Sunday, August 31, 2003

September 3 through 24, 2003
Sacred Balance - 4-Part Series on PBS. One hour programs. Check your local listings for day and times.
THE SACRED BALANCE, a groundbreaking four-part documentary series hosted by Dr. David Suzuki, celebrates a new scientific world-view, an inclusive vision of nature in which human beings are intimately connected to all life processes on earth.....
….. THE SACRED BALANCE presents a new vision — achieved over nearly 50 years of Suzuki’s research and reflection — of the human place in nature. An important milestone in science programming, the series presents an awe-inspiring picture of the world and humankind’s part in it in an effort to change the choices people make every day.
Filmed over two years on five continents, THE SACRED BALANCE challenges long-held assumptions, offering startling perceptions on the interrelated nature of all life and giving viewers a renewed sense of wonder for the miracle that is life on earth.

Opinion: Keep cats indoors
The Medford Mail Tribune, OR
August 30, 2003

[Blog Note: The Sentinel first printed and the Feral Cat Blog first posted this article on August 15, 2003]
Cat neutering program questioned
By Karla Browne, August 30, 2003
The Carlisle Sentinel, PA.

Getting Started on TNR - The Multi-Cat Pull-Trap

Sale nets funds to rescue feral cats
Sentinel Staff Report
Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA
August 31, 2003

Greyrock Commons: Community comes home
By Cherry Sokoloski
North Forty News, CO
September 2003
Change happens slowly, Westmoreland said, because residents work hard to reach decisions that everyone can live with. "We spent a year discussing cats," he said with a grin, "and 18 months discussing garages." In the end, outdoor cats that already lived at Greyrock were grandfathered in, but new cats have to live indoors. A few extra garages were built to satisfy those who needed two cars.

Saturday, August 30, 2003

Animal Balance ~
A humane, community-based project to control the cat and dog populations of the Galapagos Islands.
Upcoming Event ~ September 4, 2003:
Common Ground, the Cat and Dogs "Tails" of the Galapagos Islands.
Animal Balance is a humane project that manages the
feral and stray cat and dog populations of the Galapagos
Islands. Through unprecedented partnerships with the
Galapagos National Park Service, the Municipality and local
community, Animal Balance aims to humanely reduce the
number of these beloved animals while maintaining their role
within the local community.
Come and join us as we explore the other side of the Galapagos and celebrate the
launch of this unique project.
Special lecture by Project Director, Emma Clifford.
September 4th, 2003, Thursday
2500 16th Street, Room A/B
San Francisco, CA
6:30 to 8 pm
For more information:

Upcoming Topic ~ September 8 – 12, 2003
No More Homeless Pets Forum
Ferals, ferals everywhere, and not sure what to do?
Nathan Winograd of Tompkins County SPCA in upstate New York will answer questions about feral cats. Wondering how to launch a community program or what to say to people who don’t like cats? Nathan will offer insights into how to create lifesaving programs wherever you live.
E-mail questions for Nathan to:
How to Join the No More Homeless Pets Forum
This forum is located on Yahoo! Groups. To join, send a blank e-mail message to
or go to the Yahoo! Groups website and sign in.
The forum on Yahoo! is moderated by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

Letters to the Editor
Saturday - August 30, 2003
A cat colony solution
Williamsport Sun Gazette, PA

The Gazette's community calendar
By: Corinne Horan, columnist
East Hartford Gazette, CT
SEPT 6: The Madison Craft Fair "Cause for Paws" Arts and Crafts Festival hosted by the Branford Compassion Club, September 6, on the Madison Green from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). Free admission, food vendor, music, fun. Exit 61 off of I-95.
The Branford Compassion Club is a feral cat welfare group dedicated to humanely controlling the feral/homeless cat population of the Branford area through its spay/neuter program.

AVA awards pet shelter tender to one animal welfare group
By Johnson Choo
30 August 2003 1653 hrs (SST) 0853 hrs (GMT)

Little Falls business haven for cats
Company owner hopes to find homes for strays
Sat, Aug 30, 2003
Utica Observer-Dispatch, NY

Q & A: The cat's meow of Dewey Beach
Question&answer; Both a municipal landmark and a fuzzy welcome to many in the coastal town, Zipper decides to sit down and chat with the Beachcomber
By Martha Graham
August 29, 2003
Delaware Beachcomber, DE

Chief says chuck cat, dog laws
Police Chief Dee Rowland wants the City Council to repeal its cat-leashing and dog-muzzling laws on the grounds that the former is a pain to enforce and the latter may not be humane.
The council is expected to vote on the changes Wednesday.
Rowland said the cat-leash law is "impossible to enforce" and takes time and resources away from other priorities.
Jennifer Clayton, director of the Salt Lake City-based Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation, said the practice of muzzling animals can be fatal.
"Dogs don't sweat and they must cool their body temperature by panting, and muzzling makes that impossible."
The Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2003
Salt Lake Tribune, UT

Animal collector faces toughest charges yet
Protracted battle: East Side resident denies treating cats cruelly
08/28/03, IL

Home dilemma for cat charity
THE clock is ticking for an animal re-homing charity who may have to close its doors to scores of elderly cats if it cannot find a new base.
27 August 2003

Friday, August 29, 2003

Animal Guardian Magazine Summer 2003
Feral Cat Feature:
"Two Great Volunteers + 26 Years = Help for 4,400 Cats . . . and Counting"
By Carla Schack
Downloadable at:

From FIREPAW in NY (The Foundation for Interdisplinary Research and Education Promoting Animal Welfare), research papers (downloadable pdf files):

