Why Roaming Cats Should Not Be Taken to a Shelter

Stock photo via Pexels I sometimes see online advice encouraging people to take roaming cats to their local shelter because, whether owned or unowned, it's the best place for them. While well intentioned, this is misinformation and I'd like to explain why. 1. Cats get sick at shelters - very sick and very easily: Traditional … Continue reading Why Roaming Cats Should Not Be Taken to a Shelter

Shelter How To: Identifying Feral Cats and Reuniting Lost Cats with Owners

Elimination of the mandatory holding periods for stray cats impounded by shelters is part of what I refer to as the war on cats.  Cats deserve the same protections as are provided to dogs at shelters, including a mandatory holding period so their owners can reclaim them. Groups who participate in the war on cats … Continue reading Shelter How To: Identifying Feral Cats and Reuniting Lost Cats with Owners

Charleston City Council Considers Bill Allowing the City to Steal Owned Cats

In West Virginia, Charleston city council’s ordinance and rules committee passed a draconian cat bill this week and sent it to the full city council for consideration.  How extreme is it, you ask? Assistant city attorney Mandi Carter said the ordinance is different from the city’s already-on-the-books animal nuisance ordinances in that it gives the … Continue reading Charleston City Council Considers Bill Allowing the City to Steal Owned Cats

ACLU Stands Up for First Amendment Rights of Animal Advocates in Baltimore County

The troubled Baltimore Co pound in MD has banned the public from photographing pets in the facility and the ACLU has written to county officials condemning the ban: The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland says Baltimore County officials violated free-speech rights by banning photography at the county-run animal shelter, a move the ACLU describes … Continue reading ACLU Stands Up for First Amendment Rights of Animal Advocates in Baltimore County