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We all love our cats and want to make each
day with us a happy one. That said, it doesn’t
hurt to set aside a special, official day — in this
case, Jan. 24 — to impact the lives of cats and
other pets and not just our own.
Change a Pet’s Life Day — which a group of
animal lovers started in 2009 — encourages
adoption of shelter pets and raises awareness
about issues facing shelter animals. The day
also aims to recognize the volunteers and staff
members of shelters and rescues and the hard
work they do to improve animal lives.
Hundreds of shelters across the country will
do their part on Jan. 24 by offering reduced
adoption rates, or other adoption specials, like
perhaps a two-for-one deal. Some shelters and
businesses — like PetMeds, in 2015 and 2016
— offer essay contests, where you can share
your story of how you’ve changed a pet’s life.
PetMeds has donated money toward the medical care of the winning writers’ animals. I may
be biased about the glories of writing, but if you
have a good animal story to tell, why not try
entering an essay contest?
For Change a Pet’s Life Day, maybe you can
make a donation to one of your local shelters
or rescues. You can do a quick online monetary
donation, or stop by the shelter with supplies like
old blankets or cat food. Call the shelter first to
see what items are especially needed and what
brand of cat food the kitties eat. Consider beginning a volunteering gig, too, either working at the
shelter or fostering kittens and cats in your home.
And if your current cat or cats could use an extra
brother or sister — and you have the room — why
not adopt another ball of furry love?
If you already do volunteer work with pets and
have all the cats you can handle, you can post
about Change a Pet’s Life Day on social media.
Hopefully, your post will inspire a friend to go help
and even adopt a kitty.
Kellie B. Gormly is a Pittsburgh-based journalist otherwise
known as Mother Catresa to homeless kittens and cats.
She blogs about her adventures in fostering at
RECIPE BY SAMANTHA MEYERS
Change a Pet’s Life
Day BY KELLIE B. GORMLY
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Macarons from your favorite bakery
Fondant — you can find this pre-colored at most craft stores or
a candy that can be rolled out, such as a gummy, caramel, etc.
Rolling pin (you can also use your hand)
1. Roll out your fondant or candy to ¼-inch thick.
2. Cut out triangle shapes for the ears.
3. Press the triangles into the top of your macaron, between
4. Use a toothpick to lightly press the cat ears into the
macaron filling to help them stick.
5. Roll a tiny ball of fondant and press onto the macaron for
the nose. Press firmly, but make sure not to crush your
macaron — they can be delicate!
6. Using the toothpick, shape into a triangle nose or any
shape you like.
7. Use the edible markers to draw on eyes, mouth,
Have you ever needed to make a fun yet creative dessert? Or been on your way to a dinner party and unable to find the perfect gift for your cat-loving hostess? Well, have no fear — catarons are here!
This simple trick takes already lovely macarons to an elegant, feline level. Note: For people only!
Samantha Meyers is a writer, baker, crafter, and Instagrammer. Check out her blog at SugaredAndIced.com, and see her dogs’ Instagram adventures at @FrenchHuggs_ and @Quinnstadoodle.