To Catlovers

Harmony Fund - Animal Rescue Charity

We need a reliable, compassionate and hard working team from abroad to enroll for a rotation of 3 months or more at our cat project in Avsallar, Turkey. We will pay the rent and groceries for the team plus a stipend for each. For people living in a community where it's hard to find work or those looking to give back to the world, this could be a great opportunity. It involves feeding cats in the street at many, many feeding stations, helping in the transport of injured animals, helping to trap cats for spay/neuter, etc. It is a seaside community, but weather is quite hot in the summer.
Inquiries to Manuela at
A reminder that white tiger are not a species of their own, they are white because of a genetic mutation and they are very inbred. 29 of 30 of white tiger cubs are born deformed and unhealthy.I guess this tiger cubs was abandoned because she was unhealthy and they couldn't sell her.No more white tiger cubs should be born in captivity- they've stopped breeding white tiger in zoos years ago- but those individuals who are born should get the help they need.
Today is World Stray Day
Most people think that the UK doesn’t really have a major stray and feral cat problem. Whereas visitors to Greece, Egypt, Italy, Romania, and so on, see stray cats (and dogs) absolutely everywhere, often hanging round hotels and cafes begging for food, or congregating in piazzas, it’s not like that in London. You don’t see dozens of stray cats milling around markets or wandering up and down high streets. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a big problem here – there is - however it is largely hidden from view in back gardens, industrial sights, rubbish tips and backs of shops.
A feral cat colony is created when an owner fails to neuter their female cat, which then either gets lost or, increasingly, is abandoned. She will then quickly get pregnant, usually having around four or five kittens in a litter, and normally having two, sometimes three litters in a year. When the kittens are only four or five months old they too can become pregnant. Colonies quickly grow to around 20 or 30 cats, and we’ve seen some with 50 or 60 cats in them. Colonies can easily reach that size in just a couple of years. In fact, mathematically speaking if a female cat mates every time she comes into season and all her kittens survive and breed, there could be up to 21,000 extra cats in just seven years! In practice though though very many of the kittens born will die from cold, hunger or disease or, more likely still, will be eaten by predators. Even though, from our experience, many kittens born outside do not survive to be six months old. There is still a very large number of surviving cats, so it’s little wonder that colonies quickly get out of control.
There probably isn’t a street in our catchment area where the Celia Hammond Animal Trust, or other charities, haven’t at some point been called in to deal with a feral colony. The cats need to be trapped, neutered, vaccinated, health checked and treated, before being released. The man hours and money involved are immense and no government funding is available to help with this. It is purely funded by the kindness of supporters who donate to rescue charities.
The key to preventing this is early neutering. Female cats should be neutered at four months old. If all owners did this then no more feral colonies would be formed and no more kittens would suffer and die outside. Sadly though that message still isn’t getting through to everyone and, together with the national vet shortages making it often difficult to get neutering appointments, and the cost of living crisis leading to ever more pets being abandoned, we don’t see the situation improving any time soon.
Of course the cat welfare crisis in the UK isn’t on a par with that in some popular holiday destinations, but if it weren’t for the work of rescue charities and the generosity of all the people who donate to them, it very well could be.

Nathan Winograd
AB 595, Bowie’s Law, would require California shelters to notify rescuers before killing an animal. And given that such notifications are possible through shelter software already used by these facilities or available for free, complying would require nothing more than a stroke on a keyboard. One click to let the rescuers know that a life needs saving.
AB 595 is such a simple, commonsense law that it is difficult to imagine anyone opposing it. But that is what Best Friends is doing. That is what the National Animal Control Association is doing. That is what the California Animal Welfare Association, a lobbying group for the directors of kill shelters like the one who killed Bowie, is doing.
Their message? Notifying rescue groups before killing animals is too much to ask. And it is too much to ask because Bowie’s Law makes “shelters” look bad. Better to have dead dogs and cats than let the public know about the animals they intend to kill, even if doing so prevents those animals from losing their lives.
The animals of California, and the people who love them, deserve so much better.
Help us ensure the passage of AB 595 by contacting California’s assembly members and urging them to vote YES on Bowie’s Law:

Because one click on a keyboard is all it takes to save a life.