Analysis of Maddie's Utah Results

Analysis of Maddie's Lodi Results

Companion Animal Overpopulation: Trends and Results of Major Efforts to Reach a “No-Kill” Nation

TNR: The Humane Alternative
The nation is turning to trap/neuter/return to solve the feral cat problem—because it’s ethical, and because it works.
By Karen Commings
Cover Story in the latest ASPCA Animal Watch

Shooter of cat at McDonald’s pleads guilty to cruelty
Sun-Gazette Staff Reports
Friday - August 29, 2003
The Williamsport Sun-Gazette, PA

Meow TV ~ Let's Get Spayed

S.J. hearing held on animal welfare issues
Friday, August 29, 2003
State tries to get handle on SPCA woes
Courier-Post Staff
Cherry Hill Courier Post, NJ

SPCA may have to curtail pet sterilization
Web posted Friday, August 29, 2003
News Chief, FL

Coping with growth in surplus animals needs joint effort
Guest columnist Donnie L. Mitchell is director of the City of Memphis's Public Services and Neighborhoods Division.
August 29, 2003, TN,1426,MCA_539_2216530,00.html

Animal killers outrage
CATS are being killed for kicks by a sick gang, residents claim.
29 August 2003
Wakefield Today, UK

Information sought on the deaths of two cats
Friday, August 29, 2003

Foul play confirmed in death of cats in Springbank
Samara Cygman
August 29, 2003
Rocky View Times, CANADA

Lockport considers tweaking pet laws
Friday, August 29, 2003
By Courtney Greve
Staff writer
Chicago Daily Southtown, IL

Payson police ask council to rescind cat leash, dog muzzle law
Friday, August 29, 2003
Provo Daily Herald, UT

Freed mink attack Sultan farms
By Christopher Schwarzen
Times Snohomish County bureau
Seattle Times, WA
August 29, 2003

Removal of pets continues at Central Falls tenement
Kevin P. O'Connor
Pawtucket Times, RI

Judge rejects plea in cat cruelty case
August 28, 2003
By Katharhynn Heidelberg
Journal Staff Writer
Cortez Journal, CO

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Feral cats mustn't be allowed to range free
Letters to the editor: August 28
TC Palm, FL
August 28, 2003
Cheryl Nadley (Mrs.)
Volunteer, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Refuge Center Inc.
Palm City,1651,TCP_1032_2214708,00.html

Council wants more time to study tax increase
By MELISSA ST. AUDE, Daily Press Staff
Silver City Daily Press, NM
August 27, 2003
In another matter, a local veterinarian Donna Heite addressed the council regarding a proposed trap-neuter-release program aimed at controlling the feral cat population.
"Spay , Neuter and Protect has great intentions," she said. "But we feel that it is in the best interest of our clientele to not support the trap-neuter-release program."
She added that local veterinarians have agreed to not provide post-surgical care for the animals, citing that the program could cause an increase in zoonotic diseases like rabies, the plague, toxoplasmosis and feline leukemia, which would result in a public health concern.
Seibel suggested that local veterinarians and members of SNAP meet to discuss the issue.

TNR Workshop Organized by Alley Cat Allies
August 28, 2003
Arlington, VA
This workshop will not only explain the difference between stray (tame) cats and feral (wild) cats, it will provide invaluable tips and instructions on how to humanely reduce the outdoor cat population in your community.
This workshop features feral cat experts who provide basic instructions and information on creating a plan to help outdoor cats. Some of the information presented includes borrowing humane traps, trapping cats and getting in touch with local veterinarians or low cost spay/neuter clinics that will perform surgery on feral cats.
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Lubber Run Community Center
300 N. Park Dr.
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 228-4712
Near the corner of N. Park Drive and 3rd Street North
Email if you need directions.

Robben Island feral cats are for the birds, says UCT expert
August 28, 2003
By John Yeld
Cape Argus, Africa

New group helping unwanted pets
New nonprofit group assists with spaying, neutering of cats and dogs.
By ROBIN BROWN, Staff reporter
The News Journal, DE

Rewards offered for tips on cat deaths in West Seattle
By Sarah Anne Wright, staff reporter
Seattle Times, WA
Thursday, August 28, 2003

Feline hat trick
Boca city worker who helped rescue kittens from sewer line adopts all three.
Thursday, August 28, 2003
by Dale M. King
Boca Raton News, FL

Code change would limit number of pets in a home
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Sauk Valley Newspapers, IL

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

From Neighborhood Cats in NYC:
The Proof Is In - TNR Works!
(August 24, 2003)
Trap-neuter-return (TNR) was introduced to the United States in the early 1990's and since that time, the method has become increasingly utilized in communities across the country. Some in the animal welfare world debate whether it's humane to maintain cats living outside and others voice concern over the impact of feral cats on wildlife. But when it comes to reducing cat overpopulation, the evidence is loud and clear - TNR works.

