Location: South Kingstown, RI
Job: Elderly Home Care Agency Owner
Fondest memory: Taking my daughter to Disney for the first time to celebrate her 8th birthday
Wildest dream: To live in a world where there’s more love and compassion toward one another especially toward the elderly, children and animals
Proudest moment: Watching my daughter sing at the Cathedral with the Prout High School Chorus
Biggest Challenge: To empty the shelters
Why Looking Glass Animal Rescue: I had my first experience with LGAR over 3 years ago when my daughter and I were looking to temporarily foster a dog. I thought it would be a great experience for her and a good way to spend our summer. I contacted a few other rescue organizations but their process was somewhat complex and it never materialized. That’s when I replied to a LGAR post on Instagram and was immediately contacted by Danielle. My application was approved promptly and I was offered to foster Geraldine, a little white chihuahua mix that was unable to walk and was on the urgent list at the NYCACC. She didn’t have much time left and without hesitation I said yes. Jody herself drove from CT to meet us in RI and handed her to my daughter and I. Jody didn’t spare a dime in providing all the treatment available in the attempt to make her better and possibly walk again. She invested in a wheelchair, braces, acupuncture and hydrotherapy. We drove her to appointments all summer long. Unfortunately, we were not able to help her walk again but she got healthier and is able to enjoy her little life despite the fact she’s not ambulatory. She goes on rides on her wheelchair, she plays with toys, she eats healthy and she feels safe and loved. LGAR is an organization that I can trust and now in this new role I’m able to help placing rescued dogs into loving families and at the same time bring so much joy into these caring families lives. It’s encouraging and heartwarming meeting all the compassionate individuals that are out there so willing to welcome a rescue dog into their homes and hearts.
Location: Morris Plains, NJ
Fondest memory: Times with my Grandmother, especially watching her cook on Christmas Eve
Wildest dream: To open a senior cat sanctuary for cats 15 years and older
Proudest moment: Anytime I have gotten back up after being knocked down
Biggest Challenge: Going to work each day while I’d rather be snuggling with my senior cats
Why Looking Glass Animal Rescue: I found Looking Glass Animal Rescue (LGAR) accidentally after losing an almost 22 year old cat that I had adopted when she was 18 years old. With a shattered heart, I saw a Facebook post about a handsome cat on “the list” and LGAR was looking for a foster so that they could pull him to safety. I took a significant leap of faith late that night and completed the paperwork to be a foster for him. The volunteers at LGAR contacted me immediately the next morning and Memo was saved in the nick of time. He was a mess and not in good health, but LGAR supported me and Memo through every step and within a couple of months I fessed up that he would never leave my home because I needed to adopt him. The compassion and friendship I was shown by the folks at LGAR was what I had always felt was missing from my life – like minded animal lovers who will stop at nothing to save and protect the most vulnerable…the most neglected…knowing their true worth despite the horrific physical state they may be in at first sight. Knowing that love and proper care can transform the physical and emotional state of an animal is the true passion of Looking Glass Animal Rescue, and I am honored to now be a part of their team and helping others to find an animal that will complete (and dare I say “transform”) their life, just as Memo completed and transformed mine.
So, you’ve decided to adopt your first kitten or cat. Congratulations! Cats are amazing little furballs that provide an immense amount of unconditional love and have even been known to lower our blood pressure and decrease our stress and anxiety. A cat’s purr is very soothing and conveys happiness and content and of course their fur is oh so soft. What’s not to love about that?
First things first…let’s talk about what you need to have to be ready for your new feline friend.
Litter Boxes & Litter:
You will need a minimum of one litter box, preferably uncovered. Cats prefer being safe in an uncovered box so that they can see potential threats and escape them. Covered litter boxes do their job of containing odors, but they don’t really work for cats.
The general rule regarding the number of litter boxes needed in a household is 1 litter box per cat, plus one. So, if there are 3 cats in the household, you should have 4 litter boxes. If you have only one cat in your house, you should be fine with just one litter box, or you can have one litter box on each floor of your home.
Each litter box should be scooped at least once or twice a day, and it’s even better if you can get to it as soon as your cat has finished his/her “business”. Each litter box should also be emptied and washed with soap and water at least once a week. There are self-cleaning litter boxes available that use a sensor to tell when a cat has entered and then left the litter box. In fact, there are so many litter box options available today that it’s enough to make your head spin. I recommend to start basic and see what your cat prefers.
Speaking of head spinning…what type of litter should you buy? It seems that every cat owner has their own preference. I personally use unscented clay litter for ease (it’s all that my cats have ever used and switching litters can be disastrous for some finicky felines!). Here is a summary of the various types of litters available. Whichever one you choose, make sure it is unscented. Most cats don’t like the scents, which can be quite strong.
- Clay clumping: Usually made from bentonite, clumping clay litter is easy to clean up and most cats like this type of litter. Unfortunately, it isn’t biodegradable, is heavy, and creates a lot of dust. Also, note that you may not wish to use clumping litter for kittens.
- Clay non-clumping: These types of litter are made from clays other than bentonite. They are not as easy to clean and require more frequent and diligent cleaning because they don’t form into nice scoopable clumps.
- Crystals: This type of litter is usually made of silica. They often control odor better and last longer than clay litter. However, they’re more expensive, and they are dangerous if a cat ingests too much of them when they’re cleaning their paws.
- Corn, wheat, and pine: Litters made from recycled corn, wheat, and pine are all available. They usually don’t clump up but are mostly low or no dust, and the great thing is that they’re biodegradable. If a cat has a food allergy to any of these ingredients, however, he may develop a reaction when this litter is used because cats always ingest some litter while grooming.
Tip: If your cat is eliminating outside of the litter box this could be an urgent medical issue. Please have your cat seen by your veterinarian to rule out any medical issue before switching litter brands.
– Veronica (LGAR Cat Lady)
“The short answer is Jody Harris-Stern.
The long answer…
I was not looking to foster or adopt a dog since I am cat foster of more than 20 yrs and haven’t had a dog in 30 yrs. But there was a dog that pulled my heart strings and by the time I inquired, he had already been saved. That is when I was bombarded (in a nice way) [with] pics and details about a dog named Missy. I said no, no, no but the sending did not give up until I agreed to give it a chance.
That is where Jody came in. She immediately pulled the dog from death row NYACC and made arrangements to get Missy to me. From the very first minute, Jody was there to hold my hand, talk me through it and reassure me the whole way.
Since then I have seen Jody give herself to the saving and caring for animals at remarkable sacrifice. I have watched Jody get unfairly accused of ridiculousness and attacked by the petty and the jealous. I have watched Jody deal with rescue issues when she was not sure her son would even be ok. I have watched her selflessly give herself to animals and friends with grace, class and overwhelming beauty. And I know that any time of the day or night that I need help, no matter what the issue, she will be there for me… as she would for all who are connected to her.
Any organization with a leader like Jody… I want to be part of.”
“So I am new to fostering even though we fostered once before. I wanted to foster because it helps save lives. I can’t have any more dogs permanently live in my home (we have 3) so this is a way to fill the desire for a puppy. We also have quite a zoo between kids, cats, dogs, horses and age groups of people here at the farm. They will leave here desensitized!! I am not even sure how I found LGAR. but I am so thankful I did. You all have been so helpful and it was just a great feeling working with Cocoa and Snickers and then they found a home!”