Little Tom


Posted on December 18, 2011 by corkacs

Little Tom was a feral cat who was disregarded by humans all his life.  Nobody would look at him, nobody would care for him.  He was lonely, starving and cold.  Today, he just had enough with this world of indifference and decided to give up on life.


As I was at the Cloyne Veterinary Clinic this morning, a lady walked in asking Sinead if she could help as there was a cat on the carpark who wasn’t moving.  Was it a coincidence that I was there at this particular moment?  I went to the carpark and immediately spotted him, in the middle of the carpark.  A car would have actually had to swing to the left to avoid him.  A woman passed by and prodded him with her foot; she kept walking.  I bent down and wrapped the towel over him.  He didn’t move.  He didn’t struggle when I picked him up, but pushed a terrible cry of pain.  I held him close to me and brought him to Sinead.




I knew he was sick and I could sense his chances at a better life were slim, but we had to try.  Sinead examined him.  His gums were paled, his temperature was low, he was dehydrated and so skinny…  He was so skinny we could nearly circle his spine and his legs felt like they weren’t attached to his body anymore.  Sinead brought in a hot water bottle and put a drip on him; I petted him, trying to give him as much comfort as I could.


When Sinead carried him upstairs, Little Tom pushed another cry, a cry of death Sinead thought.  She made a bed for him and we put him there.  The little Shona , who was rescued only yesterday,was looking at us from the bottom cage asking for attention.




When I left, I didn’t know if I would see Little Tom again.  Sinead told me that she would try but that his body seemed shut down.


At 4 pm, Sinead rang me (thank you Sinead for giving him a chance, for doing all you could and for your compassion).  Little Tom’s situation wasn’t improving; if anything, it was getting worse.  He had given up on life and had decided he had fought enough and that his time had come.  He was put to sleep.


Little Tom probably lived a miserable life, but he was loved and received affection for the last four hours of his life.  However, this is not enough.  There is no reason why Little Tom shouldn’t have received a bit more compassion during his life.  He didn’t deserve it.


Please people, look around you and don’t ignore your ferals.  Offer them a bit of food, a warm shelter and whatever love you have to spare.


The look of hope

Shona was saved, Little Tom didn’t have her chance.  How many more like Little Tom will die this winter?



Their lives depend on you. If you want to help our feral cats please  donate to Banjup Rescue 0403199601. They are the only ones here in Western Australia that will provide humane treatment.




Remembering Grandmom: The Long Life of a Boardwalk Cat

One of the oldest residents of the feral cat colonies living along Atlantic City’s famed boardwalk passed away this year, and she will be much missed by her caregivers. Known to some as Grandmom and to others as Snowball, this legendary gray and white lady made her home at the boardwalk for almost 20 years.


Originally part of the New Jersey Avenue colony, Grandmom settled into a colony by the Trump Taj Mahal casino when the dunes washed away from her first home. There, she always enjoyed a snooze in the sun—in summer, she could be found stretched out on the sand. During the winter, she took advantage of the shelters the Boardwalk Cats Project provides, finding the shelter with the best sunbeam to curl up in.


Like all of the feral cats cared for through our Boardwalk Cats Project, Grandmom was trapped, spayed, and returned to her home on the boardwalk—but she didn’t make it easy on our staff and volunteers.


“She was one of the hardest cats to trap,” remembers Amanda Casazza, our Atlantic City Program Manager. When the landmark TNR program began in 2000, this spirited feline evaded our humane box traps and drop traps long after many other cats had been trapped, neutered, and returned.


Despite her elusive nature, Grandmom gradually came to trust our Boardwalk Cats Project volunteers, who revered and respected her as the independent matriarch of the boardwalk.


“When it was her time to pass, she went back to her original colony and curled up in one of the houses there,” says Casazza, illustrating feral cats’ deep attachment to their outdoor homes.


We know from scientific studies that feral cats have the same lifespan as pet cats—about 7 years, on average. Grandmom’s nearly 20-year life at the boardwalk proves that feral cats can live long, healthy lives outdoors—and that there is nothing humane or necessary about killing them in shelters. While she will be deeply missed, Grandmom’s long life continues to inspire us to advocate for policies and programs like the Boardwalk Cats Project nationwide—humane programs that allow feral cats to live out their lives in the outdoor homes they love.



