Wednesday, January 28, 2004



FC Blog Notes ~
Accessing, sharing and using daily news about animal issues such as homeless cats:
* Provides opportunity to educate and take action.
* Allows correction of false information and clarification of misunderstandings or misperceptions.
* Informs of challenges or resources in areas, if not already aware.
* Illustrates the common issues faced locally, nationally and globally.
* Helps to support others.
* Supplies valuable data.
* Highlights the need for a comprehensive cat management component that saves cat lives as part of each community's homeless animal management program.
* Gives cause to rejoice as animal lives are saved and progressive, humane, effective, cost-saving programs are practiced.
* So ..... write, call, e-mail, make contact -- and please remember to thank supportive news reporters and editors! ]

Thank you for citing Feral Cats in the News ~ the Feral Cat Blog! and the original news source(s) when using and sharing this information.
Much appreciation to all those providing a link on their websites!



Bid to cut down on strays
Shropshire Star, UK


Editorial: Stray animals need a shelter
Arlington Heights Post, IL


4 critters per home Youngtown's limit
Laurie Merrill
Arizona Republic, AZ


After report, officers take 96 cats from Beach home
By MATTHEW JONES
Virginian Pilot, VA


Coyote blamed in cat's death
By Ted Streuli
Galveston County Daily News, TX


Teen gets probation in cat killing
Counseling, curfew part of sentence
By MIKE HOYEM
The News-Press, FL


Family Cats Can Be Murder on Birds
By Gary White
The Ledger, FL


More than 50 cats taken from home
By THERESA HOGUE
Corvallis Gazette Times, OR


THE BEAST WHO WALKS
Ninemsn


City may consider new animal ordinances
By Michael Hines
Times Record News


City approves parking on south side of Pine Street
Olney Daily Mail


Minus one of her 9 lives, scrappy Sunday is ready for a new home
By Ronald Leir
New Jersey Journal, NJ


Dog smugglers peddle at railway stations and through pay-as-you-go mobile phones
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland


Animal agency gets time
Press-Enterprise (subscription), CA


Recent cases of seized pets raise specter of 'hoarding'
By KELLI SAMANTHA HEWETT
The Tennessean, TN


Gulfport to renew effort for pet-license law
By MIKE CUMMINGS
Biloxi Sun Herald, MS


Joint shelter would be joy for animals
By Amy Johnson
Virginia Gazette, VA

Tuesday, January 27, 2004



Cat Sanctuary Under Investigation
Cat Rescuers Fear Operator Is Keeping Cats In Crowded Conditions
WPBF Channel.com, FL


Alert by FeralPlace@aol.com, www.theanimalspirit.com; 1/27/04
Comments Needed: Homeless Cats In Palmyra, PA Need Your Help
For information on feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), please visit: http://www.theanimalspirit.com/feralcatnetwork.html


140 Cats Found Inside Layton House
KSL-TV, UT


Kittens rescued from icy roadway
... kittens were rescued by Anderson, who is a member of "Whisker City." The group of volunteers rescue and rehabilitate abandoned, injured or otherwise needy cats ...
KING5.com (subscription), WA


Council OKs revised animal ordinance
By Edward Husar
Quincy Herald Whig,


Coyotes attacking pets in Friendswood
KHOU, TX


Palmyra scratches stray-cat program
By DAVE PIDGEON
Lebanon Daily News, PA


Officials complete probe into cat killing: No decision reached on possible charges
By Journal staff
Idaho State Journal


Pups ‘ n Trucks , Tabbies ‘ n Tags
Teresa Biffle Duncan
Access North Georgia


Garrett officials to discuss animal control ordinance
Jo Donaldson
Cumberland Times News, MD


SPCA rescues feline friends
Distraught Walker Twp. owner gives up 11 cats
BY ANDREA T. TURANO
Schuylkill.com, PA


KSU alumni award honors veterinarian for care delivered to all creatures great, small
By HEATHER KOONTZ
Columbus Telegram, NE


Of Cats and Finance
A short but touching book prompts Mathew Emmert to take a closer look at the many talents of his feline best friend. This investigation reveals that cats just might be the best capitalists in the world.
By Mathew Emmert
Motley Fool


Cat Killing Said To Be An "Over Reaction"
KIFI, ID

Dead Cat Causes Controversy
By Hailie Brook
KIDK, ID


Akron's new motto isn't quite there yet
Readers offer suggestions for city's slogan search
By Julie Wallace
[Scroll down to, Excerpted here]
Some readers couldn't resist the chance to take digs at the city -- particularly for its enactment two years ago of a law allowing outdoor cats to be picked up by an animal warden.
It's just a guess, but we don't expect ``A vision of a feline-free future,'' ``Where Family Pets Go To Die'' or ``Where It's At, Unless You're a Cat'' to get a second glance from the civic group.
Akron Beacon Journal, OH


Hillcrest residents disturbed by animals
By Jaine Treadwell
Troy Messenger, AL


Pup survives being snatched by coyote
By SETH SLABAUGH
Muncie Star Press, IN


Raynham seeks space in city ’s shelter
Taunton Gazette, MA


Too Many Cats
By KVAL News Staff
KVAL, OR


Internet helps odd college clubs recruit
By Lynne Margolis
[Scroll down to, Excerpted here]
Another group that couldn't resist an acronym is the University of Mississippi's Feral University Rebel Rescuers (FURR).
The group is devoted to preventing euthanization of the campus's feral cat population by trapping, neutering, and releasing the untamable felines.
Christian Science Monitor

Monday, January 26, 2004



Proposed Cat Ordinance Creating Controversy
[Lubbock TX]
KCBD-TV, TX


Abandoned animals cause concern
[Rockport, ME]
By Ken Bailey
VillageSoup, United States


Paws and Effect: The birds and the bees, kitty style (rated PG)
Submitted by J.M. Kelley
By Sinéad O'Kitty and Siouxsie Mew
VillageSoup, United States


Groups challenge feds' allowing development in panther areas
By CHAD GILLIS,
Naples Daily News, FL


Life With Wildlife
By Dean Schabner
ABC News


Vet school completes $3.25 million renovations
by Jessica Harris
The Tufts Daily, MA


Furry friends keep local woman hopping
By Louise Leahy
Kerrville Daily Times, TX


Pet problems
By Elaine Pendlebury
Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, UK


Two key officials retire in Newark
... But Wolbertus will need someone to feed the three feral cats he adopted
after their mother was killed by a car in front of his house. ...
By Rob Kuznia
The Argus, CA


Pets calendar, January 26
[Excerpted here]
• Animal Rescue and Adoption Society and Every Creature Counts will host a low-cost spay and neuter clinic Feb. 2-6 at the mobile clinic in the parking lot of the shelter, 2390 S. Delaware St. The cost is $15 for feline neuters, $30 for feline spays and $30 for dogs (either). Appointments are necessary. Animals must be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 9 and picked up before 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.everycreaturecounts.org or call 303-823-5941.
Rocky Mountain News, CO


[Scroll down to]
Pets are prey to wild animals
Berkshire Eagle, MA


Haven for black stilt purchased for $10 million
Press Release: New Zealand Government
[The Black Stilt (Kaki) is a native wading bird with black plumage and long red legs.]
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand


Critters are invading Utah homes
By Kathy Stephenson
Salt Lake Tribune, UT


Retiring Humane Society director to remain involved
By ANNE C. HEYMEN
St. Augustine Record, FL


Local animal shelters contend with challenges to accomplish mission
By KAREN CLARK
Oil City Derrick, PA

Sunday, January 25, 2004



6,000 Spay-Neuters Surgeries Successfully Performed in 03
Project CatSnip
[FC Blog Note: Congratulations and much appreciation! Project CatSnip is a non-profit program of the Atlanta Animal Alliance. It was co-founded by Bob Christiansen, author of the book "Save Our Strays: How We Can End Pet Overpopulation and Stop Killing Healthy Cats and Dogs." See also the Save Our Strays website.]

