So Long and Thanks for all the Cheez

Hi Burgers,

I’m sad to say that today is my last day at Cheezburger. I’ll be handing in my Blue Bukkit this afternoon.

Before I go, I want to say thank you to all of you. Getting to know the amazing community that is tucked into this little corner of the Internet has been an enlightening, sometimes terrifying, always entertaining and truly gratifying experience.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of you through email conversations, Featured User and Fur Monster posts, group profiles, Skypes about the State of the Cheez, FP considerations, technical glitches, inappropriate posts (you can’t un-see some things) and of course, countless gif-togethers.

You all made me feel welcome when I arrived nearly two years ago. You showed me the way of the Cheez until I had no doubt that I had been adopted into the fold as an official Crazy-Cat/Dog/Brony/Troll-Whatever-You-Like person. Since that moment I’ve delved into the wonderful weirdness that is Internet culture with all of you and loved every second of it.

This place is like a big cozy living room full of family members hanging out on Comfy Sofas with shoes kicked off and hair let down. I’m continually amazed by the support and friendship you all offer each other. I’ve seen this community gain and lose members and each time there is a rallying cry as everyone gathers together. You guys are the best, hands down.

It’s truly been a pleasure being here and getting to know you all. I hope I was able to add something to my favorite corner of the Internet. I’ll keep my Cheez profile active, so if anyone wants to stay in touch please drop me a line. If any of you are ever in Seattle, look me up and I’ll buy you an ultra-hip blood orange infused PBR (that’s not a real thing).

I’m going to be leaving you all in very capable hands. Tofu will be taking the reigns for a lot of community things and she will be bringing in some new Burgers to the blog. Please be on the lookout for some new faces next week.

Please keep up the good work everyone, you all make this place what it is. And remember, on the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog.

Cheers!!!
Evan

 

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Oh Man, Yesterday Was 4/20, I Totally Forgot

Hi Burgers,

It’s totally not what you think, I’m just extra tired today for some reason. I’m sure some of you celebrated in fine fashion though. On a side note, Snoop Dogg was in Seattle yesterday for the peace-and-love-filled-holiday/awkwardly-also-birthday-of-one-of-history’s-worst-tyrants and we tried to lure him to a Cheezburger pizza party via Twitter but no dice.

We should have you all over instead. Oh well, next year!

What’s new?

Whuh?

Toolbee


DeathByCupcakes

Woah.

mamawalker

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Bring on the FPs!

Hi Burgers,

The only way to make Monday better is to submit your should-have-been-FPed considerations. It’s science.

What do you guys have for me?

Cheers,
Evan

 

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Gif-Together for the Community

Hi Burgers,

Yesterday’s Should-have-been-an-FP roundup was a huge success! Thanks for sending in so many fantastic submissions. Be on the lookout and let’s keep it going next week.

Somersaults for the best Internet community!

What are you guys up to?


Chris10a


mamawalker


DeathByCupcakes


ani.s4

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What Did I Miss?

Hi Burgers,

I’ve been seeing lots of good FP considerations coming in. Let’s keep the trend going! What did I miss that deserves a spot on the Front Pages?

Cheers,
Evan

PS – Gif has no relevance because Monday.

 

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Sylviag Adopted an Entire Animal Shelter

Hi Burgers,

Ever the crusader for the well being of fur monsters everywhere, Sylviag has taken the next step and is taking on the stewardship of the CRAFT no-kill cat shelter in Bend, Oregon. Check out her Featured Fur Monster post below and then read her entire tale at the end of this post.

If we’re ever in Bend Sylvia, you can bet we’ll be stopping by. Bravo!


Featured Fur Monster: CRAFT is a Fur Monster Fortress

Sylviag’s tale of the CRAFT shelter in its entirety.

WHAT IS A “NO KILL” SHELTER?

There are an estimated 14,000 shelters and pet rescue groups in the U.S., taking in nearly 8 million animals each year. The no-kill movement is credited with reducing the number of dogs and cats that are euthanized, from some 20 million down to about 3 to 4 million each year. Exact numbers vary depending on the reporting organization. A “no-kill” shelter only euthanizes terminally ill animals, those whose quality of life has deteriorated to unacceptable levels and those considered dangerous to public safety. Euthanasia is the last act of kindness in a shelter’s stewardship of the animals in their care.

But like any movement, there are elements of controversy including what the term “no-kill” actually means. Shelters can euthanize up to 10 percent of their animals for reasons of health and temperament, and still be considered “no-kill.” Some shelters call themselves “high save” meaning they will do an upfront intake triage and save only those animals that can be easily rehabilitated and made adoptible. Most shelters will not save feral cats. The goal of a no-kill shelter should be to rescue, rehabilitate if needed, and get the companion animal into an adoption stream as soon as possible. All no-kill shelters will have a population of non-adoptable animals for a variety of reasons. A humane shelter will strive to make their lives as comfortable as possible to include limited time in a cage environment, rather finding ways to allow them to have a free roaming area.

While the no kill ethic is admirable, stopping the root problems must also be a focus of the rescue and shelter community. An effective low or no cost spay and neuter program and a feral Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) program are the best overall hopes for reducing the overpopulation of companion animals.

VOLUNTEERS

Definition: A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task; a person who works for an organization without being paid. The US has a long history of vounteerism. In the 19th century, people became aware of the disadvantaged and started helping the needy in their communities. In 1851, the first YMCA was started. Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881 and began mobilizing volunteers for disaster relief operations. Modern societies share a common value of people helping each other; which benefites those in need, but that also benefits the volunteering individual on a personal level. You just feel good about yourself when you help others and build up your account in the Good Karma Bank. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported about 62.8 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2013 and September 2014. Now that is a lot of precious time freely given by people to organizations of their choice. Many organizations could not continue to operate without volunteers. And that is especially true of animal rescue shelters. Most are small, all volunteer and privately funded. People do not realize how just even a few committed hours a week can make a big diference.

