Friday, August 29, 2014

Fashion Faux Paws: Strike a Pose

Allie: There's nothing more Fashionable than knowing how to strike a pose.

Here, let me take a moment from my daily duties as Resident Hairdresser to show you my sassy, vogue style:

Of course, there's nothing more sassy than a peekaboo pose.
Remember to look coy for the camera while peeking!

We'll finish with another classic:
All Fashion Experts know the value of using color sparingly, and to great effect.

Lesson over - now go pose for the lens. Remember, the camera loves you!


#DailyDoseOfIndependence: Great Plains SPCA

Many of you have heard us talk about the dire straits of one of the shelters we support.
Here's the back-story:

Great Plains SPCA "crossed the line" last April - the state line, that is.

You see, the Kansas City metro area straddles the border of Kansas and Missouri, and last year, this Kansas-based No-Kill shelter took over management of the city shelter in Independence, Missouri.

And the Great Plains Independence Campus was born.

It's being run by many of the fabulous people we have known for years at Wayside Waifs, Allie's Alma Mater. And we couldn't be prouder of what they have sought to accomplish: turning a kill shelter into No Kill. Sometimes, we even refer to it as Wayside 2.0 - simply because we don't want you to think we've casually switched loyalties. Both shelters are No Kill, and both deserve our appreciation and support for jobs well done.

But lately, our focus has been on Great Plains, because quite frankly, right now their need is greater.

By the end of the first three months of operation, the shelter had already taken in the equivalent of a full year's worth of cats. And this is a shelter whose numbers had held steady for years and years and years, so this phenomenon was completely unexpected.

At their peak two weeks ago, they had well over 700 cats and the trend looked to top 800.

These little guys are lined up in hallways, stacked in offices - basically every available nook and cranny!

There is speculation as to what might be behind this, but no definitive answers. And to be honest, though the "why" behind the situation is important, especially for shelter management going forward, it doesn't do much to help the situation right now.

No, the only thing that'll help is adoption - and transfers to partner shelters.

We're trying to do our small part by following in the footsteps of the blog, Sebastian the Sensitive Soul, whose owner, Amy Palmer, instituted the #DailyDoseOfIndependence tradition on Facebook.

We're posting there, too. But we'll also be reposting about these eminently adoptable cats right here on A Tonk's Tail, as well.

So without further ado, we present to you today's Daily Dose of Independence: Harvey Dent.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Look Both Ways Before You Cross...

Mommy always says to look both ways before you cross...

What? WHAT?!? It's not a street!

It's just the stupid front porch.

One of only two successful runs for freedom this summer, lasting a grand total of 15 minutes, until she returned me to my indoor prison managed to catch me. After using that stinky ol' flashy box on me.

Seriouslies. You think she would let me do anything fun, like visit the neighbor squirrels?