Wednesday, October 31, 2007

JFK Airport cats news

cats JFK Kennedy Airport news
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Alert/Update: Port Authority Now Starving JFK Cats (10/31)

Alert/Update! Port Authority Now Starving JFK Cats! (10/31)
10/31/2007 4:49:45 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time

for immediate release (please cross-post)

contact: Neighborhood Cats
212-662-5761
headcat@neighborhoodcats.org

PORT AUTHORITY THREATENS TO FIRE EMPLOYEES CAUGHT FEEDING CATS AT JFK AIRPORT AS EXTERMINATION EFFORT INTENSIFIES

AGENCY MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF STATE ANTI-CRUELTY LAW

(New York, Oct. 31, 2007) Susan Baer, General Manager of JFK Airport, threatened in a recent memo to revoke the right of any employee to be on airport grounds who is caught feeding cats. (For full memo: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/nyregion/city_room/20071030_AIRPORT.pdf .) The NY State anti-cruelty law (http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusnyag_mkts332_379.htm%20/%20s353 ) provides that a person who "deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food or drink, or neglects or refuses to furnish it such sustenance or drink" is guilty of a crime (Ag&Markets, sec. 353). Cats are dependent on people for food and drink and, by ordering their sustenance be withheld, Baer may have committed a criminal offense.

In addition to starving the cats, Port Authority officials continued their extermination effort by trapping some and dumping them at a local shelter. Typically, feral cats are immediately euthanized at animal control due to being unadoptable and a safety risk to staff. Thanks to the heroic efforts of NYC Feral Cat Initiative staff, the cooperation and veterinary care provided by Animal Care and Control of NYC, and caring volunteers, the first ten cats caught in the Port Authority's purge were pulled alive from the shelter. A grant to cover the costs of saving this first group was provided by In Defense of Animals (IDA).

"It's a true inspiration to see the NYC community coming together to rescue these victims," said Bryan Kortis, Executive Director of Neighborhood Cats. "At the same time, what an outrage that the cause of this travesty is a powerful government agency which has not only defied the community's will, but repeatedly and boldly lied to its face."

In the face of tens of thousands of emails, faxes and phone calls protesting their actions, the Port Authority continues to tell the public none of the cats will be killed, despite the likelihood many in the very next group of cats will be euthanized as local groups and rescuers exhaust their resources. They continue to invoke the scare tactic of the cats being an "aviation threat" despite a complete lack of evidence and growing skepticism of the claim. They continue to lie that they never heard of TNR until recently despite a series of emails from 2004 (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/30/missed-opportunity-on-airport-cats-in-2004/) proving the contrary. And they continue to hide from the public, automatically deleting emails and changing phone numbers.

WHAT CAN YOU DO

Each passing day brings ever more outrageous conduct by the Port Authority - this is not only about the precious lives of the cats anymore, but about the accountability of people who have forgotten they are public servants. We need you to raise your voice once more, loudly and strongly, and let others in the government know your opinion of the extermination effort and the Port Authority's morally bankrupt conduct. It is our last hope for these cats. No matter the outcome, we as citizens must not lie down and be trampled upon by the arrogance of those who have lost their way and will soon have blood on their hands.

WHO TO CONTACT
(Please let us know if anyone requests more detailed information on the issues and we'll send it to them)

Anthony R. Coscia, Chairman
Board of Commisioners
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Phone: 732.846.2120 (direct line)
732-846-7600 (this is the general number for Mr. Coscia's law firm)
Fax: 732.846.8877
E-Mail: acoscia@windelsmarx.com

Robert E. Wan Etten, Inspector General
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Main Office: (973) 565-4340
24-Hour Pager: (917) 788-6277
FAX: (973) 565-4307
Email: InspectorGeneral@panynj.gov

The Honorable Eliot Spitzer, Governor, New York
212-681-4580 (phone)
518-474-1513 (Fax)
Email: go to http://www.ny.gov/ and click on "contact us" at the bottom of the page

The Honorable Mary Donahue, Lieutenant Governor, New York
518-474-4623
Ltgovernor.correspondence@chamber.state.ny.us

The Honorable Helen Marshall
Queens Borough President, Chairman - Airport Community Advisory Board
Tel: 718-286-3000
Email: info@queensbp.org

Port Authority Corporate Headquarters
(212) 435-7000 (get a live person on the line and demand to speak tosomeone about the JFK situation - keep calling until they respond)

TALKING POINTS

LIE #1:
"The cats will all be adopted into good homes."

