Monday, October 13, 2008

National Feral Cat Day


National Feral Cat Day (NFCD), October 16, is the annual kick-off for Alley Cat Allies’ national educational campaign about the protection of feral and stray cats, why they need a different kind of care, and how communities can stop the killing of cats in their local animal control pounds and shelters.“We are calling for a revolutionary change in shelter practice and policy,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies.

Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but they aren’t socialized to people, and so are fearful of humans and not adoptable. They live healthy, natural lives on their own, content in their outdoor home.

Alley Cat Allies promotes life-saving programs such as Trap-Neuter-Return, in which outdoor cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. Socialized cats and kittens are adopted into homes, and healthy adult feral cats are returned to their outdoor homes. Trap-Neuter-Return is a humane method of care: no more cats are killed, their lives are improved, and they live out their lives outdoors without the strains or behaviors associated with mating and pregnancy. For more information about National Feral Cat Day, see

Saturday, October 18th from 11 AM to 1 PM Adoption Workshop with Trainer Robin Grannell at Canine Behavior Center, 7551 205th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98073

Are you thinking about adding a dog or puppy to your family? Learn about options for acquiring a dog, how to select the right dog for your family and tips for successfully integrating the dog into your household. Workshop attendees earn early entry into the BARKtober Fest adoption event. $20.00 per family. Space is limited, please RSVP to or 206-465-4116. More information at

Sunday, October 19th from Noon – 3 PM BARKtober Fest Adoption Event at the Academy of Canine Behavior located at 4705 240th SE, Bothell, WA 98021. Directions can be found at
Come meet adoptable dogs and puppies from 9 shelters and rescues. Fall in love with your new best friend. All dogs and puppies are spayed/neutered, temperament tested and up to date on shots. Trainers, staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you find the right match for your family. More information at

Joy's Schedule

Saturday, October 18 from 12 - 4 PM - Dooley's Dog House, 1421 Market St, Kirkland, WA - Fundraiser for Old Dog Haven -- Help senior dogs in their final years -- Adopt, Foster, Donate. To learn more about Old Dog Haven, visit Come have a mini-session with Joy. 5 minutes is $20 includes $10 donation to Old Dog Haven. To register for a min-session with Joy, please call (425)889-2200. If you are interested in adopting an older dog, stop by to visit the older dogs who are looking for a forever home no matter how long that time is.

Chuck and Marti of Dooley's Dog House adopted a 16 year old Beagle named Blaze for what they thought would be for a few months. At that time little did anyone know that Blaze would be celebrating his 20th birthday this year. Blaze brought lots of joy to Chuck and Marti and the rest of the family. He passed away peacefully on his bed during nap time this past August.

Saturday, October 25 from 11 AM – 2 PM Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA)’s most important fundraising event will be held this year at the Genesee Park off-leash area. There will be fun, food, and fashion galore with prizes, raffles, and vendor booths catering to every pampered pet. The grand finale is a costume contest where all the most creatively dressed pooches strut their stuff for celebrity judges to win great prizes! Joy will be the Master of Ceremonies for this fun event. Be sure to check out the Dog-O-Ween website at for up-to-the-minute information. 100% of the net proceeds will benefit COLA, an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which depends on donations and support from the community to fund maintenance and improvement projects at all ELEVEN of Seattle’s off-leash parks.

Radio ShowTune in to Talk With Your Animals on Wednesdays from 12 - 1 PM Pacific Time either on the radio if you live in the Seattle area or over the Internet by going to then to the radio show links page and click on the listen live button for KKNW. The show can also be heard live on The radio show replays on Check that website for the times in your area. If you are interested in calling in to ask a question of your pet on Wednesdays, the telephone number is 425-373-5527. The toll free number if you are in Western Washington is 1-888-298-5569.

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At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Alex said...

Thank you for this great post, and for bringing wider attention to TNR.

For those out there wanting to set up a TNR programme but who are unsure of what it will entail, please check this link:

The completely free TNR template offered is based on the experiences of two UK animal charities in Oradea, Romania. They are not funding or managing new projects; they simple want to put their advice and expertise into the hands of those who have the passion and dedication to reduce the problem of street animals humanely.

Although the template is dog-focussed, it is designed to be adapted as appropriate for the organisation and area.


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