Free HUGs!

I’d a great few hours today, shaking a bucket for HUG (Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds) in Bantry town. Lovely bunch of people, great cause – and fabulous, gentle, friendly greys. Lots of people were interested to meet HUG’s greyhounds, to learn more about the situation for greyhounds in Ireland (not good) and the wonderful work […]

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Visiting Cork CAT

I’ve been visiting Cork CAT a few times over the past wee while – and am most grateful for Ann’s hospitality while I’ve had courses in Cork. Last visit I got some fab photos and footage of lil Bhindi Bhaji – a doralicious wee black girl, rescued from a situation where her family was decimated. […]

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DAR *PurrOut*

Just a quick *PurrOut* for Drogheda Animal Rescue (DAR), one of the fab TNR organisations that came along to our workshops this weekend. Liza passed on their recent publicity with County Matters Louth – an excellent example of how to promote TNR, rescue and volunteering effectively and inspiringly – AND, as Liza said, ‘… how to look windswept and […]

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Talking TNR in Navan & Athlone

Following on from our Cloughjordan TNR session back in March, CATalyst’s Talking TNR sessions are heading up north for the weekend. Learn all about TNR and why it’s the only humane, long-term solution to the feline overpopulation problem in Ireland (and the rest of the world!). Come and join us at either free event to find out more – and network […]

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BJ the Stray

*** GUARDIAN FOUND *** 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 […]

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Cat Haiku

I was looking for a memorial poem for Granny’s memorial post. Found this. Cheered me up enormously. by Jon Kikuo Shishido You never feed me. Perhaps I’ll sleep on your face. That will show you. I need a new toy. Tail of black dog keeps good time. Pounce! Good dog! Good dog!

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Granny Weatherwax – In Memoriam

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.

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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 Venue: Thomas 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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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