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Nora, the Piano Cat Wins ASPCA Cat of the Year Award

I feel that I must and it is my duty to share and spread the news below not only to all animal lovers but also to everyone who visit my blog so that there will be a realization and an eye opener to create a soft heart in each and everyone of us and to create the atmosphere of love and care for all these unfortunate animal around the world. Who knows perhaps one day you might even help to contribute whatever you can afford for the animal welfare to the Shelter Home in your area.

Also, if you can lend in your hands to do your part, anything at all, just a little something to help stop the animal suffering, especially to those abandoned lost and hungry cats/kittens, dogs and puppies, God will always bless you for your kind deeds. If you cannot adopt them, please give them some food and water if you see them and then send them to the Shelter Home in your area.

Thank you so much for your contributions to these unfortunate innocent animal.

Latest news from ASPCA
When Betsy Alexander and Burnell Yow of Philadelphia, PA, visited an animal shelter in Cherry Hill, NJ, they never imagined they would adopt a feline prodigy. Nora, a grey Tabby named after the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, appeared to be your average mischievous young kitten. But this seemingly ordinary shelter cat is receiving an extraordinary honor next week, when she will be officially named Cat of the Year at the annual ASPCA Humane Awards in New York City.

Originally deemed “bossy” by shelter staff, Nora was not the most popular feline among her four-legged clan, but Betsy and Burnell saw something special in the demonstrative kitty and welcomed her into their furry family. Nora immediately established herself as the alpha cat of the family’s four other felines, but it was not until she was a year old that her secret gift suddenly emerged. One afternoon, Betsy, who teaches music lessons, was startled to discover Nora delicately tickling the ivories of her Yamaha piano. Playing the piano soon became the cat’s favorite pastime. Her sensitive pawing, which several newspapers have described as "a cross between free jazz and Philip Glass,” became a YouTube sensation, drawing more than 20 million page views. It also inspired a Lithuanian composer to arrange a symphony in her honor.

Though her talents are unrivaled, Nora has been named the ASPCA Cat of the Year as much for her musical abilities as for her pluck and drive to prove that shelter pets—far from being castoffs—often make the best animal companions. Nora is a true testament to the spirit of the Humane Awards, which every year honor exceptional animals as well as inspiring individuals who have dedicated their lives to animal welfare.



NEW YORK—Ten remarkable animals and people, including a piano-playing cat and the task force who participated in the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history, will be honored for their heroic deeds at this year's ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City.

The ASPCA's annual Humane Awards Luncheon, sponsored by The Hartville Group, will be held on Thursday, October 29th from noon to 2 p.m. at the newly-renovated Pierre Hotel in New York City. The ceremony recognizes animal heroes that have demonstrated extraordinary efforts, as well as individuals who made a significant impact in the lives of animals during the past year.

"The ASPCA is proud to honor those who have demonstrated extraordinary compassion, bravery and commitment to furthering the human-animal bond," said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. "The Humane Awards celebrates the important role that animals play in our lives."

Following a nationwide call to the public for nominations in February, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in seven specific categories.

The 2009 ASPCA Humane Award winners are:

ASPCA Dog of the Year
A true four-legged hero, Archie is an eight-year-old black Labrador retriever, who serves as an assistance dog and social lifeline for Sergeant Clay Rankin. Sgt. Rankin suffered spinal injuries while serving in Iraq, and Archie is his primary caregiver and social safety net. Archie's loyalty and perseverance in helping Sgt. Rankin accomplish his daily tasks has allowed the veteran to regain his confidence and independence, move forward with his life and continue serving the country he loves.

ASPCA Cat of the Year
When Betsy Alexander and Burnell Yow visited an animal shelter in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, they never imagined they would adopt a feline prodigy. Nora is a five-year-old gray tabby, whose special piano-playing skills quickly became a YouTube sensation, drawing more than 15 million page views and inspiring a Lithuanian composer to arrange a symphony in her honor. Nora is a talented example of how shelter pets—far from being castoffs—often make the best animal companions.

ASPCA "Tommy Monahan" Kid of the Year
This award is dedicated to Tommy Monahan, a 9-year-old Staten Island boy who perished in 2007 trying to save his pet from a house fire. Eleven-year-old Monica Plumb in Powhatan County, Virginia, decided to make a real difference after seeing a news story about a pet that was saved from a house fire due to the use of an oxygen pet mask. Monica launched PetMask.com to collect online donations to purchase pet masks for fire departments, and has since purchased more than 50 mask kits for fire stations in nine different states. Monica is truly an inspiration for other young people and a beacon for those who cannot speak for themselves.

ASPCA Firefighter of the Year
Deputy Chief Mark Duff and the Hingham Fire Department are renowned for their bravery and commitment to saving the lives of animals. In February 2009, they participated in the rescue of a two-year-old black Labrador retriever named Ollie, who fell through thin ice into the frigid waters of Hingham Harbor. Firefighter Jim Sheard was one of the heroes on the scene. He donned a coldwater rescue suit to attach himself to the suffering canine, while his fellow firefighters pulled the two of them to safety on shore. Ollie was transported to a nearby animal hospital, and thanks to the noble efforts of the Hingham Fire Department, now has a second lease on life.

ASPCA Law Enforcement Officers of the Year
On July 8, 2009, the ASPCA participated in a massive dog fighting raid, the largest federal crackdown on dog fighting in U.S. history. The raid spanned eight states, including Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska and Mississippi, which resulted in the rescue of more than 400 dogs and nearly 30 arrests. The success of the raid was largely due to the efforts of Tim Rickey and Kyle Held of the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) and undercover agents Sergeant Terry Mills and Sergeant Jeffrey Heath of the Missouri Highway Patrol. The bravery and tenacity of these four individuals not only means a second chance for countless dogs, but also serves as a giant step forward in the effort to end animal cruelty nationwide.

ASPCA Henry Bergh Award
Steve Smith and Alayne Marker founded the Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Ovando, Montana, in December 2000. The couple left their corporate jobs in Seattle and relocated to Montana fulltime to devote themselves to animal rescue. Their mission was to turn 160 acres of open grassland and cottonwoods into a sanctuary for animals with special needs—those pets who are least likely to be adopted and most likely to be euthanized in traditional shelters. The animal sanctuary is now home to approximately 70 animals, nearly two-thirds of whom are blind.

ASPCA Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard O'Barry has been exposed to both sides of the dolphin world. In the 1960s, he trained dolphins for the popular American TV series Flipper. During the course of spending day and night with these sensitive mammals, O'Barry had a life-altering change of heart and his about-face led to a lifelong crusade to free dolphins and educate the world about the plight of dolphins in captivity. In 1970, O’Barry founded the Dolphin Project and launched a campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin industry. He has rescued and released more than 25 captive dolphins in Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Bahamas and the United States. O’Barry is currently the subject of an award-winning documentary, The Cove, which chronicles an effort to expose the truth about dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan.

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Liz said...

Hi Lil! Thanks for this post. I hope a lot of people will read this. We have a lot of stray cats here and whenever we see them, my kids give them food. :)

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Your Daily Cute said...

Love it! Yay, Nora!!

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Yes, practice makes purr-fect!

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