Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pet Fitness

Did you know that obesity in pets is a major issue? 93 million dog and cats are considered overweight or obese. 55% of the cats in the US are considered overweight or obese--that's around 47 million cats--and 53% of the dogs in the US are considered overweight or obese--that's around 41 million dogs!

Staying active and healthy is just as important to our pets as it is to us. Obesity can lead to many weight related diseases. It's important to talk with your vet about your specific pet's needs and develop a plan to keep your pet healthy.


Purina has started a great interactive program for pet owners called Project: Pet Slim Down, to help your pet lose weight for a happier and healthier life. The site is full of tools, tips and information for both you and your pet to live a happy healthier lifestyle.

If you're looking for some great ways to keep your pet active indoors and out--both physically and psychologically--check out the Janurary 2013 issue of the KAR Friends eNewsletter.

Additional Resources:
Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)




Saturday, January 26, 2013


Happy New Year, Dusty,

I hope the first month of the year has started well for you. Gwen and our family had a very nice Christmas. We all went to Detroit for a family visit. Gwen did very well in the car in her carrier. She just relaxed and chilled out. She also did very well with family and getting used to another house. She enjoyed the company and all the attention she received. 

The New Year has been quiet. Gwen's latest trick is to jump on top of the refrigerator and scare me. She's turning into a high jumper. She prefers the refrigerator to the kitty condo. We have a spare room which Gwen loves to take her afternoon nap in. Gwen has adjusted very well and has gained some weight. I told her she needs to be careful or she'll lose her girlish figure.

We hope you are well and the kitties are finding good homes.

Gwenny and Theresa

Friday, January 25, 2013

Come Visit Us Tomorrow at Petco!

My friends and I are going to be at the Petco adoption event tomorrow--Saturday, January 26th--from 11:00am-2:00pm.

Maybe you could be one of our forever homes?

We can't wait to meet you!


Come meet our foster kitties: Checkers, Cleo, Konan, Kyo, Astrid, Olin and Oriana!

Come meet our foster dogs: Jay, Louie and Rosie! 


Monday, January 21, 2013


Have you met Tux yet?

"Tux is a large, handsome, healthy male tuxedo cat. He was found living in the woods and would approach nearby homes begging for food. He was thin and needed food and shelter. He was very shy but once he settled into his foster home he blossomed. After a few weeks of hiding he felt safe and is now a sweet and gentle cat who enjoys being petted and greets his caretaker at the door."

To find out more about Tux and how you can adopt him, visit Tux's page on the KAR website! 

Just look at how handsome he is!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Don't be Jealous!

Don't be jealous! You can easily make your own kitty mansion from recycled boxes. 

Check out the KAR Friends January 2013 newsletter for more great cat entertainment ideas and find out how you can construct a cardboard cat playhouse for your kitty!

If construction isn't your thing, come check out some of Petco's cardboard cat scratcher castles during one of our adoption events!

Be sure to send us pictures/videos of your KAR kitties enjoying some fun in their cardboard box/castle/playhouse!

The KAR Handmade Ornaments were a Huge Success!

The KAR Handmade Ornaments raised over $1,300! All of which will go directly to Kalamazoo Animal Rescue.

A huge thank you to Sue, the owner of Sticks & Stones, for reaching out to KAR to do this event! Be sure to visit her shop filled with tons of cute things and amazing candles in the downtown mall.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with this event--Lynn, Nancy, Sue, Kim and Angie!

Thank you all for making this fundraising event such a huge success!

Make At Home Dog Toy

Easy Braided Pull Toy 

We love to spoil our pets with lots of toys but they can be rather expensive. Unlike humans, animals don’t check labels or prices when they receive a new toy. 

Pets are only interested in the fun so homemade toys can provide an inexpensive solution to provide our kittens and puppies with great gifts.


Orignially published in the May 2012 KAR Friends eNewsletter 

Check out these great how-to instructions for making a braided dog pull toy. You can use fleece, old jeans or scrap material to make a fun inexpensive toy your dog will love!

For more great homemade pet toy ideas, check out our January 2013 newsletter.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


My Beloved BeauA Tribute by Sarah

In the spring of 2001, I attended a KAR adoption event and met and fell in love with Oliver, a beautiful Himalayan-Siamese mix. He quickly became the love of my life. After bringing Oliver home and spending a few days with him, I realized that neither one of us cared for his name. He was so beautiful and so affectionate that wanted to name him for those qualities. So, Oliver became Beau. He spent the next eleven years as a faithful and loving companion who was at my side through college, graduate school, and my first real job. He was always a loyal friend and an amazing companion.

Last winter, Beau started to get ill, he lost weight, and appeared older and more sickly looking. On November 23, 2012 with the help of our vet and after another bout of illness, I made the decision that he be euthanized. I didn't want Beau to became any sicker or suffer any more than he had already. It may have been a bit too early, but I would rather lose him a month too soon than to have him stay around a week longer and suffer for my sake.

As I've spent time looking back on Beau's life with me, and the wonderful years we had together, I wanted to write and thank you for allowing him to become my cat. I appreciate all the work KAR has done and continues to do in matching animals to the right people, and in helping them as they need it. Without Kalamazoo Animal Rescue, I would never have known or loved him. As much as I miss and will continue to miss him, I am so amazingly grateful and happy that he was a part of my life and that I was allowed to be a part of his.

Thank you for bringing us together and for giving me eleven years with him. I will never forget Beau, or those wonderful years. I will always be glad that you were there, and brought me to this most amazing companion and friend!