In San Diego, the Feral Cat Coalition introduced TNR in 1992 on a county-wide basis. By 1994, despite the opposition of animal control, euthanasia rates at county shelters for all cats, domestic and feral, had dropped by 40%. In a city-wide TNR program led by the San Francisco SPCA during the 1990's, euthanasia rates dropped over a six year period by over 70%, again for both domestic and feral cats. On a smaller scale, we have had a similar experience here in New York City where we began implementing TNR on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 1999. From that time through the first half of 2003, the intake rate for stray cats entering city shelters from this neighborhood has dropped by 73%. The rate dropped 59% in the first year alone. Elsewhere in the city, intake rates were generally stable or rising.
The evidence of TNR's effectiveness does not end there. In Maricopa County, Arizona, eight years of a TNR program has seen the euthanasia rate drop from 23 cats per 1000 county residents to only 8 cats per 1000. In southern Florida, where local TNR programs were introduced in the early 1990's, euthanasia by animal control has dropped by half with most of the decline attributed to fewer cats being killed. For example, in 2001, all shelters combined in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami corridor euthanized 14.1 cats and dogs per 1000 residents, compared to 33.0 per 1000 in 1997. In Tampa, where TNR has not been implemented, the euthanasia rate in 2001 was 32.4 cats and dogs per 1000 residents, while across the bay in St. Petersburg where TNR has been widely practiced, the rate is only 13.7.
Euthanasia rates drop with TNR programs primarily for two reasons - fewer cats being born on the streets means fewer cats entering shelters and being euthanized because they're too wild to be adopted or there aren't enough homes. In addition, lower intake rates mean less competition for cats already in the shelter system for spots in adoptive homes.
Support for TNR also comes from the academic community. Dr. Julie Levy, DVM, recently published an eleven year study of a TNR program conducted at her campus at the University of Florida, Gainsville. (Evaluation of the effect of a long-term trap-neuter-return and adoption program on a free-roaming cat population, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 222, No. 1, January 1, 2003.) The program resulted in a 66% decline in the feral population over the course of the study. Dr. Levy concluded that, "A comprehensive long-term program of neutering followed by adoption or return to the resident colony can result in reduction of free-roaming cat populations in urban areas." Dr. Margaret Slater, DVM, of Texas A&M (author of Community Approaches to Feral Cats: Problems, Alternatives & Recommendations), has also conducted on-campus studies of TNR and is a strong proponent of the method.
There can no longer be any question TNR is effective when properly implemented on a community-wide scale if the bottom line is lowering feral and stray cat populations. And for most communities, reducing the street cat population is the bottom line because it means less euthanasia, more cost savings and a better public image.
Because of TNR's critical role, the utility of the method should not be obscured by the debate over whether cats belong outside or whether ferals reduce wildlife populations. Like it or not, tens of millions of cats live outdoors and saying they shouldn't or passing laws banning them isn't going to change that basic fact. Likewise, if ferals are killing off wildlife, the answer is fewer feral cats and TNR alone has been shown to achieve this. No other method, such as trap and kill, has ever done the same.
If we are ever going to reach the point when only the terminally ill and suffering are euthanized, the time has come for TNR to be embraced at the forefront of the no-kill movement. As a community, we must move beyond questioning whether TNR is an enlightened and humane practice and concentrate instead on developing methods to spread and improve its long-term implementation.

"Cat People: The History of Pups, Kitties & Other Household Pets is Examined in Playful & Poignant `Petropolis'"
(New York Resident, July 21, 2003)
This review of the "Petropolis" exhibit at the New-York Historical Society (which runs through November 9, 2003 at W.77th St. & CPW) includes an interview with Executive Director Bryan Kortis, who states in part, "There's an enormous street-cat population. It's the number one reason why there's so much euthanasia in the city's shelters."

Video in honor of all the homeless animals.
Have sound on, use full screen.

Council Restricts Sale Of Cats, Dogs
Wed, Aug 27, 2003
By John L. Moore
The Morning News/ •
Morning News, AR
ROGERS -- Members of the Rogers City Council approved an ordinance restricting the sale of cats and dogs in the city to people with a business license.
That ordinance requires a potential seller of cats or dogs to obtain:
• Written permission from a property owner if the animals are being sold on private property.
• A business license from the city.
• A peddler's permit, if required.
The ordinance also requires sellers to provide a bill of rights to the buyer stating that the buyer can get reimbursement for veterinary expenses, if a veterinarian determines that the pet was unfit to be sold due to illness, a congenital malformation that adversely affects the health or the presence of a contagious disease.

Calgary Humane society takes Airdrie's cats
Aug 26 2003
CBC Calgary, Canada

Council continues to debate animal control
By:Kent Thompson , Managing Editor
Iowa Falls Times Citizen, IA

Several East Boothbay Cats Trapped, Found At Shelter
Aug 21, 2003
Boothbay Register, ME

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Opinion: More people should care about KARE
[no-kill Kat Orphanage in Edmeston]
The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY
Monday, August 25, 2003

Judge: 100 Cats In Indiana Home Is Too Many
House Declared Unfit For Human Habitation
August 26, 2003
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.

Judge orders remaining 50 cats removed from house
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Program targets feral cats
By Fred Carroll
Published August 26, 2003
Hampton Roads Daily Press, VA,0,292967.story?coll=dp-news-local-final

Chambersburg woman gives 18 feral cats a home
By KAREN CAMPBELL, Staff writer
Chambersburg Public Opinion, PA
August 25, 2003 10:57 PM.

All dogs and cats should be licensed
By Frederic Smith for the Tribune
August 26, 2003
Bismarck Tribune, ND

Monday, August 25, 2003

Group doesn't pussyfoot around in cat rescue mission
By WENDI WINTERS For The Capital
Published August 25, 2003
The Capital, Annapolis, Md.

Domestic cats target of Tasmanian Greens' bill
Tue, 26 Aug 2003
ABC Online, Australia

Law addresses vicious dogs, pet populations
August 25, 2003
Alton Telegraph, IL

Volunteers flock to Waltham shelter
By Melissa Beecher / Tribune Staff Writer
Monday, August 25, 2003
Daily News Tribune, MA.

