Saturday, July 31, 2004

Compassion needed for stray animals
On my way to a Dumpster to feed six-month old "Gray Kitty," I stopped by The Trawler for a cup of that wonderful clam chowder, a salad and a beer. I noticed that chicken wings were 24 cents apiece, so I ordered two for Gray Kitty. What a treat, I thought.
The Daily Times, Delaware

Eight lives left for Lucky
If you want to get newspaper readers riled up don't bother bringing up politics or religion. Just publish a story about a cat. There are cat lovers in this world and there are those who, at best, are indifferent to felines.
Brainerd Lakes News

News in brief from the Upper Peninsula
ISHPEMING, Mich. - An Ishpeming Township couple is facing 10 counts of animal cruelty after authorities found 78 cats in their home.
Duluth News Tribune

Cats taken from city home are euthanized
Pawtucket Times, RI
Animal control officers arrived at 50 Parkside Ave. after receiving complaints from neighbors of numerous feral cats in the neighborhood. ...

Cats home thrown lifeline
Manchester Evening News, UK
A HOME for stray cats has been thrown a lifeline after appealing against a council order to shut. The Cats' Protection in Rochdale ...

Cats of Colonial San Juan Threatened
San Jose Mercury News (subscription), CA
... The US National Park Service in Puerto Rico has announced plans to trap the estimated 200 street cats and deliver them to animal shelters, provoking outrage ...

Magazine carries out scan
ic, UK
By The Journal. The interests of gardeners and cats have clashed, no doubt, since the Romans introduced domesticated felines to Britain. ...

Private sector cares well for cats, FL
Re the July 17 letter from Holly Bowman of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida: I beg to differ with Ms. Bowman's comments that large felines suffer in the ...

News in brief from the Upper Peninsula, MI
... The 78 felines, which will be used as evidence in the case, are being housed at the Marquette County Humane Society, said Executive Director Caron ...

Ménagerie à trois
... The husband said the felines had never been a problem when the couple was dating and, furthermore, he’d made every effort to contain them to a specific ...

Pet lovers peeved at Humane Society, MI
... Rafferty said the overpopulation of cats in Genesee County causes the shelter to be filled to the brim with felines, forcing the staff sometimes to make quick ...

Fair feline fanciers can help by adopting a cat or going for gold
Hillsboro Argus, OR
... Obviously, there's a tremendous need in the community for our shelter.". This year, area shelters and vets gave CAT 300 to 400 felines. ...

A different kind of campaign:
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune, OH
... Friskies web site, the company is awarding money because limited budgets and resources keep many of our nation's shelters from providing feline residents with ...

Reward offered in L.A. cat shootings
Carson, CA, Jul. 30 (UPI) -- Animal lovers are offering a hefty reward for the arrest of the person who has been hunting wild cats on the grounds of a Los Angeles-area hospital.
The Washington Times

Friday, July 30, 2004

Cats need home; woman needs help
The Tennessean, TN
An Alexandria woman, who agreed to keep as many as 20 cats on her farm for a short time, somehow found herself taking care of 56 more than she bargained for. ...

Student food drive in Escondido is just the cat's meow
San Diego Union Tribune, CA
By Cheryl Walker. ESCONDIDO – A lot of cats may be licking their chops and purring thanks to two students at Rincon Middle School. ...

Flea-free, naturally
Southern Voice, GA
... But many cats and dogs, not to mention the humans they live with, have adverse reactions to traditional drugs, shampoos and powder treatments. ...

Animal rescuers need help
Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH
PENINSULA - Envision the Humane Society of Greater Akron as an emergency medical ward for seriously and critically injured kittens, puppies, dogs and cats. ...

Legendary tale of bigfoot seems to be just a big tale
Contra Costa Times (subscription), CA
... Community Concern for Cats says cat adoptions for CC4C and other cat rescue groups are way down right now, and this interferes with their helping other cats in ...

Two adult coyotes captured, euthanized
Davis Enterprise, CA
Two coyotes suspected in the killing and mutilation of several Davis area cats have been captured. ... One of the first dead cats was found in late May. ...

Cat-Hoarding Problem Discovered In Pawtucket
Turn to, RI
late Thursday afternoon. Stray cats are common in the area, and Animal Control Officer John Holmes says there is a good reason. ...

Cluster of cats removed from Pawtucket home
... Holmes did not release a name, but said a woman living at that address
had been leaving a rear window open and feeding many of the neighborhood’s
feral cats. ...
Pawtucket Times - Pawtucket, RI, USA

Volunteers busy catching feral cats at Joaquin park
... Bates captures, neuters (or spays) and releases feral cats -- animals
considered the most difficult type of feline. Ferals, which ...
Montclarion - Montclair, CA, USA

Patti Lewis: `I did not retire'
... Tyler has removed "NO KILL" from HSC literature and HSC's front door.
Under my leadership we have always met the parameters as a "NO KILL" shelter. ...
Charlotte Observer (subscription) - Charlotte,NC,USA

CARE finds it's raining cats and dogs
... of the dogs that Chappelle picks up are not spayed or neutered, she
said, making the surgery one of the easiest ways to prevent pet overpopulation
in the ...
Glenwood Springs Post Independent - Glenwood Springs,CO,USA

Cats Killed On Harbor UCLA Campus
TORRANCE — Officials at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute -- where about 75 feral cats live -- today decried a ...

Group Offers Reward For Information On Cat Killings
LOS ANGELES -- Officials at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute -- where about 75 feral cats live -- Thursday decried ...

Reward offered for information on feral cat killer
Monterey County Herald, CA
... Officials at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute - where about 75 feral cats live - decried the cat's death. ...

Thursday, July 29, 2004

From: Dorit Girash
Date: Thu Jul 29, 2004 7:42 am
Subject: Feral Fix Programs

Hello Everyone:

We are conducting a survey across US and Canada to get statistics on feral
fix programs of all kinds:

1. individuals who care for ferals
2. organizations - grass-roots and bigger
3. municipalities, counties, and other levels of government.

We need to know the number of such programs, a brief description, and if
possible, their effectiveness in solving the problem of cat overpopulation.

This will then be compiled into a report and then a Power-Point presentation
to be used at a number of "town hall" meetings to inform people about the
benefits of TNR and the cost-effectiveness in terms of animal control costs

We would greatly appreciate any and all information you folks who are in the
midst of this can give us. No names will be used in the report - only
summary statistics will be printed or published in any way.

Thanks in advance

Dorit Girash
Jazzpurr Society for Animal Protection

FIREPAW Analysis of Year One of Maddie's Pet Rescue Project in Alachua County, Florida

Even in LA’s urban jungle, wildlife thrives – and keeps us ...
LA City Beat, CA
... And the flocks of feral parrots in Silver Lake ... Our cats love their domain, sharing it with other felines from the ’hood, as well as lizards, raccoons, opossums ...

Prognosis Not Good For Tossed Kitten
The prognosis remains grim Thursday for a kitten that was tossed out a pickup on the Northeast Side.
KSAT via Yahoo! News

Neuter program targets feral cats
No More Homeless Pets in Utah sponsors many population-control events each year, and its latest effort, a program called "Trap-Neuter-Return," centers on feral cats.
Deseret News

New rabies law to extend to cats, ferrets
In the first major change in 50 years, the state of Kentucky has made adjustments to its laws concerning rabies vaccinations for pets. Passed earlier this year, the new regulations went into effect July 15, which include the mandatory vaccination of cats and ferrets.
Murray Ledger & Times

[Feral Cat Blog! Note: Was reading today's posts on Cat Out Loud. Wondered what information was available on the feline fatherhood factor regarding kittens' temperament. Shared a link from the wonderful Sarah Hartwell -- THE INFLUENCE OF THE FATHER ON KITTENS' TEMPERAMENTS -- and found further interesting reading in An in-depth interview with Dennis C. Turner on his career, cats and visions of the human-animal relationship.]

