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Kitten Bowl III Party at Last Hope Animal Rescue

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
February 23, 2016

On Super Bowl 50 Sunday, furball fans at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh enjoyed food, face painting, and cheering on the Last Hope Lions, their home team of kitties playing in the Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl III.

Wantagh, New York, USA. February 7, 2016. Volunteer MIKE DAY, 13, of Wantagh, looks as if he's giving coaching advice to the gray kitten player with the red collar on TV in Hallmark Channel Kitten Bowl III. At Last Hope Animal Rescue's Open House, the guests cheer on their team, the Last Hope Lions, which the tiny tabby szs a member of. Over 100 adoptable kittens from Last Hope Inc and North Shore Animal League of America participated in the pretaped games, and the Home and Family Felines won the 2016 championship, which first aired the day of Super Bowl 50. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Wantagh, NY, USA. Feb. 7, 2016. Volunteer MIKE DAY, 13, of Merrick, looks as if he’s giving coaching advice to the tabby team member on TV in Hallmark Channel Kitten Bowl III, at Last Hope Animal Rescue’s Open House. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The Open House guests were thrilled when host Beth Stern, an animal activist and spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America, introduced tabby cat Alexander, the Mayor of Last Hope. Ms. Stern explained Alex is available for adoption and then kissed him, which he accepted like a purr-fect gentleman.

Wantagh, New York, USA. 7th February 2016. Volunteer LAURA LANG holds Tabby cat ALEXANDER, the Mayor of Last Hope Rescue, wearing a glittery gold hat during Last Hope Animal Rescue's Open House during Hallmark Channel Kitten Bowl III television special. Alexander appeared on the TV show with its host B. Stern, who announced Alex is available for adoption. People at the center watched the game and cheered on their team, the Last Hope Lions. Over 100 adoptable kittens from Last Hope Inc and North Shore Animal League America participated in the taped games, and the Home and Family Felines won the 2016 championship, which first aired the day of Super Bowl 50. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Wantagh, NY, USA. Feb. 7, 2016. Volunteer LAURA LANG holds ALEXANDER, the Mayor of Last Hope Rescue, at the center’s Open House during Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl III. Alex appeared on the show with host Beth Stern. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Wantagh, New York, USA. February 7, 2016. Tabby cat ALEXANDER, the Mayor of Last Hope Rescue, is available for adoption during Last Hope Animal Rescue's Open House during Hallmark Channel Kitten Bowl III. Alexander appeared on the TV show with its host B. Stern. The adoption center's volunteers and visitors watched the game on TV and cheered on their team, the Last Hope Lions. Over 100 adoptable kittens from Last Hope Inc and North Shore Animal League America participated in the taped games, and the Home and Family Felines won the 2016 championship, which first aired the day of Super Bowl 50. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Wantagh, NY, USA. Feb. 7, 2016. ALEXANDER, the Mayor of Last Hope Rescue, in Wantagh, is available for adoption.  (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Another exciting highlight was when Tiger – one of the tiny tabby players in Kitten Bowl III – visited the party with his new family, Charlie Brown and Melanie Benedetto. The now 7-month-old celebrity sported a fur-ociously cute harness with skull and crossbones, and after graciously allowing his fans to see him up close, jumped on top of a nearby tall cage.

Wantagh, New York, USA. February 7, 2016. Tiger the tabby cat, one of the team players in the Hallmark Channel Kitten Bowl III, is with his new family, CHARLIE BROWN, who's holding the star whose new name is Yogi, and MELANIE BENEDETTO, of Massapequa, at Last Hope Animal Rescue's Open House, where the adoption center's volunteers and visitors watch the game on TV and cheer on their team, the Last Hope Lions. Over 100 adoptable kittens from Last Hope Inc and North Shore Animal League America participated in the taped games, and the Home and Family Felines won the 2016 championship, which first aired the day of Super Bowl 50. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Wantagh, NY, USA. Feb. 7, 2016. Player Tiger in Hallmark Channel Kitten Bowl III is with his new family, L-R, MELANIE BENEDETTO and CHARLIE BROWN, at Last Hope Animal Rescue’s Open House, where guests  watched the taped game on TV. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Though Kitten Bowl victory escaped the grasp of Last Hope Lions’ tiny paws, the cute catheletes feel like winners, since they and all 100+ kittens in the game have been adopted.

