Browsing the blog archives for October, 2012

2012 No More Homeless Pets Conference—Some Highlights

I’m only now starting to catch my breath (nowhere close to catching up on my sleep!) after this year’s No More Homeless Pets Conference in Las Vegas (video highlights here). Among the numerous attendees and presenters I was able to spend time with (too little in every case) were* Bonney Brown, executive director of the [...]

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2012 No More Homeless Pets Conference Begins Today!

Looking forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones, too.
Hope to see you there!

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Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation’s Appeal for Support

I almost feel sorry for Don Thompson and his colleagues at the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation. After all, it can’t be easy to recruit others in the local veterinary community when you’re essentially asking them to alienate themselves from a large segment of their clientele—and the public in general. The sharp distinction that HAHF draws [...]

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Catster Hero

National Feral Cat Day 2012 was memorable for a number of reasons—including the great honor of being named a Catster Hero. Many thanks to Catster news editor (and founder of the Paws and Effect blog) JaneA Kelley, who, well… made me look heroic.

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National Feral Cat Day 2012

It’s National Feral Cat Day—what better occasion to recognize some of the positive developments in feral cat/TNR advocacy I’ve observed over the past two-and-a-half years since launching Vox Felina?
Alley Cat Allies
National Feral Cat Day debuted in 2001, created by Alley Cat Allies “to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of [...]

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Free-Roaming Cats, Infectious Diseases, and the Zombie Apocalypse

A recently published paper describing free-roaming cats as “a significant public health threat” fails to deliver convincing evidence. In fact, the very work the authors cite undermines, time and time again, their claims.
“Domestic cats are a potential source of numerous infectious disease agents,” write Rick Gerhold and David Jessup, in their paper, “Zoonotic Diseases [...]

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New Gig: Guest Contributor to Petfinder Blog

My debut post, “The real record on feral cats and public health,” appeared on the Petfinder blog yesterday. Vox Felina readers can expect an in-depth (i.e., ~4,000 words) version very soon.
Many thanks to the good folks at Discovery Communications (who are proving to be a real pleasure to work with) for the opportunity. I look [...]

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Early Start to National Feral Cat Day Celebrations

Wednesday afternoon, the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners rejected proposed Rule No. 930-X-1-.39 (in a unanimous vote, apparently), thus allowing the state’s four non-profit spay/neuter clinics to remain open.
According to a story in The Anniston Star, “board members… faced a crowd of about 100 animal advocates and shelter volunteers” at yesterday’s hearing.
“The crowd, [...]

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Alabama Vets to End Low-Cost Spay/Neuter?

“Analysis of Maddie’s Fund program results show that low-cost spay/neuter programs are effective at raising total community spay/neuter levels (i.e., they do not merely cause substitution in source of spay/neuter procedures).”
— Joshua M. Frank and Pamela L. Carlisle-Frank, Ecological Economics (2007)
Later today, the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is scheduled, as veterinarian Eric [...]

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Alley Cat Allies’ 2012/2013 Calendar

For a limited time only—donate $10 or more and receive Alley Cat Allies’ 15-month calendar full of color photos (submitted by ACA supporters) and helpful cat care tips. Orders must be placed before midnight October 11th.
Please allow approximately 2–3 weeks for delivery.

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American Bird Conservancy Calls for Killing of Cats

I don’t imagine USA Today has ever been accused of producing substantive journalism. And, judging from a worthless he-said/she-said-we-report-you-decide story in yesterday’s edition, that’s not likely to change anytime soon.
OK, not worthless, exactly. After all, American Bird Conservancy president George Fenwick finally went on record calling for the killing of free-roaming cats: “I detest the [...]

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National Feral Cat Day: Traps on Sale!

National Feral Cat Day is just around the corner—October 16th. And to mark the occasion, Tomahawk Live Trap and Tru-Catch are offering special discounts.

Receive a $10 discount on Tomahawk’s model 606NC Neighborhood Cats Trap (regularly priced at $60) by using coupon code NFCD12.
The Tru-Catch Light Duty Animal Trap 30LTD is on sale for $50 (regular [...]

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