Cats need heartworm protection
Monday, August 25th, 2003
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC

The Birmingham News, AL - Aug 24, 2003
AU veterinarian donates prize money:
AUBURN - An Auburn University veterinarian who was named the companion animal veterinarian of the year by the American Veterinary Medical Association has donated the $20,000 prize to charities that help animals.
Dr. Brenda Griffin, an assistant research professor in the AU College of Veterinary Medicine's Scott-Ritchey Research Center, received the 2003 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award. The award recognized her work to control pet overpopulation and efforts to promote the human-animal bond.
Griffin is donating the money to the college's student educational program "Strategies for Pet Population Control," the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians and the humane societies in Lee County, Ala., and Muscogee County, Ga.

Cell tower role in birds' deaths triggers inquiry
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The federal government is beginning an investigation into bird kills caused by communications towers.

America tries to cut toll of 50m migrating birds killed by phone masts
Paul Brown, environment correspondent
August 22, 2003
The Guardian, UK
A federal investigation has been launched into the plight of up to 50 million migratory birds killed each year by mobile phone and broadcast masts strung across the US.,12271,1027336,00.html

Environmentalists Angry Over Bird Inquiry
By Mark Rockwell
August 20, 2003
news@2 direct
Wireless Week

Sunday, August 24, 2003

Local Briefs
August 24, 2003
Tecumseh (MI) - Cat meeting scheduled
An organizational meeting of the Tecumseh Cat Management Project will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the city council chambers at Tecumseh City Hall, 309 E. Chicago Blvd.
Persons interested in working to reduce the feral cat population in Tecumseh are encouraged to attend. Acting City Manager Mack Haun said a non-profit organization has been established that will oversee the cat management project, but people are needed to organize and run the program. Last year several people living near downtown Tecumseh complained of cats damaging property and otherwise being nuisances.
Adrian Daily Telegram, MI

Commentary: Cats and dogs (and hedgehogs too)
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Valletta Times, Malta

Bend woman gives up 25 cats, straining shelters.
Adults available for adoption now; a dozen kittens in a month.
By Barney Lerten, (
August 23, 2003 10:39 pm
Not all mass-animal acquisitions by Central Oregon are notorious and heart-rending, at least not in terms of lots of sick pets whose owners got in over their heads, and failed to do anything about it. On Friday, 25 cats, half of them kittens, were given up to authorities by a Bend woman unable to care properly for them., OR

When stuff runs amok
Pittsfield attempts to deal with illness of hoarding.
By Jack Dew
Berkshire Eagle Staff
Pittsfield has now created a hoarding task force that includes the Fire Department, the mayor's office, the Health Department, building inspectors, elder services, the city solicitor, mental health agencies and the animal control officer (animal hoarding, in which the sufferer accumulates dozens and sometimes even hundreds of animals -- most often cats -- is related to the hoarding of objects).
Acting Fire Chief Stephen Duffy said the task force was formed because officials realized that different agencies were coming across these people individually and were often incapable of helping them on their own.
Now, the task force has identified about a dozen cases around the city that it is actively investigating or trying to fix. When people say the task force is meddling in private problems, Duffy points out that these private problems can rapidly become a public threat and present a real fire and health hazard.
Frost is among a group of professionals awarded a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to test a treatment manual for people who suffer from hoarding. The grant starts on Sept. 1. While Frost said the treatment has been successful, it is long and involved, requires a lengthy follow-up, and works only for people willing to seek help.
Officials and doctors alike agree that, in most cases, the community fails to fix the problem. It might clear out a house or even tear it down, causing incredible upset to the hoarder, but that person then often goes to live somewhere else and starts hoarding all over again.,1413,101~7514~1588764,00.html

Cat control by shooting
Hobart Mercury, Australia,5936,7048771%255E3462,00.html

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Q: A neighbor on my street sets a trap and catches cats and kittens. His wife has them neutered mostly without the owners' permission. Afterwards, the animals are supposedly set free. Is that legal? It may be good in some ways but it also sounds like cruelty to animals.
— R. L. P.
A: If the cats have tags, an owner could charge this neighbor with theft.
If the cats do not have tags or other signs of ownership and are trapped on the neighbor's property, the neighbor is not breaking any laws, says Dorinda Pulliam at Animal Control. A conversation with your neighbor will probably reveal the neutering is an attempt to humanely reduce the overpopulation of feral cats.
Saturday, August 23, 2003
Austin American Statesman, TX

Man builds cat home for Nevada friend
on Saturday, August 23
Provo Daily Herald, UT

Declawing cats considered unnecessary and inhumane
Alameda Times-Star, CA
Saturday, August 23, 2003,1413,125~1549~1587424,00.html

23 August 2003
Plymouth Evening Herald, UK

Friday, August 22, 2003

Keep sights on foxes, not cats: zoologist
Saturday, 23 August 2003
Tasmania Examiner, Australia

Neuter cats call as more ditched
By Staff Reporter
Belfast Telegraph, Ireland
22 August 2003

Stopping the stray cat strut
Dalhousie prof's birth control vaccine could curb feline numbers.
By Jennifer Stewart
Friday, August 22, 2003
The Halifax Herald, Canada

Raccoon rabies target of joint attack
Aug 22 2003
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick, Canada and Maine, USA

Officials sniff out big mess in 'Burgh home
By: Jeff Buell , The Record
Troy Record, NY

For now, cats and kids are free to roam in Birdsboro.
State bureaucracy has undermined Birdsboro’s plans to control wild ranging cats and wild kids, at least for the moment.
Jerry End, Special to The Mercury
Pottstown Mercury, PA

Dead cats leave family confused, concerned
Samara Cygman
Rocky View Times, Canada
August 21, 2003

Cleanup starts on house full of cats
By Kay Luna
11:16 pm, Thursday, August 21st, 2003
Bettendorf News, IA,1016671

