HSUS Video about Feral Cat Rescue

Critter News

So here is a nice story and video about a HSUS rescue of a California feral colony. Tags: HSUS california animal rescue feral cats I've been way overworked and stressed lately. Haven't been into deep posts at all. It makes me want to get back into animal rescue, which is where my animal rights activism started.

Quantico Has No Compassion for Feral Cats

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Quantico Military Base is really behaving cruelly when it comes to the feral cats on its base. We do not support or promote feral animals on the base,” flatly stated Bruce Frizzell, head of the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs office. Frizzell explained that a large population of feral cats is ultimately detrimental to the overall environmental health of the base, its native species and ecosystems. Feral cats may be an animal problem, but there is a human solution.

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Helping Feral Cats in Your Neighborhood

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Cory Williams, of the famed "Mean Kitty" YouTube videos (which are really funny), has a good how-to video about doing a trap, spay/neuter, and release of feral cats in your neighborhood. Tags: feral cats The video was done on behalf of the Stray Cat Alliance.

No-Kill Conference Already Sold Out

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Financial Resources for Cat Care

Critter News

Thanks to Alley Cat Allies , one of my favorite groups, for posting this web page with financial resources for people struggling to care for pets or feral cat colonies. Tags: spay/neuter cats animal rescue feral cats These guys are just awesome.

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Alley Cat Allies Wins Recognition for Financial Efficiency

Critter News

We've been supporters of Alley Cat Allies for years, ever since we rescued a feral cat colony living in our apartment building's parking lot 14 years ago (5 of those clowns are aging nicely with us with us now.including Charlotte who's on the masthead). They do excellent work on feral cat issues, but I'm glad to see that they are recognized for their financial efficiency too. Tags: activism feral cats donations advocacy nonprofits

Where Are All the Cats?

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Chimpanzees are NOT “Pets”

Creature Talk

I am hopeful that animal advocates will rise to the call and try to make some legislative changes, as one has already begun to do: “ A chimpanzee is not a domestic pet ,&# said Pricilla Feral, president of the international animal advocacy group Friends of Animals, based in Darien. Feral said she was appalled to hear the state issues permits to homeowners for primates such as chimpanzees.

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Ellen Degeneres' Mystery Cat

Critter News

If this is a truly feral cat, I think the best thing to do would be to trap her and give her a good home. Ellen Degeneres has a 24 hour webcam on her set. For some reason, a cat kept showing up at night. So, Ellen put out food and water for the cat. You can see the footage here. Very strange. Here's a link to her webcams

Calling all animal lovers!

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Erubbermaids “Roughneck” homes create the perfect winter sanctuary for feral cats Opossums, raccoons and skunks. Feral cats are exposed to cold temperatures, wind and freezing rain in the winter. Create a safe shelter for the feral cats and animals in your area by following these directions. Follow these tips for getting feral cats to use the homes isn’t too difficult if you think like a cat. It may take a few days to a week for feral cats to trust the new shelter.

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Fix Nation

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The group, founded in 2007, also provides a free, full-time spay and neuter clinic for homeless stray and feral cats, plus low-cost, spay and neuter services for tame pet cats. The group loans out humane traps to the public free of charge, provides training on how to humanely trap feral cats and kittens, offers guidance and information on long-term care and management for feral colonies and engages in extensive community outreach activities.

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When Is a Dog Unadoptable?

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I don't believe that any cat is unadoptable, even feral cats. I believe that a feral may never be a lap cat and they may never even let you pet them. There are also many "feral" and "food-aggressive" personality types in humans, but we don't put them down.) I rejoined my local animal shelter's volunteer program a few months ago (long story as to why I quit in the first place). One day while I was volunteering I met a little pit bull puppy who was recovering from a spaying.

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Are Women More Compassionate Than Men?

Critter News

All I know is that the majority of vegetarians, ex-vegetarians, animal rights supporters, animal rescuers, animal shelter volunteers, and feral cat colony stewards that I know are women. It's an intriguing question that would probably get quite a response at any dinner party. Frankly, I don't know. Not all, but the majority. And I find that in conversations, women are more likely to listen and think about what I say than men, who often brush me off as an emotional female.

