Friendly Fill-Ins Week 15

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it is already week 15 of the fill-ins, thank you to all who participate. I love learning more about everyone and I hope you do too.

The Fill-Ins:

1. When I run out of ___________________, I use ___________________ instead.
2. My guru is _______________.

3. I am afraid of                            .

4. I feel empowered                                 .
My answers:
1. When I run out of  SHAVING CREAM, I use HAIR CONDITIONER instead.
2. My guru is JAMES ALTUCHER, HE HAS WRITTEN SEVERAL GREAT BOOKS. HE HAS FAILED AT MANY BUSINESS VENTURES, BUT KEPT TRYING. HE RECOMMENDS READING FOR AN HOUR A DAY AND GETTING LOTS OF SLEEP- GREAT ADVICE. I STILL NEED TO WORK ON THE NOT EATING AFTER 5 PM THOUGH.
3. I am afraid of THOSE I LOVE DYING, I HAVE NEVER FEARED MY OWN DEATH, JUST LOSING THOSE I LOVE. I AM ALSO AFRAID OF MICE, EVEN IF THEY ARE ALREADY DEAD AND SNAKES. AND GETTING SPRAYED BY A SKUNK.
4. I feel empowered ( NOT SURE I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS), BUT, WHEN I CAN DO SOMETHING TO HELP CATS, LIKE TRANSPORTING FERALS FOR TNR.I LIKE BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION. WE GOT 2 MORE TODAY, THE LAST KITTEN IS STILL BEING DIFFICULT.
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Guest Post with Cat Scout Felix

Felixsitting2Hi everyone! We are lucky to have a guest post by our good friend, Cat Scout Felix.

Howdy, everyone!  Last time, Maggie shared some information with you from the Humane Society of the U.S. Taking Action for the Animals conference held in Washington DC a few weeks ago.  Today, I’m going to tell you about an amazing young woman who has single-handedly taken on the huge project of rescuing cats who have chosen  Norfolk VA Naval Station as their “home.”   straycatonmilitarybase

Stray/feral animals on military bases here and abroad create a huge challenge. Luckily, our President has made it easier now for returning Service Personnel to adopt the animals they’ve worked side by side with (dogs performing impawtant duties like guarding, bomb detection and other tasks).  So far, cats on overseas bases have served as companions and morale boosters.  They haven’t been trained to do other “work.”

On our State-side bases, there are usually stray dogs and cats who wander onto a base and start to think of it as their home.  We’re featuring Norfolk today, because it is one of our largest Naval bases, and at last count, it had 120 stray cats.

Our mom met a dynamic young woman who saw this crisis and decided to do something about it.  She had inside knowledge about the number of cats on the base, and she and some like-minded good samaritans started “rescuing” cats one by one and finding them new homes.  They operated “under the radar,” but with the tacit approval of certain base personnel who sympathized with their mission.

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This fabulous cat rescue lady partnered with the Norfolk SPCA and finally with the Naval Station’s powers that be to get purrmission to start removing, rehabbing and re-homing the cats on the base, one by one.  As of mid-June, over 20 had been successfully adopted out.  This shows that determination and teamwork can address and help solve a “problem” that could have turned out unfavorably for our compatriots.  Now, everyone on the Base knows about the rescue/rehab program and is helping with the effort.

If you live near a military base, try to see if they, too, have a stray animal situation and see what YOU CAN DO to help!  If you know someone who’s serving overseas where there are “stray/feral” animals on base, see if you can help that person get permission to bring the animal home, adopt it out in country or otherwise guarantee its safety and well-being.

For further information about Norfolk Naval Station’s program: catteam7norfolk@gmail.com         If you write, just say you were referred by our mom, who met her at the TAFA conference in June 2016.

This is the first program of its kind here in the States, but YOU can help it spread and do good work all around our country.  GO!

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)