Most people can't donate to every charity they like but it´s a help to subscribe to the channel on youtube too.
Some updates The white tiger cub in Athen SAD UPDATE: Tiger cub abandoned outside Greek zoo euthanised! A team of vets has decided on Monday to euthanise a rare white tiger cub found under a garbage bin outside a Greek zoo in February. The cub was put in the care of a certified zoological facility which has evaluated its health condition. FOUR PAWS offered medical consultation and received medical reports from the veterinary assessment. Irreversible health conditions, such as half paralysis and multiple broken bones led wildlife veterinarians to agree that euthanasia was the only option. This story is yet another sad example of the big cat trade in Europe. The cats rescued from the meat trade: about half of them died because they were in too bad condition.The help came to late for them.
kitten season has started .To prevent kittens it's best to take the female cats to the vet first to have them fixed but sometimes the vets can have days when they neuter only male cats.In the US after a TNR-cat is neutered the tip of the ear is cut of.In Turkey you have to look closer, if you watch the cats when they eat you can see a jack in the ear of some of the cats.
"Let me tell you about the wonderful world of the Cat Rescue Network
Early yesterday I got a message from a lady telling me there were 5 kittens in an area under a porch. Operation Press Paws went there and rescued them. I along with ToTheResQ Transport, rode up there (15miles) to get them. Back to my house they came. Mountain Cats TNR messaged me that they had 2 little kittens that needed a foster and rescue. Plans were made with Mini Meows WV to transport all 7 kittens to Animal Welfare League of Arlington VA.
Then 4 small kittens were found in a pool shed and the lady wanted them out of there.
Since they weren't weaned yet I needed to find a bottle baby foster. Luckily the foster was available and she picked up those cuties. 2 more little kittens found and needed to be transported from Hedgesville to Martinsburg (15 miles) then down to foster in Kearneysville (another 15 miles). In the meantime a 6 month old cat was transported to Promise Animal League in Boonesboro MD for spay. At 1:30 TTR took a sick cat to the clinic and brought back the spayed cat and 2 others back to their rescue,
(40 miles each way). At 4:30, Mountain Cats TNR and To The ResQ met Mini Meows with the 7 kittens so they could go to AWLA (60 miles each way).
All this is done by VOLUNTEERS, with most of the people working full time jobs also.
13 kittens saved, 1 sick cat taken care of, and 3 cats spayed. All accomplished by volunteers.
Support the local Cat Rescues, they need your help." It's kitten season in many places, cat rescuer are very busy.

We Need to Fight to End Cat Declawing in Illinois​

March 15, 2023

Right now, Alley Cat Allies is advocating for a lifesaving cat declawing ban in Illinois and urging Illinois residents to join us and protect their cats from this cruel, traumatic procedure. The bill, HB 1533, is under heavy and unfounded opposition, and we need every voice possible to ensure it passes. The welfare of Illinois’ cats depends on it.
If you live in Illinois, ask your legislators to vote YES on the declaw ban. Share with everyone you know in Illinois
Declawing bans have already been enacted in New York, Maryland, and multiple cities in the United States, as well as across Canada and many other countries. More and more states are considering their own bans as the people learn the truth: Declawing is not a nail trim, but more like a “deknuckling.” The surgery involves amputation of the last joints of a cat’s toes—as many as 18 amputations altogether. Bones, tendons, nerves and ligaments in each paw are all severed.
Often the only redress for these maimed cats is aggressive lifelong pain management or surgery to salvage the mutilated paw as much as possible. But the damage done by declawing can never be totally repaired. The only way to protect cats is to outlaw the procedure altogether, as Illinois lawmakers can do by passing HB 1533, currently before the legislature.
Though some express concern that declawing bans could lead to fewer cats being adopted or more cats losing their homes, the truth is cats who are declawed are MORE likely to lose their homes. This is because behavioral concerns such as biting, aggression, and refusal to use the litter box are directly linked to the pain of declawing and the loss of cats’ natural protection anatomy. These issues are the primary reason cats are relinquished to animal shelters.
The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association claims a declawing ban threatens the veterinary profession. Preventing suffering and unnecessary surgeries is not a real threat to the profession, but instead reinforces the veterinarian’s oath to relieve animal suffering. That’s why many veterinarians across the country support laws to end declawing, and many of the largest veterinary hospital chains like Banfield, VCA, and BluePearl have enacted their own bans on declawing.
Declawing has no place in a humane future for our nation’s cats and kittens. Alley Cat Allies will continue to fight until declawing is banned in every state.
Learn more about the facts of declawing.
I can understand that he put the puppy together with the cats and not the big dogs