THE TRUTH:
Feral cats are unadoptable and usually are immediately put down when brought to shelters, as Port Authority plans to do. Port Authority ADMITTED LYING to the public about this in the NY Post article, "Frequent Liars", published Saturday, October 27, 2007.

LIE #2:
"Feeding the cats attracts seagulls and the birds are an aviation threat."

THE TRUTH:
Seagulls are at the airport because JFK is NEAR THE OCEAN!! And because there are tons of trash strewn about the airport's grounds. There is not enough cat food to attract large numbers of birds and there is no food left anyway when the cats finish eating. Cats hunt birds, they don't attract them. There is ZERO evidence proving a link between the presence of cats at an airport and an aviation risk. DON'T BE GULL-IBLE!!!

LIE #3:
"A cat will go onto the runways and cause a plane to crash when it hits the cat."

THE TRUTH:
The cats are not located anywhere near the runways. No cat has ever been spotted on any runway. Runways could be easily fenced to keep cats out if this actually was a legitimate concern, which it's not. Ever seen or heard of a jet hitting a cat?

LIE #4:
"We can achieve a cat-free airport."

THE TRUTH:
You can't wipe out the presence of feral cats in a 5000 acre area in which new, unneutered cats are constantly being abandoned or lost and then reproducing, and where there are plentiful food sources. Only Trap-Neuter-Return can, over time, reduce the numbers. The Port Authority's extermination effort is futile and will only result in new furry faces, not fewer. The killing is senseless.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Alert/Update: JFK Cats Dying in Shelter

Alert/Update - JFK Cats Dying in Shelter (Oct. 30)
10/30/2007 9:50:22 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time

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for immediate release

contact: Neighborhood Cats
headcat@neighborhoodcats.org
212-662-5761

CATS LIKELY TO BE EUTHANIZED TODAY - Port Authority Unbending in Extermination Effort

(Oct. 30, 2007) Ten cats trapped by Port Authority exterminators were brought to animal control this morning with more on the way. The vast majority of the cats will be quickly euthanized as they are feral and unadoptable and there are few, if any, suitable sites for relocation. The dead cats should finally put to rest the public lies of the Port Authority of NY and NJ that the cats would be adopted to good homes or placed elsewhere. The deaths also make a mockery of the Port Authority's offer to pay for the cats' neutering - so far, no one has stepped forward to take in a dead, but neutered cat.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Continue to call, email and fax to express your outrage! Insist Port Authority suspend the extermination effort and implement a plan agreeable to the NYC animal welfare community, including the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals (http://www.animalalliancenyc.org/). Port Authority officials will not listen, so now let's contact the politicians and lawmakers in the JFK Airport district who can step in and stop the slaughter.

Also, enter your vote in the NY1 Poll (a local cable TV station) on "What should happen to the feral cats at JFK Airport?" Click on: http://www.ny1.com/ny1/Polls/index.jsp?pollactivequestionintid=3028

Finally, please take a moment to thank the media for their coverage of this issue. Their support has been critical in getting the word out. Links to articles and Letters to the Editor are listed at the end of this post.

WHO TO CONTACT

Governor Eliot Spitzer of NY - 212-681-4580 (phone)
518-474-1513 (Fax)
Email: go to http://www.ny.gov/ and click on "contact us" at the bottom of the page

Lt. Gov Mary Donahue of NY - 518-474-4623 (ask to speak with chief of staff)

New York City Council - James Sanders - 718-527-4356

New York State Assembly - Michele R. Titus - 718-327-1845

New York State Senate - Shirley Huntley - 718-322-2537

In addition, for the names and contact info of Port Authority officials, go to the home page of http://www.neighborhoodcats.org/. Note that, due to the enormous public outcry, email addresses and phone numbers may have been changed.

THANK THE MEDIA!

