Sunday, April 30, 2006

Maddie's No Kill Newsletter April 2006

Maddie's Fund - No Kill Newsletter - April 2006


Feature:
Why Transparency?
An editorial by Rich Avanzino


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Feature: Feral Cat Advocacy
New Efforts to Document Its Impact

[Excerpt]
The San Francisco Bay Area has a long and proud history of feral cat advocacy that continues to this day.

[Excerpt]
Thirty miles south of San Francisco, another group of advocates at Stanford University came forward to save feral cats.

[Excerpt]
Fast forward to Foster City, California, 2004. In what could be an unprecedented show of solidarity among traditionally hostile organizations, a coalition consisting of the Homeless Cat Network, the Sequoia Audubon Society and the City of Foster City joined forces to form Project Bay Cat to reduce the feral population and protect the birds along Foster City's Bay Trail.

[Excerpt]
Santa Clara County, California, better known as Silicon Valley, has its own Cat Coalition in full swing.

Nearly 80% of the animals euthanized in Santa Clara shelters are cats, and the majority of them are either feral or too young to be adopted. Comprised of seven organizations, (the Humane Society Silicon Valley, San Jose Animal Care & Services, Stanford Cat Network, Silicon Valley Friends of Ferals, Town Cats, Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority and Peninsula Fix our Ferals), the Santa Clara Cat Coalition aims to radically reduce the intake and euthanasia of unowned or feral cats at animal shelters through a public awareness campaign and targeted TNR programs.

[Excerpt]
Maddie's Outdoor Cat Program:
Documenting the Effects of TNR

Despite two decades of growth of trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs, no data exists to document the effect of TNR on shelter admissions. Julie Levy and a team of researchers from the University of Florida are setting out to assess feral cat sterilization projects as a method for reducing the homeless cat population and the resulting burden on animal control facilities, and Alachua County, Florida will be their testing ground.


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Making a Difference: PAWS Chicago Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic: 2005 Update

Abolitionist: No-Kill Solutions Interview - Winograd

Nathan Winograd:
The No-Kill Solutions Interview

The Abolitionist Online - Issue 3 2006
By Claudette Vaughn
[Excerpt]
He's vegan. His attitude is enlightened and revolutionary towards pound animals. His successes to date have been remarkable. Nathan Winograd is the guru of no-kill sheltering in the world today.

Vet, animal control concerns Wyoming rabies rule

Updates:

Wyoming to revise controversial new rabies rule
The Torrington Telegram, WY - May 5, 2006

State reverses course on rabies rule
The Casper Star Tribune, WY - May 4, 2006

Original post:

Vets, animal control officers raise concerns about rabies rule
Billings Gazette, USA - Apr 27, 2006
By The Associated Press
[Excerpt]
CHEYENNE -- Veterinarians and animal control officers are raising concerns about a new state health rule regarding pets that haven't been vaccinated against rabies may be unnecessary -- and that it may conflict with local laws.
The new rule, signed by Gov. Dave Freudenthal at the end of March, would require that unvaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets be euthanized if they bite a person. State officials say it's an inducement to get people to vaccinate their pets, and that it can spare the bite victims from having to undergo painful and expensive shots.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Turlock CA animal code possible amend

City of Turlock California - Agenda, April 25, 2006
[Excerpt]
Request to consider amending the Turlock Municipal Code regarding Animal Control Services to require breeder certificates, to address the feeding and care of feral cats, the maintenance of animal waste, and animals confined to vehicles. Staff is also requesting direction on amending the fees and charges for costs related to Animal Services, including breeding certificates, feral cat colonies, animal waste and vehicle confinement.
Recommended Actions:
1. Ordinance: Amending Turlock Municipal Code, Title 6, and Chapter 1, Regarding Animal Control Services
2. Motion: Directing staff regarding updating certain Animal Control cost reimbursement fees and adding others as related to proposals for breeding certificates, feral cat colonies, animal waste and vehicle confinement

feral cats in news today

feral cats news :: Trap Neuter Return news :: stray cats ::
felines news :: spay neuter news :: "no kill" news :: homeless cats news

thanks to News.Google.com!

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Cat Management in Communities

A prevention AND solution action for cities, counties, communities is to immediately implement or support comprehensive cat management programs that promote CONCURRENTLY:

* spay neuter, identification, and containment for 'owned' cats and
* Trap-Neuter-RETURN-Manage (TNRM) for unowned cats.

Katrina Hurricane Animal Funds

Hurricane Animal Funds & Use - updated 4/22/06

UPenn vet students neuter before adoption

Spay of hope from vet students
They'll help fix animals ready for adoption
Philadelphia Daily News - April 25, 2006
By GLORIA CAMPISI
campisg@phillynews.com 215-854-5935

Students from the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary school soon will be setting up an operating room at the city's animal shelter to spay and neuter dogs and cats ready for adoption.

The surgeries, conducted by senior veterinary students, are part of the vet school's new Shelter Animal Medicine Program and are aimed at helping curb overcrowding that causes the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association to euthanize thousands of animals each year.

"This partnership goes beyond any previous communitywide efforts and will serve as a model to other communities across the country - a blueprint to end needless euthanasia of companion animals," said Ed Sayres, head of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The ASPCA contributed $150,000 and PetSmart Charities another $30,000 to help finance spay-neuter surgeries at PACCA, it was announced yesterday.

The money is expected to pay for the sterilization of an additional 1,200 animals a year, PACCA and the university said in a joint announcement.

"By conservative estimates," PACCA takes in between 11,000 and 21,000 animals annually, said vet school spokeswoman Gail Luciani on the school's Web site. Those are animals that have been surrendered or picked up as strays.

"Of these, only 33 percent of the potentially adoptable animals are placed in homes, about 4,000 or 4,600. The rest are euthanized," Luciani said.

The vet school already does some spaying and neutering of dogs from PACCA at its Ryan Veterinary Hospital in West Philadelphia.

Idaho cat breeder cruelty

The HSUS Assists with Largest Cat Cruelty Case in Idaho History
April 25, 2006 - Press Release
[Excerpt]
SEATTLE - At the request of the Idaho Humane Society, The Humane Society of the United States Northern Rockies Regional Office assisted with the seizure and subsequent forfeiture of 323 cats, last week, who were kept in deplorable conditions at the Rocky Mountain Cat Resort in Twin Falls, Idaho. The Rocky Mountain Cat Resort, the largest cat breeding facility in Idaho, bred and sold cats through the Internet and newspaper ads throughout the country.

More than 100 cats have to be put down
Twin Falls Times-News, ID - April 25, 2006
... Thirty-five cats were transferred to the Twin Falls Animal Shelter and 171 were taken to the Idaho Humane Society's temporary emergency rescue facility in Boise ...

