Early Diagnosis Can Lead to Better Treatment Outcome

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ (May 3, 2016) – Feline hyperthyroidism (FHT) affects nearly 10 percent of feline patients over 10 years of age in the US. FHT is a disease caused by an overactive thyroid gland that secretes excess thyroid hormone. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has just released a brochureFeline Hyperthyroidism,” for cat owners which describes the causes, signs, treatment, and management of FHT. Early diagnosis is key to treatment being successful. 

The AAFP’s brochure outlines behaviors or problems cats with FHT may exhibit.  Cat owners are strongly encouraged to contact their veterinarian if they observe the following:

  • weight loss despite a normal or increased appetite
  • increased urination, more urine in the litter box
  • increased drinking or thirst
  • defecation outside of the litter box
  • increased vocalization
  • restlessness, increased activity
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • rarely, lethargy and a lack of appetite
  • poor hair coat, unkempt fur
  • Radioiodine Therapy
  • Medical Therapy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Nutritional Therapy

“Twice yearly wellness examinations of your cat may allow early detection of FHT, as well as other age-related diseases,” advises Hazel Carney, DVM, MS, DABVP (Canine & Feline), and AAFP Guideline Panel Co-Chair. 

“During the physical examination, your veterinarian may discover increased heart and respiratory rates, hypertension, a palpable thyroid gland, and loss of muscle mass,” said Cynthia Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM, and AAFP Guideline Panel Co-Chair “Routine screening of laboratory tests and blood pressure may detect abnormalities before clinical signs of FHT are advanced.” 

If your veterinarian diagnoses your cat with FHT, he or she will discuss and recommend treatment options. The goal of therapy is to restore normal thyroid function and minimize the side effects of treatment without creating lower than normal levels of thyroid hormones.  The most common treatment options are:

On-going monitoring of your cat after any treatment is very important, as well as routine veterinary checkups with your veterinarian. If you have any additional questions, concerns, or notice any sudden changes with your cat, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

The AAFP would like to thank Dechra Veterinary Products for their sponsorship of this brochure and their commitment to helping the veterinary community increase the standard of care provided for cats.

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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 at 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.


 
33 lions, rescued from appalling conditions in circuses in Peru and Colombia by Animal Defenders International (ADI), surely cannot believe their eyes this morning as they roared in their first sunrise in the African bush.
 
A record-breaking cargo flight with all 33 lions on board jetted into Johannesburg on Saturday night. The lions, saved during an ADI mission to help enforce bans on wild animal acts in Peru and Colombia, are now settling into their forever home at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, situated on a private estate in Limpopo Province. Many of the lions have been declawed and have broken teeth so would not survive in the wild.
 
During an 18-month operation in Peru, ADI raided every circus and rescued every animal.  Known as Operation Spirit of Freedom, and also providing support on wildlife trafficking enforcement, 100 animals were saved – most, including bears and six different species of monkeys, were rehomed in Peru.  Nine circus lions were also handed to ADI in Colombia where a ban has also been passed.
 
A massive ADI relocation effort began on Thursday morning in Bucaramanga in Colombia, with nine lions loaded into travel crates and travelling to Bogota by truck. The same night 24 rescued lions were loaded into travel crates in Peru and taken to Lima Airport.  A huge MD11 aircraft chartered from ethical cargo company Priority Worldwide Services then flew the nine lions from Bogota to Lima where they were joined on board for a trans-Atlantic flight to Johannesburg – not without its problems due to a long delay in Brazil due to a computer problem. The lions were monitored throughout the flight by ADI President Jan Creamer, ADI Vice President Tim Phillips, and ADI veterinarian Eva Chomba. The lions arrived in South Africa on Saturday evening, bellowing out a huge roar that echoed through the aircraft as they touched down. Trucks donated by Ibubesi Transport Logistics then carried the lions to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo, arriving Sunday morning.
 
