Friday, September 3, 2004
Feral Cat Network Announcements
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Subj: Online Conference on Feral Cats!
Date: 9/3/2004 12:52:23 PM Pacific Daylight Time
What can you learn from a Feral Friend?
"Everything you need to know about a feral spay/neuter program, but were afraid to ask” is an online conference presented by Susan Kilgore of Feral Friends, TX and will be offered as a PETsMART Charities’ webinar in September.
If you've ever wondered how to incorporate a feral spay/neuter program into your existing rescue, this presentation is for you! Don't know where to start? No idea how to fund it? Operational questions? Publicity concerns? Just don't have TIME? Find out how Feral Friends did it - on a shoestring budget, and with only a handful of volunteers!
Learn the "in's and out's" of the Race to Reduce Litters Network Program and find out how you can help feral cats in your area. Together we can each make a difference in our local communities, and across the nation!
All you need is a phone, so you can call into the conference 800 number and an Internet connected computer so you can also see the accompanying PowerPoint slides, "raise your hand" virtually to ask a question, chat with other participants, download handouts and more! If you do not have a separate internet connection and phone line and would like to attend, please feel free to contact Robin and she can get you the information to join via just the teleconference. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 1-800-738-1385, ext. 2487.
This session will be offered three times during the month; however, seating is limited, so you will want to register early. Also, if you register one person and have a speaker phone, you can gather several people around the computer to participate in the webinar. These sessions are filling up quickly, so you will want to pre-register at http://feralpower.c.topica.com/maacCn7aa9Jc4a7NpDPb/ Event dates and times are listed below:
Thursday, September 9 (9:00 a.m. Pacific, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 11:00 a.m. Central, 12:00 p.m. Eastern)
Thursday, September 16 (11:00 a.m. Pacific, 12:00 p.m. Mountain, 1:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Tuesday, September 21 (11:00 a.m. Pacific, 12:00 p.m. Mountain, 1:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Eastern)
There will even be a drawing at the end of each session and a random member of the audience will win a door prize!
If you have any questions at all about how the webinars work, please feel free to contact Robin at 1-800-738-1385, ext. 2487.
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American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AAWV) PRESIDENTS REPORT 2003-04
Submitted by David A. Jessup
The management of feral cats, their impacts on wildlife and the involvement of the veterinary profession in trap, neuter and reabandonment (or release) programs had become a very hot issue. A paper entitled “The Welfare of Feral Cats and Wildlife“ was presented at the AVMA Animal Welfare Forum in Chicago in November, one of six invited presentations, 3 of which supported TNR and 3 of which opposed TNR. Although there were many representatives of feral cat advocacy organizations present at the meeting, most reactions were positive or at least appreciative of perspectives they had not fully appreciated. This presentation has formed the basis for a refereed publication that will appear in JAVMA in the Fall/Winter of 2004. In addition three “letters to the editor” were written and published by JAVMA, two of them identifying the author as President of AAWV.
October 1 - 3, 2004: Raleigh Durham NC
Empty Cages: The Nineteenth Annual International Compassionate Living Festival is a joint production of the Culture and Animals Foundation and the Institute for Animals and Society. Empty Cages is at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center (the hotel operates a courtesy coach service between the hotel and Raleigh Durham Airport) on Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 3.
[You can download the program content and schedule. Features various presentations plus a Companion Animals Advocacy Panel including Becky Robinson of Alley Cat Allies, and a Wildlife Advocacy Panel. This entry will be added to the Events listing.]
[Feral Cat Blog! Note: While waiting at the vet's office yesterday, I picked up the October issue of Cat Fancy Magazine and read an article about successful Trap-Neuter-Return in a Salt Lake City cemetery. Since 2001, cats are reduced from 40 to 12 I believe, thanks to two dedicated caregivers and trappers. HUMANE MATTERS - PURR-SONALITIES: Salt Lake City twins. ]
County's timely grant could save many pets' lives
Gainesville Times, GA
... When it is finished, the new clinic will allow pet owners to spay or neuter their pets for a reduced fee, a fraction of what it costs at an animal clinic. ...
