Friday, February 27, 2009


we are happy to announce that zippy was adopted yesterday. he was here for less than 24 hours before finding a home! he found a nice home with an older couple who fell in love with him at first sight. we wish him the best of luck!

we have another cat at monroe st. that we need to introduce. pictured here is theo the adorable. he was surrendered to the shelter and is looking for someone to love. he is around a year old, already neutered, and has all his shots. he is a very playful boy and would love to live in a home with other cats! if you're looking for someone to keep you entertained, he's your man. come on over to the monroe st. store to meet him or contact the happy cat club for more info.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

meet zippy!

good news! joey the cat was adopted out to his new home yesterday! we're so happy that our older gentleman found a good home and new best friend.

now let me introduce our new happy cat, zippy! zippy is a young adult male who was found stray and never claimed. he has beautiful brown tabby markings and has that real soft bunny fur. check with the happy cat club of madison for more info or stop into the monroe st. store to meet him.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

more fun with japanese game shows and cats!

cats are truly amazing! if it means delicious noms they will go to insane efforts to get it, even if that means hauling around a fish that weighs more than they do. whatever show this is, i love it!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

it's spay day!

with the snow starting to melt and temperatures warming up kitten season is right around the corner. so it's good timing for the HSUS to hold it's annual spay day, encouraging pet owners to get their dogs and cats fixed.

for low-cost spay/neuter 0ptions in madison contact the folks at shelter from the storm.

don't let bob barker down!

Monday, February 23, 2009

a farewell to presidential cats

sad news, everyone. we've lost another first cat. socks, the clinton's black and white tuxedo cat, passed away on friday at the age of 19. socks joined the clinton family in 1991 when chelsea adopted him as a stray.

socks fun fact! In 1996, Socks appeared on a series of stamps in the Central African Republic with Bill Clinton.

in january, india, the bush family's first cat passed away at 18 years of age. the black american shorthair was named after a pro ball player and was featured in a few of the bush whitehouse's holiday movies alongside his canine brother, barney.

perhaps socks and india are now up in kitty heaven rabble rousing and putting their partisan politics aside in favor of a good old cat nap.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


joey is the new happy cat at monroe street. he is nine years old, front-paw declawed and was surrendered because his family was moving. now he's looking for someone to take him to his forever home and give him a chance at a second chapter of life. if you are interested in meeting joey just stop by the store or contact the friendly people at the happy cat club of madison.

Friday, February 20, 2009

diablo finally finds a keeper!

the kitty who couldn't seem to find his forever home is finally home! diablo aka dobby aka the coolest cat ever was adopted yesterday! we think this is lucky number three for him. he will be living with 3 other cats and a dog. we will miss him very much and wish him the best of luck. another happy ending for a happy cat...

thinking about adding a cat to your family? check out the cool happy cat site to see others!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

book store cat rivals the madcats for luvins

more proof that having cats make everything better, especially in public places like book stores.

"On Monday mornings you could see lipstick kisses on the window of a used bookstore downtown. Bar girl kisses, in pinks and reds, left behind for Silas the bookstore cat."

no lipstick for us, yet, but we do get tiny hand prints and toddler raspberries on our windows!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

cats and plastic

plastic bags are generally a big hit with cats. they crinkle to the touch and make fun hidey-holes for games of pounce. some cats take their love of plastic a little further -- they lick it. there are many theories as to why cats prefer the taste of plastic but the most logical explanation is that many bags today are manufactured with potato and corn starches, making them biodegradable. since cats are known to have a sweet tooth for carbohydrates these bags make for a nice mid-day snack.

as always, use caution when allowing your cats to play in bags and remove them if the licking turns into chomping.

Monday, February 16, 2009

cat scan detects lung cancer

another reason cats rule: they save your life.....even when they don't particularly like you.

"He's never had that much to do with me except to come over for a pet," Adams said with a laugh."

"I would say he's my hero."

