The Animals: Long Term Residents

Here at The Anti-Cruelty Society we believe that every healthy animal deserves a good home – which is why we don’t discriminate based on breeds, age or length of stay. What that also means is that there are no time limits for the animals in our care.

Some cats and dogs may be adopted in a matter of days or weeks – while others are with us for several months. For this week’s animal feature – we wanted to show off the 10 cats and dogs who have been with us the longest.

Introducing our current Long Term Residents!

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Kim

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Madison

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Sal

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Charlie

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Ragu

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Gypsy

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Bonnie

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Lassie

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Hoku

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Missy

Recipe: French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes

Looking for that perfect sweet and savory combination? Try out these French toast cupcakes topped with bacon! (Recipe found on http://www.foodnetwork.com)

Total Time: 1 hr 20 min

Prep: 40 min

Cook: 40 min

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Level: Intermediate
 

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 3.9-ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon (we recommend using artificial bacon!)

Glaze:

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Prepare the cupcakes: Combine the flours, pudding mix, baking powder, potato starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl with a whisk.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugars with a mixer on low speed until combined, 6 to 8 minutes. Gradually mix in the vanilla and egg whites. Scrape down the sides of the bowl; continue mixing until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the maple syrup and half-and-half, mixing after each addition and ending with flour. Mix until the ingredients are just combined; do not over mix. Fold in the bacon. The batter will be thick.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about three-quarters of the way. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare the glaze: Beat the cream cheese and butter with a mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon; beat until combined. Spread on the cooled cupcakes; top with chopped bacon, if desired.

Recipes: Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting

If you make these delicious cupcakes, you can probably skip out on your daily Starbucks run (or other coffee shop of choice)! This recipe was posted on http://www.browneyedbaker.com

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting

Mocha Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes Baking Time: 17-20 minutes

1-1/3 all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup whole milk
½ cup strong brewed coffee
1½ teaspoons espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 egg, at room temperature

1. Mix the espresso powder into the brewed coffee until dissolved; set aside to cool to room temperature.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard-size muffin tin with paper liners.

3. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4. Beat the butter and both sugars together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until combined. In a measuring cup, combine the milk, brewed coffee mixture and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture, alternating with the coffee mixture, ending with the flour mixture.

5. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 liners. Baking for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting cupcakes.


Espresso Buttercream Frosting

Makes enough to frost 12 cupcakes

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2½ cups powdered sugar
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ teaspoons espresso powder

1. Mix the espresso powder into the vanilla until dissolved; set aside.

2. Using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, stopping once to scrape the sides of the bowl. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the powdered sugar a little at a time, waiting until it is mostly incorporated before adding more. Once all of the powdered sugar has been added, scrape the sides of the bowl and increase the speed to medium-high and whip until fluffy, about a minute or two. Add the espresso and vanilla mixture and continue to mix at medium-high until it is completely incorporated, scraping the sides as necessary.

*Note: To make the swirls on the cupcakes, use a 1M decorating tip.

Meet Achilles – ADOPTED!

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“Achilles is very much his age: energetic, playful and a bit mischievous. He tends to grab the leash and tug with it which new adopters should discourage, but he trades up for a treat very well. He plays fetch with squeaky toys, which will be a great way to exercise him, and he already has a nice vocabulary. Trick training may be a fun activity for him.”

Don’t forget to check out the other beautiful dogs and cats available for adoption! Cupcake day is for them!!

For more info on adoption click here

Awaiting Adoption: Kim

Look at this beauty!  Kim is one of the many wonderful kitties awaiting adoption at The Anti-Cruelty Society. Kim came to the shelter 9 months ago when her owner could no longer care for her. Kim can sometimes start off a tad shy, but a few soft pets later and you will see what a sweetheart she is. Kim enjoys attention and playing with fun kitty toys. Ready to move in and spend her life hanging out with you, please come by and say hello to Kim!

Find more information on Kim here.

The Animals: Oli (Adopted!) & Gypsy

Sometimes when an animal comes through our doors they’re vaccinated, already altered, hit the adoption room floor and are placed in a new home in a matter of days!

Oli 17294497gypsy 19942831But in other cases the turn-around isn’t quite so fast. For some cats and dogs their length of stay may go from 10 days to 20 to 30 or more! Cats like Oli, who arrived at the Society in September of 2012, and dogs like Gypsy, who has been with us since May, will be here as long as it takes for us to find them a good home.

In an effort to help these animals find placement faster we do many promotions both online and off to give our long-term residents a bit more attention.

By participating in events like Cupcake Day – you too can help these animals! By raising funds that can then be used to highlight their awesomeness and adopt-ability, you’ll play a role in the the re-homing of great animals like Oli and Gypsy.