Cat Advocates Call for Suspension of Smithsonian Researcher

Last month, a researcher at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center was charged with attempted animal cruelty for allegedly trying to poison feral cats in her Washington, DC, neighborhood—just a few blocks from where Alley Cat Allies got our start doing Trap-Neuter-Return more than 20 years ago. Over 10,000 people signed our petition calling for her suspension from her work at the National Zoological Park, which includes research with cats. Together, we sent the message that it is unacceptable for anyone accused of cruelty to remain an active employee at a facility that cares for animals. Although the Zoo has assured us that steps have been taken to ensure all animals’ safety, she remains an active staff member and we continue to call for her suspension.





May 31, 2011

SUFFOLK— Jamarea Mills and his brothers were playing with a stray cat at their neighborhood playground when they say a 12-year-old boy came in and almost killed the cat.


"I was sad we tried to tell him to stop but he just kept doing it," Mills said.


The cat abuser picked up a log and started smacking the kitten. But it only got worse.




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We'll let Jamarea tell the story from here:


"He grabbed the cat like this, then he started whooping on it. All the way up here and threw him off and he hit his head on the blue thing right there."


"He was like this to the cat, and then he dropped the cat."


Then Jamarea says the boy grabbed a knife.


"He was trying to cut the baby cat, but I smacked it out his hand," said Jamarea.


That's right, at just nine years old, brave little Jamarea says he took a knife away from a boy three years older him.


The abuse stopped and Jamarea and his brothers were left with what they thought was a lifeless cat. They put him in a cardboard box, and took him back home.


"To cover it up so it wouldn't get sick from the rain," said Jamarea.


The kitten somehow survived the abuse, suffering from a broken leg, bruised abdomen and lungs.


Jamarea hadn't seen the kitten since Animal Control came to take care of it, so NewsChannel 3 showed him a picture of the bandaged cat.


And the well-spoken 9-year-old was at a loss for words.


"That cat could have been dead, but you saved it. How's that make you feel?"


"Happy," said Jamarea.


Jamarea says he wants to be a veterinarian - and after saving one kitten's life, he's off to a good start.



No more pets killed at the pound

24th February 2011


AWL Queensland chief executive Denise Bradley with Buster and Councillor Andrew Antoniolli.

IN GOOD news for the city’s dumped dogs and cast-off cats, the Animal Welfare League (AWL) is set to take over the Ipswich pound.


Ipswich City Council is finalising negotiations to form a partnership with the AWL to manage its Hooper Street animal management centre.


The best part of the deal for Ipswich stray pets is that it will mean the AWL will bring in its zero euthanasia policy.


“This is probably the best result we could have achieved to attract the expertise of the AWL, with whom we have worked very closely for several years,” Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said.


“The AWL has been running pound operations for the Gold Coast City Council for the past 20 years and has managed to achieve a zero euthanasia rate for impounded animals there.”


The AWL already operates pet rehoming in Ipswich with about 800 taken to the Gold Coast last year but now most will stay here.


The AWL will run the day-to-day operations of the Animal Management Centre, freeing council staff up to focus on other animal management duties.


He said the council and AWL started negotiating about five years ago to manage the pound but there was a hold-up.


“The RSPCA indicated it would come to Ipswich and the council was discussing moving its pound to the RSPCA proposed facility at Redbank before it decided to move to Wacol instead,” he said.


“This signifies a change of era for our pound and a chance to get rid of the image of the dog catcher going around with a net and dogs and cats being put down.


“Ipswich City Council has worked with the AWL for years to reverse this practice and this partnership will see a reduction in the number of unclaimed cats and dogs euthanised.”


Cr Antoniolli said AWL would further develop its community education and support programs to Ipswich, as well as its vet clinic.


“They will also provide veterinary services to the Ipswich City Council Pound and Animal Management Centre,” he said.


AWL chief executive Denise Bradley said she looked forward to working with the council to achieve better outcomes for people and pets.


“We applaud Ipswich City Council’s progressive move towards becoming a more compassionate and welfare-oriented council and urge other councils to follow their lead,” she said.


