Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Proceeds Help ACR Cats

Exciting news! ACR is now partnering with award-winning cat writer and artist Wendy Christensen to raise money to help save cats.

Wendy’s creations can be purchased at her Etsy shop Wendycats Cat Jewelry for Cat Lovers. Wendy’s shop features unique handcrafted cat jewelry using gemstones, silver, copper, vintage cat jewels, millefiore glass, lampworked glass and much more. Wendy fashions one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings and sets - all featuring cats. 

Some pieces include genuine KeyCycled computer keys, spelling out feline-friendly phrases such as "Purrrr" and "Cat Writer." Wendy will be happy to design and craft a special piece of cat jewelry just for you, using your favorite colors and gemstones -- and maybe your name or your cat's name, or a special message (like "Don't Declaw") spelled out in keys!

You can contact Wendy at wendy@wendycats.com with your requests and ideas. And remember to mention Alley Cat Rescue when placing your order and Wendy will donate ten percent of your purchase price to Alley Cat Rescue! Also, remember to use coupon code ACR/10 when checking out at Wendy’s Etsy shop. So get shopping and start supporting cats!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kittens with Eye Condition Find Relief at ACR


Meet the Peanuts gang! This family of Siamese-mix kittens was rescued by ACR in College Park, Maryland as part of a TNR project. Being born to a feral mother meant these kittens were little spitfires in the beginning, but after some time in a foster home with lots of patience and love, these kittens now welcome the company of people. Each kitten has a unique personality and loves to show it off when you enter the room.
Rerun and Woodstock
 There’s Rerun and Woodstock. Rerun is very outgoing and has a milk mustache. Woodstock is a little more relaxed and enjoys butt scratches. Charlie is the fuzzy one in the bunch, who flattens out like a pancake when you pet him, and there’s Linus, who is a little more reserved and enjoys hanging back and watching the others’ antics. Snoopy is the only girl in the family and has the Siamese shaped face but not the coloring. She may be petite but her strong-willed nature will quickly convince you to make a lap for her to curl up on.

Snoopy and Linus
Besides their cuteness, there is something else special about this family of kittens…they all have an eye condition called eyelid agenesis. This means their eyelids did not properly develop, which causes the hairs around their eyes to irritate the eyes. If this condition is left untreated, the irritating hairs will cause scarring on the eye that would eventually lead to blindness. ACR has successfully treated several cats in the past for this condition, which is most likely the result of genetics and poor nutrition in the early stages of life. Rerun and Woodstock’s eyelids are only slightly underdeveloped and do not require treatment; however, Charlie, Linus and Snoopy do need corrective surgery. Charlie, the fuzzy one, is also blind in his right eye due to the malformation of his eye. But you would never know it, with the way he romps around with his brothers and sister!
Charlie
 In following the No-Kill policy, ACR only euthanizes a cat if absolutely necessary, and in this case, these kittens will live happy, comfortable lives once they receive corrective surgery. And despite the financial strain to treat these kittens, they will undergo surgery very soon. If you wish to help Alley Cat Rescue provide surgery to Charlie, Snoopy and Linus, please consider making a donation through Chip-In. These kittens are also available for adoption and will need special loving homes, so if you are interested in adopting one of the kittens please contact Alley Cat Rescue at 301-277-5595 or at ACR@saveacat.org.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

ACTION ALERT: US Fish and Wildlife Service to Hold Anti-TNR Workshop


On November 5th, at the Wildlife Society Annual Conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii, representatives from the US Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct an all-day workshop entitled,  Influencing Local Scale Feral CatTrap-Neuter-Release Decisions,” to teach biologists and conservation activists how to protest TNR efforts. The workshop will equip participants with tools on how to encourage local decision makers away from supporting non-lethal management practices for free-roaming cats. The workshop will actually teach participants how to sway local decisions against TNR through “role playing activity” of public meetings to “debrief and design local strategies.”

Of course this workshop is NOT going to provide statistical information that has been gathered for decades on the countless benefits of TNR or explain how costly and ineffective trap and kill is, but rather reinforce that eradication is the only method that should be utilized when managing community cats, as they continue to exaggerate cat predation on wildlife. The Wildlife Society’s website says that “cats kill an estimated 1.4 million birds a day, every day—and at least as many small mammals and herps.” It goes on to say that cats kill more birds than do “collisions with wind or communications towers, oil spills, or other sources on which conservation agencies invest time and money.”

The Wildlife Society also stresses that “Municipalities across the U.S. are being pressured by cat advocacy groups to adopt Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programs… establishing populations of subsidized invasive predators that continue to depredate wildlife.” Therefore, this workshop is designed to arm biologists and conservationists with the tools necessary to counteract the work on animal organizations to ensure that TNR is not embraced in anymore communities.

If it’s a fight they want, then it’s a fight we will give them! It’s time for cat advocates and supporters of non-lethal management practices to band together and let our voices be heard that we do NOT want our tax money to be used to kill cats! Especially, when history has shown us that trap and kill does NOT work and that TNR DOES!

What you can do to help:

*  Contact the USFWS and tell them you oppose their efforts to kill cats.
    Daniel M. Ashe, Director, USFWS
    Loyal Mehrhoff, Field Supervisor, Pacific Islands
    Robyn Thorson, Regional Director, Pacific Region

* Contact Secretary Salazar of the Department of the Interior

* Contact President Obama
   
*  Spread the word about the benefits of TNR with friends, family and neighbors. Remember to share important TNR emails, blogs and helpful links to your Facebook!

*  Find out about laws in your area and attend council meetings where TNR legislation is the subject of discussion.

*  Learn more about TNR and communities by visiting our website and stay up-to-date on action alerts and hot topics by subscribing to our E-newsletter.