Heartland Humane Society's November Mewsletter
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Giving Thanks
When we have challenging times in our foster lives we get impatient, frustrated, and very sad.  And what a perfect time to give thanks to the majority of adopters that know the contract of pet adoption is for the life of the pet.  Not until you move, not until you have a human baby, not until you get a new boyfriend or girlfriend; but for the entire life of the fur baby you promise to love and cherish and care for.  We promise it is perfectly legal and acceptable to move homes, states, and even countries and keep your pets.  In all the years I have been doing adoptions and fostering my beloved fur kids I have had adopters move to other states, new homes, back home with mom and dad for a while, new countries (both Canada and Scotland), and even marry people that already had pets of their own.  Not that there are not a few challenges in doing this, but that is what commitment is all about.   Seeing the challenges through and making it work out for the best of all involved!  I would like to thank our dedicated adopters that go the distance and stick to the commitment, you restore my faith in humanity and sometimes I need to remind myself of that!  You rock!

Pet Sitter or Boarding Kennel? Which One is Right for Your Cat?

by Dr. Pam Johnson-Bennett

Too many people view cats as low maintenance and get them mainly because of the perceived convenience of not having to interrupt their lives too much. These cats are left alone for anywhere from just one night to four-five days. Imagine the risk these cat parents are taking with their cats’ health and safety. Now also imagine the anxiety these cats endure. Cats aren’t low maintenance substitutes for dogs and their health and welfare shouldn’t be compromised just so we can spend the weekend at the beach or off skiing. More...


This cutie was rescued with her 3 other littermates from an abandoned building in St. Louis.  They were initially going to be returned to their feral cat colony but they were just too sweet and young to be sent back, so they were sent to Heartland instead.  Although Nahla is a bit shy at first, she is just as sweet and docile as can be.  She loves to be near her foster mom and can often be found on her lap begging for attention.  It’s amazing to see how much she has come out of her shell since she was first brought to her foster home.  Nahla has beautiful markings and is petite for her age.  She loves to be held like a baby and will nuzzle your face with hers to show you just how happy she is.  Like most kitties, she likes to play on occasion and enjoys a good game of feather toy and laser light chase.  

She is fine with other cats once she has been properly introduced.  She has never been around dogs before so we aren’t sure how she would do with a canine friend.  Older kids are preferred since she is on the timid side and needs a quieter home.  Shy kitties often make the best pets because they bond with their humans very closely and are very loyal companions.  Nahla is no exception.  She may need a brief adjustment period to a new home, but she will reward you with lots of love and purrs.  Nahla is spayed, microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations, and tested negative for Feline Leukemia/FIV.  DOB 5/13/12

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Cat adoptions are held at the O'Fallon PetSmart every Saturday from 11 am - 4 pm and every Sunday from 11 am - 2 pm.

Cats may also be seen by appointment.

Dogs are available and may be seen by appointment.

Stop by PetSmart during the week to see some of our adoptable kitties at the Luv-a-Pet Center!

2242 Hwy K
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Phone: (636) 281-3114
 Please contact us at (636) 922-0569, e-mail us at or complete an adoption application here if you would like more information about any of our adoptable cats.
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Ways You Can Help!
Heartland Humane Society is funded solely by adoption fees, fundraisers, grants, and donations. Your donations for our foster cats and dogs are much needed and appreciated!

How to Keep Your Cat Away From the Christmas Tree

by Dr. Pam Johnson-Bennett

Christmas is coming soon and everyone is so excited. To make the holiday even more spectacular, you found the perfect Christmas tree. You set it up, carefully decorate it and then stand back to bask in the beauty of the twinkling lights and delicate ornaments handed down from generation to generation. Your happiness may quickly turn to panic though as you notice your cat sauntering over to the tree with a look of total joy. He thinks you’re the absolute best cat parent in the whole world because you just created the max in environmental enrichment. You set up the ultimate CAT TREE! More...


Kanga, and his sister, Roo, were found as strays living on the streets of St. Louis.  Their litter mates were caught at 8 weeks of age and were taken to a rescue group in the area. The kind ladies trapping their siblings did not know that Kanga and Roo were there because they were hiding, so they were inadvertently left behind. They survived another 2 1/2 weeks on their own before anyone found them. Both were terribly skinny and extremely hungry and dehydrated.  Kanga was in the worst shape - he was very emaciated, anemic, and had a horrible upper respiratory infection. We honestly weren't sure if he would make it. Thanks to the combined efforts of St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach, Snuggle and a guardian angel named Ronda, they were nursed back to health and doing great now.  Roo has since been adopted so Kanga is patiently waiting for his turn.  He is quite the character and loves to nuzzle your face and lay on your lap for cuddle time.  He can be a bit timid initially, but he warms up pretty quickly and loves his humans once he has built trust with them.  In fact, he will follow you around and lay by your side, pawing your hands with his paws to politely ask for attention.  Because Kanga was not treated for his upper respiratory infection right away when he was a baby, it seems to have caused some minor damage to his sinuses.  He is perfectly healthy, but he does sound congested at times and sneezes on occasion - just like a person with sinus problems.  We have tried various treatments including a sinus flush, but unfortunately, they haven't really seemed to help.  When he has a flare up, we usually give him a small dose of Benadryl and that seems to help.  Regardless, it doesn't slow him down one bit and he maintains a very good quality of life without special treatments.  Kanga LOVES other cats and must not be an only kitty.  He may do fine with a cat-friendly dog too and older kids would be okay.  He is neutered, microchipped, tested negative for  Feline Leukemia/FIV, up-to-date on vaccinations, and treated for parasites.   Kanga is tag # 7782JB - DOB 6/1/12.

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Heartland Humane Society

P.O. BOX 113

O'Fallon, MO 63366

(636) 922-0569

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