One stray yet to find a home
In the chaotic weeks after Hurricane Sandy, nearly 300 stray and displaced pets hunkered down at an emergency shelter set up in a Brooklyn, N.Y., warehouse by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Over time, many were reunited with their owners. Others were adopted. Now there's just one left: a little white kitten named Joy. The ASPCA is hoping someone will come forward and offer her a home. Joy was probably around 6 months old when she was found wandering the streets, the advocacy group said. The cat wasn't in great physical shape and also seemed traumatized. She hissed and hid when people approached. "She was a skinny little thing," said Jesse Oldham, who has been caring for the cat in her small office at the ASPCA since February, when the emergency shelter closed. "She's still a little bit skittish, but she's really, really sweet," Oldham said. "She's super playful."
An option in Air Force oath
Air Force Academy cadets are no longer required to say "so help me God" at the end of the Honor Oath, officials said Friday. The words were made optional after a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group, that they violated the constitutional concept of religious freedom. Superintendent Michelle Johnson said the change was made to respect cadets' freedom of religion. The oath states, "We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably, so help me God."