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Feral Cats

Why Feral Cat Day

Feral Cat Day was started to promote and support efforts to care for feral cats in various communities around the United States.  It has spread to include cities and towns in Canada. Feral Cat Day helps animal groups such as the Humane Society, and Alley Cat Allies spread awareness about how to help feral cats.

Difference between Pet Cats, Stray Cats, and Feral Cats

Feral cats are also called outdoor or community cats – they are cats that who don’t belong to any one person/family.  In general feral cats have been abandoned or are lost, or they are the offspring of abandoned or lost cats.  Unlike strays and pets, feral cats are not socialized to humans and are not good candidates for adoption.  Feral cats may live in colonies typically composed of related cats.  Feral cat colonies tend to live in an area with access to shelter, and food (dumpsters or people that feed them).  In general feral cats are relatively healthy. Stray cats are lost or abandoned.  The main difference is that they are socialized to humans.  These cats are adoptable if they can’t be reunited with their owners. Pet cats are owned by a single person or family.  While they may enjoy time outside they have a home they return to.  Pet cats are socialized to humans.

Problems Cause by Feral Cats

Over population from feral cats is a huge problem.  When these cats end up in shelters they end up euthanized because they are unadoptable. Other than over population feral cats cause several community nuisances.  The main complaints listed by the Humane Society are:

  • Noise due to fighting or mating behaviours
  • Strong smells from territorial spraying
  • Flea infestations

Trap-Neuter-Return

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) has been identified as the best way to deal with feral cats.  TNR decreases the number of feral cats over time.  The process is very simple:

  • The cat is trapped in a safe manner
  • The cat is spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, and “tipped” (a tip of the ear is removed – this makes the cat recognized as spayed or neutered)
  • The cat is returned to its home

How you can Help

If you’d like to help the Humane Society has a list of things you can do: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/feral_cats/tips/what_you_can_do_for_ferals.html?credit=web_id83565963 For more information on Feral Cat Day check out: http://nationalferalcatday.org/about-national-feral-cat-day/

What do you think…

Should you feed feral cats? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page for a chance to win a pack of Cat Box Liners.  Deadline Oct. 21, 2014 at 11:55pm, for more information contact [email protected]

Black Cat Appreciation day

What is Black Cat Appreciation Day?

Black cats are the least adopted type of cat.  To raise awareness about black cats August 17 is Black Cat awareness day.  Black Cat Appreciation Day is a virtual event – people post to Facebook to express their appreciation for black cats.  It was started by Wayne Morris as a way to honour the memory of his sister and a family pet.

Why do Black Cats Deserve their own Day?

A lot of cultures consider the black cat to be good luck.  In Scotland black cats are said to be a sign of prosperity.  In Japan, black cats are considered good luck.  But in the west (particularly North America) black cats are still considered a sign of evil and bad luck.  This superstition has its root in European cultures – where much of the black cat superstition begins.  One black cat superstition for example says that it’s bad luck for a black cat to cross your path.  It seems that the number superstitions about black cats have motivated many people to avoid black cats all together.  As a result black cats are adopted far less frequently and euthanized far more often.  It looks like black cats have all the bad luck instead of being a cause of bad luck.

But black cats aren’t bad luck, and they’re not bad cats.  Looks of black cats are just as cute and cuddly as any other cat.

That is why we celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day.  Shelters everywhere ask people to look past the colour when adopting a cat. 

Share with us: would you ever adopt a black cat?  Tell us on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/DoonGo?ref=hl

Check out this infographic about cat adoptions to see where black cats rate: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/black-cats-_n_4137673.html

If you’d like to read more about black cat superstitions check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_cat

Check out this FB page for black cat lovers: https://www.facebook.com/BlackCatAppreciation?fref=ts

National Mutt Day

Mutt versus Pure Bred There is a long standing debate among dog lovers and breeders; who is better, the mutt or the pure bred?  (Pure bred dogs include designer dogs like Puggles and Labradoodles).  There hasn’t been much study on the subject – so really there’s no definitive answer. What we do know is that mutts tend to get the short end of the stick.  Mixed breed dogs make up the majority of shelter dogs and are euthanized far more often than their designer counter parts.  Mutts are great dogs and make amazing pets. There are some upsides to mutts – a more diverse genetic background generally means that the pup will not suffer from congenital diseases.  Also, mutts don’t suffer from breed-specific health problems.  Mutts are also able to perform any task a pure bred can including search and rescue. So how do we get the word out about our mixed breed friends?  The answer is National Mutt Day. What is National Mutt Day? National Mutt Day is a 2 day campaign to raise awareness about mixed breed dogs.  Did you know that mixed breed dogs are euthanized far more than pure bred dogs?  Due to the popularity and demand for designer and pure bred puppies mutts are neglected and often end up in shelters. National Mutt Day is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd.  The extra day helps increase awareness about mixed breed dogs that need and deserve a good home. The Goal The ultimate goal of National Mutt Day to get 10,000 mutts adopted on July 31st and December 2nd. How Can You Help? Why adopt a mutt of course.  But if you can’t adopt a mutt there are other ways to help.  The following have been suggested by Mutt Day founder Colleen Paige:

  • Donate $5 to a local animal shelter
  • Donate other items needed by shelters (food, toys, beds, poop bags)
  • Volunteer at a shelter

To find out more about National Mutt Day check out their website and Facebook page: http://www.nationalmuttday.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/NationalMuttDay?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser Is your pup mixed breed?  Share a picture of your mutt with us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DoonGo?ref=hl Post your mutt’s picture before August 5th for a chance to win a pack of doo-n-go poop bags. 

"Best dog poop bags ever and so friendly for the environment!"

Jonathan Y., Google Reviews

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