Here’s a fun way to give your
Valentine’s Day goodies a
• Mini chocolate donuts
• Candy hearts
• Red heart sprinkles
• White cookie icing
• White jimmies
• Edible eye candies
• Black edible marker (optional)
1. Using the icing, attach the
edible eye candies right above
the hole in the donut. (You can
leave the edible candy eyes
the way they are, or you can
make the pupils larger using the
2. Place a candy heart in the
hole for the nose. Use the
icing to make the mouth, and
place a red heart sprinkle in
the mouth to look like a little
3. Use a knife to cut the top
sides of the donut, and press
in two more candy hearts with
the points facing out to make
4. Use the icing to attach white
jimmies to look like whiskers.
Recipe and photo reprinted with
permission from Jill Mills, Living
Kitty Cat Donuts
World Spay Day and
Month BY KELLIE B. GORMLY
Having a World Spay Day and Spay/Neuter Awareness Month is like having a Love Your Cat Day/Month. Do we really need a spe- cial month for this? Don’t we do this every day, year-round?
Hopefully, yes — of course, you have your pet cats spayed or neutered.
Still, a “holiday” of sorts is worth mentioning and emphasizing to help
World Spay Day, which is held on the last Tuesday of February — Feb.
23 this year — began in 1995 as Spay Day USA, a project of the Doris Day
Animal League. The event was renamed World Spay Day and is now a
project of The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society
International, and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. It
comes as part of February’s designation as Spay/Neuter Awareness
Month, during which veterinary and animal-welfare professionals and
other people around the world spotlight sterilization. It’s the only reliable way to prevent unwanted pregnancies and avoid contributing to pet
overpopulation — which results in an estimated 2. 4 million healthy cats
and dogs being euthanized at shelters every year.
Some organizations, like vet clinics and shelters, might participate by
offering spay/neuter clinics at a reduced cost or doing other promotions. But
all cat lovers can get involved. You can spread the word using infographics
on social media, set up a table at a popular spot and distribute materials,
or write a letter to the editor of a newspaper. You can help organize spay/
neuter clinics and hold fundraisers. You can also approach government leaders
and ask them to proclaim World Spay Day in your town, county, or state.
For more information and specific tips on participating, visit world
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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 mothercatresaschronicle.blogspot.com.