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Increasing the “Green” One Feline at a Time

 

Increasing the “Green” One Feline at a Time

by Amy Lignor

Considering the number of canines in the world, what seems like a higher number than the 1+ billion-dollar Powerball jackpot, it is actually an interesting (and surprising) fact that the felines still “rule” and the dogs “drool.” The cat is the most preferred domestic animal
free-range cats, Trap-Neuter-Return, feral cats, Humane, Animal Services, to roam or not to roamin the world, yet when it comes to certain cats that should be appreciated and instead are disappearing like wildfire that feline love is going right out the window.

 

Free-ranging cats are everywhere, even the bobcat has been roaming the back alleys of certain cities. But as part of the “green” movement being heightened in 2016, groups are coming together, from wildlife nutritionists and biologists to people who work with game reserves, to aid the cat. All of these groups and organizations are working to control the number of free-ranging cats in an attempt to not only clean up the streets but also to stop the breeding.

 

To put this into perspective, think about the number of feral cats you see each and every day around your community. Some cities and towns still have rules in place to “pick them up” and put them straight to sleep. This brings people to the protesting state. However, cats are still bred and some pet owners do allow their cats to stay outside and roam.

 

When you see a stray, you should remember that the history of the cat is unlike that of a dog or other animal. A lesson for all feline lovers is that cats actually are the one and only creature that actually domesticated themselves. Over time, they preferred to live near humans, yet keep their solitary/independent life. They helped the farms out by feeding on mice and other rodents that stole the grain bring stored, and became a much-loved pet by the ranchers and farmers because of this skill.

 

Dogs are talked about as if they are the “NFL” in the animal world. But, it is the cat that lives on every continent in the world and many of the domesticated cats can be linked back to a rich and interesting background, where you will find them a part of everything from royalty to religion.

 

In our day and age, feral cats’ number one food choice is the bird. The cats are responsible for killing billions each year. And before there is a protest to that fact, there shouldn’t be. Managing the populations of birds is a must to make sure that crops do not get ruined. Conservationists in the 21st-century have come up with something called a “TNR: Trap-Neuter-Return” which is a far more humane way to stop feral cats from reproducing. Instead of immediate death when picked up by Animal Services, strays are neutered and returned to their areas unharmed. That way, they can still keep the bird and mice population in check, yet not reproduce.

 

In the end, saving the cats and dogs are a must. “Humane” Services programs and the “Humane Society” are not new ideas, but they are innovative ones that must be increased by every town, city or village around the globe to keep the world going “greener” and improve the environment.

 

Not to mention…save that precious feline!

 

 

Source:  Baret News

Everyone’s “Best Friend” Receives Their Second Chance

 

Everyone’s “Best Friend” Receives Their Second Chance

By Amy Lignor

 

It is not an overstatement to say that dogs and cats crave a home of love, friendship, loyalty and kindness – the four attributes they offer to the owner who shows them the same. The numbers for those animals that have been lost, harmed or run away, have risen every year for over a decade, with more and more shelters actually using the name “humane society” in a misleading way. These particular societies have one thing in common…the animal will be put to death in a certain number of days, depending on the State, if not adopted. In other words…these poor animals that have already lived through a nightmare may have been better off on the streets.

 

12109001_1636420659931540_8719365557663705994_nAccording to the ASPCA, there are over 13,500 community animal shelters nationwide that are “independent.” No national organization monitors these shelters that use the generalized terms of “humane society” or “SPCA.” The ASPCA (Humane Society of the United States) has increased peoples’ awareness when it comes to these locations in an attempt to make these facts known:

 

Approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters nationwide every year, with approximately 2.7 million being euthanized. (Dogs: approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% are returned to their owner. Cats: approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% are returned to their owners.)

 

These statistics grow more frightening with each year. Everything from a State’s budget issues to simply an overcrowding of strays has been used as an excuse to explain why so many millions of animals are being euthanized. The figures are even more repulsive once finding out that industry trends show revenue will continue to rise even higher.

 

In this world, people care about animals. They want to find that “Best Friend” and have them for life. The animal, whether cat or dog, becomes a huge part of the family…a part that is as important as any other person on the family tree.

 

In comes…the second chance. For those shelters that are either struggling or simply choosing to empty their cages by ending lives before it is time for the end to appear, there are those out there who are working day and night, taking their own love and caring and absolute humanity to save lives and give these creatures a second chance at being able to enjoy life and find that perfect home.

 

There are so many to mention, but one such organization is called, McLovin Second Chance Rescue, located in the state of New Mexico. McLovin is also important to mention, seeing as that this shelter (located in Las Cruces, NM) saves dogs and cats all over the U.S. However, they are pulling a great many from one of the highest kill shelters in all of New Mexico, located in Roswell.

 

Giving love, homes, and friendship to the aged, unwanted, and injured, McLovin is the perfect representative of what it means to give a second chance. Sometimes with the knowledge that certain animals do not have long to live, McLovin still gives them a home on the basis that a moment of love is better than nothing at all.

 

The background of the actual name “McLovin” is a heartwarming story. It was in March of 2015 in the move to Las Cruces that the owner’s Mastiff (“McLovin”) was hit by a car and died shortly thereafter. He was the very first rescue, and in his honor these individuals fight for all the animals. And, as millions already know, that fight is highly difficult when it comes to funding. Donations are needed to give these loving animals a second chance. And there is a ‘wish list,’ posted by the shelter on their Amazon account, where people can purchase items for the dogs and cats and the order will be directly shipped to the McLovin Second Chance Shelter.

 

The world is still humane – a good thing to be reminded of when you see the news, the battles and the turmoil that goes on all around us each day of our lives. When it comes to our smaller family members, those best friends who need, want and deserve a life of kindness, our humanity makes even more of a difference than anyone could possibly imagine. So, remember, the term “humane society” is a generalized term. There are those out there who do create the numbers that are beyond revolting: numbers that are worse than actual wars.

 

SPREAD THE WORD! The $5.00 spent on that Starbucks coffee in the morning can do a dog or a cat so much good. It contributes to their health and well-being until a family, such as yours, can adopt their “Best Friend” and show them a home!

 

For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/McLovin-Second-Chance-Rescue-1633035926936680/

Source:  Baret News