Please write letters to the following publications and post your comments onto the following media websites to help us set the record straight for the animals! Even if you can’t write a letter, a simple thank you note to the media for exposing the Port Authority’s cat extermination program will help us make a difference. Thank you! Here are some of the latest media coverage:

Metro: Cat fight at JFK
http://ny.metro.us/metro/local/article/Cat_fight_at_JFK/10534.html
Submit letters at: http://ny.metro.us/metro/yourturn

amNew York: JFK feral cats facing death
http://www.amny.com/news/local/am-cats1030,0,7665187.story
Email letters to: am-letters@am-ny.com

NYTimes.com CityRoom: Cat People Confront Airport People
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/29/cat-people-confront-airport-people/
post comment on site

Gothamist : Rally Against Port Authority’s JFK Cat Roundup Today
http://gothamist.com/2007/10/29/rally_against_p.php
post comment on site

NY Post:
No Paws in JFK Cat Hunt
http://www.nypost.com/seven/10302007/news/regionalnews/
no_paws_in_jfk_cat_hunt.htm
Submit your letter at: http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/letters/letters_editor.htm

Newsday: Kennedy Airport feral cat roundup draws criticism
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/transportation/ny-nycats305438287oct30,0,2536534.story
post comment on site

TALKING POINTS

Feral cats are unsocialized and unadoptable. They are also extremely territorial and cannot be easily relocated, assuming there's anywhere for them to go in a city with a feral cat overpopulation crisis already on its hands. The humane, enlightened way of dealing with them is to neuter, vaccinate and return them to their territory, a method known as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR is also the only known method for permanently reducing the number of feral cats in an area. Extermination efforts like the Port Authority's only cause temporary dips in feline populations. Newly lost and abandoned cats, as well as uncaptured cats, quickly reproduce and soon bring the numbers right back up. TNR is supported by every major humane organization in the country, including The Humane Society of the US, ASPCA and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

California wildfires animals pets wildlife

California Wildfires - October 2007

San Diego County, Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County, San Bernadino County, Riverside County
(Baja California Mexico too)

California wildfires animals pets wildlife news
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As always, news, information, resources are provided as a service with no endorsements, you must verify. Note the dates and times on each.

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Petfinder.com > California Wild Fire Disaster
Emergency Animal Response Network for fostering
The Petfinder.com Foundation has set up a 24-hour call center to link evacuees with volunteers willing to provide a temporary home for a displaced pet.

You can search for a foster provider on our network or call 1-866-654-4732 for immediate assistance.

Urgent need for foster homes: If you live in Southern California and can provide a temporary home for a pet displaced by the California wildfires, please register to help.

Must-read foster information if you are arranging foster care
A written agreement between parties will determine important factors such as when to provide medical care and length of foster care service, just to mention a few. These documents will help you structure an agreement that will facilitate a successful foster relationship.

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State of California webpage
http://www.ca.gov/

Southern California Fire Report - http://www.calfires.com/
County Fire Information
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Information and Assistance
FEMA Family Registry and Locator System: 1-800-588-9822.The FEMA Family Registry and Locator System is available free of charge if you have been separated from friends and family by the fires in Southern California, or to assist your search for friends and family.
Recovery Information-How to Get Help - FEMA General Information
See also: Red Cross Safe and Well List - Google Map of Fire Area


10/23/2007 GAAS:851:07 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Actions Taken by CDFA to Provide Urgent Assistance to Fire Victims and Livestock, Pets
Fairgrounds and Other Facilities Open Their Doors to Shelter Animals

In coordination with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Governor Schwarzenegger announces actions taken by the department to provide urgent assistance to fire victims, their livestock and their pets. CDFA has opened fairgrounds and other facilities to provide urgent shelter for displaced residents as well as horses and other animals threatened by the southern California wildfires.
“My administration is doing everything in its power to make sure the fire victims displaced by these tremendous wildfires have everything they need, including shelter for their livestock and animals,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Our highest priority is protecting human life. With that said, we must also do whatever we can to save and protect our livestock and animals that are affected by this emergency.”
CDFA personnel, fairgrounds employees and others in the agricultural community are supporting local rescuers and officials by providing for animals’ needs, including veterinary services, feed, temporary stalls, fencing and other basic services and supplies. The response has been tremendous and immediate, with approximately 2,000 people and 2,400 horses already being sheltered at the Del Mar Fairgrounds alone.