On Dominance and Animal Birth Control

Animal Person

We are a far bigger problem on this planet than the (over)population of feral cats, elephants, Canada geese, or any other creature we "manage" or want to manage, "humanely" or otherwise. Yesterday, regarding being a minority within a minority , mikey commented (among other things): While I am fairly new subscriber to this blog, therefore not knowing your particular stance, I've often felt like a minority within a minority for my stance on animal birth control.

Living With Us

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Much more than just watching the wild things being coached into a life less feral, Living With Us is a subtle and tender study of inter-species interaction. For Spine TV’s debut full-length presentation, Bronwen Parker-Rhodes’ captivating new documentary Living With Us examines the special relationship between animals and their trainers, offering a touching glimpse at their unique and close bond.

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CATS for Cats

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100% of funds raised provide supportive funds for Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats ( www.kittybungalow.org ), a 501c3 nonprofit all-volunteer organization that rescues, neuters, socializes and find homes for feral kittens while providing outreach and Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR), as well as free and low cost spay neuter services in the underserved Los Angeles areas.

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Rescue Spotlight: Rabbit Meadows

4 The Love Of Animals

Our first rescue mission was at a business park in Redmond where we saved 650 feral rabbits from the ultimate fate of the arriving bulldozers. We’ve subsequently rescued feral rabbit populations from Rocky Reach Dam in Wenatchee, Seattle’s Woodland Park, and the Aqua Barn of Kent, insuring each rabbit a safe haven to live out the rest of their life at Rabbit meadows without threat of harm. Rabbit Meadows is a rescue group out of Seattle.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

To whom it may concern, Please consider posting a link on your Web site to this Orange County Register Morning Read story on feral cats that are taught to be good citizens by being cared for by foster families. Julie Anne Ines News Assistant Orange County Register

On Ducks and Geese

Animal Person

Now I have the drama of the feral cats and of course the greyhounds. This is Girlie Girl. Not to be confused with Little Girl, of course. Reading Deb's post about the goslings at Poplar and getting Jenny 's request to sign a petition to save the Canada geese of Ballwin, Missouri from mass extermination reminded me how much I miss the wildlife at the neighborhood we lived in from 2002-early 2005.

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Powder Puff, RIP, and More

Animal Person

And last night, a veterinary surgeon-friend of mine asked for help regarding ferals, and I believe today we are signing up a colony about five miles from me with 50 (!) Stephanie posted the first of a series of guest posts by yours truly about TNR and Project Treadstone over at her immensely popular site at Change.org. Thanks, Stephanie! Speaking of Project Treadstone, Powder Puff, seen below, died over the weekend. Each time I saw him he looked sickly.

Yet More Good News for Project Treadstone

Animal Person

They have this particular package in rural and urban low-income areas and will allow people to bring ferals from not-so-low-income areas because they're providing a much-needed service to the community. This one's more like Good News for Mary Martin. I received a call yesterday from a woman who started a coalition for homeless cats. She said her Trapper Man could go to the Project Treadstone site--last night and this morning--and trap up to 10 cats that she would bring to Pahokee.

Pahokee Opens for Project Treadstone

Animal Person

Here's the biggest feral cat I've ever seen, who looks like somebody's house cat. What the heck is Pahokee, you ask? If you click on this map , you'll see. It's a city in Florida on our largest lake, Lake Okeechobee. And if you click on a few minus signs to move out, and look all the way east to the ocean and a little bit north you'll see my town: Jupiter. What's in Pahokee you ask?

Lessons Learned From 4 Years of Animal Person, Part 2

Animal Person

I wrote about atheism, diabetes (which I do think is important and stay tuned for a video about canine diabetes and how to test blood sugar), dog food, feral cats, and of course, greyhound racing. Yesterday's lessons learned were primarily about blogging. Today they're about language. Lesson #7 Obsessing over language can become counterproductive. And this, coming from a person with a doctorate in Applied Linguistics. I can talk about language all day, every day.