“We should be able to rehome just about every dog and cat brought into the pound. Any we can’t rehome in Ipswich, we’ll take to the Gold Coast as we do now.”



From Alley Cat's Allies

Setting the Record Straight on Oreo’s Law

Last year, a bill was proposed in the New York State Assembly that is known as “Oreo’s Law.” Bill 4480 would require all municipal animal control pounds and shelters to transfer any animal in their care who is scheduled to be killed to a nonprofit animal protection organization that requests possession of the animal.


Alley Cat Allies supports shelter reform that includes open shelter access provisions for rescue and Trap-Neuter-Return groups. Killing an animal who can otherwise be saved is the ultimate form of animal cruelty, and Bill 4480 would essentially stop this practice in New York.


Alley Cat Allies carefully analyzed and thoroughly reviewed the law to ensure it would be in all animals’ best interests in 2010. We worked with the legislative sponsor to strengthen the bill and improve the language. But the bill never left committee, nor was it ever scheduled for a vote.


This month, the bill was reintroduced in the New York State Legislature, with revisions. Alley Cat Allies supports Bill 4480 and is confident the bill, if passed, will protect New York’s animals.


The reintroduced bill:


•Correctly defines euthanasia to mean when an animal has “irremediable physical suffering.”

•Has a streamlined process to transfer “death row” animals to nonprofit animal organizations, saving lives.

•Now allows the animal pound or shelter to inspect a potential rescue group if there is probable cause to suspect cruelty or neglect, prior to relinquishing an animal.

•Ensures that shelters are not self-regulating animal care.

The bill could be further strengthened by clarifying that a feral cat or Trap-Neuter-Return group is included in the definition of any “animal rescue or animal adoption organization,” and we are working with the legislative sponsor.


Alley Cat Allies believes that when it comes to animals’ lives, it’s important for animal advocates to work together to ensure all animals’ best interests are considered. We will continue to work with New York State and others to ensure all animals receive the protections they truly deserve. More important than any single bill is the guarantee of shelter access, and Bill 4480 is just the beginning of shelter reform. Above and beyond preventing animals from being killed in shelters, we also need to prevent feral cats from entering them at all.


Bill 4480 is currently in committee. We’ll keep you updated as the legislative process moves forward and continue to rely on your support to protect and improve the lives of cats. You’ll be the first to know when it comes up for a vote.





A Darling Downs man charged with using a steel jawed trap which allegedly captured his neighbour's cat, faced Aramadale Magistrates Court last Thursday.

The  62 year old was charged with one count of cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act for using a steel-jawed trap which is regarded as an inhumane device. The man alleges that he sets the traps for foxes but had not seen a fox for 12 months.

The case was adjourned until January 28th so the man can seek legal advice.

The RSPCA prosecutor will alledge a second trap was found on the property and the cat was euthanased at a vet clinic in Maddington after its left foot was crushed and maggots infested serval wounds. This would indicate that the cat had been left in the trap for some time.


Bengal returned home after 7 months

Inside cover Western Australia Newspaper by rob Broadfield December 11/12 2011 reported that a bengal named "wookie" took off under a gardage door and disappeared. After months of looking her owners hopes faded but she kept all his toys in the hope that one day he would return. After several months  Wookie was handed into a vet whilst his new owners who found him on the streets wandering and decided to keep him as their new pet. went on holidays. The vets recognised the cat and rang the owner. The owner found that Wookie had been in a cage at the local vets as oprphaned and up for sale.

We hear of a number of stories of pets being found months and years after they have dissappeared and this is another great example of a need for pets to be microchipped but also not to give up hope for a lost pet by checking with rangers, vets, adoption webpages and lost and found regularly.



Desex, Don't dump

Sound Telegraph 8th Dec 2011

A baldivis business owner and president fo the Cat Alliance of Australia says the Rockingham and Kwinana area is one of the worst for residents not sterilising their animals.

Christine Yurovich said 13,000 cats and 33,000 dogs were euthanised in Western Australian pounds each year and desexing was the only answer to the problem.

She said many rescue centres were working "over and above" what they should to take in homeless cats and were being forced to close their doors.

