Celebrate National Feral Cat Day!!!
ALLEY Cat Allies and Best Friends Animal Society Announce Wild About Cats!
Public Education Campaign Will Focus on Feral Cats
Source: Alley Cat Allies; Best Friends Animal Society
Thursday October 16, 8:45 am ET
The rest of Today's News is below these presently recurring items:
[Originally posted October 2, 2003]
National Feral Cat Day ~ October 16, 2003
A campaign of Alley Cat Allies, the national feral cat resource
[Originally posted October 2, 2003]
Courtesy of The Animal Spirit
Trap-Alter-Release (TAR) Success Stories
*TAR is also referred to as TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release)
[Originally posted September 29, 2003]
From The Animal Spirit:
Permission to crosspost!
Wanted! TNR Feral Cat Colony Success Stories
Because Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is under fire in several States, I would like to collect testimonials from feral cat caretakers regarding their successful work implementing TNR. The testimonials will appear on The Animal Spirit site, with author receiving full credit and retaining copyright of the story. You could submit a couple of photos as well, though that is not mandatory.
You don't have to write a masterpiece -- just a paragraph or two about the colonies you have worked with, or are currently working with, is all that is necessary.
Thanks in advance for your contributions! Any questions, feel free to contact me at FeralPlace@aol.com.
The Animal Spirit
[Originally posted September 22, 2003]
Thank you to The Animal Spirit for permission to post:
The Cat Lady
[This story is not only for "cat-lovers." It's the story of how one person can make a difference, no matter how small the deed. I hope it inspires you to do something -- anything -- to help better the world for both humans & nonhumans.]
The block I grew up on in New York consisted of several houses, a small animal shelter, a colony of stray and feral cats, and an official "cat lady." Looking back, I realize my fate was sealed. [To continue this wonderful story]
[Originally posted August 15, 2003]
Wonderful video created by one individual to honor feral cats --
thank you again, Dawn!
TODAY'S NEWS ~ Oct 16:
Group calls attention to feral cats
By Rose Mary Budge,
San Antonio Express-News
10/16/2003 12:00 AM
Date: Thu Oct 16, 2003 12:54 pm
Subject: PA TNR Legislation
Those who support humane control of the feral and stray cat
population, please contact your legislator (PA State House of
Representatives, click here to find your legislator:
soon as possible and ask him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor to
TNR legislation sponsored by Representative Buxton. This legislation
protects municipal TNR programs and will be introduced Tuesday, Oct.
21. We do not have a bill number yet.
The Animal Spirit Newsletter
Date: Thu Oct 16, 2003 2:54 pm
Subject: Special Edition: Feral Cat Day
A NEW WAY TO VIEW FERALS
A feral cat originated from an abandoned or lost domestic cat. Ferals
have learned to survive outdoors and tend to avoid human contact.
They are not "wild" animals. Many cuddly housecats turn "feral"
(using society's definition of feral cat) when brought to the
veterinarian's office. Feral cats are homeless domestic animals who
are frightened by humans and should be treated as such. I use the
word "feral" only to differentiate between a friendly cat and a
frightened cat. All homeless animals should be treated with care and
Until ferals are recognized as homeless domestic animals, the
public's attitude toward them will not change. Moreover, we will
continue to see unfortunate situations, most recently in
Pennsylvania, where the fate of ferals lies in the hands of the Game
Commission (for more info, visit:
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only effective method of dealing with
the vast amount of feral cats -- there are simply not enough homes
for them all. However, if you are considering adopting a feral and
can provide a calm, safe environment, do not let others discourage
you. Ferals need time to learn to trust, as well as adapt to indoor
life. Presently, a few "wild animals" are taking their afternoon nap
on my bed. Not all are "lap cats," but that isn't an issue. Feral cat
rescue is about saving lives.
On Feral Cat Day, I urge you to help ferals by changing the public's
mind-set. Rather than viewing ferals as "wild animals," help
emphasize the fact that ferals are frightened, homeless domestic
cats -- period.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Caring for the Feral Cat Population
Dispelling the Myths
WANTED! Your Success Stories
The Animal Spirit site contains pages of success stories for both
feral cat adoptions and Trap-Neuter-Return programs. Add yours today!
Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, no
Read success stories at:
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Utahns Recognize National Feral Cat Day
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Got a wild cat problem? Group targets feral strays
Somerville Journal, MA -
Program wants to reduce number of feral cats
Cat Population Cure Strikes Controversy
Milwaukee Channel.com, WI
Click 2 Houston.com, TX
PANORA CITY COUNCIL
The Guthrian, IA
JUST LAUNCHED: ONLINE FERAL CAT RESOURCES
In recognition of the third annual National Feral Cat Day (that's today, October 16th) and to promote Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method of managing feral cats, the ASPCA has launched online resources to help feral cat colony caretakers implement TNR in their communities. Explains Sandra Sebastian, Program Manager, ASPCA Cares, "TNR entails the trapping of feral cats, spaying and neutering them, and then returning the cats to their territory, enabling them to live out their lives in the environment that suits them best. It is the universally recognized, nonlethal method of stabilizing the population growth of feral cats."
ASPCA Online Feral Cat Resources!
Subj: [FIREPAW] SPECIAL: Dr. Neuter & Feral Cats
Date: 10/16/2003 4:15:51 AM Pacific Daylight Time
Just call him Dr. Neuter
To take care of a male feral cat, it's just 51 seconds, start to finish
Thursday, October 16, 2003
SF Chronicle, CA
Neutering clinic to be busy Friday
To spotlight National Feral Cat Day, which is today, SpayMart will neuter 200 male cats at the clinic Friday. The local group is partnering with Ark Animal Hospital in Jefferson to get the job done.
By Bert Smith
Thursday October 16, 2003
Times Picayune, LA
NEW Carlisle group gets its paws on feral cats
Springfield News Sun, OH
CAT fees tabled for now
Belleville News-Democrat, IL