Take a break for the holidays then get right back to learning more about helping community cats in January. TNR is a lot more than trapping, neutering and vaccinating, then returning a cat to its caretaker. Returning a cat to its caretaker is also part of “return-to-field” practice, returning a friendly cat to its caretaker, a cat who is physically and emotionally thriving even if living outdoors rather than surrendering it to a shelter, for instance, because it’s better for a cat to continue to thrive than be stressed or even in danger of euthanasia in a shelter. The three webinars this month include TNR information and certification and an outline of return-to-field practices, plus a weekend-long online cat conference. It’s all worth the time and helps you help all cats around you. I’ve done the TNR workshop and also gathered information on return-to-field practices with these webinars.
January 2023 Online Events to Help Outdoor Cats & Kittens
January 7 @ 2-4:30pm – Neighborhood Cats Trapper Certification Workshop
Are you ready to be part of the solution for feral and stray cats in your neighborhood? Our expert instructors will teach you best practices for Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and colony management. Learn what TNR is and why it works. We’ll cover getting along with neighbors, preparations for trapping, trapping itself (including entire colonies at once), feeding, providing winter shelter, and more. Take advantage of the interactive format, extensive handouts, and video footage of actual projects. Attendees will receive a certificate after taking a short quiz and gain access to an ongoing Facebook group for networking with other TNR activists. Instructed by Susan Richmond, executive director, and Bryan Kortis, national programs director. Session duration is 2.5 hours, followed by an optional 15-minute Q&A session. Workshops held monthly.
January 18 @ 7-8:30pm – Surrender Prevention Certification Workshop
As a Surrender Prevention Specialist, you may be the difference between a cat losing her home. and staying in her home. Join this session to learn what surrender prevention is and why it works. Instructed by Dr. Rachel Geller, she will share real examples, with proven results, setting the potential surrenderer and cat on the road to a happy relationship together and keeping the cat in her home. We’ll cover how to empathize with cat owners, working around their limitations (financial, time, patience) and focus on the 3 most common reasons for surrender: litter box problems, scratching (and not on the scratching post!) and intercat aggression. Take advantage of the interactive format, extensive handouts, and video footage of actual techniques. Attendees will receive a certificate after taking a short quiz. Workshop offered three times in 2023.
January 27-29 – Online Cat Conference
Each year, the worldwide Community Cats Podcast community joins together at this unique virtual event—no travel required! During three comprehensive days of cat-centric content, speakers from a wide variety of roles in animal welfare will give you their perspectives on the industry and valuable information that will help you or your organization create a more humane world for community cats.
About Neighborhood Cats and Community Cats Podcast
Neighborhood Cats helps caretakers, animal shelters, and every day community members help outdoor cats. Their team extends from New York City to Maui. They regularly lead workshops to help anyone learn how to TNR and maximize their life saving through mass trapping and targeting. The webinar will be led by Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, and Susan Richmond, Executive Director. For more information about Neighborhood Cats, visit neighborhoodcats.org.
The Community Cats Podcast is the brainchild of Stacy LeBaron. Stacy has more than 20 years of experience working with community cats in Massachusetts. The podcast hopes to help create a more humane community for cats and provide education, information, and dialogue that will create a supportive environment to empower people to help cats in their community. For more information about the podcast, visit communitycatspodcast.com or call 978-239-2090.
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Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.
Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.
The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.
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