(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) January 11, 2016—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has updated its policy on free-roaming abandoned and feral cats to encourage collaboration among veterinarians, humane groups and wildlife conservation entities in efforts to reduce these cat populations in a humane and ethical manner.
While emphasizing that there is no “single solution” to reduce the population of free-roaming abandoned and feral cats, the policy states that approaches should give consideration “to the welfare of the cats and wildlife themselves, the ecosystem in which the intervention will be conducted, the expertise and abilities of those implementing the intervention, societal and cultural attitudes, and public health.”
The updated policy, approved by the AVMA House of Delegates on January 9 at its regular winter session, was the result of more than two years of discussion and review among a broad range of stakeholders, including the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Committee, Committee on Environmental Issues, and Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, as well as others having feline, avian and wildlife interests and expertise.
“The updated policy reflects extensive review and compromise among major stakeholders and was revised to reflect new information, help build consensus, and provide leadership per the management of free-roaming abandoned and feral cats,” said Dr. Joseph Kinnarney, president of the AVMA.
Dr. Kinnarney explained the policy was the result of “great efforts” to represent the diverse viewpoints related to the issue of free-roaming abandoned and feral cats, while maintaining scientific credibility and a policy that provides valuable and practical information for AVMA members and the public.
“The revised policy represents iterative progress toward resolving the free-roaming abandoned and feral cat problem, while recognizing that there is currently not consensus around what an ultimate solution will look like,” Dr. Kinnarney said. “It also points to the veterinary profession as a key player in developing approaches that are both science-based and socially responsible.”
A Christmas Message From Tippi
ALLEY CAT ALLIES eNEWS
Happy holidays from Alley Cat Allies! Thanks to your support, we’ve been very busy this month protecting cats around the country. Here are just a few of our current projects and topics of interest:
Wait Until 8 Saves Kittens in Hillsborough County, Florida
Richland, Missouri Embraces TNR
Maryland Awards $600K to Spay/Neuter Cats
Making Humane Change in Lake County, Florida
New Resources: Shelter Series
Adoptable Cat: Julius
Lack of access to both affordable veterinary care and pet-friendly housing among reasons cited by pet owners
NEW YORK, NY—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today released results of a published research study addressing the re-homing of cats and dogs in the United States, as well as the reasons behind why many pet owners feel they have no other choice but to re-home their pets.
The study, published in the peer-reviewed Open Journal of Animal Sciences, reveals that an estimated 6.12 million households are re-homing, or surrendering, their pets every five years – meaning that more than 1 million households are re-homing their pets each year. The study aimed to uncover how and why these pet owners are re-homing their pets.
“While some of the reasons people re-home their pets are quite complex and difficult to change, many reasons given by the respondents in this study might have been easily resolved through affordable, accessible veterinary care, pet-friendly housing and access to other supplies and resources,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of research and development for the ASPCA. “Knowing that many pet owners would’ve opted to keep their pet with them if they’d had access to such critical services illustrates the need for programs and services that intervene and reach these pet owners before they’re forced to make this difficult decision. This is especially crucial in underserved communities where poverty rates are high and access to resources is limited.”
Of pet owners surveyed who reported having given up a pet within the last five years, the following trends were uncovered:
- Re-homed pets were most often given to a friend or family member (37%), closely followed by being taken to a shelter (36%). Other re-homing options included being taken to a veterinarian (14%), being given to someone not previously known (11%) and being set free (1%).
- The most common primary reasons for re-homing a pet were related to the pets themselves (46%), followed by family situations (27%) and housing issues (18%).
- Among the 46% who responded that they gave up a pet due to a pet-related issue, 26% said they could not afford medical care for their pets’ health problems.
- When pet owners with incomes lower than $50,000 were asked which service might have helped them the most, the majority indicated free or low cost veterinary care (40%). Other resources indicated were free or low-cost training or behavior help (34%)), access to pet-friendly housing (33%), free or low-cost spay/neuter services (30%), free or low cost pet food (30%), free or low cost temporary pet care or boarding (30%) and assistance in paying pet deposits for housing (17%).
