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*** DRUMROLL ***

Okay folks!!! *** BIG DRUMROLL *** *lil twirl* *raises top hat* As part of National Feral Cats Awareness week 2014 *cymbols CLASH* we’d like to introduce to you *stray cat caterwaul chorus* the launch of the Fantastic *applause* the Magnificent *enthusiastic applause* the Fantabulous *thunderous applause* TNR MANUAL for IRELAND!!!! *the crowd goes WIIIIILLLLLLD* 

Download it here (7.7 Mb):

The TNR Manual for Ireland

*** Please NOTE: the links in the manual are NOT yet live on Feral Cats Ireland (FCI), but they are on this site – replace any FCI link with[page name] ***

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Visiting Cork CAT

I’ve been visiting Cork CAT a few times over the past wee while – and am most grateful for Ann’s hospitality while I’ve had courses in Cork. Last visit I got some fab photos and footage of lil Bhindi Bhaji – a doralicious wee black girl, rescued from a situation where her family was decimated. With a feral mum and virtually no handling through her first few weeks of life, BB is a testament to the resilience of felines – though shy at first, she was soon playing away with my dread (portable cat toy numero uno) and demanding attention. Here’s a wee snippet:

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DAR *PurrOut*

Just a quick *PurrOut* for Drogheda Animal Rescue (DAR), one of the fab TNR organisations that came along to our workshops this weekend. Liza passed on their recent publicity with County Matters Louth – an excellent example of how to promote TNR, rescue and volunteering effectively and inspiringly – AND, as Liza said, ‘… how to look windswept and interesting.’!

Check out the video from Louth Matters 35 – you’ll see their slot starting around 12:02 and finishing at 19:20 – only seven minutes, but they pack loads of information into the slot, lots of volunteers inputting and a great plug for neutering companion animals, TNR and adoption. I especially love the little girl’s change of expression around 12:23-12:28 – she goes from slightly blank to affectionate, absorbed and engaged as she looks at the lush black beauty held in a volunteers arms. It’s what it’s all about.

Congrats to DAR and all their volunteers for a fab bit of publicity!!!

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Talking TNR in Navan & Athlone

Following on from our Cloughjordan TNR session back in March, CATalyst’Talking TNR sessions are heading up north for the weekend. Learn all about TNR and why it’s the only humane, long-term solution to the feline overpopulation problem in Ireland (and the rest of the world!).

Come and join us at either free event to find out more – and network with other TNR and animal welfare enthusiasts.  Everyone welcome!

If you’d like to support our fundraising campaign for these pilot TNR awareness raising & education projects – and more to come – read all about it at Indiegogo, and find loads more information to share about TNR while you’re there. Check it out here.

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BJ the Stray


We don’t know the name of this sweet wee dog, but have temporarily called him BJ, short for Beagley JRT. He’s been wandering round Bantry market and the roadways around it today, all on his ownio. I’d spotted him, but couldn’t catch him – he was off on a mission. But I put the word out and a wee bit later Kathryn, shining star that she is, saw him and grabbed him for me. A quick call to Jen at the vets and Neilie, our dog warden, and away we went to the Veterinary Clinic till we find out who he belongs to.

Friendly wee thing with a brand new collar – but no tag. He’s around 2 or 3 years old, isn’t neutered and, on examination, turns out to have Cryptorchidism, a condition characterised by incomplete or nonexistent descent of the testes. If he isn’t neutered his risk of testicular cancer is thought to be approximately ten times greater than in normal dogs.

BJ would very much like to find his owner. He’s headed off with Neilie, the dog warden, for the night.

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Talking TNR in Cloughjordan

As part of our collaboration with Feral Cats Ireland in the CATalyst Project, we’re Talking Trap Neuter Return this coming Wednesday, 4th March, at 8pm at the Thomas Macdonagh Heritage Centre in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary.

Talking TNR

Date: Wednesday 4th March

Time: 8pm

VenueThomas Macdonagh Heritage Centre, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary

We’re here to help you humanely manage your community cats.

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Moe the Pin-up Kitteh

Just a lil soundbite so I can share a picture of lil, wobbly Moe my poster kitteh. You might remember her story from way back – she has ataxia, possibly Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH). It’s a bit like cerebral palsy, but it doesn’t slow her down.

And, because she has a tendency to sit in the window, I put up a poster about the condition so that people seeing her wobble wouldn’t worry about her. And then she, very conveniently, posed beside it the other day. So she gave me the opportunity to put a few photos together of her growing up – she’s nearly two!!! Where does the time go?

Her original post about CH is here. And you can see the full size poster here.

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Beara Animal Rights Action Project

On Monday, 24th February, I set off for Castletownbere on the beautiful Beara peninsula. I was to meet Shonagh, one of the excellent vets from Kenmare Veterinary Centre. With her was Shadow (picture to come), an adorable three-legged rescue animal representative, and we’d all been invited to input to the Beara Community School‘s CSPE Animal Rights Action Project on behalf of KLAWS Kerry.

I want to share the visit here – just because I can’t contain my delight. But I also want to summarise the issues that came up (so many!), with relevant links for the class to follow through – and I thought it would be appropriate to share that information too.

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Until There Are None Ltd

I thoroughly enjoyed attending Lis O’Donovan’s Animal Welfare course at St John’s in Cork back in 2011/12. I learned loads (not least of which, how to deal with people). This is one of the pieces of coursework we were assigned. Well, not exactly. Lis took great delight in getting those of us leaning towards animal rights to argue for issues that we abhored. This is the only way I could find to argue for an animal circus – an animal rights circus. It’s the best I could do. Note that this circus exists only in my imagination.

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