Monday, August 25, 2008

Humane "Pest" Control Company

911 Wildlife, a licensed pest control service located in Plano, Texas, helps humans deal with any species of wildlife in a safe, humane way.

Licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Bonnie Bradshaw, started 911 Wildlife two years ago after working with the Dallas/Fort Worth Wildlife Coalition. The nonprofit coalition of wildlife specialists operates a year-round hot line for people with wildlife problems to contact an expert for ideas about getting rid of the animal.

Mrs. Bradshaw’s company will help clients in two ways. A technician will perform a free inspection, looking for possible entry points and provide suggestions for the homeowner to solve the problem, such as putting wire mesh on a chimney or plugging a hole in an attic. Or technicians will give a price quote to do the work, usually starting at 150 dollars.

“Our main mission is to prevent animals from being injured or orphaned, so unlike other pest control companies, we are willing to come out for free and help a person solve a problem at no charge,” Mrs. Bradshaw said. “If they pay us to do the eviction and exclusion work, we give them a 10-year guarantee.”

Mrs. Bradshaw also teaches customers to use humane aversion techniques that range from installing high-tech, motion-sensitive sprinklers to simply shouting and waving at the animal.

“I think that their mission is one that is definitely needed. It is partly education and it is partly service,” Texas Master Naturalist Mark Branning said. “I think that those go hand in hand with helping and working with wildlife.”

911 Wildlife responds regularly to calls about raccoons, possums, bobcats, squirrels, armadillos, coyotes, birds, and other North Texas wildlife, but the hardest calls Mrs. Bradshaw gets come from people who take in these animals as pets and go to extreme measures to tame them. Mrs. Bradshaw has seen animals with claws and teeth removed. “If you have to mutilate an animal to make it a pet, that should be a sign,” she said. “It becomes a very, very sad situation; they are never tame.”

911 Wildlife offers these tips for dealing with and preventing wildlife intrusions:

1. Don't leave pet food outside overnight.
2. Don’t leave birdseed in feeders or on the ground overnight.
3. Don’t put unsecured garbage outside overnight.
4. Cover crawlspace & attic openings with heavy gauge, rustproof wire
mesh (not chicken wire).
5. Carefully inspect your eaves & other areas where the roof & house
join. Repair deteriorating boards, warped siding & loose shingles.
6. Trim overhanging branches that provide easy access to your roof for
squirrels & other wildlife.
7. If you have a pet door, close it securely at night.
8. If you have a chimney, make sure that it has a secure cap.
Chimneys without caps are open invitations to raccoons looking for
“hollow trees” in which to give birth & raise their young.
9. If you have a deck, you can prevent animals from digging underneath
it by creating an L-shaped barrier. Attach heavy gauge wire mesh to
the base of the deck, sink it six inches into the ground, bend it 90
degrees away from the deck for 12 inches then cover it with soil.
10. Share this information with your neighbors!

For more information, please visit their website at

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Angel the Dog Saves Kittens

A two-year-old dog that had been turned over to the Nevada Humane Society's shelter in Reno is being credited with rescuing six abandoned kittens.

While the Boxer/Pit Bull mix named Angel was on a walk with a pair of volunteers, the dog became obsessed with something in the bushes. When she refused to move on, the volunteer investigated and discovered a box full of 3-week-old orange tabby kittens that were frightened and hungry.

One of the abandoned kittens escaped before shelter staff were summoned to the scene, but Angel tracked it down and it was handed over to safety.

Justice Served in Animal Cruelty Case

On Thursday, August 14, 2008, the case, The Commonwealth vs. Copi, was tried in Henrico County General District Court of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Keith Copi of Critter Control was charged for illegally killing three feral cats trapped on the WRLH Fox Richmond property.

Keith Copi, the operator of a Critter Control franchise, was found guilty under a Virginia law that prohibits the “cruel or unnecessary” killing of any cat. At the trial, Mr. Copi admitted trapping and killing the cats, who had been cared for by employees of the television station for years. Mr. Copi was found guilty of three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. For each cat he killed, he was sentenced to a 12-month suspended jail sentence and a $250 fine. His license was also revoked.

Alley Cat Rescue applauds the Henrico County Commonwealth's attorney for upholding the law when it comes to animal welfare. We feel that as more and more animal cruelty cases are brought to trial and animal laws are upheld, the closer we come to a society that believes animals have rights and such cruelty against them will not be tolerated. Thank you to our members who attended the trial in support of our feral friends!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Feliway Electric Diffuser Eliminates Urination Problems

Feliway (Comfort Zone) spray and diffusers prevent cats from urinating where they shouldn't. This fantastic new pheromone Feliway spray or diffuser duplicates the smell of a cat's natural scent glands. Cats will not soil anything close to where Feliway has been sprayed. Containing the synthetic scent hormone, the plug-in diffuser allows the Feliway scent to permeate throughout the environment. Each plug-in will cover an area of 50 to 70 square meters and lasts approximately four weeks. Alterations in the cat's environment such as visits to the vet, moving house, new arrivals, or nervous cats may manifest themselves as a change in behaviour such as urine marking, scratching, loss of appetite and refusal to play and interact. The diffuser helps to restore a feeling of calm in the cat. Early feedback on this product has been very positive, particularly for nervous cats. Contains one electric device and 48ml vial. NB: If cat urine marks several rooms (with total surface area of more than 70sq.m), use an additional diffuser in one of the other rooms which have been marked.

You can purchase Feliway at local pet supply stores or online at One sells for about $20.00.