Hairballs: A Blog

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs

This pandemic started off with lots of stories of dogs being thrilled over their humans being home all the time. And while it’s been a great boon to a lot of folks to have their furry friends nearby during this stressful time, there’s a flipside to all this...
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Staying at Home with Squeaks (and what I learned)

Cats get a bad reputation: for being aloof, for not listening, even for being spiteful. Despite the fact that I know my cats like me and enjoy me as a person, I leaned into this sort of “common knowledge” idea that my cats were going to be less...
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A woman in medical scrubs holds a puppy.

Everything’s Different, Everything’s the Same.

Everything’s different.  We show up later, for one thing. The sun is already up when we get here, and has been for a little while, which makes the empty streets feel even stranger. Troost, normally bustling with traffic, is nearly silent, except for the occasional bus. It’s unsettling...
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SNKC is focusing on helping as much as we can during this crisis.

Resting On Hope

In the midst of trouble, if you look hard enough, you can see it.  It’s there in the people who keep going despite the risks. The grocery store clerks, the cleaning crews, the restaurant employees, and the selfless medical staff and emergency responders. Many accept the hazards that...
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Lo que necesita saber sobre la ‘estación de gatitos’

La estación de gatitos suena bien a todos los amantes de animales porque, si somos honestos, quién no ama a estas caritas adorables? Sin embargo, la realidad es que es mucho más grave que mucha gente piensa. Ya estamos entrando esta estación, y los refugios de animales y...
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What you need to know about ‘kitten season’

Kitten season sounds like heaven for most animal lovers because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love those adorable little faces? However, the fact of the matter is that it’s much more serious than most people think.  We are already entering that time of year, and animal shelters and...
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Declawing

Let’s start at the beginning: why do people declaw cats? There are three reasons: 1) The cat in question is damaging belongings and furniture with their claws, 2) The owner in question is immunocompromised, and has been advised that the best way to reduce the risk of (in...
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Gala de SNKC de 2020

Tenemos una gala cada año, pero la de este año fue inolvidable. Miramos al pasado donde le ayudamos a muchas mascotas y sus familias a través del año y le pedimos a gente generosa para más fondos para continuar ayudarle a más mascotas en el futuro.  En 2019...
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2020 SNKC Gala

We hold a gala every year, but this year’s was one for the books. We looked back on all of the pets and people we’ve helped throughout the year and asked for much needed funds to continue helping more pets in the future. In 2019 alone, we saw...
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La casa pequeña en la esquina de Haskell y Hallock

En la esquina de las calles Haskell y Hallock está una casa pequeña donde vive un hombre que se llama Will Carroll y su esposa, Tonya. No he conocido a Will antes, pero he escuchado muchas buenas cosas sobre él.  El día que visité hacía frío, la calle...
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The little house at Haskell and Hallock

At the corner of Haskell and Hallock sits a little house that belongs to a man named Will Carroll and his wife, Tonya. I hadn’t met Will yet, but I had heard many wonderful things about him.  The day I visited was brisk, his street was quiet and...
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Customer service is never easy but the SNKC team really enjoys the opportunity to help people.

Compassion Always Wins: Focus on Customer Care

The first thing you have to know is that it’s never easy. Ever.  That doesn’t seem to matter. No matter what the day brings, the SNKC customer service staff seem to always have a ready smile and a quick answer for the barrage of questions that come their...
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