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Kitty tale is one of rescue
Published: August 21, 2003
Union Democrat, CA

U.S. Facing Feral-Dog Crisis
Maryann Mott
for National Geographic News
August 21, 2003

Feral cats in the gun
Hobart Mercury, Australia,5936,7028829%255E3462,00.html

Thank you to Doug for submitting the following:

Cat shelter fights for its life: Too many kittens
Press & Sun-Bulletin
Endicott NY

Trap-neuter-release efforts spark animal-control debate.
Thursday, August 21, 2003
North Jersey Media Group, NJ

Lawsuit against Lenoir SPCA dismissed.
By Sandy Wall, Staff Writer
Kinston Free Press, NC

When nature calls Jennie Gates answers.
By Tim Murphy / Correspondent
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Medfield Press, MA

From FIREPAW's Animal News 8/19/03:
Group steps in to help solve stray-cat spat.
Evanston felines will be neutered.
By Brian Cox
Special to the Tribune
Published August 19, 2003
Copyright © 2003, Chicago Tribune
IL-An animal humane group in Downers Grove has come to the assistance of an elderly Evanston woman whose habit of feeding stray cats has upset city officials and neighbors.
Cherie Travis, president of People and Animals in Community Together, said volunteers plan to start catching, neutering and vaccinating stray cats near Eva Rokossowski's home in the 1900 block of Grant Street.
Evanston animal-control officers euthanized at least 14 cats trapped around Rokossowski's home in recent months after neighbors complained that the cats were smelly and noisy.
"I was really disappointed to hear that Evanston is killing stray cats," Travis said. "There are much better and more humane solutions."
Rokossowski said she was thrilled by the offer.
"I'm very happy about this," she said. "After all, I don't want these cats to breed. I would appreciate this if it means the cats will not be killed."
Rokossowski, 72, has fed and housed stray cats in her back yard for 20 years. She said the cats have eliminated a rat and mouse problem in the area. But her neighbors complained to city officials that the cats have created a public health problem.
In response, the city has taken steps to shut down Rokossowski's feline refuge. City inspectors went through her back yard a few weeks ago and issued seven citations for public health and property standard violations.
She could be fined anywhere from $10 to $750 when she appears for an administrative hearing at the Evanston Civic Center on Sept. 4, city officials said.
Rokossowski said she plans to continue feeding the cats if they come to her yard.
"I don't think I did anything wrong," she said. "These are poor homeless cats that are not harming anyone. They run away from people. Can you blame them?
"Some of those cats were with me for 10 years. I still cannot get over it."
Travis said wild cats are a problem in communities across Illinois, and the humane solution is to trap, neuter, vaccinate and release them.
"After that, the majority of the cat's nuisance behavior stops," Travis said. "I was very saddened to think Mrs. Rokossowski is facing charges from the city because she tried to do a kindly act. She just needs some help."
Ald. Elizabeth Tisdahl (7th) said she has secured a $1,000 donation for Travis' organization to trap, vaccinate and neuter the stray cats.
"I think it's very sad to kill the cats, but people have complained about the strays," Tisdahl said. "I think this is a much better solution."

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

The humane touch.
Seminar audience told that trapping a cat is better than doing nothing.
Pioneer Press Online, IL
August 20, 2003

8-20, Local: Animal Protection League to open Longview office.
News Journal, TX

Del.'s piping plover population enjoys banner year.
By Molly Murray, Daily Times Staff Writer
Salisbury Daily Times, DE.
August 20, 2003

Animals for adoption
Naragansett Times, RI

Fierce-dog law signed
By Kurt Erickson
Capitol bureau chief
Bloomington Pantagraph, IL
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
"The law, which went into effect Tuesday, also allows counties to pass ordinances requiring that dogs and cats be implanted with microchips as a way to track ownership of the animals.
Initially, the bill's sponsor had sought to force all dog and cat owners to have the special microchips implanted in their animals. State Rep. Angelo "Skip" Saviano, R-Elmwood Park, later changed the measure to allow counties to decide whether to mandate the procedure."

Pet euthanasia: A difficult job that won't go away.
Bob Gwaltney
August 19, 2003
Henderson Gleaner, KY,1626,ECP_734_2191906,00.html

Rescuers have heart for 60 cats
Of The Post and Courier Staff
August 20, 2003

Kitty litter surpasses 60; has run of west-side home.
Shannon Boklaschuk
The StarPhoenix
Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Workshop deals with animal ordinance.
Lake City Reporter, FL.
August 19, 2003.

'Mouse-free disneyland' for cats in Kolkata.
Sify, India.
Tuesday, 19 August , 2003.

After a 3-week quarantine, city's shelter reopens.
Providence Journal Bulletin (subscription), RI.
August 19, 2003.

Fixing pets on a fixed budget - Trying to boost adoption rate,
low-cost clinic spays and neuters.
Star Gazette
Elmira NY
August 19, 2003

Monday, August 18, 2003

Animal control runs in the family: Nicole Thompson picks up where her stepdad left off.
Yardley News, PA.
August 18, 2003.

The Dynamics of Spay/Neuter.
By Joshua Frank, Ph.D. and Pamela Carlisle-Frank, Ph.D. of FIREPAW, NY.
Paws to Think Magazine, Summer 2003, page 12-13.
Downloadable at The Pet Savers Foundation

Neuter Scooter visits Newburgh, IN.
Reporter: Sarah Brownlee.
August 17, 2003

Thank you to Dani for the following link:
Los Angeles

The two of spayeds.
Veterinarian couple takes trailer on the road to help control cat population.
By Swathi Sridharan.
Dayton Daily News, OH.

