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August 21, 2017
When Volunteers Leave at the End of the Summer

The Summer Time Blues – When Volunteers Leave at the End of the Summer

The end of August is always bitter sweet in the shelters. We are full to the brim with lots and lots of cats and kittens. Our foster homes are tired, trappers are tired and to top it off… our summer volunteers are leaving us to go back to school. It […]
August 14, 2017
Ten Reasons Why We All Love Black Cats

Ten Reasons Why We All Love Black Cats

My favorite holiday of the year is August 17th, which happens to be Black Cat Appreciation Day! For those of you that know me, you know of my love of black cats! I have only owned one black cat in my life (which seriously needs to be changed!), but I […]
August 7, 2017
How to Naturally Protect Your Cat From Mosquito Bites

How to Naturally Protect Your Cat From Mosquito Bites

Right now there are many pet insect repellents out there that will do a good job at protecting your pets from mosquitoes. However, we shouldn’t presume that bug spray, which is designed for dogs, can be used on cats as well. Wouldn’t you rather learn How to Naturally Protect Your […]
July 31, 2017
My Love-Hate Relationship with Social Media - Part 2

My Love-Hate Relationship with Social Media – Part 2

It has been about a year since I have covered this topic and I have to say that I still have a love-hate relationship with Social Media. Below is a listing of my five points about social media that I think we all need to think about and how I […]
July 24, 2017
Applying Broken Window Theory to Prevent Hoarding Situations

Applying Broken Window Theory to Prevent Hoarding Situations

I know that many of my recent blog posts have focused on the fact that we are overwhelmed with kittens. We also have so many requests for assistance, along with many more things going on. Today I am going to continue on that trend by discussing Applying Broken Window Theory […]
July 17, 2017
How to Introduce Cats to New Environments

How to Introduce Cats to New Environments

Introducing your new cat to your home can be very stressful not only on you, but also the cat. So How to Introduce Cats to New Environments? Stress levels can become more elevated if there are other animals or small kids involved. Introducing your new feline friend to your home […]
July 10, 2017
Fundraising For the Injured Community Kitty

Fundraising For the Injured Community Kitty

It is the middle of the summer and we are up to our eye balls in requests for help! Kittens need trapping, people are complaining and we are all hot! Inevitably, when all of these requests pile up we get that call that an injured cat has been found and […]
July 3, 2017
5 Tips for Keeping Sane During the Summer with Kittens Everywhere

5 Tips for Keeping Sane During the Summer with Kittens Everywhere

Hey everyone, Happy Summer! When I would hear those words I would just dread what I knew was going to come my way, lots and lots of requests for help with kittens and foster care. So these 5 Tips for Keeping Sane During the Summer with Kittens Everywhere will help! It […]
June 26, 2017
How To Understand The Body Language Of Your Cat

How To Understand The Body Language Of Your Cat

Are you anxious to know what your cat wants to tell you? If it talks to you, would you be able to understand it? Learn How To Understand The Body Language Of Your Cat! Of course, you won’t know everything. But, you can definitely know about its mood from its body […]
June 19, 2017
It’s all about Spay/Neuter Baby

It’s all about Spay/Neuter Baby

Today I am jumping back up on my spay/neuter soapbox and share with you some great statistics that I have. It’s all about Spay/Neuter Baby! The stats prove that high volume and accessible spay/neuter is what will truly make a difference in lives saved in your community. In 2008 a […]
June 12, 2017
What Food Makes Cats Throw Up

What Food Makes Cats Throw Up

Please join me in welcoming Diana Hutchinson to the blog today, to talk about What Food Makes Cats Throw Up! We’ve all been there and we all don’t enjoy it. Narrowing down the culprit can be a very lengthy process. There are many reasons as to why a cat will […]
June 5, 2017
FIV Cats and Why We Need to Stop Testing

FIV Cats and Why We Need to Stop Testing

I know many of you enjoyed my comments about Felv+ cats and I want to thank everyone for the great responses. I thought today I would get up on my FIV+ soapbox and advocate for this great group of FIV Cats and Why We Need to Stop Testing! My own […]
May 29, 2017
Hug A Cat Day

