Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Santa Ana, CA firefighters dismantled a car to remove a tiny kitten trapped in the vehicle’s fender well yesterday.
Janet Le heard sounds as she got into her Honda SUV to head out to work. She stopped at a restaurant to investigate, lifted the hood, but found nothing and continued on. She pulled over again near Santa Ana Fire Station No. 8 then walked to the station to ask for help.
“She asked us to take a look — we could actually hear the kitten,” said fire Capt. Tony Salerno. “We tried to find it, but we were having some difficulty locating it.
“We couldn’t let the lady just leave,” firefighter Tony Vu said. “She was so worried and she didn’t want to drive the car anywhere. She said every time she turned the car on she could hear the cat screaming,”
The firefighters looked to no avail until one man, also a mechanic, began removing parts in a effort to locate the source of the meows. The very young gray striped kitten was found in the left fender well, near the battery.
According to a vivid account in the Orange County Register:
“The firefighters pushed the car across the street and started trying to scare the cat from its hiding spot. They used an air hose and rocked the car back and forth but nothing worked, Vu said.
“We started to take apart the front end of the car,” he said. “We took out the air filter, the fender wheel, the skid plate and the battery.”
Then, a sign of life.
“Sure enough when we pulled everything out we saw a tiny tail right inside the fender,” Vu said.
Firefighters removed the cat and Orange County Animal Control took over. Vu said Animal Control officers are trying to find the striped cat an adoptive home.
Four firefighters helped with the rescue.”
According to Capt. Salerno. “We also noticed that the lady’s brake fluid was low, so we went ahead and topped that off for her, too.”
Animal control took the kitten to a shelter where, according to one report, it will be made available for adoption.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
The Dolphin Project makes proposal to RWS over dolphinsPosted by theonlinecitizen on May 30, 2011 1 Comment
The following is a letter from Mr Richard O’Barry to Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on the importation of 23 wild dolphins from the Solomon Islands by RWS for entertainment purposes at its Integrated Resort in Singapore. Mr O’Barry heads The Dolphin Project at the Earth Institute, which works to free and prevent wild dolphins from captivity.
Support the campaign “Save the World’s Saddest Dolphins”.
May 28, 2011
Mr. Tan Hee Teck, CEO
Resorts World Sentosa
Cc Ms Aw Kah Peng, CEO
Singapore Tourism Board
Dear Mr. Tan:
I am contacting you on behalf of the Dolphin Project of Earth Island Institute. Our organization is working to protect dolphins around the world and prevent dolphins from being removed from the wild for captivity.
We know that Resorts World Sentosa has dolphins now being kept in the Philippines that were captured in the waters of the Solomon Islands.
We would like to offer the possibility of setting up a rehabilitation and release project for these dolphins in conjunction with Resorts World. Your cooperation would ensure that these dolphins be returned to their natural habitat where they can thrive, as opposed to keeping them in captivity, separated from their original home range, their pod and their extensive social environment.
In helping return these dolphins, Resorts World would show the people of Singapore and the world that you are a true steward of the environment and a responsible company sensitive to the harm captivity inflicts on dolphins.
We have reached an arrangement with the villagers of the Solomon Islands for them to stop killing dolphins in exchange for funding from Earth Island to help develop alternative energy, clean water, and sustainable fishing. We believe that if the people of the Solomon Islands can end their 450-year-old hunts to help dolphins, Resorts World can too.
We know the people of Singapore love dolphins. Most Singaporeans would object to keeping dolphins in captivity if they knew the dangers to the dolphins and the horrific capture practices of the Solomon Islands and other dolphin capture countries.
Thank you for your consideration of our proposal.
Marine Mammal Specialist
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Patiently this elderly gentleman, who speaks English, waits for the community cat (bearing the tipped ear of a neuter status), whom he called MiMi, to finish eating so that he can clear up the leftover.
MiMi pauses between her nibbling to rub affectionately against the legs of the gentleman.
This gentleman will not call up the town council to "complain" that seeing MiMi is one of the things he looks forwards to when he opens his eyes in the morning.
This gentleman will not have residents complaining to the town council of leftover mess from feeding cats, as he is a responsible feeder.
This gentleman enjoys the company of this community cat as much as his neighbour who loves the plants in the garden patch set up by the town council.
The town council has to respect the rights of such residents to the presence of cats in the community even though they cannot "complain" of this.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Saved from the AVA "Gallows" by a diligent town council's property officer and testimonies from senior citizens
An irate father called the town council to complain that a cat attacked his child. He was able to identify the cat as this one.
The town council's property officer in charge of this precinct, went to the block to investigate. He spoke to the senior citizens at the senior citizen corner in the void deck where this cat is frequently seen. The seniors testified that this was a very good tempered cat that was not known or seen to be aggressive.
The property officer then spoke to the father, who was, fortunately reasonable and decided not to insist that this cat be "removed" (to be killed at the AVA).
It is not difficult to imagine how a child would tell his or her parents of scratch marks.
Cats, by nature, do not react aggressively unless they have been provoked or they are overcome by protective maternal instincts if there are newborn babies nearby, or if they have been overly stimulated by stroking. Leave the cats alone and they will leave you alone.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
‘Cats of The World’ Photo Exhibition pounces back for the fifth time from 2 - 30 June 2011 at the Arts House! There are more photo entries, more countries and even a cat-theme Saturday Purrzaar Market on 4 and 18 June 2011! Fancy Feast is also giving away free door gifts and gift sets on both days, and Cat Welfare Society is our special guest with their own booth. Come with cash to spare and buy our unique, quirky cat-theme merchandise by local artists :)