Council Doesn’t Pounce on Feline Declawing Ban
The Lookout News, CA
... Both groups argued that if declawing was not an option for pet owners, the owners may be more likely to abandon problem felines. ...

Click of the Mouse Helps Posey County Cats
The cat food company looked at shelters all across the country and chose 20 that needed better living arrangements for their felines. ...

Half Moon Bay Review
Half Moon Bay Review and Pescadero Pebble, CA
... Steve Pfeiffer, who lost one cat, and another anonymous neighbor down the street, who lost 11 feral cats she was caring for, are both hoping for the same thing ...

Ames Animal Shelter has too many cats
... Taxpayers also feel the burden when there are a lot of stray cats due
to an increase in staff hours, equipment and medical care costs. ...
Ames Tribune - Ames, IA, USA

Bath Chronicle, UK
... We think they were part of a feral colony of cats who had a litter on top of the roof," said a spokeswoman for the home. "It is ...

Council Denies Refund To Farmer's Market Vendor
They also prohibited dog or cat owners from leaving animal feces on public
or ... Coming to the ordinance amendment on animal waste, staff noted
they are concerned ...
Riverbank News - Riverbank, CA, USA

County offers free spay/neuter
To help prevent future problems, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control
(AC&C) will offer 200 free spay or neuter surgeries for needy families
on Aug. 14. ...
Wickenburg Sun - Wickenburg, AZ, USA

Advocacy group tackles problems of pet overpopulation ...
... Coke became a volunteer after she went through the Humanitarians to
neuter some feral cats near her home in Fort Pierce and now spends an
occasional Sunday ...
Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription) - Vero Beach, FL, USA

Ideas swapped on strays
... More than 70 stray dogs and 450 stray cats were put down by the London
centre alone between January and mid-July. While around 85 ...
London Free Press - London, Ontario, Canada

Chick says dogs have treed Hahn
... Lois Newman of the Cat and Dog Rescue Association said she agreed with
... She also called for immediate licensing programs for dogs that are
vaccinated, spayed or ...
Los Angeles Daily News - Los Angeles, CA, USA

Curbing abuse of animals
... with the animals. As vice president of the state's largest and oldest
no-kill shelter, Weiner has her hands full. And since the ...
Arizona Republic - Phoenix, AZ , USA

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Full house: Who cares for county strays?
... But Townline's 25 cat cages are full with nearly 50 cats. There's no
room for more until some are adopted or die of natural causes at the no-kill
shelter. ...
VillageSoup - Camden, ME, USA

Vet school awarded $1.5 million
... v Laurie Peek, Maddie's Fund veterinary consultant, said Auburn qualified
for the grant because of its "commitment to advance the no-kill philosophy.". ...
The Auburn Plainsman - Auburn University, AL, USA

York County Feral Cat Coalition meeting, WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2004 7 p.m. at Union Lutheran Church, West Market and Penn streets, York, PA. Agenda includes information on trapping feral cats for spay/neuter and a trap demonstration.
York Daily Review, PA

Letters to the editor for Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Turlock Journal, CA -
The Editorial Board of the Turlock journal has formed a negative opinion of our proposed spay/neuter ordinance without doing thorough research. ...

Page's pet situation up, down
PAGE — The issue of stray pets running loose and multiplying is a concern in the community, but recent action by the city of Page has reduced the number of pets that turn up at the shelter run by Page Animal Control.
Lake Powell Chronicle

New Coalition of Pet-Loving Businesses Makes Spaying and Neutering ...
Business Wire (press release), CA
DogBoy's Dog Ranch, the first all spayed and neutered kennel in Central Texas, recently announced the formation of SNIP -- the Spay-Neuter Incentive Program ...

When owner dies, who gets pet?
Hillsdale Independent, NY
... works with cats nearly full time, providing shelter, rescuing abandoned or abused cats, arranging for spaying or neutering, caring for feral cats and arranging ...

Woman finds cat shot by arrow
Brainerd Daily Dispatch, MN
... to $250 for veterinary diagnosis and initial medication for an injured stray or abandoned ... which helps pay up to $250 in veterinary bills for cats found injured ...

Camp Ruffin' It links pets, kids
Arizona Republic, AZ
... Gunsmoke, and other animal lovers who were concerned about the number of stray animals at ... and largest no-kill animal shelter, can house up to 200 cats and 100 ...

To the north: The Bangor Humane Society
VillageSoup, ME
... This is the only profession that has to kill what it tries to save," Brimley said. Such is the case with feline respiratory infections. ...

Lucia Herndon | A soft Sunday afternoon with the neighbors
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription), PA
... caring for a stray cat. Turned out she was one of three feeding and housing the crafty yellow feline. Hal is recognized even though ...

Blame Feral Cats for Less Egrets, Rabbits, More Rodents, Sea Gulls
STONE HARBOR — Mayor for a Day Tyler Catanella, 14, presided over borough
council’s July 20 meeting, and learned the deeply sensitive issue of
feral cats in and ...
Cape May County Herald - Cape May, NJ, USA

Tri-state briefs
... The child's mother and a neighbor also were exposed, the release said.
Cannarella warned that other stray cats may be in the area. ...
Hagerstown Morning Herald - Hagerstown, MD, USA

[Courtesy of Carl, a dedicated cat caretaker]
Boardwalk Cats, Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Subj: {The Animal Spirit Newsletter} Homeless Animals' Day -- August 21, 2004
Date: 7/27/2004 5:27:31 PM Pacific Daylight Time

August 21, 2004 is Homeless Animals' Day

In 1992, International Society for Animal Rights
( -- ISAR)conceived and commemorated
Homeless Animals' Day and Candlelight Vigils to magnify the
significance of the overpopulation problem and why the killing must
stop. The annual vigils spotlight the cause of the tragic killing of
companion animals due to pet overpopulation and provide a solution to
end the killing: spaying and neutering.


On Homeless Animals' Day, make a yearlong commitment to help solve
the tragic overpopulation problem. One homeless animal killed is a
tragedy; the fact that we kill millions, while continuing to breed
more, is a disgrace.

**Have all animals in your care spayed/neutered.

Join The Animal Spirit's Spay/Neuter Campaign:


State by State Listings of low-cost/free spay/neuter orgs.:


If you have room for an additional family member, please visit your
local animal shelter, contact your local rescues, or visit Always choose to adopt and save a life. Do
not support the breeding industry.

**Distribute Homeless Animals' Flyers

Help educate your community about the homeless animal crisis. Print
and distribute the "No Excuses" flyers found on the following page: (Rescues and shelters
are free to add their own contact information on the flyer.)

**Become involved with Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Learn how to help homeless cats in your community by visiting Feral
Cat Network at:

**Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper

Sample letter (please personalize and reword):

Aug. 21 is Homeless Animals' Day. The International Society for
Animal Rights began this day to publicize companion animal
overpopulation, increase public awareness of the millions of animals
killed in shelters annually due to a lack of homes and to emphasize
the importance of spaying and neutering.

The total number of animals killed in shelters is debated. Some
estimate there are about 4 to 5 million animals killed per year in
shelters, while others think the number is much higher (10 to 12
million). These estimates are only for shelter animals; they do not
include street animals who die before ever making it to a shelter.
Whatever the true estimate is, millions of animals die because there
are not enough homes.

On Homeless Animals' Day, make a commitment to support rescue
efforts. Support your local shelter, your local rescue group and your
local independent rescuers. You can do this by having your own
animals spayed or neutered, adopting your next companion animal and
educating others about the importance of spaying or neutering and

We CAN end the tragic cycle of killing. Let's get to work!

Change through education.