The dawn of a new day marks their first full day of freedom under the African sun and new beginnings for the lions in the natural bush environment they now call home. Returning to the homeland their ancestors had been torn from, the lions can feel the African soil beneath their feet and the sun on their backs, protected within an environment they can be given the care they need. One of the nine lions from Colombia, Iron, was the first of the 33 to step into his forever home, clearly relishing being able to rub up against a tree, another first for the big cats who had formerly lived in cages on the back of circus trucks.
 
Jan Creamer ADI President:  “Before ADI rescued them, these animals had never felt the grass beneath their feet or the sun over their heads, yesterday they were in the African bush.  This has been a really important mission because it has eliminated circus suffering in Peru, saving future generations of animals.  Getting the animals home has been exhausting and exhilarating.”
 
Savannah Heuser, founder of Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary: This is their birth-right. African sun, African night skies, African bush and sounds, clouds, summer thunderstorms, large enclosures in a natural setting where they can remember who they are.  We love being part of the final rescue. Knowing that ADI has changed laws means that wild animals will never again be exploited like this again in Peru and that process has begun in Colombia.”
 
To familiarize the big cats with their new home, the lions will initially live in “bonding camps” where families will also be reintroduced. Then, over the coming months, the lions will be released into huge habitats with platforms and watering holes, for which donations are being sought as well as the lions’ ongoing care.  www.lionsbacktoafrica.org   
 
ADI has launched an appeal to fund phase two of the lion habitats and to care for the lions for life, which for some lions could be as long as 20 years. http://bit.ly/1TjatPq

 
The lion flight marked the epic conclusion of the ADI rescue mission in Peru, which TV legend Bob Barker’s DJ & T Foundation helped kickstart with a major donation that enabled ADI to start raiding circuses and removing animals. The cost of the lions’ first class ticket to freedom was funded through an online campaign by ADI and GreaterGood.com, with individuals including Oakland Zoo, Dr. Lo Sprague & Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Elise Zoli, and the Facebook group ‘Lion Lovers’ stepping in to fund the $10,00 airfare of individual animals.

Businesses have also donated services and goods or discounted services to help get the lions home including Priority Worldwide Services who chartered the MD11F cargo aircraft, Spherical Logistics and Swissport International at Johannesburg Airport, and fencing manufacturer Bonnox, Lood Swanevelder Fencing, Faan Venter, Ibubesi Transport Logistics, and Chill Box (who donated a freezer room at the lions new home).
 
ADI and Emoya would like to thank the Peruvian Government departments, SERFOR and ATFFS, and Police and in Colombia CDMB, a regional wildlife authority in Bucaramanga for enabling this incredible operation to happen.



  
About Animal Defenders International
Operating from Los Angeles, London and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing behind-the-scenes suffering in the industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals and educates the public.  www.ad-international.org
 
About Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary
The Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary is set in 5,000 hectares of pristine African bush on a private estate in Limpopo Province. Opened by Savannah Heuser in 2012 when she was just 16 years old, the sanctuary has a no breeding policy and is not open to the public. https://www.facebook.com/EmoyaBigCats

 
Worldwide end to use of wild animals in traveling shows:  The evidence that the suffering caused to wild animals by the constant travel, severe restrictions on movement and unnatural lifestyle has prompted authorities and governments around the world to end their use.
 
National restrictions on performing animals in travelling circuses, either wild or all animals, have been enacted in 32 countries – Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Malta, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, and Taiwan, The Netherlands. Similar laws are under discussion in the UK, USA, Brazil and Chile.

 

 

AUSTIN, Texas (April 27, 2016) — A state administrative court has concluded a two-day hearing on whether Kristin Lindsey will lose her Texas veterinary license after shooting an arrow through a cat’s head, posting a picture of it on Facebook and bragging about the killing. A ruling is expected later this year.

Misty Christo, an attorney with Alley Cat Allies, was in the hearing room in Austin for both days of testimony about Tiger, the cat that Lindsey killed. The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners argued that the cat who was killed was in fact Tiger, was owned, and was killed without his owners’ consent.

“It was shocking to hear testimony confirming that Tiger was still alive in the picture that Kristen Lindsey posted on Facebook,” Christo said. “The testimony demonstrated in terrible detail how much Tiger suffered from her cruelty.”

