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Advice is cheap, but good advice is priceless. That's why we're proud to offer our very own advice column "Ask Lilly". Lilly is a semi-angry torty who listens to your problems and dispenses her own no-nonsense point of view from a cat's unique perspective.

Got a question? Just ask Lilly!


Dear Lilly,

I adopted a dog from Animal Allies 6 years ago. I have since relocated to the Baltimore area and due to recent economic difficulties, I am have to temporarily move to a house that doesn't allow pets. Is there a program that provides temporary fostering to people in my situation? Tanner is a great companion and as part of the family and running buddy, I would hate to have to give him up. Please let me know.

Signed,
Gregory

 

DearGregory,

Sorry to hear about your recent problems.

I'm not sure of any programs like that, but you might want to check with your local Humane Society to see if they know of an organization that could help.

Best of luck!


Lilly

Dear Lilly,

I have five kittens that I have found and have nursed back to health. I already have two cats and my husband does want any more cats. And now, that they are healthy, I need to find them homes, it just doesn't seem like anyone wants them. They are the cutest and most affectionate kittens. I wish I could keep them. I dont know what to do. I dont want to take them to the shelter, after I have saved them. I am really worried and I am running out of time. Please, help.

Signed,
Dianne

 

DearDianne,

What area do you live in? There might be organizations that will help, and if you're willing to foster them, that will help the organization try to place them for you. If you're local to the Washington DC area, contact Animal Allies to see if they can do this arrangement for you. If not, try your local Humane Society - explain your situation and stress that you're willing to foster them, and ask for help.

Best of luck!

Lilly

Dear Lilly,

I was wondering how much a kitten is?

Signed,
Jake

 

DearJake,

Adoption fees vary - you might want to contact Animal Allies about a specific kitten you're interested in.

Lilly

Dear Lilly,

Looking for some help. A large colony of cats are on my husbands grandmothers farm. She has passed and we need help trapping and returning. Some have spoken of bringing them to a kill shelter and even about ways of getting rid of them the old fashioned way....I do not even want to think what that might be. I have 10 rescued dogs and helping a horse rescue with 15 horses. Please if there is anyone that can help me help these cats and kittens please contact me. there are approx. 45 cats.

Signed,
Lori

 

DearLori,

Hi Lori,

I would recommend contacting your local Humane Society for help - there may be an organization near by that could trap and relocate (and most importantly, spay) these cats.

Lilly

Dear Lilly,

I am fostering a beautiful calico and her georgeous 4 little kittens, under the umbrella of Animal Allies. I want to find them good homes (in about 6 weeks when they're weened). I have pictures of them that I think would make any cat lover swoon. Is there a place I can post them now in hopes of a future loving home?

Signed,
jackie

 

Dearjackie,

That's wonderful of you to do. Please email your photos to Judy at judy@animalallies.com, and she'll post them online.

Thanks!

Lilly

Dear Lilly,

We adopted Cheddar and Colby a few months ago. They are such loving babies and we are so fortunate to have them in our lives. They have provided so much love to us.

Judy mentioned that she Animal Allies has a newsletter in which Colby and Cheddar may be mentioned.

Where do we get a copy of the newsletter? Is it online?

Signed,
Janine and Paul

 

DearJanine and Paul,

It's so great to hear what you've done for Cheddar and Colby! You seem like wonderful parents who have saved their lives.

Please mail Judy at judy@animalallies.com to get a copy of the newsletter.

Lilly

Dear Lilly,

I adopted Ruth Ann (now Missy) last Dec. She is a real joy and loves to play. I wonder if I could adopt a companion for her - female, domestic short-hair or has she been an " only cat" too long? If it is a good idea, should I adopt a kitten or older cat for this energetic fur ball?

Signed,
Frankie Todack

 

DearFrankie Todack,

No, that's not too long for her to have a companion kitty - and I'm sure she'll love the company (once they get used to each other). I'd recommend adopting a playmate that's around the same age as Missy.

Take care!

Lilly

Dear Lilly,

My Cat ran away this morning. We have put up posters and asked around but no one has seen him. I know it's only been one day, but I'm afraid he'll never come back! Help!

Signed,
Already Mourning in Minnesota

 

DearAlready Mourning in Minnesota,

I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. I hope she comes home safe and sound and soon. Make sure to check with the local animal shelter, animal control, and rescue groups. If he's chipped, make sure that your information is correct with the chip company. As a last resort, check with Petfinder.com or even Craigslist for found kitties.

Best of luck and I hope he comes home soon!

Lilly

Dear Lilly,

My family and I just got 2 new kittens. They started being able to roam the house a few days ago. I also have another older cat named Lucy. Right now we have Lucy's food in the bathroom because of some remodeling. The kittens have access to the bathroom and to where Lucy's kitty litter is because if we close the door Lucy has no way to get to her things. The kittens have been eating Lucy's food and using her litter box. This has been making Lucy mad and even more annoyed than she already is. How can we stop the kitties from using her things while still giving her a way to get to them?

Signed,
Lydia Peterson

 

DearLydia Peterson,

You might want to put a child gate up - one too high for the kittens, but high enough for Lucy to get to. And since you have more kitties in the house, it might be a good idea to get more liter boxes so everyone has their own.

Best of luck!

Lilly

Dear Lilly,

Im 14 years old, and im a huge animal lover. I really wanna help out and volunteer at animal shelters, but they all say i have to be 18 years old. I live in falls church virginia, and i need to find a shelter or anything i can help out in! Please help!

Signed,
Jasmine

 

DearJasmine,

There are a number of local pet rescue groups that do adoption shows at pet stores like PetSmart and Petco who I'm sure would love to have your help in volunteering. See if your parents will take you to one of these stores and ask about what groups do adoption fairs there, then contact those groups to see if they have any volunteer openings. It's good to be an animal lover!

Take care!

Lilly


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Lilly is a syndicated columnist whose weekly advice column, Ask Lilly, appeared in more than 250 newspapers nationwide until the unfortunate lawsuit.