November 12 – Fancy Rat and Mouse Day

November 12 – Fancy Rat and Mouse Day

November 12 – Fancy Rat and Mouse Day At the ARPA we celebrate all animals and we love the fact that the sometimes overlooked rats and mice are getting a day of their own.  There are a number of animal rescue organizations across the country that focus on saving these animals and there’s even an association called the American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association (AFRMA) that you can join to be a part of celebrating these animals. Fancy Rat and Mouse Day is sponsored by the American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association The AFRMA is the organization that founded and […]
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November 9th, 2018 is Chaos Never Dies Day

November 9th, 2018 is Chaos Never Dies Day

November 9 – Chaos Never Dies Day Welcome to November.  The leaves are all but gone (unless you live in Florida) and the pumpkin spice lattes are in full swing at Starbucks.  If your life as an avid animal rescuer is like ours, (7 days a week, all hours of the day and night, never ending, never quitting, never over, never giving up) then you’ll be happy to know there’s a holiday designed specifically for you.  Today is National Chaos Never Dies Day. Stop waiting for things to calm down – it’s not gonna happen There are many holidays throughout […]
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Rescue myth vs. fact: Animal rescues do not spay or neuter their animals before adoption

Rescue myth vs. fact: Animal rescues do not spay or neuter their animals before adoption

When it comes to preventing the unnecessary killing of companion animals in the U.S., effective spay and neuter is the only solution that has long-term sustainability.  So it might surprise you that there are examples of animal rescue organizations that are not regularly employing these standard methods to prevent unnecessary killing. Myth: “All” animal rescues spay or neuter their animals before adoption As we have discussed in other myth vs. fact blogs, the absolute in this statement is the biggest problem.  In the U.S. there is no national or universal law requiring an animal shelter or animal rescue organization to […]
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In addition to October black cat month, today is black cat day!

In addition to October black cat month, today is black cat day!

Yes it’s true that black cats have gotten a bad rap so we’re excited to celebrate them twice this month.  October is officially international black cat month and today, October 27 is Black Cat day here in the United States. Why are black cats so special? We talked a lot in our blog about International Black Cat month about the history and reasoning behind why black cats seem to get a bad rap from people.  The superstitions particularly around the Halloween holiday put these tender hearted creatures at risk.  Black cats are the last cats to be adopted from local […]
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Yes I am howling at the moon.  Why aren’t you?  It’s national howl at the moon day!

Yes I am howling at the moon. Why aren’t you? It’s national howl at the moon day!

One of the first things that children learn about wolves is that they howl to communicate with one another.  This is something even cartoons have taught the younger generation.  So in celebration of our wolf friends, today is howl at the moon day. Why do wolves howl at the moon anyway? The truth is, they don’t.  Wolves aren’t howling at the moon, they are actually communicating with one another.  Don’t believe us?  Check out the National Geographic’s fact and fiction page about wolves.  They are communicating with their pack, strengthening their bonds and letting each other know about prey and […]
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Rescue Myth vs. Fact: No-kill is a universal term in animal rescue

Rescue Myth vs. Fact: No-kill is a universal term in animal rescue

If you want to incite a heated debate at an animal rescue conference, ask a group of people what they think about the term “no-kill.”  Be prepared for a discussion that will bring out passionate opinions on both sides of the equation.  But why is this term so contentious?  And is it a universally accepted term in animal rescue? Myth: “No-kill” is a universal term in animal rescue The label of “no-kill” was a term that gained notoriety from the work of Nathan Winograd.  A passionate animal advocate himself, he was disgusted with the killing of animals that was taking […]
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It’s time to Evaluate your Life – Today is Evaluate your Life day

It’s time to Evaluate your Life – Today is Evaluate your Life day

Today is October 19th and unless you’re a consummate planner, you may not know that it’s Evaluate your Life day.  A day spawned by a local website (Wellcat.com) in an effort to get people to step back and revisit what is important to them. Define your passion When you’re assessing your life it’s important to ask yourself what drives you, what fuels you and what are you passionate about?  If you’re reading this blog then likely we already know that don’t we?  You’re passionate about animals and helping them however you can.  But maybe when you’re evaluating your life you […]
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International Black Cat Awareness Month

International Black Cat Awareness Month

It’s definitely October as the leaves are turning colors and falling to the ground to be swept up into piles…for jumping in of course!  October is also International Black Cat Awareness Month.  A time when we celebrate these wonderful animals and raise awareness to break the superstitions that have plagued them for centuries. The history of black cats Many cultures have documented their history related to black cats.  And it’s interesting to note that sometimes the cats are perceived as good luck, and other times not so much: In Scotland they believe that a strange black cat’s arrival to the […]
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Today is World Animal Day, how will you celebrate?

Today is World Animal Day, how will you celebrate?

Welcome to October!  The leaves are starting to fall, the coats and jackets are coming out of their summer hibernation, and the kids are back in school.  It’s a great time to stop and pause and reflect on the state of animal welfare around the globe. World Animal Day has been around since 1925 Heinrich Zimmermann was the original founder of World Animal Day.  He was a German writer and a passionate animal activist who organized the event in March of 1925.  He had over 5,000 people attend the first event and it took off from there.  Heinrich was able […]
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There’s no such thing as a stupid question

There’s no such thing as a stupid question

So today we challenge you to think of a stupid question to ask.  That’s because it’s “Ask a stupid question day.” So that means that nothing is off the table and you can ask those questions that you’ve had in the back of your mind for all of these years.   One potential question to ask is whether your friends and colleagues are vegetarians.  No, not to judge them if they are not but more importantly if they are you can get a 2 for 1 today by hugging them instead.  That’s right today is also “hug a vegetarian day” […]
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