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Date:     September 11, 2017                                    

Feline Fix by Five Leads Efforts to Reduce Cat Overpopulation in U.S.

Incorporating the veterinary practice of spaying and neutering cats by five months of age will reduce the numbers of unexpected litters of kittens. At no extra cost to the owner, this one small step is a significant change in the current veterinary approach to feline spay/neuter and a revolutionary step towards reducing cat overpopulation in the U. S.

The goal of the newly created Feline Fix by Five Team is to work closely with the veterinary community to take this message to cat parents and make it a common practice for them to Fix Felines by Five Months or less. Esther Mechler President of Marian’s Dream, the organization which is sponsoring the Feline Fix by Five Initiative, said, “All these years, there has never been this kind of shift in the practice of spay/neuter which resulted in cats ending up in shelters. We now have a problem which we can solve and it will not cost the owners any additional money.”

While there has been some progress in curbing the extensive domestic cat overpopulation, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. It is estimated that over four million cats each year are euthanized in shelters across the United States. In addition, approximately 70 % of all cats who enter the shelter system are euthanized. While over 80% of household cats are eventually spay/neutered, many have already had at least one prior litter.

In his book Replacing Myth with Math: Using Evidence-Based Programs to Eradicate Shelter Overpopulation (Concord, N.H.: Town & Country Reprographics, 2010), Peter Marsh, founder of the group Solutions to Overpopulation of Pets, reports that intact cats result in less than 15% of all kittens ending up in shelters. The other 85% comes from young cats that are having kittens. Altering cats by five months of age, rather than at the commonly accepted practice of six months, which has no scientific basis, will decrease the risk of unwanted litters by ensuring that kittens will not have that accidental first litter before they are spayed.  A 2015 Catalyst Council Report cites an American Humane Association Retention Study which states that 41 % of cat owners that adopt their cats from friends, family or a neighbor. These new owners typically have no idea their newly adopted feline can go into her first heat by five-months.

Educating cat parents as to the right time to spay/neuter will lead to having fewer cats who produce litters of kittens that would eventually be surrendered to shelters. Through outreach and education initiatives and partnering with veterinary community to get the word out, Feline Fix by Five is committed to ending the tidal wave of newborn kittens who enter shelters every spring and fall only to be euthanized, reducing cat overpopulation, and elevating the status of cats to the place they deserve. For more information about Feline Fix by Five, visit www.felinefixbyfive.org  

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BETHESDA, Md., USA – Oct. 13, 2017 – Alley Cat Allies will celebrate the international premiere of Global Cat Day on Oct. 16, 2017, as a day for people around the world to stand up for policies that protect all cats in their communities. Participants are signing a pledge on GlobalCatDay.org to support advocacy efforts for all cats, including the cats who call the outdoors their home.

With the campaign already racing toward a goal of 100,000 people taking the pledge by year’s end, Alley Cat Allies president and founder Becky Robinson explained that the lasting impact of Global Cat Day will be a powerful message about protecting cats who live outside.

“Too often, local policies lead to cats being taken from the only home they’ve ever known – the outdoors,” Robinson said. “Community cats are no different from raccoons, otters or deer in that they are self-reliant animals who are totally comfortable outside with no need for human companionship. Global Cat Day is a turning point in helping more people to understand these essential facts about the cats living outside in their communities.”

GlobalCatDay.org includes short videos explaining the nature of community cats, plus the Global Cat Day pledge:

“I pledge to be an ally to cats, including those who call the outdoors their home. I will advocate for compassionate policies that protect every cat in my community.”

Global Cat Day has evolved from National Feral Cat Day®, which Alley Cat Allies created on its 10th anniversary in 2001 to raise awareness about community cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them. Because compassion knows no borders, international participation in National Feral Cat Day grew each year, reaching at least 20 countries with last year’s edition. That mark has already been eclipsed this year, with engagement for the inaugural Global Cat Day coming from more than 40 countries, from Australia to the United Kingdom, Belgium to Brazil, Saudi Arabia to South Africa and many more.

“It’s very exciting that interest in advocating for outdoor cats is coming from so many corners of the globe, because it’s more evidence that this is now truly an international movement,” Robinson added.

Follow all the excitement for Global Cat Day on social media with the #GlobalCatDay hashtag.

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About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve cats’ lives through our innovative, cutting-edge programs. We are seen around the world as a champion for the humane treatment of all cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 650,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens worldwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org, and Alley Cat Allies is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.