171 Rescued Cats To Soon Be Available For Adoption
KBCI, ID - April 24, 2006
More than 100 cats and kittens rescued from a Twin Falls home and business will soon be available for adoption through the Idaho Humane Society. ...

More than 150 cats taken from cat boardinghouse
Salt Lake Tribune, United States - Apr 23, 2006
TWIN FALLS, Idaho - More than 150 cats have been removed from a Twin Falls cat boardinghouse and store after complaints of sick animals. ...

Rocky Mountain Cat Resort owner surrenders guests to state
Twin Falls Times-News, ID - Apr 22, 2006
... Janet Rasmussen, the cat boarding house owner, agreed in court Friday to surrender the cats to the state of Idaho for medical treatment and quarantine. ...

Cat boardinghouse under investigation
Twin Falls Times-News, ID - Apr 21, 2006
... vets and officers videotaped, tagged and carried more than 150 kenneled cats to a ... The $600 cat arrived in Michigan with an Idaho health certificate, signed Nov ...

Dozens of ill cats take from home
KTVB, ID - Apr 20, 2006
... are for sale, see the feces here and there and the hundred some odd cats not contained in the building," said Rosenthal. The resort claims to be Idaho’s only ...

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Rocky Mountain Cat Resort website

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Texas Federation of Humane Societies Conference

Texas Federation of Humane Societies - Conference
Corpus Christie, TX
April 23-25, 2006
[Excerpt]
Monday, April 24, 2006
Stray Cat Blues
Becky Robinson, National Director, Alley Cat Allies ACA
Still got cats? Don’t give up -- there are proven methods to work with your citizens AND to reduce outdoor cats. New information is available both to stop feline reproduction (as easy as The Pill) and to educate the public. You’ll learn how fellow Texans are putting the state on the map with cutting-edge programs you’ll want to duplicate. You are promised new materials, sample laws and ordinances, and lively discussions. This session will be thought-provoking, possibly surprising, and anything but boring.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Earth Day 2006

April 22, 2006 - Earth Day 2006

Earth Day Network

Join Earth Day Network’s Climate Change Campaign.
Find an Event
Your Ecological Footprint
Online quiz to measure your impact on the Earth's resources.

Earth Day 2006 - EnviroLink Resource Guide
Find an Event

Earth Day - US Government Portal


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Help the environment, people, and cats via:

Cat Management in Communities

A prevention AND solution action for cities, counties, communities is to immediately implement or support comprehensive cat management programs that promote CONCURRENTLY:

* spay neuter, identification, and containment for 'owned' cats and
* Trap-Neuter-RETURN-Manage (TNRM) for unowned cats.


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Selected Google.com News Today:

feral cats :: Trap Neuter Return :: stray cats ::
felines :: spay neuter :: "no kill" :: homeless cats

Thursday, April 20, 2006

cats Long Island NY parks

Northeast Natural History Conference IX
New York State Museum, Albany, NY
Biodiversity Conservation in New York State Parks
Thursday, April 20, 2006, Meeting Room 1
Organized Symposium
11:00 AM - Stein*, Amanda J. and Thomas B. Lyons
Feral Cat Colonies and State Parks: Challenges, Stakeholders and Control Options

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There are a number of groups saving cat lives and lessening their numbers and impact via Trap-Neuter-RETURN on Long Island. Here is a list from Denise Flaim's article in Newsday on March 27, 2006, "Time to fix feral cat problem":
[Excerpt]
The eight Long Island Cat Project hubs are:

South Shore: Long Island Cat/Kitten Solution (LICKS) in Island Park. Nancy Vogt, 516-431-8794 or nvogtgiraffe @yahoo.com.

Western Long Island: All About Spay Neuter (www.allabout spayneuter.com) in Howard Beach. Joanne Monez, 516-967-4648 or allabtspay neuter@aol.com.

North Shore: Animal Lovers League (www.animallovers league.org) in Glen Cove, 516- 676-5913 or JPshelter@aol.com

Huntington: Diane Farella, 631-385-2449

Patchogue: Gloria Wachholder, 631-289-6319

Port Jefferson and Northeast: SaveAPet, 631-473-6333 or SaveapetNY@yahoo.com.

East End: Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott. 631-537-0400 or arfhamptons.org. (Ask about "Operation Cat," a free spay/neuter program).

Brooklyn and Queens: Muffins Pet Connection, 718- 833-7988 or muffins.org.

Other recent news articles on feral cats in parks of Long Island New York:

Feral cats are taking over LI parks
Newsday, NY - Mar 28, 2006
... The colony at Captree is one of approximately 15 located in Long Island's state parks, comprising more than 100 cats. Some 30 feral cats live in Jones Beach ...

Trap, neuter and return? It's looney
Newsday, NY - Mar 29, 2006
... Well, here's hoping Tweety's good fortune rubs off on the piping plovers of Long Island. ... and now - the biggest threat of all - packs of feral cats, have pushed ...

On Long Island, Cats and Birds Clash, and People Take Sides
New York Times, United States - Mar 19, 2006
... by the boardwalks of the Rockaways and Long Beach; around ... formed to feed and fuss over the unwanted cats. But lately, the growing number of feral cat colonies ...

pilot spay neuter clinic funds New Jersey

State of New Jersey / Department of Health and Senior Services
http://www.state.nj.us/health/grants/directory.htmDirectory of DHSS Grant Programs
2006- 2007 Fiscal Year

NOTICE OF GRANT AVAILABILITY

a downloadable pdf file: Pilot Spay/Neuter Clinic Animal Population Control
GRANT PROGRAM NO. 07-33-APC.

[Excerpts]

PURPOSE FOR WHICH THE GRANT PROGRAM FUNDS WILL BE USED:
To operate a low cost spaying and neutering clinic in compliance with all program specifications and those requirements as defined by Public Laws 1983, c. 180, 181, and Public Law 1989, c. 93.

AMOUNT OF MONEY IN THE GRANT PROGRAM:
Funds available for this program are contingent upon State Appropriations of revenues generated by annual dog licence surcharges. Approximately $95,000 will be available in State Fiscal Year 2007 to the Pilot Spay Neuter Clinic.

GROUP OR ENTITIES WHICH MAY APPLY FOR THE GRANT PROGRAM:
This is a pilot project, therefore, a noncompetitive continuation grant is awarded.

QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED BY APPLICANT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A GRANT:
A. Non-profit agency
b. Located in a service area having a high relative need for low cost spaying and neutering services
c. Reasonable plan for a community educational program and a full-time clinic director and bookkeeper.

feral cat population elmwood complex

County of Santa Clara / Department of Correction Agenda
[Excerpt]
DATE: March 16, 2006
Housing, Land Use, Environment, & Transportation Committee (HLUET)
SUBJECT:
Annual Report on the Feral Cat Population at the Elmwood Complex
(January 1, 2004 thru January 1, 2005)

On September 19, 2000, the Board of Supervisors directed the DOC to submit quarterly reports to the Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee (HLUET) relating to the Feral Cat Program at the Elmwood Complex. In February 2003, the Committee directed the DOC to submit the Feral Cat Program report on an annual basis.
BACKGROUND
This report addresses the progress of the Feral Cat Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) Program at the Elmwood Complex.
· The cat population decreased in size from 25-30 cats in 2004 to 22-25 cats in 2005.
· During this past year, no deceased cats have been found.
· Two cats were diagnosed with intestinal cancer, and were euthanized.
· There were no cats born during the year 2005.
· Six feeding stations are maintained throughout the Elmwood Complex.
· Three volunteers, one of whom is retired, continue to volunteer countless hours and personal funds to make the program a success.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

removing feral cats to protect woodrat

National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) News

Information and Communication

NWRC Scientist Aids Florida Biologists in Invasive Species and Endangered Species Efforts.
On February 15-17, 2006, a National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) scientist from Fort Collins, CO, met with, variously, the Wildlife Services Florida State Director and Assistant Director, the Exotic Species Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, an environmental biologist for Cape Coral, FL, an Everglades National Park biologist, Florida Keys parks biologists, and a researcher from the University of Tampa concerning increasing invasive species problems in Florida. Species of interest include the Nile monitor, a carnivorous African lizard expanding its range from Cape Coral, FL; the Burmese python, a native Asian snake (up to 16-20 ft long) established in Everglades National Park; and the Gambian giant pouch rat, a large African rodent proliferating on Grassy Key. Habitats and conditions were examined, and eradication approaches and methods discussed. Activities were laid out and data needs assessed for a test of eradication efforts for the Gambian giant pouch rats, slated to start in March 2006. The NWRC scientist also met with Key Largo biologists concerning predator removal efforts to protect the highly endangered Key Largo woodrat. To optimize ongoing Florida Wildlife Services removal efforts, the NWRC scientist developed an indexing method for feral cats based on sand plots created atop the island’s coral substrate along expected travel routes for cats. The method can be used to determine if suspected rebounds in cat populations are occurring.

tennessee spay neuter grants fy2007

State of Tennessee / Department of Agriculture / Regulatory Services / Animal Health

Animal Friendly Tag Spay and Neuter Grants


a downloadable pdf file: CALL FOR PROPOSALS AND APPLICATION INFORMATION

[Excerpts]

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Regulatory Services - Animal Health Division announces a call for proposals for funding to support low cost spay/neuter programs in Tennessee. Funds are through the sale of the Animal Friendly specialty license plates and will be dispersed for fiscal year (FY) 2007. Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 55- 4-290 and § 55-4-215, these funds are designated for grants to eligible organizations that provide low-cost spaying and/or neutering of dogs and cats for individuals who could not normally afford those services.

AVAILABLE FUNDS FY 2007
Approximately $210,000 is expected to be available for spay/neuter program grants.

Currently, there are no funds available for feral cat spay/neuter programs.

Grants will begin July 1, 2006 and will be made for twelve (12) months, ending June 30, 2007.

Maximum amount of a request: $8,000

Future funding is dependent upon the availability of funds generated by the sale of the Animal Friendly specialty license plates.

Funds will only be awarded to existing spay/neuter programs

Grant applications will be due in the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Regulatory Services - Animal Health Division’s Nashville Office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2006.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Cats legally protected in Mississippi

Governor signs animal cruelty bills into law
Natchez Democrat, MS - Apr 14, 2006
[Excerpt]
NATCHEZ — It was a long process, but cats are now legally protected in the state of Mississippi.
Gov. Haley Barbour signed a Senate bill into law Friday, outlining punishments for any person who maliciously kills, maims or wounds a cat.
The law includes the same penalties for injuring a dog, but dogs were covered in previous laws.
[Excerpt]
Now, any person harming cats or dogs can be fined not more than $1,000 or be imprisoned no more than six months on a first offense.
The suspect can also be forced to pay veterinary bills.
[Excerpt]
In the same new law, the state made hog-dog fighting illegal. The activity that has grown in popularity in the last few years across Southern states puts a dog and a hog in a pen. Spectators place bets and charge admission to the events.
Mississippi is the second state — behind Louisiana — to ban the sport. Alabama also banned it this week.

Salt Lake City animal control ordinance

Council to discuss animal control
Salt Lake Tribune - April 18, 2006
Salt Lake City Council members will be talking cats and dogs tonight. The council has scheduled a public hearing near 7 p.m. on proposed changes to the capital's animal-control ordinance. Some of the controversial changes include licensing cats and ferrets, increasing fees charged for "at-large" animals and changing the number of animals allowed per house. Residents now are allowed two dogs and two cats. Some want to lift the limits, particularly for dogs. The council has been discussing special permits - rescue, foster and fancier - to allow more pets in some homes. The hearing will be in Room 315 of City Hall, 451 S. State.

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Feral Cat Blog! Resource:

Salt Lake City - Council Agendas
[Scroll down to April 18 and click on Item C2 Animal Control, a downloadable pdf file]

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Feral Cats IN News Today

As always, thanks to News.Google.com.

feral cats :: Trap Neuter Return :: stray cats ::
felines :: spay neuter :: "no kill" :: homeless cats

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A prevention AND solution action for cities, counties, communities is to immediately implement or support comprehensive cat management programs that promote CONCURRENTLY:

* spay neuter, identification, and containment for 'owned' cats and
* Trap-Neuter-RETURN (TNR) for unowned cats.

See
Cat Management in Communities for further information.

Florida Cat Conference July

The Eighth Annual
The Florida Cat Conference

July 29, 2006
Hilton, University of Florida Conference Center
Gainesville, FL
[Excerpt]
Afternoon Sessions: 1:30 - 4:45
Advanced Feral Cat Symposium (Century Ballroom B)
Dr. Julie Levy
Feral Cat Control in Florida: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
The first part of this session will take an in-depth look at the feral cat issue in Florida, including controversies regarding the impact of feral cats on public health, the environment, and feline welfare. The second part will address options for reducing cat numbers and methods for organizing and funding effective feral cat trap-neuter-return programs.

Florida AFLP Spay Neuter Grants

AFLP = Animal Friendly License Plate. Check Prevent-A-Litter Coalition (PALC) for status of state AFLPs nationwide!

Florida Animal Friend, Inc.
[Excerpts from Instructions and FAQs Frequently Asked Questions]

Spay/Neuter Grants to End Cat and Dog Overpopulation in Florida

What is the Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate fund?
Florida Animal Friend will receive $25.00 for each spay/neuter license plate that is purchased (and renewed each year!). These funds will be used exclusively to fight cat and dog overpopulation by increasing spay and neuter surgeries in the State of Florida. This means that grant monies are not used to replace funds currently being spent on spay/neuter, but to overall increase the numbers of animals sterilized. No more than 10% of Florida Animal Friend funds shall be used to develop and implement a statewide education program about the importance of spay/neuter, promotion of the Florida Animal Friend license plate, and administrative costs.

