non-profit based in California. They give cats on death row at the high-kill Downey Shelter a second chance. You can send pledges via their PayPal at ziggyandfriendscatrescue@gmail.com. Follow their Instagram at @ziggyandfriendscatrescue or visit their website here!

  • Nine Lives Foundation

Nine Lives is a no-kill non-profit also based in California. Their Instagram is @ninelivesfoundation and you can make a donation directly through their website here!

  • Fur Family Life

This is also a foster care! Their Instagram is @furfamilylife and you can make PayPal donations to them at furfamilylife@gmail.com.

  • The Paw Project

This one is a little different. The Paw Project’s mission is to educate people on the negative effects of declawing cats and they strive to make declawing a thing of the past! Their Instagram is @thepawproject and you can make a donation to them on their website at www.pawproject.org. Go to the tab “you can help” and click on “make a donation.”

  • Sunshine Rescue Project

Sunshine Rescue Project is a cat rescue project that also gives away beautiful gifts to their contributors! (Of course, that is not why you should donate! Hehee). Their Instagram is @sunshine_rescue_project and you can donate to them via www.gofundme.com/BFFKittenKountdown

  • Bronx Stray Cats

Pretty self explanatory, this is a non-profit cat rescue based in the Bronx, NY. You can follow them on Instagram at @bronxstraycats and donate at paypal.me/bronxstraycats. They can be contacted by email at bronxstraycats@gmail.com or search for Bronx Stray Cats on Facebook. Here is a link to their Amazon wishlist full of kitty supplies! 

  • The Animal Rescue Site

This is an animal rescue that gives food and care to shelter animals. They have a store at have2have.it/theanimalrescuesitestore where you can buy all sorts of cute stuff! I bought a pair of slippers from them and plan on doing some holiday shopping on their site. Every purchase you make goes to fund food and care costs. When your order arrives, it comes with a tag that tells you how many bowls of food your purchase has funded! You can check them out on Instagram at @cuteanimalsperiod.

This list, of course, barely scratches the surface and there are many, many rescue foundations and foster care projects that need our help! If you know of any others, please leave a comment and let me know details! Thank you for reading!

Please hug your fur-babies extra tight today and let them know they are loved!💕😺

Photo Credit: Ziggy and Friends Cat Rescue