“America Loves Pets” Study Finds Most Talked-About Pets on Social Media 
To learn more about the relationship between Americans and their pets, TrustedHousesitters analyzed a year’s worth of social media conversation, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (March 2016-March 2017) to identify the most popular pets in each state. Visit the interactive graph to learn which pets are most popular in your state. Key findings include: 
- Californians talk the most about pets on social media
- Dogs hanging out with donkeys, cats nuzzling up with hamsters, budgies perching on the house rabbit and other harmonious pairings received more than 124,000 mentions  
-  The hashtag #crazycatlady has been used nearly 3.5 million times worldwide on Instagram
-  The most popular pet across the United States is the bulldog. However, most popular varied by states—in California and Texas, the most popular pet is the chihuahua; in Maine and South Carolina, it’s the Labrador; in Alaska and Ohio, it’s the husky
-  Nevada’s most popular pet: lizards
-  Cats are the second most talked-about pet in nearly every state, with Persians most popular overall (though, in Maine, the Maine coon is tops) 
 
About TrustedHousesitters.com 
TrustedHousesitters is a global community of pet lovers helping each other travel the world by connecting pet owners with a network of verified pet sitters. Since its 2011 launch in the U.K., TrustedHousesitters has grown into the world’s largest house sitting business, facilitating over two million nights of house and pet sitting globally and saving its members an estimated $218 million in accommodation and pet care costs. The site’s community of nearly half a million members is spread across 140 countries.

Alley Cat Allies Deploys Resources to Gulf Coast for Hurricane Recovery

HOUSTON – Sept. 3, 2017 – Alley Cat Allies has deployed an expert, bilingual disaster response team and is sending additional resources to help Texas and Louisiana organizations rescue cats and other animals whose lives continue to be in peril because of Hurricane Harvey.

“Many people and animals have been displaced, shelters are overflowing and families were forced to make difficult decisions about what to do with their animals,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “There are many cats and other animals who haven’t eaten for days and may be lost from their homes. We are eager to help the courageous people who are finding and saving these animals.”

In many cases, community cats, sometimes called feral cats, were left on their own when their human caregivers evacuated as floodwaters rose. The Alley Cat Allies team will help shelters and caregivers throughout Texas and Louisiana to rebuild programs that were in place to help community cats, including Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). They will also be forming a network of people to check on colonies, resume feeding them and place new cat houses and shelters as necessary.

The Alley Cat Allies disaster response team is starting its work in Spring, a Houston suburb, by assisting the Texas Litter Control (TLC) organization. TLC requested help as a member of the Alley Cat Allies Feral Friends Network. Alley Cat Allies has brought truckloads of traps, dens and cat carriers, which will all be in high demand. Additional supplies such as leashes, cat food, kitty litter, water, blankets and towels are also being delivered.

In Texas and Louisiana, Alley Cat Allies is offering emergency funds to overwhelmed shelters and organizations. In one such case, the Humane Society of Louisiana (HSLA) has used these funds for two disaster-ready transportation vehicles that are facilitating the rescue of hundreds of animals stranded by floodwaters. Jeff Dorson, executive director of HSLA, thanked Alley Cat Allies for helping in a second consecutive year, after the organization previously responded to extreme flooding in 2016.

“Once more, Alley Cat Allies has come to our aid in a time of need,” Dorson said. “This critical support is helping us to save cats and other animals who need our help. The generosity, partnership and good-will are helping us to get through some very challenging days as we try to do as much good as we can.”

Alley Cat Allies will post updates about its hurricane relief efforts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and donations to support its work can be made online at www.alleycat.org.

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About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve cats’ lives through our innovative, cutting-edge programs. We are seen around the world as a champion for the humane treatment of all cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 650,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens worldwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org, and Alley Cat Allies is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.

Hurricane Preparation Tips for Pet Owners, Cat Caregivers in Path of Irma

BETHESDA, Md. – Sept. 6, 2017 – As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida and the Southeastern United States, Alley Cat Allies, the international advocacy organization dedicated to protecting cats, has assembled a set of Disaster Preparation Tips for community cat caregivers, pet owners, and others involved with animals. These tips will help community cat caregivers and pet owners in the path of Irma weather the storm and keep their cats safe. Among the tips:

