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Wait…Am I a Cat Lady? Nonprofit Highlight

I am always learning, and animals are always teaching me.

I "cat sat" my grandparents' cat recently. I have always called myself a dog person, but Witty the kitty opened my eyes to the "cat lady mentality." He minded his own business, entertained himself and sat in my lap on his own terms. He played with a piece of string and a box, even though he had plenty of toys to choose from. Cats sometimes get a bad rep, but they're not all bad.

I learned that dogs pay attention to your eye contact more than any other movement people make. When you are training or teaching a new trick, it's important to keep control of your eye movements. Make your eye contact deliberate and purposeful and your canine friend will pick up training techniques much quicker! Who knew dogs care so much about eye contact?

A nonprofit I would love to highlight this week is Troy Animal Rescue Project.

I have thrown so much of my money at this nonprofit. And for good reason!

Troy Animal Rescue Project is a private animal rescue, so they do not receive state or federal funding. It is run completely off of private donations. The surrounding area of Troy, AL is very rural and there is a widespread issue with animal neglect. I've seen this problem all throughout my time at Troy University and it has not improved, except for the amazing work that I know Troy Animal Rescue does every. single. day.

Check them out here:

Looking to adopt a rescued friend? This is a great place to start!

They even have a pet foster program and a transport program, which is a great way to help out when the intakes become overwhelming.

Follow Troy Animal Rescue on Facebook to stay up to date with new animal intakes from dogs to guinea pigs, no animal is left behind! I appreciate the news updates about each animal they rescue, and with Facebook's fundraiser feature, you can keep track of how close the nonprofit is to reaching its goal for each animal! You can also follow the rescue pets' journeys all the way to adoption!

These are real live people who save lives every day.


If you or someone you know is interested in adopting, please look here, or point them in the direction of Troy Animal Rescue! According to, "Approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.1 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats." These animals need love and some have gone through unspeakable circumstances. They need a new life that only YOU can give. Maybe you can become the dog or cat person that you were always meant to be!


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