Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Maiming, Killing of Cats, Wildlife May Violate State’s Anti-Cruelty Law
PETA (press release)
... National Seashore (GINS), imploring him to immediately ban the use of steel-jaw traps and snares currently being used to kill feral cats, foxes, raccoons, and ...

ASPCA Kicks Off June As Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month With Revealing ...
U.S. Newswire (press release), DC
... the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(r) (ASPCA) celebrates June as Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month in order to educate people about the wonderful cats and kittens ...
Make Pet Adoption Your First Option(r) is a message that the ASPCA encourages throughout the year in order to facilitate their ultimate goal, an end to the euthanasia of all adoptable animals.
[See Feral Cat Blog! post on May 18: June is Adopt-a-Cat Month/Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month]

How much is that kitten in the window? Only $35!
News 8 Austin, TX
Cats generally breed in the spring, so right now animal shelters are taking in more cats than they can find homes for. There are ...

Waukesha County humane officers put cat episode in context
Waukesha Freeman, WI
WAUKESHA - When James Stadler helped rescue 193 cats from a town of Ottawa home May 20, he was unable to walk upon entering the residence. ...

Homeless animal problem grows
Gary Post Tribune, IN
... While Godra agrees with Hullsiek about the need to spay and neuter animals, Ogle has a different theory about what’s bringing the animals to the area. ...

Casper WY Events
The Casper Star Tribune, WY
Golf tournament
* Reservations are required for the Central Wyoming Spay and Neuter Foundation's inaugural golf tournament, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. June 3 at Paradise Valley Country Club. Teams of four players may compete in a scramble format for $75 per person. Proceeds benefit education and financial assistance in reducing local pet overpopulation. Sponsors are sought for the fundraiser. Info: Sally, 577-3453 or 262-4080.

Monday, May 30, 2005

The Welfare of Cats (New Book)

New Book!

The Welfare of Cats
Series: Animal Welfare, Vol. 3
Rochlitz, Irene (Ed.)
2005, XXI, 283 p., Hardcover
ISBN: 1-4020-3226-9
Prepublication price , valid until May 31, 2005: 45,00 €

[Feral Cat Blog! Note: 45,00 € (Euros) = US$56.12]

Table of contents

1: Cat Behaviour: Social Organization, Communication and Development; Sharon L. Crowell-Davis.
2: The Assessment of Welfare; Rachel A. Casey and John W. S. Bradshaw.
3: The Human-Cat Relationship; Penny L. Bernstein.
4: Behaviour Problems and Welfare; Sarah E. Heath.
5: Cat Overpopulation in the United States; Philip H. Kass.
6: The Welfare of Feral Cats; Margaret R. Slater.
7: Housing and Welfare; Irene Rochlitz.
8: Disease and Welfare; Kit Sturgess.
9: Nutrition and Welfare; Kit Sturgess and Karyl J. Hurley.
10: Breeding and Welfare; Andreas Steiger.


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Author Name: Rochlitz, Irene (editor).

Title: The Welfare of Cats

Seller ID: 002966

2005. 26cm. Pp.xxi,283. Hardbound. This book covers the major issues affecting the welfare of domestic cats. In western countries the cat has become one of the most popular pets, with its traditional role of rodent catcher being replaced by that of companion animal. Nevertheless, many situations remain where the welfare of cats raises concerns. This book, written by experts from the United Kingdom, the United States and Switzerland, presents up-to-date information on a broad array of topics. It covers recent developments in our understanding of cat behaviour, considers the ways in which cat welfare is assessed, and addresses the successes and failures of the relationship between cats and humans, including feline behaviour disorders. It also deals with the ever-increasing problem of stray and unwanted cats in shelters, the feral cat population, and the effects of housing, disease, nutrition, and breeding on cat welfare. Although the focus is largely on cats in developed countries, this book should also be of relevance in developing countries, where issues affecting the welfare of domestic animals - not only of livestock but also of companion animals - are beginning to be identified and addressed. This volume will be of interest to all those concerned with the welfare of cats, including veterinarians, animal behaviourists, animal welfare organizations and cat owners.

Keywords: Zoology, Mammals, Cats, Domestic Cats, Pets, Animal Welfare

Price = 80.00 GBP

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[Feral Cat Blog! Note: 80.00 GBP United Kingdom Pounds = $145.723 USD United States Dollars]

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Jay fledglings movin' out

Jay fledglings on Rhodie branches Posted by Hello

Today is the third day that the Stellar Jay chicks have been in and out of the nest. The fledglings started by sitting on the edge of the nest; then each of the four at individual pace moved out to nearby branches where they perched (clung?) quietly. It was 90+ degrees here the past two days (not a norm!). If you missed these birds in their pinkie (newly hatched) and baby stages, see Birds-eye View of Jay Nestlings.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Active breeding season this year produces three times more kittens ...
Fort Pierce Tribune, FL
The annual cat breeding season, which lasts from April to September, is producing its usual bumper crop of cats — about triple the number seen during the rest of the year, said Joan Carlson, executive director of the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County.

The Humane Society wants people to adopt the cats brought into its shelter north of Vero Beach.
Both Van Zyl and Carlson urge people to get young cats surgically sterilized.
By the time a female cat is 5 or 6 months old, it can get pregnant. Two months later, that cat can produce another litter. Two months later, the same cat is ready to get pregnant again. And on and on, she said.