Questions? Contact:

DISCLAIMER: All information featured in this newsletter is verified with the original source. I cannot assume responsibility for the accuracy of the information or for the consequences of its use.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: In accordance with Title 17 U. S. C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for nonprofit research and educational purposes only.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Officers Find 3 Dogs, 28 Cats, 37 Dead Guinea Pigs In Home
... Officers found three dogs, 28 cats and 37 deceased guinea pigs. ... A veterinarian examined the dogs and cats before they were processed at the animal shelter. ...

Dogs and house cats often mistaken for mountain lions
Aberdeen American News, SD
... young horse. Experts say a lot of people are mistaking golden retrievers, yellow Labs and even house cats for the big cats. Wildlife ...

Death of cats shocks police, SPCA
TVNZ, New Zealand
The inhumane deaths of two Wellington cats is being investigated by the SPCA and police. Diamond and Stinky, lived across the road ...

Ban on new big cats follows inspection of damaged compound
Palm Beach Post, FL
... animals," West said. Those upgrades include barriers within Sipek's home to protect volunteers from the wild cats. Sipek also must ...

Man with many cats won’t face charges
Florida Today, FL
PALM BAY, Fla. - Police said a man who lived with his mother and kept dozens of cats in a home reeking of animal ... Officers found more than 40 cats in the house. ...

Wall to wall cats and kittens
VillageSoup, ME
... Keep your fingers crossed on this one! Please feel free to visit the shelter soon folks! We have a ton of furry and fab felines for you to adopt. ...

Bat Rabies Is A Health Threat For Pets And Humans
Oswego Daily News, NY
... your pets. Do not attract raccoons to your yard by feeding them. Avoid contact with any stray animals, especially cats. Do not handle ...

City Cracks Down On Pet Owners
... City officials are considering a proposal to fine pet owners up to $1,000 and jail them for a year if they fail to pick up their stray dogs or cats after six ...

SAWS added to charities list
... Headquartered at the Stella's House shelter on Old State Road, SAWS
volunteers routinely take care of more than 150 stray and feral cats from
throughout ...
Cambridge Daily Banner - Cambridge, MD, USA

Cat 'crisis' detailed
... Bauer said. Council previously discussed an ordinance that would require
all cats to be registered at a $25-per-cat fee. The money ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Around Broward County
... A $2 hike in the price for all pet licenses, which went into effect
in October 2003, will fund the Stop Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT)
program. ...
Miami Herald (subscription) - Miami, FL, USA

... and in Pahrump. Sometimes that means rescuing feral cats for adoption,
after they've been spayed or neutered. Sometimes that means ...
Las Vegas Review-Journal - Las Veagas, NV, USA

Owners may get fined for pet waste
... would be on the hook under an ordinance given initial approval Monday
night. It would mandate that human companions pick up after their dog,
cat or other ...
Modesto Bee - Modesto, CA, USA

Homicide-level penalties proposed for tardy owners of stray pets
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN
... City officials are considering a proposal to fine pet owners up to $1,000 and jail them for a year if they fail to pick up their stray dogs or cats after six ...

Crime and punishment?
The Globe and Mail, Canada
... in Rogers, Ark., are considering a proposal to fine pet owners up to $1,000 and jail them for a year if they fail to pick up their stray dogs or cats after six ...

Forget stereotypes: Real men love cats
Oregonian, OR
... If men adopted cats at the same rate that women do, there wouldn't be thousands of cats desperately needing homes in Oregon. ... But a stray kitty had other plans. ...

You can help build a nice spacious place for the hundreds of stray and abandoned cats that end up in the Wichita County Humane Society shelter. ...

Monday, July 26, 2004

AVMA Prohibits Veterinarians from Expressing Views At Convention, Booth Revoked After New York Times Ad
AVAR Responds to AVMA on New York Times Ad
Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR) - Click on What's New

Human Population Density and Extinction Risk in the World's Carnivores.
As human populations increase, the importance of intrinsic biological factors in determining which carnivores become extinct will also rise -- an interaction that makes some species more threatened than previously thought
Published July 13, 2004

Online text:

Downloadable pdf file:

Synopsis only
On the Brink: How Biology and Humans Affect Extinction Risk
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0020208
Published July 13, 2004
Copyright: © 2004 Public Library of Science. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Close to a quarter of the world's mammals are at high risk of extinction. Save for the periodic “great extinctions,” mammalian extinction has been a relatively rare event in geological terms, with one species disappearing from the fossil record every 1,000 years or so. Over the past 400 years, species have been disappearing 50 times faster than this “background” rate, with one vanishing every sixteen years. Human population growth and all its consequences—habitat destruction, propagation of invasive species, poaching—are largely to blame. Top predators often suffer heavily from encounters with humans, especially when those predators are perceived as economic threats. Thirty-four Mexican gray wolves have been reintroduced in Arizona since 1998, and five have been shot, reportedly by ranchers.journal-pbio-0020208-g001
Species in the most densely populated areas are expected to face the greatest risk, yet some survive while others perish, suggesting biological factors play a role in their fate. If, for example, the same external force drastically reduces populations of species with different biological profiles, then a species with a relatively short gestation period may stand a better chance of recovering than a long-gestating species.
Effective conservation strategies depend on understanding which factors are likely to increase extinction risk, but it's unclear how important intrinsic biological traits are relative to external pressures from humans and whether biology's influence on survival depends on the intensity of the threat. Ecologists often use human population density as a proxy for anthropogenic threats such as habitat destruction and hunting. To tease out the relative importance of all these factors, Marcel Cardillo et al. analyzed the impact of various biological traits and human population density on extinction risk in the mammal order Carnivora, which includes the red panda, lion, and members of the photogenic weasel-like viverrid family. By identifying the most salient factors in predicting extinction, the authors have created a model to identify those species at greatest risk.
The biology of a species combined with human population density, the researchers found, is a stronger predictor of risk than exposure to humans alone; those biological traits that increase risk vary depending on a species' exposure to human populations. Carnivores with low exposure to humans, for example, are likely to be at greater risk if their population density is low and they have small ranges, possibly because this makes them more vulnerable to loss of habitat. Species living near densely populated human areas must often contend with hunting and other direct threats on top of habitat loss and are more at risk if they also have long gestation periods—they can't repopulate fast enough to offset the additional pressures. Based on projected human population growth, this model predicts the addition of a number of species—mostly from Africa, where population growth rates largely exceed the global average—to the endangered list by the year 2030. Most of these species—including African viverrids such as the common genet, which not only lives in areas where human populations are rapidly expanding but is also biologically predisposed to decline—are currently considered a low conservation priority.
While it's possible that the direct effects of human population density are past—that is, species most sensitive to human incursions are already gone—human population density likely modulates biology. That might explain why gestation length didn't predict risk for species living in sparsely populated areas—all else being equal, their numbers remained relatively stable. A species with a small population forebodes a high extinction risk regardless of human density, though species with long gestation periods, again, face greater danger in the company of humans.
Altogether, these results suggest that as human population pressures increase, the importance of species-specific biology in predicting extinction risk also increases, with biology affecting which species are most vulnerable to external threats. With most conservation efforts focused on damage control, these findings make the case for interceding before a species reaches the brink of extinction. “There is no room for complacency about the security of species,” the authors warn, “simply because they are not currently considered threatened.”

[The Feral Cat Blog! is appreciative that "The Public Library of Science is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization of scientists committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource." ]

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Ranchers Clash with Colorado's Ex-urban Commuters over Environment, Lifestyle
© 2004, The Denver Post. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News., CT

Wild Music CD – talking about conservation
... waterways. Other issues featured on ‘Wild Music’ include feral
cats, alpine conservation, fire and island conservation. ‘Wild ... (press release) - New Zealand

Capitalism = Conservation (press release), New Zealand
... Sadly, they have overlooked issuing such directives at feral cats, dogs and stoats. The result - feral animals thousands, indigenous species nil. ...