Neuter For A Nickel [Atlanta]
Jan 30, 2004
CatSnip teams with SPOT and Fulton County Animal Services to offer spays & neuters for 5 Cents to people that have economic hardships.
Project CatSnip


Organization Support For Trap-Neuter-Return & Feral Cat Adoption
From The Animal Spirit - Feral Cat Network


Cat shelter controversy
An anonymous donor gives thousands of dollars to a center to relocate Surfside's beach cats, but allegations of animal abuse threaten to scuttle the plan.
BY CASEY WOODS
Miami Herald, FL


NEWS Roundup
[Scroll down to, Excerpted here]
Program offers cat services
The Spay-Neuter Assistance Program will have its monthly mobile cat clinic Wednesday.
To have a feline spayed, neutered or vaccinated for rabies, arrive by 7:30 a.m. at the H-E-B on Interstate 35 at FM 3009 in Schertz.
The clinic costs $20 and is free to those on public assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. Cats should not be fed the night before and must be brought in a carrier or pillowcase.
For more information, call (210) 673-7722.
San Antonio Express


New Article from Neighborhood Cats in NYC:
"From the Backyard to the Front Page -
Building a TNR Movement"
[This article is based on a lecture given by Executive Director Bryan Kortis at the Whole Cat Conference held at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, Mass., on October 18, 2003]


"Rikers Island TNR Program Revisited"
(ASPCA Animal Watch, Winter 2003)
[FC Blog Note: Not posted online as yet]
Neighborhood Cats: News - In the Press


Voice of the People
[Two Letters]
Press of Atlantic City, NJ


Officials say stray dogs a major problem in county
By HEATHER BREMNER
Imperial Valley Press, CA


Pet shelters claw for funding
By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press Writer
Bismarck Tribune, ND

Saturday, January 24, 2004



Cat night curfew to protect wildlife
MELISSA KETCHELL
Queensland Sunday Mail, Australia


Woman leaves behind legacy of cats
By Laura Florez
A group is forming in Visalia to help feed feral cats.
Visalia Times-Delta, CA
A neighborhood full of cats
By Laura Florez
Tulare Advance Register, CA


Citizens being informed of rabies verification program
By From staff reports
LaFAYETTE -- Chambers County residents are being notified of a rabies vaccination program that will be starting on Jan. 25. Alabama law requires that all dogs and cats over three months of age be vaccinated against rabies once a year.
Valley Times-News


[See news article posted on FC Blog under January 23]
On Alley Cat Allies' webpage today:
USDA Trapping and Killing Florida Cats
The feral cats in Key Largo, FL aren't the only cats in danger. “They are trying to lure pet cats into the traps" (more)
Go to the Florida campaign page (here) to find out how you can help all the cats in Key Largo, as well as cats suffering from cruel feeding bans in Ormond Beach and Surfside.


New facility needs donations
Adam Jarman
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA


Area lawmakers court Fletcher
[Scroll down to, excerpts here]
Thomas filed HB336 this week dealing with animal control. He’s meeting today in Frankfort with animal rights activists, including Warren County Animal Control Officer Andy McDowell, to discuss the legislation.
The proposal outlaws gunshot as a measure of euthanasia and requires rabies vaccinations for cats as well as dogs, for which they’re already required.
By Robyn L. Minor
Bowling Green Daily News, KY


Stray cats set up house in Gulfport neighborhood
Some residents want them gone, but police say it's no simple task
By ROBIN FITZGERALD and MELISSA SCALLAN
Sun Herald, MS


Animal services department disputes criticism of management
Press-Enterprise (subscription), CA


Health Risks Override Cat Lovers' Mercy Mission
[Excerpts]
A colony of feral felines at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is targeted
for removal despite group's efforts to control them. By Karima ...
... An inspection of the grounds last month by county Environmental Health Division officials identified the feral cat colony as the source of the fleas. In a Jan. ...
... Jeanne Young has spent more than a decade feeding, treating and sterilizing dozens of feral cats that roam the grounds of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. ...
Los Angeles Times (subscription)


Humane Society adoptions rise
By Jon Murray
Indianapolis Star


Kitchen appliance key to sustainable waste management
By Azlan Othman
Bru Direct, Brunei Darussalam


[VA] State Health Department Stresses Importance of Rabies Vaccinations for Pets
Business Journal of Tri Cities, TN/VA


From Left Field...Compassion at the shelter
By Bob Shraluka
Decatur Daily Democrat, IN

Friday, January 23, 2004



Maddie's Fund: No Kill Nation Newsletter
Ask the Vet
Follow-Up to Last Month's Column on Ringworm


Animal shelter review approved
Summit County will bring in national experts to evaluate the troubled program
By Lisa A. Abraham
[Excerpt]
McCarthy has blamed Akron's cat law for worsening shelter problems.
The law, which went into effect in June 2002, allows for the capture of free-roaming cats and their deposit at the shelter.
Before the law, the shelter took in about 100 cats a year -- but that number swelled to about 2,000 after the law.
Akron Beacon Journal, OH


Alert by FeralPlace@aol.com, www.theanimalspirit.com
Comments Needed: Homeless cat trapping begins in North Key Largo, FL


Plan calls for state-of-the-art pet shelter
By CURT YESKE
Trenton Times, NJ


'God's critters' find safe haven
By LINDA REDEFFER
Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic, MO


Where Success Is Skin Deep: Cosmetics in the Bershires
By: Melanie McMillan
Litchfield County Times, CT


‘Feral’ cat trapping begins in North Key Largo
BY ANN HENSON
[Scroll down to click on third Local News story]
Upper Keys Reporter, FL


Alert from FeralPlace@aol.com, www.theanimalspirit.com
Comments Needed: Help Homeless Cats In Marlboro, NJ


Letter: Feral cats won't just go away if not fed
Modesto Bee, CA


Pet project
City to vote Feb. 2 on ordinance limiting number of pets on property
By Michelle Rupe Eubanks
Times Daily, AL


Alley Cat Action
A Publication of Alley Cat Allies, the National Feral Cat Resource
(Volume 14 No. 1, Winter 2004)


