#LACATPLAN: Help Kitty Bungalow’s Fight to Make Los Angeles Feral Friendly

You Guys!

Did you know that Los Angeles does not have a humane cat plan? I, for one, would think that a city that has all that sunshine would have a sunnier disposition towards feral kitties. Alas, such is not the case. In fact, they have a city-wide ban on even discussing the matter. Instead, they euthanize any feral cats that come into city shelters instead of participating in TNR projects, even if the cats are ear-tipped and fixed.

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Kitty Bungalow, one of the coolest rescues I know, is trying to put a stop to this. Shawn Simons, headmistress at the rescue, has put together a petition to try to move forward the plan to lift the injunction on TNR in order to save thousands of kitties every year.

I asked Shawn for comment. Here’s what she had to say:

“The biggest obstacle facing Los Angeles in becoming a No Kill City is feral cats and the city’s current inability to work with organizations to put a humane plan in place.  Of the 6400 cats that were killed in LA’s shelters this last year, 74% were kittens.  For the most part, kittens are just another name for offspring of feral cats.  Currently, feral cats going into the shelter, even ones that are ear-tipped and fixed, are soon killed as the city is not allowed to participate in TNR.  Meanwhile, cities across the country that are working with their local rescues on Shelter Neuter Release programs are hitting no-kill at a rapid pace.  Overturning the injunction and putting a humane cat plan in Los Angeles will swing open doors to cities across the country.”

To SIGN THE PETITION, Click here. It only takes a minute and will help Kitty Bungalow get the power they need to save lives!  We have until February 23rd to get all the signatures needed.

To learn more about KB’s LA Cat Plan, click here.  They offer tweets and other social media sharing options to make it easy for you to help get the word out.

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Love,

Crepes.

Photos and video provided by KB as part of their #LACATPLAN campaign.

Tree House Is Putting Cats to Work!

You guys!

I don’t know how I feel about this, so I wanted to share it with you. Tree House is making cats work. No lie. They have a special program that actually gives cats jobs! Let’s learn more.

Some random feral cat peering into our fountain. Watch out, cat! They’ll give you a job!

What is it?

It’s called “Cats at Work” (they don’t even try to hide their intentions!) and it’s a program that’s taking place around Chicago, the suburbs, and even farther.

Who is it for?

It is for outdoor feral cats only. I guess that’s not so bad since they’re not pulling cozy cats off couches, but still.

What do the feral cats do?

Tree House finds feral cats that are in danger in some way – living in colonies that are overcrowded or full of diseases, don’t have enough food, are in an area that can present dangers to the cats – and they relocate those cats to areas where people actually want them. Why would they want them? To control the rodent population, of course! Actually, this is starting to sound like the cats are badasses.

How does it work?

If a person (residential, factory, industrial, or gardening) is having a rodent problem, they call Tree House and say “I would like X number of cats.” Tree House then traps cats that are in bad situations, gives them health screenings, vaccines, and medications, if needed, and then moves them to the new location. A home base area is set up for the cats where they live in giant acclimation crates for three weeks in order to identify this new area as home. After three weeks, they’re released from the crates and are on patrol! The person who requested the cats is in charge of a regular feeding schedule, veterinary care through Tree House (if needed), and scooping a litter box. And voila! Rat problem solved.

Did you know that cats who are regularly fed are actually better hunters than cats who hunt to survive? It’s true!

Did you also know that just the scent of cats can keep rodents away from an area? Also true!

If you’re interested in knowing more, the CATastrophes Web Series just did a guest episode for Animalist News about the whole thing! They also did their own, semi-informative video about the program. You can check them both out below.

If you’re interested in this program, contact Tree House! They don’t just service Chicago with these feral cats. They’ve gone all the way up to Wisconsin and are willing to go beyond that, if requested.

Actually, I’ve convinced myself. This isn’t so bad as long as no one takes MY couch away. I’m watching you, Tree House.

Love,

Crepes.

PS.

Speaking of Feral cats…

did you know tomorrow is National Feral Cat day? This is a great time to tell all you LA area peeps that our favorite West Coast rescue Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats is having its annual Feral Cat Photography Show. This year’s show will hang at Angel City Brewery Gallery Space from October 16th to the 19th with an opening reception on the 16th from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. There’s even going to be a walk-in cattery where you can meet some of the residents and possibly even go home with your newest family member!

If you don’t live near LA but know someone who does, please share and encourage them to attend! It’s for a great cause helping an awesome rescue and feral cats.

Oh my.

Oh my. That cat is literally 50 shades of gray.

Kitty Bungalow is giving us two of their limited edition National Feral Cat Day posters to giveaway! If you’d like ta chance to win one, leave a comment below letting me know you want to be entered. Two winners will be drawn randomly from all entries and announced next Tuesday.  Entries accepted from now until 11:49 pm on Sunday, October 19th.

For more information: http://www.kittybungalow.org/nfcd.html

Bachelor of the Week: Big Bruiser!

Woah! You guys! It’s been a while since we’ve had a bachelor that wasn’t kittens, so let’s hurry up and meet this new guy.

Hello! Do you live inside? Can I? - Big Bruiser.

Hello! Do you live inside? Can I? – Big Bruiser.

This is Big Bruiser! He has, beyond all odds, beat the …well, odds, I guess. He has decided that, after fifteen years as a feral cat, he was ready to come inside. Having stepped through the cabinet doors into the world of human Narnia, Big Bruiser is now an indoor cat!

This tough little dude spent his whole life living in a managed feral colony and then, one day, he decided it was time for pets. And love. And treats. And some drool. Ignore that last part, it’s minimal.

Big Bruiser, like many feral cats, has FIV, but he’s managed it for 15 years and hopefully you and he can manage it together for 15 more while sitting on your couch inside the house, possibly eating ice cream since his tongue is at the ready. (See photos below.)

BB is ready for his new home, a new couch, and possibly a new name, too. Something like “darling,” “sweetness,” or “dream come true.” Are you going to be his very first new home? ARE YOU?

Then call Save A Pet IL today and get connected! Big Bruiser is waiting.

Love,

Crepes.

Big Bruiser's looking for something. I think it could be love.

Big Bruiser’s looking for something. I think it could be love.

Waiting and hoping and thinking and drooling.

Waiting and hoping and thinking and drooling.