  1. Make sure to have descriptions of your pets and the community cats (sometimes called feral cats) you care for, along with photos. If you need to look for displaced cats in shelters or other rescue areas, this will help accurately identify them. Make sure all pet tags and animal microchips have up-to-date information.
  2. Enlist a back-up caregiver who is responsible for the community cats in your absence, and network with other community cat caregivers in your area to set up a ‘buddy system.’ This will create a safety net of care for the cats. You may be able to find other cat caregivers in your area through our Feral Friends Network.
  3. Create an emergency contact card for your pets and community cat colonies in case you are not immediately available. Include all contact information for your substitute caregiver. Carry this card in your wallet and your car, give copies to your backup caregiver, and post it somewhere visible in your home like on the refrigerator.
  4. Make a list of local shelters and their contact information. You will need this information in case you need their help or resources.
  5. Keep an emergency supply kit on hand and know where to find it quickly. Disaster kit basics for pets include a pet first-aid kit, a supply of prescription medications for pets, veterinary and microchip ID records, three to seven days of pet food and dishes, a seven-day supply of bottled water per person and per pet, a litter box and litter, a leash and collar, crate or carrier, blankets, and photos of pets and cats in colonies.

It’s not possible to bring community cats with you when evacuating from disasters, so they need their own special disaster plan. Read our Disaster Proofing a Community Cat Colony resource for guidance.

Finally, you can always reach out to Feral Friends Network members in your area for help in preparing community cats for a disaster or finding them after the danger has passed.

With an active Atlantic hurricane season now under way, it’s important to have a disaster readiness plan in place.  

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Hillsborough, NJ (September 6, 2017)The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has revised its previous 2015 position statement on declawing to strongly oppose declawing (onychectomy) as an elective procedure. 

Scratching is a normal feline behavior. It is the obligation of veterinarians to provide cat owners with education on normal scratching behaviors and options for cats to exhibit appropriate scratching behavior in the home. The AAFP’s position stresses the need for veterinary teams to educate cat caregivers as many are unaware that declawing is a surgical amputation of the third phalanx (or ‘toe bone’).

“The AAFP has been the leader in the world of feline medicine and veterinary care.  It is appropriate that our organization has taken the lead with this strong position statement opposing the declawing of cats,” states Dr. Marcus Brown, Chair of the AAFP’s Welfare Committee.

The AAFP supports a path of change that focuses on educating veterinary teams and cat caregivers in an effort to help them learn and understand in order to make a future impact that sees lasting results. Veterinary teams will be supplied with a toolkit of resources to assist them in educating cat caregivers about why cats have claws, why cats scratch inanimate objects, best practices for living alongside a cat with claws, ideal scratching surfaces, training cats to scratch appropriately, and troubleshooting inappropriate scratching in the home.

These materials provide guidance to veterinary teams and have been freed up for any veterinary practice, including non-members, to download: www.catvets.com/scratching. This information is also available to cat caregivers which can be found on the consumer website, The Cat Community, powered by the AAFP: catfriendly.com/scratching.

Dr. Nancy Suska, co-author of the statement, explains, “With proper client education from the initial veterinary visit and onward, our clients will be able to provide their kittens and cats with the essential means to exhibit this natural feline function.  The American Association of Feline Practitioners has produced many resources, for both owner and veterinary team, to educate about natural feline scratching behavior and alternatives to declawing.”

Other changes to the previous statement include additional resources. To view the revised position statement in its entirety, visit: www.catvets.com/guidelines/position-statements/declawing.

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About the American Association of Feline Practitioners 
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) improves the health and welfare of cats by supporting high standards of practice, continuing education, and scientific investigation. The AAFP has a long-standing reputation and track record in the veterinary community for facilitating high standards of practice and publishes guidelines for practice excellence which are available to veterinarians on the AAFP website. Over the years, the AAFP has encouraged veterinarians to continuously re-evaluate preconceived notions of practice strategies in an effort to advance the quality of feline medicine practiced. Launched in 2012, the Cat Friendly Practice® (CFP) program was created to improve the treatment, handling, and overall healthcare provided to cats. Its purpose is to equip veterinary practices with the tools and resources to reduce stress associated with the visit and elevate the standard of care provided to cats. Find more information at
www.catvets.com.