“And regardless of any questions about whether this cat was Tiger, it was completely unacceptable for a veterinarian to kill him this way. Kristen Lindsey betrayed the trust that we place in veterinarians to care for animals. The information from this hearing emphatically reaffirmed that her veterinary license should be revoked forever. She should never care for an animal again.”

Alley Cat Allies has posted more details about the testimony and pictures from the hearing here: https://www.alleycat.org/news-april2016-kristen-lindsey-hearing.

As the nation’s only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, Alley Cat Allies has followed the case from the beginning, called for action against Lindsey and offered testimony in preliminary hearings.

Attorneys in the case have until June 10 to file closing briefs to the court. Reply briefs will then be due by July 1. Alley Cat Allies will continue to follow the case and share new developments and the ruling as they occur.

 

About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 600,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org, and Alley Cat Allies is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.

 
 
 
ITHACA, N.Y. – Canine parvovirus, or CPV, emerged as a deadly threat to dogs in the late 1970s, most likely the result of the direct transfer of feline panleukopenia or a similar virus from domesticated cats.
 
CPV has since spread to wild forest-dwelling animals, including raccoons, and the transfer of the virus from domesticated to wild carnivores has been something of a mystery.
 
“The underlying issue is, how do viruses jump from one animal to another and what controls viral host range?” said Colin Parrish, the John M. Olin Professor of Virology and director of the Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University.
 
Parrish co-authored a research paper, published in the Journal of Virology, with Susan Daniel, associate professor in Cornell’s Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, which contends that a key mutation in the protein shell of CPV – a single amino acid substitution – plays a major role in the virus’ ability to infect hosts of different species.
 
“That was a critical step,” he said. “It took a lot of changes to allow that to happen.”
 
He said another key factor in CPV’s infectivity is adhesion strengthening during TfR binding.
 
“There’s an initial attachment, which is probably relatively weak,” he said. “The thing just grabs on and holds on a little bit, sort of like using your fingertips. And then it looks like there’s a second attachment that is much stronger, where it’s like you grab on and hold on with both hands and won’t let go.”
 
“We think that the second event, this structural interaction that occurs in a small proportion of the binding cases, seems to be critical,” he said. “We think that it actually causes a change in the virus, that it triggers a small shift in the virus that actually makes it able to infect successfully.”
 
One of Daniel’s specialties is the investigation of chemically patterned surfaces that interact with soft matter, including biological materials such as cells, viruses, proteins and lipids. Her lab has pioneered a method called single-particle tracking – placing artificial cell membranes into microfluidics devices, fabricated at the CNF, to study the effect of single virus particles on a variety of membrane host receptors, in this case from both dogs and raccoons.
 
“The nice thing about these materials is that we can design them to have all different kinds of chemistries,” she said. “So in this particular study, we can put the receptor of interest in there, isolated from everything else so we can look at the specific effect of that receptor on a particular virus interaction.”
Daniel’s lab also developed the precision imaging devices used in the study.
 
“Another piece of this paper is how the parvovirus actually sits down and binds even stronger over time with that receptor,” Daniel said. “That was kind of a new result that came out of the technique itself, being able to look at individual binding events.”
 
“When this virus infects a young animal, it can be fatal,” Parrish said. “It’s very unpleasant, and if you own a puppy or a kitten, that’s why you should vaccinate.”
 
This work was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
 
 


BETHESDA, Md., USA – April 12, 2016 – As springtime begins so does “kitten season” – when babies are born to cats who have not yet been spayed or neutered. People don’t always know the best way to help these kittens. Sometimes taking home a kitten found outdoors is the best way to help and sometimes it’s best to leave them outdoors with mom – it all depends on the situation.

“If you come across a kitten outdoors, you may be tempted to bring her home with you, but that may not be the best thing for the kitten,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Deciding whether to take a kitten home with you or leave her where she is should be carefully considered based on the individual kitten’s situation and age.”

Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the humane treatment of cats, offers five easy ways people can help cats and kittens this spring. Visitwww.alleycat.org/Kittensfor a comprehensive guide to caring for kittens.

