The Million Cat Challenge Reaches Goal of Saving Cats One Year Early

Cat lovers have plenty to celebrate! The Million Cat Challenge has reached its goal of saving a million shelter cats in five years a year ahead of schedule.

After more than 1,000 animal shelters in North America joined forces to save the animals, the campaign announced last week that it has exceeded that number just four years after the campaign’s launch. As of December 31, 2017, the shelters collectively saved a total of 1,148,129 cats.

“It would be hard to overstate how much this milestone means to cats and shelters in North America,” the challenge’s co-founder Dr. Kate Hurley of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program said in a press release. “We have complete baseline data for 1,075 animal shelters, and when you compare the year prior to the beginning of the Challenge to 2017 numbers, we saw the live release rate rise from 53 percent to 81 percent.”

Hurley added: “We just proved the impossible, possible. Possible because shelters and communities of all types and sizes across North America worked together to make it happen.”

The campaign’s aim was to reach its goal by decreasing feline euthanasia rates, and they have gone down by 63 percent since the Million Cat Challenge was established in 2014. The campaign was launched with funding from Maddie’s Fund, which focuses on protecting companion animals.

“That’s not just a million cats, but a million more cats saved than ever before, thanks to Maddie. What started as a seemingly audacious goal has snowballed into a movement that can change the face of animal sheltering forever,” co-founder Dr. Julie Levy said.

The campaign focused on five key initiatives to help shelters reach their goals in their communities. The initiatives included providing positive alternatives to keep cats in homes or the communities, helping them provide humane care in the shelters, making sure each shelter has the personnel necessary to care for the animals, making adoption easier, and sterilizing and vaccinating the cats before setting them free to reduce the population.

For more information, visit millioncatchallenge.org.

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A new study paves the way for translational research examining cardiovascular disease risk factors associated with short-term BPA exposure in infancy. By examining neonatal rat heart cells, researchers find the immature heart may respond to BPA with a slowed heart rate, irregular heart rhythm and calcium instabilities. The significance of this research is that plastics revolutionized the way doctors treat young patients, especially patients with compromised immune or cardiac function.
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Pregnant Duchess Kate Admitted to Hospital in Early Stages of Labor

Pregnant Duchess Kate, who is expecting her third child with husband Prince William, was admitted to a London hospital on Monday, April 23, in the early stages of labor.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour,” Kensington Palace said in a statement via Twitter. “The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”

Kate, 36, and William 35, announced in September that they were expecting their third child. The couple, who wed in April 2011, are also the parents of Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, who were both born at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The royal was forced to go public with her baby announcement sooner than she had originally planned due to her struggle with hyperemesis gravidarum, the same acute morning sickness she suffered during her first two pregnancies.

But she was soon up and about and debuted her baby bump in October during a reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess made her last public appearance in March, meeting British Paralympic athletes with Prince William. While Kate has been laying low over the past few weeks, her husband was out with the rest of the royal family, including Prince Harry and his fiancée, Meghan Markle, on Saturday, April 21, attending a birthday concert for his grandmother, the Queen, in London.

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Through the Lens of Egypt’s Early Bird Tourists

Through the Lens of Egypt’s Early Bird Tourists

Here at MessyNessyChic, I try to take you on a journey with me every time you visit our corner of the internet. And for today’s journey, I’ve decided we shall go to Egypt– a century back in time, that is. Picnicking in the temples of Luxor, clambering up the pyramids of Giza for afternoon tea and witnessing the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb, we’ll do it all through the camera lens of Egypt’s early-bird tourists.

We tend to forget that Egypt was one of the first locations tourism expanded to outside Europe.
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