Below is a list of fairgrounds and facilities currently open and housing displaced fire victims and their livestock and pets:
San Diego County Fair at Del Mar
Del Mar Horsepark
San Diego Polo Club
Lakeside Rodeo
Westfield Parkway Plaza
The Oaks/Blenheim Exhibition Center
Orange County Fairgrounds in Irvine
For every 100 horses sheltered, these locations will use approximately one ton of hay for feed each day. To meet these needs, personnel have been dispatched to southern California from CDFA and other agencies to work with growers and suppliers.
In addition to sheltering animals, CDFA’s staff and facilities are aiding the transportation of milk from dairies in the fire areas to processing facilities. CDFA worked with dairies, the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and local authorities to facilitate the passage of milk tanker trucks to dairies in the fire area. Cows must be milked regularly to maintain their health, and the perishable product must be expeditiously delivered to processors to maintain the stability of this critical element of the state’s and the nation’s food supply.
Agriculture officials are also working to determine the needs of local poultry farms, plant nurseries and other agricultural operations that may need assistance to provide adequate protection, feed, water and other support for their animals and plants. Preparations are also underway with County Agricultural Commissioners to begin taking reports of crop losses once farmers can return to their land and assess the damage.
http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/press-release/7839/

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United Animal Nations - October 26, 2007
financial assistance grants for vet care, temporary boarding, transport

American Veterinary Medical Association - October 24, 2007
grants for veterinarians

Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:26 pm
Re: FIRES!
PERMISSION TO CROSS POST GRANTED
Northern California and Nevada rescues are ready to help if any rescue in the fire area needs to transfer animals to other competent rescues who can take over care and adoptions. I'm putting together a list and have a lot of offers. Any southern California rescue who needs help, please contact me at susan_hoffman @ yahoo.com (remove spaces around the @) We have offers from small dog rescues, cat rescues, guinea pig rescues. Also transport volunteers are signing on.

I know the southern California rescues won't know for a few days just how operational they can be and when. But we're getting organized to help. Also, if supplies are needed, please let me know. As transports are able to bring rescue animals out of the fire area, we want to have the transport vehicles return with needed supplies.

In addition to looking for rescues outside the fire area who can take animals into their programs for adoption, we also need transport volunteers to help get the animals up to the Bay Area, Sacramento and Reno; and we are gathering supplies to be sent back down. May have a truck available to leave Sacramento with supplies early next week. Gas card donations would probably be helpful too.


UNION-TRIBUNE
8:32 a.m. October 24, 2007
San Diego County Department of Animal Services; Central Shelter in Mission Valley (619) 236-4250; North Shelter in Carlsbad: (760) 438-2312; South Shelter in Bonita: (619) 263-7741
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA, (619) 299-7012
North County Humane Society & SPCA, (760) 757-4357
El Cajon Animal Shelter, (619) 441-1580
Chula Vista Animal Shelter, (619) 691-5123
Escondido Humane Society, (760) 888-2275
Helen Woodward Animal Center, (858) 756-4117
If you have animals or livestock that you cannot evacuate yourself or that need to be rescued, call (619) 236-4250 and press 1 for emergency services.
Many large animals and evacuated livestock were taken to the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds at 12584 Mapleview St. and the Del Mar Fairgrounds at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Wildlife can be taken to the Project Wildlife Care Center at 887 1/2 Sherman St., San Diego. For more information, call (619) 225-9202.
Foster homes are available for pets through the San Diego Animal Support Foundation. Space for livestock, horses, burros, sheep and similar animals is available on private land. Call (619) 847-8755.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20071024-0832-1bo242lostanimals.html


Evacuee Shelters and Pet Rescue
Last Update: 10/24 3:39 am
Pet Rescue Information