Tip #1: Leave kittens with mom.

Like all babies, kittens are best left with their mothers who instinctively know how to help their offspring grow up to be strong and healthy cats. Neonatal kittens, four weeks old or younger, need around the clock attention and depend on mom for 100 percent of their care. Kittens five to eight weeks old can begin to eat wet food but are still being weaned. (To determine the age of a kitten, use Alley Cat Allies’ Kitten Progression Guide at www.alleycat.org/KittenProgression.)

If you know the mother is present, it is best to leave kittens with her. To determine whether the mother is caring for the kittens, wait and observe for two to four hours to see if the mother returns. She could just be out looking for food. If she doesn’t return, the kittens could be abandoned. A young kitten living outdoors who does not have a mother present should be taken in and fostered.

If you are unsure, Alley Cat Allies has a number of resources available to help. The Alley Cat Allies’ National Cat Help Desk can provide advice and direction for a number of situations. Another option is the Alley Cat Allies’ Feral Friends Network – local individuals and organizations that may be able to help with hands-on advice, information about borrowing equipment, and veterinarians or clinics that can spay and neuter feral cats. To request a list of Feral Friends in your area, visit www.alleycat.org/FeralFriends

Tip #2: Don’t bring neonatal kittens to an animal shelter.

Most shelters are not equipped or trained to provide the necessary round-the-clock care for neonatal kittens. If a kitten can’t eat on her own, she will likely be killed at the shelter. Realistically, it’s never a good idea to take a cat to a shelter, no matter the age or level of socialization. There are some shelters who have lifesaving programs for cats, but across the nation, more than 70 percent of cats who enter shelters are killed. That number rises to virtually 100 percent for feral cats. Killing is never the answer—it is inhumane and it fails to stabilize or reduce outdoor cat populations.

Tip #3: Volunteer as a kitten foster parent for a local rescue group.

There are kitten foster parent programs across the country. Though it is an investment of time and requires training, volunteering to foster young kittens is lifesaving and rewarding. To learn the basics of kitten care, register for Alley Cat Allies’ free “Help! I found a kitten!” webinar at www.alleycat.org/KittenWebinar.

Tip #4: Support and practice Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).

TNR is the only effective and humane way of stabilizing and reducing community cat populations. In a TNR program, community cats are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (the universal symbol that a cat has been neutered and vaccinated) before being returned to their outdoor homes. Learn more about TNR at www.alleycat.org/TNR.

Spaying and neutering community cats prevents new litters, drastically reducing the impact of kitten season. Cats as young as four months can have litters, so it is important to spay and neuter kittens as soon as they are ready. A good rule of thumb is the 2 Pound Spay/Neuter Rule – kittens can be safely spayed or neutered at two months of age or as soon as they weigh two pounds. Learn more about pediatric spay and neuter at www.alleycat.org/spayneuter.  

Tip #5: Advocate for policies and programs that protect cats.

Contact your shelter and local officials and tell them you support lifesaving policies for cats, including spay and neuter funding and spay and neuter before adoption. Write letters and call in support of community outreach and education programs that spread awareness about spay and neuter, community cats and TNR – you can make a big difference. Learn how you can help your local shelter save more cats’ lives at www.alleycat.org/HelpShelters.

 

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About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 600,000 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 active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.


WARE MANUFATURING INC.

A LEADER IN THE PET SUPPLY INDUSTRY


Phoenix, AZ, April 6, 2016– Ware Manufacturing, Inc.,

a leading manufacturer of quality small animal homes and solution-based accessories,

has been providing award-winning products to the pet supplies industry since 1983. Our plants and distribution centers are positioned to best

serve our customers, with our corporate office located in Phoenix, AZ and second facility located in the Tri-Cities Tennessee area. Our mission is

to combine fun, form, and function into each and every product we create to ensure the best pet keeping experience possible.
At the 2016 Global Pet Expo (GPE), which took place last month in Orlando, Ware Manufacturing took home three New Product Showcase Awards.