Homeless shelters fill as cold blast grips area
[Excerpted here]
Humane societies in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties didn't report an upswing in stray cats and dogs brought in during the cold weather, but five stray cats have been dropped off at the animal shelter in Grafton this week.
By MEG JONES
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. WI


World can be a cold, cruel place for animals, too
Terese Karmel
Willimantic Chronicle, CT


Rehoboth residents urged to be wary of suspicious animals
Animal Control Officer Jane Foster is reminding residents to stay away from stray cats.
REBECCA SEGALOFF
Taunton Gazette, MA


National Cat Survey Results
Submitted by: Steve O'Malley
UKPets, UK


Contractor littered with calls for rescued cat
About 70 people have asked Dimeo Construction about adopting the young
male feline that was trapped in a wall for a week.
Providence Journal (subscription), RI


Animal shelter is seeking good home
Chicago Tribune (subscription), IL


95 dogs rescued at 'Cat Women' home
By Victor Whitman
Callicoon Center
Times Herald-Record, NY


Animal magic still holds appeal
Brian Haran
South London Press, UK


Meet The Cat Trapper
By Bryan Johnson
KOMO, WA


State parks officials to vote on feeding ban
By DINA CAPPIELLO, Houston Chronicle Environment Writer
Houston Chronicle, TX

Deer case could have major impact
By SHANNON TOMPKINS
Houston Chronicle, TX

Thursday, January 22, 2004



Alley Cat Allies Scores $100K from Bravo's 'Celebrity Poker Showdown'
U.S. Newswire (press release)


[An alert appeared on the FC Blog under January 10, 2004]
Israel Cat Welfare Society Battles To Prevent Mass Cat-Poisoning
by ANC Staff
Animal News Center


January 22, 2004: National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day!
[See FC Blog under January 20, 2004]


Subj: [FIREPAW] animal issues: January 22, 2004
From: firepaw@earthlink.net

EVENT: PET POPULATION CONTROL SYMPOSIUM--COLORADO
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Second International Symposium on
Nonsurgical Contraceptive Methods for Pet Population Control
June 24-27, 2004
Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, Colorado
The Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACCD) will sponsor the second International Symposium on Nonsurgical Contraceptive Methods for Cats and Dogs at Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, CO, on June 24-27, 2004. Scientific sessions will address state of the art information on contraceptive drugs and vaccines, as well as regulation, funding and marketing of contraceptive products. A key note speaker will address the dynamics and demographics of pet population control. Experts in contraception in companion animals will share their expertise, experience and results. Poster and platform presentations of original research are invited.
For additional information about the program, venue, accommodations, transportation, etc visit the ACCD website at: http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/ACCD/
--
Brenda Griffin, DVM, MS
Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine)
Research Assistant Professor
Scott-Ritchey Research Center
College of Veterinary Medicine
Auburn University, AL 39849
ph: 334-844-5951
fax: 334-844-5850

LETTERS NEEDED: CAT DROWNED BY POLICE
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Alert by FeralPlace@aol.com, www.theanimalspirit.com
Thanks to Feral Cat Blog for bringing this story to our attention: www.catsinthenews.blogspot.com/

Please send polite comments to: (contact info verified via phone call)
Menominee Police Department
2509 10th Street
Menominee, MI 49858
Admin. Phone: (906) 863-5568
Email: menomineepd@menominee.net

Daniel E. Hass, Prosecuting Attorney
County Courthouse
839 10th Ave.
Menominee, MI 49858
Tel: (906) 863-2002
Fax: (906) 863-2980

NEWS ARTICLE:
[FC Blog January 21, 2004]
Children Call for Charges Against Police Who Drowned Cat
By Mick Trevey
WBAY, WI


You may have to 'chip' your pet
Chicago Daily Herald


Rabies In Richmond?
WRIC TV, VA


Protect your family, animals from rabies
Kings Bay Periscope, GA


Dennis seeks to update animal control bylaws
By Nicole Muller
Yarmouth Register, MA


Kitten-khamun
ALAN MCEWEN
Edinburgh Evening News, UK


LaVergne homeowner cited for cruelty in cat overload
Silvia Castaneda
WKRN, TN


Looking for Love?
Teresa Biffle Duncan
Access North Georgia, GA


News: Cracking down on pets
By Joyce L. Miller
The Lake Sun Leader

Wednesday, January 21, 2004



Cat Leash Law To Be Implemented In City
Alana Darveaux
Cat lovers, you may soon have to find a way to keep your pets from prowling on your neighbors' property. A proposed city ordinance would require cats to be put on a leash, or stay in their yard.
abc 28


County considers allowing more wildlife to be released in parks
By Emily Heffter
Times Snohomish County bureau
The Seattle Times, WA


Letters in the Editor's Mailbag
[Scroll down to]
We must protect neglected pets
The Register-Guard


Birds And Animals Cope With Tough Winter
By Debbie Tuma
Hamptons Independents, NY


Local News
County puts bite on pit bulls
Antiquated animal law is upgraded
By DAVID LUSH
Delta Democrat Times, Mississippi


A labor of love
By Chris Worthy, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Simpsonville Tribune Times, SC


Children Call for Charges Against Police Who Drowned Cat
By Mick Trevey
WBAY, WI

[Thank you to FeralPlace for Contact info]
Subj: Re: Children Call for Charges Against Police Who Drowned Cat
Date: 1/21/2004
From: FeralPlace

Contact info:
Menominee Police Department
2509 10th Street
Menominee, MI 49858
(906) 863-5568 Administrative
menomineepd@menominee.net Email

Daniel E. Hass, Prosecuting Attorney
County Courthouse
839 10th Ave.
Menominee, MI 49858
Tel: (906) 863-2002
Fax: (906) 863-2980


Subj: Products to help keep ferals warm
Date: 1/21/2004
From: FeralPlace
“Outdoor Heated Kitty Pad," electric water bowl, etc.


Woman's death leaves cats in need of homes
By DOUG HIGGS
Herald and News, OR


Veterinarians Answer Questions from Cats
National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day Gets Response from California Veterinarians
Source: California Veterinary Medical Association
Yahoo News (press release)


19 cats taken from La Vergne home
By KELLI SAMANTHA HEWETT
The Tennessean, TN


UCD study reveals their double lives
Daily Democrat, CA


Cape officials OK limits on pets
By Mark Bliss
Southeast Missourian, MO


Councilman opposes chips for animals
St. Joseph News Press, MO


'Animal collector' must be examined, judge says
By DEBORAH M. MARKO
Salisbury Daily Times, MD

Tuesday, January 20, 2004



Nova Scotia teen sentenced to probation, community work for torturing cat
ALISON AULD
Canadian Press


