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Alley Cat Allies’ lifesaving spring kitten protection tips

Kitten care tips
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Now that kitten season is in full swing, we want to make sure that those who care for kittens have the information and resources they need to help those kittens grow up to be healthy cats. Alley Cat Allies’ wrote the following tips to help those who help kittens.

ALLEY CAT ALLIES’ LIFESAVING SPRING KITTEN PROTECTION TIPS

BETHESDA, MD – Spring marks the beginning of kitten season, when babies are born to community cats who have not yet been trapped, neutered, and returned. Taking home a kitten found outdoors is not necessarily a good idea. Alley Cat Allies offers the following springtime kitten-protection tips:

1. Leave kittens with mom. Like all babies, kittens are best left with their mothers who instinctively know how to help their offspring grow up to be strong and healthy cats. Neonatal kittens, 4 weeks old or younger, need constant care and still depend on mom for 100 percent of their food. Kittens 5 to 8 weeks old can begin to eat wet food but are still being weaned. If you know the mother is present, it is best to leave kittens with her. To determine whether the mother is caring for the kittens, wait and observe for two-to- four hours to see if the mother returns. She could just be out looking for food. If she doesn’t return, the kittens could be abandoned. A young kitten living outdoors who does not have a mother present should be taken in and fostered. To determine the age of a kitten, use Alley Cat Allies’ Kitten Progression Chart at www.alleycat.org/KittenProgression.

2. Don’t bring neonatal kittens to an animal shelter. Most shelters are not equipped or trained to provide the necessary round-the-clock care for neonatal kittens. If a kitten can’t eat on his own, he will likely be killed at the shelter. Realistically, it’s never a good idea to take a cat to a shelter, no matter the age or level of socialization. More than 70 percent of cats who enter shelters are killed. That number rises to virtually 100 percent for feral cats. Killing is never the answer—it is inhumane and it fails to stabilize or reduce outdoor cat populations.

3. Volunteer as a kitten foster parent for a local rescue group. There are kitten foster parent programs associated with rescue groups across the country. Though it is an investment of time and requires training, volunteering to foster young kittens is lifesaving and rewarding.

4. Support and practice Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR is the only effective and humane way of decreasing feral cat populations. In a TNR program, community cats are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (the universal symbol that a cat has been neutered and vaccinated) before being returned to their outdoor homes. Learn more about TNR at www.alleycat.org/TNR.

Spaying and neutering community cats prevents new litters, drastically reducing the impact of kitten season. Cats as young as 4 months can have litters, so it is important to spay and neuter kittens as soon as they are ready. A good rule of thumb is the 2 Pound Spay/Neuter Rule—kittens can be safely spayed or neutered at 2 months of age or as soon as they weigh 2 pounds. Learn more about pediatric spay and neuter at www.alleycat.org/spayneuter.

5. Advocate for policies and programs that protect cats. Contact your shelter and local officials and tell them you support lifesaving policies for cats, including spay/neuter funding and spay/neuter before adoption. Write letters and call in support of community outreach and education programs that spread awareness about community cats and TNR– you can make a big difference.

Check out http://wwww.alleycat.org/Kittens for a comprehensive guide to caring for kittens.

About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990 and celebrating 25 years of saving cats, today Alley Cat Allies has over half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org.

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Tune in to “Aloha Vet” on Nat Geo WILD

Aloha Vet

Dr. Scott Sims is one of Hawaii’s best-kept local secrets. Not your typical veterinarian, he treats both wild and domestic animals, and when islanders need help with their pets and livestock, he’s the one they call. He’ll even pilot the plane he built himself to get to a patient if needed!

We have a sneak peek of the upcoming episode, Eyes Wide Shut, premiering Saturday, March 28, at 9 PM ET/PT.

Dr. Sims stays busy at the clinic and off-island as he tends to a variety of animals including a horse with a cracked tooth that has to be extracted, an endangered coot, a blind pig and a goat that can’t go to the bathroom. As busy as he is, Dr. Sims still finds time to travel to the Big Island to help an animal sanctuary.

For more information on Aloha Vet, visit www.natgeowild.com!

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Guardian Angels K9 Fund for Police and Military Service Dogs

police-dog-300x240In recognition of K9 Veterans Day, the Angels for Animals Foundation is launching the Guardian Angels K9 Fund, which will raise money to ensure that service animals such as police and military dogs receive life-saving medical care while on active duty and in retirement.

