Friday, July 18, 2008

Ways to Save Money When Feeding Feral Cats

With rising prices, it is becoming more difficult for colony caretakers to feed feral cats, so the group All For Animals Rescue posted this helpful recipe on their blog. According to them, based on feeding 10 cats, this concoction saves anything from $20-$40 per month.

4 small cans of cheap food, such as Friskies, about 50¢ a can
3 cups of cheap dry food $2-4 a 3lb bag
2 packs of chicken hearts and giblets about $1.50
6 eggs
pack of salad macaroni
small pack of barley
1lb ground beef (cheap one)
1lb sardines

Boil the eggs, hearts, giblets, fish, meat, macaroni, and barley until cooked. Add just enough water to cook the items (cook the barley on its own). Once cooked, put the mix in a food processor and grind it down to a course mix, add the cans of cat food mix it together.

Bag up the mix, enough for a day in each bag and freeze; about 2/3 of a cup per day per cat.

When feeding, thaw out the mix and just before serving add about 1/2 a cup of the dry food. I also add some omega 3 oils (2 tablespoons), and you can also add table scraps as long as there is no onion or garlic (everything from left over pizza to the fat from meat cuts, potatoes etc).You can also mix in a small amount of dog kibble. Mixing this amount should last a week to 15 days, maybe more.

Here are some other tips: you can ask a local store to sell you out-of-date meats (they can’t sell) to you for a reduced price, try to find a raw feeders co-op in your area (if you buy in bulk, you will save money), put an ad on craig’s list for pet food coupons, ask if anyone has food their animals won’t eat and tell them you will take it, consider asking your neighbors if they would like to help by donating bags/cans of food, coupons etc., ask local pet stores for samples of foods, and check the pet food makers’ websites for free samples/coupons and get family and friends to send for them to help you.

Here are a few websites that offer free samples and special deals:
https://offers.purina.com/ESurveyOfferPage.aspx?offercode=CCNO7
http://www.mysavings.com/free-samples/Flint-River-Ranch-Pet-Food/1288/
http://www.purinaone.com/30DayChallenge/Default.aspx
http://print.coupons.com/couponweb/Login.aspx?pid=11146&zid=cg19&nid=10
http://www.freenclearstuff.com/pet.htm

Thank you to All 4_4 Paws for such great information and the wonderful work that you do! Please visit All For Animals Rescue blog at http://flip195.wordpress.com/ and their website at http://www.all44paws.org/.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cats or Coyotes?

That is the question many are asking at California State University Long Beach. Recently, small critters have sparked large concern for public relation officials on the campus and the solution is not an easy one.

Alleged sightings of a coyote, or coyotes, have caused concern for public safety. Problems will inevitably arise when wild animals come in close contact with humans, and CSULB officials want to blame feral cats on the coyotes’ presence.

Cats have lived on the campus since 1949, when the institution was established, and individuals have been caring for (feeding/watering and TNRing) them for at least the past 25 years. The 1984 estimations were that approximately 300 feral cats inhabited the campus. Today’s estimate — depending on which source provides the figures — falls between 100 and 160 cats.

Because a few feral cats have been found dead, some are claiming the cats are “attracting” the coyotes; while others make the argument that possums, rats, raccoons, and trash could also be enticing the coyotes to campus. Activists say campus officials are using the cats as a scapegoat, so the debate has come down to who should be removed…the cats or the coyotes?

Experts from the California Department of Fish and Game and specialists in animal behavior had advised that "if a predictable source of prey is removed, the coyotes will typically move." On the other hand, Bill Dyer, Southern California regional director for In Defense of Animals, a national animal protection group says, "if they're concerned about the safety of people, get rid of the coyotes [relocate them]." Leslie Abrahams, who heads a campus animal assistance program, agrees by stating, "they are spayed and neutered. Why would you kill perfectly healthy cats just to save two coyotes?"

According to the Los Angeles Times, “the activists who care for the campus cats said they have been given 40 days to get rid of them. They insisted that moving the felines to shelters would spell death, and they argue that trapping the coyotes would be better than targeting the cats.” Most agree that CSULB officials should have waited for the results of the investigation to be certain of coyote presence before making a decision; so far, this determination has been reached based on alleged sightings.

Either way, those who have been caring for the cats have done a tremendous job. If this statistic doesn't prove that TNR works, I don't know what does? Cats can live to be 20 years old; yes, feral cats, perhaps, live shorter lives, but still this reduction should be viewed as a success not a failure. (Some argue that TNR has not been successful because the reduction has been limited; thus, get rid of the cats.) Over a period of 24 years, the number of ferals living in this area has been reduced by half...I think that is pretty darn good! At any rate, the reduction clearly supports that TNR is an effective method of controlling feral cat populations AND it is humane.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beijing Suspends Dog Dishes from Menus during the Olympics

Beijing has asked hotels and restaurants in the city to take dog meat off the menu for the duration of next month's Olympics and September's Paralympics.


According to several international news reports, a directive from the Beijing Food Safety Office issued last month ordered Olympic contracted hotels not to provide any dishes made with dog meat. Concerned that canine dishes might offend animal rights groups and Western visitors, Beijing tourist officials said restaurants, expected to be popular among foreign visitors, must stop serving dog meat "to respect the dining customs of different countries." The Beijing News quoted the municipal food department as saying the decision has been made to "respect the habits of many countries and nationalities."


Alley Cat Rescue is hoping this ban also includes cat meat; which China also views as a delicacy and is found on restaurant menus. During the 1988 Seoul Olympics, South Korea banned dog meat by instating a law prohibiting the sale of "foods deemed unsightly." However, after the Olympics, the ban was not strictly enforced.

Along with China’s temporary menu changes, Beijing has also been rounding up cats and dogs to “cleanse” the city in preparation for the Olympics. Stray and feral cats and dogs are poisoned, trapped to be destroyed, or simply killed when demolition crews tear down old structures to build the new facilities. If China wants to project a sophisticated image during the Olympics, it must foster a culture of responsible guardianship, in keeping with the 21st century animal welfare standards.

Thank you, again, to those who signed ACR’s petitions expressing your disapproval with China’s actions. Your opinions have been sent to the International Olympic Committee and to the US Ambassador to China, Zhou Wenzhong.

For more information on how you can help, please visit www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-the-beijing-olympics-cat-massacre?page=12

Thursday, July 10, 2008

ACR Members Disapprove of China’s Animal Cruelty in Preparation for the Olympics: Over 12,000 Petitions Collected

Alley Cat Rescue wants to thank everyone who signed and submitted the petitions to stop the animal cruelty in Beijing, China in preparation for the Olympic Games. Together, we gathered over 12,000 petitions, urging Chinese authorities and the Olympic Committee to stop the killing. That’s remarkable!

As we speak, 6,000 petitions are traveling to Switzerland to the International Olympic Committee and in the next day or two, 6,000 petitions will arrive on Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong’s desk here in Washington, DC.

Of course, China is not the first country to “clean up” by removing cats for the Olympics; Greece did it and so is England. But if we keep pressure on the International Olympic Committee and the participating countries to stop this cruelty, in the end, the animals will win!

Again, thank you to all who showed your support for this campaign and for supporting the efforts of Alley Cat Rescue!!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Critter Control Contracted by Local Fox News Station Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit obtained three warrants for animal cruelty charges against Mr. Keith J. Copi, who operates the company Critter Control. The pest control company was contracted in early June by WRLH Fox 35 to trap and remove a feral cat colony behind the business on Westmorland Street. Last week, bulldozers began plowing through brush that has become home for dozens of feral cats living outside the station. Workers stopped when a large number of cats ran from the brush.

According to a CBS 6 news report, “after a thorough investigation and consultation with the Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney's Office we [the Henrico Police Department] determined that Mr. Copi acted illegally by trapping and then killing the cats. We are not releasing the manner in which the cats were killed as that will be used as evidence against him in court by the Commonwealth Attorney.” Mr. Copi faces up to 12 months in jail and a $2500.00 fine on each charge; he will be arrested later this week.

Alley Cat Rescue is urging our members to contact the following individuals and companies to express your outrage on FOX’s decision to kill the cats instead working with animal organizations to TNR the cats:

Fox Richmond WRLH Channel 35
Phone: (804) 358-3535
General Manager: Steve Genett
Online Feedback Form: http://www.fox35.com/inside/contact.shtml
Mailing Address: 1925 Westmoreland Street, Richmond, VA 23230

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc

Phone: (410) 568-1500
President and CEO: David D. Smith
Online Feedback Form: http://www.sbgi.net/contact/contact.shtml
Mailing Address: 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030

And you may also contact the animal control company responsible for killing the cats at:

Critter Control

Telephone: (231) 947-2400
Toll Free: (800) 451-6544
Fax: (231) 947-9440
Address: 9435 E. Cherry Bend Rd. Traverse City, MI 49684
Email: info@crittercontrol.com

The phone number for the local office that killed the cats is:
(804) 674-6621