- Of those who reported housing-related issues as their main reason for re-homing pets, 43% cited issues with their landlord, while 39% said that they did not have enough space. For respondents who rent instead of own, housing-related issues were the number one reason for re-homing.
One of the most powerful findings in the study was the stark difference in responses between those with a household income below $50,000 and those with a household income above $50,000. Those with income below $50,000 were significantly more likely to re-home due to cost and housing issues as opposed to pet-related issues. They were also more likely to re-home all pets in the household at once.
“Efforts to address animal homelessness often focus on helping animals in shelters, but this research and our own community-focused programs show we need to focus just as much on keeping pets from entering shelters in the first place, specifically by helping owners access critical resources,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA. “When pets are kept out of shelters, it not only protects those animals, but keeps families together, and frees up critical shelter space and supplies for other animals in need.”
The ASPCA has seen firsthand how providing access to resources can help pets at risk. In June 2014, the ASPCA launched a “safety net” program at two of the highest intake Los Angeles County shelters. Since its launch, the program has assisted over 4,100 animals who were at risk of entering the shelter system. Early follow-up with a small sample of clients has reported that over 80% of these pets still remain in their homes. Over the past five years, the ASPCA has distributed nearly $4 million in grants to over 300 organizations in 46 states to support safety net programs.
The ASPCA estimates that of the approximately 7.6 million pets who enter animal shelters each year, approximately 2.7 million are euthanized.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
NAT GEO WILD’S 10 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING
The Holiday Harvest Features Big Cat Week,
a Thanksgiving Disneynature Marathon
and Yellowstone Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
Disneynature Marathon Premieres Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, 1/12c
Big Cat Week Premieres Friday, Nov. 27, 9/8c
Wild Yellowstone Premieres Sunday, Dec. 6, 9/8c
(WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nov. 5, 2015) Nat Geo WILD’s Thanksgiving celebration is an epic lineup of animal adventures that will keep the whole family glued to the couch for 10 days straight. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, kicks things off at 1/12c with a best of Disneynature daylongmarathon, featuring heartwarming and inspiring films. Big Cat Week follows as the anchor event, featuring Cougars Undercover, a groundbreaking special that reveals the private life of a secret predator, premiering Friday, Nov. 27, at 9/8c. The week also features three straight nights of Safari Live, beaming the wilds of Africa directly into your living room in real time, premiering Friday, Nov. 27, at 11/10c. Wild Yellowstone, an award-winning two-hour spectacle, rounds out the WILD holiday with an innovative special that pushes the boundaries of wildlife filmmaking, offering audiences some of the park’s most spectacular views and intimate wildlife stories ever captured on film, premiering Sunday, Dec. 6, at 9/8c.
“For five years, Big Cat Week has delighted family audiences around the world, inspiring them to help these magnificent creatures,” said Geoff Daniels, general manager and executive vice president, Nat Geo WILD. “This year we are giving our viewers a special treat: 10 days celebrating the best of WILD including a one-of-a-kind interactive live safari experience, plus a feast of extraordinary and entertaining wildlife stories that take place from the depths of the oceans to the tops of our most majestic mountains.”
Premieres Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, 1/12c
This Thanksgiving, travel the world from the comfort of your couch with four of Disneynature’s blockbuster wildlife feature films.
Deep Blue, network premiere
Premieres 1/12c and 8/7c
Take a fascinating voyage through awesome aquatic realms where humans have rarely dared to go. Waddle with playful penguins, ride the waves with massive whales, meet families of polar bears and seals and discover rare, alien like creatures.
Premieres 3/2c and 10/9c
Narrated by Tim Allen, this is a story of triumph and family bonds set in the African rainforest that follows an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life.