Puketi kiwi in dire peril
Stuff.co.nz - New Zealand
Kiwi will become extinct in Puketi Forest within 50 years unless stoats, weasels, ferrets and feral cats are controlled. Alarm bells ...
Group to spay, neuter feral cats in Charleston
Coos Bay World - Coos Bay, OR, USA
... Cat Coalition of Oregon clinic. The event will be co-organized by the Friends of Animals with Needs, a Coquille group that will spay, neuter and vaccinate ...
San Jose eases limits on pet ownership
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) - San Jose, CA, USA
Canine Contestants Found Their Way Into Newtown's Hearts And ...
Newtown Bee - Newtown, CT, USA
... While checks and the return addresses on envelopes predominantly ... Two canine groups, Spay and Neuter Association of ... SNAN volunteers do not trap any animals, but ...
RSPCA RAID CAT CENTRE
Cumbria Online, United Kingdom
... police. Two dead feral kittens and three other ill cats were removed from Cumbria Cat Rescue Services in Maryport yesterday. The ...
Stratford Bard, CT
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Cat sterilization clinic
As part of an ongoing effort to end feline overpopulation in the state, the nonprofit TEAM (Tait's Every Animal Matters) Mobile Feline Unit, Connecticut's only mobile spay/neuter and vaccination clinic for cats, returns to Stratford, Saturday, Sept. 9, and Thursday, Oct. 28.
The TEAM fee of $57 includes a brief exam, spay or neuter, vaccinations (rabies, distemper, upper/lower respiratory infection), nail trim and eat mite treatment (if needed). Parasite prevention and treatment also is available. All services are provided by a licensed veterinarian.
TEAM has been bringing affordable spay/neuter services to communities statewide since 1997. So far, more than 74,000 domestic and feral cats have been altered to date.
For an appointment or information call toll-free 1-(888)-FOR-TEAM (1-(888)367-8326). Callers are told where the unit parks for the day when the appointment is made. The program is recommended for kittens and cats 16 weeks of age or older.
The TEAM Mobile Unit is a project of Tait's Every Animal Matters of Westbrook.
Space Dwindles at Polk Kennels as Frances Approaches
The Ledger, FL
... Several hundred dogs and cats have made their way to the emergency shelter in Bartow ... Hough said Polk County Animal Services stopped accepting stray pets Thursday ...
Mo. college opens pet-friendly dorm wing
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA
... At Stanford University, a rescue society unaffiliated with the school has been established for stray cats around campus, many of them abandoned. ...
[Feral Cat Blog! Note: This AP story picked up around the nation.]
Director defends his 'cat-skinning' documentary
... The 90-minute documentary records the May 2001 killing of a stray cat by Jesse ... Instead, it opens with an infamous art video featuring dead cats used as hats ...
Cooperative effort promotes stray adoption in Queens
Flushing Times Ledger, NY
... By merging, according to Boks, a network developed where stray dogs and cats are taken from overcrowded shelters by mobile adoption units and showcased in ...
Kewanee Star Courier, IL
... Stray cats were taken to the pound from the 100 block of South Washington Street. Tall grass was the source of complaint received from the 700 block of East. ...
DE Residents Poisoning Cats
... Milton residents bothered by stray cats can put their name on a list at town hall. Town officials plan to look into each complaint. ...
APPEAL: Cats could be out in the cold
Peterborough Evening Telegraph, UK
STRAY cats in Peterborough could be left out in the cold unless urgent help is given to a city animal charity. That was the warning ...
Study: Cats can spread bird flu to other felines
New York Newsday, NY
WASHINGTON - Cats not only can catch the deadly bird flu but can spread it to other felines, Dutch researchers reported yesterday - raising important questions ...
[Feral Cat Blog! Note: This story picked up around the nation.]
Young Boy Accused of Abusing Kittens
Team 4 News, CA
... played target practice with kittens ... helpless felines chucked against this Bonita Park Housing Project wall. "I think she was ...