Guest Post with Cat Scout Felix

Hi, everyone! Today we are very lucky to have a guest post by Cat Scout Felix. He has a very important post today.

33a--Felix-Cougar-Hat-Nov-2  Greetings, everyone!  Today I wanted to remind you about a very impawtant date coming up next month: National Feral Cat Day on October 16.  nfcd20162This annual event allows you to make a difference!!

National-Feral-Cat3 Alley Cat Allies sponsors this annual event to

feralsraise awareness about community cats and how you can help them survive.  If you would like to sponsor an event to raise awareness about feral cats, there is still time!  Alley Cat Allies recognizes blogs, tweets, volunteer projects, special  events, and they will provide you or your group with materials and tools to have a successful NFC Day!

Auntie Ellen and probably many of you have pawticipated in helping community cats in your area.  Every little bit of help really saves lives and improves the lives of our relatives who are not lucky enough to have homes.

If you think you can devote a day, a blogfest, an event or any other activity that will raise awareness about our feral relatives AND possibly get other peeps involved, GO FOR IT!

Every bit of information and networking that alleviates suffering and publicizes our feral relatives’ needs is a VERY GOOD THING>  One cat at a time, one community at a time….

THANK MEW SO MUCH, DEAR FURIENDS!ncfd2016


Thank you Felix- that was excellent! If we all do something, it adds up. This is the first year I have been involved with TNR and I am glad I decided to try. Brody is happy about it too.

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And one more thing-the question for P.S.Annie’s 19-Somethin Challenge is :Did you get into any toy or game crazes? I just had to have a Cabbage Patch Kid, I am not sure why being that I detest dolls. My Dad waited in a big line to get me one, mine is a preemie boy. I still have it, but I didn’t have time to get a photo.

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Phoebe will announce the winner of the pirate giveaway tomorrow .dscf2519

Guest Post with Cat Scout Maggie

Hi everyone ! We are lucky to have Cat Scout Maggie here today.

32-Maggie-Cougar-Nov-2015  Greetings, all!

Today I’d like to share with you some information our mom brought back from the recent  Taking Action for the Animals conference in Arlington VA, hosted by the Humane Society of the U.S.  This biennial conference brings peeps from around the world to discuss the latest tools and techniques for making our world a more humane place.  Two trends this year that were bigger than last time around: more people are embracing the Vegan lifestyle; more wildlife sanctuaries from around the world are getting financial support and publicity.

My interest was in the Alley Cat Allies information!  As you know, they are a very proactive group which advocates on behalf of community cats; informs public policy and institutions so that our feline brothers and sisters have a better chance to live out their lives, and corrects many misconceptions about spay, neuter, community cats and the peeps who care for them.  If you are involved with a rescue group, or are trying to start a community cat sheltered area, Alley Cat Allies has a wonderful website filled with tips, resources and peeps you can connect with. They are there to encourage and help you!

Feral Friends Network has nearly 1600 representatives throughout the country to help with your community cat issues. It’s like having a purrsonal friend in your neighborhood or town! http://www.alleycat.org/FeralFriend

Kitten care is a huge effort.  ACA is working with local shelters and rescue organizations to start kitten care programs which use the “Wait Until 8” slogan.  Kittens found or turned in to shelters can be fostered and provided with formula, bottles and information kits.  Once they reach their 8th week, they are ready to to back to the shelter, be spayed or neutered  and adopted out.  Without this type of program, many kittens are euthanized because shelters simply don’t have the room or the resources to care for the huge numbers that show up every Spring.

ACA also intervenes on behalf of chained cats by providing or working with others to install a Purrfect Fence which protects the cats in an airy and safe enclosure that enables them to move freely and yet not escape.  These fences would be great in your backyard, too!

Another effort of Alley Cat Allies is working with local and state governments to adopt Trap/Neuter/Return policies.  These ordinances include protections for community cats and their caregivers, and also prevents ear-tipped cats from being admitted to shelters.

Ear tipping identifies cats as having been spayed or neutered, and should alert shelters that these cats probably belong to a community and do not need to be held in a shelter where they might likely be euthanized if not quickly adopted.

ACA also advocates on behalf of cats in other countries.  Recently the government of Australia announced it would cull and kill 2 million cats by the year 2020, in order to save endangered wildlife. They plan to use poison and other inhumane methods.  You can sign a pledge calling for Australia to address the real threat to its wildlife – the destruction of their habitats.  Visit alleycat.org/Australia to sign the pledge!

.National Feral Cat Day

Alley Cat Allies is holding its 16th annual National Feral Cat Day (2)National Feral Cay Day on October 16 of this year.  If you would like to pawticipate, visit NationalFeralCatDay.org  You can sponsor an educational program or community effort right where you live!  Please get involved and help save our fellow felines!!

 

 

 

On a last note, many of us know a kitty that may have gone missing and has not yet returned to its home.  If your cats go outdoors, please have them micro-chipped!  This could save their life.  Collars and I.D. tags can often come off or be removed by others, and then your cat loses his identify.  Microchipping enables cats to be easily identified by vet offices, shelters and even some police departments so that their owners can be contacted and their kitties can be returned to their loving homes!

Happy July 4th, everyone!  Remember, we cats don’t like loud and startling noises. Some cats will leave their homes and yards in order to avoid the deafening sound of firecrackers and fireworks.  Keep us inside and safe while you celebrate!

Thank you for this informative post Maggie. And don’t forget, today is the last day to enter Phoebe’s 4th of July Giveaway. DSCF1673 (2)

Guest Post With Cat Scout Felix

Hi everyone! We haven’t had a guest post in a while so let’s welcome Felix back!

33a--Felix-Cougar-Hat-Nov-2  Howdy, everybody!  Today I’d like to talk about “community cats” and ways we can all help make their lives better.  These cats are sometimes referred to as feral, but if they live in “colonies,” they’re really community kitties.  

Many of you probably already do rescue and rehabilitation or fostering work, but as you know, Spring brings lots of litters and so many more of our compatriots who need help and nurturing.  Community cats can live decent and long lives if they are properly cared for, and because they are taken care of by groups of people, they are more socialized than feral cats who are often single and solitary creatures who are wary of human contact.  220px-Feral_cat_with_clipped_earAlleyCatAllies

There are several national organizations that offer educational programs and assistance to communities wishing to start a local TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) Program.  Some of these have local state or city offices that can assist interested groups in setting up a community cat program.  They can also offer advocacy advice on how to work with your state and local governments to pass legislation favorable to TNR programs.  

These programs have been successful across the country, and one that you might like to check out is the ORCATS in Key Largo, FL.  The Ocean Reef Club (hence, ORCATS) has an incredible community cat program at the north end of the island.

Residents of this community funded a hospital and sheltering program for their large “feral” population, and their cats are very lucky, indeed!  They are fed and nurtured by all of the residents of the Ocean Reef community, and they have veterinary care and play/fostering. .ORCATS1  OCATS2

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This successful program reduced the local feral population from 2000 cats to 500!

Best Friends in Utah was one of the earliest proponents of TNR, and along with the ASPCA in New York City and Alley Cat Allies in Bethesda Maryland, offers assistance to groups wishing to start a local TNR program. All of these organizations have state representatives ready to help you learn more, or start your own community cat program!

They also offer webinars and on-line information kits about getting involved in your community.  Go ahead and get involved!

Thank you for an excellent post Felix! Alley Cat Allies is one of my favorite groups.