Best in Show in both the Cat and Point of Purchase categories and Third Place in the Small Animal Category. Ware Manufacturing Director of Product

Development, Dave Hitsman, has been organizing the company’s Global Pet Expo new product entries for over 10 years. “The New Product Showcase

provides us with a platform for international exposure. It is one of the highlights of GPE and I am proud that Ware is recognized for its creativity year

after year”, shares Dave.
Ware’s innovative team of professionals is among the most knowledgeable in the industry. With over 30 years of manufacturing experience, the Ware

brand has stood the test of time by adapting to industry trends. The company looks forward to another 30+ years of success, offering new and exciting

products that enhance the lives of pet and pet owner.
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If you would like more information about Ware products, please contact Michelle Diaz at 602-257-8803 x226 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website
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International Cat Care’s annual photography competition is back for its fourth year with a brand new theme – Cat Naps. 

2016 iCatCare Photography Competition

The charity, in association with Your Cat magazine, is searching for beautiful and unique images of cats asleep or resting to feature in its 2017 calendar (and other published materials) that will be sold to raise funds for the charity. Images can be of cats sleeping alone or with other cats or animals, cats asleep in weird and wonderful locations or of cats simply curled up. Basically any image that shows a cat engaging in one of the species’ favourite pastimes – sleeping!

Twelve winning images will be selected by the judges from iCatCare and Your Cat magazine. These will feature in the calendar with the overall winner appearing on the cover. Images entered into the competition may also be used in other iCatCare materials and on the charity’s social media. Any image used will always be credited to the photographer.

The overall winner will receive £500, plus a year’s subscription to Your Cat magazine. The other competition winners will receive £100 each and all winning photographers will be sent a certificate, three copies of the calendar and a selection of iCatCare merchandise. Winners will also be invited to attend iCatCare’s annual awards event at Kensington Roof Gardens in London.

The competition opened on 1 April and will close at on 15 May 2016. Winners will be announced on iCatCare’s social media shortly after.

For a chance to win and to find out full terms and conditions, visit: http://icatcare.org/photography-competition. International Cat Care has also included some top tips on how to take the perfect picture of cats from past winners of the competition.

Action Alert
Don’t Let Hawaii Spread Deadly Poison That Could Kill Cats and Other Animals!

Dear Becky,

We need your help! Animals and people in Hawaii are in danger.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources are considering a plan to kill rat and mongoose populations by aerially and manually spreading deadly poison. This poison would indiscriminately affect all wildlife, poison the water supply, and potentially even make its way to humans.

The poison is an anticoagulant, which causes victims to hemorrhage and slowly bleed to death. The poison could be ingested by any animal, including cats, either directly or by eating a poisoned animal. The plan also includes live traps, kill traps, and multi-kill devices, which will harm non-target animals, too.

Comments on the plan are open until Thursday, April 7.

Please comment and tell the Fish and Wildlife Service that you oppose this deadly and irresponsible plan.

Below is a template with important points to make. We highly encourage you to comment in your own words and make your voice heard. 

I oppose this experimental plan because it is irresponsible and highly dangerous for animals and humans. Indiscriminately spraying poison will not just affect the target animals, but all animals in the area who could come into contact with the poison directly or indirectly by eating poisoned animals. Pets, other wildlife, and even people will be endangered.

The poisons could end up in the ocean and water supply and do further damage to wildlife and plant life, and even work their way up the human food chain.  Even worse, the suggested chemicals are anticoagulants, which cause animals to suffer and bleed to death slowly. The mechanical methods being considered are also cruel and highly ineffective. Kill traps and multi-kill devices do not discriminate and endanger all wildlife.

I don’t want to live, visit or vacation in a place where the government is recklessly spreading deadly poisons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources must go back to the drawing board and come up with humane, sound methods.

All comments must be submitted here. Click the ‘Comment Now!’ button in the upper right corner to create your own message. You can copy and paste the text above but again, we encourage you to write your own words with these points in mind.

Spreading poison could cause lasting damage to Hawaii’s animals and environment, and goes against the Hawaii spirit of love, peace and compassion. Comment on the plan and tell the Fish and Wildlife Service that you don’t want to live, visit or vacation in a place where deadly poison puts humans and animals in danger.

