Written by PETA
Sure, 2011 is fast approaching, but I can't help reminiscing about days gone by, thanks to these delectable vegan marshmallow snowflakes by Sweet & Sara, the prize for this week's "Win It" Wednesday contest:
I simply can't shake this thought progression:
Vegan marshmallows -> gooey vegan s'mores -> fireplace -> scary urban legends reflections about personal victories for animals
And considering that the "feels like" temperature is 19 degrees and my sweet tooth is crying out for chocolate-y relief, I'm not gonna try to fight it. So, as I char my umpteenth snowflake over the flames, I'd describe the time I came across a squealing mouse on a glue trap tossed in the trash and hurried to get him home. Once there, I gently freed him from the torturous device with some sunflower oil—and after a little R&R, bright-eyed Mr. Mouse went on his way.
So, ante up your heartwarming tale of triumph for an animal who needed your help—the two tales that most make us feel all warm and gooey inside will score the treats.
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Written by Karin Bennett
I've told the story of my cat, Ollie, before, but here goes:
One day, my neighbor came over and announced proudly that he had adopted a female kitten. We all cooed over her and I advised him to have her spayed, and even gave him information on low cost spay and neuter clinics for the animals of senior citizens such as himself. He said he would just make sure she never got outside. Well, she slipped out one day and came home pregnant. Our neighbor came over in a panic and asked what to do. I told him to find good homes for the kittens and get mama spayed. I gave him the numbers for the clinics again as he claimed he lost them and even volunteered to take mama kitty down there, but he said he would do it and would not let me take her. Well, the 5 kittens were born which meant he now had 6 cats in a small one bedroom condo. He did not place the kittens for adoption or get mama spayed. He made no effort to socialize the kittens to people. He just kept them in the house where they grew up and did what comes naturally when they were old enough for the females to come into heat..they mated with each other and the females got pregnant. I called the police and rescue agencies and they both said there was nothing they could do if my neighbor did not want to give up the kittens. He now had 10 unspayed/neutered cats in a small one bedroom condo. In a fit of rage one day he threw all but the original mama cat out the front door to fend for themselves. Several neighbors including myself gathered them up and took them to a rescue agency. Problem solved, right? No. Mama cat had one more pregnancy and produced two kittens, Ollie and Tiger. She escaped out of my neighbors yard and gave birth in my dog Bucks doghouse. The first my husband and I knew of it was when we saw Buck standing in front of his doghouse looking as though he were guarding something. We went to have a look and found mama and the kittens. Since mama cat clearly had no intention of leaving our yard and she and the dog seemed to have developed a relationship (they peacefully shared the doghouse; Buck became an interspeices step parent) We kept them warm and fed until the kittens were ready to be adopted. We put tiger up for adoption but Ollie disappeared for a few days. He turned up a few days later and has been here ever since. My neighbor, the cause of all of this, was long gone by this time; he had moved out, taking mama cat with him to add to the feline population in his new hometown. We adopted Ollie, gave him a home of his own and a warm bed. Recently, Ollie brought a friend home, a tiny gray kitten I named Peanut. I am trying to socialize Peanut enough to be able to pick him or her up so that I can see if he or she is a male or female, and to take him or her to the vet to check if he or she has been neutered or spayed. If it is needed I will find the money to pay for it. In the meantime, my neighbors have been wonderful; one brought over another cat bed, and another brought over a 15 lb. bag of Alley Cat as well as some tins of Little Friskies. When I introduce my animal family I say, "This is my dog Buck, Bucks's cat Ollie, and Ollie's cat, Peanut."
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