Volunteers needed at local cat shelter.
By Melissa Beecher / Tribune Staff Writer.
Monday, August 18, 2003.
Newton Daily News Tribune, MA.

Animal control laws corralled.
By Darrell Edward Ehrlick.
The Herald Journal, Logan UT.
Sunday, August 17, 2003.

Sunday, August 17, 2003

Feral-cat disaster predicted. Calls for Government action.
Monday, 18 August 2003.
Tasmania Examiner, Australia.

More animals are being abandoned.
Owners say they can't afford their pets anymore.
Aug. 16, 2003.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI.

Animal Sheltering Magazine.
From the May-June 2003 Issue:

In the Company of Others.
British study finds felines are fond of the familiar, showing more signs of stress in colony rooms than in expansive living arrangements that allow them to be alone or with old friends.>

And Then There Were 22 ...
Study conducted at a Florida university finds that patience, diligence, and discretion in a trap-neuter-return program can cut free-roaming cat numbers

Pet Project: Researchers Explore Cats’ Reactions to Being Petted.

Saturday, August 16, 2003

Today is National Homeless Animals' Day 2003.


International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR)
Enter zip code and click on Events in left menu bar.

Online vigils:


The Animal Spirit (who created the No Excuses Campaign)


Wonderful video created by one individual to honor feral cats -- thank you again, Dawn!

Resident appreciates cat ordinance.
Letters to the Herald.
Windsor-Hights Herald, NJ.
August 15, 2003.

Anegada iguanas surveyed.
BVI Beacon.
--Friday, 15 August 2003--

E Magazine Reports on "The Raging Debate Over Feral Cats".
Pick up a copy of the Sept/Oct 2003 issue of E Magazine and read "Kitty the Killer? The Raging Debate Over Feral Cats." The article features an interview with ACA's Donna Wilcox.
August 15, 2003, Alley Cat Allies.

Blog Note: The Sept/Oct 2003 issue of E Magazine should be available online soon. Click on current issue tab at:

Crackdown on pets?
By KAREN TOLKKINEN, Staff Reporter.
Montgomery Independent, AL.

'Trap, neuter, release' of cats dangerous to other animals.
The News-Messenger, OH.
Thursday, August 14, 2003.

Friday, August 15, 2003

Stray cat program questioned.
A neutering program for stray cats in Perry County is going strong despite a potential legal challenge.
By Karla Browne.
August 15, 2003.
Carlisle Sentinel, PA.

Pets: Raising Orphan Kittens.
15 August 2003, Friday.
Novinite, Bulgaria.

Cats can now be adopted from one local shelter.
CHAMBERSBURG, (Franklin County) PA.
By Brandee Coleman.
August 15, 2003.

Mayor Appoints Six To City Boards: Sullivan, MO.
Alderperson Judy McPherson and Alderman Carl Sohn reported that they have received a number of reports of stray cats roaming Orchard
McPherson stated she would like to see more proactive approaches to the problem of stray animals, such as the Op-Spot program.
Aug 14, 2003.
Sullivan Independent News, MO.

Traveller Tibby is welcomed home.
15 August 2003.
Bury Free Press, UK.

Pets should be vaccinated, animal control officials warn.
A cat fight Saturday night in Blounts Creek led to confirmation of Beaufort County's second case of rabies this year.
Washington Daily News, NC.
Thursday, August 14, 2003.

Burlco urges precautions after rise in rabies cases.
By CAROL COMEGNO, Courier-Post Staff.
Cherry Hill Courier Post, NJ.
Thursday, August 14, 2003.

Yet another cat house uncovered in city.
Joel Furfari.
Pawtucket Times, RI.

Trash, cemetery upset SC residents.
By MELISSA ST. AUDE., Daily Press Staff.
In other business, May asked councilors to consider taking a stand against the proposed spay/neutering program for feral cats.
"All area vets are against this program and say it is unhealthy and is inviting the plague and other diseases," May said.
Silver City Daily Press, NM.
August 13, 2003.

Town saves kitten.
Orange Bulletin, CT.

Adopt through the Cat Connection.
Newton Tab, MA.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003.

Rabies On The Rise In South Jersey.
KYW 1060, PA.
Aug 13, 2003.

Rise in animal kills at shelter 'seasonal'.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
August 13, 2003.

Kittens in need of home.
By Croydon Guardian, UK.
Wednesday 13th August 2003.

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Permission received to post:

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Manuals -- English, Spanish, French:

We now have English, Spanish, and French versions of the manual "Trap-Neuter-Return: Working with Feral Cats," which was recently written by Neighborhood Cats of New York City and translated into Spanish and French by ANIMAL PEOPLE.

If you would like to receive one or more of these articles in email text, please contact me at and specify which language(s) you want it in.

Also please visit the Spanish and French subsections of our website where new articles are posted frequently. --Kim Bartlett, Publisher of ANIMAL PEOPLE

Blog Note: The TNR manuals can be read online at:


Cats are dumped as owners head for sun.
By Lee Watton.
Aug 13, 2003, 11:14:00.
Express & Star, UK.

Help county ease threat of West Nile virus.
By: Mae Rhine , Managing Editor.
Lambertville Beacon, NJ.

National Homeless Animals Day.
by , Malta.
Tuesday, 12 August, 2003.

Opinion: Letters.
Campaign for safe cats.
Tuesday, August 12, 2003.
Journal Star, Lincoln, NE.