The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos
Premieres 5/4c and 1:30a/12:30c
Narrated by Mariella Frostrup, this is a miraculous story set in the dramatic and desolate Lake Natron in northern Tanzania, where a million crimson-winged flamingos arrive to continue the circle of life.
Wings of Life
Premieres 6:30/5:30c and 12a/11c
Narrated by Meryl Streep,this isan intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers.
BIG CAT WEEK
Premieres Friday, Nov. 27, 9/8c
This year’s Big Cat Week is our biggest event yet, with five new premieres and a live African safari beamed into your living room.
Premieres Friday, Nov. 27, 9/8c
This is the moving story of two mountain lion mothers raising their cubs, each trying to survive the harsh conditions of a bitter winter season outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Never-before-seen video captures the playful, intimate and sometimes tragic lives of these two families — part of a groundbreaking study by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project. This is the most intense study of mountain lions ever conducted in the U.S., and the research raises some key questions. Are these cats the solitary hunters we previously thought? Why is their population dropping in the Rockies? The answers are fascinating and the stunning portrayal of the highs and lows of daily life will keep you glued to the story.
Premieres Friday, Nov. 27 – Sun, Nov. 29, 11/10c
Premieres Sat, Nov. 28 – Fri, Dec. 4, 9a/8c (two-hour morning specials)
Now there’s no passport required to go on the trip of a lifetime to see big cats up close and personal. We provide you with two expert guides who will lead the way to stunning wildlife, in real time. You can follow along with our online bingo game to win your very own African safari, and even reach out to the guides to ask questions via email and Twitter. All you need is an appetite for adventure and a love for our wild friends in the African bush. We’ll go deep into South Africa’s Sabi Sands Park and come face to face with the best of Africa’s wildlife, including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and many more.
The Lakeshore Killers
Premieres Saturday, Nov. 28, 9/8c
Deep in the heart of Africa, three male lions are coming into their prime with much to prove. They must forge strong bonds with a new pride and navigate the dangers of this unique wilderness, competing with hippos and crocodiles, to become true pride males and rulers of this land. We get a bird’s-eye view of their survival tactics, including adapting their hunting skills in surprising ways.
Premieres Sunday, Nov. 29, 9/8c
A special edition of the popular series Animal Fight Night, Cat Fight reveals the secret tactics of the animal kingdom’s most ferocious feline fighters and brings you closer than ever before to adrenaline-packed fights from Africa, the Americas and beyond. Watch lions fighting tooth and claw to protect their pride from outsiders, and tigers fighting for rights to a hunting ground. In Africa, the big cats of the savannah go head-to-head with their ultimate enemy — the hyena.
The Ultimate Predator
Premieres Sunday, Nov. 29, 10/9c
It is said that the lion is king of beasts, but is he alone? There are 41 species of cat — the embodiment of feline grace and power, spectacular top predators that command our respect. But who is The Ultimate Predator, the one to rule them all? They have a lot in common, including elegance, agility, strength, heightened senses, silent feet and the killer instinct. So which of them has what it takes to be a top cat — the giant tiger, the powerful jaguar, the speedy cheetah or the socialite lion? Tune in to find out and learn all about your favorite cats.
Big Cat Games
Premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2, 9/8c
Big Cat Games pits the world’s most ferocious land predators against each other in a series of trials that will determine once and for all who is king of the cats. Lions, cheetahs and tigers will be pushed to the limits of their natural athletic abilities. Our competitors go claw-to-claw in four events: the hunt, the jump, the seek and the catch. Overseeing the games is big cat specialist Boone Smith, who brings his expertise and insight to each event.
More than a television event, Big Cat Week is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to stop poaching, save habitat and sound the call that big steps are needed to save big cats around the world. This global initiative actively supports on-the-ground conservation projects and education to help stem and eventually reverse the rapid disappearance of big cat populations.
