Joan Meo never expected that a bike ride through Rehoboth Beach, Del., would end in heartbreak, but that's exactly what happened shortly after she set off with friends. Midway through their ride, workmen building a house told them the United States was under attack, and like so many others, Meo knew she'd never forget the date: Sept. 11, 2001.
She returned to the house she was renting to find that the owners had discovered a group of stray cats and kittens, including three tiny brothers only a few weeks old. Meo jumped right in to assist.
"Helping with the kittens took my mind off the heinous events of that morning," she says. And when it was time to leave for home a few days later, she found herself unable to go empty-handed, so one of the smallest kittens was scooped up to head for Baltimore and a new life.
Nicholas soon took charge of the two other cats in the house, and he charmed every human who came to the door. "Nick's personality has grown bigger with time," says Meo. "More dog-like than cat in his interactions, he greets all guests at the door and stays close by at all times, enjoying the camaraderie of family and friends."
She says Nicholas let her know that even in the face of horror, happiness is still possible.
To have your pet - including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like - considered for Collared, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Kim Fernandez, for The Baltimore Sun (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun photo /September 9, 2014)
Start shopping and help homeless pets at the same time.
That's the idea behind the Maryland SPCA's annual Shop-a-Paw-Looza, which started Friday, Oct. 5, and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 30. Last year, the adoption program raised $40,000 through the online auction.
So what can you get? A vacation in Mexico, a football signed by the Ravens' Joe Flacco, tickets to "The Daily Show," wine tastings, cupcakes, dog beds (pictured here) and animal acupuncture treatments are just a few of the items you can bid on.
To place a bid, go here
Also, if you want to donate items, the Maryland SPCA will be accepting goods and services throughout the month. To donate, email email@example.com or call 410-235-8826, ext. 138.
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