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Discover the Truth About Feral Cats

October 16, 2007

Today is National Feral Cat Day! This post is geared towards learning the truth about feral cats. If you want to learn all about feral cats, Alley Cat Allies are the people to see. They have been teaching others the truth about feral cats and their plight since 1990. Also, and more importantly in my […]

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Why I Chose Alley Cat Allies

July 28, 2007

Many of you who have frequented my blog for years now, know that I have a special place in my heart for animals, and especially cats. I’ve been lucky enough to have grown up around cats all my life. As far back as I can remember (and photos help a whole lot!), I’ve had pet cats in my life. And since learning of the plight of feral cats (once domesticated cats who have been left outside with little to no human contact and have reverted to a wild state), it wasn’t a hard decision to choose Alley Cat Allies as my charity to blog for this year.

I bet you’ve all seen a feral cat at one time or another. Some, maybe even heard them fighting or yowling when it’s time to mate. But, even if you’ve never seen a feral cat, they are there. They fear humans, so they hide and come out only when no one is around. Most of them live very short, hard lives.

If you think about it, it’s really unfair. We humans domesticated them and then fell short of providing for them after they started depending on us for their well-being. Thankfully, there are people out there who want to help feral cats and one of the superior organizations that is comprised of people who do just that is Alley Cat Allies. They provide a valuable service: education and empowerment for those of us who care about helping feral cats, as well. So, if you want to help right yet another wrong that humankind has done, why not start with this?

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Alley Cat Allies says “Thanks”

December 1, 2005

I’ll let this speak for itself:

Alley Cat Allies - Thank You

(You may click on the image above to view the page they link to.)

I cannot even express how wonderful it was to have volunteered with such an amazing organization. Alley Cat Allies really does care about the animals they help. Compared to the HSUS or ASPCA, they are a teeny organization, but I bet they helped more cats, including feral cats (which are the ones usually forgotten), than all of them combined.

Everyone I encountered while at their base camp in Louisiana was amazing. Even though our days were long and exhausting, everyone kept each other’s spirits high and supported each other when things got rough. I am honored to have spent a week of my life volunteering for Alley Cat Allies. The experience is something I will never forget.

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Countdown: One Week

October 25, 2005

In a weeks time, on November 1st, I will be on my way to Louisiana for my volunteer commitment with Alley Cat Allies. It has not fully hit me yet, but as the days count down, I find myself gearing up for the busy time ahead. I feel so excited, and yes, a little anxious, but just the thought of being able to bring relief to the animals over there fills me with happiness.

All volunteers must be totally self-sufficient, and conditions are essentially like camping, so I have already packed up my tent, sleeping bag and day pack. Thankfully, food is provided and luckily it’s perfect for me: freeze-dried vegetarian and vegan meals! There are also two outdoor showers and two port-a-potties.

I will be the only veterinary technician there and have been assured that I will be kept very busy in their clinic. A supervising veterinarian will be there a few hours a day, but for the most part, I, along with a couple other volunteers, will be the one tending to the animals daily health needs. Honestly it’s a little overwhelming, but I am most certainly up for the challenge!

To get an idea of the animals I will be treating, please read this story of Alley Cat Allies most recent rescue AND reunion: The Pontchartrain Boulevard Rescue – nearly a month after the hurricanes, rescuers are still finding survivors in houses confirmed to have pets.

As I am leaving soon, this may be your last opportunity to help me in my effort to end suffering for the animals left behind in the Hurricane Katrina and Rita disaster areas. I am still accepting donations through PayPal, just click on the donation button to the left. And thank you! :heart:

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