Florida Animal Friend grants typically are awarded for programs that increase cat and dog sterilization above the existing baseline. Some examples include:
• Programs for pets in low-income families
• Programs that target especially difficult or unique animal overpopulation sources
• Feral cat sterilization programs
• Programs providing spay/neuter services where none currently exist
• Neuter-before-adoption programs

Competition for funding is expected to be high. The amount of funding available for each grant cycle is determined by the number of Florida Animal Friend license plate sales and renewals. Public support for the Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate has been high, and it has become the most popular new specialty license plate. Consequently, the first call for grant applications is being issued less than one year after the plates first became available for purchase.

Inaugural Grant Competition - 2006
Grant applications due June 1, 2006

Friday, April 14, 2006

Iguanas overrun Gasparilla Island Florida

Island residents besieged by iguanas in 'ecosystem gone crazy'
Bradenton Herald, Florida - April 13, 2006
By BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press AP
[Excerpt]
During the last three decades, the resort community on Florida's Gulf Coast has been overrun by the black, spiny-tailed, nonnative lizards that demolish gardens, nest in attics and weaken beach dunes with burrows.
Last month, Lee County commissioners agreed to create a special tax for Boca Grande to cover costs of studying the infestation on the barrier island of Gasparilla, where scientists estimate there are up to 12,000 iguanas on the loose, more than 10 for every year-round resident.
[Excerpt]
"Iguanas are not human. They do not deserve humane treatment," resident Richard Zellner wrote. "As far as I am concerned, they can be burned, shot and mutilated."

feral felines brockton massachusetts

Fight over feral felines rages on in Brockton
Enterprise, Massachusets
[Excerpt]
"BROCKTON — The Brockton Housing Authority on Tuesday night heard catcalls from at least one city councilor and dozens of animal activists about controlling feral felines.
Officials from more than seven state humane groups urged the Housing Authority to allow a trap, neuter and release program at the Belair Towers senior housing complex. "
[Excerpt]
"Housing authority officials, who cited complaints about the cats from neighborhood residents, said the program is not possible at Belair Towers since it is public property.
"It's a public housing property. We have no right to create a managed cat colony on that property," said Tom Thibeault, chief operating officer for the Brockton Housing Authority.
After the meeting, Thibeault said he is not aware of any rules or regulations that would not allow the cat colonies on the property. "


To describe it as 'creating" a cat colony is not correct -- the cats are already there!!! The cats are unowned, it's a community problem. Public complaints will be lessened by vaccinating and sterilizing the cats. A public majority do not want cats killed.

education: feline retroviruses

Update on Feline Retroviruses
IDEXX-Sponsored Seminar
Presenter: Susan Little, DVM, DABVP

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2006
Time: 6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Talk
Place: Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel
2800 Coliseum Centre Drive
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
1-704-357-1414

Fee: No charge

Los Angeles Audubon and trap neuter release

In "Western TANAGER", a publication of the Los Angeles Audubon Society
Volume 72 Number 4 March/April 2006
[Excerpt]
Trap, Neuter, and Release Policy

The City of LA Animal Services Department is considering revising their policy on feral cats to a TNR policy (trap, neuter and release). This policy would be disastrous to parks and other open or wild spaces as neutered cats still kill birds, especially terrestrial birds such as California quail, and birds on migration. Los Angeles Audubon opposes the policy of TNR in parks and open or wild spaces, and will attend the City Council meeting regarding this policy to voice the LAAS opinion.

Feral Cat Hotline Contra Costa and Alameda counties

New Community Hotline for Feral Cats: 510-563-4635
PRESS RELEASE, emediawire.com - April 14, 2006

The East Bay SPCA now providing Alameda and Contra Costa County residents feral cat trap rentals and training, and free feral surgeries.
Oakland, CA (PRWEB) April 15, 2006 -- The East Bay SPCA is now providing Contra Costa and Alameda County residents no-cost feral cat trap rental and no-cost spay and neuter surgeries to help reduce the number of homeless cats in the East Bay. Traps and surgeries will be offered at no cost, by referral only, through both of the East Bay SPCA shelters, located in Oakland and in Dublin. Vaccinations and testing will also be provided for a small fee.

“Feral cats, and their offspring, make up more than two-thirds of the homeless pets euthanized in our community’s public shelters,” said Gary Templin, President of the East Bay SPCA. “While we have seen great progress in reducing the number of homeless dogs, feral cats continue to increase, which increases the overall homeless cat population.”

Since no one owns feral cats, most of which have been born and lived outside their whole lives, finding people willing to trap them and pay for spay and neuter surgery to reduce their population, is difficult. However, left unaltered, homeless cats are responsible for nearly all of the kittens that wind up in public shelters. Studies have shown that simply trapping and removing the cats does not, over time, decrease the feral population, but actually allows it to increase. However, trapping, then altering the cats, and returning them to their colony -- called "Trap - Neuter - Return" -- is considered one of the primary long-term solutions to reducing feral cat communities.

Residents of Alameda or Contra Costa County can call 510-563-4635 and leave a request for assistance. Staff and volunteers will return phone inquiries, make free rental traps available (with a refundable deposit) and arrange for no cost spay and neuter surgery for residents willing to trap and return the cats. Volunteers wishing to be trained as Hot Line Volunteers are encouraged to visit www.eastbayspca.org/volunteer.

For more information call 510-563-4635 or visit: www.eastbayspca.org/resources.

The East Bay SPCA includes two shelters and three clinics in Alameda County, including the Oakland SPCA and the Tri-Valley SPCA in Dublin. Founded in 1874, the East Bay SPCA is dedicated to ending the euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats in our community. The East Bay SPCA is non-profit organization and receives no government funding or funding from any national humane organization. For more information, visit www.eastbayspca.org.