Related Links
Wild Animal Park Safe
The El Cajon Animal Shelter, located at 1275 North Marshall, will be open Monday to receive domestic pets and small livestock animals for emergency boarding. Donations of cat and dog food (canned), blankets and towels are welcomed for those wishing to help.
The Westfield Parkway Mall, at 415 Parkway Plaza, has opened an area in the Southeast corner of the outdoor mall near Best Buy & Borders to large livestock since Lakeside rodeo grounds have filled. They’ve also opened up the Northwest section of their mall parking lot for RV’s and campers.
The new Home Depot location at 298 Fletcher Parkway, scheduled to open in mid November, have opened a section of their parking lot to large livestock, RV’s & Campers. They also have water available there and port-a-potties available leftover from the construction of the new store.
Granite Hills High School, located at 1719 E. Madison Avenue has opened their parking lots only for large livestock, RV’s and campers.
Horse Rescue: Evacuees in need of a safe location for their horses have the opportunity to stable them at a horse farm in the Thermal-Indio area. A private citizen, recommended by a California Department of Food & Agriculture veterinarian, has volunteered enough property, staff, food, and water resources to care for up to 1700 horses. For more information, County residents can contact Hans at (760) 399-2716.
CERT Team members are welcome to help if they’re available at the evacuation areas, especially if they are experienced in the handling of large livestock.
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Volunteers are NO LONGER NEEDED to help with evacuated animals at
the Del Mar Fairgrounds, officials there say. There also are currently sufficient food and other supplies for families gathered there; however, the fairgrounds staff STILL NEEDS hay and large water jugs for the displaced livestock. Those who can help are asked to call (858) 509-5245 before they make the trip.
Horse Shelter update
The Tijuana Valley Equestrian Association is also helping to place horses in private ranches in the Tijuana River Valley area. They have placed 200 horses and have room for more. For information, evacuees with horses can contact John Gabaldon, the Chairman of the Tijuana Valley Equestrian Association, at 619-920-1282 and he will provide directions to the location of the corrals.
The owner of Camp Diggity Dogs, a large dog daycare and boarding center in San Diego is offering free boarding to any dogs displaced by the fires this week.1835 Imperial AveSan Diego CA 92109619-702-4090
The Escondido Humane Society is calling for supplies, volunteers, and donations to assist with the care of over 600 animals.
At this time, the shelter has not been evacuated. The shelter has accepted animals from evacuees, but is at capacity, and recommends that evacuees take their pets with them if at all possible.
If required to evacuate, the shelter would need vehicles to assist in the transportation of its animals to several North County locations. At this time, anyone willing to assist in this transportation, if required, is encouraged to stand ready at the shelter at 3450 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA.
The shelter lost power for several hours yesterday. Many staff and volunteers were evacuated from their own homes.
Staff at the shelter is limited. Only those with animal emergencies in Escondido, San Marcos, and Poway are asked to call the shelter at (760) 888-2275.
The Escondido Humane Society is a nonprofit organization and offers Animal Control services to Escondido, Poway, San Marcos, and the Pala Indian Reservation.
FYI - Gillespie Field is again acting as a base camp for CALFIRE operations. As part of this effort we will be temporarily closing Airport Drive between Joe Crosson Drive and Wing Avenue for use by fire service vehicles. Closure planned to be in effect from 5pm, October 22, 2007 for two weeks until 5pm, Monday, Nov 5, 2007.
Restaurants wishing to donate food for the firefighters are asked to contact CALFire through the Airport Manager at (619) 956-4805.
Horse Camp
The County Airport Manager for Gillespie Field Airport in El Cajon has opened a new area to handle the large livestock being evacuated around the County.Peter Drinkwater opened up the new “Horse Camp” at Weld and Cuyamaca Tuesday to handle the large number of horses and other livestock coming into the City.Donations of cots, blankets, pillows (new) and sleeping bags are also being requested.Directions: Approaching the El Cajon area from downtown on 8-East, take the Johnson Avenue exit. At the signal light, turn left on Johnson and pass stoplights at Fletcher Parkway and Bradley Avenue. Make a left on Bradley Avenue, a right on Cuyamaca, and then a left on Weld Blvd. The animal evacuation shelter will be on the right hand side of the road. Traveling from the East on Hwy 67, exit at Bradley Avenue and make a left turn, crossing over the bridge. Stay on Bradley Avenue until you come to Cuyamaca and then turn right on Cuyamaca, and left on Weld Blvd. The animal evacuation shelter will be on the right hand side of the road. Traveling from the North on Highway 67, exit at Bradley Avenue and turn right. Stay on Bradley Avenue until you come to Cuyamaca and then turn right on Cuyamaca, and left on Weld Blvd. The animal evacuation shelter will be on the right hand side of the road.From Hwy 52, exit on Mission Gorge Road. Turn left on Mission Gorge Road, right on Cuyamaca, and right on Weld Blvd. The animal evacuation shelter will be on the right hand side of the road.
http://www.fox6.com/content/news/fire/story.aspx?content_id=4a6d6ca1-8e52-4f4f-9803-65d1afe48172