 

It's only natural to want to take your best friend with you everywhere you go, especially if your best friend stands on four legs instead of two. While bringing your pets along while you travel is fun for both you and your pet, there are a few things to consider when taking your furry friend away from the comforts of home. At the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), we get a lot of calls concerning curious pets who have gotten into some potentially dangerous situations while out and about with their families. So to ensure that you and your pets can travel together comfortably, here are a few tips to help keep them safe, happy and healthy while you’re on the road: 

Before you leave:

  1. Be prepared. Pets who are away from home are more likely to have an accident or get into something that they shouldn't. Before you leave home, make sure you program two numbers into your phone: a local veterinary emergency hospital at your destination and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435). Also, make sure to pack a proper pet first aid kit
  2. Tag your friends. Make sure your pets have proper identification visible on their collar, and consider getting them microchipped in case they get out of their collars. Pets who get loose are less likely to find their way back to an unfamiliar location, so identification is key to enabling happy reunions. 
  3. Contact your veterinarian. If your pet has a complicated or extensive medical history, you might want to take a copy of his medical records with you in the event that you have to take him to an unknown vet during your travels. Also, if you are traveling between states, you may need an interstate health certificate for your pet before hitting the road. It's never a bad idea for your pet to get a clean bill of health before a big trip as well. 
  4. Do your research. Is there anything at your destination or along your route that you should be aware of? In some areas, there may be poisonous plants or venomous animals that you will want to be careful to avoid. While you're on the road:
  5. Never leave your pet in a parked car. This goes for warm days as well as the hot ones. Even when it doesn’t seem very hot outside, the temperature in a car can quickly rise to dangerous levels and put your pet at risk of developing heat stroke or worse. 
  6. Travel safely. When you are in the car with your pets, the best way ensure that they don’t have access to anything they shouldn't (such as food and medicine) is to buckle them up. Securing pets with harness-style seatbelts (or in crates/carriers) will also help protect them in the event of an accident and keep the driver less distracted.
  7. Scout out your hotel room. Always have a quick look around before letting your pet into a hotel room. APCC receives numerous calls about pets finding a pill or two left on the floor by a previous occupant. Also, if you are traveling with a cat or kitten, ensure that there isn't any way for them to crawl up into the bathroom vanity or into the mattress. (We are speaking from experience here as well).  
  8. Pet proof your new space. Take a “pet's eye view” and look for any potential issues. Are indoor plants safely out of reach? Can your pet reach that bottle of medication? Does a child's toy on the floor look just like her dog toys at home?

Ensure that counters are cleaned off, and consider bringing a baby gate and/or a crate with you to help prevent access to any areas that you are unable to make safe for your pets.

 

Non-native Predators Caught on Cameras in Wildlife Refuge

 

 

(Washington, D.C., August  17, 2017) Endangered ‘Alae ‘Ula(Hawaiian Common Gallinule, a subspecies of Common Gallinule formerly called Hawaiian Common Moorhen) are among the latest documented victims of feral cat predation on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i. The pair of breeding adults was attacked and killed while sitting on their nest in a national wildlife refuge in late April. With no adults left to tend the nest, the birds’ remaining three eggs and two hatchlings did not survive. The incubating parents of two more nests were killed by the same feral cat on April 22 and May 19, and six more eggs subsequently failed to hatch. The feral cat is still at large.

The attacks were captured on remote cameras installed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in partnership with American Bird Conservancy (ABC). This predation by cats on endangered birds represents a major setback for conservation efforts and is a harsh reminder of the dangers feral cats and other invasive animals create for Hawai‘i's native species.

“Feral cats, whether they are dumped on the wildlife refuge by irresponsible owners or they find their way onto the refuge from nearby feral cat feeding stations, are having a very significant and tragic impact on Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge's endangered birds,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Project Leader Michael Mitchell. “Throughout Kaua‘i, natural resource managers are doing everything they can to save our native birds. But some species are running out of time, and extinction is forever.”

The recent attacks are among the latest in a long line of killings of endangered Hawaiian birds by feral cats, a non-native species. Unpublished data collected by FWS employees have documented at least 252 suspected cat kills of Hawaiian Common Gallinules, ‘Alae Ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian Coots), Ae‘o (Hawaiian Stilts), Koloa Maoli (Hawaiian Ducks), and Kōlea(Pacific Golden-Plover) in Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge between 2012 and 2014. Seabirds are similarly at risk, especially while in the nest. Feral cats were suspected in the deaths of 22 Laysan Albatross chicksduring a 3-week period in 2015. Recently, a feral cat was caught on camera killing and dragging an endangered ‘Ua‘u (Hawaiian Petrel) out of its nest by the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP), an incident that is unfortunately recorded with regularity in remote seabird colonies on the island.

According to KESRP Coordinator Dr. André Raine, “Feral cats are one of the worst of the introduced predators on the island of Kaua‘i — they are widespread throughout the island, are highly adept predators, are capable of killing large numbers of birds in a very short period of time, and regularly kill breeding adult birds, which makes their long-term impact on a breeding population even more devastating.”