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No Kill Solutions on HSUS trap neuter return position

From Nathan Winograd of No Kill Solutions
April 13, 2006
Waiting So Long for So Little
A No Kill Perspective on the Humane Society of the United States Position Statement: Trap-Neuter-Return
a downloadable pdf file (12 pages, 118 kb)
http://www.nokillsolutions.com/pdf/HSUS2006.pdf

Thursday, April 13, 2006

shopping centre carrying capacity

Cat Colony takes over Kolonnade
Pretoria Rekord, South Africa - April 13, 2006
[Excerpts]
The Kolonnade shopping centre has been taken over by a colony of 120 feral cats that live and breed in the Kolonnade shopping mall parking lot.
.....
The Kolonnade management is aware of the problem and has taken steps to address the issue.
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The SPCA knows about the problem and has started assessing the situation.
“We are waiting for winter to start before we remove them, because we do not want to move any pregnant cats,” says Marizda Kruger of the SPCA.
“Some are healthy and have been sterilised and there is no need to remove them,” she says.
“When we do eventually move them, we will sterilise and tag thirty of them. Unfortunately, the rest will have to be put down,” she says.
.....
Catpals, a non-profit organisation focusing on the well being of cats and their kittens are involved in maintaining the cat colony.
“We feed and sterilise them and are fully involved,” says Christine Henning, a member of Catpals.
“What adds to the large number of cats are members of the community who dump domestic cats and kittens at the centre,” she says.

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This from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

“When we do eventually move them, we will sterilise and tag thirty of them.
Unfortunately, the rest will have to be put down,” she says.

No other choices? Just 'have to be put down'? And what criteria is being used to determine this shopping centre's carrying capacity for feral cats? !!!

Feral Cats News Today

As always, thanks to News.Google.com. I use Altavista News as well as other search engines and methods. Altavista brings up news articles that don't appear on News.Google.com!

feral cats

Trap Neuter Return

stray cats

homeless cats

felines

spay neuter

"no kill"

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A prevention AND solution action for cities, counties, communities is to immediately implement or support comprehensive cat management programs that promote CONCURRENTLY:
* spay neuter, identification, and containment for 'owned' cats and
* Trap-Neuter-RETURN (TNR) for unowned cats.
See
Cat Management in Communities for further information.

Prevent & Report Animal Cruelty

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

Learn how to prevent, recognize, and report it.

Why Do People Abuse Animals? from ASPCA's Animaland:
[Excerpts]
There are three main reasons why people abuse animals.
Most people who abuse animals don't do it intentionally. They hurt animals because they don't think about or realize what they are doing.
Many of these people don't know that what they are doing is cruel. .....
The next biggest group of animal abusers do it on purpose, but don't keep doing it for a long period of time. For example, a group of kids may decide to throw rocks at a nest of baby birds they happened to see, or they may hurt a stray cat they find. .....
The last group of people who hurt animals are the worst. These are people who intentionally hurt animals because they enjoy hurting things, or because it makes them feel powerful. Many of these people would hurt other people if they could get away with it, they just choose to hurt animals because animals are more helpless than people. .....

Top 10 Ways to Prevent Animal Cruelty
[Excerpts - Click the link to read the 10 tips in entirety.]
1. Be aware.
2. Learn to recognize animal cruelty.
3. Know who to call to report animal cruelty.
4. Provide as much as information as possible when reporting animal cruelty.
5. Call or write your local law enforcement department and let them know that investigating animal cruelty should be a priority. Animal cruelty is a CRIME—and the police MUST investigate these crimes.
6. Know your state's animal cruelty laws.
7. Fight for the passage of strong anti-cruelty laws on federal, state and local
8. Set a good example for others.
9. Talk to your kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect.
10. Support your local shelter or animal rescue organization.

Pet-Abuse.Com "is a national animal protection organization that researches and tracks incidents of criminal animal cruelty. We offer a wide range of service and tools for animal advocates, humane law enforcement, researchers and prosecutors."

domestic abuse law protects pets Maine

Law to protect pets benefits women, too
Maine Today - April 1, 2006
[Excerpt]
AUGUSTA -- Victims of domestic violence will be able to get their pets protected by court order thanks to a first-in-the-nation law signed by Gov. John Baldacci on Friday.
[Excerpt]
Gretchen Ziemer of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence said victims face multiple barriers when they are trying to get out of an abusive relationship.
The new law, which will take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, removes one of the hurdles.


Domestic abuse protection extended to pets
Measure aims to help pet owners leave abusive relationships
CNN - April 11, 2006
[Excerpt]
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Spurred by growing evidence of a link between domestic violence and animal abuse, Maine has enacted a first-in-the-nation law that allows judges to include pets in protection orders for spouses and partners leaving abusive relationships.
[Excerpt]
Although Maine's law is unique, other states have statutes that reflect the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Laws in California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio and Tennessee encourage cross-reporting among agencies involved in law enforcement, domestic violence, child protection and animal control, Perry said.

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Feral Cat Blog! Resources:


Safe Havens for Animals™, a program of First Strike: The Connection Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence

Directory of Safe Havens

Robben Island unsuccessful cat removal

Culling of Robben Island cats resumes
[Excerpt]
At a meeting on Monday between the Robben Island Museum, which manages the island, SPCA officials and UCT seabird experts, it was decided to resume shooting immediately, to target all the cats - including previously sterilised and re-released animals - and that no cats would be allowed on the island.
Previously, the plan was to keep a few sterilised cats on the island to help keep the rat population in check.
However, this was opposed by the birders, who pointed out that sterilised cats still kill birds and reptiles.
[Excerpt]
Allan Perrins, chief executive of the Cape of Good Hope branch of the SPCA, said they agreed the cats needed to be removed, but they wanted "an effective and efficient, non-confrontational, non-lethal sustainable solution" to the problem."

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For more on Robben Island and so-called successful island eradications, see my
May 12, 2005 post: Robben Island's cats shot to save birds

jailed for spaying dog

Second Case Kept Woman in Jail Overnight
KSL.com Utah - April 11, 2006
[Excerpt]
Janet Lane discovered there was a warrant out for her arrest yesterday. That case was unrelated to the one that got her --and a judge-- in hot water Monday.
In this latest case, Lane was charged with Criminal Mischief for having a dog neutered at a pet clinic without the owner even knowing about it.
Janet Lane and her husband are clearly animal-lovers who support spay and neuter programs in this state. But court documents say Janet Lane broke the law in 2004 when she took a dog, known to roam the area, to a pet clinic to have it neutered. Doctors there also didn't know the dog wasn't hers.
[Excerpt]
Lane was already in jail for defying a legal order to get rid of these dogs. A judge says she was violating a two-dog-per-household ordinance after repeatedly being told to comply.
The case also got Judge Stephen Henriod in hot water for suggesting out of frustration that Lane could have shot the dogs to avoid more legal trouble. Even though Judge Henriod apologized to Lane, KSL.com today is bursting with more than 200 comments about the story, most outraged, some supportive of the judge.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

degrees of humane, ignorance

Feral Cat Blog! Note: color added to highlight some amazing statements!