Kinder, gentler animal shelters
... Many shelters can't afford to keep such animals alive. Luckily for
Monet, she had arrived at a "no-kill" shelter that does not euthanize
animals. ...
USA Today - USA

Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) Rescues 5000th Animal!
... quality permanent homes for abandoned, stray, and abused companion
animals (dogs and cats), and to ending the problem of pet overpopulation
through aggressive ...
PR Web (press release) - Ferndale, WA, USA

Dave Dormer/KTW
Kamloops This Week, Canada
... The cats are then caught and taken to the SPCA," Gottfriedson said. The stray cat colonies on the reserve are an ever mounting problem, Gottfriedson said, and ...

The mother of all cat......s
Indian Express, India
... says the neighbourhood cats come skittering and jostling for the treat as soon as dusk falls. Along the way, Chandobhoy has also picked up the odd human stray. ...

5 Tips from a Pet Expert on Finding the Perfect New Cat
PR Web (press release), WA
... Ms. Thornton's knowledge of felines, clear and easy writing style and just plain common sense make her a perfect resource for both experienced and novice cat ...

Study up on vaccines a pet needs
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN
... An indoor cat probably doesn’t need the feline leukemia vaccine, and a dog that lives in the city probably won’t confront Lyme disease. ...

Police find 53 cats in Palm Bay home
Florida Today, FL
BY JD GALLOP. A neighbor's complaint Sunday led Palm Bay police officers to a northeast home occupied by a mother and son who kept at least 53 cats. ...

A sure hit with cats
Newsday, NY
... hosting the singer whose rendition of this tune topped the charts to announce the opening of its Cat Adoption Center, a nice, homey refuge for cats waiting for ...

Sunday, July 25, 2004

County is doing something about pet problem
At the unanimous invitation of the Butte-Silver Bow County Commissioners, the Montana Spay/Neuter Task Force will help local citizens create Dan Truckle Pet Care Days, Aug. 2-4.
Montana Standard

AAHA Endorses American Association of Feline Practitioners Position Statement
Following a thorough review, AAHA recently endorsed the 2004 AAFP Position Statement on Free-Roaming Abandoned and Feral Cats.

AAHA Endorses AAFP Position Statement
July 15, 2004
DENVER—The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is pleased to endorse the 2004 American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Position Statement on Free-Roaming Abandoned and Feral Cats. Following a thorough review, the AAHA Board of Directors formally endorsed the guidelines during its June meeting.
“AAHA is very supportive of the comprehensive approach taken by AAFP to address the serious and widespread problem of free-roaming abandoned and feral cats,” says Dennis Feinberg, DVM, AAHA president. “The veterinary profession can play an important role in preventing abandonment and in providing education to clients about responsible cat ownership and feral cat issues.”
The AAFP position statement encourages and supports actions to provide solutions to the problems associated with free-roaming abandoned and feral cat populations. The problems include quality of life issues for the cats, their impact on wildlife and their potential impact on public health. The position statement is available on the AAFP website at

For Member Veterinarians of AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners):
AAFP Rounds July 25 - 5pm ET. "Trap-Neuter-Release of Feral Cats" with Dr. Levy. You can link to the Rounds Chatroom from the members section. If you need a member login, contact AAFP.

Migration begins
... Even in state parks along the coast, which should be offering safe
harbor to the birds, feral cats left by misguided owners wait in the shrubbery
to snag ...
Poughkeepsie Journal - Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

[Feral Cat Blog! Note: This Associated Press story first appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat and here under Sunday, July 18.]
A litter of tiny kittens gives epileptic a big boost
Miami Herald (subscription), FL
... Along with feral and stray cats that come to them, Cat Call works with Hillsborough County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, healing their ...

Kittens give new life to epileptic woman who shunned public
... Along with feral and stray cats that come to them, Cat Call works with
Hillsborough County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay,
healing their ...
Naples Daily News - Naples, FL, USA

Capital Area Animal Welfare Society relies on volunteers as it ...
... The overpopulation of stray animals is the reason that a little more
than a ... Previously, the organization offered a prepaid coupon that
pet owners could present ...
The Advocate - Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Improving shelters
... animal shelters. Many shelters don't get enough money to run adoption
programs or low-cost spay-neuter programs. In Iredell County ...
Charlotte Observer (subscription) - Charlotte, NC, USA

... combines volunteer hours of rescue organizations and donated services
from area veterinarians to offer low-cost solutions to pet overpopulation,
according to ...
Charlotte Observer (subscription) - Charlotte, NC, USA

Cats' best friends
... Hinkle said a friend from a nonprofit, no-kill shelter is setting up
an account to which the public can send donations to help pay for future
medical bills. ...
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - Wilkes Barre, PA, USA

Broward County
The county Animal Care and Regulation Division, through its Stop Pet Overpopulation
Together program, is accepting applications from low to moderate income ... - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Judge revokes probation in Blackwell animal abuse case
Park Hills Daily Journal, MO
... She said the cats had been abandoned in a locked trailer without basic necessities. ...

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Groups push for mandatory neutering law
... This kind of action is expected to help remedy the problem of feral
cats. Feral cats are cats who live in certain areas without human contact. ...
Turlock Journal - Turlock, CA, USA

Mandatory neutering isn't the answer
We agree with Alley Cat Allies and Animal Services Auxiliary that there
is a ... t agree, however, that Stanislaus County needs to enact an ordinance
that would ...
Turlock Journal - Turlock, CA, USA

Groups team up to give area cats a reason to purr
... One at a time, pets were as taken into the spay/neuter van from Animal
Welfare Association of Bridgeton to receive surgery and then returned
to a "recuperating ...
Vineland Daily Journal - Vineland, NJ, USA

Animal Control easies worries about dog packs
... Control officers are convinced that most of the dogs were not feral but pets ... problem, Smith said, were residents who left piles of food for cats and wildlife ...
Fayetteville Online, Fayetteville NC

More purrs than growls over animal control
... Naomi Carter said she was tired of feral cats coming into her yard, reproducing one litter after another and doing damage to her property. ...
Bainbridge Post Searchlight, GA

Innocent comment about cats has owners' hackles raised
Kansas City Star (subscription), MO
... I make a simple comment about stray cats in a recent column, and I got more people calling or stopping me while shopping than if I had said I was in favor of ...

Rabid raccoon confirmed in Martin
Stuart News, FL
... Avoid contact with stray or wild animals, especially raccoons, bats, foxes, cats, dogs, skunks, bobcats and otters. Teach children to do the same.

With new management, city-run animal shelter hopes to expand
Jersey City Reporter, NJ
... the summertime is kitten season, as many female cats give birth during this time of the year. This puts a burden on shelter space, along with stray dogs that ...

Cat Craziness
... The stray cats that would have been taken there, were left to their own devises....and that produced a boom in the cat and kitten population. ...

Report will set guidelines on ownership of exotic cats, FL
... Inconsistencies in wildlife commission rulings since then have allowed Sipek to obtain and house more and more of his beloved felines. ...

Friskies(R) Helps Shelter Cats Get More Out of Life
PR Newswire (press release)
... Trading Spaces'" designer Frank Bielec and Pam Johnson-Bennett, the NSALA prototype habitat brings a taste of New York to the furry felines living at the NSALA ...

