By Bonney Brown
With the election fast approaching, it seems appropriate to call attention to a few non-traditional candidates.
In Virginia, a Maine Coon named Hank is running for Senate. Hank has an inspiring story; born to a single mother, he was homeless and ended up in a shelter. He has over 27,000 Facebook fans, an impressive website and ads on YouTube. Every campaign has its detractors and Hank has had to face a blistering attack ad that asks tough questions about his birth certificate and use of catnip.
Hank’s economic development plan calls for “milk in every bowl.” His campaign slogan is “Vote the Humans Out.” Hank has the endorsement of the prestigious Canine Party of Pennsylvania which hosted a rally gathering over 500 lbs of pet food for their local shelter in Hank’s honor. His campaign merchandise raised over $12,000 which has been donated to his favorite cause—spay/neuter programs.
Tuxedo Stan, a black-and-white cat, is a mayoral candidate in Halifax. He is calling attention to homeless cats in his community and has challenged other candidates to sign a pledge to stand up for the voiceless animals. Stan has succeeded in getting signatures from four of the mayoral candidates and all council members.
Given requirements for office holders to be human or to be able to legibly sign their name, it is a discouraging road to election for animals. But some have persevered, including;
- Junior Cochran, the black lab mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky and his successor Lucy Lou (a Border Collie) who defeated 9 other dogs , a cat, a donkey and a possum in a tough election.
- Clay Henry III, a beer-drinking goat and mayor of Lajitas, Texas.
- Bosco Ramos, a Lab-Rottweiler mix and mayor of Sunol, California, for 10 years.
- Stubbs, an orange cat, has served as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years. Stubbs was a write-in candidate when citizens decided they weren’t impressed with the two human candidates and he has been re-elected several times. One supporter noted that Mayor Stubbs a is a tourist attraction for the small town and he has never raised taxes.
One thing is for sure, the love of animals cuts across all political boundaries. Whatever your political persuasion, you can adopt a RePUPlican or DemoCAT that is sure to be a good fit for the role of commander-in-chief of your home.
Events that Help Homeless Pets
Empty the Shelter: Adopt a dog or cat at Nevada Humane Society this month for the price you choose. Open for adoptions 7 days a week at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno, 11 am to 6:30 pm, 10 am on Saturdays. For more info, call 775-856-2000.
Safe Trick-or-Treating at Nevada Humane Society on Halloween, October 31, 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Plenty of treats for children who come in costume. Hot chocolate and apple cider, spooky music and staff and canine friends in costumes. FREE.