Putting cats to sleep with ‘humane’ touch
Source ::: The Peninsula - 4/11/2006
[Excerpt]
DOHA: With the Department of Pest and Rodent Control of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture (MMAA) having embarked on a drive against stray cats in the city, there were fears that the entire feline population of Doha would be practically annihilated.
However, Saleh Abdulla Al Sharafi, the director of the department, told The Peninsula on Sunday that the drive - which started on April 2 - was being carried out with a humane touch with the aim to bring about a balance to the cat population.
Saleh Abdulla said dry runs were carried out two weeks before the campaign formally began in order to check that the manpower and equipment was ready to go. Although all the manpower requirements are yet to be met, the campaign has started in earnest in Doha Municipality, with all 69 zones to be covered in phases. Once the entire process is completed – possibly by early December – the campaign will move to other parts of the country like Al Rayyan and Wakrah, Saleh Abdulla said.
He stressed that the cats which will be put to sleep will be the ones who are diseased, noting that the animals can carry over 200 diseases. A temporary clinic has been set up where veterinarians check the cats for diseases. Those clearing the medical in a manner of speaking, are neutered then released, possibly heading back to their local dumpsters.
As for the cats that are put to sleep, they are either gassed or administered injections. Saleh Abdulla said. "We are putting the cats to sleep using guidelines from the UK-based World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). We also studied earlier how campaigns were carried out in places like Dubai. The cats that are being put to sleep do not feel any pain and we ensure that there is no cruelty to the poor animals."

[Excerpt]
He emphasized: "We are not dealing with pregnant cats. If we happen to catch any that are, we send them back." With a laugh, Saleh Abdulla added: "This can be a bit of a problem as after sending the cat back out, we may then have to go searching later for five to six more."
Cat owners have been advised to have some sort of identification on their pets such as a collar, though Saleh Abdulla said the chances of a pet being caught up in the drive is minimal. "Veterinarians and experts can simply tell whether a cat is a stray or a pet with just one look," he said.
The department is now getting on average 50 calls a day on stray cats, he said.

twist on cats release, disposal

Citizens unleash pack of concerns to lone council member
Nevada Daily Mail, Missouri - Thursday, March 23, 2006
[Excerpt]
In an interview this morning, Keim said that the only cats the city is taking in are feral cats trapped live in cages and released in a sparsely populated area. Domesticated cats or kittens would be sheltered, but Keim said that's rare.

Citizens group offers reward for evidence of domestic cat dumping
Herald-Tribune Nevada, Missouri - March 26, 2006
[Excerpt]
The drama continues to unfold as to allegations relating to the dumping of cats by the city of Nevada, allegedly trapping and releasing them in the Four Rivers Conservation Area, north of Nevada.
Local citizens -- among them a city dispatcher -- alleged Wednesday, during a gathering of citizens who came to council chambers to find doors locked and the previously scheduled council meeting cancelled, that the city's animal control officer, Matt Russell, has been releasing cats at that site on a regular basis.
Police Chief Christine Keim admits to releasing cats in a remote location but denies any wrongdoing, saying that only feral cats are picked up and are released in "sparsely populated areas," which she says is in accordance with the Missouri Department of Agriculture guidelines.
"They're alive when we release them," she said.
Chapter 9 of the Department of Agriculture's code of regulations on animal care facilities, states that "any live dog or cat, other than owner-relinquished or feral animals which are not known to have bitten anyone within the preceding 10 days, acquired by an animal shelter or contract kennel, shall be held for a period of not less than five business days before offering for adoption or euthanasia." The exemption of feral animals and the appropriate disposition of such animals is not further addressed in this chapter.
But a group calling themselves, "Concerned Citizens of Nevada" appear to believe that at least some of the cats that the city's animal control officer is releasing are domestic animals -- so much so that they've offered a reward for photos of domestic animals being dumped at nearby conservation areas -- offering $500 and anonymity to anyone who can produce such pictures.

City decries rumors about cat disposal
Nevada Daily Mail - March 28, 2006
[Excerpt]
On Monday, the city released the following statement:
"With one week to go before the City Council election April 4th, reports are being circulated that the Nevada animal control officer is euthanizing cats, and that cats are being captured and dumped in rural Vernon County. Nevada City Manager Craig Hubler states that these reports are 'untrue' and 'malicious.'
"When Nevada residents call for assistance with wild animals at their homes, most frequently skunks, raccoons, and possums, the animal control officer traps the animal and transports them humanely to conservation areas for release back into the wild. These animals are not killed.
"On occasion Nevada residents have called for assistance with snakes, moles, and feral cats. As with all other wild animals, these animals are humanely trapped (not poisoned or snared), and returned to the wild.
"Eight different residents recently called for assistance with wild (feral) cats that were threatening their pets. In some cases the pets at risk from the feral cats were small dogs, and in come cases the homeowners were concerned about the safety of their domesticated cats.
"If a homeowner calls for assistance with a feral cat, but the animal control officer finds after trapping that the cat is injured, or is possibly domesticated, it is taken to one of the local veterinarians for treatment and shelter so it can be returned to it's owners or made available for adoption.
"For the record, Hubler said, 'I am very proud of the training, professionalism and dedication of our animal control officer, and outrageous allegations of this kind are very hurtful. This allegation is hurtful to our officer: he is a nice person who has made it his job to care about the welfare of animals. It is also hurtful to our residents who have pets and care about their welfare. They deserve better than to be terrorized and manipulated with malicious stories.'"

Rural resident seeks solutions for animals in need of shelter
Nevada Daily Mail, Missouri - Wednesday, March 29, 2006
[Excerpt]
Cats and dogs are occasionally dumped in the area -- whether by its previous owner or someone else, and she wonders if some of these could be some of the "feral" cats disposed of by the city of Nevada, in a trap and release effort to control what they say are wild cats in Nevada.
Ross is skeptical that they're really what most of us would think of as wild, countering that these cats were born and raised in Nevada.
Left to fend for themselves, cats will hunt; and Ross is worried about the area's quail population and other wild game that will be hunted by these cats released in Vernon County.
"We're just getting the quail back. Now these cats are going to eat the quail," Ross said.
Ross acknowledged that it's a current and legal practice to relocate these "wild" creatures in such a manner as described by the city. Nevertheless, "There's something wrong with this picture." If it's OK to dump these animals, then she believes they should be spayed or neutered first.
"One cat can end up with hundreds of babies in just a few years. I keep getting pregnant ones dumped on me," Ross said.
[Excerpt]
"It seems to me like we need to change the law, if the law says all of this is OK," Ross said.
It's her hope that Vernon County People for Pets, an animal welfare group recently formed in Nevada, in response to the January closing of Nevada's animal shelter, will lobby for change in addition to finding ways to address animal welfare issues in the area.
Ross's passion for helping the animals led her to offer 10 acres of her property for use as an animal shelter -- possibly even providing a place for large animals that may need to be removed from owners not supplying proper care. Ross said she informally offered her land during a meeting conducted in February. No one contacted her after that meeting about the land, but she now no longer has a desire to give the land to the city, although other options, such as county use, might still be available.
At least, she said, these issues seem to be getting people involved, and the more people that are involved the more likely it is that some positive things can happen.
"I hope the people will get involved," said Ross.

