Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Franklins Benefits Cats!

The Alley Cat Rescue crew had another successful fundraiser at Franklin’s on Tuesday! We were happy to see so many members of the community come out and support our cause.

Over the course of the day, we met cat-enthusiasts from around the area who came to eat and have fun at Franklin’s Restaurant in Hyattsville, where a percentage of their purchases were donated to us. As a non-profit group, we could not operate without the help of the community and the generosity of supporters, so we really appreciated the kindness of both Franklin’s and everybody else who came out to support us.

We had a great turnout, and we were excited to hear all the ways that our supporters are already helping out the cause for cats. Whether it is by adopting a cat in need of a home or taking care of a whole colony of feral cats, people are doing what they can to help. And by supporting our efforts, you help us help more cats. We proudly provide TNR services to community cats, because we care about the livelihood of all cats, feral and owned, and it’s clear that you do too. Thanks for your support!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Preparing Community Cats for Hot Weather

When we think of preparing outdoor cats for extreme weather conditions, we mostly think of the Winter months; not many of us take the Summer months into consideration. But just as it is important to provide extra care for community cats during the cold season, it is vital to take some precautions when caring for cats during the hot, dry season. Increased temperatures and humidity adds an extra stress for outdoor cats, but by taking a few simple steps, we can ease some of their stress. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Australia Plans to Infect Feral Cats with a Deadly Virus

Last week, Australia's Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, announced that the country will begin researching a virus to kill feral cats. The government has endorsed a nationwide eradication plan of feral cats in an attempt to protect Australia's birds. Research is aimed at finding a “safe and targeted form of biological control.” But how "safe" is this virus, when pet owners are warned that they must immunize their housecats, because the virus doesn't discriminate between feral and domestic. ALL cats would be at risk if this deadly virus is released.