The dog (and cat) days of summer.
By Barb Ickes, Columnist.
10:55 pm, Monday, August 11th, 2003.
Quad City Times, Davenport, IA.,1016222

Lines drawn in the litterbox.
Locals share opinions during public hearing on city's animal ordinance.
Lake City Reporter, FL.
August 12, 2003.

Locals share opinions during public hearing on city's animal ordinance.
Plan To Trap, Neuter Release Feral Cats Found Unlawful.
Game Commission: Releasing Cat Into Wild Is Illegal.
POSTED: 12:00 p.m. EDT August 11, 2003.
WGAL, PA (Associated Press)

Menu Foods Income Fund announces an agreement to supply all P&G Iams' North American requirements for wet pet food.
TORONTO, Aug. 12.
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada.

Cat has nine lives - and 24 toes.
By Tamsin McMahon.
Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 07:00.
The Kingston Whig-Standard, Canada.

City OKs second reading of new rabies vaccination policy.
jchapman@amarillonet .
August 12, 2003
Amarillo Globe News, TX.

Blue Cross All About Pets Campaign.
Submitted by: Steve O'Malley.
Tuesday 12 August 2003.
UKPets, UK.

Stray Cats Remain Out Of Political Control, Too.
By Nicole M. Reome/Fulton Bureau Chief.
Oswego Daily News, NY.
August 11, 2003.§ion=home&network=oswego

Monday, August 11, 2003

Dozens of cats find new homes.
Tim Grace.
Pawtucket Times, RI.

Cats overrun animal shelter.
PROVIDENCE (AP) -- Pawtucket's animal shelter is filled with cats, leading city officials to consider rules limiting the number people can
Associated Press.
Woonsocket Call, RI.

Odor from 45 felines nauseates neighbors.
By Kay Luna.
Bettendorf News, IA.
August 10, 2003.,1016194

Combat animal hoarding.
Providence Journal Bulletin, RI.
August 11, 2003.

Creature discomforts.
In the past two months, Italians have abandoned around one in 10 of their pets. John Hooper reports on efforts to encourage more
responsible behaviour
John Hooper.
Guardian, UK.
Monday August 11, 2003.,7792,1016471,00.html

Purrfect Solution Pondered.
By William Murphy, STAFF WRITER.
August 11, 2003.,0,879454.story?coll=ny-health-headlines

Keep your pets home.
Public Forum.
Salt Lake Tribune, UT.
August 11, 2003.

Birds losing their battle for nesting space on Connecticut beaches.
By Heather O'Neill, Special Correspondent.
Stamford Advocate, CT.
August 11, 2003.,0,7653959.story?coll=stam-news-local-headlines


State won't allow plan to trap, neuter and release feral cats.
The Associated Press.
Information from: Reading Eagle.
Penn Live, PA.

State won't allow plan to trap, neuter and release feral cats.
NEPA News, PA.

Feral Cat Plan Deemed Unlawful.

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Cat mutilations turn out to be work of their predators.
By Valerie Richardson.
August 10, 2003.

Camco animal shelter besieged.
Operators accuse critics of carrying out vendetta.
Cherry Hill Courier Post, NJ.
Sunday, August 10, 2003

Who will save the spectacled petrel?
[Ascension Island]
Independent, UK.
10 August 2003.

Saturday, August 09, 2003

Unwelcome mat set out for cats.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 8/8/03.

FORUM: Loose cats.
Do you consider free-roaming cats a nuisance?
Tell us what you think.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 8/7/03.

Nearly 100 felines removed from local home.
Tim Grace 08/09/2003.
Pawtucket Times, RI.

Wildcats and dingoes 'not worth protecting'.
Rachel Nowak, Melbourne.
Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition.
10:30 09 August 03.

Friday, August 08, 2003

Cats and Dogs Farmed For Fur.
Paul Stevenson.
Feline Online, UK.
August 8, 2003.

Keep 'em safe at home.
The town of Wallingford is considering an animal control ordinance that would require cat owners to register and tag their pets and to
restrict cats' movements to their owners' property. We think Amity officials should follow suit.
Editorial Staff.
Ivorytown Beacon, CT.
August 7, 2003.

Education campaign considers endangered species.
Thursday, 7 August 2003.

Volunteer Opportunities.
Coastal View News, CA.
Catalysts for Cats. Help reduce the overpopulation of feral cats. Catalysts for Cats needs volunteers to feed cats or foster them. Food
donations welcome. Call 685-1563 for more information.

New group is friend to feral felines.
By: Scott Morgan, Staff Writer 08/07/2003.
Bordentwo Register News, NJ.

Thursday, August 07, 2003

RSPCA purring over cat registration plan.
ABC Regional Online, Australia.
Thursday, 7 August 2003.

First NIPSCO cats get homes.
By Charles M. Bartholomew, Post-Tribune correspondent.
Gary Post Tribune, IN.
Aug 7, 2003.

Fur flies in 'nuisance cats' row on street.
Walsall News, UK.
Aug 6, 2003, 08:54:00.

Sports Spasms.
By Jim Barker.
Alva Review Courier, OK.

Palmyra chairman recalled over cat killing accusations.
Journal Star, PALMYRA, Neb. (AP).
August 6, 2003.

South Wales Evening Post, AU.
14:00 - 05 August 2003.

3 more birds test positive for virus.
News 14 Charlotte, NC.

100 Years Ago: August 5, 1903.
Monday. Chicken Killing Cats Must Scat.
By Bill Coate-- Correspondent.
The Madera Tribune, CA.
Tuesday, August 05, 2003.