UPDATED October 23, 2007 - LOS ANGELES -- VCA Animal Hospitals announced today that local Southern California VCA facilities are offering free boarding for companion animals whose families have been evacuated or displaced as a result of the current firestorms. Conveniently located VCA animal hospitals will provide a safe environment for pets that have been affected by the fires through November 5, 2007 on a space available basis.

Boarding assistance for pets is based on space availability at individual VCA Animal Hospitals throughout Southern California. Pet owners can call the following VCA facilities that currently have space available:
http://www.vcapets.com/pressreleases.htm


Birds fly in from fire
By Kristopher Hanson, Staff writer
Article Launched: 10/24/2007 09:30:45 PM PDT
SAN PEDRO - Local wildlife rescuers are making room for injured and distressed animals displaced by fires ravaging the Southland.
In recent days, a few dozen aquatic birds and waterfowl forced from their Malibu home by smoke and flames have landed temporary shelter at the International Bird Rescue Research Center here, with more expected in coming days.
The center opened its doors to both wildlife and domesticated housepets on Sunday, when it began accepting ducks, coots and other winged creatures from a devastated wildlife center in Malibu's fire-ravaged canyons.
The center, staffed by volunteers and run on a shoe-string budget, says it will remain open for the duration.
"California is an animal-loving state, and that's been proven in the past few days," said Karen Benzel, IBRRC spokeswoman. "For our part, this is what we're here for."
The center received an emergency grant from the International Fund for Animal Welfare to aid operations in coming weeks, and said it is willing to help other animal control authorities care for avian wildfire victims.
"We want people who have pet ducks and geese ... to know that our doors are open to them," said IBRRC Director Jay Holcomb.
Local authorities aren't the only ones aiding animals stung by Mother Nature in recent days.
Animal control officers and equipment from animal services agency Southeast Area Animal Control Authority departed for San Diego County on Tuesday to take part in rescue operations.
The strike team of four officers were bound for an animal rescue command center in Escondido. They took with them a horse trailer, animal control transport vehicle, leashes and animal carriers, and various safety equipment.
"We're happy to help our sister agencies and their communities in this time of need," said SEAACA spokesman Capt. Aaron Reyes in a statement. "Animals are a big part of our lives and residents may need assistance with evacuating them."
Downey-based SEAACA serves 12 cities in Los Angeles County, among them Bellflower, Downey, Lakewood, Norwalk and Paramount.
In San Diego County, Del Mar Fairgrounds accepted about 2,000 horses and other domesticated pets, and the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services has been assisting in boarding housepets and evacuated wildlife.
Anyone coming across an animal injured or left homeless from recent wildfires is urged to call the WildRescue hotline at (866) WILD-911.
To contact the IBRRC, call (310) 514-2753 or visit www.ibrrc.org.
http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_7273083


Oct 24, 2007 2:25 pm US/Pacific
Rescue Center Offers Shelter For Displaced Birds
(CBS) SAN PEDRO The International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro announced Wednesday it is offering temporary shelter for birds displaced by the Southern California wildfires.People who need temporary housing for pet ducks, geese, swans and other birds should call the center at (310) 514-2573."We want people who have pet ducks and geese, as well as other wildlife centers that need to evacuate, to know that our doors are open to them," Jay Holcomb, the center's director, said.The center has already received several birds, including wild and domestic ducks and coots, that had to be evacuated due to the firestorms."This is a terrible tragedy for people, their pets and wildlife," Holcomb said.
(© 2007 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report. )
http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_297172845.html


