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    Born free-roaming

    A cat from Baltimore’s Cherry Hill neighborhood awaits surgery.

    Return-to-field programs reassess ‘the right thing’ for community cats

    Summer 2017

    Until recently, Miami-Dade County Animal Services in Florida was drowning in cats and burdened with low live-release rates. Yet today, the shelter is achieving largely positive outcomes. The turnaround can be traced to a commonsense change in policy: The shelter now vets and returns the majority of cats it receives. Learn why the return-to-field approach is sometimes the most logical and humane strategy for overburdened shelters.

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    Positive outlook

    Arizona shelter doesn’t let FIV stand in the way of a good home

    Summer 2017

    An Arizona facility markets its FIV-positive kitties.

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    Not here, kitty, kitty

    Gardens and landscaping can present tempting lounging spots, but not every homeowner welcomes community cats.

    Practical solutions can keep community cats away from areas where they’re not welcome

    Summer 2017

    High- and low-tech solutions keep community cats away from where they're not wanted.

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    Baby love

    Kitten nurseries often specialize in caring for unweaned kittens (commonly referred to as “bottle babies” or “neonates”) who need to be hand fed.

    In its new kitten nursery manual, the National Kitten Coalition provides an in-depth look at innovative solutions for kittens who need extra time and care

    Web Exclusives

    For shelter workers and rescue volunteers around the country, spring can seem the cruelest season. That’s when kitten intakes typically peak.

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    Shedding a heavy burden

    Hidey lost 2 pounds of fur during the haircut of a lifetime.

    Summer 2017

    Hidey loses her locks and comes out of her shell.

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    The cats in the hats

    Adoptable felines boost New York City’s reputation as a fashion mecca

    Web Exclusives

    Adoptable cats in Brooklyn are making a fashion statement—modeling colorful bonnets in styles ranging from the whimsical to the avant-garde.

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    Herding cat stats

    A free online database helps trap-neuter-return programs track community cat colonies, as well as caretaker details and other information.

    Free online software helps TNR programs track colony data and more

    Web Exclusives

    Do you know where your community cats are?

    That was the inspiration behind the customized database system Neighborhood Cats developed in 2007, which is designed to make caretakers and volunteer trappers part of the data-entry effort.

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    Don’t push the panic button on toxoplasmosis

    Because infected cats only shed Toxoplasma gondii once in their lifetimes, sterilized community cats in stable colonies present minimal risk of spreading the parasite.

    To advocate for cats, you need to separate the facts from the hype

    Spring 2017

    Decades ago, it wasn’t uncommon for pregnant women to hear that they needed to give up their pet cats to reduce their risk of contracting toxoplasmosis. More recently, detractors of trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs have capitalized on the misunderstandings surrounding toxoplasmosis to foster opposition to community cat spay/neuter efforts. So whether you’re working the intake desk at your local shelter or operating a TNR program, you need to know the facts about this disease.

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    Thanks for the tip

    <em>Animal Sheltering</em> magazine January/February 2017

    Download this Mouthpiece to help your community identify cats that have been sterilized and vaccinated

    January/February 2017

    Your community may not know what it means to ear-tip a cat. Download this Mouthpiece to help people identify ear-tipped cats and encourage them to help reduce outdoor cat populations.

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    All hands on deck in Virginia

    Caitlyn McIntosh checks out a newly captured kitten at Naval Station Norfolk. Military regulations prohibit trap-neuter-return, so McIntosh is leading a joint military-civilian effort to sterilize and rehome the estimated 100 cats and kittens living on the base.

    Sailors and civilians join forces to help cats at naval station

    January/February 2017

    The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established to honor the victims of a national tragedy through acts of service that foster a spirit of unity and compassion. One such charitable act took place this past Sept. 11, when an active-duty member of the Navy transported two feral cats to their new home at the Bluemont, Virginia, Boulder Crest Retreat, a nonprofit wellness center for military members and veterans.

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    101 rescued cats

    Over the course of a month, Stray Cat Alliance (SCA) placed 101 cats from Kern County Animal Services, paying for their medical care before they went to new homes.

    Felines find homes thanks to two groups’ compassion and collaboration

    January/February 2017

    Last February, more than 100 cats were saved from an alleged hoarding situation disguised as a feral cat sanctuary in Mojave, California, but they weren’t out of danger. Almost all of them needed medical care, and although rescues took some cats early on, there were still 101 left at Kern County Animal Services (KCAS). The shelter had experienced huge intakes like this before, and it was always a struggle to get the animals (especially cats, not to mention supposed ferals like this group) placed in homes, says director Nick Cullen.

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    There's something about Larry

    November/December 2016

    Something about Larry, an FIV-positive cat, made a shelter volunteer fall in love with him.

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    The art of compromise

    Veterinary technician Adria Johnson vaccinates a community cat at the FACE Animal Clinic in Indianapolis.