Wild and stray cats have started showing up in neighborhoods, and residents are calling Errett to complain. Her answer is to offer cat traps. When a cat is trapped, an Animal Control worker takes the animal to the Humane Society. ,,,,, The service is free. Residents have to agree to maintain the cages.

From Left Field
Decatur Daily Democrat, IN
By Bob Shraluka. An ongoing, and mostly growing, problem in many communities is the stray animal situation, mainly dogs and cats. ...

For many local pet lovers, the Stratford Town Council is ...
Connecticut Post, CT
... July of 2000, the town filed a lawsuit for thousands of dollars in damages it claimed was caused to the house when he allowed dozens of stray cats to overrun ...

Pair battles animal ban
Winnipeg Sun, Canada
... to their suite. "Those cats are like our kids," said Kapustiak, whose parents have been taking care of the felines. Laura Gowerluk ...

Voice of the reader
Billings Gazette, MT
... They are not containable. The editorial advocates for less broad restrictions yet recommends that cat owners control their felines. How, pray tell? ...

Town of Essex, Ontario, Canada
April 18, 2005 Meeting
Moved by Councillor Meloche, seconded by Mayor McDermott (R-05-04-220) that Administration prepare a report regarding feral cats. “Carried”

TMV Joins Friday Cat Blogging Mania!
The Moderate Voice
... TMV LOVES cats and has two. ... Below you'll find picture of Clawdette, a 12-year-old feral-born cat who rules TMV's condo (including his office). ...

Friday, May 27, 2005

Friday, May 27, 2005

May 27, Friday afternoon: FREE! Fresh Organic Catnip Samples at FERAL! Our new Gallery & Gift Shop in Iowa City...
Catnip Farm also produces fresh and dried catnip, potted "kitty greens" & cat grass growing kits, catnip toys and furniture for cats - these are now available at our gift shop. Proceeds from our kitty product sales help offset food & veterinary costs for rescued stray & feral cats. Visit our Kitty Gallery at http://www.catnipfarm.com to see some of our feline friends!
MISTER NIPSTER is our brand of fresh dried organic catnip - available via mail-order through our Local Harvest Store (click on "Store"), our gallery & gift shop FERAL! and The Coralville Animal Clinic in the Iowa City area, and at veterinary offices & pet supply stores coast to coast.
FERAL! is located at 114 1/2 E. College on the ped mall in Iowa City, open Wed. - Sat. from 1:30 - 6 pm. Stop by or write to feral@dana-arts.com or ericka@catnipfarm.com to purchase Fresh Egg E-mail CSA punch-cards, Catnip Farm products or FERAL! gift certificates.

Seminole on alert as 6 exposed to rabies
Orlando Sentinel (subscription), FL
... garbage outside that might attract animals. Wild animals such as feral cats, raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes should be avoided. ...

Council backs animal lovers
Stratford Star, CT
... wrong that the town does nothing to help spay or neuter abandoned cats, which has resulted in a feral cat problem in Stratford, and those cats breed diseases ...

Villager rescues 11 kittens, prepares them for adoption
Villages Daily Sun, FL
... She has owned several cats over the years: Sam, who was given to her by some friends to keep her company ... Her current beloved feline, Esther, also was a stray. ...

Animal welfare groups warn about new by-laws
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa
... A maximum of three cats may be kept and female cats over the age of six months ... Stray animals and animals kept in contravention of the by-laws can be confiscated ...

Abundance of cats causing headaches for Lee Animal Services staff
Naples Daily News (subscription), FL
... Now it's a zero-tolerance policy and a ticket to the owner after the number of stray cats brought into the shelter increased by 45 percent in the past four ...

Community Voice/5-27
Hamilton Journal News (subscription), OH
... To all the callers who want to complain about the stray cats in Hamilton, if that’s all the problems that you have, you should all praise God and leave it at ...

Woman stuck with dozens of cats, Animal Control steps in
... Kern County Animal Control does not normally pick up stray cats, but said they’d be willing to make an exception in Webb’s case. They also ...

Residents discuss animal law
Billings Gazette, MT
... Most speakers agreed that felines are not at fault. "The problem is not with the cats, it's with the owners," said RD Cantrell. ...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Rabies found throughout county
Tri-Town News - Howell,NJ,USA
... Rumen said rabies is now a year-round concern in the county and is most prevalent in raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats and feral cats. ...

Stay! City to dedicate public art June 1
Cambridge Chronicle, MA
... made of bronze. Entitled "Alley Cats," these benches are in the shape of a common city animal, the stray cat. They sit among the ...

