Thursday, July 16, 2009

Event Announcement: ASPCA TNR Spectacular!

The ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics invite feral cat colony caretakers to attend:

TNR Spectacular!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street (corner of 48th Avenue), Queens

7:30-8:00 a.m.: Arrival with cats for those bringing cats for spay/neuter
8:00 am.: Intake of cats on the clinics
=2 0 9:00 am.: Arrival for those participating but not bringing cats
9:00-10:00 a.m.: Booths open for info and Q&A; trap demonstrations
10:00-11:05 a.m.: Workshop: "Veterinary Q&A: A Day on the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics"
11:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Workshop: "Post-operative Care for Feral Cats"
12:15-1:00 p.m.: Workshop: "Working Together to Help Hoarders in Your Community"
1:00-2:00 p.m.: Booths open for info and Q&A; trap demonstrations
2:00-3:00 p.m.: Cat discharge from the clinics

A fleet of 5 ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics will be on-site in Queens to provide free spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats. There will also be a series of workshops presented on topics including the inner workings of the ASPCA's Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, post-operative care of feral cats, and how to help p eople who hoard cats in your community. TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) organizations will have booths where they will provide information on their work and feral cat management issues, techniques, events, and resources.

There is no fee to attend this event or to have feral cats spayed or neutered, but advance appointments are required for spay/neuter. To book your spay/neuter appointment(s), call 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692).

If you need transportation for your cats to and from the Mobile Clinics, contact the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals at Please put "TNR Spectacular Transport Request July 25" in the subject line of your e-mail and include your full name, phone number, pick-up address (including zip code), and the number of cats you need transported. One caretaker may ride with his/her cats; if you have your own transportation, please use it to save room for cats in the van.

More Information
Contact the ASPCA at 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692), or visit the NYC Feral Cat Initiative web site.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Jersey and TNR

Lately, NJ has been in the news quite a bit regarding feral cats and TNR. For the most part, the state seems to be leading the way in implementing TNR programs; however, Mt. Olive (whom I recently blogged about) is still practicing trap and kill.

Helping ferals in NJ is the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance via their Project TNR. According to the group’s website, their project is “endorsed by the NJ Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Animal Welfare, the National Animal Control Association & the Humane Society of the United States.” The group’s mission is to make New Jersey a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) friendly state, by working with caregivers and municipalities.

Point Pleasant Beach has also adopted a TNR approach to their feral cat situation. In a recent news article, Karen Mills, borough board of health secretary, said this, “We wouldn't really know the number of cats being picked up until after they were euthanized. One time we received a bill for 37 cats euthanized and it hit us. It was just very upsetting.” So last year, Councilwoman Kristine Tooker began to form an animal welfare committee to examine ways of controlling the population in a humane way. “I just thought something needs to change because what everyone is doing (trap and kill) isn't working,” Tooker said. Tooker researched TNR and presented it to the committee, and within a few months an ordinance was passed to implement TNR. Point Pleasant Beach is now feral cat friendly.

Just to name a few more feral friendly groups and cities in NJ: Burlington County Feral Cat Initiative, the City of Cape May, Atlantic City Boardwalk, Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative in Hudson County, Animal Welfare Federation of NJ. For more organizations that support feral cats and TNR programs in NJ, check out our CAT Directory:

Unfortunately, Mt. Olive’s officials do not feel the same about TNR as many of their fellow NJ officials. A group of Mt. Olive residents has been trying to persuade officials to adopt a TNR program as a way of managing the town’s feral and stray cat population for the past several months. However, thus far they have been unsuccessful and the town is currently practicing trap and kill.

In a recent news article, a group of township residents will be bringing its plea to prevent the euthanization of feral cats to voters on the November election ballot if the council continues to reject their proposal. Last year, Mount Olive impounded 181 cats, 141 of which were euthanized at a cost of $18,000 to the township. “TNR is doing a public service with private donations to save the town money,” said Michelle Lerner, founder of the project. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if Mt. Olive decides to take the humane approach to managing feral and stray cats or if they decide to continue to trap and kill.