Health Department Considering Clamping Down On Cats
KAUZ, TX


Proposed City Ordinance Not Exactly the Cat's Meow
KCBD-TV, TX


PLL struggling
Sonoma Index-Tribune, CA


Law to register cats brings benefits
BY DAVE FOPAY,
Mattoon Journal, IL


Cat takes wing
Stacy D. Stumbo
The News-Review, Roseburg, OR


Calendar for Jan. 20
[Excerpted here]
The 1st Annual Street Cat Coalition Winter Rummage Sale will occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Lovell Building, 200 E. 4th St. in Rifle. Come on out for some good old-fashioned bargain hunting fun, enjoy some homemade goodies and help improve the lives of stray and feral cats throughout Garfield County. Information: Kathy Hall, 625-6173.
Glenwood Springs Post Independent, CO


Belgium bans fur imports
Fibre 2 Fashion, India


Ticked Off!
Cat trapper, rabid tailgater, post office troll, ivory-tower ...
[Excerpted here]
I'm ticked off at my neighbor -- a wannabe redneck -- who took it upon himself to start trapping neighborhood cats without talking to the cats' owners.
Orlando Sentinel (subscription), FL

Monday, January 19, 2004



Pet registration accord reached
By Edward Husar
Quincy Herald Whig, IL


Subj: Upstate NY (Sullivan County) - Feral cat crisis
Date: 1/19/2004
From: FeralPlace
PLEASE RESPOND TO: forgottendreamr@yahoo.com
COPIED MESSAGE
Hello-
My name is Elizabeth Sanborn. I work with the Sullivan
County SPCA in upstate New York. Our facility is small
and outdated, which does not allow us to deal with
feral cats on the level that we would like to. Up
until now, we have worked with the feral on a small
scale, spaying and neutering them when we have a home
for them. Over the past weekend, however, we have
encountered a crisis. We were called in on a cruelty
case and, among the 100 dogs and 40 domestic cats,
there were at least 200 feral cats. It is freezing
cold in upstate New York right now and it is
imperative that something be done. If the Sullivan
County SPCA cannot get help, the only option for a lot
of these animals will be euthanasia, because of lack
of resources.
My mother found two feral kittens that could not even
hiss they were so cold. They were shaking and it took
half an hour in the car before they could move. If no
help comes for the SC SPCA, there will be kittens out
there will be found too late. Please help us in any
way you can. This is truly an emergency.
Thank you,
Elizabeth Sanborn


Superstar stamp sells out
JAVMA News February 1, 2004


Head of national conservation group praises national park
by Joy Blackburn
Virgin Islands Daily News, U.S. Virgin Islands


DOC monitoring breeding grounds of rare tern
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand


Unusual number of cats die in Dhaandhoo and Nilandhoo islands
Haveeru Daily, Maldives


There are reasons why men prefer dogs, women favor cats
Source: Best Friends Animal Society
By Elaine Rose
Press of Atlantic City, NJ


SNYP Gearing Up For Spring Breeding Season
GrantsPassNews.com, Oregon


Winter great time for reading nature's story
Ken Allen
Central Maine Daily Sentinel, ME


Veterinarian Support For Trap-Neuter-Return & Feral Cat Adoption
The Animal Spirit / Feral Cat Network


Report may clear humane agency
By Kristin McAllister
Dayton Daily News, OH


Fishermen asked to keep eye out for new-look black petrels
By ANNE BESTON, Environment Reporter
New Zealand World News

Sunday, January 18, 2004



Subj: {The Animal Spirit Newsletter} Issue 1/19/04-1/25/04
Date: 1/18/2004
From: theanimalspirit@hotmail.com
7. Member News: Feral Cat Network Update
The Feral Cat Network has grown, but experienced caregivers from all
areas are always needed! If you belong to a feral cat organization or
are an independent rescuer, please join us and share your expertise with
new caregivers. For more information about the Network, visit:
http://www.theanimalspirit.com/Network.html
Many thanks to Alley Cat Allies for linking to Feral Cat Network.


Animal summit focuses on domestic critters
By AMANDA BOHMAN
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, AK


SAN FRANCISCO ADOPTS PLAN TO RESTORE QUAIL HABITAT
KPIX


Moore Has Plenty Of Animal Groups
BY SARA LINDAU
Southern Pines Pilot, NC


Stepping on nature's toes
[Scroll down to] South Miami
Miami Herald, FL


Keep Austin spayed . . .
By: News 8 Austin Staff
News 8 Austin, TX

Saturday, January 17, 2004



The Region
[Scroll down to, Excerpted here]
ANIMALS
Alley Cat Guardians announced that representatives will be at Irene's House of Pets in the Roseburg Square shopping center, 901 W. Roseburg Ave., Modesto, today and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, offering information about the organization's trap-neuter-return program.
The group also announced it has cats and kittens available for adoption, and shows them at the pet store from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Wednesday through Saturday.
Modesto Bee, CA


PANORA CITY COUNCIL
No action was taken on a request by Doris Travers to be reimbursed $61.80 for care of abandoned cats when she lived at the trailer court here.
The Guthrian, IA


Cats and dogs hope for new families
By Glenda A. Hazard
Milford Daily News, MA


Editorial notebook: Some pampered pound cats
By Tom Philp -- Bee Associate Editor
Sacramento Bee, CA


In Atlantic City, the Cats are Safe for Now.
The council members from Atlantic City decided at a January 14 meeting that they need to gather more information about an ill-conceived plan previously under consideration to trap and remove the TNR-ed cat colonies living under the boardwalk. (more)


Cats overrun shelters
BY LISA CAROLIN
Ann Arbor News (subscription), MI


FAST FACT
What's a feral cat?
A feral cat is one that has reverted in some degree to a wild state. They typically originate from former domestic cats who were lost or abandoned and then learned to live outdoors or in environments involving little human contact.
The Sun News, NJ


City supports program to neuter cats
By Erin Reed
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC


Secretary hopes cats can resist antifreeze
By Tad Dickens
Roanoke Times, VA

Friday, January 16, 2004



She lusts. He smolders. Welcome to sex and the kitty.
You can call or e-mail M.J. Wilde at (505) 823-3605 or mjwilde@abqtrib.com.
Albuquerque Tribune Online, NM


Cat abandonment soaring. Shelters struggle to care for population of unwanted felines
BY LISA CAROLIN
Animal shelters in Livingston County and Washtenaw County are working together to accommodate an increasing number of abandoned cats, a problem that animal shelters all around southeast Michigan are experiencing.
Jackson Citizen Patriot, Michigan


Police in Ewing search for kitten killers
News 12 New Jersey, NJ


Students fire at feline with BB
Trymaine D. Lee
The Trentonian, NJ


Snowing dogs and cats - with a need for rescue
By VANESSA THOMAS and JANICE L. HABUDA
Buffalo News, NY


Thousands of animals, many abused, rescued in Zimbabwe
Angus Shaw, Associated Press
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN


Courthouse, cemeteries and cats discussed
Georgetown News Democrat, OH


Friends of Animals - Advocating for Feral Cats
JANUARY 2004 UPDATE -
Friends of Animals wrote, on 14 Jan. 2004, to the Mayor and Councilmembers in support of Trap-Neuter-Return efforts in Atlantic City. A copy of our letter follows. We thank Alley Cat Allies for alerting us to the possible threats to feral cats in Atlantic City.


