Friday Friend (but on a Sunday)

chaplin

This is Chaplin.  He is a domestic, medium hair cat.  Chaplin is a 4 year old male.

If you are interested in becoming a cat owner, it is always a good idea to get your cat microchip and keep them indoors, so you don’t lose them (all animals from AEAR have already been microchipped for your convenience).  Also, rid your house of all poisonous plants and cacti to prevent injury to your feline friends.

Learn more about him here.

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Harm To the Ecosystem: part 2

Stray cats and cats that are let outside kill around 1.4 – 3.7 billion birds a year, and 6.9 – 20.7 billion mammals a year, according to One Green Planet.  They have become the number one cause of death of both birds and mammals, instead of by the native carnivores.  These unnatural predators steal prey from native hunters such as owls and hawks.  Many of the cats that are let outside to roam free during the day hunt wildlife for fun, not for food.  Pet owners believe that if you feed your pet, they’ll leave native wildlife alone, but that isn’t true.  They’ll kill their prey and abandon most of it, snacking here and there.  In spring and summer, cat’s kill more animals than ever, because the newborn animals don’t have any defenses yet, making them easy prey.

Now, the definition of a feral cat is a cat who has “reverted in some degree to a wild state (definition found on Neighborhood Cats).”  What does that mean, exactly?  Does it mean a cat that is slightly more skittish and prone to hunt small animals more than other cats?  I think that it varies.  There is the slightly un-domesticated stray, who could easily adjust to life as a pet again.  And there is the full-blown feral cat, who are totally unused to humane interaction.  I think that feral cats are worse for the environment, because they can’t be re-acclimated into domestic life.  Instead of bringing these felines to a shelter or other organization, programs like Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) must be used.  While TNR is effective, it does not remove strays from public areas as fast as putting them in a shelter to be adopted would.

As a final thought, the best place to keep pet cats is inside the house.

Friday Friend

dogssss

This is Coconut, a mixed breed husky.  She is a one year old, high energy dog who deserves an active family and perhaps a canine friend.  Coconut is crate trained, but does need basic obedience lessons. She’s good with children, so she would make a good family pet.

Want to learn more about Coconut?  Look here.

Harm To the Ecosystem: part 1

Stray animals pose a danger to the environment.  They carry diseases and diminish the wildlife.  Rabies can be transmitted by dogs and cats to humans, and other animals.  Dogs also carry other diseases such as Parvovirus (parvo), and pass it on to other member of the canine family, like wolves, foxes, etc.  Symptoms of parvo are lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea, which can lead to sever dehydration.  Parvo can be transmitted by any organism that comes into contact with the infected animal’s feces.  The virus can last for months, surviving on non living surfaces such as food bowls or carpets, basically anywhere the excrement has touched.  Un-vaccinated dogs can pick up the virus from random places in the street where the germs have lingered for months; make sure your dog is up to date on it’s shots.

Out of the diseases that can be spread, Rabies is one of the most dangerous, because it can be carried to both humans and animals, and only humans can be cured.  Every year, rabies kills millions of animals across the world.  After the symptoms of Rabies manifest, there is no cure.  And there is no way to tell if an animal has contracted it until the physical signs appear, and by then it is too late.

By controlling our stray animal population we can help prevent the spread of diseases to native wildlife, and other pets.

Friday Friend

fawn

This is Fawn.  She is a female Pomeranian-chihuahua mix, and is really adorable.   At an AEAR anti cruelty rally, my mom and I noticed, Fawn and though she was a dude.  We also agreed that Toast is a more appropriate name for her.  Comment if you agree! Fawn is from the same litter as Jock and Delilah, who were mentioned in a previous Friday Friend post.  I don’t remember if they are litter-mates, cousins, or whatever.  Anyway, I would adopt this little fuzzball in a second, and I bet you would too.  Learn more about Fawn here!