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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 animaladvocacy.ie/[page name] ***

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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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White Screen of Death

White Screen of Death*** SORTED ***

Just a wee headsup – I’m having some problems with WordPress since I updated. The WSOD is only visible on my admin pages, so it should not affect you, as a reader. However, the site will be going through some ups and downs looks-wise over today and tomorrow as I mess around trying to fix it. In particular, images will not be displaying properly.

Please bear with us and we’ll have it sorted by Monday at the latest. Thanks!

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SWALK

Sealed With A Loving Kiss – it’s never too late to give a lil love! I had the honour of participating in a seal pup rescue this evening, my first up close with a seal – what a gorgeous animal! Here’s what happened …

I just happened to be in the vets when Jen got a call from the guards – a seal pup, around 5kg in weight, was stranded at the pier by the bay – could someone come help her? Jen works at the Veterinary Clinic, Bantry – she’s also with RAWR, our local TNR group and gets plenty of calls about animals in distress. But the call came during the Clinic’s opening hours and she couldn’t get out for an hour or so … could I pop down and pick up the pup? I certainly could! I grabbed a hospital cage and some blankets from Jen and headed on down.

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Why Won’t People Neuter?

For some time now I’ve been meaning to write about why, for decades, rescues have been recommending adopting from rescues and neutering, rather than breeding; and why it sometimes seems like we’re making very little headway.

Sinead O’Connor’s facebook announcement that she’s going to breed her cat once before neutering has prompted me to finally do so. Sinead’s announcement reflects one of the ten worst excuses for not neutering – virtually the entire pet overpopulation problem stems from this archaic ‘just one litter’ mentality.

There’s so much to say on this topic it’s going to take me a few articles! I’ll start by reiterating the overarching problem and the obvious solutions, and introduce some of the problems involved in changing this mentality, focussing on the problem of current animal philosophies.

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Big thanks to RAWR!

The guys asked me to post a Thank You! to RAWR tonight after stuffing themselves silly with the donation they gave us. RAWR have food boxes in supermarkets locally for donations for their TNR and foster felines – and people can drop food into the RAWR shop in Bantry too. Sometimes they have an overflow and they pass it on to local welfare groups and fosterers.

And it’s very much appreciated!

If you’d like to donate to the RAWR effort – you know what to do!

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Happy Travels

A couple of weeks back I took four animals to their three forever homes for RAWR – and it gave me a great excuse to go visiting at the same time. Thought I’d share the happy travels photos with you – and three happy endings in one!

First stop was Macroom with Morris (now Woofy), heading to stay with the couple that adopted Harry a year or so back. Harry needed company – and Morris is it. Morris has been stuck in a cage, waiting for a home, and didn’t enjoy the journey very much At All *bark* *bark*. As soon as we’d got his collar and lead on, and let him out the van, he was straight up to Mr Ellen’s dad’s legs and glued to them like he knew he was home. Fair put a smile on my face – the wee dog instantly bonding and saying ‘Mine!’. Mrs Ellen’s mum gave me chocolates, biscuits and soda for the rest of my journey, so I was grinning ear-to-ear when I set off on the next leg. Tis a great home for the dogs, and Ellen, their daughter, keeps me posted on how they get along – she’s a mate of mine from Cork CAT (and that, combined with my crap memory, explains the naming conventions, if you were wondering).

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Lost & Found Calico Charmer

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This scruffy lil calico charmer was found on the Glengarriff Rd in Bantry in the past couple of days. She’s a fabulous furball of snorgalitiousnesses and may be stray. It’s also possible she’s travelled in a car – so spread the word round the wider area in case anyone’s missing their three or four month old calico girl. One of my neighbours took her in, but couldn’t hold on to her. And I took her round to RAWR today. They’ll be looking for her people over the next few days – but if no-one comes forward they’ll assume she’s been dumped and lil CC will be looking for her forever home.

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