Tribute to Long-Term LAA Volunteer

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors wishes to pay tribute to Joyce Teets for her ten years of volunteer service. It also thanks everyone who supported them on Give to Lincoln Day. Finally, it reminds the Lancaster County community to mark July 18th as the date (if allowed) for LAA’s annual Wine & Howl. Teets first got involved with Lincoln Animal Ambassadors when some of her neighbors asked her for help with the community cats at Wyuka. “We had to trap the cats and get them to The Cat House for Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR),” said Teets.” I don’t think I understood … Continue reading Tribute to Long-Term LAA Volunteer

2020 Online Community Cats Conference

On the weekend of January 24-26, I participated in an online conference hosted by the Community Cats Podcast on the topic of community cats (unowned cats that live outdoors). Now in its second year, the conference featured thirteen speakers from animal welfare organizations across North America. Following are highlights from the one presentation I disliked, and from a few of those I enjoyed. “So much has evolved in animal welfare in just the past decade. Now that we know better, we can do better,” said Dr. Sara Pizano, in her presentation titled “How We Live with and Love Cats.” Pizano … Continue reading 2020 Online Community Cats Conference

Photo provided by Dan Spehar

How One Cat Colony Led to the Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats

In 2003, Dan Spehar and his wife started feeding four kittens that appeared at their house. Although they had intermittently fed single stray cats previously, they had never encountered a group of cats coming around together. Dan and his wife … Continue reading How One Cat Colony Led to the Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats

Making a Difference for Community Cats: Project Bay

What would you do if you found 175 cats living along a popular hiking/biking trail? In 2004, that’s what the founders and volunteers of Project Bay Cat faced along San Francisco Bay. They began spaying/neutering the cats. They also rescued … Continue reading Making a Difference for Community Cats: Project Bay

One of the First Trap-Neuter-Return Programs: MRFRS

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society was one of the first organizations in the United States to launch a Trap-Neuter-Return program. It started in 1992 when two concerned residents, Dorothy Fairweather and Jan DeWitt, “approached the president of the local … Continue reading One of the First Trap-Neuter-Return Programs: MRFRS

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