Adoptable (as of 2/23/16) cats & dogs in my Last Hope Open House gallery:

  • ALEXANDER the Mayor of Last Hope
  • WOODBURY the calm, sociable tabby
  • HALLIE the affectionate white & orange beagle
  • FORD the friendly gray pit mix

Official site of Last Hope Animal Rescue

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Interested in adopting a cat or dog on Long Island, or learning ways you can help ones without furr-ever homes?  Visit:  LastHopeAnimal Rescue.org

Last Hope Cleo

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 31, 2015

This year our family welcomed a furry new member – Cleo, a tabby cat we adopted from Last Hope Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation in Wantagh.

Cleo the tabby cat at home on Sept. 1, 2015, after being adopted from Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, Wantagh, New York, USA (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. Sept. 1, 2015. Cleo Parry surveys her new kingdom – uhm, home – after being adopted from Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation in Wantagh. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

A volunteer at Last Hope told me Cleo was a friendly stray, possibly abandoned by her family, when she was picked up and brought to a veterinarian.  When she was spayed, her left ear was clipped, or tipped, so it would be easy to tell she had the operation. So Cleo’s our clipped ear cutie.

Cleo the tabby cat at home on Sept. 1, 2015, after being adopted from Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, Wantagh, New York, USA (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. Sep. 1, 2015. Cleo Parry the yoga cat forgot her mat. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Now Cleo’s about 1 1/2 years old, and zips upstairs, checks the rooms, and flies back down at the speed of light, and when you hold her, she melts into your arms.

It wasn’t love at first sight for Cleo and her sister Hurricane Hillary, who had been Top Cat (and sole cat) after her older sister Minnie died 8 months earlier. But Cleo was super interested in her new sibling, and kept jumping over pet gates and into trouble with Hillary.

Cleo the tabby cat at home on Sept. 1, 2015, after being adopted from Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, Wantagh, New York, USA (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. Sept. 1, 2015. Cleo Parry catnaps, after zipping up and down, and up and down, and around. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Then Cleo’s persistence paid off, and Hillary once again started enjoying having someone to play with, sit with in sunny windows, and help remind me when it’s time for their breakfast or food treats.

UPDATE: related post, 2/23/2016: Last Hope’s Open House for Kitten Bowl III

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Flurry of Snowfalls

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 6, 2014

During Long Island’s winter of 2013-2014, it snowed…

Merrick, New York, U.S. January 21, 2014. Snow falls heavily on the windy elevated platform of the Merrick LIRR train station as towns declare snow emergency, with up to 10 inches of snow expected. The Metropolitan Transit Authority added extra afternoon trains to Long Island Rail Road. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Merrick, NY, U.S. January 21, 2014. Snowy, windy elevated platform of the Merrick LIRR train station. (© 2014 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

and snowed…

Hillary cat looking out window with orchids and evergreen tree plants in it on snowy morning, February 5, 2014, Merrick, New York, USA (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Long Island, NY, U.S. – Feb. 5, 2014 – Cat looking out window on snowy morning, February 5, 2014, Merrick, New York, USA (© 2014 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

and snowed…

Photo galleries: Snows January 2014  &   Snows February 2014

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(and snowed….)

If You Lose or Find a Pet

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 16, 2010

What do you do when you’ve Lost or Found a Pet?  How do you Safely check for news, spread the news, and more?

 NOTE: Though links to outside sites appear below for reference, I am not endorsing the sites.  – Ann Parry Photography Inc.

Cat Found

Well, a friendly white and black female cat, green eyes, about 1 year old, strolled up to our front stoop to visit our cat Hillary, who was in a cat stroller, earlier this week. Unfortunately, this kitty found near the Merrick-Bellmore border doesn’t have a collar and ID tag, so we don’t know her name or address.

  • UPDATE 7/25: ‘Cat Found in Merrick’ is Back with Family!      >more info at end of this post<

If this white and black cat is a member of your family, please contact us by email at [edit: contact info removed after owner found]. We will release her only to her proven owner, so emailing a photo you took of her would be a good way to help show she is your cat.

She is very affectionate, so she is, or was, part of a loving family that she must miss.

