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Vince Staten: Cookie, a wonderful mama cat, is still in need of a ‘furever’ home

VINCE STATEN • Jun 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

When last we checked on Cookie and Pandora, residents of the Kingsport Animal Shelter, they were celebrating Mother’s Day with their eight shared babies.

Both were looking for new homes, as were their kitties.

That was almost two months ago.

The good news, from Ginger Smith at the Shelter: “Pandora and all of her babies have been adopted.”

The not-so-good news: “Cookie is still here with one of her original babies, along with five ‘foster’ babies she has taken in over time. Pandora is doing great in her new home. We hope someone will open their heart to Cookie and give her the home she deserves.”

Part of the problem finding a home for Cookie has been her age; she is 8 years old. “Placing an older cat like Cookie can be a challenge, but it is a challenge we are up for. Cookie and Pandora have both been great mothers to their children, and countless others. We just hope and pray someone will open their home and their heart and give Cookie the ‘furever’ home she deserves. She has never turned her back on any baby we put in with her, and we will never turn our back on her.”

This is the beginning of the busy season at the Animal Shelter. Ginger told me, “The spring and summer months bring hundreds of cats and kittens to the shelter doors every month, if not weekly, and we want each and every one of them to find a home.

As of last week the shelter had already taken in more than 80 cats and kittens in June alone. “We are running a cat/kitten adoption special through the rest of June, so please pass it along. Maybe we can get some of these beautiful creatures into a loving home. Male cats are $40, females are $50. That fee still includes spay/neuter, microchip, first set of shots, 30 days complimentary pet health insurance, and rabies vaccination if the cat is old enough to receive it.”

There is also a special for an adopter who takes two cats. “The adoption fee for both is $65, and includes everything above. I hope people realize what a deal that is. There is nowhere a person can go to get two cats spayed/neutered, microchipped, shots, etc., for $65.”


After my column about the most unusual road sign I had ever seen — “Drive Carefully, Submarine Crossing” — I heard from my old high school pal Bob DeVault. “When we were at D-B in the early 1960s, Tennessee Eastman had three traffic signs located together on the road at one of the plant entrances, near Skoby’s. They were …

No Left Turn

No Right Turn

Do Not Enter.”

Grady Amann grew up in Knoxville, which also had its share of strange road signs. “There was a roadside sign on Alcoa Highway in front of a tattoo parlor near the airport that stood for several years: ‘Tattoos While You Wait.’”

And that reminded Grady of odd tattoos he saw over the years. “As a nurse I saw many bizarre tattoos. The ICU in which I toiled treated drug overdoses, prisoners and life-threatening maladies called EUs (etiology unknown) or just ‘idiopathic’ meaning nobody has any idea what is wrong with this guy. My favorite tat, popular with jailhouse residents and ODs, says it all: ‘Born to loose.’”

That reminded me that I used to sit across from a woman at the Courier Journal in Louisville who had a sign on her desk: “Fortunes Told By Hand.”

Contact Vince Staten at vincestaten@timesnews.net. Voicemail may be left at 723-1483. His blog can be found at vincestaten.blogspot.com.

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