Browsing the blog archives for June, 2012

Best Friends Co-founder Francis Battista Calls B.S. on TNR Opponents

The next time I see Francis Battista, I’m buying the man a drink.
It’s the least I can do after his post on the Best Friends blog Thursday. In it, Francis, one of Best Friends’ founders, took TNR opponents to task for their indefensible position.
“Despite the inescapable logic that fixing free-roaming cats in a given neighborhood [...]

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BlogPaws 2012 Recap

I survived BlogPaws 2012.
After three days of talks about Word Press, WP plugins, SEO, and the like, my head is still spinning. (And my suspicions have been confirmed: Vox Felina is due for some serious revisions.)
Among the highlights were two keynote addresses—the first from Betsy Saul, co-founder of Petfinder.com, who, to her credit, made cats [...]

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Oregon Man Diagnosed with Plague

According to last Friday’s USA Today, “Health officials have confirmed that an Oregon man has the plague after he was bitten while trying to take a dead rodent from the mouth of a stray cat.”
“State public health veterinarian Dr. Emilio DeBess said the man was infected when he was bitten by the stray his family [...]

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BlogPaws 2012

Soon, I’ll be headed to Salt Lake City for the BlogPaws conference, where I’m looking forward to meeting (finally) several fellow bloggers I know only virtually (many of whom helped push Smudge and me over the top last weekend).
Look for me in the Catification Lounge, a showcase of some of the best-designed cat products on [...]

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Photo Contest Winners!

Photo: “Miss Moderncat” Kate Benjamin
We did it!
And when I say we, I really mean you.
Thanks to everybody who voted (or tried to, desperately—you know who you are), shared, and pounded the pavement of the Interwebs, Smudge and I were able to pull off an impressive come-from-behind victory in Stray Cat Alliance’s Cat Daddy Photo Contest!
Rest [...]

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Father’s Day Celebrations

It’s a very good year to be a cat daddy—featured in special Father’s Days posts on two the most popular cat blogs! (And I haven’t even had breakfast yet.)

My submission for I Have Cat’s Cat Man Monday feature was posted a day early in honor of Father’s Day. In it, I reveal a little bit [...]

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Many Loose and Ill-considered Statements

Does the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have an official policy on free-roaming cats and TNR? The official word from the agency is no. But that hasn’t stopped Service employees around the country from suggesting otherwise.

Had you attended the Southeast Partners in Flight conference in February, you would, more than likely, have come away [...]

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Get Out the Vote!

Photo: Kate “Miss Moderncat” Benjamin
Facebook users: Smudge and I need your vote!
To celebrate Father’s Day, Stray Cat Alliance is running an online photo contest of “cat daddies.” At last check, Smudge (whose story I’ll save for a future post) and I are in fourth place. To finish “in the money,” however, we need another 100 [...]

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Today: Just One Day

Hundreds of animal shelters across the country have pledged to end the killing of any healthy or savable* animals, even if only for one day. And that day is here!
The Just One Day campaign, a collaborative effort of the No Kill Advocacy Center, Animal Ark, and Animal Wise Radio (all of whom have been great [...]

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A(Wake)ning

Though the news wasn’t entirely unexpected, it’s now official: Wake County, NC, has officially adopted TNR!
According to a story in Monday’s Raleigh Public Record, the new policy allows private non-profits to manage the trapping, sterilization, and vaccination of community cats.
And, in what was apparently an eleventh-hour victory, TNR supporters (led, as I understand it, by [...]

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It Starts with One

Maybe it was that one shabby-looking tomcat you began feeding, and then had sterilized. It took more than two years, but now you can—during dinner, anyhow—pet him. Who knows? A couple months from now, he may be sprawled out on your favorite chair, his life as a street cat a distant memory.
Or maybe it was [...]

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Santa Ana Protest Cancelled

The protest originally planned for tomorrow morning has been cancelled following news that the traps have been removed from Willard Intermediate School and El Sol Science and Arts Academy. According to today’s Orange County Register:
“Traps to catch feral cats have been removed from two Santa Ana school campuses, where public health officials have been [...]

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Flea Circus Gives Way to Media Circus

“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones [...]

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