CatSpan will be having a Cat Food Drive on August 16th in the Parksville Thrifty's parking lot on the Corfield Road side. Stop by with some cat food to help fill our shelves!
Can't make it out to the Cat Food Drive? You can always drop off cat food at Bosley's in Parksville and North Nanaimo, Leading Ledgers, Petmania and Buckerfields. Click here for more information on the drop off locations.
Photos from the Colonies...
Adoption Showcase: Circa
Circa needs a new home or a new foster home! Circa was surrendered by his previous owners to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital who contacted CatSpan. Circa is very affectionate and would make an excellent companion for older folks. He is 12 years old, fixed and up-to-date with all his vaccinations. If you are interested in either fostering or adopting Circa, please contact us.
CatSpan in the Community
The CatSpan Annual General Meeting was held on June 28, 2014. Just over 30 CatSpan supporters were in attendance at the Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville. It was a very productive meeting with the appointment of five new people to the Board of Directors. Well done!
Volunteers and newly appointed Directors Laura and Genesta walked in the Parksville Canada Day Parade on July 1, 2014 on an invitation by Bosley's Parksville. Sue at Bosley's made flags for all the animal rescues they support. It was a great parade!
Did you know last year CatSpan:
spayed and neutered 105 feral cats in Oceanside
paid for exams on another 23 cats
found 16 feral cats suitable rural properties
found fur-ever homes for 9 non-feral cats
Upcoming CatSpan Events
CatSpan will be at the Craig Street Market in Parksville most Tuesdays this summer. A big thank you to Bosley's for inviting us into their tent. CatSpan fleece merchandise will be available for sale. Visit our Facebook page Monday evenings or email us to confirm if CatSpan will be at the market.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page in the fall for an exciting new online silent auction!
Letters from our Readers...
In the last newsletter, we had an article describing the difference between a feral cat and a stray cat. We mentioned that feral cats might have a clipped left ear. One of our long-time readers wrote us an email asking "why do ferals have a clipped left ear"? Great question!
The clipped left ear signifies the cat has been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Vets started clipping the left ear (under sedation, of course) so trappers can tell from a distance whether they need to trap the cat for spay/neuter.
Trapping is very stressful for a feral cat so we don't want to do it more than necessary. We also don't want to waste the vet's time by booking an appointment only to realize in the operating room the cat has already been spayed/neutered.
Do you have more questions about feral cats or about CatSpan? Email them and we'll reprint them (with answers) in an upcoming newsletter.
Elliot gets a new cart! Earlier this summer CatSpan put the call out to get a new cart for Elliot, a local cat with cerebellar hypoplasia (a neurological disorder that affects his mobility). Local business owner Vince and his family immediately offered their assistance building Elliot a cart! CatSpan was on-hand to watch Elliot test out his new cart - click here to see the video.
Tips for Caring for Feral Cats in the Summer
Now that summer is official in Oceanside, below are a few tips adapted from Alley Cat Allies "Summer Weather Tips". Click here to view the full article.
Food: keep an eye out for insects around the food dishes. Try using a raised food dish to keep the dish off the ground and make it a little more difficult for insects to get in. A ring of baking soda around the food dish may also deter the insects; however, you will need to replace the baking soda after rain.
Water: cats will need extra water when it is hot outside. Consider increasing your visits to the colony to check on the water dishes, find a bigger water dish or use a water dish that is tall and narrow to reduce the amount of surface area for evaporation. Be sure to keep the water dish in the shade as much as possible.
Trapping: might be best left until the early morning or evening when conditions are cooler. Trapping is already a stressful time for a feral cat - adding the stress of a hot afternoon might be too much for them. Alley Cat Allies suggests "if it's too hot for you outside, it's too hot for the cats".
Blaming cats won't save the birds. If we want to change the statistics, we have to change our actions.
Cats have lived outdoors as part of the natural landscape for more than 10,000 years. In recent years, some people have misguidedly blamed cats for declining bird populations, but it isn't the relationship between cats and birds that has changed - it's the relationship between humans and the environment. Condemning cats is nothing more than a convenient distraction from the real threat - human impact.
The rapid population growth - and faster use of resources - has already had an astounding impact on wildlife habitats. Dozens of ecosystem types have already declined drastically as a direct result of humans.
Most species who call these ecosystems home are not adaptable to the human landscapes left for them. Human threats like habitat destruction, wind turbines and pesticide use are only some of the human pressures on bird populations, and they will only increase if we continue shifting the blame to cats. Adapted from Alley Cat Allies "Save the Birds".
To report an animal in distress, call the BC SPCA at 1-855-622-7722 weekdays 8:30 am to 6 pm, weekends from 9 am to 5 pm.