Premieres Sunday, Dec. 6, 9/8c (two-hour special)
From the producers of the award-winning and genre-defining documentary, “The Art of Flight,” Wild Yellowstone presents one of our country’s greatest national parks as it has never been seen before. After two years in the making, the filmmakers at Brain Farm apply their innovative action sports cinematography to the natural history genre, pushing boundaries with cutting-edge camera stabilization, drone, time-lapse and infrared technologies. The result is an all-access look at Yellowstone’s stunning animals and vistas. This is natural history 2.0.
Wild Yellowstone kicks off a cross-network celebration of the centennial of America’s national parks, which will continue on sister network National Geographic Channel with eight hours of premiere park programming throughout 2016.
Wild Yellowstone employs a contemporary shooting and editing style that combines the highest production values in blue-chip natural history with cutting-edge technology and a fresh, contemporary score. Cinematographers were encouraged to take the camera off the tripod and look for new and unexpected camera angles to reveal an immersive side of nature.
The Wild Yellowstone team camped out for a year capturing a cauldron of gripping animal dramas. The two-hour event includes a visit in summer and in freezing winter, an extraordinary world of fire and ice, ever changing and always testing its animal inhabitants.
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About Nat Geo WILD
For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming. The networks Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo WILD HD, launched in 2010, offer intimate encounters with nature’s ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air that draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists of the National Geographic Society. Part of the National Geographic Channels US, based in Washington, D.C., the networks are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. In 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) debuted, and 10 years later, Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with Nat Geo WILD currently available in over 58 million U.S. homes. Globally, Nat Geo WILD is available in more than 120 million homes in 90 countries and 28 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com.
Jon Patch - Host
Dr. Vince & Dr. Lisa Centonze = Vet/Cohost
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Ben - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests - Kim Giebel, Casting Director of Doron Ofir Casting will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/24/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss a new television pet talk show and her search for talent
John Davidson from BioFog creators of Scoe10X The Ultimate Odor Eliminator will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/24/15 at 630 PM EST to trick or treat give away Scoe10X to Talkin' Pets listeners for Halloween
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SMITHTOWN, NY – (October 14, 2015) – According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 36 percent of households in America own dogs and 30 percent own cats. However, not every owner knows the proper procedure for winter pet care; every year thousands of companion and stray animals die from being left out in this extreme weather. These cases are investigated more by police and animal control agencies than any other form of animal abuse. A common misconception is the belief that the fur on animals’ back will insulate them from suffering in the cold winter temperatures or upcoming storm. However, without proper shelter, food and water, these domesticated animals’ chances of survival in frigid temperatures is greatly decreased. Guardians of Rescue, a nation-wide animal rescue organization is expanding their “Gimme Shelter Program” to avoid the suffering of innocent animals this winter season.
"The winter of 2014 was brutally cold, and the snow and ice lead to many unnecessary deaths of cats and dogs, who were left outdoors without proper housing, food or water. Guardians are boots on the ground for these animals,” said Robert Misseri, president of the Guardians of Rescue. "Unfortunately, it’s challenging when you have lack of funds. Our members deliver houses to some of the worst crime areas in the country. Trying to convince owners to allow us to put houses there is not an easy task.”
Guardians of Rescue, a national animal welfare and advocacy organization works to protect and improve the lives of companion animals less fortunate than our own. Guardians of Rescue will be distributing:
• Insulated houses for dogs and outdoor cats
• For those houses that can, electric safety heaters and solar heaters will be installed
• Food is fuel, and a proper diet is essential for all animals who are left in the elements
Feral cats are no exception. These "undercats" of the world suffer greatly. While seeking warmth and shelter, they can easily be trapped by the snow piles that plows create. Guardians of Rescue dig out many cat colonies each winter.
To prevent your pet from suffering this winter, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends these quick tips:
• Microchip. Many dogs and cats get lost finding their way home in the winter due to the snow and ice covering their usual scents.
• Be Prepared. Snow and ice can lead to power outages. Make sure you have enough food, water and medicine to last through an unexpected power loss.