[Feral Cat Blog! Note: Just one situation or news article highlights many recurring cat issues, conflicts and confusion found anywhere.]
SSPCA: Woman should continue feeding cats
Oneonta resident’s landlord says he’s willing to close shelter
Oneonta Daily Star, NY, 05/26/05
By Jake Palmateer,Staff Writer
ONEONTA — Rae Self’s cats are safe for now.
There are no plans to round up a dozen cats that have been using a shelter behind her 43 Fairview St. residence, city officials said Wednesday.
The city Housing Board of Appeals ruled Monday in favor of Code Enforcement Officer Peter Friedman’s denial of a certificate of compliance for Self’s landlord, Nicholas Knoll. Without the certificate, occupancy of the property is considered unlawful.
Knoll, the owner of the property, said he was willing to go along with the board’s ruling and shutter the cat shelter.
But there is no prohibition against Self owning the cats, one of Self’s supporters said.
The city code sets no limitations on the number of cats a person may have and only requires that cats that go outside be spayed or neutered.
"She has to feed the cats. They’re her cats," Patty Timoney, executive director of the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said. "It would be illegal for her to not feed the cats."
Timoney cited state Agriculture and Markets law regarding the feeding of animals.
The Housing Board reasoned that a cat feeding station or a cat shelter are not authorized uses of the property under the city zoning code. The board is also concerned about general safety issues involving stray or feral cats congregating in a residential area.
The SSPCA and the Greater Oneonta Fund for Animal Responsibility are lobbying to preserve the cat shelter and say Self has done a service to the community by removing strays from the breeding population.
Dr. Joseph Dreels, a veterinarian with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, said many municipalities across the state have problems with stray or feral cats.
"The feral-cat issue is a hot-button issue," Dreels said. "It’s very difficult to find common ground between both sides. It will be very tough to find a compromise."
Oneonta Mayor Kim Muller said the denial of Knoll’s appeal was a "technical decision" that she supports.
"Certainly, I think the issue of cats in Oneonta is a problem," Muller said.
But Muller said her interpretation of state law was that a trap, neuter and release program as advocated by the SSPCA and GOFAR would not be allowed to operate with city tax dollars.
"It is illegal to use local government funds to trap, neuter, release," Muller said.
The SSPCA has a $30,000-a-year contract with the city to control stray cats and dogs, and the group helped construct Self’s cat shelter.
Muller said she will be asking the city attorney to review the contract with the SSPCA to ensure state regulations are being followed.
But Dreels said the Agriculture and Markets Law does not prevent municipalities from running their own trap, neuter and release programs funded by local tax dollars.
"We’re not going to say no," Dreels said.
The state advocates a subsidized neuter/spay program for eligible people who adopt cats from shelters and also regulates euthanasia practices, Dreels said. The minimum time limit set by the state for the impoundment of an animal before it is euthanized is five days.
Muller said although trapping and euthanization are an option for the city, it is unlikely that the city would adopt an animal destruction policy.
Muller said the state needs to come up with better regulations on cat control for municipalities. She said the New York Conference of Mayors is studying the issue.
Friedman did not want to comment on the cat shelter.
"We’ve been instructed not to talk about the issue because of the threat of litigation against the city," Friedman said.
Self said Wednesday the experience has caused her stress and taken time away from her woodcarving hobby.

Hudson couple tries to save abandoned litter of kittens
Nashua Telegraph, NH
... couple of days old, called Lesa Hall, a volunteer at Kitty Angels, an area no-kill cat shelter that specializes in the rescue and care of stray and feral cats. ...

Death Row for kitties at bulging SI shelter
New York Daily News, NY
For the last several months, a Staten Island animal shelter has been able to accomplish the near-impossible: not euthanize a single healthy, adoptable cat.
That will soon change - unless something drastic happens.
The city Animal Care and Control's small shelter on Veterans Road West has been inundated with cats and kittens in recent days, and unless enough new owners come forward, some may have to die.
"The solution to this problem is adoption," said Richard Gentles, AC&C director of operations. "We don't want it to be euthanasia."

Cat fight is brewing
Winnipeg Sun, Canada
... Magnifico, who is head of the city's alternative services delivery committee, said he agrees there is a problem with stray cats and he'll be looking into ...

Our view: County spay, neuter program a start
Conroe Courier, TX
... spay and neuter program, monitor the results, study all of its options and find a responsible way to reduce the number of stray dogs and cats in Montgomery ...

Rabid Kitten Found In Hartsdale
Westchester.com, NY
... who may have had contact with an 8 week old grey and white stray kitten in ... cats, and ferrets, that have experienced contact with this kitten require a booster ...

Cat leash law in Roanoke?
WSLS.com, VA
The city of Roanoke has posted a survey on its website and wants your opinion on its free roaming cat problem.
The city's animal control office and a group of local animal authorities designed the survey to find out how big the free roaming cat problem in the city is and how to handle it.
One option included on this survey; a law that would make it illegal for city cats to leave their owners land without being on a leash. The city says the law is just one option. An option no other city we could find has adopted.

[Feral Cat Blog! Note: Well, not sure why the survey link was not included in the news blurb but here's the City of Roanoke, VA website where you can click at left on Free Roaming Cat Survey and here's the direct link to the Free Roaming Cat Survey.]

Raccoon Rabies Reaches Harwich
Cape Cod Chronicle, MA
... said. The health director said she is guilty of stopping to pet stray cats when she is outdoors, but she won’t do that anymore. ...

ICARE receives $2,000 grant
Baxter Bulletin, AR
The funds will be used to initiate the community spay/neuter voucher program in June. The new program will subsidize the cost of ...

Animal Rescue League raises $43,000 for spay/neuter clinic
The Union Leader, NH
... at its first-annual gala fundraiser earlier this week to go toward outfitting the busy shelter with medical equipment for its first spay/neuter clinic to stem ...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

SPCA spay/neuter program goes on the road
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL
... The motor home is the mobile surgical unit for the Volusia County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals which conducts low-cost spay/neuter and shot ...