Hug A Cat Day

Join us for out Guest Blog Writer this week, Brendalyn Drews! International Hug a Cat Day is coming up this weekend on June 4th, and it’s a holiday close to her heart. We hope you enjoy reading her take on how to hug a cat! I once won a school prize for a […]
May 22, 2017
Feline Leukemia Positive Cats and Why to Adopt Them Out

Feline Leukemia Positive Cats and Why to Adopt Them Out

Before we talk about Feline Leukemia Positive Cats and Why to Adopt Them Out, I want to give a big thank you to everyone who participated in the Annual Survey! I had some fantastic responses and it is clear that you all enjoy the podcast. We’ve also got some great […]
May 15, 2017
Feline Fix by Five and Why This Would Make a Huge Difference

Feline Fix by Five and Why This Would Make a Huge Difference

This week I want to discuss the Feline Fix by Five and Why This Would Make a Huge Difference! The program, created by Marion’s Dream and inspired by Esther Mechler, has always seemed like such an easy thing to do. All it asks is that we get our cats spayed or […]
May 8, 2017
Backyard Cat Fence

Cat Adopters Need to Install a Backyard Cat Fence and Here’s Why

Join us for a guest blog post this week from Jennifer Smith of EasyPetFence! She provides her thoughts on why providing a Backyard Cat Fence is a good option for all of your cats. Cat Adopters Need to Install a Backyard Cat Fence and Here’s Why! When I talk to cat […]
May 1, 2017
No-Kill Shelters Versus No-Kill Communities

No-Kill Shelters Versus No-Kill Communities

It seems like this month has been filled will lots of conversations about the word “No-Kill” and what it means. How will all of the data that we are collecting to create a country full of No-Kill shelters impact the overall wellness of our communities for Community Cats? So, when […]
April 24, 2017
How to Handle Volatile Volunteers and Negative Nellies

How to Handle Volatile Volunteers and Negative Nellies

Volunteerism is what drives our profession in animal welfare. We wouldn’t be able to do 90% of our work without volunteer help! Most of our boards of directors are run by volunteers, along with our cat caretakers and trappers being volunteers, too. Our foster homes are volunteers and fundraisers and […]
April 17, 2017
Community Cats Grants Equals More Money to Spay it Forward

Community Cats Grants Equals More Money to Spay it Forward

The First Community Cats Grants group is just about to finish up their fundraisers and raise thousands of dollars to help fund spay/neuter for cats in their communities! I just love how Community Cats Grants Equals More Money to Spay it Forward! I wanted to share a listing of who participated […]
April 10, 2017
Preparing for Kitten Season and Trapping

Preparing for Kitten Season and Trapping

Unfortunately kitten season either is upon us or will soon be here. I thought I would pass along some tips you can use for Preparing for Kitten Season and Trapping. I want you to have a successful year! For the Foster Home Coordinator 1. Check-In If you are a foster […]
April 3, 2017
How Shelters and Rescues Can Work Better Together For Cats

How Shelters and Rescues Can Work Better Together For Cats

There are many ways on How Shelters and Rescues Can Work Better Together For Cats. Over the last 20 years, thousands of small cat rescue organizations have started all across the country. Many of these groups focus on foster, adoption, and trap, neuter and return. In the early days, many […]
March 27, 2017

We went to Cat Camp NYC

If you passed by the Metropolitan Pavillion in New York City a couple of weekends ago, you probably noticed more than a few people wearing cat ears and excitedly waiting to get out of the chilly weather and into Cat Camp NYC. That’s right… We went to Cat Camp NYC! The […]
March 20, 2017
TNRM, A New Acronym for Stray Cats

TNRM, A New Acronym for Stray Cats

I have long been a great fan of return to field programs. Without even knowing what return to field was, MRFRS was running free spay/neuter clinics for feral cats. Anyone could bring a cat in a trap to our monthly clinics and get them spay/neutered, vaccinated and ear tipped for […]
March 13, 2017
The Nuts and Bolts of a Donation Jar Campaign

The Nuts and Bolts of a Donation Jar Campaign

The Nuts and Bolts of a Donation Jar Campaign is something many of our groups in The Community Cats Grants ponder during their fundraising efforts. We currently have 40 groups from 18 different states working hard to raise money for their spay/neuter programs that help community cats! More info to […]
March 6, 2017
March is Microchipping Madness Month