Becky Robinson

Sincerely,

Becky Robinson
Becky Robinson
Founder and President, Alley Cat Allies 

P.S. Please share this with your friends and family. We need as many voices as possible to stop this deadly plan from happening.

 

Maintaining Feral Cat Colonies at Jones Beach Puts Piping Plovers at Risk

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ABC's lawsuit asserts that Endangered Piping Plovers are at risk from feral cats at Jones Beach State Park, New York. Photo © Michael Stubblefield

Contact:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ABC Director of Invasive Species Programs, 202-888-7480

(Washington, D.C. March 31, 2016)American Bird Conservancy (ABC) today filed suit in federal court against the New York Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (Parks Office) over the continued presence of feral cat colonies at Jones Beach State Park. The colonies exist in close proximity to the nesting sites ofPiping Plovers, a species listed as "Threatened" in the Atlantic Coast region under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). New York State’s own Endangered Species Act lists the species as “Endangered.”

In a March 17, 2015 letter to ABC, the Parks Office acknowledged the presence of feral cats at Jones Beach and agreed that "our goal should be the removal of feral cats within New York State Parks." Yet no significant action has been taken. “The endangered plovers are already arriving for the 2016 breeding season and are being placed at an unacceptable risk," said Grant Sizemore, Director of ABC’sInvasive Species Programs.

ABC's complaint seeks an injunction to require that the Parks Office remove the feral cats from Jones Beach and follows a Notice of Intent to Sue submitted on Dec. 1, 2015.

“We regret that legal action is our only recourse,” said Mike Parr, ABC's Chief Conservation Officer. “We would far prefer to settle this out of court.” He added, “The park has placed ‘no pets’ signs at its parking lots, yet allows cats to be fed in the same areas. It makes no sense to prevent one but allow the other.”

The State has long accommodated multiple feral cat colonies at Jones Beach in spite of the known risks to Piping Plovers. The Parks Office has allowed structures to be built to house the cats, and it permits local residents to feed them routinely.

In 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) identified feral cats as a threat to Piping Plovers in the species’ Atlantic Coast range, which includes Jones Beach. As FWS stated in itsreport, “Recent research and reports indicate that predation poses a continuing (and perhaps intensifying) threat to Atlantic Coast Piping Plovers.”

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Plover chicks are especially vulnerable to predation before they are able to fly. Photo by Venu Challa

The FWS recognized that Piping Plovers are especially vulnerable to feral cats. Adult birds often feign a broken wing to distract predators, putting them at high risk of predation from non-native species. Plover chicks also move around the beach for approximately 25 days before they are able to fly, during which time they are especially vulnerable to cats.

Although many cats are beloved pets, free-roaming and feral cats are non-native predators that kill approximately2.4 billion birdsannually in the U.S.  A single feral cat can kill, on average, from 20 to 55 birds a year. Responding to this threat, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last yearvetoedlegislation that would have supported “Trap, Neuter, Release” programs that support feral cat colonies, citing the impacts these cats can have “on wildlife, including on threatened and endangered species, habitats, and food sources for native predators.”

“Feeding feral cats, as happens at Jones Beach, does not eliminate their instinct to hunt,” said Sizemore. “And in fact, the mere presence of cats has been shown to have significant adverse effects on breeding birds. Even when cats do not directly kill wildlife, they disrupt nesting and feeding behaviors.” One 2013 studyshowed as much as a 33 percent reduction in feeding of nestlings after cats made even a brief appearance near breeding areas.

American Bird Conservancy is being represented byGoodwin Procter LLPon a pro bono basis.