“Our K9 officers and veterans serve our communities and risk their lives in the same way that our bravest service men and women do,” said Mark F. Magazu, II, Founder and Chairman of the Angels for Animals Foundation. “Like our human protectors, K9 officers are subjected to gunshot wounds, shrapnel from explosive devices, bone fractures and life-threatening internal trauma resulting from perpetrator physical assaults. The costs for this type of care can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars range, often exceeding the funding capabilities of handlers and departments. The Guardian Angels K9 Fund, if successful, will help ensure these canine heroes receive the medical care they need to return to health.”

The Guardian Angels K9 Fund was started in honor of a K9 hero named Judge, who served his community with the West Deptford Police Department in New Jersey for seven years. When K9 Judge was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, his medical bills exceeded $12,000 in specialist medical care, the cost of which required his handler, Corporal Mike Franks, to ask his community for fundraising help.

FranksJudge13-8x10 The Guardian Angels K9 Fund is meant to assist service men and women, like Corporal Franks, and K9 heroes, like Judge, during these kinds of urgent, unexpected times of need. K9 Judge was laid to rest on February 20, 2015, surrounded by nearly 100 fellow human and K9 officers, who lined the road to honor Judge with a final salute. The Angels for Animals Foundation honors his memory today on K9 Veterans Day.

To donate to the Fund, simply text the word “GuardianK9” to the number 41444, followed by a space and then the amount you would like to donate. Donations can also be made online at www.BeMyAngel.com/Guardian.

For additional information, visit the Angels for Animals Foundation at www.BeMyAngel.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/angelsforanimalsfoundation.

About Guardian Angels K9 fund

The Guardian Angels K9 Fund is a dedicated fund of the Angels for Animals Foundation solely focused on raising money to provide life-saving medical care to police and military service dogs on active duty and in retirement. More information can be found at
www.BeMyAngel.com/Guardian.

About Angels for Animals Foundation

The Angels for Animals Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that raises money to help pet owners suffering from extreme financial hardship to provide veterinary care for animals facing serious medical challenges. Each year, thousands of family pets are euthanized because their owners simply cannot afford life-saving medical treatments and procedures. The Angels for Animals Foundation has facilitated nearly $500,000 in services of either cash raised or negotiated free or discounted services for all types of animals since it was founded in 2011. Donations to the Angels for Animals Foundation can be made online or via text message. More information can be found at www.BeMyAngel.com.

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Join us in the effort to Save Them All

BFAS Photo 3When Best Friends Animal Society reached out to us to help spread the word about their new campaign, we couldn’t wait to help.

Best Friends, the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters, is looking to grow the movement to Save Them All, and you can help!

 

Just over 30 years ago, Best Friends Animal Society helped pioneer the no-kill movement and while they’ve made tremendous progress, more than 9,000 dogs and cats are still being killed in America’s shelters every day, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. We feel that every pet deserves the love and comfort of a forever home, so we support Best Friends.

How do you participate?

Join our team here: http://www.bestfriendsgive.org/hello1
After you join, create your own page and share it with your friends and family.
And just for fun, the more people you bring into the Best Friends family, the more rewards you can earn, like backpacks, tote bags, bracelets, leashes, and more!

You could even win a trip to Best Friends to see everything in person!

Please consider supporting this great cause (donations made in honor of people or pets make great gifts too).

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Susie’s Hope Movie Giveaway

We have a special giveaway today. You might know Susie as the winner of the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Susie has a special story, and a movie has been made all about it. We have a DVD of the movie, Susie’s Hope, for one lucky reader, as well as the sound track.

Susie's Hope CoverA puppy that was set on fire and a woman who suffered a brutal dog attack became a dedicated team that eventually changed North Carolina animal-cruelty laws. Susie the Pit Bull mix began life with terror and pain when she was beaten, burned, and abandoned. Susie and her owner both triumphed over pain and fear to become voices for abused animals who have no voice. They visit hospitals, schools, and nursing homes to inspire people never to give up.

It’s a wonderful movie of hope and love. The movie stars some wonderful animal lovers too! But Susie’s Hope is not just a movie, it’s also a non-profit organization that works to promote animal welfare.

Would you like a chance to win the DVD and Soundtrack? Just use the form below! Good luck!

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