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

another adoption for the day!

what a pair they make! we are happy to report that alex the cat was adopted this morning. this pic is of him with his proud new "mom". a total of two cats have been adopted today! alex was "talking" all morning about his new home. we will miss him and hope to hear from him soon!

visit the happy cat club site to see some of alex's friends that need homes!

miss moose adopted!

we are happy to announce that miss moose has found her forever home. she will be living in quiet home where her "special needs" will be met. she will be adopted today! we wish her all the best of luck in her new home!

if you think you would make a good forever home for one of our happy cats, visit their cool site.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

meet miss moose!

moose is a lovely adult female currently awaiting her forever home over at the west side store. she was surrendered to DCHS because her owners no longer had time for her and had developed allergies. she does have one special need and that is low stress due to her benign heart murmur and elongated mitro valve. moose is a very healthy and happy girl and needs someone to give her the love and attention she deserves.

to meet moose just stop by our mineral point store. for addoption info contact our friends at happy cat club.

no wine for whiny cats

cats, being curious by nature, are often-times trying to get into our food and drink. thinking if it's good enough for us it must be good enough for them is just one of their innate qualities. while this may be ok for things like pillows, hair brushes, water faucets and q-tips it is just too dangerous for them to share a sip of our wine. yes the idea of a drunk kitty is humorous, but lets leave that to garfield and the lolcats.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

diablo, round two

remember our happy cat, diablo? well he was adopted out late last week and and returned to DCHS only a day later because he was improperly introduced to the adopters' other cat. luckily our happy cat adoption coordinator spotted him at the shelter and got him into foster care right away. he has a bit of a cold but seems happy to be spending time in a nice home. so, if you were thinking about adopting him or even if you want to meet him now is your second chance!

for more info, email or call the happy cat club of madison.

get 'em fixed! low-cost spay/neuter in madtown

want to avoid becoming a grand-guardian before your time? want to contribute to the no kill movement? get your cats spayed or neutered! madison-based rescue group, shelter from the storm, has low-cost spay/neuter options that can help you prevent unwanted furrbabies while keeping budget in mind.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

ever get that sinking feeling? lol!

a singular peculiarity of our fine feline friends is that for some reason they really enjoy laying in sinks. Maybe it's the bowl-shape or the proximity to fresh water, or maybe they just like getting attention by doing goofy things. either way, it's pretty darn cute.

Monday, February 9, 2009

cat can has drugz now?

this video will give you the big time lols. big time.

ollie is going home!

good news! ollie the cat, who was surrendered for being "too affectionate," has found a new family will be going to his new home today! the gabby look-alike is a loving, playful boy who just needed someone to appreciate him for all the love he has to give. good luck, ollie! we'll miss you.

another happy ending for a happy cat...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

cat whispering

the video below is from one of my favorite things ever. this particular talking cat has ruled the interwebs for years with his fantastic vocal abilities and is now being referred to as a prophet by some very bored people. if you're really interested on how cats "talk" check out this great article on cat communication.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

meet alex!

alex is a cool cat. he is laid back, self-assured and enjoys singing and window watching. if you are looking for a good family cat this would be the guy for you. he is front paw declawed (ouch!), neutered and ready to find his forever home.

for adoption info you can go to happy cat's website or just come on in to our monroe st. store. no need to call ahead, alex loves company:)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

pregnancy and cats

here's a great article exploring the myths and facts of having cats while pregnant. so if you're sprouting a little one and are worried about your cat stealing the baby's breath rest assured - the chances are higher that you'll win the lottery and crash on a mysterious island.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

foster care is where the love is

one of the biggest tenets of the no kill philosophy is to put faith in people, everyday people. one way rescue groups and shelters are doing that is by relying on the community for foster care of young, sick or injured animals who would have a hard time living in a shelter environment. if you have ever considered fostering cats here's your opportunity to give it a go. check out this story on a foster care giver in illinois, respectfully thought of as the cat woman.

for fostering and other volunteer opportunities in the area check these out:
dane county humane society
friends of ferals
happy cat club of madison
angel's wish
country animal haven
operation noble foster - fostering pets for military families currently deployed

toonces the driving cat!

here's a blast from the past! i wonder how james dean would feel if he saw this? eh, he'd probably laugh, too.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

super bowl kitty halftime show!

here's an old clip of animal planet's genius kitty halftime show for anyone who may miss it tonight. but really, springsteen over kittens? really?

the tenacity of no kill

no kill is spreading despite the tough times. using the philosophy of thinking outside the box enterprising shelters are finding new ways to raise money and save lives. some are even lucky enough to have benefactors with cool cars and big hearts step in to save the day.

they say hard times bring out the best in people. it certainly seems that way.