Karen Lancaster moved to Baltimore from New York about 5 and a half years ago, shortly after her two elderly cats passed away. One of her first stops when she got to town was the MD SPCA shelter on Falls Road, where she spotted a black-and-white kitten perched regally in his litter box (of all places), and fell instantly in love.
Toby, as she named the little cat, settled in nicely to Lancaster's Roland Park apartment along with his adopted feline sister, Lily, and the family has been a solid unit ever since.
"I put videos of birds on my iPad," says Lancaster. "One is 19 minutes long, and the two of them will sit there and watch the entire thing." Toby spends much of the summer on the apartment balcony, watching birds and playing what appear to be organized games of hide-and-seek with a neighborhood squirrel, who hops over from a nearby evergreen for playtime.
"If I sleep too late, Toby will jump on my bed and pat my nose until I wake up," says Lancaster. He also loves chasing the beam of a laser pointer around the apartment and walking across any drying oil paintings his mom leaves out (as a result, she is forced to do most of her work in a studio rather than at home).
"The people at the MD SPCA told me they found him on the steps of the B&O Railroad Museum, all by himself," she says. "I think about that a lot. If somebody hadn't seen him, he wouldn't be in my life. I would have been so sorry to have missed out on him."
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 (Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun /July 22, 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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