CAPS SNAPs offers pet owners help
Lahontan Valley News, NV
CAPS is introducing our very own low-income spay/neuter assistance program called CAPS SNAPs (Spay Neuter Assistance Program). This program is to benefit all low-income families in Churchill County.
CAPS is kicking-off CAPS SNAPs on June 1, 2005. The way it works is the pet owner first comes to CAPS in person and fills out an application. The total household income has to be less than $25,000 per year and the pet owner must be a resident of Churchill County.
If the pet owner meets these qualifications CAPS collects a non-refundable $10 fee for a SNAPs voucher and then the CAPS volunteer makes an appointment with the vet of the pet owner's choice. It is truly that simple and that cheap.

Rabies alert issued after fox attacks
Hernando Today, FL
... feral cat. Olson Road is located only blocks from Windjammer in an area known to be frequented by feral cats and other wild animals. ...

Decision day for humane society
Winnipeg Sun, Canada
That decision will come as the agency tries to convince city hall of its value as it pushes for increased help in handling felines, a cat-licensing program and ...

Full of felines Shelter 'unreal' amount of kittens needing homes
Henderson Gleaner, KY
If you've been thinking about getting a kitten, now is the time because the Humane Society of Henderson County has a bumper crop of the furry felines. ...

Woman faces five charges after 257 cats discovered in rental home
Waukesha Freeman, WI
... kept 257 cats in her rented town of Ottawa home, creating such a filthy condition some of the animals had started to feed on parts of 64 felines that died. ...

City Council sticks with animal ordinance
Baraboo News Republic, WI
... up to six cats and dogs in their home, or three in a duplex. Five animal advocates spoke in favor of the new rules and one person against. "Stray animals are a ...

Summer hires to go knocking for unlicensed dogs, cats
Seattle Times, WA
... They hope to license at least 25,000 dogs and cats at $8 to $36 per ... Last year, Snohomish County spent about $310,000 on shelters for lost, stray and abandoned ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Tests differ on cat rabies
Pantagraph.com - News
BLOOMINGTON -- As far as McLean County Health Department Director Bob Keller is concerned, a Twin Cities house cat had rabies.

Humane Society calls for city cat campaign:
Three-part plan to educate, license and neuter; estimated 6,000 cats in Hornell Hornell Evening Tribune, NY
HORNELL - The Hornell Area Humane Society - which urged the city Monday to enact cat licensing laws, help capture, spay and neuter feral cats and establish ...

South Australia tackles koala population
Age (subscription), Australia
More than a quarter of all koalas on South Australia's Kangaroo Island will be sterilised in the latest campaign to stop their devastation of native vegetation ...
[See previous news articles posted on Feral Cats in the News ~ the Feral Cat Blog! in 2003 and 2004 about the Kangaroo Island Feral Cat Control program.]

Cat shelter not allowed, board says
Oneonta Daily Star, NY
... a certificate of compliance.". Overbey said the Common Council needs to develop a policy on feral cats. Those who lobbied to save ...

Raccoon is 10th rabid animal found in county
Asbury Park Press, NJ
... Rumen said rabies is a year-round concern in the county and is most prevalent in raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats and feral cats. "With ...

Standing firm on cat threat
Winnipeg Sun, Canada
... through on the threat. However, pound manager Tim Dack said the Logan Avenue shelter is unequipped and unprepared to house felines.

Mental test ordered over cats
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI
... In what authorities are calling the worst case of cat neglect ever seen in Waukesha County, a woman charged with hoarding more than 250 cats in squalor in a ...

Monday, May 23, 2005

Primary and Compensatory Restoration -- Feral Cat Eradication

Executive Summary of the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program
Draft Restoration Plan
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement / Environmental Impact Report

From the 1940’s to the 1970’s millions of pounds of DDT’s and PCB’s were released from industrial sources into the ocean ... near Los angeles. These chemicals, banned today in the United States, ... resulted in widespread impacts on the natural and human environment.
The overall goals of the MSRP are ….. primary restoration and compensatory restoration.

Restore seabirds to San Nicolas Island.
Restore the western gull and Brandt’s cormorant colonies on the U.S. Navy-owned San Nicolas Island by eradicating feral cats on the island.

Restore seabirds to Baja California Pacific Islands.
Guadalupe Island. Restore seabirds through feral cat eradication.

Comment period extends from April 8 through May 23.

[PDF] MSRP Executive Summary

Bird's-eye view of Jay nestlings

Nestlings in Rhodie Posted by Hello

This photo was taken from our roof on May 15! These may be Stellar Jay chicks? Came across a delightful webpage -- The Bluejay Nest Page -- although I cannot agree that ugly is a descriptor for those hatchlings nor any creature. Our Stellar Jays are raucous, have sticky fingers (hearsay!), and are mimics. I often see red-tailed hawks here but likely think I hear them more because the Jays are 'crying hawk.' The Stellars are beauties and apparently mate for life.

Birds and wildlife where I live don't have to worry about our companion felines and canine. The cats are indoors, one occasionally enjoys being outside under supervision. Our 100+ pound Golden Retriever/Yellow Lab (leaned down from 120 pounds several years ago!) does not free-run this rural property and is not allowed to chase squirrels or bother other inhabitants. When we see the deer grazing or passing through while on our walks, we turn and choose another path.

One species is not selected or valued over another -- we find simple ways to co-exist.

Feathered Babies in Rhodie Posted by Hello

Eight days after the first photo. Hints of blue.

Update: see also Jay fledglings movin out

Monday, May 23, 2005

Hearing to address cat shelter
Oneonta Daily Star, NY
... Rae Self, a tenant in a 5-unit apartment building owned by Nicholas Knoll, has been feeding about a dozen cats in a shed behind her apartment. ...