Community Cat Coalition

“Our cat didn't want to move with us, so we are going to let him stay.”
Basil was a well-loved cat that grew up with kids and was completely unfazed by any chaos around him. Ten years old, his family had recently purchased a larger house in a nearby town. They planned to take him with them, but on moving day this confident kitty lost his nerve after seeing the contents of his home carried away by noisy strangers. Basil bolted under the house and wouldn’t come out. His owner knocked on the neighbor’s door before driving away and explained, “Our cat didn't want to move with us, so we decided to let him stay.” Shocked, the neighbors put food out for him and he eventually came out. But his owners never returned and the new home-owners didn’t want a cat.
Basil was taken to a no-kill shelter and adopted out.
John had a similar experience, though his neighbors worked harder to get him. He thought his neighbors had moved, but a week later he noticed their cat “Duthie” sitting on a shed. Did they leave him behind? He put food out for the hungry cat and called the realtor who confirmed that they had moved. “But their cat is still here—sitting on a shed in the yard. Call them!” The realtor called and then relayed the message back to John. Yes, they knew the cat was there, but they couldn’t catch him when they left. They would return for him later.
A week later, they did return and attempted to catch him, but Duthie was not about to be captured. They gave up and left. John couldn’t catch the spooked cat either, so he called a rescue who gave them a trapper’s number. As luck would have it, the night she came to trap, the new owners were moving in and they had a dog.
Moving day is a high risk time for cats. To them, the unexplained change in routine and removal of their furniture “territory” must seem like a natural disaster. Add a few moving-day helpers and a stressed out family and it is no wonder kitty goes into survival mode. Duthie lucked out because the new home-owners let John and the rescuer set a humane trap in their yard and he was soon trapped. Off to the rescuer’s house he went and a few days later his family came to bring him home. Duthie was happy to be back with his family and best kitty pal. (click the pictures for a few details )
Why are stories like this so common? It is true that some people simply get tired of pets and leave them out of convenience. But I believe that many cats are abandoned not because they aren’t wanted, but because their owner doesn’t know how to prepare a cat for a move. The cat is spooked by the move and hides or is too terrified to be captured and the owner doesn't know what to do. For rescuers who adopt out cats or kittens, asking good questions before adoption and providing information on moving with cats can help.
First, let’s bust the myth that cats like their home better than their family. Cats hide during moves because they are scared, not because they don’t want to move with their family. And they will be even more terrified when their family moves away without them!
Before the move:
Get the cat used to the carrier. Put a soft blanket in it. During the weeks before the move, feed them or put treats in the carrier.
Cats like boxes, so start collecting boxes weeks before the move and let them play in them and get used to them being there. It won’t be as scary when you start packing and moving them if they are just part of the scenery and they’ve seen them before moving day.
Maintain a normal feeding schedule and minimize other changes to their daily routines.
Plan where your cat will be on moving day.
Talk to your vet before moving day about medications that may make the move less stressful.
Moving day:
Make sure the cat is contained BEFORE the movers come. Zip-tie the carrier and make sure everyone knows that it can’t be opened until the cat is secured inside the new house.
--If you want to move the cats first, set up one room in the new house with litter box, bedding, toys and cat trees from their old home. Make sure it is a room that won’t be accessible to movers so it won’t be accidentally opened. If possible, lock it!
--If you are going to move the cats last, set up a quiet bathroom and get them used to spending time in there by feeding them in that location in the weeks before the move. Make sure the room is secure so movers won’t open it. Put a bright sign on the door. “Cats – Do Not Open!!!”
Adjusting to the new home:
Start your cat off in one quiet room. Some cats are confident and ready to explore from day one, but it is best to give it a few days before giving them full run of the house so you can unpack and cat proof the house. A Feliway plug in or spray may ease the transition. Try to maintain the same schedule of feeding and play time.
Be extra careful of doors and windows the first few weeks. Many cats are lost when they get outside before they know their new home.
There is a problem worldwide with people who abandon their cats and kittens where there are cat colonies with someone who cares for the cats.Some just want to get rid of the kittens but don't spay the mother cat so after a while new kittens are born and abandoned.It can be they don't have afford to pay for neutering or they just don¨t care.Many cats are abandoned when they are sexually mature when they start to scream and urine mark.t's a vicious circle it has to stop.
To all catowners - please do NOT release your animal outside without supervision.
Wildlife is getting killed by the millions each year because of the single greatest predator out there - the domesticated cat.
To all catowners - please do NOT release your animal outside without supervision.
Wildlife is getting killed by the millions each year because of the single greatest predator out there - the domesticated cat.
Very important message. It’s estimated that the number of birds and small mammals that are annually killed by domesticated cats are in the billions*!

* “between 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals”, according to World Animal Foundation. ⟨
Very important message. It’s estimated that the number of birds and small mammals that are annually killed by domesticated cats are in the billions*!

* “between 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals”, according to World Animal Foundation. ⟨
Yes ,cats kill birds.We don't know how many. There is a study-Smithsonian Catbird Study-but it´s a very limited study based on 69 cats. . In Greece they have a huge problem with too many cats both on the mainlands and islands.For decades Crete has had an overpopulation of cats and today there are 4 shelters , there are people working with TNR but it's not enough at all.But I can go to Crete as a birdwatcher too and see plenty of birds.There are birds in the other islands too, if the study had been true the birds had been killed by now.Catching birds aren't that easy for most cats-some cats can be very good-but the most vulnerable time is when the baby birds leave the nest. They are not so good at flying to start with. Cat lovers are working hard with TNR ,to encourage people to spay and neuter to reduce the number of cats outdoors but all the time cats and kittens are dumped outside. Today we can make houses and flats cat friendly with cat trees-homemade or bought-you can net the balcony and garden.Feral cats can like it indoors to.Some of them are used to sheds and other buildings, but there aren´t enough with homes.all cats love boxes