Month: August 2019

Lifelong Cat Lover Leaves Amazing Legacy for Feline Friends in Need

Judy McKonly loved animals her entire life, but she always had a special affinity for cats. She dreamed of putting her family’s fortune to good use by one day opening a cat shelter like no other. Unfortunately, she passed away before her dream became a reality.

Her family carried out her dream using $1.5 million dollars in seed money from the family’s nonprofit, The McKonly Foundation.

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Built to Please Cat Residents

The Columbia Animal Shelter is a state of the art facility that is as modern and beautiful as it is highly functional. Filled with windows that allow light to pour in from outdoors, the rooms are spacious and bright.

Tall, expertly designed cat towers fill the visiting rooms in large numbers. This gives the cats plenty to climb on and allows potential adopters to see their potential new fur babies in action.

Cats absolutely love the screened in area on the back of the building. It gives them a chance to look around outside, feel the breeze, and get a sense for the outdoors all in the safety of a contained, indoor space.

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Fully Staffed and Ready to Serve

The Columbia Animal Shelter is staffed by 6 full-time staff members, veterinarian Jen Johnston and five others. Moving forward, the shelter will rely on volunteers and donations to keep the operation running. The local community will surely do what they can to help, knowing all the love and thought that went into creating this amazing space for cats in need.

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Shelter Fills a Need in the Community

Columbia has never had a shelter like this, which is one of the reasons Ms. McKonly aspired to bring one to life. Her son, Mike McKonly and staff veterinarian Jen Johnston know that the shelter is filling a need that was sorely lacking in their community.

“I think this is a wonderful dream, and it’s great for the community, great for Columbia,” said Johnston.

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“It was worth it. We wanted to do that for her (Judy McKonly). It’s just a wonderful facility,” said Mike McKonly.

Although most of the people that are now involved in the day-to-day operation of the shelter didn’t even know Judy McKonly, they feel gratitude towards her for leaving a legacy that will have a lasting impact on so many animals, people, and the community of Columbia.

“She must have been a wonderful woman to have done this. This is like a dream,” said Cate Girvin, a volunteer.

The no-kill shelter opened in March of this year and serves mostly stray and surrendered cats and kittens.

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Enormous Tabby Crashes Shelter Website with His Cuteness

The Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia has an extremely large and popular cat in their care. Based on the response of potential adopters, he won’t be a resident at the refuge for very long.

His name is Mr. B and he is 26 pounds of cuddly love. Not only is his large stature entirely appealing, he has the cutest puffy mouth that appears to be pursed lips and green eyes that seem very serious. In short, he is large, adorable, and fully in charge of the cat loving internet.

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The shelter has been absolutely blown away by the outpouring of support and interest in adopting Mr. B. When people started sharing his photo, the refuge’s website was so inundated with clicks that it crashed and stayed that way the remainder of the day.

In the Facebook post announcing Mr. B’s availability for adoption, the shelter asked for donations  to help take care of him and all the wonderful cats and kittens the shelter currently has in residence. So far, they have raised over $1800! That money will go a long way in keeping the shelter population healthy and fed.

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As the story gained steam, the smart cookies at Morris Animal Refuge decided to leverage Mr. B’s fifteen minutes even more in an effort to raise funds for their operation. They designed a Mr. B “Chonk” t-shirt that you can buy “to support our lifesaving mission and help homeless pets like Mr. B.” Limited supplies are available. 
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The shelter is keeping Mr. B fans pleased by continuing to post updates on the adoption application process and short videos of his enjoying some quality time with the staffer that started the whole sensation. Here Mr. B is getting a bit of a rub down before bedtime.

Goodnight from Mr. B.

Goodnight from Mr. B.

Posted by Morris Animal Refuge on Sunday, August 25, 2019

On the day the shelter website crashed, Morris Animal Refuge announced that they were so thrilled with all of the interest in Mr. B but that he wasn’t quite yet to find his new home. They stated on Facebook,

We are overwhelmed by the number of wonderful people ready to give Mr. B his fur-ever home. We are excited to find him a home soon, but he’s not quite ready to go home yet. He still needs a more thorough check up by our vet. We will announce as soon as he’s ready to go!

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Mr. B must have passed his medical assessment with flying colors because it didn’t take long for a follow up, announcing that the massive pool of candidates for Mr. B had been narrowed down. The shelter will share the big news once a final selection has been made.

We want to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of support of Mr. B and the lifesaving work we do here at Morris Animal Refuge. We have gotten it narrowed down to a handful of potential adopters that we think can give him the perfect home. His adoption should be finalized early this week!

We will be keeping an eye on Mr. B and hope he has a successful adoption in the coming days!

Update: Morris Animal Refuge has announced that they have recieved over 3,000 applications to take Mr. B home! But for now, he has been placed with an experienced foster who is helping him work through some health and behavioral issues, to give him the best chance of success with a new family! Keep up with his progress on Facebook!

Mr. B Update!Mr. B received over 3,000 applications and inquiries! Our small, but mighty, staff has been working…

Posted by Morris Animal Refuge on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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You’re Helping This Sickly Kitten Beat The Odds

Part of each sale through the iHeartCats store is donated to Greater Good, which helps support various charities. Thanks to customers like you, happy endings, like the one below, are made possible.

Zeus was one of six kittens in a litter found in a neighborhood of Detroit without a mother. Ferndale Cat Shelter took them all in, gave them much needed medical attention, lots of food, and love. They were all underweight and had various forms of upper respiratory issues.

Zeus tested positive for FeLV. He was the only kitten who tested for Feline Leukemia. He can’t be adopted out as his odds of survival were dim. Most kittens don’t survive past six months who test positive for FeLV. Today, he is still in his foster home and is undergoing experimental treatments for FeLV cats and kittens. The rescue is happy to report that he turned one in November of 2018, and this gives the rescue hope for the experimental treatments Zeus is receiving. He is already beating the odds!

“The support’s Rescue Bank has given our organization is priceless. Due to the generous gifts of food, our organization is able to afford special treatments like the one for Zeus that has prolonged his life and maybe even cured his disease.”

– Ferndale Cat Shelter

You support’s Rescue Bank when you shop from the iHeartCats store! The food they provide to rescues allows them to use their funds for medical care, supplies, and other things!

Feeds 14 shelter cats!

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