Check for News – Spread the News  

Sad but Important:  If you lose a pet, immediately tell your neighbors, and contact all the public/town animal shelters in a wide area around you.  (For ex, I’d contact all L.I. public shelters, starting with close ones.)  Because of serious overcrowding, many shelters do NOT have a No-Kill policy, so time is very important! When we found kitty, one of the first things we did was post “Found Cat” flyers, which include her photo and basic description, in the area. These are free ways to spread the news, and check for news  – whether it’s online posts, flyers, email, or phone calls – about a lost or found pet.:

  • Petfinder
  • Public Animal Shelters, such as Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
  • Private Animal Shelters
  • Veterinarians and Animal Hospitals
  • News Bulletin Boards at Community Social and Sports Centers, Places of Worship
  • News Boards at Stores that sell Pet Supplies and more
  • Websites of your Community and groups you belong to (North and Central Merrick Civic Association posted a notice on its site.)
  • Online Newspaper in your area might run a free Lost Pet or Found Pet notice (Merrick Patch ran my Found Cat notice with photo)

To get your flyers as widespread as possible, contact shelters, vets, pet supply store, and ask if they’ll let you Fax them a flyer, so they can print it out and hang it where visitors see it.

Your Safety

Whether you’ve lost or found a pet, protect your safety and guard against scams meant to get your money. If you create a separate email account to use on flyer and online ad, you can avoid posting any personal information. Make an email address that is easy for someone to remember or copy down correctly. Do not agree to pay to have your pet shipped back to you. In fact, if you lost your pet, do NOT send money in any form for any reason.

Some Tips from Petfinder.com on avoiding would-be scammers:

  • Anything that sounds too good to be true, probably is. (Listen to your gut feeling if something seems wrong, no matter how much you want to believe it.)
  • Stay local and avoid dealing with anyone who says pet needs to be shipped
  • Avoid playing into the cruelty of false lost pet responses. Some mean, dishonest people purposely target the sad, vulnerable owners of lost pets.
  • Do not wire funds, do not use cashier’s checks, do not use money orders, do not give out any banking or financial information.

Pet ID Tags and more

It’s very important your pet wears a collar with an ID tag and/or has a pet identification tattoo.  Pet ID microchips are good extra protection, especially in case a collar with ID tag comes off, but have something visible to the unaided eye also. Kitty wasn’t wearing an ID tag, so during her first visit to Merrick Veterinary Group, Dr. Allison Villa carefully ran the microchip scanner up and down her several times. Like 99% of cats, kitty is not microchipped, but it was definitely worth checking.

Health

If you already have pets in your family, and then find a lost pet, keep them separate until a vet tests for contagious parasites and infectious diseases (and then pet receives medical treatment, if necessary), and  finds pet safe to be in contact with other animals.

Update: During kitty’s second checkup at the Merrick Veterinary Group, Dr. Allison Villa gave her treatment and medicine for a problem, tested and found her negative for FIV, FeLV, de-wormed her, and gave her a Rabies shot update.

Indoor Cat VS Outdoor Cat

Wondering if your cat should be an indoor or outdoor cat? An indoor cat lives about 12 years, and sometimes up to 20, but an outdoor cat lives an average of only 5 years.  This information came from  Merrick Veterinary Group, the Humane Society of the United States, Cat World, and Catster:

     Dangers for Outdoor Cats

  • Being hit by a car or other vehicle on street or in parking lot.
  • Animal Cruelty –  Please visit the  Humane Society of the United States and ASPCA if you are interested in learning about how to help stop animal cruelty. 
  • Poison –  anti-freeze and some types of fertilizer are two of the often fatal poison risks 
  • Other animals (cats, dogs, wild animals) hurting or killing them – 10 wild animals that attack house pets
  • Infectious diseases from other cats  – Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Feline Leukemia (FeLV), and Feline Upper Respiratory Infection (URI).
  • Parasites such as fleas, ticks, ringworm
  • Getting lost and/or getting picked up by animal control.

Adopt a Rescue Animal

♥  We heard about a wonderful family who was interested in adopting “Found Cat” if her family stayed lost. If you’re ready to open your heart and home to a shelter pet:

  • Adopt A Pet  Adopt-a-Pet helps you find animal shelters in your area

UPDATE: 7/25/2010:

We found kitty’s loving family!  A nearby neighbor we didn’t even know had a cat, let alone one so precious, saw a sign we posted. Kitty’s name  is Patches – how cute – and she returned home today.   Patches looks young for her age – she’s around eight years old.


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