200 dead cats found at NJ animal shelter
... ORANGE, NJ - A woman who founded a “no-kill” animal shelter was charged with health code and animal welfare violations after 200 dead cats were discovered ...

Radiocat Network Gives 21,000 Cats Suffering From Feline Hyperthyroidism a 10th Life
New Age Media Concepts (press release)
... network of veterinarians, specializing in the treatment of feline hyperthyroidism with Radioiodine (I-131), has saved the lives of 21,000 cats since the group ...

[Thank you, Frank!!!]
OPINION: Animal-adoption suggestion terrific
Norwich Bulletin, CT
As director of Connecticut's Animal Population Control Program, I can personally attest to the hundreds of stray dogs and cats needing homes in municipal pounds across the state.
So, if a greyhound is not for you and you're still looking for a nice pet to adopt and would like spay/neuter assistance from the state, visit your local pound today and tell them Frank sent you.

Quirky assortment of laws on the books
Park Press, NJ
Stone Harbor passed a law last month prohibiting the feeding of cats and other animals, including squirrels, except by registered caregivers. It was aimed primarily at protecting the town's bird population, which is one of the town's attractions to tourists.
[Feral Cat Blog!: Oh right, it's a money thing! Actually, more of the story is excerpted below from the Neighborhood Cats Spring '05 newletter. See also the previous new articles on Feral Cats in the News ~ the Feral Cat Blog! in 2004 and 2005; just search for Stone Harbor or Cape May or John Queenan.]
5. Stone Harbor, New Jersey protects cats and birds at same time with new TNR Program
Only a few months ago, Stone Harbor, New Jersey was the site of a national feral cat controversy when wildlife officials sought to remove a feral cat colony from a piping plover refuge located at the southern tip of the town. Bitter words were hurled about - with hardening positions the only result. Into this fray stepped a local police officer with a greater vision, Judy Davies-Dunhour.

Judy's patient and persistent negotiations with town and wildlife officials, and her understanding of the need for compromise and a solution that would protect both the cats and the plovers, has resulted in an important precedent for all communities facing similar problems. The town, effective April 23, 2005, has passed a pro-TNR ordinance that calls for the neutering of all feral cats in the municipality, but bars the release of the cats into the bird sanctuary or in the immediately adjacent blocks. Instead, Judy (with help from wildlife advocates) has relocated the cats in the protected area, who numbered far fewer than had been expected. The town is also funding the TNR program.

In addition to consulting with Judy during her negotiations and encouraging the effort to find a workable compromise, Neighborhood Cats traveled to Stone Harbor on the date the ordinance went into effect to teach a TNR training workshop which 27 local and nearby residents attended. The Stone Harbor experience proves how important it is to remember we are not only feral cat advocates, but animal advocates, and solutions that avoid needless killing can be found when the effort is made.

Volunteers continue to clear house of cats
The Morning Journal, OH
LORAIN -- Animal volunteers have pulled 105 cats out of the home of a Lorain woman and believe that many are still inside, according to Elizabeth Kohout ...

Maddie's Fund receives $93 Million
... to a coalition of 80 animal welfare organizations working together to provide an adoption guarantee for New York's healthy shelter dogs and cats within five ...

Finding a home for four-legged friends
LaCrosse Tribune, WI
LA CRESCENT, Minn. — Five Houston County women have taken it upon themselves to find their community's creatures safe homes.... Since January 2004, Terry Schleifer, Karla Ronnenberg, Val Krage, and Shelly and Gwen Ellingson have found homes for more than 75 cats — and a few dogs, too. ...
La Crescent projects get a financial boost
Someday La Crescent might have an animal shelter, community garden and multi-use community center. The community also might offer financial health education and a neighbor's day.
The five proposed projects got a financial start Thursday when they were awarded $11,050 from a $10,000 grant received from the South Eastern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. The Healthy Community Partnership funded the additional $1,050 and sponsored the event.
The animal shelter committee received $2,000, ...
[Feral Cat Blog!: Homeless animals are a community problem. Animal groups should expect assistance and apply for grants from community and government funding sources.]

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Bid to end cat crisis
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia
All of Victoria's animal welfare shelters have united to form a Cat Crisis Coalition.
Members are unanimous that the State Government needs to make desexing compulsory for all cat and kittens sold in the state.
"With 48,000 cats passing through Victoria's animal welfare shelters and a staggering 32,000 of them destroyed every year, the need for action is long overdue and urgent," coalition spokesman Peter Brown said. "Having the state sanction the destruction of 32,000 cats annually is not good policy. The Bracks Government has abrogated its responsibility to animal shelters and the animals themselves to allow such stark numbers to die.
While cats must be desexed before release from a shelter, pet shop and private sales of entire animals continue.
The coalition wants every cat sold or privately acquired to be desexed at 12 weeks.
"You would expect the problem and numbers of cats destroyed in Victoria each week to be virtually eliminated," Mr Brown said.
The coalition sanctioning the action includes the RSPCA, the Cat Protection Society of Victoria, the Lost Dogs' Home and Western Cat Shelter, Lort Smith, the Victorian Animal Aid Trust, Blue Cross, and others.
Victorians can back the coalition by writing to Agriculture Minister Bob Cameron or by signing petitions.

Stray cats running wild in city hospital
The Freeman, Philippines
Stray cats coming from the houses of the squatters living behind the Cebu City Medical Center have started to become a problem for the workers and the patients ...