To bring all this down to a personal level. Bryan and I were looking for a volunteer opportunity in Bend, specifically with cats in a no kill environment. We found the Cat Rescue, Adoption and Foster Team (CRAFT). I was to be a highy experienced pooper scooper, kitty room maid and Laundry Lady and Bryan the handyman to fix all those “honey dos” that had piled up. LIttle did we know that we had stepped into an organization in crisis as their founder and Director was retiring from her “day job” and also stepping down as Director of CRAFT in Sep and becoming “Director Emeritus” to guide whomever took over CRAFT as she so wanted. She had started the dream but need the help of others to carry it forward. As her income would be reduced she could no longer let CRAFT use her second home rent free, pay the utilities nor could she make up monthly shortfalls from her personal funds. Once it was agreed by many volunteers this was an organization worth fighting for, I applied my rusty human resources skills to develop a reorganization plan to address numerous issues aside from funding to essentially rebuild CRAFT from scratch. Ceiling Cat must have been looking out for us as she sent us a retired veterinarian to give us her considerable medical expertise, also saving us vet bills in the process.

CRAFT is an all volunteer, non-profit organization whose core mission is to “rescue and adopt out.” The more foever homes we find, the more cats needing one can be taken in Last year CRAFT rescued and adopted out 860 cats that would otherwise have been euthanized. CRAFT is unique in that we will take back any cat we adopted out, no questions asked. We are also the only shelter in this area that accepts ferals; tests, vaccinates, medically treats, spays and neuters them and places them in safe outdoor and indoor environments. Other shelters euthanize them. We test, vaccinate, deworm, spay/neuter. give whatever medical and dental care is needed and chip all our cats. To ensure just one cat is adoptable requires a big chunk of change The challenge is finding short term funding to pay a large backlog of vet bills and other operational costs until we can seek out and expand long range funding such as applying for grants. The current Director is leasing the house to us just for the cost of her mortgage plus utilities which is more than generous and kind hearted. Our current funding base from monetary donations, large scale recycling, adoption fees, etc., plus food and other material donations, come very close to meeting operational and veterinarian needs, except for the monthy lease and utilities starting in Sep. We are getting support from the local community as word gets out of our needs and reorganization. Bend Pet Express, a local pet supply store, has donated a large cat stand and will hold a raffle and special in-store promotion with all proceeds to go to CRAFT. We are participating in the PetsMart Quarterly Adoption Event in May and other upcoming events. We have many more funding ideas. We are reaching out for more volunteers through FB and other sources. The cats and Bryan and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for any donations to keep this shelter running, Central OR just cannot afford to lose a no kill cat shelter. Although we love it here, Bend is all about Big Trucks, Brew Pubs and Dogs :)

You can head to CRAFT’s main site or their Facebook page for more information on the shelter and to find out how you can donate or volunteer.

Cheers,
Evan

 

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How Should We Handle Controversial Posts?

Hi Burgers,

If you checked out Animal Captions last Thursday, you might have seen this caption:

The anthropomorphization joke is one of our faves as humans and it’s subtly executed by our good friend Signet03. If you take a look at the comments though, you’ll see some trouble brewing.

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Singet03 was unaware of the issue and responded like the compassionate and animal loving person that he is.

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The debate continued from there with people going back and forth trying to solve the mystery of the ‘Frog Rodeo’. Is it an example of animal abuse? Does leaving the post on the site was affect the situation positively or negatively?

mrs_c and Signet03 continued to talk back and forth, each linking to articles that give different perspectives. This Gizmodo article suggests that some photographers manipulate their animal models via the help of easy-to-photoshop-out wires used to pose their limbs. This brief Laughing Squid blurb takes the word of one of such photographers who claims that though he takes images in a controlled setting, he does not physically engineer the photos at all.

You guys should check out the post and read the comments if you haven’t.

What do you all think? Is there value to having these posts left on the site even though they might be negative? Better to raise awareness and hope for a constructive conversation?

Should we remove such posts before they ignite a storm of trolling and give visibility to practices that might be unsavory or abusive to their muses?

We can certainly agree that this community is one that loves animals and feels strongly about protecting and positively promoting all Fur(less) Monsters worldwide. I just thought I’d pose the question here if anyone wants to chime in since we all spend our days Internetting and likely run into these kinds of situations every day.

Thanks everyone and I’ll see you all tomorrow for a doozy of a Featured Fur Monster Friday!

Cheers,
Evan

 

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We Should Gif-Together to Celebrate Maple

Hi Burgers,

Maple is the pup of a musician called Trench who who posts a lot of his music through Vine. I’ve been delving deep down the reverse chronological history of their many mini duets and am now convinced that Maple is the greatest ever.

So, here’s a little Maple Vine-Gif-Together.

What are you guys up to?


Chris10a

We need some piano

Cataff

Jazz Musician:

Blues Musician:

ani.s4

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Solid Gold Front Page Monday

Hi Burgers,

Monday morning means we go back into the lolvaults and see what gold coins I missed on my journey for Front Pages.

Do you guys have any suggestions?

Cheers,
Evan

 

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Featured Fur Monsters: Gut Z is One Gutsy Kitty

Hi Burgers,

This week’s FFM story comes to us from Mary Veeneman about her brave kitty aptly named Gut Z.


Featured Fur Monsters: Gut Z is One Gutsy Kitty

Cheers,
Evan

 

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