Real Men Love Cats

by Bonney Brown

Cats are the most popular pet in the United States and have been the animal companion of choice for many famous and powerful men.

Winston Churchill’s cat, Jock, slept with him and attended Cabinet meetings. Cats have shared the White House with Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Aviator Charles Lindbergh took his beloved cat Patsy along for company on some of his flights. Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer and Isaac Newton (inventor of the cat door) enjoyed the company of cats. Schweitzer wrote; “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”

Popes Leo XII, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI all shared their lives with felines. Cardinal Mahony said of Pope Benedict; “Street talk that the pope loves cats is incorrect. The pope adores cats.” Cardinal Richelieu kept dozens of cats and left money to care for them after his death.

Authors Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo and tough guy Ernest Hemingway adored cats. Descendants of Hemingway’s 30 felines still reside at his Key West home, now a museum. Hemingway wrote; “A cat has absolute emotional honesty, human beings may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” Mark Twain, who shared his home with 11 cats, wrote; “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction.”

Then there are musicians—Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, John Lennon, David Bowie, and Frank Zappa—all cat-guys. Freddie Mercury of Queen dedicated his first album to his beloved cats and wrote a song for one of his favorites, Delilah.

Artists Henri Matisse, Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol all admired felines. Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci wrote; “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”

Marlon Brando, George Burns, Jay Leno, Steve Martin, Ricky Gervais, Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Jon Stewart and Regis Philbin are only a few of the celebrity cat lovers. Hollywood trainer Joel Silverman regularly comes to Nevada Humane Society to train cats for his TV show Dog and Cat Training with Joel Silverman.  Jackson Galaxy, AKA the Cat Daddy, has taken Animal Planet TV by storm with his hit TV show My Cat from Hell.

So all you guys out there who love cats, you are in great company! Want to join their ranks? You can adopt a cat at a local animal shelter today.

Events that Help Homeless Pets:

Real Men Love Cats Adoption Promotion throughout June at Nevada Humane Society. Men (and women) may adopt a cat over three years of age for free. Other cats are $25, kittens $60, and dogs $45. Shelter located at 2825 Longley Ln, Reno and open for adoptions seven days a week from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and an hour earlier at 10:00 am on Saturdays.



Reno is a Model—Even for New York

by Diane Blankenburg

I spent three days last week in New York, one of my all-time favorite cities. I love the hustle and bustle—the diverse people filling the sidewalks, the vehicles squeezing through lanes of traffic, the sounds of horns and life filling the air, and unique aromas floating from the many restaurants that line every block. I love the exciting culture of fine cuisine, famous museums, and star-studded theatrical works.

On one particular evening, I was struck by a visual as I walked down Ninth Avenue on my way to dinner at a quaint French restaurant. A nicely dressed local was walking a large brown dog donning a vest that read ”Adopt Me.”

Densely populated Manhattan with one high-rise building after another hardly seems like the ideal venue to find adopters for large-breed dogs. But New Yorkers love their pets—large and small—and make the city work for them, whether jogging dogs along the river banks or walking them through the busy streets. There is also a large group of people committed to helping the ones that aren’t so lucky.

I was actually in the city to facilitate discussions on this very subject—saving homeless dogs and cats. In fact, on the previous evening I had dinner with a friend and colleague who founded and has led the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals since its inception. The non-profit organization is a coalition of over 150 animal rescue groups and shelters that have banded together to reduce the killing of cats and dogs in local shelters.

For ten years, this organization has been the liaison with the city’s government and has spearheaded numerous life-saving programs. The official mission reads: “The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is committed to seeing the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home.” It is well on track to reach this goal by 2015.

 Reno is once again the model for success and is helping NYC reach their ultimate goal. One of the groups there is implementing, with my help, a foster care program that is designed after the very successful program developed at Nevada Humane Society and that has been a key component of their lifesaving success over the past six years.

 I love New York for its diversity of people and variety of things to do and see. I also love it for its compassion and commitment to homeless pets. Reno may not have the same population or entertainment Broadway provides, but we definitely have the same degree of compassion and commitment to our community’s pets. An extra big, proud thanks to the Biggest Little City for helping the Big Apple make an even bigger difference! This far reaching influence gives new meaning to our nickname.

Upcoming Events that Help Animals

SHINE, Reno’s only White Dress Event on The Beach at Grand Sierra Resort, June 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, benefits the animals at Nevada Humane Society. Admission includes food and cocktails. Tickets available at NHS, GSR ticket office (775-789-2285 or and the door.  For info: or 775-856-2000.

Real Men Love Cats Adoption Promotion throughout June at Nevada Humane Society. Celebrate like a Real Man and adopt a cat over three years of age for free. Other cats are $25, kittens $60, and dogs $45. Shelter located at 2825 Longley Ln, Reno and open for adoptions seven days a week from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and an hour earlier at 10:00 am on Saturdays.

Consider Adopting a Pet

by Bonney Brown

Only 39 % of the people with pets in our community adopted them from a shelter according to a survey conducted by the University of Nevada, Reno. 

The most common reason people gave for not adopting from an animal shelter was the desire for a specific breed. In fact, 25% of dogs in shelters are purebreds. You can routinely find Retrievers, Chihuahuas, Siamese and numerous other breeds in local shelters.

Other survey respondents said that they feared it would be too emotional to choose an animal from a shelter. But the vast majority of people who have actually adopted a pet report that is was a truly rewarding experience. After all, how often do you get a new best friend and save a life at the same time?

Some people worry about the fate of pets they see in the shelter that don’t get adopted. If you adopt a pet from Nevada Humane Society, the SPCA of Northern Nevada or Pet Network Humane Society, you needn’t worry because these shelters do not euthanize pets for time or space.  

A few people felt that adopted pets may have health or behavior issues. Actually most pets end up in shelters simply because their people were moving, lost their job, or experienced some other lifestyle change, not because the pet was sick or badly behaved.

While it’s easy to find a perfectly healthy pet, some people find that adopting a special-needs pet, one that is older or needs extra care, has great meaning for them. The bond that develops with a pet that really needs you is especially deep and fulfilling.  

The most important key to a successful adoption is finding a pet that is a good fit for you. Adoption counselors know the animals at the shelter and are trained to help you find a good match. Shelters have the largest selection of pets in any community, offering you the best chance of finding your furry soul mate there.  

Lastly, some survey respondents said they thought it was too expensive to adopt a pet. Well, today and tomorrow, June 1 & 2, you can adopt a neutered, vaccinated and microchipped pet for free. Not only will Maddie’s Fund, the pet rescue foundation, cover the costs of your pet adoption, they will also make a substantial donation to the shelter for each pet adopted to help save more animals.

Your next best friend could be waiting at a shelter right now! Visit for a full list of free adoption locations or come by Nevada Humane Society, the SPCA of Northern Nevada or Pet Network this weekend.

Events that Help Animals

Maddie’s Adoption Days, June 1 – 2. Adopt wonderful dogs and cats for free at many  locations (several are open extended hours) throughout the weekend. Visit for more information.

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