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A success story to warm your heart

22 Apr

Franklin Goes to Utah

 Chattanooga, TN—April 13, 2012 ─ Franklin can only be described as “the little kitty that could.” With his energetic attitude and playful antics, Franklin wouldn’t let something like being positive for both Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) ruin his chances at a good life.

The Pet Placement Center rescued Franklin in mid February from a local animal shelter. One of the first things they do at the Center is test any new cat for FeLV and FIV. Unfortunately, Franklin tested positive for both. The veterinarian confirmed that this handsome, 10 month old, snuggly kitten was infected with both viruses.

FeLV and FIV are contracted from other infected cats, and while not a death sentence, it did mean that finding a suitable home for Franklin would prove daunting. No inquiries came in after being posted on the adoption websites for over a month. Franklin had to be housed separately from other cats and kittens at the Center and the lack of furry friends potentially threatened his mental stability.

An admittance request was submitted to Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) in Utah, but knowing BFAS constantly receives similar requests, the Center did not have much hope of acceptance. Imagine the surprise and happiness felt when the acceptance email arrived. Now the hard work would start! How would this rambunctious fur ball get 1,900 miles across the country to his new home?

This is where Mike Fitzgerald enters. Mike visits the Center’s cats weekly.  Mike had always wanted to visit BFAS, but had never had the right opportunity.  Mike’s employer, Dr. Toumayan at the Cat Clinic, and her staff, were more than helpful in juggling schedules in order for Mike to leave on such short notice.  Mike and PPC seized the chance and in three days, the cross-country adventure was arranged.  Franklin was on his way!

Mike sent daily trip updates detailing what he and Franklin saw along the way. Mike said, “Franklin sang all the way to Nashville & none of it sounded like country western.” He eventually settled into the car ride and seemed to enjoy it. In Amarillo, TX they saw the Cadillac graveyard. In NM, they were greeted by a fresh dusting of snow. On the morning of day four, they reached their destination, Kanab, UT.

Franklin was met with open arms and lots of petting. According to one of the staff at BFAS, Franklin will eventually move into Casa de Calmar, a building dedicated to FeLV kitties where he’ll have cat friends named Annette and Moses. He’ll have loads of fun with his new feline companions.

It’s hard to say why BFAS accepted Franklin, but Franklin’s human friends know it was due to his endearing spirit and soulful eyes.  It really was probably more a situation of lucky timing.  Whatever the reason, PPCs staff and volunteers couldn’t be happier! And Mike cannot be thanked enough for helping Franklin’s dreams come true.  Franklin will be available for adoption once he settles into his new temporary home at BFAS.


The Faces of Kitten Season

20 Apr

L to R: Jitterbug, Bedbug, Lovebug

We are the faces

of kitten season.

Every year around April, little ones just like us show up in area shelters.

Sometimes we find homes. Sometimes we don’t.

It’s a sad fact. But you can help change our situation. It’s not our fault someone let our momma have us. And it’s not our fault someone took us to a kill shelter when we were only 5 weeks old.

Luckily for us, someone from the Pet Placement Center knew we needed help and saved us.



Now, here’s the really unfortunate part. We have Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and FIV. In short this means, we won’t live as long as most cats and we can only live with other cats who are also FeLV positive. We may only live to be 3 years old, but that’s 3 years of snuggling, purring, pure devotion we can give to you.

There is no adoption fee to adopt us. And our spay/neuter will be covered by the Pet Placement Center when we are old enough.

Give us a chance, you will not be sorry.

We promise to play with your toes while you’re sleeping and untie your shoes when you’re not looking.

We promise to wake you up each morning with a soft meow and a wet nose. All we ask in return is that you love us and keep us safe. Here’s your chance to make a difference.


Kerry Moyers-Horton
Executive Director
TN Humane Animal League/Pet Placement Center
5975 Dayton Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37415
Phone: 423.877.0738
Fax: 423.877.0515
WED-SAT   10am-5pm
SUN   Noon-5pm


Someone who truly cares …

24 Feb

Every now and then you meet someone who REALLY cares.

Kerry Moyers-Horton is such a person.

Not a lot of rescuers would bother with a cat like this, with both Feline Leukemia and FIV:


Kerry, who runs the Pet Placement Center in Chattanooga,  wrote this about a cat named Franklin on Feb. 22:

We rescued a 10 month old cat from Cleveland Animal Shelter last Friday. He is a handsome, sleek, solid black young man with glowing eyes and a lively attitude. On the surface, he seems perfectly healthy. He is at the vet being neutered today. Sadly,  Franklin tested positive for both Feline Leukemia and FIV. If one wasn’t bad enough, having both conditions immensely limits the possible homes for Franklin. But we will not give up!  He deserves love as much as any other cat in our care. We will find the right home for him so he can enjoy the rest of his life.  If you have any ideas or know of anyone who might be willing to offer Franklin a place to call home, please let me know.
Kerry Moyers-Horton
Executive Director
TN Humane Animal League/Pet Placement Center
5975 Dayton Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37415
Phone: 423.877.0738
Fax: 423.877.0515
WED-SAT   10am-5pm
SUN   Noon-5pm
Searching for a new friend? Please check out our adoptable cats and dogs.






Israel Bans Cat Declawing: Will U.S. Follow?

