Cat eyes inspire safety and play


Hemi is a handsome three-year-old long-haired orange and white male. His coat is beautiful and he has exceptional markings. Hemi is a big friendly guy! He likes attention and people, but he doesn’t like dogs. Hemi is looking for the perfect place to curl up and settle down. Do you have room for a big friendly roommate? Go out and meet him; you will fall in love.

Me and Ow here. We were just helping out with the annual garage cleanup when, lo and behold, a cache of marbles was discovered. Not just any marbles but cat’s eyes. Some research found that cat eyes inspired more than marbles. They also led to the invention of road reflectors.

According to the story, Percy Shaw was driving in fog and could not see the road. Luckily there was a cat on a fence along the side of the road. As he approached the fence, the cat’s eyes reflected his headlights giving him time to correct his direction.

Shaw, an inventor, capitalized on his observation. He produced and manufactured cat-eye reflective devices to line roads and guide drivers in darkness or fog.

Cat’s eye beads are another expression of cat’s eyes. They are clear glass with multiple colored vertical rods trapped in the center resembling cat’s eyes. Originally made in Japan around 1949, many have become collector’s items.

What makes our eyes so special? Instead of having circular pupils like humans, we have vertical slits, which narrow to a thin slit in bright light and open fully in very dim light to allow maximum illumination.

An amazing thing is the tapetum lucidum, a reflective layer behind the retina. It reflects incoming light and sends it back onto the cones making more use of the existing light. This is why you see glowing green orbs when the light shines into our eyes at night. We have natural reflectors.

Another peculiarity is the nictitating membrane or our third eyelid. This is an extra layer of protection for the cornea. It protects the eye from dryness and damage by removing debris and pollen from the surface and redistributing tears over the cornea. It retracts into the inner corner of each eye.

Well, speaking of eyes, it’s time for us to take a little nap.
Me and Ouch

We have 18 adorable kittens: 10 boys and eight girls. We also have puppies. All our babies need foster families. Call 775-7500 for details.

However, the policy prohibits the adoption of puppies or kittens under the age of six months from a home with children under the age of 5. This is to protect both the children and the animal.

Articles for the CAPS garage sale. Call 775-423-7500 to have your items picked up.
To help! We need emergency funds to repair our main air conditioning.

Cat litter for the comfort of our customers.

Friskies wet cat food and any dry cat food except Meow Mix.

Aluminum cans. If you have cans to pick up, call us (775-423-7500) and we’ll pick them up. You can also drop them off at CAPS.

Mr. Coy for the compact air conditioner donation, you help us keep cool. Hugs and kisses to you!

Rebecca and Daryl adopt puppies and help out when needed. A big kiss to you!

Julia and Diane for welcoming the kittens. You are the cat’s meow!

Pauline for giving our little cat very loving care. You are just Purrfect!

CAPS is now open. We suggest appointments for adoptions, SNAPS and pantry. We need volunteers. Call 775-423-7500.

June holiday: National Pet Hydration Awareness Month.
To mark your calendar for the CAPS garage sale on September 9th and 10th.
The mailing address for CAPS is PO Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. The phone number for CAPS is 775-423-7500. The CAPS email address is Please visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to ‘like’ CAPS on Facebook because we’re friendly.
CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Email


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