Voting under way for national cat room renovation winner
... SOLAS is offering senior citizen coupons worth $40 off the cost of
the spay/neuter of any cat or dog adopted from the Council Bluffs Animal
Shelter. ...
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil - Council Bluffs, IA, USA

Mid-valley in Brief
Mid-Valley Volunteers Sought The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is seeking volunteers for their silent auction benefit during "Art in The Park" July 30 through Aug. 1 in Riverfront Park in downtown Salem. "The Bite of Salem" is sponsoring the event.
Albany Democrat-Herald

Shelter pets seek new homes
Milford Humane Society has cats and kittens available for adoption at the PetsMart store in Bellingham on Rte. 126. Cats are shown in the Love-A-Pet center. Adoptions are done on Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.
Milford Daily News

Friday, July 23, 2004

Councillor pushes for cat bylaw
... agreed the town could regulate roaming cats, but it would be difficult
to enforce without some mechanism to identify the cat and its owner (licensing). ...
Brampton Guardian - Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Cats group celebrates '100' milestone
BORDENTOWN CITY — About a hundred cats ago, the Bordentown Cats were a fledgling organization looking to aid the city's feral cat population, capture and ...
Bordentwo Register News, NJ

Illness kills five zoo kangaroos
... Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Proudfoot says, "It's always disappointing to
lose an animal, and especially to a disease that, if the pet overpopulation
problem wasn't ...
WTHR - Indianapolis, IN, USA

Four kangaroos die at Indianapolis Zoo
... The most likely source of the infection is contact with the contaminated
feces of all cats, particularly feral cats, the primary carriers of toxoplasmosis.
Indianapolis Star - Indianapolis, IN, USA

Tearful Cat Lover Gives Up Her `Kids'
ZEPHYRHILLS - Barbara Macko cries when she remembers the promise she made to the cats that have come into her life; cats no one else wanted; cats she loves like children.

Follow steps to help control problem of cat overpopulation
Salem Statesman Journal - Salem, OR, USA

Shelter overrun with cats
Brampton Guardian, Canada
The city needs help finding homes for stray cats that are soon going to be overflowing the cages at the Animal Shelter. The shelter ...

Residents complain about cat smell
... 15 and 20 cats were found dead in the home, which was had cat feces
4 ... There is no ordinance, however, that regulates the numbers of cats
a person can keep ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Westmoreland Laurels & Lances
... response from officials to neighbors' past complaints about a cat-filled
house ... municipality to crack down on pigpen properties with a tougher
city ordinance. ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh, PA, USA

PETCO in Davis holds spay clinics
... with their annual Round-Up/Spay Today fund raiser, which will raise
money for local animal welfare organizations that offer spay/neuter programs
or education. ...
Daily Democrat - Woodland, CA, USA

SPCA names board chair as leader
... He leaves to return with his family to the San Francisco area, and
to speak nationally at conferences about his "no-kill" vision for the
future of animal ...
Ithaca Journal - Ithaca, NY, USA

Regional Roundup
... their dogs or cats spayed or neutered for only $10 per pet through
the Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County's Spay-Neuter Assistance
Clarksville ...
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle - Clarksville, TN, USA

Community service expo set in Pierson
... discount. Low cost spay/neuter certificates will be available. ...
years. Proceeds benefit the SPCA's low cost spay/neuter mobile clinic.
Daytona Beach News-Journal - Daytona, FL, USA

... she said. "If I had known the SPCA was no-kill, then I would have asked
for their help or taken the animals there.". Wills Point ...
Tyler Morning Telegraph - Tyler, TX, USA

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Facing eviction, couple hand off care for 40 cats
St. Petersburg Times, FL
... expenses. For the past four or five years, the couple have been taking in cats that might not have otherwise found homes. Barbara ...

City to let residents, not hunters, fix coyote problem
Press Herald, ME
... Increasingly over the last year, residents have blamed hungry coyotes for missing cats and an absence of turkeys, deer and pheasants. ...

Cat trapper faces charge
Syracuse Post Standard, NY
... Smith told Aregano her next-door neighbor had been trapping. cats. ... Lottermoser told police the cats were defecating in his mulch around his landscaping. ...

Rural pet number is worth another try
Bismarck Tribune, ND
... dumping" and other problems. A letter-writer on this page Tuesday blamed shrinking songbird numbers in the country on stray cats. ...

Cat trappers face fines
Albany Great Southern Weekender, Australia
... Cats Sterilisation Society committee member Kathryn Porter-Tice said owners should ensure their pets did not annoy ... In many cases a cat is not a stray, but a ...

Humane Society in Wickenburg?
Wickenburg Sun, AZ
... She decided to take action after learning that stray cats in the area are basically left to fend for themselves unless they are sick or injured. ...

Cats, ferrets must now be vaccinated for rabies
... Another change in the law means that residents who have feral cats
on their property must make a reasonable effort to capture or vaccinate
the cats. ...
Evansville Courier & Press (subscription) - Evansville, IN, USA

Mother and son receiving shots for rabies
Hagerstown Morning Herald, MD
... Cats commonly stay in the barn areas at the track because horse owners often take in stray cats and care for them, said Jim Buchanan, senior vice president of ...

Stray cats have friend in teen
... She traps the feral cats, takes them to the vet to be spayed or neutered,
feeds them, domesticates them and then finds a home for them. ...
Pioneer Press Online - Glenview, IL, USA

Bringing lost pets home
... adds. Anyone taking advantage of its free spay-neuter program can purchase
a chip for $20 and an additional $15 for registration. ...
Washington Times - Washington, DC, USA

Phoenix news briefs
... PHOENIX - The Arizona Humane Society's Mobile Spay/Neuter and Animal
Wellness Center plans several stops in the city in August. ...
Arizona Republic - Phoenix, AZ, USA

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Sound Logic by William Mannetti in ActionLine, Summer 2004, a publication of Friends of Animals

Pet limit among possible animal control changes

Bowling Green Daily News, KY

... The city doesn’t require owners to license their cats, but Blair gets as many calls about feral cats as he does about dogs, he said. ...

Decision on CVS closer
... associations to spay or neuter the animals they show. The current ordinance
restricts residents to one unaltered dog or cat per household. ...
Fort Wayne News Sentinel - Fort Wayne, IN, USA

Punish bad cat owners, not cats
... The York County Feral Cat Coalition and many other humane groups are
in the process of trapping feral cats and having them neutered so that
the colonies will ...
York Daily Record - York, PA, USA

Collier Animal Services May Put Feral Cats Up For Adoption
At Collier County's Domestic Animal Services, the feral cats are kept in cages, away from the household pets ready for adoption. However, for Tina Bland, domesticating feral cats is possible. She's done it herself.
WINK TV Southwest Florida

Community news: Making a difference
Cat Depot desperately needs volunteers [Sarasota, FL]
Herald Tribune, Southwest Florida

DECATUR - Within the span of 15 minutes one day last week, the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center took in 19 cats and kittens.
Herald & Review, Decatur, IL

Humane society gets animal shelter pact
New Jersey Journal, NJ
... services. By state law, each municipality in New Jersey is required to provide shelter for abandoned or stray dogs and cats. All ...

Stray cat has bubonic plague
Durango Herald, CO
A stray cat found near the Junction Creek Campground on the Colorado Trail has ... Visible symptoms of the disease in cats include swelling and sores around the ...

Shabby Shelter, OH
... The ceiling leaks. Most of the felines are sick. Shelter leaders has been barking at county commissioners to build a new facility for a while. ...

Breed gaining popularity here
The Free Lance-Star, VA
... But like many a secret, someone started leaking word of the jewel--a breed of feline that's got all the good traits of a cat with some of the dog traits ...

Kane prosecutor takes cat case
Chicago Tribune (subscription), IL
The Kane County state's attorney stepped in this week to resolve the case of Aurora resident Lynda Smith, who once kept 26 cats in her home and could have ...

New supervisor steps up at animal shelter
Ledger Dispatch, CA
By MJ Valencia. ANTIOCH - The management has changed at Antioch Animal Services, but the dogs still bark and the cats still purr. ...

Animal Shelter makes good use of donations
Aberdeen American News, SD
... everything. June was "Adopt a Shelter Cat" month and 20 cats and kittens from the Humane Shelter found new homes during the month.

Florida wildlife officers wear plain clothes after tiger death
Environmental News Network, CA
... Scores of animal lovers seem to agree and have vowed to defend Sipek's other big cats — including another tiger, two lions, a cougar, and a black leopard. ...

