Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cats Galore

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed
Last month might have been our official cat month, but April is shaping up to be about cats again with the Cozy Chicks. Ellery lost her beloved Pippin on Saturday, which as any animal lover knows, can be as painful as losing a human loved one. You can pay your condolences to her here in comments or on facebook, where so many of her friends are offering support.

On the brighter side of cats, another of Leann’s Cats in Trouble Mysteries came out yesterday. The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon, and sales are rocking. You can check it out by clicking on the cover. Isn’t it sweet?

Next, Mr. Deb/Hannah and I received a letter from the city regarding his business. The Milwaukee Common Council has adopted an ordinance that allows residents to establish outdoor cat colonies, and since an application was submitted within a certain radius of his building, we have to decide whether we want to support it or object to it.  What a no-brainer!

I didn’t know such a thing existed! How cool is this! According to the letter, a resident is certified for a feral cat colony through the Wisconsin Humane Society. Then the cats are trapped, brought in for spaying/neutering, vaccinations and other medical care, and returned to the neighborhood where their basic needs (like food and water) are met by the responsible resident.

This is like cat utopia. No more euthanasia, which hasn’t solved the population problem anyway. No more starving felines. With managed colonies, life on the street as homeless cats will drastically improve.

Doing a waggle dance for street cats! And if you don't know what a waggle dance is, you better read Buzz Off (A Queen Bee Mystery)


Shel said...

Oh that is awesome! I wish more communities would do that, instead of treating feral cats as nuisances that need to be exterminated.

Lynda said...

Glad to hear that more places are addressing the problem of homeless cats, rather than just putting them down. I volunteer at our County shelter (in CA) and see so many thousands of ferals put down each year - it is so depressing. However, there are now a number of organizations in our area with TNR (Trap, Neuter & Release) programs - some funded by donations and some by govt grants, that pay to have the ferals spayed/neutered and vaccinated before releasing them back to their colonies.
There are also a lot of caring people who have committed to caring for the cats. I have a small feral colony that I take care of, and - now that they've been fixed - some of them are even feeling safe enough to let me pet them. Thanks you for putting this info out there. And remember everyone - spay or neuter your pets so the population will not keep getting steadily worse.

~Sia McKye~ said...

We had a program like this when I lived in California, called Forgotten Felines. we trapped the ferals and took them in for spay/neutering and then released them. I helped with some fostering the kittens from these ferals. I think this is a grand idea and always have. People will feed them and yet they still have a place to live.


Sue said...

First of all Daryl, So sorry to hear your sweet kitty had to be put down. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet. What a wonderful idea Wisconsin has with the cat coloney!!! It's great that there are those who see animals as living, loving things. I wish more states would do something like that.

Aurian said...

Hi Ellery, so sorry you lost your companion, my condoleances.

I am surprised to read about a feral cat problem. I don't believe we have that in Holland. Stray animals will be collected by the asylum, and be cared for. Of course they are neutered there, but are never put back on the streets. I don't believe there are real ferals here, only cats (and dogs and rabbits and whatever) thrown out of their homes by owners who go on holiday and won't provide for their animals.

But still, this sounds very good. And as I am so extremely allergic for kats and all kinds of furries, it would be a way to take care of them after all. I'd love that.

Leann Sweeney said...

This is wonderful! (And thanks for mentioning the new book!!) The book I am working on now deals with relocating a feral cat colony, so I will add this to the part of my brain where research is stored. I have learned exactly how the feral cats are "taken into custody" and it is fascinating (and wonderfully humane). People are doing good things when they are allowed to by city and town councils across the country.

Lizzie said...

This is wonderful! It's humane and the right thing to do!

And a couple of my friends have actually adopted some of these feral cats and they have turned into wonderful companions!

Brenda Hyde said...

I wish our county did something like this. We have nothing when it comes to cats, and the vets around here are SO expensive. I always feed the strays, but we already have three inside cats, and can't afford to care for more. I would though if we had this type of program!