    Giving a little to address public health concerns related to community cats

    November/December 2016

    Sandra Norman is a veterinarian for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health and director of its companion animal/equine division. She’s also a staunch advocate of trap-neuter-return (TNR) for community cats. Although that might seem an odd combination, Norman describes her approach as “everyone has to give a little.” That philosophy helps her navigate the often complex situations in which human health and animal welfare goals may appear to conflict.

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  • Magazine Article

    On target

    More organizations are taking a targeted approach to managing free-roaming cats and ensuring that their numbers dwindle over time.

    A focused approach to TNR yields more effective population control

    September/October 2016

    Trap-neuter-return (TNR) takes time, persistence and a huge amount of patience. It’s worth it, because when done right, TNR works. But if you’re scattering your efforts across a large geographic area, your program won’t have the impact you envisioned. To achieve the promise of TNR—healthier, safer cats and fewer outdoor felines—you need to focus on target areas and engage residents in the project. Learn the basics of targeted TNR in our “101” department, and start working smarter, not harder, to manage community cat populations.

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  • Magazine Article

    Does that tabby come in a size 8?

    This grey tabby didn’t stick around for long—the woman who brought her to the Arizona Humane Society as a stray decided to make her a permanent family member.

    September/October 2016

    Allison Summerday’s living room and car are full of shoeboxes, but the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) volunteer couldn’t care less about Jimmy Choos. In November 2014, a fellow volunteer brought a single shoebox into the shelter. “I thought, ‘We need shoeboxes for every kitten and cat!’” says Summerday. “I just sort of went on overdrive.”

    Summerday approached several shoe stores and explained her mission. Although not one shoe store turned her away, she now works with just one, Wholesale Fashion Shoes, which was “the most jazzed about it,” she says.

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    Trap-neuter-return on a state scale

    In Delaware, a statewide trap-neuter-return program is improving the lives of community cats like these tabbies, who are part of a colony sterilized by Forgotten Cats.

    Government agency and humane groups join forces for Delaware’s community cats

    September/October 2016

    Given the often inflated concerns batted about in the media about public health threats from community cats, the fact that there is a managed community cat colony on the New Castle campus of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services may be surprising. Not only is the agency supportive of trap-neuter-return (TNR) as a tool to reduce the state’s free-roaming cat population and limit disease transmission, it is also home to the state’s Office of Animal Welfare.

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    It's a creep show out there

    Animal Sheltering magazine Jul/Aug 2016

    Download this Mouthpiece to educate cat owners that pet cats left outdoors can face all sorts of threats

    July/August 2016

    Every time your pet cat roams outside, ticks, fleas and intestinal parasites can hitch a ride home. Download this Mouthpiece to help encourage your community to keep their cats indoors, and safe from the creepy crawlies.

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  • Magazine Article

    Out of the lions’ den

    California shelter transforms kittens who roar into ones who purr

    July/August 2016

    A California shelter tames feral kittens.

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  • Magazine Article

    This baby purrs!

    Canadian shelter gets great mileage from cat adoptions video

    July/August 2016

    Shelter cats in Alberta, Canada, have a new celebrity spokesperson: Phil the used cat salesman is famous for his cheap suit, greasy hair, cheesy mustache and enthusiasm for hawking “certified pre-owned felines.”

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    Love on the lease

    Las Vegas apartment complex takes a winning approach to community cats

    May/June 2016

    Tonja Bradford, property manager of The Palms Apartments in Las Vegas, takes pride in making sure that her residents’ needs are met, that they enjoy the spacious grounds the property has to offer, and that the apartment complex is a safe and happy home.

    And the dozens of community cats who call The Palms home are grateful.

    “It wasn’t like we decided to open a feral cat B&B; it just kind of happened,” explains Bradford, who has managed the 200-unit property for six years.

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    Mew-ey decimal system

    ‘Kitten lending library’ boosts adoptions—and morale

    March/April 2016

    Government employees check out cats from an on-site “kitten library.

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    The modern cat caretaker

    Krista Rakovan, an HSUS staffer and volunteer colony caretaker in Maryland, puts fresh straw in a cat shelter in preparation for winter.

    Tips for taking your colony care to a higher level

    March/April 2016

    Community cat advocates share tips for taking your colony care to the next level.

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    Coffee house cats go mobile

    March/April 2016

    Entrepreneur Kanchan Singh opened Crumbs & Whiskers—a cat café inspired by one in Thailand and based in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood—in June 2015 to feverish excitement and long lines.

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    Good colonies make good neighbors

    Trap-neuter-return, smart caretaking practices and proactive neighborhood diplomacy are key to helping community cats coexist peacefully with the people around them.

    With diplomacy and problem-solving skills, advocates can create a harmonious relationship between community cats and the people around them

    January/February 2016

    When she got the complaint that stray cats were “using the restroom” on the sidewalk in front of a church, Renee Clark was skeptical, but she drove over to study the droppings in question. “It was pretty obvious that the poop there wasn’t cat waste; it was probably raccoon,” says Clark, an environmental biologist and feline advocate in Staunton, Va.

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