Cats in the News

Cat Survives Harrowing Commute!

 rescue picture from County of San Diego Animal Services Facebook page

rescue picture from County of San Diego Animal Services Facebook page

San Diego Animal Services reports that a woman was flagged down when another driver saw a cat hanging out of her front bumper!  The cat had probably gotten stuck when trying to get out of the warm engine compartment.  A crowbar was used to extricate the cat and it was brought to a local veterinarian for examination.  Fortunately the cat is just fine and has been reunited with its caregiver thanks to its microchip ID. 

This story reiterates just how important it is to slap your car's hood a couple of times before starting it on a cold day.  Cats and other small animals have been known to crawl up next to engines to get warm during cold weather.

Cats vs. Birds

There's been yet another complaint from bird lovers against cats.  This time, the call to arms comes from Canada. 

CBC NEWS STORY - SAVE THE BIRDS

We think that cats are shouldering too much of the blame in these stories, but we also agree that cats are much safer when kept indoors.  Cats have many natural predators in the outside world, including humans.  If raised as indoor-only pets, most cats can be quite content living inside.  There are also some pretty cool "catios" that can give indoor cats a taste of the outside world.

What do you think?  Please let us know in the comments section below.

Another Community Outlaws Feeding of Ferals

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The city of Fort Oglethorpe, GA has passed an ordinance that makes feeding feral cats a misdemeanor.  Still, some residents continue to feed the feral colonies that they've taken care of for years.  They just can't understand why other residents are against it.  Most naysayers make claims that the food that's left for cats can be eaten by raccoons and other animals.  Whatever the reason for the ordinance, city officials seem intent on enforcing it.  

We here at KHD think the town just needs a good dose of Trap-Neuter-Return.  TNR has been shown to be the only humane way to contain a feral population.  What do you think of the actions of officials in Fort Oglethorpe?

Read the original news story here: http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/31248016/north-georgia-woman-facing-charges-for-feeding-stray-cat-in-park

It's World Spay Day!

World Spay Day is here to remind the world of the importance of spaying and neutering.  This simple solution can eliminate the unnecessary deaths of millions of homeless animals each year.  Spaying and neutering are the best ways to decrease surplus animal populations.  

It's especially important to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of spaying and neutering.  Stray Cat Alliance has been especially effective in south central Los Angeles by canvassing neighborhoods and making sure that low cost or free spay and neuter clinics are offered there.  Alley Cat Allies has been at the forefront of the national TNR movement as a way to manage feral cat communities.

Won't you join in and help spread the word?  Together, we can save precious lives.

http://www.worldspayday.org/