ACR the Charity of the Month

Alley Cat Rescue has been named the charity of the month by a cat blogger. The Adventures of the Casbah Kitten and Friends is a blog managed by two kitties, Jelly Bean and "the Momma". These two kitties started a cat toy business (The Casbah Kitten) in 2007. Since that first toy, the cats have inspired a line of eco-friendly toys that have sold around the world.

We thank The Casbah Kitten for naming us the charity of the month and for blogging about kitties. We encourage our members to stop by and check out their blog.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The Animal Rescue Site Shelter Challenge

The Animal Rescue Site has partnered with to grant up to $100,000 in support and assistance to select domestic and international animal rescue and welfare organizations.

Voting began on April 13th, 2009, and ends at midnight (PST) on July 26th, 2009. Voters are limited to one (1) vote per person per day. So, please help us spread the word to get ACR more votes!!

The grand prize of $20,000 will go to the group with the most overall votes and the second place winner will receive $5,000. There are many awards to be granted, including weekly prizes; $1,000 will be awarded each week for the organization with the most votes during that week. So, please stop by The Animal Rescue Site once a day to place a quick vote for ACR. It only takes a minute and the click on a button!!

Cut and paste the link below into your web browser and you will see Alley Cat Rescue with a “VOTE” button beside it. Simply click on the button and then answer one question to confirm, and that’s all there is to it. (If for some reason you do not see ACR when following the link provide, you can search for us. Type in “Alley” in the name queue, “MD” in the state queue, and click the “search” button. ACR should pop up, so you can vote.

Thanks again for everyone’s support!!


Monday, July 06, 2009

Serial Cat Killer of Miami-Dade Florida

(police mug shot released by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office)

During the month of May, residents of the Miami-Dade area were warned to keep their pets indoors and to report any suspicious activity, due to a cat murderer roaming the streets. Residents woke to find their beloved cats’ lifeless bodies lying mutilated on their front porches and lawns. The first cat victim was found at the end of April, and it was on May 19th, when the initial report was filed with the Miami-Dade police that eight cats from the Cutler Bay area were missing.

On June 15th, Tyler Weinman, 18, was formally charged in Miami-Dade court with 19 counts of felony animal cruelty, 19 counts of improperly disposing of an animal body, and four counts of burglary. He has pleaded "not guilty" and is currently free on bond, though he is under house arrest.

According to police reports, Weinman was spotted on different accounts (from neighbor witnesses) in the vicinity of the murders and a tracking device placed on Weinman’s car by police also revealed he was parked in close proximity to individual’s whose cats later were found dead. Not to mention, during the first interview with Weinman, the teen spoke of cat scratches on his neck and back (allegedly from his mother’s cat), and he spoke of his high school’s dissection program, where he gave police details on how to dissect a cat.

After consulting a psychologist about animal cruelty, Detective Dominick Columbro states in the affidavit that he believes that Weinman fit the profile of the killer. And after reading the affidavit myself, I would agree; whoever is responsible for these heinous crimes definitely fits the profile of a killer (and I don’t say that just because I am a cat lover, but because of the details in which each cat was killed; see link below only if you have a strong stomach). Weinman has a wrap sheet of two prior offenses as a juvenile, and “experts say cruelty toward cats, as opposed to other animals, can fulfill a deeper need for control. Cats, unlike dogs, can be more difficult to control. They don't come when they're called and are often more independent, said Dr. Randall Lockwood of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and author of "Forensic Investigation of Animal Cruelty” to The Huffington Post. Behavioral profiling long ago identified three key, aberrant behaviors in youth that may predict a serial killer: bedwetting, arson, and cruelty to animals. Studies have shown that kids who display violent acts towards animals have the potential to inflict violence on humans. Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and David Berkowitz all delighted in torturing animals before moving on to human prey.

If Tyler Weinman does turn out to be the serial cat killer of Florida, may justice be served and may the courts not sentence him lightly. With such links between animal cruelty and violence towards humans, it would be foolish to allow such a crime to go unpunished. I would hate for him to receive a slap-on-the-wrist and then later be charged with a more violent crime, especially one committed on a human. If convicted, Weinman could face more than a decade behind bars. I guess we’ll see…

To view the entire affidavit, visit the below link. Please note the document is graphic in nature.