Wildlife service starts firing biologist who criticized agency
The Ledger, FL
... when studying the animals' habitat, the agency only used data collected from radio-collared panthers in the daytime, even though the endangered cats tend to ...

Parsippany council mulls ban on feral cat feeding
By Chris Gosier, Daily Record. PARSIPPANY -- The township council has another
month to consider its ordinance that would ban feeding feral cats. ...
Parsippany Daily Record - Parsippany, NJ, USA

Where is citizens’ outrage against irresponsible pet owners?
... I highly recommend reading them before deciding to own a pet, and now
you ... Humane Society, that are trying to work together to solve the
overpopulation problem. ...
Canton Repository (subscription) - Canton, OH, USA

Commissioners should be held most accountable for problems at ...
... Other states have well-run no-kill facilities, some with lower budgets.
I fail to understand why our commissioners are not able to achieve the
Canton Repository (subscription) - Canton, OH, USA

SCSPCA Called For GOP Convention
"We will be using our Mobile Animal Spay/Neuter Hospital unit, as well
as two satellite response units, to aid in security issues," said Lauber. ...
Suffolk Life Newspapers - Riverhead, NY, USA

Standards for public animal shelters raised
... state's animal welfare laws after the Charlotte Observer series "Death
at the Pound." Their proposal to fund shelter improvements and spay-neuter
programs with ...
Myrtle Beach Sun News - Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Cape approves limit on pets without permit
... The important thing, Stucker said, is to see that pet owners have their
dogs and cats spayed and neutered to prevent overpopulation. ...
Southeast Missourian - Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

Rules set for NC animal shelters
... in the state's animal welfare laws after the Observer series "Death
at the Pound." Their proposal to fund shelter improvements and spay-neuter
programs with a ...
Charlotte Observer (subscription) - Charlotte, NC, USA

New Pet Locator Chips May Not Work In Some Cities
Channel, OK
... The city's animal shelter takes in dozens of dogs and cats per day. Each stray is scanned when it comes in, but Lira said the different design of Banfield's ...

7/18 Update is underway: Animal control ordinance is changing
Corsicana Daily Sun, TX
... Franks said that the shelter recently took in a stray animal, obviously well-kept ... Franks estimates there may be as many as 10,000 wild cats running wild in the ...

York man puts up insensitive sign to protest animal rescue center
The State, SC
YORK, SC - A man who lives near a rescue center for stray animals has put up a ... in a box near the front of Richardson's house where she houses dogs and cats.

Animal rescue center in York sparks disagreement
Rock Hill Herald, SC
... Janet Richardson and her nonprofit agency rescue stray animals and try to find ... to the front of Richardson's house where she houses the dogs and several cats. ...

Teen volunteers gain life experience and a sense of purpose. By ...
The Free Lance-Star, VA
... volunteering at the Bloomingdale (NJ) Animal Shelter last summer, and now runs a weekly "Scaredy Cats" program where she helps shy felines become socialized. ...

(Sun-Sentinel/Robert Duyos), United States
... Hambright. He won't even verify that Hemingway kept felines in Key West, although he says the author had them in Cuba a few years later. ...

For your favorite feline
Miami Herald (subscription), FL
BY JANET EASTMAN. Consider the stay-at-home cat. Felines like the sun and easygoing attitude of island getaways, but without a passport, what can they do? ...

The 'My Pet Goat' saga continues here, on eBay
York Daily Record, PA
... said the pet goat ate "cans and cakes and cats and cakes," which, of course, raised the specter of cat-eating goats roaming the countryside munching felines. ...

... include boosters for rabies, distemper, parvovirus and heptitus every three years for dogs -- for cats every three years for ravies and feline leukemia. ...

Letters Your Voice: Monday, Jul 19, 2004
[Scroll down to the first "feral cats" then you can scroll down to the original Saccachi letter which was posted on the Feral Cat Blog! under July 12.]
feral cats
The debate continues
West Hawaii Today

[Feral Cat Blog! Note: Ah-h-h! I didn't notice yesterday when I posted the latest NC article but now I see a change in slogan for one of my favorite groups -- Neighborhood Cats (in NYC). It is now: Making TNR Work for your Community.]

Monday, July 19, 2004

Proposed law against feeding stray cats draws ire in York County
... wouldn't shoot cats. He said the law is aimed at controlling feral
cats in residential neighborhoods. "Neighbors have a right to ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh, PA, USA
See all stories on this topic:

On Cat Out Loud:
Feral Double Standard?
Feral Doesn't Equal Unowned

Feed Stray Cats and... Face Jail Time?
CRALEY (KDKA/AP) People who feed feral or stray cats in one Pennsylvania
County could soon face fines of up to $600 -- or even go to jail for 30
days under a ...
KDKA - Pittsburg, PA, USA
Opportunity to Vote:
Supervisors in one PA township want to make it crime for people to feed feral or stray cats -- with fines of up to $600 or up to 30 days in jail. What do you think about the proposed ordinance?
Ridiculous or Reasonable

Tokyo felines' calculated meows for treats
United Press International
... In short, for those who have a dog or cat at home, the felines are Nekobukuro --"neko" meaning cat in Japanese, and "bukuro" being a pun on the location of ...

Ordinance seeks to fine or jail people for feeding feral or stray ...
... The township supervisors plan to enact the ordinance at their meeting
August 12th ... it a crime "to keep or feed any wild or feral or stray
domestic cat, except in ...
WNEP-TV - Scranton, PA, USA

Shelter seeks sponsors for dogs
Sedalia Democrat, MO
... The Humane Society Shelter also has about 50 homeless cats and could open up a sponsorship program for the felines if the program for dogs succeeds. ...

Kennels strictly for cats gain favor with owners
Monterey County Herald, CA
... Opened in October 2003, the inn is the newest addition to a small group of kennels in the state designed specifically for cats. ...

"Waukegan - A Case Study in the need for TNR"
New article from Neighborhood Cats in NYC.
[Feral Cat Blog! Note: See news articles posted previously on this blog under July 7 and June 20, 10 and 3.]

News in brief from central Pennsylvania
[Lower Windsor Township]
[Scroll down to third/last blurb]
Craley, PA - People could be fined up to $600 …
Penn Live - Harrisburg, PA, USA

Kitties hard to resist at adoption day
... Socks. Ankle Socks and Knee Socks were given the names by the nonprofit,
no-kill shelter to distinguish the two kittens. Sarah's ...
Framingham Metro West Daily News - Framingham, MA, USA

At your service
[Scroll down to]
Humane Alternative: Deals with overpopulation of stray animals, primarily cats, though humane, no-kill programs. ...
Daytona Beach News-Journal - Daytona, FL, USA

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Kittens give new life to epileptic woman who shunned public
[Cat Call, Tampa, Hillsborough County], FL
... Collaud agreed. "I think the cats have done for my epilepsy more than every doctor and every drug I've taken," Collaud said. Since ...

Curbing feral cat colonies a tough job [Second Chance Cat Rescue, Flagler County]
PALM COAST -- Everyone held still as the silver and white cat cautiously approached the bait in the steel cage. "Come on Prancie," Bob Whitaker mumbled. "You are too young to have any more babies."
Daytona Beach News-Journal

Happy homes sought to help break vicious cycle
I first saw them as I was leaving my Flagler Avenue walkup apartment last Friday. Four tiny kittens -- a pair of cream-colored fur balls with blue eyes, and two with green eyes and black-and-white markings -- alternately sleeping and playing in a fuzzy pile.
Daytona Beach News-Journal

Our Voice: Reach out to public to solve valley’s animal shelter ...
The Desert Sun, CA
... of the public, some good suggestions were brought forth: Involving volunteers more in the care of animals, promoting in the media spay, neuter and adoption ...