March is Microchipping Madness Month

Can you believe we have already hit the month of March? It seems crazy how quickly the year is going by, but we’re excited because March is Microchipping Madness Month! How do you feel about microchipping your cat? It’s definitely not as prevalent as microchipping in our canine counterparts, but […]
February 27, 2017
How to Set Up a Trap Bank that Works

How to Set Up a Trap Bank that Works

Over the years, I have gotten many emails about How to Set Up a Trap Bank that Works effectively. You want to make sure equipment is returned clean and in a timely manner. I find this to be one of the hardest programs for groups to manage. It takes time, […]
February 20, 2017
Love your Pet Day

Love your Pet Day – Can We Adopt Our Way Out of Pet Overpopulation?

Over the last couple of weeks, Merritt Clifton’s online publication has had several guest posts about why spay/neuter is the solution to our pet overpopulation problems around the world! Yes, folks, we are going to start addressing this issue on a worldwide scale. What perfect timing, as today is Love your […]
February 13, 2017
Why Adopting Two Kitties Is Better Than One

Make It A Double! Why Adopting Two Kitties Is Better Than One

Happy day before Valentine’s Day! I hope you and your loved ones have a good day filled with Chocolate and Catnip. When we think about Valentine’s Day we think about couples. Today I would like to list some of the many reason why adopting two cats or kittens are better […]
February 6, 2017
How to Track Those Pesky Grants

How to Track Those Pesky Grants

Managing grant applications can be a nightmare if it isn’t done right! The foundations you potentially work with are prospects that can mean bringing in real dollars to your organization. But it is an incredible challenge to track your potential funders, those organizations that you have applied too and then […]
January 30, 2017
10 Fearless Fundraising Events For Those Starting Out

10 Fearless Fundraising Events For Those Starting Out

If you are new to running a non-profit, part of a small group, or just joining a group, thinking about fundraising can be overwhelming! I began my fundraising journey back in 7th grade, when I became treasurer of my class. We had to raise money to help pay for a […]
January 23, 2017
My 13 Favorite (Mostly Free) Online Tools

My 13 Favorite (Mostly Free) Online Tools

This week I would like to cover My 13 Favorite (Mostly Free) Online Tools that I use to help manage people, time, and programs. For those of you who know more personally you know this is a favorite topic of mine. I think that technology is the best thing that […]
January 16, 2017
Martin Luther King and… Community Cats?

Martin Luther King and… Community Cats?

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day and a time to reflect on all of the efforts of the Civil Rights movement that he did. But, Martin Luther King and… Community Cats? Have I lost my mind? There are many ways to honor Dr. King and his legacy. I, for one, […]
January 9, 2017
A Deeper Dive on How to Start a Coalition

A Deeper Dive on How to Start a Coalition

As promised I wanted to add to my previous blog and take A Deeper Dive on How to Start a Coalition. If you didn’t read my first part I would recommend you check out my earlier blog on the topic. Much of that blog covered why we need to have a […]
January 2, 2017
Goal Setting for 2017

Goal Setting for 2017

Happy New Year! First off, I want to thank everyone who participated in our holiday slide show. We have over 40 cat pictures profiled! If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I recommend you do! Share it with others! Take a look at our Year In Review […]
December 26, 2016

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the Community Cats Podcast

With 2016 coming to a close… …it’s the time of year that we reflect on what we’ve accomplished both as organizations and as individuals. Our listeners have been very busy in 2016! Check out our video containing the pictures they’ve submitted to showcase their community cat and animal welfare efforts […]
December 19, 2016
Happy Holidays from the Community Cats Podcast

Happy Holidays from the Community Cats Podcast

Happy Holidays from the Community Cats Podcast! In this week’s blog, I wanted to talk about the Greatest Hits line up, Being Thankful and Thoughts about Cats in Aleppo. I can’t believe we are already at the end of December. It seems like just last June when we were launching our […]
December 12, 2016
How to Retire an Old Feral Cat