COPS: Feral felines died of natural causes
Donna Kenny Kirwan
Pawtucket Times, RI


Proper care by owners can stop cat deaths
NEWS staff report
Shelbyville News, IN


Even Animals Pay The Ultimate Price for Growth
Teresa Biffle Duncan
Access North Georgia, GA


Getting a new home
by: Laura Grandt
Northern Star Online, IL


Tisbury's John G. Rogers Is Dead at 76; Was Best Friend to Vineyard's Animals
By PHYLLIS MERAS
Martha's Vineyard Gazette, MA


Kittens Linked to Cases of Salmonella in Boise
KBCI, ID


Dog, 11 cats found dead in Moyock; poisoning suspected
By JEFFREY S. HAMPTON
Virginian Pilot, VA


Kids' curiosity saved the cat
By KRISTEN ENEVOLD
Calgary Sun, Canada


Cats flood animal shelter during summer, fall
By Susan Bacon
The Steamboat Pilot & Today, CO


Albatross campaign reaches NZ
By Kim Griggs
BBC


Pet control a must in city
By: STEVE BLANCHETT
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
Cocke County Online, TN


Animal hoarder had complaints
By Tracy Manzer
Press-Telegram, CA

Thursday, January 15, 2004



Quolls released into the wild
DANIEL FOGARTY
GeelongInfo, Australia


House was full of cats, filth
By Tracy Manzer
Press-Telegram, CA


Tacoma pet fees might climb
KRIS SHERMAN
The News Tribune, WA


Confusion surrounds change in rabies shot frequency law
By B.J. POLLOCK
Rosenberg Herald Coaster, TX


SPCA battles virus outbreak
Animal adoption services temporarily closed as Moncton shelter fights to stem spread of two highly contagious illnesses
RHONDA WHITTAKER, Times & Transcript Staff
Canada East, Canada


Twenty one ill kittens euthanized, others quarantined
By KAY WOODS
Hamilton Ravalli Republic, MT


San Francisco woman to stand trial for housing 200 cats
Associated Press
San Jose Mercury News, CA


Voice of the People
[Scroll down to]
Cat 'allies' are cruel ones
Press of Atlantic City, NJ


Dog droppings may fetch fines for pet owners
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX


Steering a new course
Township officials consider alternatives after Ark closes
BY CHUCK FIELDMAN
Pioneer Press Online, IL


NEWS BRIEFS
[Scroll down to]
There's new hope for lost pets
Pioneer Press Online, IL


[FC Blog Note: This story was written as a satire or parody. It is fictitious!!!]
Asian Bird Flu Caused By Felines
By Crazy Texan
The Spoof (News Satire), UK

Wednesday, January 14, 2004



Cats and quails agree to get along!
Environment Commission endorses joint plan to restore quail habitat in San Francisco
San Francisco Environment


Huge numbers for "Celebrity Poker"
TV Barn


Nicole Sullivan Wins the Day for Feral Cats and Alley Cat Allies!
With steady references to feral cats and the importance of spay/neuter, funny lady Nicole Sullivan won the $100,000 jackpot for Alley Cat Allies on the Bravo Channel's Celebrity Poker Showdown on Tuesday night! In the final and most important game, Nicole showed her poker savvy by outplaying four other winners of previous games.
A huge “Thank You, Nicole!” from Alley Cat Allies and all the cats that you have helped!


[FC Blog Note: Trapping began about November 15 for 60 days. There was also to be trapping in John Pennenkamp State Park according to this Vero Beach USFWS webpage.]
Update on Crocodile Lake Trapping, Florida
Cat Coalition of Florida


Strays becoming issue in area
By Emily Herbst
Monroe Times, WI


PLL cutting hours
Sonoma Index-Tribune, CA


Campaign rounds up, spays stray cats
... This week, residents in the Holly Street neighborhood and the Spay
Austin campaign are setting up traps to catch feral cats. The ...
KVUE (subscription), TX


HELPING ANIMALS
Tri-Valley Herald, CA


Cat savers join municipality in anti-rabies battle
By Zafrir Rinat
Haaretz.com, Israel


Little recourse for landlord
CBC Prince Edward Island, Canada


It'll pay to spay or neuter pet in February
BY CHUCK FIELDMAN
Pioneer Press Online, IL


Frigid weather brings many woes
By Rob Haneisen / News Staff Writer
Framingham Metro West Daily News, MA


Dumped pets face death sentence
Independent Online, South Africa


AC Council to vote on new legal contracts
From Press staff reports
[Excerpted here]
ATLANTIC CITY - City Council will convene for a regular meeting at 5 p.m. today.....
Among items on the agenda are: .....
Officials also expect that animal-rights activists may appear as part of an effort by some to call attention to the city's treatment of feral cats that are living under the Boardwalk, although the council plans no official action on that issue.
Press of Atlantic City, NJ


Tiger Quoll road danger
Bombala Times, Australia

Tuesday, January 13, 2004



Washington haven takes in sick animals
By Jesse Tarbert, The Seattle Times
Indianapolis Star, IN


Charity makes last plea over runaway moggy
Huddersfield Daily Examiner, UK
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner


Owner left disgusted after pet cat snared
Shropshire Star, UK


Animal Aid finds funds to carry on
by Max Hall
Guernsey Weekly Press, UK


Tiffin police department cutting non-essential
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune, OH


Animal shelter nears groundbreaking
By Erin Carlyle
Santa Maria Times, CA


RI could OK food, beverage tax next week
By Stephen Elliott
[Scroll down to, Excerpted here]
In other business, Ald. Evie White, 5th Ward, said she has received several calls about feral cats in the city.
``They're next to impossible to catch,'' Ald. White added. ``I'm getting an overabundance of phone calls.''
Rock Island Police Chief Terry Dove suggested directing complaints to the animal control department.
Quad-Cities Online, IL


The Daily Camera: Boulder County
Who foots the bill for injured, lost animals?
As one Good Samaritan finds, it may depend on place of treatment
By Mary Butler,
The Daily Camera, CO


Insatiable drive a fatal attraction
[tiny male red-tailed phascogale, a rare marsupial]
… the rodent-like species, weighing between 40 and 60 grams, has been extinct for 50 years due to predators such as feral cats.
By Anthony Dennis
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Monday, January 12, 2004



LP is his animal planet
By COLLEEN MAIR
LaPorte Herald Argus, IN


Pet rescuers need a lifeline
BY ELINOR J. BRECHER
Miami Herald, FL


Abandoned pets face terrible death in wild
By Brent D. Wistrom
Times Record News, TX


PROWLING FOR PETS
By Tara Ramroop
San Mateo County Times, CA


A new shelter manager
Submitted by Camden-Rockport Animal Shelter
VillageSoup, United States


Vineland holds free rabies clinics
By ALMA HUNTER, Special to The Daily Journal
Vineland Daily Journal, NJ

