Kay’s Articles

The story of Betty Boo.

Vikki and Danny tell the story of Betty Boo... Betty Boo was rescued from the streets of Deira when she was just a few months old.  She was part of a large TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) scheme and was supposed to be just that.  However, Betty had the most horrendous injury to her neck and couldn’t be released.  (That injury took the best part of six months to heal in the end.) She went to a foster home and then another and then arrived at ours one November evening in 2013 after not fitting in with the other cats in the house and being difficult with humans too.  Betty was indeed not the easiest...

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We’re special cats looking for special homes.

At 38smiles, we give all the stray cats we find a chance no matter what their injury. We currently have a few very special cats looking for equally special, caring families to give them their loving forever home. We only put them up for adoption when we are sure that they are heathy and well adjusted and ready for life without additional veterinary care. You can be assured that if you are lucky enough to adopt one of these cats you are getting a family member just like any other cat, but with an extra special element and an extra dose of love from them! Suki was found by three school bus drivers....

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Pet Awareness Family Weekend 10th May!

Click the attached image for more details! How exciting! Our first large event like this. Come along even if you are not looking to adopt a cat or dog as there will be lots to do and people to see and chat to. Plus lots to do for the whole family. Has your child entered our art competition yet? We desperately need a new donations box and we would love for your child to make one for us. Bring them along on the day to enter.

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We’re not kittens, but we’re still lots of fun!

When adopting a cat, lots of people seem to want kittens.  True, they are very cute and lots of fun, but have you thought about the advantages of adopting a slightly older cat? Kittens grow up very quickly remember... There are many kitties around one year old who need loving homes.  We are still lots of fun and enjoy playing and cuddling, but the advantage is that our personality is more developed and our foster parent can give you information about the kind of cat we are.  That way, you know much better about whether we will be the right fit for your family. So, go on, look beyond our size...

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Missing Pet

Your pet has gone missing!! Here’s what you can do!!   Get posters done, saying MISSING and REWARD, with big clear picture; short description of the animal, collar, name tag and or municipality tag; when & where lost and your contact details. Put the posters everywhere: on trees ( these will be taken down, keep putting them up); under car windscreen wipers; in your local supermarket. Give them to maids and tell them to tell their friends. If you live in a huge community, give them to the security guards, gardeners and delivery men. Email them to all the vets and follow...

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What to do with a stray kitten

Well  my friend you are on your own in very deep waters if you decide to pick her/him up. No one is gonna help you with anything else more than just advice.  So if you are not ready to do everything, don’t do anything! if you are not ready to walk the extra mile, if you are not ready for the whole 9 yards, then think twice before you pick up that kitten!!!! Well,  if you still wanna do it? Here you go, as promised, I am gonna give you JUST advice. 1. Look for the Mother Cat Take a step back and check if the mother cat is around. Chances are she is hiding or she is looking for food...

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Cat Cafe

WSPA Cat café concept The World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) is an international organization in more than 100 countries with a network of more than 400 member societies. WSPA has representatives at United Nations, Council of Europe and works in co-operation with the World Health Organization and the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations. Pet Respect is a department of WSPA and is working with resorts worldwide to provide designated feeding areas for stray cats – Cat Cafés. The cat café concept was originally developed by WSPA to humanely address...

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TNR

Trap-Neuter-Return, commonly referred to as "TNR" is the only method proven to be humane and effective at controlling feral cat population growth. Using this technique, all the feral cats in a colony are trapped, sterilized by the neutering of males and spaying of females. Each cat is marked by "ear tipping", cropping 1/4 inch (6 mm) off of the tip of the left ear, so that it can be easily recognized as having been sterilized and as a member of a managed colony, so that the animal is not subjected to unnecessary surgery, confinement or euthanasia.After the cat is sterilized it is placed back...

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