Saturday, May 21, 2005

PETsMART Charities -- June Webinars: Spay/Neuter and Trap-Neuter-RETURN

PETsMART Charities Webinars

June 6
The Government's Role in Spay/Neuter

June 8
Trap-Neuter Return: Community and Colony Solutions for Feral Cats

Spayweek Ireland 2005

Go Ireland!!!

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Spayweek Ireland 2005
May 22-29, 2005

The prime focus of Spayweek Ireland 2005 will be highlighting the fact that neutering is the natural choice for pet owners. If you want to do your best for your pet, spay her or neuter him.
about raising awareness of the importance of spaying & neutering

115 vets have kindly agreed to offer 10% discount off their usual spay or neuter prices for spay and neuter operations booked during Spay Week Ireland 2005 from Sunday May 22nd to Sunday May 29th next.

Article: A new idea of Trap/Neuter/Release of feral cats
by Pete Wedderburn BVM&S CertVR MRCVS

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Gazette opinion: Cat calls growing animal control challenge
Billings Gazette, MT
... Few stray cats brought to the shelter are ever claimed, only 2 to 4 percent, Klein said. Compare that with the 40- to 60-percent claim rate on dogs. ...

County considering cheap spay, neuter program
With hopes of reducing the number of stray animals, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court is considering a pilot, reduced cost spay and neuter program.
Monroe Courier, TX
The 90-day program would provide spaying and neutering to low-income families, rescue groups and adoption centers in Montgomery County.
Judge Allan B. Sadler said he is optimistic the program will be approved.
"Its something that we've been looking into and it is time to move forward," Sadler said.
If the commissioners approve the program, the reduced fees would be $60 for spaying and $40 for neutering.
The cost, which is less than having the procedure with a private animal clinic, will be used to support the cost of veterinarian services and equipment.
Initial funds will be taken from the animal control department's budget.
However, if the program is not self-sufficient within 90 days, it will be terminated.

[Feral Cat Blog! Note: Is 90 days long enough for a pilot program? Hope a plan for extensive advertising is included! I have frequently seen communities where even the animal workers and volunteers don't know about a spay/neuter program. Great to have the reduced fees but as I understand from animal experts, an effective targeted, affordable spay/neuter program would cost clients zero to $10 or $20.]

Friday, May 20, 2005

Friday, May 20, 2005

Half Marathon donates $25,000 to community groups
Moab Times Independent, UT
... and The Humane Society of Moab Valley each received checks for $7,500. “We chose these two organizations this year as our designated charities because they both offer protection to those in critical need,” stated Bieschke. The Humane Society will use their money to help finance the new animal shelter and continue programs such as pet adoption, feral cat program and the spay and neuter clinics.

It’s Chow Time!
Master Foods Donates $25k in Pet Food to Huntington’s Little Shelter
LongIslandPress.com, NY
Chaitoff says they shared the food with over 18 shelters, both private and government-run. Some of the private shelters were Ginny Fund, Herding Dog Rescue, Long Island Greyhound, Bobby & The Strays, Bide-a-Wee and Noah’s Ark. Town animal shelters included Smithtown, Oyster Bay, Long Beach, Hempstead, Islip and Babylon.
Little Shelter also runs its Feral Cat Program,

Community Alert: Housecats Being Destroyed
Housecats don’t have a chance of survival when brought to most municipal animal shelters, due to overcrowding at shelters and the fact that there are no laws in New York State to protect them in a shelter. Here’s an important report from Madame Birdee Trapcage Cat Rescue:

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

June is Adopt-a-Cat Month / Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month

Adopt-a-Cat Month 2005

Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month 2005

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Brevard County FL Lawsuit - Colony Locations

The hearing on the lawsuit filed by Pamela Jo Hatley on behalf of Christine Storts to obtain the list of colony locations in Brevard County will be Monday, May 16.

Space Coast Feline Network is selling TNR Works lapel pins to raise money to help pay legal fees. There are quantity discounts if your organization would like to order some to sell locally to raise money for yourselves. Please pass this information onto others in your groups, as well as onto other TNR and rescue organizations you know of around the country, to help raise as much money as possible. The pins let the wearer give visible support for TNR programs and feral cats.

SCFN also has magnetic rescue ribbons available for sale at the same basic cost of$5 plus $.60 shipping (no quantity discounts) that will help support the cause.

Finally, if you are interested in providing more direct support, please consider donating to the legal fund. SCFN is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible. Mark your donations "Legal Fund" and send to:

Space Coast Feline Network
PO Box 624
Cocoa, FL 32923

Thanks for your help.

Kathleen F. Harer

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Feral Cat Blog! Notes:

Space Coast Feline Network also lost the funding from Brevard County for their Trap-Neuter-Return program.

Following are links for further information:

SCFN Board Votes to Protect Caregiver Information
Donations Needed!

View* the TNR Works lapel pins and magnetic rescue ribbons

*To purchase discounted lapel pins in quantity:

SCFN is offering special quantity deals for organizations to purchase lapel pins at a discount and earn money for their own programs.

The lapel pin is custom-designed, Cloisonne, silk-screened, 1.25", high-polished gold.

1 - 19 pins: $5.00/each plus $.60 shipping

Special group prices:
20 - 100 pins: $4.00/each
100+ pins: $3.50/each

Include your name, shipping address, phone number, quantity and total price with check payable to Space Coast Feline Network.
Mail to Space Coast Feline Network
PO Box 624
Cocoa Beach, FL 32923.
Allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery.

