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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* 

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The TNR Manual for Ireland

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Ducks Seek Hospitality

I heard through the grapevine that eight ducks had been abandoned at the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry at the weekend. I didn’t have much luck getting through to them to find out what was going on, so headed up there to see for myself. Sure enough, eight waddlers were sticking together in the grounds, somewhat nervous about their new location. They’re lucky the foxes didn’t get them, with no night cover.

Darragh from the Westlodge was brilliant. If you want anything done there, he’s the man to go to. He contacted the groundsman, established that they wouldn’t be able to take the ducks themselves, didn’t have anywhere else for them to go, and gave the okay to rehoming them with a family the grapevine had found – all in the space of about half an hour. The grapevine being Mary Connolly, who’d contacted me in the first place, and found a family for the ducks in the end – brilliant!

So, at the end of the day, there’s not really very much to this tale – though another happy ending is always good!

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Happy World Animal Day!

To celebrate #WorldSmileDay and#WorldAnimalWeek we originally planned to share three of our smiles a day for seven days (see our original post Sharing the Animal Welfare Warmths). Thinking about it we’ve decided to spread our smiles across the coming months. We’re inviting you to share the smiles – either ours or your own. Or both!

With today being World Animal Day it seems especially important to highlight what we can do for the animals and the solutions available, rather than focussing on the problems.

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Little Girl Lost


Hannah just gave me a shout – wee JRT girl lost on Bantry square at around six o’clock this evening. Hannah was just heading out on the bus and could I take the wee one in till we figured out what to do with her. Of course I could!

The wee girl’s brown and white, as you can see, quite young, slightly watery eye (but that could be from stress) and very, very friendly. She’s a bit wary of the cats – and when you see the pic of Curly’s reaction you’ll see why!

Not sure if she’s a dump or a stray, but she’s in good nick – not starving by any manner of means – and very people friendly. She hopped into the footwell of the passenger seat of my van like it was routine, she’s good on the lead … and I’ve as yet to see if she’s housetrained or not.

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Sharing the Animal Welfare Warmths

To celebrate #WorldSmileDay and #WorldAnimalWeek we’re going to share three of our smiles a day for seven days! And we’re inviting you to share the smiles – either ours or your own. Or both!

What am I talking about? I was recently challenged to join in a FB share promoting positivity instead of stupidity (thanks to Nadia for the excellent description!) – it simply involves sharing 3 things that have brought a smile to your face every day for 7 days – and to nominate 3 others to join in each day.

I’ve been loving it – sharing my own smiles and seeing my friends’. I’ve only seen it on personal pages, but just thought today it’s so relevant to Animal Advocacy’s Facebook page too!

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What Kind of Animal are You?

Well, if you’re reading this, you’re probably a human animal! And I’m guessing you’re interested in animal welfare, or you wouldn’t be visiting my pages. What I really want to look at here is where you lie on the Animal Welfare/Animal Rights scale. Do you know?

Why Does It Matter?

If you’ve ever been involved in discussions about animal welfare, be they virtual or in reality, you’re bound to have noticed the odd heated argument between individuals who you might expect to be on the same page. Maybe you’ve been involved in one yourself? Heated or otherwise, the variety of viewpoints expressed can usually be brought down to one thing – where individuals’ animal welfare philosophies lie on the continuum between pure Animal Welfare and pure Animal Rights.

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What To Do When Your Dog Goes Missing

Interesting stats today from a UK survey by OnePoll on behalf of the Dogs TrustWhat 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.

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Lexi Wants to Play!

Lexi joined me at the end of July to be fostered for 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.

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Remember Me Thursday – 25th September

Have you heard about the fabulous initiative 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.

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Do Unwanted Animals Need to Burn to Death to Get Noticed?

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:

Following the terrible arson attack at a Manchester dog home last week, where 53 poor dogs lost their lives, it’s been incredible to see the generous, heartfelt response in the press and on social media. Many dog lovers across the UK have pulled together and raised an unbelievable £1 million to help rebuild the home after the fire. It’s a true testament to what a dog-loving nation we are. Or is it…?

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’.

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Passing on appreciation and praise to everyone involved in animal welfare!

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. 


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