scientists hail SF natural resource plan

Scientists Hail San Francisco's Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plan
March 22, 2006 — By the Center for Biological Diversity
Environmental News Network
[Excerpt]
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Three independent scientific reviews of San Francisco's Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plan reached a common conclusion this week: San Francisco's progressive plan to protect the Bay Area's most imperiled wildlife and plants is based on sound science and "does an outstanding job overall" of maximizing protection with limited resources while balancing the need to protect natural resources with other public uses. Reviewers also suggested that the plan should be strengthened to address significant risks to natural areas posed by invasive species, off-leash dogs, and feral cats.
The peer-reviewed plan will now go before the Recreation and Parks Commission for final review and approval.
[Excerpt]
San Francisco's Natural Areas Program is one of our country's boldest urban conservation measures. The program aims to protect San Francisco's numerous imperiled species and ecosystems, many of which are "endemic," meaning that they are found nowhere else on the planet. The city's biological diversity - and its precarious status - is of global concern:
[Excerpt]
The Management Plan, several years in the making, will help San Francisco make informed decisions to protect our unique habitat and species for the next two decades.
[Excerpt]
The Natural Areas Program cannot protect urban nature while simultaneously accommodating all forms of recreation enjoyed by the public without restriction. Peer reviewers determined that the plan may not go far enough to protect San Francisco's natural heritage from the threats posed by off-leash dogs and feral cats. .....
..... Furthermore, the peer reviewers explained that "{t}he need to control feral cats is urgent" because feral cats can "kill prey species even when populations of prey are low, increasing the chances of extinction for the prey."
[Excerpt]
Public support of the Natural Areas Program is vital if this visionary plan is to be approved. Please contact the Recreation and Parks Commission and let them know that they should adopt the plan, and even strengthen its provisions addressing off-leash dogs and feral cats in natural areas, to ensure that future generations of San Franciscans will be able to enjoy our unique biological landscape. A full copy of the plan and peer reviewer comments can be seen at www.parks.sfgov.org/site/recpark_index.asp?id=1896.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Cats NAS Patuxent Maryland

Feral cats not pets
DC Military.com - The Tester
March 30, 2006

Read the above article regarding cats at the Naval Air Station (NAS) at Patuxent River Maryland. The suggestions about responsible pet ownership via keeping cats indoors and providing identification are appreciated. But the questions arise .....

- why do people release animals in traps? (maybe a majority don't want animals trapped or killed?)

- why is "no one is out there making sure these cats have their shots and are healthy."?
(why aren't all animal control agencies and humane societies doing this? Many individuals who feed, sterilize, and vaccinate homeless cats ARE doing this via proper practice of Trap-Neuter-RETURN-Manage TNRM )

- why are residents not helped to get their pets identification and sterilized?
(only a small percentage of cats are returned to owners nationwide because they can’t be identified.)

- why is abandonment of pets not prosecuted?

- what would stop people from getting pets frivolously?

- what would stop people from abandoning pets?

- why are holes under houses not closed up as a preventive rather than reactionary measure?
(Hmmm ... pest or nuisance animal management ... PREVENTION ... by exclusion, barrier)

- why "the feral cat problem has been around for decades"
(could it be the 'do nothing' approach? -- even though unsterilized cats can have several litters per year, can create litters as young as four or five months? -- combined with the ineffective and inhumane "catch and kill" approach?)

Trap-Neuter-RETURN-Manage (TNRM) programs should be implemented and supported in every community, CONCURRENTLY with programs to help "owned" cats. TNRM will eliminate cat reproduction and minimize disease threats or nuisance behaviors; kittens and tamer cats are removed for adoption; new homeless or abandoned cats are immediately noticed.

Oh and, cats are not "pack animals" like dogs but “Studies over the last thirty years suggest that cats develop complex and fluid matriarchal hierarchies and that they have preferred buddies.”
THE UNSOCIABLE CAT - ARE CATS REALLY UNSOCIABLE? by Sarah Hartwell

USDA Animal Damage Control

As posted some time ago on this blog, here are the annual tables for FY2004 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) / Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) / Wildlife Services

Table 10T is a downloadable pdf file showing Number of Animals Killed and Methods Used by the WS Program, FY2004.

This is an interesting paper from the Thoreau Institute:
Audit of the U.S.D.A. Animal Damage Control Program
A research paper showing why the federal government should get out of the business of killing coyotes and other so-called pests.

[Excerpt]
The Kansas Alternative
Kansas offers an example of how animal damage might be handled in many states if the federal program did not exist. Although part of ADC's Western Region, Kansas has not participated in ADC's livestock program for at least 28 years. Instead, the state has stationed one extension agent at Kansas State University to assist farmers with animal damage problems.
[Excerpt]
Kansas is a model of what ADC might look like in many states without the federal program. If the federal program did not exist, then some states such as Texas would probably still have a major ADC program. But many other states may fund ADC only to get federal matching dollars. Without such matching dollars, western livestock growers in many states would have to fund predator control out of their own pockets.
This might lead some to use the least costly methods available to kill coyotes, such as poisons, which might be less environmentally desirable. But others would use alternative practices, such as guard dogs or penning, to reduce the risk of predation. Still others would reduce their herd sizes in response to increased costs, thus reducing the effects of grazing on the land. The net effect would be an improvement for the land, for wildlife, and even for many farmers and ranchers.

[Excerpt from] Conclusion
In the end, there are two overwhelming reasons for shutting down the ADC program. First, there is no justification for a special USDA animal damage control program. ADC's work is local and should be funded by private interests or, in some cases, state and local governments. If ADC were to disappear tomorrow, most states would probably opt for the Kansas model of educating people rather than the Texas model of spending millions of dollars on a single special interest group.
Second, the existence of ADC creates perverse incentives for farmers, USDA officials, and members of Congress to mismanage public resources--both public funds and publicly owned wildlife. These misincentives cannot be fixed by tinkering with ADC's budget. They will end only when the ADC program itself is ended.

effects free-ranging cats on birds Wisconsin

The Effects of Free-ranging Cats on Birds in Wisconsin:
Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Issues and Guidelines

C.A. Lepczyk, S. Diehl, N. Cutright, K. Etter Hale, W. Mueller, J. Trick
January 2006 paper

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Feral Cat Blog! Note:
See also
* Feral Cat Predation and It’s Effect on Wildlife - Searching for the Truth
* Addressing “The Wisconsin Study”
both from StrayPetAdvocacy.org

Wisconsin DNR State Meeting 2006

Input sought at Conservation Congress hearing
Portage Daily Register, WI - April 8, 2006
[Excerpt]
Unlike year's question debating whether to change the classification of feral cats to an unprotected species -- a debate that drew thousands of cat lovers and anti-hunters to the meetings -- Koerner does not see any questions that will pit hunters against anti-hunters this year. He expects the most hotly contested questions to be the three regarding the statewide banning of feeding and baiting whitetail deer, and that those questions will be debated among hunters.
Attendees can also propose resolutions which they feel should become laws.
[Excerpt]
Noted animal rights activist Patty Randolph, a Marquette County resident who served as the Dane County delegate from 1996 to 1999, encourages anyone with an interest in Wisconsin's natural resources to participate in the Conservation Congress.
"The people who don't hunt or fish -- they just don't know about this," Randolph said. "It is very important that they participate."