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Animal Control Officer Shoots Cats Because They Hissed at Him

Critter News

I've captured a number of feral cats. Seriously, how stupid and cowardly is this guy? A couple of cats hiss at him and he freaks out, gets out a gun and shoots them? Lackawanna animal-control officer Frederick S. Grasso finally got his day in court Monday, testifying that he shot and killed three cats last June only after they had hissed and spat at him from the basement of a Lackawanna apartment complex. “I

On Charles and Project Treadstone

Animal Person

It'll be my area's first group dedicated to reducing the feral cat population! Just in case you were wondering what an 85-lb red fawn greyhound looks like from the back with a couple dozen acupuncture needles in him. And yes, that's Violet Rays taking up most of his acupuncture bed at the homeopath's office.) The needles between his toes were apparently not of the painless variety. I've had those.

On Keeping "Vegan" Pure

Animal Person

I'd rather trap a feral cat and have her spayed. Kelly wondered whether the term "vegan" is " worth fighting for " given the latest trend of seemingly oxymoronish (waiting for that one to hit Webster's) terminology from the mouths of people who want to find a way to use animals, yet make it appear that they're not. Okay, that's not what she wrote, but that does seem to be what's occurring.

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Creature Update

Animal Person

From the feral cats of Project Treadstone to Charles' back surgery to problems with Violet's Vetsulin (insulin for dogs), we had more than our share of issues. As many of you know, 2009 was chock full of creature-related drama for me. If I told you what I spent last year doing work-wise, you probably wouldn't believe me and you'd definitely suggest I write a book about it. At least Emily the kitty, though not at all skinny, had an uneventful year.

On Project Treadstone and Welfare, OED-Style

Animal Person

Project Treadstone If anyone in Palm Beach County wants to get involved in the Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) of feral cats, now is the time, as the county's Spay Shuttle is back in business (but for a whopping $40/cat rather than the original $15), and Pahokee ($25/cat) is open as well.

Unintended Consequences of Predator Control

Critter News

It seemed like a good idea at the time: Remove all the feral cats from a famous Australian island to save the native seabirds. The intent was to protect birds by removing one of their predators: cats. What happened was something that hurt the birds worse. But the decision to eradicate the felines from Macquarie island allowed the rabbit population to explode and, in turn, destroy much of its fragile vegetation that birds depend on for cover, researchers said Tuesday

Guest Post: Susan Wilson

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A feral kitten captured and neutered by a small non-profit, somewhat militant organization, was on display at our local Massachusetts Society Prevention of Cruelty Association branch, which often took these feral cats in the hope of finding homes for them. Today we have a great guest post from author Susan Wilson. She has a new book out (which I am reading right now) called One Good Dog. One Good Dog is the story of a man who is down on his luck, and a dog who is all out of chances.

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National Justice for Animals Week

Critter News

The mascot for this year’s National Justice for Animals Week is Adam, a spunky black cat who was set on fire by two teenage girls in a vicious attack in Santa Rosa, California, as an eight-week-old feral kitten. From the better late then never category, the ALDF is having a National Justice for Animals Week to raise awareness about animal abuse. They sent me an email on the 21st, but I just got around to reading about it.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Priscilla Feral President, Friends of Animals Darien, Conn., To the Editor: Re “ Mustangs Stir a Debate on Thinning the Herd ” (front page, July 20): The Bureau of Land Management is charged with protecting wild horses and burros on the Western rangelands. Faced with budgetary constraints, however, it might put to death some of the 30,000 horses it is holding—a herd as big as the community of free horses still roaming the West. You report that Steven L.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Lawmakers, animal control officers and animal welfare organizations need to work together and delve into the origins of shelter subgroups—such as stray, feral or surrendered pets—to address the issues that bring them to the shelter.

Unlikely Healer Walks on Three Paws

4 The Love Of Animals

Half a decade ago, in a little mountain town about 60 miles northeast of San Diego, a feral kitten dragged his front left leg uselessly. The dog-loving owners of the property in Julian where he sought refuge rushed him to the local veterinarian, who informed them that if his leg was amputated, he could live as an indoor cat.

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