I waited until after Lent and the beginning of Easter to do a post on this. The American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers April as a month to raise awareness about protecting animals from mistreatment. Here are some videos of cats in honor of April as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Some are about animals benefitting from the best of loving care, and they do not always have anything to do with cruelty. All are directed toward rescuing purebred and mixed breed cats who need a loving home.
Meanwhile, please sign the Care2 petition to stop California puppy and kitten mills. The bill prohibits any breeder from having more than 50 intact cats or dogs at any one time, exempting shelters and veterinary facilities. It is supported by the ASPCA.
I have a Maine Coon Links page that has links to a number of charities that help animals, links to information on choosing a kitten and avoiding kitten mills, and other information that may be of interest to owners of any breed of cats and mixed breed cats as well as to owners of Maine Coons.
Here is a video of TICA judge Adriana Kajon describing a Ragamuffin adopted as a shaved down abused cat from a shelter:
Christi Metropole, director of the Stray Cat Alliance, talking about kitten mills:
Pictures of dogs and cats from puppy and kitten mills and in shelters:
Part of the Dog Town broadcast about Michael Vicks' pit bulls now living at the no kill shelter in Utah:
And lastly, for contrast and to end on a high note, I looked for a YouTube video tour of a reputable purebred breeding cattery and didn't find one. But here is a link to the "Growing up at Calimaine" collage video on the website of Calimaine, a first rate breeder of champion line Maine Coons, showing kittens being born and growing up in a reputable cattery.