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Feral Cat Blog! Additional Info:

April 10 – The Department of Natural Resources will hold the 2006 Spring Wildlife & Fisheries Rules Hearing and Conservation Congress County Meeting in every county of the state beginning at 7 p.m.

Proposed Wildlife Rule Changes
Statewide Questions

Wisconsin Conservation Congress Advisory Questions

Natural Resources Board Advisory Question

Balloting to replace ‘show of hands’ at spring wildlife and fisheries rules hearings
Voting results will be available on Tuesday, April 11
[Excerpt]
The change to ballots from a show of hands, which were then counted and recorded by hearing officials, was advanced by the Conservation Congress executive committee, according to Rick Prosise, director of DNR Legal Services. In addition to reducing the time and workload of tallying raised hands, the ballots will improve accuracy and maintain voting privacy by allowing participants to cast votes confidentially.

For history see Hunting Cats? - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources [WI DNR] Conservation Congress from Feral Cats in the News ~ the Feral Cat Blog! last year.

Friday, April 07, 2006

USGS Hawaii 'fact sheet'

The US Geological Survey (USGS) in Hawaii recently published this feral cat 'fact sheet.' Hawaii is one of several particular 'hot spots' for feral cats. Once again, like the Cats Indoors! campaign, this new 'fact sheet' asks the public to take homeless cats to shelters but does not reveal the high likelihood that those cats will be killed, even if "humanely."

downloadable pdf file: Feral Cats: Too Long a Threat to Hawaiian Wildlife

Feral Cat News Today

Today's Feral Cats News
(thanks to News.Google.com)


A prevention AND solution action for cities, counties, communities is to immediately implement or support comprehensive cat management programs that promote CONCURRENTLY:
* spay neuter, identification, and containment for 'owned' cats and
* Trap-Neuter-RETURN (TNR) for unowned cats.
See Cat Management in Communities for further information.

2006 Year of the Feral Cat

Thanks to Karen Johnson for promoting "2006 as the Year of the Feral Cat" in Santa Clara County, California!!! Thanks to the SCC Board of Supervisors for proclaiming it. Note the collaboration among the many groups of the Cat Coalition.

I have so appreciated Karen Johnson's work on behalf of cats and feral cats. Her research and studies available on the National Pet Alliance website have been a wonderful resource. I look forward to the results of her new study.

You can download the Agenda and the Resolution here and I've included it below for convenience:
Santa Clara County - March 14, 2006 Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE
COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA TO PROCLAIM 2006 AS THE YEAR
OF THE FERAL CAT IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY

WHEREAS, it is estimated that there are more than 100,000 stray and feral cats living in Santa Clara County; and

WHEREAS, the County of Santa Clara, the Humane Society Silicon Valley, the City of San Jose Animal Care and Services, Palo Alto Animal Control, Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, Palo Alto Humane Society, Town Cats, Peninsula Fix Our Ferals, National Pet Alliance, Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, Angel Kitty Rescue, Stanford Cat Network, Tri-Valley Fix Our Ferals, Homeless Cat Network, Fix Our Ferals, Silicon Valley Friends of Ferals, Unconditional Love and Rescue and other rescue groups serving the County of Santa Clara have joined together as The Cat Coalition to alter and stabilize the stray cat population, and are dedicated to educating communities about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the only humane, effective, and cost-effective means of reducing stray and feral cat populations; and

WHEREAS, The Cat Coalition needs to alter 400 stray cats per month or 4,800 per year to achieve a 10 percent reduction in shelter cat intakes and intends to begin a massive outreach program in 2006; and

WHEREAS, TNR stops the cycle of breeding, ends the killing of healthy animals, and reduces complaints about and costs associated with feral cats; and

WHEREAS, scientific evidence and experience in the United States and other countries demonstrate that non-lethal TNR, accompanied by ongoing feral cat colony management, is the only way to reduce feral cat populations in the long-term; and

WHEREAS, caring individuals and groups are effectively applying TNR to feral cat colonies throughout Santa Clara County;


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors does hereby endorse non-lethal Trap-Neuter- Return, when accompanied by ongoing feral cat management, as the most effective, humane method of reducing feral cat populations in Santa Clara County; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors does hereby proclaim “2006 to be the Year of the Feral Cat” in Santa Clara County.


James T. Beall, Jr., Chair,
Board of Supervisors

Donald E. Gage,
Supervisor, District 1

Blanca Alvarado,
Supervisor, District 2

Pete McHugh,
Supervisor, District 3

Liz Kniss,
Supervisor, District 5

Phyllis A. Perez,
Clerk of the Board of Supervisors

Connecticut spay neuter legislation

Another statewide spay/neuter project! One that wisely includes free-roaming or feral cats! Go Connecticut!

Animal Welfare Federation of Connecticut
Connecticut HB 5795, HB 5743, and HB 5443 Will Help Both People and Animals!
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS!
By raising $1 million for the sterilization of low income individuals’ companion animals and free-roaming cats, HB 5795 ("An Act Concerning the Spaying, Neutering and Vaccination of Dogs and Cats") will (1) save animal lives by significantly reducing the free-roaming cat population, unwanted animals births in general, and shelter intake and euthanasia rates; (2) dramatically reduce animal impoundment costs; and (3) protect public health and safety by reducing the incidence of common canine and feline behavioral problems such as aggression, roaming and spraying. This program would be funded in a variety of ways, such as through increased dog licensing enforcement, a voluntary income tax check-off, and increased fees for chaining dogs and permitting dogs to roam at large.

Maine AC cats wildlife public health

Maine Animal Control Association
Annual Business Meeting and Training Day
April 7 & 8, 2006
Ramada Inn, Bangor
[Excerpt]
BRYAN KORTIS, Executive Director
Neighborhood Cats, New York City
Recipient, 2002 Award for Excellence, Feral Cat Organization of The Year
FERAL CATS are an increasing problem for ACOs, shelters and communities. Learn how trap/neuter/return programs address these issues, including wildlife and public health questions. Bryan Kortis was a major training facilitator at the HSUS 2006 Animal Care Expo in Anaheim CA.