Since I'm blogging for the ASPCA, I figure catblogging is on topic.
This is Reggie, our oldest and snuggliest cat ever. He's super affectionate and very vocal. (I tried to get the clock in the background but you can't see it; it says 10:48.)
Sometimes, Reggie seems really smart because he can understand a few words, but then he seems really dumb because he thinks every can opened is tuna! We got him at the shelter in 1996. When we found him he had an indentation around his neck from being outside in the rain with a leather collar that shrank. Turned out his owners had tossed him outside with a bag of cat food while they went on vacation, hoping he'd run away or get run over. Neighbors complained because he howled to be let back in the house. The shelter tried to get the police to issue the negligent owners a ticket, but the police didn't think mistreating or abandoning a pet was worth bothering with.
That's the kind of issue we deal with in this area. The ASPCA provides education and assistance to help combat this unfortunate attitude. Please consider pledging a few dollars toward the ASPCA!