Magician sees bit of magic: Lost $1,000 bill returned
North County Times, CA
... typical of her father, who runs a mobile mechanic business. He regularly feeds feral cats and pays for them to be neutered, she said

Jeddah Municipality Launches Garbage Collection Schemes
Arab News, Saudi Arabia
... With daily collection, the garbage will be on the street for less time, also reducing the chances of attack by the city’s huge population of feral cats. ...

Irreverent personals ads draw people to shelter pets
Contra Costa Times (subscription), CA
... so funny that animal shelter volunteers lobby him to feature a favorite stray that still ... and Delucchi tries to rotate his ads to feature dogs, cats and other ...

Mingming: Caged
Minda News, Philippines
... problem. She could have been free like the stray cats gallivanting on rooftops. But the bigger the cat, the greater the danger. ...

RSPCA uncover semi-detached 'zoo'
ic Wales, UK
... Staff at Llys Nini are desperate to find homes for all of the felines who have been nursed back to health during the past 18 months. ...

Colin Powell's feline connection!:, India
According to the New York Post, the rare Bombay-bred cat named Colin Powell has been bestowed with the feline world's highest honor- "Cat of the Year". ...

Wells and Ohio is purr-fect place to honor vet who was devoted to ...
Chicago Tribune (subscription), IL
... February. Ten years ago, Brown established the city's first feline-only clinic, City Cat Doctor Feline Medical Center, at 600 N. Wells. ...

Police investigate cat wounding
Fort Worth Star Telegram (subscription), TX
... The feline survived the shooting, which occurred July 9 in the 6500 block of Old Mill Circle. No one had been arrested by Friday afternoon. ...

Today's to dos
Kinston Free Press, NC
... Purrrr! Proceeds will benefit The Marley Fund, a nonprofit group dedicated to striking back at feline leukemia and feline AIDS. ...

Care about critters? Then collect cans in contest for cause
... To address and reduce the feline overpopulation epidemic within Iredell
County, by developing and implementing a comprehensive trap, neuter and
return program ...
Charlotte Observer (subscription) - Charlotte, NC, USA

... The Marion-Grant County Humane Society will have a spay/neuter clinic
Aug. 2-6 at the Grant County 4-H Fairgrounds, Ind. 18. A mobile unit will
be available. ...
Marion Chronicle Tribune - Marion, IN, USA

Call of the wild - in Pinellas [non-native coyotes in an urban county]
... them. A county ordinance prohibits feeding or molesting wild animals.
... said. Bob Peterson's cat, Inky, was not as lucky as Velcro. ...
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, FL, USA

Saturday, July 17, 2004

[with FWC, Florida]

Tyler Morning Telegraph, TX
... who has not been charged with a crime, said she picked up stray animals from the ... The cats and dogs looked emaciated, some dogs' hair was falling out and their ...

Natick Events
Natick Tab, MA
... Stray Pets In Need of Massachusetts Inc. (SPIN), is a non-profit organization caring for all animals, primarily cats. Facilities ...

Couple breeds bobcats for pets
Billings Gazette, MT
... of town. The Klasens, who breed and sell bobcats as pets, share their home with the lively young felines for the time being. At ...

26 Cats Taken From Jonesboro Man
... The Jordans became pet owners when they purchased one persian cat. Four years and 26 felines later those pets are living in a shed. ...

Cool for cats
Guardian, UK
... squawking. So, based on that, felines would choose up-tempo Tom Waits over Geddy Lee singing one of Rush's power ballads. Given ...

Gloucester - Mathews County Humane Society Severely Overcrowded
... put down. The Gloucester - Mathews County Humane Society has so many felines it has to house them in outdoor rabbit cages. Four ...

Amador Ledger-Dispatch, CA
... n’ Stuff and Jackson Creek Veterinary Clinic to dismantle, clean and disinfect the kitty-cat condos that temporarily house the frisky felines that are up for ...

The cat's out of the Baghdad
... that needed help," said Becky Robinson, national director of Alley Cat Allies, a Washington, DC-based clearinghouse for humane help for stray and feral cats. ...
Rocky Mountain News, CO

Homeless cats find a haven among the ruin in Rome
Dallas Morning News (subscription), TX
... He has a paid position of capturing feral cats for neutering, which goes against the grain of his brethren. Like many Roman men, he loves cats. ...

Local animal rescue groups are critical of the SPCA
Cape Gazette, DE
... Representatives from the Dewey Beach Feral Cat Society, Bethany Beach Town Cats, Marietta Virden Foundation, Historic Lewes Cat Society and Milton Catsnippers ...

Business Life & Home Based Business
Zongoo!com, NC
... She spends her working life catching feral cats in order that they can be spayed or neutered and live a more tranquil peaceful life in the sun. ...

Trailer park cleaned
... Zuleger said the village received complaints from residents about stray
cats, garbage, boats and other salvage items in the park and unrented
homes being used ...
Wausau Daily Herald - Wausau, WI, USA

Akron chips away at lost-cat problem
... The first year of the cat ordinance, we took 2,000 cats to the animal
shelter. Only two had any kind of identification and there was not one
microchip.''. ...
Akron Beacon Journal (subscription) - Akron, OH, USA

Cat law shows Gestapo mentality
A July 9 story speaks of a meeting where Lower Windsor Township will discuss
an ordinance that would fine or jail those who would feed a stray cat
or have a ...
York Daily Record - York, PA, USA

License plates provide cash for pet control
Word is out about the Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County's
Spay-Neuter Assistance program and a recent $3,500 grant will allow 64
additional pets ...
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle - Clarksville, TN, USA

Friday, July 16, 2004

On Cat Out Loud:
Cat patrol for cruelty in Atlantic City

Cats Maimed, Killed At Atlantic City Cat Colony
... Three of the felines were poisoned and dying. Others were profusely bleeding with their throats slashed, or their paws cut off. ...
[Feral Cat Blog! Resources:
* Neighborhood Watch for Animals Tip Sheet
* The Link Between Violence Against Animals and Violence Against Humans
* Humane Link: Cyber Sights about Human/Animal Violence Connection
* The Abuse Connection]

Pets pay ultimate price for irresponsible owners
Salem Statesman Journal, OR
They’d better. The gray, white and ginger littermates are five of 195 felines at the Humane Society of the Willamette Valley this day. ...

Coyotes likely mutilated cats
Davis Enterprise, CA
... Fletcher said under close examination, the flesh was torn, not cut, which would be the case if someone used a knife to mutilate the felines. ...

Man arrested for kindness to animals
Sumter County Record-Journal, AL
... prosecution after State Animal Control workers issued citations for a stray cat found ... a perfect place to get rid of unwanted dogs and cats,” Brown explained. ...

Should someone be punished for helping little doggy, kitty?
Sumter County Record-Journal, AL
... I also live in a community where stray animals are dropped off. ... Some of us throw away enough food to feed a half dozen dogs and cats. ...

Wrong target lined up in the war on vermin (subscription), Ireland
FERAL or stray cats are now considered ‘fair game’ by shooters. Many people in rural areas welcome these cats as they keep down the rodent population. ...

Helping animals is a career for Jay Carroll
Animal control officer wants to spread compassion for animals
North Brunswick Sentinel, NJ

Plan to return cats to wild challenged
Palm Beach Post, FL

St. Lucie Commission aims to share tax wealth

Fort Pierce Tribune, FL

Video mail could revolutionize dating
The Trentonian, NJ
... advertising. We introduced ourselves, made small talk, and then she informed me she had taken in four feral cats in recent weeks.

Community bulletin board
York Dispatch, PA
... York County Feral Cat Coalition meeting: Featuring information on trapping feral cats to be spayed or neutered and a trap demonstration, 7 pm July 28 at Union ...

Friday Cat Blogging:
[Feral Cat Blog! Note: I learned about the Friday Cat Blogging experience some weeks ago from reading Cat Out Loud.

Here's a recent entry from the weblog of Watermark, a poet's notebook: Cats & Blogs who
"discovered Friday Cat Blogging over at Trish Wilson's Blog."

