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Articles: TNR – trap, neuter, return

April 29 2016

Tree House Supports Funds for TNR

Illinois House Bill 4671 provides funs for counties to spay/neuter for feral cat colonies, and additional spay/neuter monies. This is an existing bill that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner put a stop to the possibility before the amended bill even came to a vote. I counter the Illinois Department…

April 26 2016

TNR Feral Cats: Illinois DNR Call: 'Vote No'

Feral cats and Illinois pets lose, as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) somehow has the political pull to force a hold House Bill 4671. The DNR told legislator to note ‘NO’ on the bill, which supports continued dollars for spay/neuter, and support for community (feral) cat TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs.  I was able to…

April 23 2016

Feral Cats and Rats: John Kass Has a Plan

Chicago Tribune superstar columnist John Kass and I debate on the topic of feral or community cats, as Kass calls me a feral cat denier. And calls my columns refuting his fiction “pithy.” HEAR my conversation with John Kass on the WGN Plus The Chicago Way (my conversation with Mr. Kass kicks off at 22:30) Kass…

April 16 2016

Better Plan For Feral Cats, What Is It?

TNR (trap neuter return) of feral cats may not be a perfect system, but it works. If there’s a better plan, let’s see it! John Kass, Chicago Tribune columnist, has been assailing outdoor cats, calling them “familiars of satan” (I’m not certain what that means, but it doesn’t sound kind) and suggesting they kill billions…

April 15 2016

Solution to Rats May Be Cats in Rome

So you think there’s a rat problem in your city? In Rome, Italy, experts estimate there are more than two rats for each of the city’s 2.6 million residents. That’s a lot of rats. With so many rats, the issue has become a hot political topic. Mayoral candidate Antonio Razzi says, if elected, he will…

April 12 2016

Feral Cats Are Major Killers of Rats, Not Birds

Guest blog from researcher/author Anne E. Beall, Ph.D. is CEO of Beall Research, Inc. and the author of “Community Cats: A Journey into the World of Feral Cats.” Among her other books, “Strategic Market Research, 2nd Edition,” “Reading the Hidden Communications Around You” and co-author “The Operating Partner in Private Equity.” Beall is internationally respected as a…

April 10 2016

Feral Cats, Don't Mix Facts with Fiction

Cats do not suck the souls of babies John Kass, as he suggests in his Chicago Tribune column, “Feral Cats, rats and songbirds form unnatural mix.”  Kass criticizes efforts of Tree House Humane Society (and by association lots of shelters in Chicago and around the country) for their efforts to implement trap-neuter-return (TNR) of feral…

April 4 2016

Illinois Bill Supports Spay-Neuter, Cats and Dog Flu on WGN

Following the weekly Schwanee song, Listen HERE as Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz talks about what’s been termed the “Pet Population bill” on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio. It’s about House Bill 4671. One concern comes from PeTA regarding trap-neuter-return (TNR) and how feral cats might be killing birds. I thought PeTA is supposed…

March 25 2016

Chicago Has a Rat Problem, But This is NO Solution

Ignorant might be the best word used to describe the proposal by Alderman Carol Rameriz-Rosa (35) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to deal with the city’s rat problem is to fine people ($50 to $500) for not picking up after dogs in back yards, on their own private property. The assumption is that rats like to…

March 22 2016

Help Tree House to Help Cats

Tree House Humane Society has been in the news because this new facility under construction right now in Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood will open with a cat café. This will be the first cat café in Chicago, and the first in America located at a cat shelter. I am proud to say I’ve been…

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