Sunday, January 11, 2004



WANTED: VOLUNTEERS
[Scroll down to, Excerpted here]
Community Concern for Cats -- Needs volunteers to transport cats to their spay/neuter appointments, bottle-feed motherless kittens and provide foster care while cats await adoption. 925-755-2561.
Contra Costa Times, CA


Burden for the birds
By Jeff Kart, Times Writer
The Bay City Times (subscription), MI


FERAL FELINES
Local group seeks to aid animals in the wild
By Richard Boyd
Times Picayune, LA


When kitty thinks outside the box
By DEE BOYLE-CLAPP
Hampshire Gazette, MA

Saturday, January 10, 2004



Cats could be included in Garrett animal control law
Jo Donaldson
Cumberland Times News, MD


Cat Trial to Soon Commence
Associated Press
KGO, CA


Local verification program starts Jan. 25
From staff reports
[Excerpt]
LaFAYETTE -- There will be a rabies vaccination verification program starting on Jan. 25.
Alabama law requires that all dogs and cats over three months of age be vaccinated against rabies once a year. The law also requires that the owner provide proof of a vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian.
Under the law, a stray dog or cat fed, harbored or otherwise permitted to remain on private property is considered to belong to the property owner or lease holder and that person is responsible for obtaining vaccination of the animal.
Valley Times-News, AL


Humane groups at 'breaking point'
By KEITH ROYSDON
MUNCIE - More than a week after animal control ended in rural areas of Delaware County, local humane groups are doubly frustrated.
The Star Press, IN


Third man charged in cat abuse case
By Heather Schaefer
Rhinelander Daily News, WI


Opinion:
[Scroll down to] Stray cats a nuisance
Miami Herald, FL


Tompkins SPCA given top marks
By DIANA LaMATTINA
Ithaca Journal, NY


Delta protection gets powerful ally
Governor's Office backs changes that could help safeguard the region's edge.
By Michael Kolber
Sacramento Bee, CA


> Help stop the killing of feral cats in Israel -
> Here is an important message, please help!

> As a result of a single case of rabies in a cat in the Kfar Saba, Israel
> area, plans are underway for a mass poisoning campaign.
>
> Please send polite emails to the following leaders asking them to stop
> this campaign reminding them that this is not the way developed countries
> handle this type of situation and that this action will not prevent the
> spread of rabies. Ask them to demand comprehensive oral
> rabies vaccine campaigns for wildlife and affordable vaccine programs for
> domestic animals. Also tell them that you will boycott Israeli products
> and avoid visiting Israel until this campaign and the others like it are
> cancelled.
>
> In addition to the emails please send faxes to the mayor of Kfar Saba.
>
> Mayor of Kfar Saba : fax +97297659555
> mayor@ksaba.co.il
>
> Minister of Agriculture Israel Katz
> sar@moag.gov.il
>
> Minister of Health Danny Naveh sar@moh.health.gov.il
>
> Minister of the Interior Avraham Poraz sar@moin.gov.il
>
> Ellen
>
> Cat Welfare Society of Israel Homepage:
> www.cats.org.il

Friday, January 09, 2004



Alley Cat Allies (ACA) Feral Cat News:
Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats Under Attack!
The lives of healthy feral cats living under the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, are being threatened. On January 14, the Atlantic City Council members may be voting on a proposed resolution to immediately stop Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, trap and kill all the boardwalk cats, and require all outside cats be put on leashes. Read more

Winter’s here, and the cats are cold!
Caregivers in the Northwest, the Northeast, and the Midwestern states that are experiencing a hard winter need to know that the frigid temperatures and storms can be dangerous to your feral cats. Read more


Cat Collector Competent To Stand Trial
KGO, CA



Council gets tough on moggies
By ROBERTA MANCUSO
Townsville Bulletin, Australia


COMMENT: The trouble with cats
Townsville Bulletin, Australia


Ohio Woman's Whole House Full of Animals
Associated Press
Macon.com, OH


Low-cost clinic offers pet neutering, spaying
By JIM BALLOCH
Knoxville News Sentinal, TN


Officers break in to rescue trapped cats
By Heather L. VanDyke
Jackson Citizen Patriot


Bobcat's rabies test is positive
Carcass found at resort where man was bitten
By Thomas Stauffer and Sarah Garrecht Gassen
Arizona Daily Star, AZ


Cat adoption fair set for
San Mateo County Times, CA


Surfside Officials In Catfight Over Strays
City Wants Group To Stop Feeding Cats
Click10.com, FL


Group seeks new homes for cats
By the Gazette-Times
Corvallis Gazette Times, OR


Stray dogs in the spotlight
Taipei Times, Taiwan


Times improve for Springtown and Azle strays
Jeri Field
Azle News, TX


[FC Blog Note: Civet cats are not felines but are a close relative of the mongoose (viverrid family).]
Civet cat killing no solution
China Daily, China

Bardot slams China over wildcat cull
Reuters, UK

Cat killings 'may spread SARS'
NEWS.com.au, Australia

Thursday, January 08, 2004



Veterinarian is like ‘a pastor for pets’
By Kat Teraji
The Dispatch, CA


Dardanelle skunk has rabies
By Jessica Graves
Russellville Courier, AR


Shelter honors its mission, offers spay/neuter program for cats
Crawford County Avalanche, MI


Animal control agency asks commissioners not to cut its budget
By JOHN MESSEDER
Gettysburg Times, PA


Move over, Rover: that's my chair
BY VALERIE SUDOL
Newark Star Ledger, NJ


After persuasive argument , selectmen grant animal officer a ...
... In addition to capturing feral, rabid and dangerous small animals such as dogs,
cats and foxes, she said her job requires her to inspect town barns and ...
Providence Journal (subscription), RI


Key West hiring a chicken catcher
By CARA BUCKLEY
Miami Herald, FL


Forgotten felines keep agencies busy
By Belinda Feek
MyTown Christchurch, New Zealand

Wednesday, January 07, 2004



Man impersonating cruelty officer takes couple's cat
[Sandusky County, OH]
By SARAH WILLIAMS
Fremont News Messenger, OH


Feisty felines guard Russia's artistic relics
- Sapa-AFP
Cape Argus, South Africa


Orange critters get new digs
By ROBIN KNEPPER
The Free Lance-Star, VA


Reward offered for cat's attacker
By Scott Witten
The Robesonian, NC


Prosecutor joins cat-dragging investigation
By BRIDGET MURPHY
Press of Atlantic City, NJ


Birdwatcher's cat dines on rare flying visitor
--Reuters
ABC Online, Australia


Alas, those aren't sparrows singing in a mynah key
By John Huxley
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia


Capturing the charm of a cat
By Peg Elliott Mayo
Corvallis Gazette Times, OR


Noah’ s Ark to lobby New Mexico lawmakers
By Valerie Cranston
Carlsbad Current Argus, NM