How to Retire an Old Feral Cat

Well, the snow is finally here in Vermont and everything is looking very festive! This week, we’re going to discuss How to Retire an Old Feral Cat. But between Christmas and New Year’s we will be replaying our greatest hits from the 2016 season. You will be hearing from Hannah […]
December 5, 2016
Playing in the Sandbox! 10 Reasons For Coalitions and How To Do It

Playing in the Sandbox! 10 Reasons For Coalitions and How To Do It

As many of you know, sandboxes are places that cats often use as litter boxes and many caregivers need to negotiate possible ways to keep cats out of sandboxes in communities. It’s time for Playing in the Sandbox! 10 Reasons For Coalitions and How To Do It is what I […]
November 28, 2016
Transport or Not To Transport

Transport or Not To Transport

Happy Cyber Monday! I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday and was able to enjoy their family and loved ones. If you are doing your online shopping this fine Monday morning, feel free to take a quick look at our Community Cats Podcast Store. All proceeds go […]
November 21, 2016
Being Thankful with a Time for Reflection

Being Thankful with a Time for Reflection

I am sitting here listening to the snores of my two kitties, Misha and Hooch, and they both look so content! How could I not help but be thankful for having these two odd mush balls in my life?! Many of you might feel the same way and it is […]
November 14, 2016
Raising Money for Community Cats

Raising Money for Community Cats

Raising Money for Community Cats. It’s not a lot different than what happened the day the furnace died! I will never forget this day! It was early November about 5 years ago. I was at the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society adoption center in Salisbury, going about my usual day. […]
November 7, 2016
Cats and Politics

Cats and Politics

This week, the news will be focused on our elections. I don’t know about you, but I will be happy when this is over! Every election season I am continually amazed by how much money goes into campaigns. So much fundraising is done by powerhouse agencies trying to get folks […]
October 31, 2016
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Tips and Tricks for Community Cats at Halloween

With today being Halloween, I thought I would mention a few Tips and Tricks for Community Cats at Halloween. These will ensure that you, your community cats and house cats stay safe during this favorite holiday for kids! For the Community Cats:  If you feed cats at night between 5-8pm, you […]
October 24, 2016
What-to-do-When-Tragedy-Strikes

What to do When Tragedy Strikes

The past couple of weeks has been very tough on the little community that I live in, in Vermont. Some of you may have heard about the terrible accident that happened over Columbus Day weekend, killing five teenagers. While I didn’t know the kids personally, my son is a seventh […]
October 17, 2016
happy-national-feral-cat-day

Happy National Feral Cat Day

Happy National Feral Cat Day!   On this day I want us to take a moment to focus on what National Feral Cat Day means to us. I specifically want to focus on the word “Feral”. We’ve gotten a bit away from identifying our free-roaming cat populations and just putting all cats […]
October 10, 2016
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What about Kids? Ideas and Tips for Community Cat Education

I must admit that I have been remiss over the years when it came to neglecting the importance of Community Cats Education. What about Kids? Ideas and Tips for Community Cat Education is such an important hurdle. We need the next generation to get excited about Community Cats! Over the […]
October 3, 2016
My-Love-Hate-Relationship-with-Social-Media

My Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media

On September 23, I had the opportunity to attend the Agents of Change (#AOC2016) conference in Portand, Maine. This was an all day “love in” for all things social media. For me, this was a great opportunity to learn from the experts about some of the best practices in the […]
September 26, 2016

Seven Tips to Convince Others to Help Community Cats

I often ask myself why is it such a challenge for us all to do the right thing for Community Cats. Why do we pass by a situation when we know that we can all help? It really does take a village in order to make sure the cats in […]
September 19, 2016
What-Is-A-Managed-Colony

What Is A Managed Colony

What is a managed colony? Why is it important to manage colonies? It is just a quick fix! Over the last five or so years our language has changed about Community Cats. We now call them “Community Cats” instead of feral cats, free-roaming cats and stray cats. Why the change […]
September 12, 2016

What Does a Humane Community Look Like for Cats

From backyards to large cities, we live in a world with many communities. My family is a community, my friends are a community, my neighborhood, my town…. okay you get it! So, What Does a Humane Community Look Like for Cats? We are currently so focused on shelter statistics that I […]
September 5, 2016
Prepare-for-Winter-and-Prep-Community-Cat-Shelters

