Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Things are Happening in Massachusetts - Important Presentation on April 10
From the Backyard to the Front Page: Building a TNR Movement
Saturday, April 10, 2004
10 a.m. to noon
$5 admission
MSPCA (auditorium)
350 South Huntingdon Ave.
Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA

Bryan Kortis, executive director of Neighborhood Cats, will talk about how to organize the efforts of the many dedicated cat organizations and TNR activists throughout Massachusetts to help gain improved feral cat services and further success in lowering feral populations. Kortis will draw directly from the Neighborhood Cats experience in New York City where, in four years, three people working on one colony with few feral services available to them has led to a city-wide movement now featuring no-cost feral spay/neuter by the ASPCA and the Humane Society of NY, the active support of Animal Care &Control of NYC, free equipment lending, regular training workshops hundreds of feral cat caretakers practicing TNR, dramatic statistical results in targeted areas, and coordination among all feral cat groups via the NYC Feral Cat Council.

Advocates on the leading edge of the local feral cat scene will share promising news of their programs, plus there will be refreshments and an opportunity for questions. Other presenters and sponsors include Merrimac River Feline Rescue Society, Somerville Alleycat Advocats, HubCats, Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare, and The Cat Connection.

Disease eyed in death of stray cats
Braintree Forum - Weymouth,MA,USA

Group wants to snip out cat problem
Delaware Coast Press - Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA

Public safety plan fell into place neatly for city
Muskegon Chronicle - Muskegon, MI, USA

Dinner Island will open to the public
Caloosa Belle, FL
[Excerpt -- hmmm!]
"We have to balance the needs of the rancher, the agency, the general public and that includes hikers, birders and hunters and we have to take into consideration the needs of the panthers," Mr. Proudfoot said. "Dinner Island was purchased to be a panther habitat and that was necessary because the panthers were pushed out of their environment by human development. We don't know how opening the area to the public will affect the cats."

Legislature looking out for troubled animals
Arizona Daily Sun, AZ

Sanctuary raises some fuzzy issues
South Florida Sun-Sentinel - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Campus fat cats prowl landscape undergrowth
Daily Nebraskan - Lincoln, NE, USA

Animal Control Goes After Colony of Feral Cats
The Kansas City (Channel 9)

Homes sought for evicted cats, dogs
Charleston Post Courier (subscription), SC

Mother Cat, Kittens Stuck Together By Glue
Turn to, RI

What to do about your annoying neighbours
Independent Online, South Africa

Feral cats linked to deadly bug, Australia

It's Rabies Season, Is Your Pet Vaccinated?
WTOP, United States

Monster cat terrorizes area family
Peoria Journal Star, IL

Lend A Hand, AL

Oak Park residents howl about pet law
Chicago Tribune (subscription), IL

Pet protector
Louisville Courier Journal, KY

April's fools last to laugh
The Orion - USA

Pet czar: Scratch Sat. dropoffs
New York Daily News - New York, USA

The rescue cats that got the cream!
PRNewswire UK (press release), UK

Who Will be the Cats That Get the Cream Today?
PRNewswire UK (press release)

June hearing set in Bradley trespass case
Palm Beach Daily News - Palm Beach, FL, United States

Monday, March 15, 2004

Feral Cat Study on Stewart Island
March 2004
Despite the fact that the first year of our study into the effects of feral cats on hoiho populations on Stewart Island did not show high rates of predation, we still managed to obtain some useful data.
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust

Unexplained Chick Losses on Stewart Island
March 2004
[Excerpt]The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust has just completed the first year of a planned five-year study to measure the effects of cat predation on yellow-eyed penguins on Stewart Island's north-eastern beaches. But instead of cat predation, what we found was as yet unexplained high chick death rate.
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust

Cat predation on Stewart Island
This research proposal covers a five-year study into whether the control of cats has a positive effect on the breeding success of yellow-eyed penguins on Stewart Island. One area will have as many cats killed as possible and another will be left as a control area. We are hopeful that this will show us that the fledging success in the targeted area is greater.
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust