Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Humane and Environmentally-Friendly Cat Deterrents

ScareCrow Sprinklers

The patented Scarecrow Sprinkler is the smartest scarecrow ever invented. When it sees an intruder it instantly releases full hose water pressure towards the trespasser. The effect is both startling and immediate! It detects animals as small as rabbits and cats. It uses only about 2 cups of water per deterrence, runs for months, and "fires" 1000s of times on only one 9 volt battery. It’s environmentally friendly and HUMANE!!

How It Works

The Scarecrow senses animals the same way security lights detect people, by movement and heat. When an animal is detected, a valve opens instantly releasing a three-second pulsating spray of water. The combination of the sudden noise, movement, and water frightens animals away. This startling, yet harmless action is a remarkably effective deterrent.

Works on Deer, Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Raccoons, Squirrels & Birds!

For more information and to purchase one please visit: http://www.greentouchirrigation.com/scarecrow.html

Havahart Spray Away Motion Activated Water Repellent


The Havahart sprayer uses a heat and movement sensor to detect animals and has a 180-degree range of motion. The sensor pauses for 8 seconds after firing again; which creates randomness and prevents animals from becoming accustomed to the repellent. The device includes an extra garden hose attachment, so multiple hoses can be run through it to create a system. One unit protects approximately 1,000 sq. ft., shooting water 35ft. in length. It operates on one 9-volt battery (not included), with an average battery life of six months. The Havahart is effective repelling deer, dogs, raccoons, groundhogs, opossum, skunks, cats, rabbits, squirrels, and other nuisance animals.

For more information and to purchase one, please visit: http://www.havahart.com/store/animal-repellents/5265

Monday, September 15, 2008

Breaking News from Shanghai, China


According to Second Chance Animal Aid, an animal rescue organization located in Shanghai, China, over 1500 cats have been trapped in Shanghai and the surrounding region for shipment to southern China’s food and fur industries. On Friday, 29 August 2008, local animal rescuers located several trucks with over seventy bamboo crates crammed with cats in Jia Xing, a small city in Zhejiang Province, about an hour outside of Shanghai. These cats had likely been trapped in parks, from housing compounds, and the streets of Shanghai and neighboring areas. Many of the cats in the crates had collars on them – obviously people’s pets, possibly trapped just meters from their home.

The trucks were intercepted late at night in a parking lot in an industrial section of town, and as the cat trappers attempted to load the trucks, rescuers called the police. Some rescuers claimed to have lost their cat, while others challenged the rather unofficial-looking photocopied documents that the head of the cat smugglers produced to support his claim that he owned the cats legitimately; he claimed to have paid RMB50,000 for photocopied “ownership” papers (USD$7,320/ GBP£4,067) and was transporting them all according to permit.

Regardless of the legality of transport permits, the condition in which the cats were packed – crammed 20 or more to a small crate with no room to move and no access to food or water, while some newborns were being crushed to death and other cats had died, was a shockingly cruel sight. By mid-day Saturday, a crowd of nearly 300 people had gathered. A local TV crew filmed animal lovers feeding the cats through the slats of the crates and watering them down to keep them cool; several of the crates were broken and cats freed.

By late afternoon, the crowd was dispersed and, sadly, the remaining crates of cats appeared to be loaded onto a new truck by the cat trappers. Although there is often little hope of helping cats already trapped and on their way to Guangdong, a focus of efforts on spay/neuter and indoor cat campaigns will hopefully someday reduce the numbers of available strays and unwittingly friendly pets going to market.

To learn more about this horrific account, please visit Second Chance Animal Aid’s website at http://www.scaashanghai.org/cats_trapped_in_shanghai.shtml