• Wipe Down. Salt and antifreeze on the roads and sidewalks can be poisonous if your pet licks her feet after walking. Be sure to wipe down your pet’s paws and tummy to avoid chemicals.
"Our Gimme Shelter program has increased through awareness. This year we are gearing up for yet another cold, harsh winter,” said Misseri. "We need to get a jump start now, by asking everyone to donate whatever they can to help make the lives of these poor, neglected animals better.”
Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.
About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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AVMA. Cold Weather Pet Safety. https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx
Farmer’s Almanac. Winter 2015 – 2016. http://farmersalmanac.com/weather-outlook/2016-winter-forecast/
“We just have one question: Why did it take so long for someone to come up with this?”
“You may have a slight obsession with reblogging cats on Tumblr. French Tumblr account Des Hommes et des Chatons takes that obsession to a whole new level with their photos of cats imitating sexy male models and actors.”
“Today, we love the tumblr Des Hommes et des Chatons, a comic-sexy mix of guys and kittens. Want to see cute kittens and ultra sexy guys? The tumblr Des Hommes et des Chatons will brighten your day.”
“We love a really cute Tumblr. Des Hommes et des Chatons, the name says it all. The perfect addition to make us literally melt. We already loved cats. We also like men now. A salivating emergency!”
MEN & CATS
By Marie-Eva Gatuingt and Alice Chaygneaud
Do you (or someone you know) like to look at pictures of sexy men? How about cute cats?
Now you don’t have to choose between the two. Based on the chic French Tumblr Des Hommes et des Chatons, Men & Cats (Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, September 1, 2015) by Marie-Eva Gatuingt and Alice Chaygneaud presents an original collection of 50 pairs of sexy men and adorable cats.
Each clever match-up shows a heartthrob posing alongside a cat in a similar pose or with a similar expression.
Men & Cats is a lighthearted, humorous take on posing models, and a reminder that you can make everything better by just adding cats to it.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Marie-Eva Gatuingt and Alice Chaygneaud are the creators of the Tumblr Des Hommes et Des Chatons. They live in Paris, France.
MEN & CATS
Marie-Eva Gatuingt and Alice Chaygneaud
Perigee hardcover ǀ $15.00 ǀ 978-0-399-17585-5 ǀ on-sale September 1, 2015
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I need your help to protect Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and community cats in the nation’s capital.
D.C. is considering a plan that would roll back decades of progress and set a dangerous precedent for TNR programs nationwide. The “Wildlife Action Plan” from the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) calls for D.C. to “revisit” its longstanding TNR policy, and states that all community cats should instead “be taken in by several adoption facilities operating in the District”.
Community cats will be killed in shelters—all in a misguided attempt to protect wildlife. DOEE Director Tommy Wells thinks euthanizing community cats is a viable option to “promote biodiversity and not just population control.” Killing cats will do neither of these things and wastes lives. Only TNR humanely and effectively reduces the community cat population.
Human activity, pollution, and habitat destruction are the true threats to wildlife. Catching and killing cats is not only cruel, it’s ineffective: removing cats is counterproductive and creates a vacuum effect where cats repopulate.
Ending TNR will kill cats and do nothing for wildlife. Our nation’s capital is a model for the whole country, and its current TNR policy is both effective and cost-effective. Tell D.C. to protect that policy.
P.S. Every voice counts. Forward this email to your friends and family.
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Saturday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2015.
There are 110 days left in the year.Crew:
Jon Patch - Host
Vince and Lisa Centonze - Co Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Sonar Greene - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests - Sam Dicker from Nat Geo Wild's new series Vet School will join Jon and Talkin' Pets Saturday 9/12/15 at 530 PM EST to discuss the new television series.
Carly Martinetti, Chief Feline Officer of Pretty Litter will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/12/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss their new Pretty Litter and give away Pretty Litter branded litter boxes