“The continued losses of Kaua‘i's unique and endangered birds to cat predation are unsustainable,” said Grant Sizemore, ABC's Director of Invasive Species Programs. “With even wildlife refuges no longer safe from cats, the time has come to pass a comprehensive cat ordinance — such as that recommended by Kaua‘i's Feral Cat Task Force — to encourage the responsible care of pets and safekeeping of wildlife.”

The task force, which included stakeholders from animal welfare, conservation, and community members, submitted its recommendations to the County Council in March 2014. Those recommendations include setting a goal of “zero feral, abandoned, or stray cats” and implementing practical solutions such as sterilization and confinement as key strategies for addressing the cat, wildlife, and human health concerns associated with free-roaming cats. Those concerns include toxoplasmosis, an infectious parasitic disease that may be spread to humans and wildlife through cat feces and which has been linked to deaths in endangered Nēnē (Hawaiian Goose) and Hawaiian monk seals. A report prepared for the Hawai‘i Department of Health in 2000 suggested that feral cats are the “highest collective risk factor [for toxoplasmosis] and require further attention and action from a ‘holistic public health perspective.’”

Top photo: Hawaiian Common Gallinule and chicks. Photo by Hob Osterlund.

Bottom photo: Remote camera image of feral cat preying on Hawaiian Common Gallinule nest, April 22, 2017. Cameras were installed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with ABC and are run by B. Webber.

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Talkin' Pets News

July, 15, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celetrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/15/17 at 5pm EST to discuss their new National Initiative "Saving America's Vets & America's Pets"

Alice De Almeida Executive Assistant to The Algonquin Hotel in NYC will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/15/17 at 630pm EST to discuss Matilda's upcoming birthday event and a lucky listener can win a one weekend night stay free during our chat with Alice

  
 

             

Cats Take To The Catwalk As The Algonquin Hotel

Hosts Cat Fashion Show And Fundraiser On August 3rd 

**Annual Event Celebrates Resident Cat, Matilda III, And Aims To Raise

$10,000 For Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals**

NEW YORK, NY (July 12, 2017) — It's not quite New York Fashion Week, but eight felines will be strutting their stuff in one-of-a-kind outfits designed by certified animal fashion designer Ada Nieves in celebration of The Algonquin Hotel's most famous resident, Matilda III, The Algonquin Cat.

The Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, August 3rd from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. This year's theme is a tribute to TONY award-winning musicals and highlights will include:

  • Cocktails, Hors D'Oeuvres, and Desserts
  • Cat Fashion Show
  • Silent Auction featuring a variety of items including Pet Tree Houses, Sleepy Pod, one-year supply of Merrick Cat Good, a pair of tickets to CATS the Musical featuring a backstage "meet and greet"
  • On-site mobile adoption unit will also be in front of the hotel that day from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for $60 per person which include the reception and fashion show. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. For additional information, to purchase tickets, or to bid on Silent Auction items, visit https://www.501auctions.com/algonquincelebration.

Guests are encouraged to wear their best feline-inspired outfit and share photos from the event on social media using the hashtag #AlgonquinCat.

ABOUT THE ALGONQUIN CAT

For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water. After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's, and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 11 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes seven Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Matilda began her residence in December of 2010. Today, Matilda is looked after by the hotel’s Chief Cat Officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks her special meals on holidays. She receives fan mail and gifts constantly, from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia.  Matilda can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  She can also be reached via e-mail.

The Algonquin Hotel is located at 59 W 44th Street, New York, New York 10036. www.algonquinhotel.com.

 

 
U.S. SENATOR DEAN HELLER, RENO MAYOR HILLARY SCHIEVE AND FOUR-LEGGED FURRY DIGNITARIES MARKED THE SPOT FOR NOAH’S ANIMAL HOUSE ARRIVAL
 
Reno, NEV (July 6, 2017)- Dignitaries, politicians, donors and several four-legged furry dignitary dogs came together today on the Committee to Aid Abused Women’s (CAAW) transitional housing campus, to dig up the ground for Noah’s Animal House (NAH), Northern Nevada’s first full service pet boarding house exclusively for the pets of domestic violence. Its mission is to keep the entire family united as they transition out of an abusive situation and to eliminate barriers of leaving abusive relationships by ensuring the family pets can remain safe with their caretakers.
 