In April, Brad Delong said:
"With Kevin Drum's departure for the Washington Monthly, his tradition of Friday Cat Blogging has lapsed." Shadow Wolf commented: "Actually, Kevin quit cat-blogging several weeks before he got hired by Washington Monthly."

Kevin Drum's weblog, Calpundit, on February 27, 2004:  FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING
"Anyway, as you can see Inkblot and Jasmine are both in fine health and are happily frolicking in the backyard as I type this. So with that I have some bad news: I've been faithfully doing catblogging every Friday for a year now and I'm afraid I need a rest. My bottomless supply of pictures has turned out to have a bottom after all, and taking new pictures on schedule has become a bit of a chore. So this is the final edition of catlogging Friday."
Apparently only HIS final edition! ]

Spare the cat, but kill its thirst
... There is no reason for anybody to feed stray cats anymore. Stray animals
are better than most people at looking after themselves. ... (subscription) - Ireland

Indoors or Out: Your Cat
... Not everyone will swerve to miss a cat in the road. "My cat needs exercise
and likes to play with other cats." Stray cats spread disease. ...
Silver City Daily Press - Silver City, NM, USA

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Police seek clues to cat shootings in Bellevue (subscription), WA
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Bellevue residents are keeping a close eye on their pets after three cats were attacked in the past few days. ...

Tecumseh businesses sponsor pet parade for 'Summer Daze'
... The coalition uses a strategy called "trap, neuter and return," which
works on the thesis that sterilizing the cats prevents colonies from growing
and reduces ...
Adrian Daily Telegram - Adrian, MI, USA

Humboldt overrun by felines
... Fisher estimated he was receiving more than 10 inquiries per month
about stray cats. So he phoned the Coles County Sheriff's Department and
the animal shelter. ...
Mattoon Journal - Mattoon, IL, USA

Panel Peruses Budget Proposal
Lakeland Ledger, FL
County officials said Wednesday they were still trying to find a job for longtime Animal Services Director Eddy de Castro. De Castro's position will be eliminated in the upcoming move of Animal Services to the Sheriff's Office.
That will add another $2.3 million to Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow's proposed $102.3 million in spending. With the new funds the sheriff's budget will have increased more than $10 million from this year.
There is good news for animals and library users.
Herr spared commissioners 11th-hour pleas from organizations such as the SPCA. Last year, as the county faced a shortfall of $25 million, the SPCA's request for money was rejected. This year there is a provision for $100,000 to subsidize the group's spay and neuter program.

The Republican Newspaper-Online Edition -- Garrett County, MD
Letters to the Editor
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Cats subjected to surgery for declawing are at risk for adverse reactions to anesthesia, hemorrhage, recurrent infections, radial nerve damage, chronic pain, abnormal regrowth of the nails, and emotional stress and insecurity.
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If last year and this year are any indication, late June/early July is an eventful animal period in my life.
The Republican Newspaper, NJ

Try a rat-attack cat!
Rat-catching feral cats rescued from the Cumbrian countryside can provide
the purr-fect solution to pest control problems, say charity chiefs. ...
News & Star - Carlisle, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Now's the time to make a spay-neuter clinic appointment
When Debbie Retzlaff moved to Butte five years ago, she was amazed by the number of stray cats and dogs she saw roaming the streets.
Montana Standard

Public Safety asks residents help keep vermin out of Berkley

Wild animals are on the move in Berkley. During summer, residents tend to spot more stray cats, raccoons, opossums and rats in their yards.
Royal Oak Mirror

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Humane Officers Don Gas Masks to Rescue Cats
Officials are calling it one of the worse cases of animal abuse that they've seen -- with possibly as many as 100 cats living in a house say is covered in ...

Pepper is a cruel 'deterrent' for unneighborly cats
San Francisco Chronicle, CA
Q: Please, please, please don't print anything about using pepper in the garden to deter cats. Several months ago my anal-retentive ...

Warsaw approves city-wide garbage pick-up
Other properties in town were discussed as needing to be torn down because they are causing a wildlife nuisance problem.
"I've had numerous calls and complaints on cats, foxes and skunks," said Frank. "We've received a nuisance wildlife permit until Jan. 31, 2005, for Greg Hymes to set live traps. I also want the Safety Committee to work on a cat ordinance."
Hancock County Journal Pilot, IL

PETA (press release)
Norfolk, Va.- This morning, PETA fired off a letter to Cumberland County Prosecutor Ronald J. Casella, urging his office to vigorously prosecute three juveniles ...

Cats may be forced on street
Rochdale Observer, UK

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New information from Florida Cat News, the website of the Cat Coalition of Florida:
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David Gale of Friends of Campus Cats has been so kind as to contribute his design and construction specifications for making your own vastly improved Box Traps.
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Read Frank Hamilton's response to a recent Florida Animal Control Association article on TNR.
[Feral Cat Blog! Note: The original FACA TRAX newsletter was posted under July 7.]

Village sets traps for undomesticated cats
... Police departments in nearby Kenilworth, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka don't trap feral cats and say the animals don't present much of a problem in their ...
Pioneer Press Online - Glenview, IL, USA

... The Humane Society also offers low-cost spay/neuter services for cats through its mobile unit. Male cat neutering starts at ...
Miami Herald (subscription) - Miami, FL, USA

New vet to review animal care
SHELTERS: She will also oversee the spay-neuter clinic. ... We asked her to go through the spay-neuter clinic and make a wish list of what they need," he said. ...
Press-Enterprise (subscription) - Riverside, CA, USA

A relatively new guest in our homes
Ha'aretz, Israel
... Remains of this dig are believed to hail from the seventh millennium BCE One theory holds that these were the bones of feral cats, who were trapped and skinned ...

Rise of rabies cases cause for alarm
Cameron Herald, TX
... in dogs. With number of feral cats we have loose around here, it does create a problem that people aren't really aware of. If a ...

Traveling hospital spays, neuters pets
In an effort to stem the tide of pet overpopulation, the mobile center
provides free spay and neuter services to New Orleans pet owners who need financial ...
Times Picayune - New Orleans, LA, USA

New Robben Island boss set to be appointed
Cape Argus (subscription), Africa
... danger of fire; the presence of unsuitable large animals such as alien European fallow deer, eland, bontebok and ostriches; the presence of feral cats and rats ...

News in brief from the Philadelphia area
Centre Daily Times, PA
... and the Upper Moreland animal control is setting traps to catch other stray animals to ... rabies tests this year - seven raccoons, one bat and two cats - a number ...

County balks at hiring Humane officer
Portage Daily Register, WI
... 1. Columbus, along with the towns of Otsego, Springvale, Lewiston, Fort Winnebago and Dekorra no longer give recognition to cats as stray animals and refuse to ...

Animal control changes proposed
Fort Wayne News Sentinel, IN
... pet overpopulation. More than 13,000 stray dogs and cats are turned in to the city's Animal Care and Control department annually. ...

$2,500 can't replace lost cat
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA
... The traps are on loan from the Homeless Cat Management Team, a local nonprofit organization that inoculates and neuters stray cats. ...

Woman treated after bite from rabid cat, PA
... to befriend any wild or stray animals, especially in areas where rabid animals have been found. The county public health code requires that all cats and dogs 3 ...

Controlling Cat's Emotions
WBEX am 1490, OH
... it. Cats have always been considered untrainable,” says Dr. Jean Hofve, a Denver veterinarian specializing in felines. “So people ...

Humane society raids feline-infested house
Calgary Sun, Canada
The discovery of another house with cats packed in like sardines underscores the need for a larger shelter ...

Kitty cornered: Trooper rescues cat from busy Rte. 128
Framingham Metro West Daily News, MA
... state police. Trooper George Little came and saved the young feline, and the rescue inspired Tamburro, who adopted the kitty. "His ...