Rabies cases up over '02
By JAIME MARINE
Bridgeton News, NJ


Teachers' Pets
By MIKITA BROTTMAN
Chronicle of Higher Education

Tuesday, January 06, 2004



[FC Blog Note: A Letter to the Editor sent in response to the LA Times article posted here under January 5]
Re: Bye-bye, poor birdies: Killer cats taking a toll, January 4, 2004
Dear Editor:
I write on behalf of homeless feral and stray cats who will be adversely affected by the article, "Bye-bye, poor birdies: Killer cats taking a toll," These cats, who are the result of both the public's failure to spay/neuter and cat abandonment, have been erroneously blamed for the decline of birds and other wildlife.
Declining wildlife populations result from habitat loss and fragmentation caused by development and other human activities, not cats. Wildlife biologist Roger Tabor is quoted as saying, "The clear leading animal that's really putting wildlife at risk is the human population. We just don't like to acknowledge that it is our fault. It's not a case of the cat being the worst offender. It isn't even remotely the worst offender. It's us." [See Monroe, E. 2003. "Living in the Gray Zone."]
Moreover, the often quoted "Wisconsin Study" is not based on legitimate research. The authors themselves identify their estimates of cat predation on birds as guesses; and one of the authors indicated that “Those figures were from our proposal. They aren't actual data; that was just our projection to show how bad it might be.” [See Elliott, J. 1994. “The Accused.” The Sonoma County Independent, March 3-16.]
Furthermore, a recent Columbia University study found that "reducing cats effect on the ecosystem may actually have a negative impact upon some native species due to the possibility of 'mesopredator release effect.'" [See LaBruna, D Columbia University, 2001. "Introduced Species Summary Project: Domestic Cat."]
Humans ought to modify their own behavior before laying blame on other species.
Sincerely,
Shell Sullivan, Founder
The Animal Spirit
www.theanimalspirit.com


No Conclusive Evidence Linking Civet to SARS, says WHO
By Gordon Martin/ VOA News
The Epoch Times, World


Kudos for the efforts to house stray animals
Albuquerque Tribune, NM


Animal Control
WTVY, AL


WHO alarm over cull plans
-- CNN's Jaime FlorCruz and The Associated Press contributed to this report
CNN International, Asia


Special delivery: Cat freed from West Hill mail drop box
By DIANA LaMATTINA
Ithaca Journal, NY


[Action Alert!]
NJ Cat Dragging Case,
FAXES Needed by This Afternoon (Tuesday, January 6th)
Animal Advocacy


Woman shelters scores of cats
JOHANNA D. WILSON
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC


Last refuge for animals Couple takes in discarded cats, dogs
By DARLA L. PICKETT
Central Maine Daily Sentinel, ME


Last Call for Rescue Cat of the Year Award Entries!
PRNewswire UK (press release), UK


Woman charged of cruelty twice will hire lawyer
By DEBORAH M. MARKO
Vineland Daily Journal, NJ


Herd of homeless cats arrives at SPCA
By Jennifer Stewart
Halifax Herald, Canada

Monday, January 05, 2004



In Defense of Animals (IDA) News Alert
Subj: IDA Enews: 1-5-04
From: alerts@idausa.org
[Scroll down to]
5. California Cat Sanctuary Closing; Cats In Need
Valley Center, California (near Escondido)


They offer their stray friends a good bite
MEENAKSHI SHEDDE
Times of India, India


Cat returns home after five years
BBC News, UK


The faces behind the door [CHARLOTTE, N.C.]
[Scroll down to] FOR THE LOVE OF TOM
BY JERI FISCHER KRENTZ AND L. MUELLER
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Fort Wayne News Sentinel, IN


From: [FIREPAW] ANIMAL NEWS--JAN 5, 2004
Bye-bye, poor birdies: Killer cats taking a toll
By J. Michael Kennedy
Los Angeles Times
Published January 4, 2004

[FC Blog Note: The link for this article is not currently available so the text is included below.

Reporter: J.Michael.Kennedy@latimes.com
Letters to Editor: letters@latimes.com

For information about the oft-quoted studies, see "Feral Cat Predation and Its Effects on Wildlife - Searching For the Truth" ©2003 Christine L. O’Keefe, Ph.D., "Addressing the Wisconsin Study" © 2003 Laurie D. Goldstein with assistance from Christine L. O’Keefe, PhD and Heidi L. Bickel and other articles on the Cat Predation webpage at www.StrayPetAdvocacy.org ]


There's a killer on the loose, stalking victims out of public sight and mind. Operating under the guise of the garden-variety house cat, this predator is responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of birds every year. So many birds are being killed by cats and collisions with urban America that fully a quarter of the winged species are in decline, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Millions of birds die when they slam into glass office buildings or sliding-glass doors. Millions more meet their end on auto windshields. Still millions more die in crashes with communication towers, power lines and wind turbines.
But house cats are the slaughter machines. One study concluded that free-ranging cats kill at least 7.8 million birds each year in rural Wisconsin alone. And that excludes urban areas. Another study in Michigan concluded that a single pet cat killed at least 60 birds in an 18-month period.
"How the devil do we deal with neighborhood cats?" wondered Al Manville, a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Service who specializes in migratory birds. "My suspicion is that we're going to continue to see some dwindling numbers."
Fish and Wildlife's list of "birds of conservation concern"--a kind of early-warning system for the avian set--grew to 131 in 2002 from 28 in 1982. The category does not include the 92 bird species listed as threatened or endangered.
There are an estimated 77.7 million pet cats in the United States, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. That's 26 million more cats than there were 15 years ago. Roughly two-thirds of them are allowed to roam outside. That number doesn't take into account the swarm of stray and feral cats, another 60 million to 100 million, said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
That's bad news for birds. Ron Jurek, a biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game who specializes in cat predation, said people often take the stance that felines killing birds is not a problem because there are so many of them flying around.
"But a poacher could say the same thing," he countered.
In California, several species of endangered birds are threatened by cats, including the Western snowy plover, brown pelican, least tern and California gnatcatcher, according to the American Bird Conservancy.
Seven years ago, the conservancy decided to fight back, starting Cats Indoors! a campaign to keep feline pets in the house.
Linda Winter, who has headed the program since its inception, said the Defense Department contracted with the group to devise a program for military installations because of the large cat-abandonment rate by soldiers and their families transferring to other bases. Outer Banks National Park in North Carolina has asked Cats Indoors! to help in the protection of its shore birds.
"We've got thousands of activists in every state in the country," she said.
The major message: Cats are not a natural part of the ecosystem. They compete with native predators and can spread disease.
The conservancy also preaches that cats live longer indoors, that they hunt even if well fed and that "cat colonies" are a serious threat to birds.
Cat colonies are places where large numbers of feral cats congregate and are fed by humans. In many cases, the animals are spayed or neutered, but Jurek said that doesn't stop cats from hunting, only from reproducing.
The least tern, a coastal bird with several dozen colonies from San Francisco to San Diego, faces a threat from raccoons, foxes and dogs, but by far its biggest enemy is cats, a species far less domesticated than anyone thought.


Cat traps aim to save dotterels
[FC Blog Note: rare plover shorebirds]
By STEPHEN FORBES
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand


Stingy pizza makers, saucy driver, mechanics, office slacker
Orlando Sentinel (subscription), FL
[Excerpt]
I'm ticked off at the county for fining people who are kind enough to feed
stray cats. How cruel can you get?


