Endangered Species Day is
May 20, so why not whip
up a batch of cupcakes to
celebrate our big cat friends,
While playing around on
the Internet, my sister and I
found these cute lion cupcakes and decided to give
them a try.
First, we baked some
vanilla cupcakes and frosted
them with canned vanilla
frosting tinted with yellow
Then we got busy using a
decorating bag and tips:
For the faces, we used
canned chocolate frosting
and a round decorating tip.
For the manes, we used the
vanilla frosting tinted with
food coloring to make a
couple different shades of
orange, along with a couple
different open star tips.
The final touch: Cheerios
for the ears!
It was fun and easy —
each cupcake took less than
10 minutes to decorate.
of Cruelty to
BY KELLIE B. GORMLY
There are some special, commemorative months or days that I wish didn’t have to exist. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, held annu- ally in April, is one of them. How could anyone do such a terrible thing
as be cruel to an animal?
Certainly, preventing cruelty to animals is something we should practice
year-round. But setting aside a time to raise awareness of anything that causes
suffering for animals or people is good and practical.
How can we cat lovers participate in Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Month? One way is to create a personal ASPCA (American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) fund-raising page, and share it with your
friends and family on social media. You can do this for your birthday, wedding,
or other special event. You also can tie this to honoring the memory of a
pet, running a 5K race with Team ASPCA, and more. Funds raised support the
national organization that has the name of the mission in its title. For more
details, visit aspca.org
Even if you don’t set up a fund, you can use social media like Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram to talk about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.
Inform people about the tragedy of animal abuse and neglect, and encourage
them to report it, to refuse to support it, and to help animal-rescue organizations. Maybe we cat lovers can share posts about things kind cat lovers should
do, like keeping the kitties inside – especially during bad weather – feeding
them well, and providing good medical care. And kind cat parents provide lots
of affection for our purring companions.
We can also go out of our way to help kitties who are the victims of cruelty or neglect or just plain unlucky. Sign up to volunteer at a shelter near
you, and make a financial donation to a local or national rescue/advocacy
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.