There is a flyer describing the lapel pin and quantity discounts. If you want to copy and distribute flyers, e-mail me for a word or pdf version: AnimalResources@aol.com

Other ways to help SCFN

Friday, May 13, 2005

Friday, May 13, 2005

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Wis. Group Drops Stray Cat-Killing Plan
Wired News
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- A month after Gov. Jim Doyle said a plan to allow hunters to shoot stray cats was making Wisconsin a laughingstock, the public advisory group that raised the issue decided Friday to let it die.
Delegates at the group's convention in Manitowoc voted Friday to recommend the change to the Natural Resources Board, but the group's executive committee decided against it. For the proposal to become law, it would need legislative approval and Doyle's signature.
"The governor has indicated he would never sign a bill," Oestreicher said. "It's time to let it go."


Sanctuary gives life, love to otherwise unwanted creatures
After six years, anonymous donor of Rikki's Refuge, rescuer of 3,000 animals, made public
The Free Lance-Star, VA
... Without her, hundreds of last-chance cats--feral cats, three-legged cats, cats with respiratory infections, cats with bad bladders--would have starved or been ...

Interesting new resource:
Information Resources on Spaying and Neutering Cats, Dogs and Related Wildlife
AWIC Resource Series No. 28
January 2005
Published by:
U. S. Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service
National Agricultural Library
Animal Welfare Information Center

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Making a difference: Spay/neuter project under way in Lafayette ...
Monroe Times, WI
... People have also brought in some stray and some feral cats, Miller said. Most of the cats have come from the South Wayne and Argyle area. ...
Miller is the founder of the Everyone Needs A Home project, which hopes to solve the problem of cat overpopulation in Lafayette County. We've done about 200 cats so far and another 70 or 80 are in the process. We'll have spayed or neutered over 300 cats within a couple of months," Miller said.
"I would guess there are thousands of cats in Lafayette County that need (to be) spayed or neutered," Miller said. She hopes to expand the program to Green County in the future.
The vast majority of cats her group has helped are farm cats, Miller said.

Feral cat issue should not be associated with hunting
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, WI
... philosophy. I do not believe that giving the state’s license holders carte blanche to shoot feral cats is necessarily a good idea. ...

Group to act on feral cats
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, WI
... Manitowoc. Feral cats are currently not a protected species in the state of Wisconsin, nor are they considered unprotected. On April ...
MANITOWOC — The Wisconsin Conservation Congress Executive Council today will decide on a possible recommendation to make feral, free-roaming cats an unprotected species in the state of Wisconsin.
The CCC delegation could vote to forward a recommendation to the Natural Resources Board, the state’s conservation and environmental rulemaking body. The NRB would then decide whether to take up the issue. Any move to reclassify feral cats would ultimately take legislative action, as well as the governor’s signature.
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Keeping cats indoors good for them and for wildlife
South Bend Tribune, IN
... Well-fed house cats that roam outdoors also kill wildlife. It's unwise to feed stray and feral cats with the misguided belief that they won't hunt. ...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Casey's House cats throw a party
Clarke Times Courier, VA
The fun starts May 21 at 9 a.m., at Casey's House. Cindy Ingram and her husband, Timothy, turned the second floor of their garage on Pine Grove Road near Bluemont into a cat shelter a year ago. Since then 42 homeless, discarded, abandoned and lost cats have moved in – warmth, shelter, health care and two square meals a day. Next door in the main house are 14 more of Ingram's "special needs" boarders – older cats who need daily medication or treatment.[Excerpt]
The West Virginia "bridge cats" are here – a wild colony that struggled day to day under the Route 9 bridge.
None of this comes free. Not even cheap. . . . . .
Donations are welcome and tax deductible – food, litter boxes and litter, blankets or just plain money.

Robben Island's cats shot to save birds
Independent Online, South Africa
... The rapidly growing number of feral cats on the famous island was raised as a concern by a United Nations monitoring team after a visit in February last year ...
About 50 cats on Robben Island have been shot in the past few weeks in an effort to save the island's seabirds. There are still about 40 wild cats left, but not all will be killed. The plan is to capture 12, have them sterilised and inoculated and then re-released on the island to control the number of black rats, which are another invasive species causing ecological problems.

The shooting is being done by one of the experts from the successful cat eradication programme during the 1980s and early 1990s that cleared South Africa's Marion Island of an estimated 3,400 cats that were killing tens of thousands of seabirds annually.It was hailed as one of the world's most successful island species restoration projects.

If you call two decades, millions of dollars, shootings, poisonings and infecting with disease, 'successful.'

”During an earlier eradication programme on Robben Island in 1999, the number of feral cats was reduced to about six, but these animals survived and bred.”

So intelligent, humans of the advanced thinking ability! Earth may function best when man is removed from management.

