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  • Trap Neuter & Release

  • It is our goal to reduce and eliminate the killing of feral and outdoor community cats, one shelter at a time..

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  • Foster Homes Needed

  • We are in desperate need for foster homes, please contact us if you can help.

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  • Our Manifesto

  • It is our belief that there are just as many cats as there should be, but not enough homes for all

  • Feline Underground Network

  • Reduce and eliminate the killing of feral and outdoor community cats, one shelter at a time


Our Manifesto


It is our belief that there are just as many cats as there should be, but not enough homes for all

" What greater gift than the love of a cat. " - Charles Dickens


Manifesto

1. It is our belief that there are just as many cats as there should be, but not enough homes for all.

2. It is our belief that indoor only life is not the only life worth living for a cat, nor is it the best life for all cats.

3. It is our belief that outdoor life, feral life, short life, or hard life, is preferable to shelter-acquired disease and cold euthanasia by uncaring, untrained, shelter killers.

4. It is our belief that most cats are capable of fending for themselves without human intervention, if they need to. They are able hunters, astute, and fast. They did fine without humans as a species, and they can do fine without us.

5. It is our belief that trapping cats, and turning them in to shelters, where 80%+ will be killed, benefits neither the cats, nor their communities, as the "hole" is continuously filled by new cats, perpetuating the killing cycle.

6. It is our belief that pulling a cat from the shelter, spaying/neutering, and vaccinating that cat, then releasing it back into its, or another, community, if no home is available for it, is better for the cat, and better for its community, than having that cat killed at the shelter.

7. It is our belief that while shelter reform is a laudable goal, it is a long term goal. In the present, thousands of cats are killed in shelters daily. While we work towards our long term goals, we must also work on our short term goals, and save lives TODAY!

8. It is our belief that our responsibility as cat advocates is to save as many cats as possible from death in "shelters". We therefore call on other advocates to pull, foster, and adopt shelter cats. If time, space, and resources, are not available to do that, we call on other cat advocates to pull shelter cats, spay/neuter, ear notch, vaccinate, and release those cats back into their or other communities TODAY.

9. It is our belief that, feral or outdoor cats pose little to no threat to human well-being, and that nature has a way of "balancing the scales" if we stand back, and allow it. Releasing spayed/neutered cats into outdoor communities does not result in overpopulation problems, as a community will only support as may individuals as its resources allows. When the tipping point is reached, excess individuals will die off, or seek additional resources elsewhere. This is nature. This is life. Shelter = Death.

10. It is our belief that unless we change the rescue paradigm that upholds we can ONLY save as many as we can foster or adopt, millions of cats will continue to be born, only to die at the hands of "shelters".



Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management

Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, is part of an ongoing series of educational programs from Maddie's Institute, the academic division of Maddie's Fund, providing the most innovative animal welfare information to shelter staff, veterinarians, rescue groups and community members to increase the lifesaving of homeless dogs and cats community-wide.

  • Are common cat sheltering and animal control policies helping cats? Are they humane? Effective? Not according to Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. It's time, she says, for shelters to consider radical solutions to the suffering, stress, illness and death that are the fate of so many cats in our nation's animal shelters, including an array of positive alternative approaches such as TNR or not taking them in at all if we can't offer a lifesaving outcome.

    In this webcast, Dr. Hurley will examine assumptions underlying traditional sheltering practices and compare them to the most recent evidence-based information regarding the health and behavior impacts of stress on sheltered cats and the statistical likelihood of a live outcome for an unsocialized cat taken into a shelter. The webcast can be viewed via computer or mobile device. [Read More]

Black Cats

Did you now that black cats are even less likely than other colored cats to get out of shelters alive?
Adopt any shelter cat...but especially a black one!

Adopt any shelter cat...but especially a black one!

Throughout history, it has conjured up images of witchcraft and magic. In the Middle Ages, it was burned alive for its supposedly supernatural powers.
In North America, it is considered unlucky to cross paths with it.
Many shelters during the month of October ban its adoption out of concern it may be abused as a result of the image it portrays on Halloween.
The black cat has come a long way since the 15th century. And though its supernatural image in the 21st century has largely been relegated to folklore and mythology, many in society still consider it a social misfit because of, well, its color, or lack thereof.
Indeed, the black cat’s main enemy is its own genetic makup.[Read More]

TRAP NEUTERRELEASE


IF YOU SEE A FREE-ROAMING CAT, AND IT IS NOT SICK, INJURED, OR STARVING, TNR IT, OR LEAVE IT ALONE!!!

