Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Scarecrow and CatStop and Cat Trap!

Heading out now for cat trap pickup and drop off of Scarecrow and Cat Stop.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has AVA decided to offer Scarecrow and Catstop to complainants about cats encroaching into gardens of private properties instead of the "FREE" (paid by taxpayers really) loan of cat trap (inclusive of delivery, pick-up and killing the cat/s) that is the only option offered? Ironic that taxpayers should be picking up the tab for private property owners to kill cats in their PRIVATE gardens!

6/6/07 7:10 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - it is ironic. Last I heard they were evaluating it, and you're right, it's time to drop them another email to find out :)

6/6/07 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is unfortunate that cat owners let THERE pet free. Once veered from the owners home and property it is straying and considered a stray. Alot of damage to other peoples properties ie: digging up lawns and gardens and spread of several diseases. If people just kept there cats in the home or on a tether, risks and irritaions would be reduced. My mothers cats lived 12 and 15 years in the lap of luxury. Inside and when outside on a harness without disturbing anyone else.

7/6/08 7:51 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I would certainly recommend people keep their indoor pets indoors - it is safer for them.

8/6/08 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "FREE" loan of cat traps are private property owners only option, as they are not allowed to dispose of stray animals on thier PRIVATE property themselves! But, if people would be responsible for their pets and keep them contained, it wouldn't be an issue in the first place. Funny how no one minds animal control comming and picking up a stray dog that's loose and how the dogs owners are held responsible for it....

Just my 2 cents.... I do agree that Scarecrow or Catstop are the second best (in liu of responsible owners) option... less hastle for property owners too. I think they would be quite popular.

6/2/09 9:11 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Anonymous, I would dispute your statement that no one minds when a stray dog is picked up. I know of a lot of people who WOULD mind. Also, I am confused by what you said - how is a stray dog a dog owner's responsibility? Either it's a community animal (ie 'stray' dog) or it's an owned animal (ie a pet). It can't be both.

In many cases these community cats are not owned - which means there are no 'owners'. If they were owned pet cats, as I mentioned, I would definitely advocate keeping them indoors at all times.

I am glad to hear that you think the Scarecrow and Cat Stop are a good idea though. I agree most people would probably find it actually less hassle too.

6/2/09 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Brett H. said...

My point is simple. if my dog has to be leashed, then your cat should too. If there is a dog roaming the neighborhood it is immediately picked up and placed in a shelter. Not the same for cats. they are re-released after being spayed and neutered. My son was attacked by a stray cat in my back yard and unfortunately since there are so many of them we cant point out which one did it so it, along with its buddies keep tearing up the trash and causing problems. I am at the point where i say give em all antifreeze.

10/12/12 11:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your son Brett and hope he is okay. What happened exactly? It is very unlike cats to just 'attack'.

Again the issue is not that cats 'belong' to someone. These are community cats. However for the number of cats to be so large in your neighbourhood, is someone feeding them? Do they belong to someone?

Also a Scarecrow and Catstop WOULD likely stop your issue as it would keep the cats out of your yard.

Just as I am sure you wouldn't want your dog to be caught and killed (which is what would happen if it was picked up), please spare a thought for the cats. Feeding them anti freeze would do nothing as new cats would move in because of the vacuum effect. There is obviously more going on in your neighbourhood and while youbare frustrated, this will not solve your issues. Do email me if you would like some suggestions on trying get to the root of the issue.

11/12/12 6:42 AM  

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