Remember Me Thursday? Started by the Helen Woodward Animal Centre in America, it’s an adoption drive with a difference – and with international relevance. Your participation is key to promoting companion animal adoption from shelters and rescues – and saving lives!
What does it involve? – lighting a candle on Remember Me Thursday, September 25, 2014 and spreading the word. Read on to find out everything you need to know about Remember Me Thursday, adoption, tools for the campaign, what you can do and to remember the companion animals who didn’t make it – and those who are still waiting to come home.
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):
*** Please NOTE: the links in the manual are NOT yet live – see end of this post for temporary links to the information ***
Dogs Trust – What happens when dogs go missing? I’d imagine our Irish stats will be slightly different, probably more dogs straying, but otherwise not dissimilar.
Do you know what to do if your companion goes missing? Find out here!
The Survey Says …
Lots of stuff to be aware of in the UK survey. Let’s go through it with an Irish perspective, starting with:
29 per cent of dog owners lose their pet at least once during its lifetime.
KLAWS Kerry. Over a month later and we’ve not found a home for her yet. I thought I’d share some more information with you and, fingers crossed, we’ll find her a home soon when everyone realises how gorgeous she is.
Lexi’s also appealing to everyone to join in with Remember Me Thursday – remembering all the companion animals who didn’t find their forever homes and those, like Lexi, who are still waiting. Light a candle on 25th September for Lexi. Even better – adopt her! Make her day!
She was a very shy girl when she arrived, and had obviously reasons to distrust humans. At the same time, she’s equally obviously known love at some point, because she loves snorgles and isn’t in the least bit feral. Something has happened to make her so wary and she’s warming up very quickly now she knows she’s safe.
Check out this fabulous, sensitive article from Louise Glazebrook on the Huffington Post, putting into words what I’ve been thinking the past few days – Do Unwanted Dogs Need to Burn to Death to Get Noticed?
As the article says:
It’s desperately sad that 53 dogs lost their lives in the fire. What is also desperately sad are the statistics from the annual Dogs’ Trust survey which were released last week. The figure that hurt the most was that in the UK, 21 stray dogs are put to sleep every day. Per year, our dog-loving nation puts down approx. 7,805 unwanted dogs a year.
… It’s not a fire, granted, but it’s not the way dogs should be treated in this nation of ‘dog-lovers’.
Got an absolutely lovely unsolicited comment on the contact page of the site yesterday. I’m sure it’s directed at everyone involved in animal welfare so I thought I’d share it with y’all to pass on to your fave rescue people and orgs to give em a wee boost.
I am Christine, a mere human being who stumbled upon your site, and I would like to say THANK YOU for caring for these animals. People who do this good stuff deserves appreciation and praise. Thank you for all who works for this site for doing a very nice thing.
Animal Rescue Cobh (ARC) asked me to do a homecheck in Bantry recently for a lovely pair of odd-eyed sisters. Passed with flying colours, the sisters will be going to their new forever home very soon! I thought I’d use the opportunity to share some info about odd-eyed cats – and home checks!
The kittens are especially gorgeous due to their unusual eyes. The technical term, heterochromia iridum, is a difference in colour in the iris (hence the name the Hi Sisters). Complete heterochromia refers to two different coloured eyes, like this pair. Partial heterochromia refers to different colours within the iris.
Either the white or the white-spotted gene is the usual cause of genetic heterochromia. These girls probably have the dominant white gene, which masks any other colour genes to make a completely white cat (the white spotted gene is responsible for bi-colour and tuxedo cats). Eye colour, specifically the colour of the irises, is determined primarily by the concentration and distribution of melanin. Both the white and the white-spotted genes prevent melanin (pigment) granules from reaching one eye during development. Kittens’ eyes change colour, if they’re going to change, at around 6 to 8 weeks old. So, since all cats have blue eyes when they’re born, it’s the blue eye that is the odd-eye.
RAWR. He was a poor soul on arrival – scarily thin, untrained and a bit nervous – but a very enthusiastic dog, eager to learn and faithfully by my side wherever I went. He was with me for around six weeks and then bravely headed off to the UK to find his forever home.
Well, I got a couple of fab emails over the last couple of days from Carmen, his new people! As you know I love hearing how happy my fosterees end up, and I love sharing the news too! So, here’s some info and pics for your delectation. I confess I was shocked when I went back and looked at Bruce’s condition when he first arrived. The main pic here shows him then and now. This is why so many of us volunteer in animal rescue!
Here’s my thoughts – and a few alternatives.
What’re the Problems?
A spokesperson from An Post said:
With four glamorous cats on An Post’s new 68c stamps, this set will appeal to both cat lovers and breeders alike – they are simply the cat’s pyjamas!
An estimated 180,000 kittens die, with no glamour, every year in Ireland because of the overpopulation problem. With too many cats and not enough homes, breeding directly contributes to the problem. I doubt anyone who is involved in animal welfare in Ireland will find the stamp set appealing.
Sadly the set will appeal to the section of the public who know little or nothing about cat welfare in Ireland. And shelters will see the result in six months to a year – increased surrenders of pedigree cats, when the appeal has worn off and reality has sunk in.
I hadn’t a clue. But I hopped in the van and drove round – only seconds away, despite Bantry ‘rush hour’ traffic. Sure enough Katie and Nadia were keeping the big guy contained safely – and Lola was kept well away for her own safety since she’s only wee still (but don’t tell her I said so!). So I phoned Ghostbusters. No I didn’t – I phoned Jennifer at the vets and said ‘????’. And Jen went off to make a few calls.
When Curly came to me from KLAWS we knew there was something not-quite-right about him – though he was the friendliest wee thing, he was terribly skinny, and a bit awkward. And the first time I picked him up his chest just felt wrong. Sure enough, Curly’s rib cage hadn’t developed properly – there was a huge hole, leaving his heart unprotected – and he is the most open hearted kitten in so many ways.