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American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.  With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

March Edition

Thanks to your support, we’ve been busy this month protecting cats around the globe. Here are just a few of our current projects and topics of interest:

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Help Us Fight for Cats in Australia—Sign the Pledge

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The Australian government is waging war on cats, and we need your help to speak out against them. Right now, Australia’s Ministry of the Environment is killing two million cats by 2020 with cruel methods like poison in a misguided and ineffective attempt to save endangered wildlife. Our new pledge calls for the killing to stop, supports nonlethal methods, and addresses the real threat to Australia’s wildlife—human habitat destruction. By signing the pledge, you tell the world that you want to protect cats and oppose the cruel plan to kill them. As the cats’ leading advocate, Alley Cat Allies pledges to work to end the killing of Australia’s cats. We hope you will join us. Sign the pledge and learn more about Alley Cat Allies’ work in Australia.

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Lifesaving Change for Cats in El Paso, Texas

El Paso’s community cats now have more protections! On February 23, the El Paso City Council voted unanimously to amend the city’s animal ordinances to include protections for community cats and their caregivers. They also voted to create a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program through El Paso Animal Services. El Paso’s ordinances now support TNR, and include special policies that will keep cats that are already eartipped, which indicates that they are neutered and vaccinated, out of shelters. See how El Paso has changed for the better of cats and the community.

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Dangerous Bill in Virginia Amended

Great news for Virginia’s animals! A bill that could have contradicted the Promote Adoptions Bill no longer poses a threat. The Promote Adoptions Bill, which passed last year, was a great achievement for advocates and guaranteed that private animal shelters are only “operated for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes for animals”. A new bill, introduced this year, challenged that, but amendments ensured it stays true to the intent of the Promote Adoptions Bill. Learn more about the bill amendment and what it means for Virginia’s animals.

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Kristen Lindsey Hearing Postponed Indefinitely

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The hearing on the case of Kristen Lindsey, the Texas veterinarian who killed a cat with a bow and arrow and bragged about it on Facebook, has been delayed indefinitely for a mediation period. Mediation could allow more time to investigate new details in the case, including evidence that Lindsey made false statements and misrepresentations. Alley Cat Allies submitted an amicus brief in support of revoking Lindsey’s veterinary license, and we will keep you updated on developments. Read more about the new details of the Kristen Lindsey case.

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Hawaii Feeding Ban Bill Deferred

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Thanks to the overwhelming support of Hawaii cat lovers, a bill that would have banned feeding cats on public lands was deferred. The bill, which was considered by the Hawaii Senate Committees on Water, Land, and Agriculture and Economic Development, Environment, and Technology, would have made it illegal for people to practice TNR, the humane and effective approach to community cats. This is a great first step, but it’s important to keep speaking out so the bill won’t be reconsidered! Learn more about the feeding ban bill and how Hawaii residents can act against it.

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Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic Reopens

The North Alabama Spay-Neuter Clinic, which shut down in April 2014, has reopened as of February! The non-profit, low-cost clinic is now available to the community with no income or residential restrictions. Alley Cat Allies has been very involved with cat protection efforts in Alabama, especially protecting the state’s few spay/neuter clinics. We’re happy to see the clinic reopen, as they provide vital services that protect Alabama’s animals and make TNR possible. Read about the reopening of the North Alabama Spay-Neuter Clinic.

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Adoptable Cat: Dunesberry

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Dunesberry was found outside as a very small kitten in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but now she is growing up and is ready to give you all her energy and love. She’s peppy and curious, loves to eat, and enjoys a good game of fetch. She’s very playful, so she would do great with another young cat who can keep up with her. Dunesberry is FIV positive, but she’s not worried about it! She can live just as long, happy, and healthy a life as any other cat. If you’re in the Atlantic City area, Dunesberry would love to join your family and liven up your home! Find out how you can adopt Dunesberry today.

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Quick Links

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Connecting with future veterinarians at SAVMA! We’re exhibiting at the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Symposium in Ames, IA from March 17–19. Learn about the Symposium and how to attend.

Meet us at the Whole Cat Workshop on March 20! Becky Robinson will be the keynote speaker at this Massachusetts workshop for cat lovers, professionals, and volunteers. Learn how you can attend the workshop.

We’re exhibiting at the VFHS Conference! The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies (VFHS) Conference in Charlottesville, VA from March 31–April 2 is a great opportunity to connect with animal lovers and professionals. Learn about the conference and how to register.

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