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Helping shelter animals, the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee way

Ninja, left, and Sasha Tucker
Ninja, left, and Sasha Tucker

One of my favorite websites is the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, which documents the ongoing adventures of cat lovers Laurie Cinotto and Craig Miller, Charlene Butterbean and their new adoptee Wylla Stout.

The couple fosters litters of kittens from the Tacoma/Pierce County Humane Society until they’re old enough to be adopted. Cinotto regularly posts updates – complete with photos and videos – on how the kitties are doing and tells us about the new homes they’ve found. Much adorableness ensues.

Once a year, the IBKC raises money for the shelter in conjunction with the annual Dog-a-Thon fund-raiser. This year’s goal is an ambitious $100,000. A donation is forthcoming from my girls, Sasha and Ninja (the warrior princess), who were adopted from the shelter almost eight years ago after being fostered by a different family.

If you’d like to help, go to the IBKC donation page here. As explained there, all money goes to . . .

. . . help fund the foster program and in-house and off-site adoption programs. It will help make  shelter improvements for the cats. It will buy cats cozy little fleece beds. It will help reduce the cost of spay and neuter surgeries for pets of lower income families. It will feed and provide medical care for tiny kittens, adult and senior cats.

It’s a great cause. If you’re in a position to give, please do.


Leash laws are in place for a good reason: Public safety

Dog owners can let their pets run free in off-leash areas such as this one at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. (Staff file photo)

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

A Puyallup judge dismissed fines given to a dog owner for failing to have his two large labrador retrievers on leashes in a city park. The judge found that the man misinterpreted the leash law as including the electronic collars his dogs wore.

Not to argue with the judge, but that’s ridiculous. Everyone knows that a leash is a leash and that an electronic collar isn’t one.

And the city’s law is clear: Leashes are required on dogs when they’re in public places; it says nothing about electronic collars being equivalent to leashes.

According to Puyallup’s municipal code: “No dog shall be permitted, except on a leash, to use or be on any public street, sidewalk, parkway or public place within the city limits,” and “No leash shall be greater than 8 feet in length.” Read more »