The 1,300 square foot building, scheduled to open by late-2017, will be able to accommodate up to 36 animals and will feature:
  • “Wags & Whiskers” arrival room including family boarding and exam rooms
  • “Wags Boarding” offering indoor/outdoor dog runs plus kennels
  • The “Feline Sun Room” for cats with multi-use condos that face the morning sun
  • Two glass-enclosed cuddle rooms offering private time with the entire family
  • Dog bathing/spa area
  • Supply center
In 2007, NAH became the first ever stand-alone full service pet boarding house in the country exclusively for families and pets of domestic violence victims when it opened in Southern Nevada next door and in partnership with The Shade Tree, a shelter for women and children in crisis.  Since that time, NAH has helped more than 1,200 pets stay safe and united with their families by providing nearly 90,000 nights of safe boarding, oftentimes helping survivors throughout their period of crisis. Threats against family pets are often part of domestic violence, and, many victims will not leave their abuser because they do not want to leave their pet behind.  NAH empowers victims to seek safety and provides food, shelter and veterinary services free of charge for the pets of the survivors of domestic violence that reside at both The Shade Tree Shelter and the soon- to-open campus at CAAW.
 
“When we started Noah’s, it was to remove the barrier that was preventing women from leaving their abuser.   As pet owners, we would never leave our pet behind to be tortured as payback for leaving,” said NAH founder Staci Alonso.   After ten years of operating in Las Vegas, we now recognize that it is as much about the healing as it is about the escape.  We are thrilled to partner with CAAW and expand our services to cover both Northern and Southern Nevada, Alonso concluded.
 
“Over the past 18 months, CAAW has documented 86 individuals that have opted not to enter its emergency shelter because it couldn’t accommodate their pets, who are equally a member of the family as their other children,” said Denise Yoxsimer, executive director of CAAW.  “The partnership with Noah’s Animal House will become an integral part of the lifesaving services CAAW provides to adult and child domestic violence survivors. We feel honored to be selected by Noah’s to provide this very important service.”
 
SUPPORT FOR NAH
Funds for Noah’s Reno have been generously donated by private donors and corporations including NV Energy, Western Nevada Supply, Bayer Animal Health, Bennett Family Foundation, Dolan Auto Group, David and Cheryl Duffield, E.L. Wiegand Foundation, Staci and Mike Alonso and the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.
 
Additionally, Grand Canyon Development Partners who serves as project manager and general contractor, Frank Lepori Construction, Victory Millwork and Western Nevada Supply have generously donated or reduced costs of their construction services and materials.
 
PAWS ACT
Upon spending time at NAH, U.S. Senator Dean Heller recently co-introduced the “Pet and Women Safety Act” (PAWS Act) with U.S. Senator Gary Peters, for bipartisan legislation to protect victims of domestic violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by violence against their pets.
 
"I am proud that Nevada is leading the way to ensure that domestic violence victims have the resources they need to feel empowered to leave abusive relationships," said Heller. "I congratulate Staci and Noah's Animal House for providing such an innovative component at their housing facilities, so that women can leave abusive situations and have a safe place for themselves and their pets. I thank the Committee to Aid Abused Women and Noah's Animal House for their continued positive impact on our Nevada communities,” the U.S. Senator concluded.
 
"Domestic violence of any kind is sad enough, but when a pet's life is also adversely impacted it adds another level of heartbreak to the situation," Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said. "I applaud Noah’s Animal House for their great work to date in Nevada, and I'm excited that they're partnering with the Committee to Aid Abused Women to bring a transitional housing pet shelter to Reno."
 
WHO IS NOAH?
Noah is the teenage son of the founder, Staci Alonso, a well-respected gaming industry executive who heard a heart-breaking story of a woman refusing to abandon her abusive life because she had to leave her kitten behind with her abuser if she wanted to escape. Knowing first hand, the power pets have during the healing process, Alonso began actively fundraising for a pet boarding facility to be located next to the Shade Tree Shelter in Southern Nevada and has expanded the vision by opening this second location in Northern Nevada. To learn more or to make a donation to Noah’s Reno, visit www.noahsanimalhouse.org
 
ABOUT CAAW
CAAW provides free, confidential, bilingual services to families in Washoe County as they seek to end the abuse in their lives. CAAW currently operates an emergency shelter, transitional housing facilities, a temporary protection order office, a crisis call line and many support programs. During CAAW’s 2015-2016 fiscal year, it provided shelter for 808 individuals for a total of 10,833 bed-nights. To learn more, visit www.caaw.org.
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