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I once heard a real-life pet detective interviewed on Fresh Air.
It's worth a listen, but I can summarize what I remember about lost pets from her:
Kitties stay near home. Your best bet is looking in your shed, garage, or under your house (and those of your neighbors). You might also check in bushes.
Friendly doggies also don't go far on their own--they're usually taken in by neighbors or picked up by people in cars. Unfriendly or super scared dogs are the only ones that get very far on their own, according to the pet detective.
After hearing her interview, I thought back to the only time we'd ever lost a pet--a cat. We found him days later in a neighbor's garage, dirty and hungry, but none the worse for the wear.
Hope that helps someone!
|You can borrow humane traps from Animal Trustees of Austin, then for an extremely reasonable price, have the cats spayed or neutered. Once released, they can live their lives without increasing in population. I've done this for a variety of cats and it has worked out well. The number for ATA is: 450-0111. I think they are opened Wed-Sun.|
|As part of the City of Austin's commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership, the Austin/Travis County Animal Services Unit will sponsor "free pet services" for pet owners in East Austin. The Emancipet Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic, operated by Ellen Jefferson, D.V.M., will provide free pet neutering and vaccinations for rabies. Additional services available to pet owners at a nominal cost include: tests for Feline leukemia and Feline AIDS, strongid dewormer and droncit dewormer for dogs and cats, Dhlpp and Bordetella vaccinations for dogs, as well as heartworm testing. For Spay and Neuter services, pets must arrive on a leash or in a carrier ~ between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. and be nicked un between 4:45 and 5:30 p.m.
The free clinics are held each Friday at the following locations:
24-August-2001 Montopolis Recreation Center 1200 B Montopolis Dr.
For more information, please call the Town Lake Animal Center at 708-6000, or Emancipet Spay & Neuter Clinic at 587-7729.
. ==Lee Stone <email@example.com> writes >== I like the idea as a goal to be accomplished through an AGGRESSIVE public program to take neutering and pet care into the poorer neighborhoods. Mobile neutering vans. Bill Boards. Staff available to got to homes and do dog training consultations for free. When those programs are implemented then the number of unwanted pets should drop.
== Gale Greenleaf <firstname.lastname@example.org> replies>== Lee Stone's response is about where I'm at. I'd love it if neutering programs were so effective that dogs and cats would become sought after treasures, not dime a dozen throwaways. But the reality is harsher. In Milford, CT, for example, where my parents live, the pound is so overwhelmed they don't even take cats. And some animals are just about unadoptable, or are dangerous or sick. What do you do with the
I have a problem with a no-kill policy at a "pound," because they will quickly fill up, and then start turning people away with their unwanted dogs and cats. Most of these people are going to dump their unwanted pets in the countryside to starve, be run over, or killed for running wild.== Gale Greenleaf
As long as there are feral cats, though, the neuter, feed, and release plan seems to work in some areas, keeping a stable relatively healthy population of mouse and rat predators. The latest info on bird predation indicates that feral cats are not the huge problem they were once thought to be. Wild dogs, on the other hand, because they are much bigger and hunt in packs, bring down game in the country, and are a potential danger in heavily populated areas. But let's not even go there.
|Kerasee Catapult has been missing for over 10 days now. He wound up in the Northwest Hills area. Who knows how? Today a fellow brought him into Animal Trustees of Austin. Kerasee was scanned and identified as belonging to us. This cat is a wanderer. Twice the microchip has brought him home. So if you have an outdoor pet I you may want to consider getting the microchip. The HomeAgainTM microchip is distributed by Schering-Plough Animal Health. The American Kennel Club maintains a nationwide database of these microchip numbers. The chip is constructed in a way that tends to prevent migration from the injection site. Call (800)234-6373 to find a Vet near you who offers this product. FAQ|
Blue Dog Rescue is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to end the needless killing of homeless dogs. In 2001, Austin killed over 10,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens at one area animal shelter alone. Many of them were healthy, well-behaved animals who could have made someone a wonderful pet. They were killed because there wasn't enough room to keep them until homes could be found for them.
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