NO KILL NEW YORK
Holiday Project: 12 Days of Christmas 2010
Day 12 - What They Really Want Is To Live
"Dedicated to the Wild Ones on a Cold Snowy Night"
Toy and Treats....collars and cozy beds are all nice, but, the one thing all animals really want for Christmas is to live. On this final and belated 12th Day of Christmas, we have only to look out of our window to know how important this last message is. This 12th Day of Christmas is dedicated to all of the animals that live outdoors or in the wild. Although our message covers all animals....squirrels, raccoons, birds, mice and rats, bats, coyotes, etc....this message will focus primarily on what have come to be known as feral cats.
very important component of the No Kill paradigm is a program called
TNR, which stands for Trap-Neuter-Return. A national
organization that is an excellent resource for information about how
you can advocate for outdoor cats is
Alley Cat Allies. According to Alley Cat Allies, 70% of
the cats that enter our nation's animal control pounds and shelters
York City Feral Cat Initiative is a joint program of the
Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and
Neighborhood Cats, two private non-profit organizations. Their
mission is to solve the feral cat overpopulation crisis in New York City
through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR for
short. They even offer seminars where you can learn to
"Manage a Feral Cat Colony"
Note from Camille:
Following is a poem I found, entitled Frosty Night. It really struck
a chord with me tonight, as I deal with the 18 inches of snow on the ground
in Brooklyn and trying to bring my feral cat colony warm food and fresh
water through the night.
by Mavis Jolley
and it's time to put my head down on my paws,
see them running across the frozen grass,
open doors at night, and see them scurry round,
forms slip past the door and nothing's left to see,
For me, my
luck was in; some caring folk came with a trap,
worked out all right for me, I'm someone's lucky pet,
Outdoor animals are at risk in the blizzard conditions that are currently hitting the great New York/New Jersey area. Please be mindful of the fact that because of the heavy snow and freezing conditions, animals will be unable to drink water and eat from their customary places. Peanuts for squirrels, a dish of warm food and clean water for cats, some wild birdseed for our winged friends, these small things could save a life and bring comfort to many. If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, learn about managing a feral cat colony, learn about spay/neuter programs for feral and outdoor cats. You can also learn how to make your shelters very inexpensively.
If you see an animal that is in trouble, please do not turn away. You may be the only one standing between life and death for that animal. For our wild friends there are rescue groups and wildlife rehabbers that specialize in different animals. If you cannot do the rescue yourself, find someone who will do it or someone that will help you to do it. Don't turn your back to suffering,with the thought that someone else will shoulder the responsibility.
Be a voice for outdoor animals. Because like everyone else, THEY WANT TO LIVE.
No Kill New York is a coalition of individuals and groups dedicated to ending the abuse, the exploitation and the killing of animals. It is our primary mission to end the killing of animals in the NY Shelter System. We believe that animals have the inherent right to live, and to be treated with respect and dignity. No animal should be killed for any reason other than for dire and untreatable medical conditions. No animal should be treated as a disposable object.