Prepare for Winter and Prep Community Cat Shelters

With Fall right around the corner it is time to start thinking now about winterizing and cleaning out your feeding stations and feral cat housing. I can’t tell you how many times our committee members have run around at the end of October/early November getting our shelters and feeding stations […]
August 29, 2016
How-to-Find-an-Organization-to-Volunteer With

How to Find an Organization to Volunteer With

Have you been thinking about ways that you can get involved in the community around you? Are you confused where to start, but would really like to start volunteering somewhere that will make a difference? If this sounds like you, it is easier than you think when it comes to How […]
August 22, 2016
Abandonment-Uptick

Abandonment Uptick – 5 Tips to Manage the Intake Flow

As the end of summer approaches, we begin to have a larger inflow of surrenders to our shelters. Why does this happen? Yes, we have the addition of kittens coming into our shelters, but in areas where the kitten population is somewhat under control most kitten surrenders can primarily be […]
August 15, 2016
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Ten tips for statewide success in identifying spay/neuter black holes

Before I get started with this week’s blog, I want to thank everyone who has supported the Community Cats Podcast and has put up a review on iTunes! I just want to send a shout out to: GPCatCrew, Anuki21, kitkat76, HL Cat Lover, julieinmd3, HubCats105 and the UrbanCatCoalition for the […]
August 8, 2016
Targeted-Surrenders

Targeted Surrenders

Over the last 5-10 years we have heard a lot of discussion about the importance of targeted spay/neuter programs. We see flyers for spay/neuter at a low cost for $10 or for free. And as a result, when we have aggressive spay/neuter in these areas we see dramatic reduction in […]
August 1, 2016

Why It Is Okay to Return a Felv+ Cat

This week’s blog may be a bit surprising, but I want to share my take on Why It Is Okay to Return a Felv+ Cat to a colony. First off, I want to say VERY clearly that cats being trapped, neutered and returned should NOT be tested for FIV (Feline […]
July 25, 2016
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10 Tips for the Toughest Week of the Year

In my past experience, the end of July tends to be the hardest time for Community Cat rescuers and feeders. These 10 Tips for the Toughest Week of the Year will help you make it through these tough times! So what makes this week so tough? For the colonies that […]
July 18, 2016
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Fee-Waived Adoptions Can Help Your Organization

This is the time of year when fee-waived adoption events are happening all of the time. Fee-Waived Adoptions Can Help Your Organization! Whether it be within specific organizations or in the community, as a whole, it has been seen to help reduce the overpopulation of cats and kittens in adoption […]
July 11, 2016
To-Relocate-or-Not-To-Relocate-That-is-the-Question

To Relocate or Not To Relocate – That is the Question

Summertime is when our trappers are their most active. We are so busy handling calls about kittens in distress, feral mothers and cat fights.  It is, by far, when cats are their most visible in the community. It seems like everyone wants community cats gone in July and August! Trust me, […]
July 4, 2016

How to Work With Your Neighbors

Do you feed a group of community cats? Do you have a neighbor who may not be as excited about having community cats in their yard as you are? It can be a common occurrence on how to figure out How to Work With Your Neighbors and   you may […]
June 27, 2016

How is Kitten Season Affecting You?

It is the end of June and I am wondering how kitten season affects everyone in our community? In Massachusetts, we have some kittens and pockets of areas where we have a lot of feral kittens that need rescue. Over the last 20 years, though, the number of kittens coming […]
June 20, 2016

The Phases of Feline Over-Population

Huge thanks to Lisa Finkel and Liz Pease from the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society in working tirelessly to help create this wonderful Phases of Feline Over-Population model with our fearless leader, Stacy LeBaron! Stacy LeBaron has been active in the animal welfare field since 1994. She envisions a no-kill nation, where all […]
June 9, 2016

Welcome to our community!

Welcome to the Community Cats Podcast website. I am thrilled to be launching this website where we, as a community, can help more community cats. What is a community cat you ask?  Community Cats are cats that are either feral (born in the wild-outdoors), abandoned cats, or owned indoor/outdoor cats […]