There are about 20 rescue groups and they're at capacity now and we're not even half way through kitten season. she said.

For everyone cat that is born, one cat is put down in a refuge because we are totally full - it's a very big issue

Ms. Yurovich said the Cat Alliance wanted to raise money to opent a permanent and mobile clinic to offer "low-cost, high-volume" sterilisation services, but found people were more interested in the rescue of cats and dogs.

She said although rescuing animals provided people with a good feeling it ultimately did not solve the problem.

"if you desex it's a one off," she said.

She said two kittens had been rescued after being dumped in a Port Kennedy bin and were now being nursed back to health at the alliance's head office in Baldivis.

"It just shows how dispensable they are," she said.

Visit www.catallianceaustralia.org for more information.



Beloved poodle poisoned



By Roslyn Hidding, Weekend Courier




Devastated: Shirley with her vet bill and her best friend Boofie’s collar. Her poodle died after being poisoned.

SHIRLEY knew from the moment her beloved poodle fell ill that he would not survive.


Paying more than $500 to a veterinarian was a desperate but futile attempt to save the life of Boofie whom she had raised for nine years and who just last week was as healthy as ever.


Boofie had been poisoned.


“I knew when I took him (to the vet) that I wasn’t going to bring him home,” the Rockingham resident said.


“I cried for two days and I’m still missing him. He was like a child.”


Boofie fell ill last Thursday and on Saturday was put down.


“He was running around and all of a sudden he wanted to sleep,” she said.


“I got up in the night and he started vomiting.


“He was chewing what looked like sausage mince with white bits in it, it was all rolled up the size of my finger. I sat up all night with him and knew he was in agony.”


Shirley threw the bait in the bin without a thought but the veterinarian later confirmed Boofie had been baited.


“He lost control of his legs and couldn’t stand on all paws. It went through his back into his liver and he was passing water until Saturday at 2pm when we put him down,” she said.


Shirley, who lives on George Street and did not want her surname published, said after speaking to some of her neighbours she discovered three cats and another dog had also died in recent weeks after eating poisoned bait.


Residents fear this is an attempt by burglars to kill their animals in an effort to gain easy access to their homes.


Another resident, known as Ray, said he was aware of several homes in the street that had been burgled and solar lights had been removed from the front yards of at least two homes.


A nearby single-vehicle laneway that runs between William and Fisher streets is contributing to the problem as well as being a target for graffiti vandals.


Residents petitioned Rockingham council in vain some years ago to have it removed.


Rockingham police station officer-in-charge, Senior Sergeant Mark Longman, said there had been no apparent trend in the poisoning of animals for committing offences.


“But if people do have concern that their animals have been poisoned then I encourage them to give us a ring and let us know,” he said.





Animal welfare at school

Mitchell Jones | 27th November 2010

Gillwinga Primary School Year 2 students Mikayla Philp, left, and Hayley Phillips with their stethoscopes listen to a heart beat with these pretend furry friends.


CHILDREN from Gillwinga Public School got a little animal attraction yesterday during a visit by the RSPCA.


Representatives of the animal care organisation visited the school to educate children about their role in animal protection.


During the first half of the show the crew spoke about their roles and how they help all animals, wild and domestic.


The show ended with an interactive segment that included computer games and videos, X-rays from many animals, showing the students the inside of their favourite creatures, and a batch of stuffed toys.


Gillwinga teacher Shauna Baker said it was “just gorgeous” watching all the kids, even the older ones, dressing up as vets and bandaging up toy animals.


“It was very entertaining and the kids just absolutely loved it,” she said.


The RSPCA staff also educated children on many of the aspects of animal welfare, such as humane ways to farm animals, how to help care for domestic animals, protection of native animals and why these animals need to be protected from harm.


And although the children learnt quite a bit from the talk, they all loved the interactive part of the demonstration.


Year 6 student Kiara Hankinson said her favourite part was when students were able to play with all the things in the second half of the show.


“The toys and the X-rays, they were pretty cool,” she said.


When the RSPCA asked if they could come to Gillwinga it couldn’t have been more perfect.


