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In part two, Cheryl Ann from petlink.net dives into the complexities of microchipping once microchips have been placed—how do you scan a newly-trapped feral cat? What are best practices for animal control officers when recovering an animal afield whose microchip turns out to be a dead end? She also argues for microchipping in colonies, which can store info about vaccinations & medical history, thus reducing blind precautionary measures.

Stacy invites Cheryl Ann Fernandes back to the show to discuss the importance of microchipping. She explains the technology behind the microchip, what RFID is & highlights the importance of buying your microchips from a reputable company.

Cheryl Ann has a wide-ranging discussion about the challenges of being an urban animal control officer, including the innovative idea that microchipping can save the lives of  community cats. From a colony keeper’s perspective, if you can microchip members of your colony, you can identify which cats had the vaccinations & treatments. Making chips and scanners widely accessible is part of her current role as a shelter care representative at Pet Link.

Cheryl Ann has a wide-ranging discussion about the challenges of being an urban animal control officer, including the innovative idea that microchipping can save the lives of community cats. From a colony keeper’s perspective, if you can microchip members of your colony, you can identify which cats had the vaccinations & treatments. Making chips and scanners widely accessible is part of her current role as a shelter care representative at Pet Link.

The Teal Cat Project supports TNR (trap-neuter-release) programs. I love the idea; I should have acted faster to get my cat. I want to start a partner group called the "Purple Pup Project"! @TealCatProject #cats #animals

The Teal Cat Project supports TNR (trap-neuter-release) programs. I should have acted faster to get my cat. I want to start a partner group called the "Purple Pup Project"!

Renee Harris has been volunteering & working in animal welfare since she was twelve and works at San Diego Humane Society. She is concerned about the high rates of euthanasia among cats brought into shelters—from her research of San Diego Animal Control’s data, she found that 70% of euthanasia cases were cats who had, in her estimation, fairly treatable conditions. Renee is determined to lower this number & wants to start with changing how we socialize and treat feral cats in the shelter.

Renee Harris, Founder of PAWS to Success Program at the San Diego Humane Society

We are once again re-visiting an old friend of the podcast—Dr. Rachel Geller, VP of the Gifford Cat Shelter and certified humane education specialist. As a cat behavior counselor, Rachel has been busy giving talks at various youth organizations to teach children compassion towards animals. Rachel talks about the different types of humane education programming at Gifford, such as a program where children who lack confidence in reading or speaking aloud come to the shelter and read to a cat!

Shaun and his partner are certified arborists who have “branched out” (sorry!) into the specialty of rescuing cats from trees.

“I realized there was a whole world of feral cats out there” - Ep. 7. Tune into today's Community Cats Podcast with Kit Lilly - Founder & Board President of Charles River Alley Cats in Boston MA. Kit, the founder of the largest TNR group in the greater Boston area, provides insights on how to develop an effective TNR program. She shares her group’s astonishing impact on shelter intakes and euthanasia, and also how she brought her passion for helping animals to her vacation home in Mexico…

Kit Lilly, Founder and Board President, Charles River Alley Cats, Boston MA

“Equate the cost of helping an individual cat with how many spays and neuters you aren’t doing.” - Episode 44   Tune into today's Community Cats Podcast with Dr. Christine Wilford, DVM, Founder of The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project in WA. Christine discusses the impact both mash-style and free-standing clinics have had on these statistics, as well as the challenges and triumphs she faced after launching the Feral Cat Spay and Neuter Project in Seattle in 1997. She and Stacy also discuss…

“Equate the cost of helping an individual cat with how many spays and neuters you aren’t doing.” - Episode 44 Tune into today's Community Cats Podcast with Dr. Christine Wilford, DVM, Founder of The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project in WA. Christine discusses the impact both mash-style and free-standing clinics have had on these statistics, as well as the challenges and triumphs she faced after launching the Feral Cat Spay and Neuter Project in Seattle in 1997. She and Stacy also discuss…

Stacey talks about the positive impact that forging “harmonious” partnerships has had on the number of community cats in Berkshire County, especially its “big city” of Pittsfield, MA. With Animal DREAMS providing TNR services, and the Berkshire Humane Society offering physical and administrative space, they have seen reduced surrenders, fewer free-roaming cats entering the shelter and a sharp reduction in calls complaining about community cats.

Stacey tells Stacy about the positive impact that forging “harmonious” partnerships has had on the number of community cats in Berkshire County.

Deanna Sanvi is the spay-neuter coordinator for Gateway Pet Guardians Community Outreach Program, serving about 65,000 people in East St. Louis, IL. Many live below the poverty line, which means that Gateway offers a variety of services besides just spay and neuter, such as pet food banks, adequate outside shelter for animals, and microchipping. Deanna says the main goal of the program is to keep pets in their homes and animal surrender numbers down—when people know they have options, they…

The main goal of the Guardians program is to keep pets in their homes—when people who live below the poverty line know they have options, they can better take care of their pets.

Lorrie Shaw is the owner of Professional Pet Sitting & specializes in helping families care for hospice and special needs pets. She has observed that medical & behavioral issues are very often linked. For example, inappropriate elimination is the most common reason to rehome a cat, yet this behavior is often indicative of an underlying medical issue the family isn’t even aware of. This is where Lorrie is invaluable: by observing a cat’s behavior in their home environment, the pet sitter…

Lorrie Shaw is the owner of Professional Pet Sitting & specializes in helping families care for hospice and special needs pets. She has observed that medical & behavioral issues are very often linked. For example, inappropriate elimination is the most common reason to rehome a cat, yet this behavior is often indicative of an underlying medical issue the family isn’t even aware of. This is where Lorrie is invaluable: by observing a cat’s behavior in their home environment, the pet sitter…

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