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 on Feral Cats Ireland (FCI), but they are on this site – replace any FCI link with animaladvocacy.ie/[page name] ***
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.
Granny Weatherwax was euthanased peacefully at home on Wednesday 21st January 2015. She was the gentlest auld girl, with the most affectionate headbonk ever. She is much loved and much missed.
Sleep soft, dear friend.
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.
Date: Wednesday 4th March
Venue: Thomas Macdonagh Heritage Centre, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary
We’re here to help you humanely manage your community cats.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.