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 ***
I was recently contacted about a staffie taken by the dog warden, presumed aggressive, and marked for death as a result (see their FB page Save Ruby for more info). While I have a fair understanding – and disagreement with – BSL it made me realise how little information I had at my fingertips to help the family involved. After hunting round some familiar haunts, sharing and querying I came up with a fairly good collection of contacts and information.
There are plenty of web and facebook sites that cover BSL very well already, so I’m not going to repeat everything here. What I am going to do is provide a summary, with a focus on organisations who can provide information, activism and help around BSL issues. I hope you find it useful!
Happy Halloween from two felines looking for their forever homes – ginger and white is the new black! Or maybe calico is …
Rodney’s a gentle ginger and white four-year-old boy with FIV who’d love to find someone to snuggle up to. He does a great impression of a pumpkin and would never play any tricks on you.
Lexi’s a shy year-old calico desperate to treat you to her Halloween purrs.
Both are staying in this Halloween (as it’s scarey for our companions) but were happy to try a black costume, in the form of these photos (also don’t be dressing up your animals if they don’t like to be dressed up; and, if they do, make sure their costumes don’t restrict their movement, vision or anything else).
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!
#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.
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.
#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!
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.
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.
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.