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Purr Therapy and Whisker Lovin’

Those who live with and love a pet know of the emotional benefits of being owned by own.  The sight of a wagging tail or the sound of rumbling purr can’t help but brighten the day.  Now there is scientific evidence that pet ownership is good for your health as well.  According to the CDC, pets can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness.  One study found that elderly people who own pets also make fewer visits to doctors than those who are without animal companions, possibly because the animals mitigate loneliness.  These facts also show why pet therapy can be so beneficial.

The kitties of Good Mews stand ready to help!  Twice a month residents of Atria Senior Living come to the shelter to spend some time with their feline friends and, often times, bring hand made toys with them.  As you can see, it’s a good time for all involved.  Our kitties are always up for visitors and the seniors can take both pride and pleasure in giving the residents of Good Mews love and attention while they wait for their forever homes.

That’s what is called a win/win situation.

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Thankful Thursday #5

Good Mews is the thankful recipient of a donated Mp3 player loaded with music that is formulated to provide a calmer environment for our cats compliments of  The Rescue Animal Mp3 Project.

The Mp3 player is located in our intake room which, as the name implies, is the first stop for cats as they come into the shelter.  The calming music helps with what can be, for some, a confusing time.

Follow The Rescue Animal Mp# project on Facebook to learn more about them and the other shelters they are helping all over the country.

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Reigning Cats and Dogs

Good Mews has made some good friends at Hayes Elementary School in Kennesaw.  A few weeks ago Robbin, our shelter manager, was a guest of the Reigning Cats and Dogs Club at Hayes.  Robbin took a few of her foster kittens and spoke to the kids about responsible pet ownership.  Check out their blog post about the Good Mews visit here.

The kids sent a lovely thank you card and a donation.  They’ve been fundraising all year and shared the money with all the groups that have visited them this year. Thank you to the kids of Reigning Cats and Dogs at Hayes Elementary.  We appreciate not only your hard work but your compassion.  It gives us hope for the future!

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Shanaejha’s day at Good Mews

In an earlier post we introduced you to one of the great organizations we met at the Southwest Luv Grants winner’s luncheon and explained the VOX Graduation Countdown and Take a Teen to Work job shadowing program.  As a result of that program, Shanaejha Peters was able to spend the day working and learning at Good Mews.  Below is the link to her blog post on The Vox Blog.  Read all about Shanaejha’s day and who some of her Good Mews favorites were!

Behind the scenes at VOX’s Take a Teen to Work: Good Mews

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Community Partnerships

At the winner’s luncheon for the Southwest LUV Grants for Good we were able to connect with several organizations doing great things in our community.  One of the other finalists in the small charity category was a group called VOX Teen Communications whose mission statement is helping “teens from diverse backgrounds develop skills to express themselves effectively and build a strong community.”

Recently VOX contacted Good Mews to see if we would be interested in hosting one of their teens, Shanaejha, at the shelter as part of their job-shadowing program.  Managing Editor Katie Strangis explains the program:

“Through the VOX Graduation Countdown program, teens are given support for life after high school. They attend  workshops (focusing on topics such as applying for college and how to live on a budget) and interact with adult mentors. Teens are also given individual support for setting and achieving goals for after graduation. They then often pass that new knowledge along to VOX readers through the newspaper and the VOX blog.

One component of Graduation Countdown is the Take a Teen to Work job-shadowing project, matching VOX teens with professionals in their fields of interest during breaks from school (usually Spring Break). Mentors host students at work for day and generally treat them to lunch to answer questions about their work. Teens get to experience the workplace and get insights into potential careers, and then they share their experiences with our audience through our newspaper and blog. The teens choose diverse career paths to shadow, including  television and print journalists to web development and veterinary interests. Past partners have included CNN/Turner, Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Tech’s Women in Engineering Program, WSB-TV, WXIA and The Highland Bakery.”

Shanaejha, pictured below with our very own Tricky, is extremely interested in working with animals and got lots of hands on experience during her day at Good Mews.  We’ll be linking to her blog post here so stay tuned for her take on the day.  Thanks to VOX for reaching out to us.  Good Mews values our relationships with other area non-profits.

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