Comeau balances human, wildlife needs when conflicts occur.
By Diane C. Beaudoin.
Townsend Times, MA.
Wednesday, August 06, 2003.,1413,112~6010~1554873,00.html

Round Rock shortening leash on pet ownership.
4 may be the limit for cats, dogs.
By Camille Wheeler.
Wednesday, August 6, 2003.
Austin American Statesman, TX

Family fears missing cat may be victim of coyote.
Elizabeth Bento, Special to the Register.
New Haven Register, CT.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Letters to the Editor.
Tuesday - August 5, 2003.
Williamsport Sun-Gazette, PA.
Dog, cat owners equals.

Overpopulation of cats.

El Pasoans embrace feral cat trap program.
Diminishing funds dampen success.
Erica Molina, El Paso Times
Tuesday, August 5, 2003.

Wildlife encroaches on Eastside.
By Maria Gonzalez.
Seattle Times Eastside bureau.
Tuesday, August 05, 2003.

Woman not giving up on cat project.
By Carolyn Kessel / News Staff Writer.
Framingham Metro West Daily News, MA.
Tuesday, August 5, 2003.

Rabid skunk opens Pandora's box.
Humane Society orders G.I. woman to get farm cats vaccinated.
By Tracy Overstreet, toverstreet@theindependent
Grand Island Independent, NE.
Tuesday, August 5, 2003.

Stricter animal control laws target overpopulation.
By: Antonio Castelan.
News 8 Austin, TX.

What's animal control doing?
Opinion/Letters: SALLY E. MEARS.
Modesto Bee, CA.
August 4, 2003.

Monday, August 04, 2003

Who let the cats out? An idea blossoms at Flower Mart.
By Mariel Garza, Staff Writer.
L.A. Daily News.
Sunday, August 03, 2003.,1413,200~20954~1550264,00.html

Sunday, August 03, 2003

Trap-neuter-return for feral cats.
Arizona Daily Star.
July 29, 2003.

Feral Cats: No Simple Solution.
by Stacy Conroy.
Riverwest Currents, Milwaukee, WI.
June 2003.

Feral Cats and Native Birds.
by gloria scholbe.
Holistic Bird Newsletter.
View Point, Spring 2003.

Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
Humane Society Announces It Will No Longer Accept Trapped Cats,
Advocates Community Trap-Neuter-Return Programs for Feral Cat Colonies.
July 2003.

Permission to post from FIREPAW, NY:
Update: Caring 4 Feral Cats-NYC.
August 1, 2003.
This month's news from Neighborhood Cats:
TNR works! - Here's the proof:
Neighborhood Cats began introducing trap-neuter-return (TNR) to New York City in the fall of 1999. Because of where most of our members live, the Upper West Side of Manhattan has received the most concentrated TNR effort from us among NYC communities.
Other organizations (The Artemis Project, Manhattan Valley Rescue, Art for Animals) and numerous individuals have also contributed substantially to the TNR effort in this neighborhood. Recently acquired statistics from the CACC (Center for Animal Care &Control) show that from 1999 until today, the number of stray cats entering city shelters from the Upper West Side has dropped by 73 percent! (277 in 1999; 38 through the first half of 2003; zip codes 10023, 10024 &10025.) In the first year alone (from 1999 to 2000), the rate dropped by 59 percent (277 in 1999, 114 in 2000.) We have been informed that elsewhere in the city, the rates were generally going up during these years.
Lowering the number of strays who enter city shelters has numerous positive consequences. First, many strays are unadoptable, so fewer coming in means lower euthanasia rates. Second, adoptable cats already in the shelters have less competition for homes from kittens born outdoors and friendly strays. Third, animal control gains cost savings by the lower volume of cats to handle.
There is no reason why similar dramatic reductions cannot be achieved in a city-wide TNR program, for which Neighborhood Cats is currently advocating. Both San Francisco (71 percent drop in euthanasia rate for all cats after six years) and San Diego (over 40 percent drop after two years) prove this. While the initial outlay of resources (coordination of trapping &providing free spay/neuter) may be above the normal budget for feral cats, the savings in the long-run would be enormous and dwarf the initial investment. Above all, TNR hastens the arrival of a true no-kill city in which no animals are euthanized unless mortally ill, whether feral, friendly or in-between.

Cats 'not on top of food chain'.
Police confirm wildlife to blame for mutilations.
By Sheba R. Wheeler, Denver Post Staff Writer.
Sunday, August 03, 2003,1413,36~53~1547768,00.html

Wild animals to blame for Colorado cat mutilations, as in Utah.
The Associated Press. St. Lake Tribune.
Saturday, August 02, 2003.

Investigators: Animals Killed Cats, Not Humans.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) The Associated Press.
Aug 1, 2003.

It's Official: Most Cat Mutilations Were From Predators.
by The Associated Press contributed to this report.
August 1, 2003.

Distemper outbreak puts cat adoptions on hold in Pa.
By Richard Belisle.
Hagerstown Morning Herald, MD.
Friday, August 1, 2003.

Disease kills 40 cats at Lake Park animal shelter.
By Anthony Man, Staff Writer.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
August 1 2003.,0,1889309.story?coll=sfla-news-palm

Deadly Virus Threatens Kittens At Cat Shelter.
Adopt-A-Cat Shelter Under Quarantine.
July 31, 2003.

Friday, August 01, 2003

MildCats' calling: Fix ASU feral woes.
William Hermann.
The Arizona Republic.
Aug. 1, 2003.

Pithy Points from PC.
Friday, August 01, 2003.
By PC the Cat.
Amador Ledger Dispatch, CA.

Call for NT feral cat bounty.
ABC Regional Online, Australia.
Friday, 1 August 2003.

Local City Considering Policy Banning Feeding Feral Cats.
July 31, 2003.