There’s more than one way to rescue a cat ^^

BY VALERIA MARTINEZ @lolvaleria

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Rescue cats crowd our RSPCAs and small shelters each day. More than 35,000 die each year at RSPCA because of lack of space and not enough adoptions.

Adopting, volunteering and donating are great ways to help these animals in need. However, there’s a different way that is unique.

A four minute walk from Central station you will find Sydney’s first cat cafe, Catmosphere.

A cat cafe is your usual cafe serving drinks and snacks but with a difference. While you eat and drink there are cats surrounding you, coming up for pats and cuddles.

Catmosphere gives you the option of half an hour with kittens and an hour with the adult cats.

All of these cats are fosters from the RSPCA staying until they find a home.

“Sometimes we get cats available for adoption from our own store,” our Catmosphere hostess said.

It costs to keep a pet cat. For that reason, Catmosphere lets you sponsor a cat for $30 a month and entitles you to two visits a month.

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Neil Pawstrong was my favourite

Entry for an hour-long kitty visit is $20 per person. Included in this is a free hot or cold drink and a cat shaped cookie to take home.

The adult cats are friendly, curious creatures. One of the rules is not to pick them up; they are rescue cats and a history of abuse and a stranger picking them up can cause distress.

Having these cats in a cafe, raising money in ticket sales and merchandise increases their chances of survival and lets them run around and socialise instead of living in a pen.

Catmosphere has another cafe in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.

Compassionate child builds website for shelter dogs

Puppies: Y or N? Take Aiden’s test in the story below. Photo: MaxPixel/CC

BY VALERIA MARTINEZ @valeriathx

A 13 year old girl from the U.S. state of Texas has spent months researching and writing survey questions to develop a website to help shelter dogs.

Aiden Horwitz created the website Dog Do Or Dog Don’t to cut down on an issue she found during research.

“Pretty much over half the dogs that are in shelters are because people get the wrong kind of dog for their family,” Aiden said. She wants to eliminate that as a reason pets end up back in shelters.

People looking to adopt a dog can visit the website and fill out a survey about their lives (the size of their home, the amount of barking they can tolerate, whether they have kids, etc.) and then receive a score.

Aiden’s website is a result of a class project called ‘Passion Project’, where students study something they are passionate about and complete it in the school year to learn more about it.

Aiden’s project has already achieved success.

“My website has 10,000 views so far, and five dogs have gotten adopted off my website so far,” she said.

If you score between 0 and 10 per cent, the website encourages you to adopt a cat instead.

Rescuing Lucky

Christa with her rescue kitten, Lucky. Photo courtesy Jasmine Ryan

Q&A BY JASMINE RYAN @JasmineRyanTAFE

My nan, Christa, is 72 years old. Her sense of humour gives her a really youthful sense to life. She lives in a cottage in the town of Brunswick in Adelaide, with her kitten Lucky and her “fishies”.