My “Fishing Trip” with Nebraska’s TNR Groups

In a Trap-Neuter-Return program, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped, and then returned to their outdoor home. —Alley Cat Allies A managed Trap-Neuter-Return colony has a caregiver who monitors the cats, captures any that need veterinary care, and traps any newcomers to be sterilized and vaccinated. A properly managed colony is a health, stable colony in which no kittens are born. —Husker Cats I believe Trap-Neuter-Return is the current best solution to cat homelessness. For that reason, I consider TNR groups an integral member of the animal welfare village, and … Continue reading My “Fishing Trip” with Nebraska’s TNR Groups

Interview with Author Valerie Ingram

As part of volunteering with Husker Cats, I followed online groups that took care community cats. One day a post appeared about a picture book that had been published on the topic. The book was by Valerie Ingram, co-founder of Lakes Animal Friendship Society. Since that time, Valerie has become an inspiration to me in my animal welfare goals and a dear friend. Valerie and I both share a passion for pet education. This spring, she contracted me to write ten articles for Lakes Animal Friendship Society that could be run in local newspapers. My life this upcoming year will … Continue reading Interview with Author Valerie Ingram

Review: Nobody’s Cats & Out of the Cold by Valerie Ingram and Alistair Schroff

If you are creative and care about the welfare of animals, what can you do? If you’re Valerie Ingram and Alistair Schroff, you write children’s picture books. Both Nobody’s Cats and Out of the Cold are based on true stories from northwest British Columbia and profits from the sale of the book go towards the care of animals in that region.  Nobody’s Cats tells the tale of a boy who saw a tiny black cat shivering in the snow by an old shed. The cat was just one of many that had been born or abandoned  there. A few of … Continue reading Review: Nobody’s Cats & Out of the Cold by Valerie Ingram and Alistair Schroff

Review: The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey & Purr Prints of the Heart by Deborah Barnes

Once upon a time there was an animal lover who opened her home up to cats. For anyone who reads pet books, there’s nothing new about that plot. So why should you check out the two offerings by Deb Barnes? From the gorgeous and charming artwork to the funny and conversational style, The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey and Purr Prints of the Hearts will certainly warm your heart. If pretty looks and engaging words aren’t enough to woo you, there’s also the fact that Barnes is an excellent storyteller. She deftly draws you into her world and makes you … Continue reading Review: The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey & Purr Prints of the Heart by Deborah Barnes

How Spay/Neuter Services Help Pet Owners

25% of pets in the United States have not been spayed or neutered. Cost is one major reason. The good news is that there are animal welfare groups in every state that offer low-cost spay/neuter services. The group I belong to and write for, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, is one such group. Earlier this month I talked to representatives from three animal groups offering low-cost spay/neuter services in other parts of the U.S. Animal Care Sanctuary is in Pennsylvania. While ACS is a sanctuary and does have many animals that live out their lives there, adoption is its primary goal. ACS … Continue reading How Spay/Neuter Services Help Pet Owners

How Universities Help Community Cats

Amid the students, professors, and college administrators, there are other residents on campus—feral cats. You may not even notice them at first. They typically hide during the day and come out at night, and they are generally leery of humans.—Alley Cats Allies Due to Husker Cats’ aggressive and proven Trap-Neuter/Spay-Return activities, the feral cat population has stabilized and in fact, has reduced to a manageable number.—Husker Cats Why are feral cat colonies found at universities and why should universities care about feral cats? One university student’s research paper entitled TNR and Campus Cat Organizations described campuses as “hotspots for feral cats”. An explanation … Continue reading How Universities Help Community Cats

The Blair Community Cats, A Successful Trap-Neuter-Return Model

A stray cat outside a local restaurant in Blair inspired that community’s Trap-Neuter-Return program, one that has been recognized across the nation as a model of how such programs should work. Since the  program started in 2012, over two thousand community cats have been altered. Each year, the numbers of cats needing to be altered continue to decline, with the latest being just over three hundred. The end goal is a stable population, with no more kittens being born, and over all improved lives for the remaining community cats. Recently, I interviewed Taryn about the Blair Community Cats program, which is … Continue reading The Blair Community Cats, A Successful Trap-Neuter-Return Model

My "Fishing Trip" with Nebraska's TNR Groups

In a Trap-Neuter-Return program, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped, and then returned to their outdoor home. —Alley Cat Allies A managed Trap-Neuter-Return colony has a caregiver who monitors the cats, captures any that need veterinary care, and traps any newcomers to be sterilized and vaccinated. A properly managed colony is a health, stable colony in which no kittens are born. —Husker Cats I believe Trap-Neuter-Return is the current best solution to cat homelessness. For that reason, I consider TNR groups an integral member of the animal welfare village, and … Continue reading My "Fishing Trip" with Nebraska's TNR Groups

Global Cat Day: A Tale of Two Cats

Just in time for Global Cat Day (previously known as Feral Cat Day) on October 16, I’d like to present you with a tale of two cats. The first tale is about Gypsy, an eight-week-old kitten, whose mother brought her to the right place. Little Mama brought her kitten to the home of Donna Kavanagh and Ron Stow, who both knew that Gypsy would have a better life with them. We chose to work within the programs sponsored by Lincoln Animal Ambassadors rather than involve ourselves directly in animal rescue, since we do already have a “full house” of pets. … Continue reading Global Cat Day: A Tale of Two Cats

October 16: National Feral Cat Day

A pet calendar date dear to my heart is National Feral Cat Day. Celebrated on October 16, the goal is to raise awareness of community cats and to promote Trap Neuter Release (TNR) as the best method for stabilizing cat populations. Alley Cat Allies initiated this day on 2001 on the group’s 10th anniversary. Who are Alley Cat Allies? Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Maryland, Alley Cat Allies is the only national cat advocacy organization “dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats.” It boasts more than 600,000 supporters. For more than 26 years, Alley Cat Allies has … Continue reading October 16: National Feral Cat Day