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Feral Cat Blog! Resources:

The Marion Island Cat Eradication Program. This is story of how 5 house cats were introduced to remote Marion Island in 1949, multiplying to 3,400 cats by 1977, and how it took 19 years to rid the island of them.
The Cat Eradication Program
Five domestic cats, including a castrated, orange striped male tabby and a black and white female together with three kittens were introduced during 1949 on Marion Island. These felines were brought to the island to help eradicate a mouse problem in the base. As cats do they soon multiplied and the first feral cat was seen in 1951. By 1975 the population had increased to more than 2,000 cats feeding on thousands of burrowing petrels, a much easier prey than the mice they were supposed to hunt. In 1975 alone the cats ate just under half a million birds and species such as the Common Diving Petrel, the Soft Plumage Petrel and the Grey Petrel became extinct on Marion IsIand. With other remaining bird species also at risk it was decided to initiate the Marion Island Cat Eradication Program. In 1977 the entire cat population was estimated around 3,405 individuals. A few animals were infected with the highly specific disease feline panleucopenia. By 1982 there were an estimated 615 cats remaining. During the spring of 1986 a secondary control measure in the form of nocturnal hunting was initiated on full scale. For three summers, eight two-man teams using battery-operated spotlights and 12-bore shotguns killed approximately 803 cats in total. The progressive decrease in hunting success and the sighting rate of cats suggested that hunting alone was no longer sufficient in reducing the numbers. Traps were usedand between 1989 and 1991 the remaining cats were removed. During the 12-month period post April 1991, only eight cats were trapped and three trapping teams recorded no sightings. It is now believed that complete eradication of feral cats on Marion Island has been achieved after 19 years.

A Review of Feral Cat Eradication on Islands.
Conservation Biology 18 (2), 310-319.
doi: 10.1111/
Abstract: Feral cats are directly responsible for a large percentage of global extinctions, particularly on islands. We reviewed feral cat eradication programs with the intent of providing information for future island conservation actions. Most insular cat introductions date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, whereas successful eradication programs have been carried out in the last 30 years, most in the last decade. Globally, feral cats have been removed from at least 48 islands: 16 in Baja California (Mexico), 10 in New Zealand, 5 in Australia, 4 in the Pacific Ocean, 4 in Seychelles, 3 in the sub-Antarctic, 3 in Macaronesia (Atlantic Ocean), 2 in Mauritius, and 1 in the Caribbean. The majority of these islands (75%; n= 36) are small ( 5 km2). The largest successful eradication campaign took place on Marion Island (290 km2), but cats have been successfully removed from only 10 islands (21%) of 10 km2. On Cousine Island (Seychelles) cat density reached 243 cats/km2, but on most islands densities did not exceed 79.2 cats/km2 (n= 22; 81%). The most common methods in successful eradication programs were trapping and hunting (often with dogs; 91% from a total of 43 islands). Frequently, these methods were used together. Other methods included poisoning (1080; monofluoracetate in fish baits; n= 13; 31%), secondary poisoning from poisoned rats (n= 4; 10%), and introduction of viral disease (feline panleucopaenia; n= 2; 5%). Impacts from cat predation and, more recently, the benefits of cat eradications have been increasingly documented. These impacts and benefits, combined with the continued success of eradication campaigns on larger islands, show the value and role of feral cat eradications in biodiversity conservation. However, new and more efficient techniques used in combination with current techniques will likely be needed for success on larger islands.

A review of the successful eradication of feral cats from sub-Antarctic Marion Island, Southern Indian Ocean
Bester, M.N.Bloomer, J.P.Van Aarde, R.J.Erasmus, B.H.Van Rensburg, P.J.J.Skinner, J.D.Howell, P.G.Naude, T.W. 65-73
South African Journal of Wildlife Research, Volume 32, Issue 1, April 2002
Abstract: This paper reviews the history of the feral cat eradication programme on sub-Antarctic Marion Island based on unpublished minutes of meetings, reports, letters, theses and published scientific papers; and reflects on the outcome of the eradication campaign. The 19-year programme comprised seven phases, commencing with a description of the effect of the cats on the Marion Island ecosystem, the characteristics of the cat population and the formulation of a management policy (phase 1: 1974-1976). Methods for control were selected and preparations were made for the implementation of the primary control measure, biological control with the feline panleucopaenia virus (phase 2: 1976/77). The virus was released in 1977 (phase 3: 1977), followed by the determination of its effects (phase 4:1977-1980). Monitoring of the effects of the virus continued, and the secondary control measure of hunting at night was tested (phase 5: 1981-1983). Full-scale implementation of hunting and continued monitoring of the effects of both the disease and hunting followed (phase 6: 1986-1989). The inclusion of intensive trapping and poisoning as tertiary control measures culminated in the final eradication of cats from Marion Island in 1991 (phase 7:1989-1993).
downloadable pdf file:

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Way to USE the news, Robin!

Colony gets a cleaned-up catacomb
Owners of Henrico shopping center give about 30 feral cats a cleaner place to call home
Richmond Times Dispatch, VA
But the cleanup is just a temporary measure. More work is needed, said Robin Robertson Starr, chief executive officer of the Richmond SPCA, who has been working with Wilton to solve the cat problem.
Starr volunteered her services after reading about Cat City in The Times-Dispatch.
Her goal she said was to find a way to ensure that the cats "do not lose their lives."
"This colony has really been cared for and maintained the way feral cat colonies should be," she said. "They have devoted caregivers who trapped most of them, brought them to spay neuter clinics. . . . They are almost entirely spayed/neutered and inoculated."
The problem, however, is that soon the area that the cats call home will be cleared, Starr said.
"What we are trying to do is find a nearby place to move the cats," Starr said, adding that they have about two months to do so. "Wilton has been very cooperative with us."
[Feral Cat Blog! Note:
“Starr volunteered her services after reading about Cat City in The Times-Dispatch.”
This is just one example of infinite ways to USE the news to save animal lives!]