Animal Evacuation Information
KGTV, 10News.com, CA - Oct 22, 2007

Residents with domestic animals and livestock threatened by the various brush fires are being asked to evacuate their homes.
The San Diego Humane Society's Animal Rescue Reserve and the San Diego County Dept. of Animal Services are asking pets be placed in a crate or carrier and to bring any necessary supplies including leashes, food, water and medications.
Many Red Cross evacuation centers are accepting pets in carriers. The following centers are taking pets and can provide supplies:Qualcomm Stadium (9449 Friars Road) Mira Mesa High School (10510 Reagan Road)
The following large animals or livestock sites are no longer accepting animals:Lakeside Rodeo Grounds Del Mar Fairgrounds
If you have animals or livestock that you cannot evacuate yourself or that need to be rescued, call 619-236-4250 and press "1" for emergency services.
If you have a stable or other areas that are safe and can house a number of large animals and livestock that need to be evacuated, please call the San Diego Humane Society at (619) 299-7012. SDHS is also in need of portable livestock panels for temporary corrals. If you have these available for use, please call (619) 299-7012.
Anyone with an available horse trailer please call the San Diego Animal Support Foundation immediately at 619-847-8755.
Volunteers and supplies are not needed at this time, but the San Diego Humane Society is keeping a list of names for people interested in helping. If you would like to help, you can donate online at http://www.sdhumane.org/ or call (619) 299-7012.
http://www.10news.com/news/14397424/detail.html


Wildfires: Evacuating Man's Best Friends
Some Animals Moved To Beaches; Pets In Parking Lots With Owners
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/24/national/main3401185.shtml


Press Release Source: Animal Legal Defense Fund
Emergency Alert - Help for Shelters Housing Animals Evacuated in California Wildfires
Tuesday October 23, 9:00 pm ET
[excerpt]
COTATI, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal shelters and other animal protection organizations may gain temporary custody of animals who have been rescued and evacuated from the wildfires sweeping through southern California. Shelters without the resources to house large numbers of animals can adapt and use foster care forms developed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund's (ALDF's) Criminal Justice Program as part of a foster care program to establish temporary foster homes for the animals.
Instructions for using ALDF's foster care agreement and application forms can be found at: http://www.aldf.org/assets/library/65_fostercareforminstruction.pdf

Sample foster agreement:
http://www.aldf.org/assets/library/93_samplefosteragreement.pdf
Sample foster care application:
http://www.aldf.org/assets/library/92_samplefosterapplication.pdf

For more information, visit: http://www.aldf.org
Contact:
Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund: 707-795-2533, x1015; 707-540-4526 (mobile); lfranzetta@aldf.org


Officials: Stay away from wild animals displaced by fires
San Jose Mercury News, USA - Oct 23, 2007

Rescuers race flames to save pets, livestock
CNN.com - October 23, 2007


Wildfires 2007 Blog - SignonSanDiego.com by the Union Tribune
http://fireblog.signonsandiego.com/
search for animals pets wildlife info

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

National Feral Cat Day

It's the seventh annual National Feral Cat Day nationalferalcatday.org, created by Alley Cat Allies in 2001! This year's campaign is to change the animal control and shelter policies that kill feral cats and kittens!

National Feral Cat Day 2007 Events

"National Feral Cat Day" News [thanks to news.Google.com]

"National Feral Cat Day" Blog Posts [thanks to blogsearch.Google.com]

Please become informed, then act. There are many ways to make a difference in cat and cat caregiver lives!

One simple, effective and far-reaching way I've done that is to provide news, information and resources to animal advocates, animal control and the public on community cat management, feral cats, trap-neuter-return-manage (TNRM), and neuter/spay!

For feral-friendly animal groups in Oregon and Washington, go to my Neuter/Spay webpage:

Neuter/Spay Assistance and Information ~ Oregon, Washington, Nationwide

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Cat & TNR Training & Events

Training and Events for Cat Advocacy, Cat Management,Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage, and Spay/Neuter
http://catandtnrevents.blogspot.com/

[still linked permanently on sidebar at right]