Trap Neuter & Release

STATS:

- 9/10 cats in a shelter will die there
- 4% of lost cats are reunited with their owners after entering a shelter.
- 67% of lost cats that are NOT turned in to a shelter find their way home.
IF YOU SEE A FREE-ROAMING CAT, AND IT IS NOT SICK, INJURED, OR STARVING, TNR IT, OR LEAVE IT ALONE!!!.

Read This Article

Free to Roam: A Small City's New Policy that Saves Feline Lives and Tax Payer Money .
Gazing at a roomful of animal-lovers hoping to learn how to do more with less, Dr. Kate Hurley of the University of California, Davis, Koret Shelter Medicine Program worried that her words were falling on deaf ears when she looked at Tracy Mohr, the director of a municipal shelter with more than three decades of work in the animal welfare community.
"She asked hard questions, one after the other," the shelter medicine pioneer said. "If I had to pick one person I didn't think I was getting through to, I'd guess it was her.. [READ MORE] ."


Why TNR?

Trap-Neuter-Return, also referred to as TNR, is the only proven humane and effective method for managing feral cat colonies. The standard technique is to trap all feral cats in a colony, neuter them, and return them to their territory. Additionally, cats are often inoculated for rabies and ear-tipped for future identification as a neutered cat. Any kittens and human-friendly adults are socialized and adopted out to good homes.

Trapped and neutered feral cats being returned to their territory.
There are many advantages to TNR. It stabilizes the growth of the colony by preventing new litters. The yowling and fighting often associated with feral cats is reduced, along with the odor of unneutered males marking their territory. A group of feral cats returned to its area also prevents new unneutered cats from moving in and taking over, once again starting the cycle of overpopulation and nuisance behavior.

Another major advantage to TNR is that, once implemented in a large enough area, it can reduce the influx of cats and kittens into local rescue shelters. In turn there are lower kill-rates and the cats already in shelters have a higher chance of adoption.

TNR isn’t just the best option for controlling feral cat populations, it is the only one that works. Doing nothing contributed to the current overpopulation problem. Rescuing feral cats and trying to provide good homes for them is impracticable, there are far too many and adult cats raised in the wild usually have no interest in living with humans. The traditional techniques by animal control of trapping and disposing of these cats is a lesson in futility. If any are left behind they quickly repopulate, and if none are left behind new unneutered cats will take over and begin the cycle anew. In fact, because of this, more animal control agencies than ever are willing to try TNR.


Foster Homes Needed What does it mean?


Fostering allows Feline Underground Network to get more cats/kittens out of the city shelters and on the path to adoption or TNR

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Again I must remind you that a dog's a dog--a cat's a cat. - T. S. Eliot

HOW TO GIVE YOUR CAT A PILL IN TWENTY EASY STEPS

1/ Sit on sofa. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your elbow as though you were going to give a bottle to a baby. Talk softly to it.

2/ With right hand, position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. (be patient) As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow. Drop pill into mouth. Let go of cat, noticing the direction it runs.

3/ Pick the pill up off the floor and go get the cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process. Sit on floor in kitchen, wrap arm around cat as before, drop pill in mouth. Let go of cat, noticing the direction it runs.

4/ Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away. Scoot across floor to pick up pill, and go find the cat. Bring it back into the kitchen. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten. Drop pill into mouth.

5/ Pry claws from back legs out of your arm. Go get the cat, pick up half-dissolved pill from floor and drop it into garbage can.

6/ Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of closet. Call spouse from backyard. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7/ Retrieve cat from curtain rod, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered Doulton figures from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8/ Get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9/ Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10/ Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with rubber band.

11/ Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12/ Call fire department to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take another pill from foil wrap.

13/ Tie cat's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed, force cat's mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour one cup of water down throat to wash pill down.

14/ Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call at furniture shop on way home to order new table.

15/ Get last pill from bottle. Go into bathroom and get a fluffy towel. Stay in the bathroom with the cat, and close the door.

16/ Sit on bathroom floor, wrap towel around kitty, leaving only his head exposed. Cradle kitty in the crook of your arm, and pick up pill off of counter.

17/ Retrieve cat from top of shower door (you didn't know that cats can jump 5 feet straight up in the air, did you?), and wrap towel around it a little tighter, making sure its paws can't come out this time. With fingers at either side of its jaw, pry it open and pop pill into mouth. Quickly close mouth (his, not yours).

18/ Sit on floor with cat in your lap, stroking it under the chin and talking gently to it for at least a half hour, while the pill dissolves.

19/ Unwrap towel, open bathroom door. Wash off scratches in warm soapy water, comb your hair, and go find something to occupy your time for 7-1/2 hours.

20/ Arrange for SPCA to get cat and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.


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