7 Dec
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  • December 2, 2011
  • Hats off to Israel’s parliament for passing a ban on declawing of cats. The ban was approved by the Knesset Monday, November 28. And, the new law has some bite to it. Punishment consists of up to one year in prison and a fine of 75,000 shekels (a little more than $20,000.)

    Declawing of cats and kittens is a despicable practice done for the convenience of owners who want to ensure their kitty doesn’t ruin the furniture. It is an elective surgical procedure which puts the animal at all anesthesia risks but has no medical purpose for the cat.

    And I’m ashamed to admit, it is a common practice in the U.S. It is estimated about 25 percent of U.S. cats are declawed. Many European countries have already made it illegal or consider it an inhumane practice. It’s time for America to wake up and follow suit.

    What is Declawing?

    Declawing is a misnomer because in order to remove a cat’s claws, the first joints of each toe are actually amputated. Imagine trying to go through your daily routines of self care with only stubs at the end of each finger.

    Declawing is also a very painful surgery that can negatively affect a cat’s behavior and instinctual abilities. Many declawed cats will start to bite because their natural defense – their claws – have been removed and their teeth are all they have left to defend themselves with.

    Post-operative recuperation can take weeks with the kitty in severe pain from walking or scratching in their litter box — things they have to continue doing on a daily basis. Cats instinctively will not show pain; so pain relief is often not addressed as a post operative concern. It can also cause lameness and balance disturbances.

    Alternatives to Declawing

    There are some non-surgical alternatives worth considering. Teaching your cat to use a scratching post, offering cardboard scratching toys and routine nail trimming are but a few.

    If your feline indulges in catnip, try embedding it into the scratching post. There are plastic nail caps that can be easily glued to your cat’s nails so the scratch doesn’t damage flesh or furniture. Place sticky tape on furniture to deter unwanted scratching. And citrus sprays will stop some cats from kneading the sofa.

    Thank You, Israel!

    While declawing in Israel is not common practice, the new law sends a message to the world that amputating your cat’s toes for personal convenience is unacceptable.

    Other countries that outlaw declawing or consider it inhumane are:

    • Australia
    • Brazil
    • United Kingdom
    • Finland
    • Estonia
    • Netherlands
    • Germany
    • Switzerland
    • Austria

    Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/israel-bans-cat-declawing-will-u-s-follow.html#ixzz1fV2m3knk

Griffin, GA Cats, Adoption Incentive w/ FREE spay/neuter

24 Oct
Cat Adoption Fee Reimbursement Program — adult cats currently at Spalding Animal control already come with free spay or neuter vouchers. Then to qualify for reimbursement of animal control adoption fee-adopter needs to provide their vet reference and proof of s/n. Up to 2 adult cats from animal control per year can be adopted under this new program available through Winging Cat Rescue. Info & contact info also available at spalding animal control.All adults have been given an fvrcp vaccination thanks to Petfinder Grant and have had flea preventive applied.

videos and MORE photos available on petfinder site


#1402 calico-staff & vol fav & caretaker inmate favorite
1403 black female-friendly bushy tail young adult female
1409 black male-(mistakenly named Greta on petfinder, this cat is a male and clean friendly mellow fellow)
1428 Amazing Grace-volunteer fav
1452 Hannah-affectionate cat getting overlooked simply because she’s black-inmate fav
1459 Jerry tabby -inmate caretaker & staff & vol fav
1566 white & black male-staff & vol fav
1588 white & black male -staff & vol fav
1627 pretty russian blue & white female
1637 Shana b/w female (came in with Shaw 1638 b/w male-now separated at animal control &miserable w/o each other)
1638 Shaw b/w male ditto
1668 white & tabby boy -BIG personality and BIG favorite
1698 WiFi Will chatty kitty-never met a stranger he didnt like. always ready to carry on a conversation. staff/vol/inmate fav!

Spalding County Animal Shelter
208 Justice Boulevard
Griffin, GA 30224
Phone: (770) 467-4772
FAX: (770) 467-4771
Website: http://www.spaldingcountyanimalshelter.com provides additional information on the shelter and available pets
Email: animalshelter@spaldingcounty.com

Fenwick needs a home, barn home OK

21 Oct


From our friends at the Pet Placement Center in Chattanooga:

Fenwick is available for adoption as an inside/outside cat to a home with a safe outside situation.  We will even consider a barn home as long as he has contact with people, because he very much likes the company of humans.  Fenwick was rescued from Cleveland Animal Control and is tremendously stressed at PPC in a cat colony room.  While affectionate with humans, he does not want to be in close quarters with other cats.  He needs a home as an only cat or a home with space and room to move if there is another cat already living there.  He is a large, lean, big headed, tabby boy with cool markings around his mouth.  He is intelligent, sensitive and strong and needs a home where he will be allowed to be an active cat.  He was born in August 2009.  We’re open Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays 12 – 5 pm.

The adoption fee is $40 which includes a free veterinary exam within 2 weeks of adoption, up to date vaccinations, tests for heartworms, heartworm medication, FELV/FIV test, deworming, flea treatment, microchip, and spay or neuter.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at aligato777@juno.com

Or phone the PPC at (423) 877-0738

TN Humane Animal League/Pet Placement Center
5975 Dayton Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37415
Phone: 423.877.0738
Fax: 423.877.0515

Cat tree madness

15 Sep

Something fun,  on kind of a dreary day.

Tales from a cat mommy,  or,  A (cat) tree grows in Norman.


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