“It was fantastic that they could come here, because at Gillwinga we have a lot of wildlife hanging around the school boundaries and it has helped us teach the students about things that they see here every day,” Ms Baker said.


While the RSPCA van may have been restricted to the lucky students at Gillwinga yesterday, today from 9am to 2pm it will be open to the public at Market Square, Grafton, to hopefully teach the public the importance of the RSPCA, and how they fight for our many unique animals.


“ I hope that other schools in the area have the chance to have a visit from the RSPCA van, it was just such a great experience and I hope other students get the chance to be involved with this and find out more about the beautiful animals that they probably have in their own backyard,” Ms Baker said.


Kiara said if she could do it all again, she would.


“It was just really fun and I hope the van comes back here soon,” she said.


Animal welfare at school




RSPCA MEDIA RELEASE         Monday, 15 November 2010




As the weather hots up towards the summer months, the RSPCA is urging pet owners to make sure their animals are kept well watered, cool and comfortable.


“Pet owners can do several things to keep their animals free from heat stress,”

said RSPCA’s National President Lynne Bradshaw.


“Ideally you should have two bowls of water in case one is knocked over and they should be a shaded area so the water does not get hot.


“Although many of us know that it only takes minutes for a dog to die in a hot car, RSPCA Inspectors still see many people leaving their dogs in the car while they drop into the shops or to pay a bill, so the message isn’t getting through.”


It is not only cruel to keep a dog in a hot car, but also illegal if the dog suffers harm as a result.


“There are some other things pet owners can do to avoid distressed animals such as not walking dogs on hot paths or roadways as dog’s pads burn very easily.


“Fitness-conscious people who run their dogs on their bicycles may think they are doing the right thing by exercising themselves and giving their dog a good run, but this has the potential to result in a dog’s death.


“Most people are unaware that a dog will continue to run along with its owner until it drops to the ground from exhaustion, rather than not keep up with its owner. While this token of loyalty may seem admirable, this form of exercise can have fatal consequences, particularly in the heat,” Lynne Bradshaw said.


For more information call: Tim Mayne Public Relations Manager, RSPCA WA (Inc.) Ph: 9209 9313 or 0437 069 853


Oscar's law: regulating pet breeding and sales



A factory farmed pup

This unregulated industry generates hundreds of millions of dollars a year selling pups to pet shops and online.


According to animal welfare groups, conditions in some of these farms or factories are often poor, even cruel. Dogs are bred in back to back cycles, and are kept in unsanitary conditions, often without veterinary care.


And with estimates that one quarter of these animals sold each year are eventually euthanised in pounds and shelters, pressure is growing for regulatory reform through what's known as 'Oscar's Law'.


Shatha Hamade is an activist, lawyer, and member of the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel in Victoria, she's currently is drafting Oscar's Law to regulate the industry in Victoria.

A Rally was held on 19th  September at Parliament House were people united in promoting that they will not tolerate farming of companion animals or inhumane breeding practices that ignore or try to avoid laws and regulations.


Key note speakers from the animal welfare movement including 3AW’s Derryn Hinch, Moira Rayner (Lawyers for Animals) and Debra Trantra (Oscar’s Law Convener).



For further details please visit www.oscarslaw.org




Cats Protection in Bredhurst UK

is leading the way with the rehoming of FIV+ cats.

by redesigning and constructing a new shelter specifically aimed at homing cats with FIV ready to be rehomed. The new enclosures were built with the assistance of a funding group call Friends of Bredhurst and are now finally ready and operating.

The main reason for the specific built pens is they can now help many more cats that are suffering from FIV+. These cats are marketing to people who live in flats and apartments as these are strictly indoor cats due to the nature of the desease. Apartment dwellers are specifically target for potential adopters for the FIV cats as they are used to be confined to indoors.

Here in Australia because of the sheer numbers of cats being euthanised a cat that has any inperfections, desease or is over 7 years old does not stand a chance at a second life certainly not 9 lives.

To check out this wonderful Cat facilitiy go to 



Thursday, 29 April, 2010 - 14:26 The saving of animals' lives will be taking centre stage at SPCAs across New Zealand, thanks to a major new campaign to be launched at the Society's annual conference in Rotorua.





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