Pet shelter chief an advocate for elderly animals
By LINDA SALISBURY
Herald Tribune, FL


Cats and dogs are here to stay at pet-friendly Effem Foods
Karyn Hsiao
China Post, Taiwan


[FC Blog Note: The Civet Cat is not a feline. Civet cat is sold as a delicacy food at wildlife food markets in China. See also ZOONOSIS - DISEASES SPREAD FROM CAT TO MAN Copyright 2000, 2003 Sarah Hartwell
Scroll down to, Excerpts from Coronaviruses
This section is included because of media confusion over the cat's role in SARS and headlines such as "SARS triggered by cat eating" which fail to distinguish between civet cats and true cats.
The Palm Civet (Paguma larvata), a relative of the mongoose (viverrid family) and not a cat at all. The term "Civet Cat" describes a variety of cat-like creatures .....]

China to Kill Rats, Civet Cats Amid SARS Fears
By Nick Macfie
Reuters

Second man in southern China diagnosed with SARS
Associated Press
USA Today


Ban on beef imports chews into pet food
By PATRICK BRETHOUR
The Globe and Mail, Canada

Sunday, January 04, 2004



The CAT DEBATE
Stakeholders with disparate views forge ahead
—Bridget M. Kuehn and Susan C. Kahler
JAVMA News January 15, 2004


The Safest Place in the Country for Homeless Animals
Ithaca, New York
For the second year in a row, Tompkins County was the safest community in the United States for homeless dogs and cats.
Best Friends Weekly News


Utah’s Feral Fix Program on Target
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Feral Fix, a program of No More Homeless Pets in Utah, has helped caregivers fix more than 2,200 cats in the last five months. This accomplishment has put the program well on its way to achieving its annual goal of fixing 5,000 feral cats.
The Feral Fix provides $10 spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats, lending humane traps to feral cat caregivers, and educating the public about the Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) approach to feral cat population control.
Best Friends Weekly News


Speck's moves into the cat adoption business
BY STACEY GROSH, Features Editor
The Herald Tribune, IN


It's now a bit easier being green - and endangered
By Ben Wyld
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia


Letter: Respect our animal friends
Salt Lake Tribune, UT


Letter: Don't abandon pets; agencies are waiting to help
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL


Budget will be focus of legislative session
By Robyn L. Minor
[Scroll down to] Animal rights
Bowling Green Daily News, KY


The rescuer
By Josh Shaffer
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX


Mad Cow Case Opens Industry to Scrutiny
Los Angeles Times (subscription), CA


FLOCKING TOGETHER TO SAVE OUR COMMON OR GARDEN BIRDS
samantha.cope@thesentinel.co.uk
This is Staffordshire, UK


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Missing big picture on people, animals
Jacksonville Daily News, NC

Saturday, January 03, 2004



Limiting number of pets now in effect
By DANNY HENLEY
Hannibal Courier Post, MO


Councilman hears call to help pets at shelter
Shocked by the annual killing of thousands of dogs and cats at the Riverside City-County Animal Shelter, a city councilman will ask his colleagues Tuesday to intervene.
The Press-Enterprise [Must register]


Pet food ingredients under scrutiny in wake of mad cow
by Robin Franzen
Oregonian, OR


Homes sought for 100 cats after owner dies
By CP
Edmonton Sun, Canada


31 of Terry Davis' cats euthanized
By KELLI SAMANTHA HEWETT
The Tennessean, TN


PETA offers reward in kitten abuse case
By Venita Jenkins
Fayetteville Online, Fayetteville NC

Friday, January 02, 2004



Panthers may be moving north
Some experts think female cats should be moved to help establish a colony in Central Florida.
By CRAIG PITTMAN, Times Staff Writer
St. Petersburg Times, FL


Peace of mind
By Richard Kujath
Beatrice Daily Sun, NE


County gets proactive in animal control problem
To offer discount spaying, neutering for local pet owners
BY ANGELINA BELLEBUONO
Morgan County Citizen, GA


Neuter Scooter returns to help cat owners
SOUTH BEND -- South Bend Animal Control is joining with PetsConnect! to sponsor Neuter Scooter's return to South Bend on Jan. 8. The mobile clinic's visit on Dec. 10 was termed a great success with 93 cats neutered in one day.
eTruth, IN


Candor Town Talk
By ANNE O. STOUT
[Scroll down to bottom, Excerpted]
Another question called in focused on stray cats: if you have them, what shelter will take them? After several calls I have learned that Stray Haven does not take cats and currently the Project Paw group is full of cats and cannot take more. Animal Care Council in Endicott is still taking cats, but you must bring the cats to them. Local veterinarians might have more suggestions for you.
Ithaca Journal, NY


Area notes
[Scroll down to]
Rescue league needs temporary homes for cats
Neponset Valley Daily News, MA


WANTED: VOLUNTEERS
[Scroll down to, Excerpted]
Community Concern for Cats -- Needs volunteers to transport cats to their spay/neuter appointments, bottle-feed motherless kittens and provide foster care while cats await adoption. 925-755-2561
Contra Costa Times, CA


WEST ST. PAUL: City counting on pet owners
BY BRIAN BONNER
[Excerpt]
The new dog-cat ordinance raises the permissible limit to three, up from two, of either animal. With a special permit, residents can own up to six animals — as long as no more than three are dogs. Service animals and those temporarily sheltered as part of a foster-care program are exempt.
St. Paul Pioneer Press, MN

Thursday, January 01, 2004



13-YEAR-OLD celebrates birthday making 'PawsWatch' shelters
By: MARK SCHIELDROP
Naragansett Times, RI


Neighborhood Cats NY - Events:
Online Course on Trap-Neuter-Return: Managing Feral Cat Colonies
Quick Course- available at any time
Interactive Course- January 5, 2004
Register at SuiteUniversity.com (click here)
Now you can study TNR online at your convenience. Authored and instructed by Neighborhood Cats, this new class is a comprehensive presentation of all aspects of performing hands-on TNR work.

Workshop on How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony
Saturday, January 10, 2004
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Offices of the ASPCA
424 E. 92nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY
RSVP to Neighborhood Cats at
212-662-5761 or headcat@neighborhoodcats.org


2003 stories that still resonate. Beyond the daily diet of news, some topics keep growing, making for good leftovers
[Excerpt]
Brave cats still walk the streets of Southeast Portland's Mount Tabor neighborhood, where a conflict between neighbors sparked a public debate over property owners' actions when cats wander into their yards.
Tim Sullivan
Oregonian OR


Reeves Davis cat filth prompted calls to authorities
By KELLI SAMANTHA HEWETT
The Tennessean, TN


Pests cost agriculture $500mil
Alison Rehn
Melbourne Herald Sun Australia

Rabbits, wild pigs top $500m farm damage bill
Alison Rehn in Canberra
Brisbane Courier Mail Australia