Inflated cat stats panic birders

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2013:

WASHINGTON D.C.––Inflating the U.S. pet cat population by ten million,  the outdoor pet cat population by closer to 50 million,  and the best documented estimates of the feral cat population by up to 64 million,  Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute ornithologists Scott Loss and Peter Marra and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Tom Will on January 29,  2013 alleged in the journal Nature Communications that domestic cats in the U.S. kill up to 3.7 billion birds and as many as 20.7 billion mice,  voles,  and other small mammals. Read more

New adoption center gives embattled Fresno humane community a point of pride

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2013:

New adoption center gives embattled Fresno humane community a point of pride

FRESNO,  Calif.––Celebrating a rare “good news for animals” event in a city which has had little to celebrate,  the Cat House on the Kings and the Petco Foundation on February 15,  2013 together opened a new 1,500-square-foot adoption center inside the Fresno Petco store.

Founded in 1990 by Lynea Lattanzio of Parlier,  in rural Fresno County alongside the Kings River,  the Cat House on the Kings is the oldest and most successful of many local “no-kill” organizations trying to knock down a rate of animal control dog and cat killing which––though less than half of what it was 10 years ago––remains among the highest in the U.S.,  more than three times the current national average. Read more

Mexico City dog attacks

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

MEXICO CITY––Mexico City in mid-January 2013 initiated a mobile dog sterilization drive after dogs killed five people between December 15,  2012 and January 5,  2013 at Star Hill Park in Iztapalapa borough.  The last of the victims,  Alejandra Ruiz,  15,  made a cell phone call for help to her sister Diana as a pack of dogs mauled her and her boyfriend Samuel Martinez,  16.   Read more

Bangalore court rules that “menace or nuisance” can be cause to kill a dog, regardless of ABC status

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

BANGALORE––The Karnataka High Court on December 7,  2012 ruled that dogs who “are a menace or cause nuisance,  irrespective of whether there is evidence of them having mauled or bitten children or adults, could be exterminated.”

Problem dogs may be killed “even if they are vaccinated,  sterilized and free from diseases,”  summarized The Hindu.   Read more

BOOKS: Getting to Zero: A Roadmap to Ending Animal Shelter Overpopulation in the United States

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

Getting to Zero:  A Roadmap to Ending Animal Shelter Overpopulation in the United States 2012.  90 pages,  paperback:  $28.95.

Replacing Myth With Math:  Using Evidence-Based Programs to Eradicate Shelter Overpopulation 2010.  138 pages,  paperback.  $19.95 Both by Peter Marsh Town & Country Reprographics:  230 N. Main St., Concord, NH 03301.  Free downloads from:


Getting to Zero:  A Roadmap to Ending Animal Shelter  Overpopulation in the United States could be described as Animal Sheltering Statistics & Economics 1-A,  and should be required reading for everyone aspiring to direct a humane society,  animal control agency,  or dog and cat population control program of any sort––or to make informed judgments about animal shelter management and funding. Read more

Thousands of dogs seized from Thai meat traffickers have no safe place to go

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:

NAKHON PHANOM,  Thailand— Police Colonel Sakchai Sadmarerng, chief of Ban Phaeng station in Nakhon Phanom province,  Thailand,  on November 7,  2012 described to media the seizure of yet another truckload of dogs from smugglers hauling them to Laos across the Mekong River.  From Laos,  most would have been trafficked on to markets in Vietnam and southern China. Read more

More about trials of calcium chloride as chemosterilant for male dogs

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)


Thank you for your September 2012 article “Trial of calcium chloride to fix dogs succeeds in Nepal,”  bringing attention to calcium chloride dihydrate nonsurgical sterilization,  which I believe has the potential to help dog welfare organizations make their funding go further,  and to spare dogs the trauma of transport and surgery.

Humane community stops Alabama vets from blocking low-cost s/n

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

MONTGOMERY--The Alabama Veterinary Medical Examiners Board on October 10,  2012 unanimously rejected a rule proposed by the Alabama Veterinary Practice Owners Association which could have closed all four nonprofit dog and cat sterilization clinics in the state.

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