Friday, October 31, 2003

The feral cat dilemma
SJB’s population grows because city can’t afford shelter contract
by KATE WOODS, Pinnacle Staff Writer
The Pinnacle, Hollister and Gilroy CA

Napa cat sniper strikes again, this time in Bel Aire district
Register Staff Writer
NapaNet Daily News, CA

Kitten survives trash can odyssey
By Patricia Henley Assistant News Editor
Sonoma Index-Tribune, CA

The cat might not come back
Cat licenses for 2004 available starting in November
By Chris Munkedal, Staff Writer
Fort Saskatchewan This Week, Canada

Government to look at ways of replacing the Causeway
Throne Speech sets out legislative agenda
By Nigel Regan
[Scroll down to, Excerpt]
A Cats Bill, which includes provisions for the licensing and registration of cats, will also be introduced in an attempt to deal with feral cats…
Bermuda Sun, Bermuda

Thanks to Diana G. for alert!
You Can Fight City Hall
Published 10-27-03 (Akron, Ohio)
Animal Legal Defense Fund

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Cat's meow:
Sacramento Bee, CA

Stray animals are group's pet project
The Animal Coalition of Tampa will hold a Stride for Strays fundraiser to stem homelessness for cats and dogs.
St. Petersburg Times, FL

Pussyfooting around campus
Stray, feral cats find home on the Hilltop
By M. Alyce Anderson Contributing Writer
The Daily Campus

Thursday, October 30, 2003

50-tonne litter load on hospital
- Group-D quarters link to garbage, animals
Calcutta Telegraph, India

Alert by

SOURCE: (see below sample letter) **Thanks to the Feral Cat Blog for bringing this story to our attention!


Myrtle Beach City Council Members
P.O. Drawer 2468
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
Phone: (843) 918-1000
Fax: (843) 918-1028

Horry County City Council Members
Council Chairperson, Liz Gilland
1511 Elm Street
Conway, SC 29526
Phone: 843-248-0628


Dear _______________:

Please accept this letter as a petition supporting Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs for feral cats.

A feral cat is a homeless domestic animal with a strong fear of humans. These cats find themselves in their current situation due to the public's irresponsibility; the refusal to spay/neuter and abandoning of cats who are no longer wanted has slowly created the existing feral cat colonies found throughout the country. Killing the victims of such negligence should not be a consideration.

TNR has been proven to be the most effective, humane solution for feral cat colonies.
The July 15, 2003 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reports evidence stating that policies and education to reduce cat overpopulation should include altering feral cats, and should target the general public, not just pet owners, because not all cat feeders have pets [See "Number of unowned free-roaming cats in a college community in the southern United States and characteristics of community residents who feed them"].

The public has been provided with false information regarding ferals, thus leading to unnecessary fear and panic. Feral cats have been erroneously blamed for bird decline. While it is true that outdoor cats do occasionally kill birds, the main cause of bird decline is habitat loss, which is caused by humans, not cats. National Geographic News reports that the declining bird populations reflect growing threats to many bird species resulting from habitat loss and fragmentation caused by development and other human activities. [See "Quarter of U.S. Birds in Decline, Says Audubon," National Geographic News, November 5, 2002].

Misinformation has also led people to believe that feral cats are carriers of rabies, and therefore pose a serious public health risk. Rabies is not commonly found within feral cat colonies. During the TNR debate in Florida, Dr. Julie Levy spoke on behalf of feral cats at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) hearing and stated, "In 2002, cats represented less than 4% of the rabid animals identified in the state.... Regardless, feral cat TNR programs routinely immunize cats against rabies." Dr. Levy also addressed other infectious diseases such as Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) by stating that, "A report published from the University of Florida on more than 1,800 feral cats demonstrated only 4% to be infected with feline leukemia virus or feline immunodeficiency virus, which is similar to that found in pet cats." [See "Statement from Dr. Julie Levy, read at the hearing of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) on the proposed policy to eradicate feral cats in Florida."]

Additionally, traditional trap and kill plans have historically resulted in greater numbers of cats. I encourage you to instead implement a TNR program within your community.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Please keep me updated regarding this very urgent matter.


--end of sample--

City asked to limit cat ownership
By Heather L. VanDyke
Jackson Citizen Patriot

Spike in catfight with animal activist
New York Daily News, NY

Who's rescuing whom at fairgrounds?
By LARRY RAND/Staff Writer
Victorville Daily Press, CA,92940,

Fire crews guard Palomar Mountain
By: KATHERINE MARKS - Staff Writer
North Country Times, CA

Opinion: Letters
What we learned about cats
Albany Democrat-Herald, OR

Show animals love by not owning one
Laura Maloney
Times Picayune, LA

Animal advocate's trial is postponed
Bayonne woman faces health code charges
By Julia M. Scott, Journal staff writer
New Jersey Journal, NJ

House Cats, Ferrets Can Get SARS
Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Feral cat clinic on Sunday
Coos Bay World, OR

Students honored by humane society
Troy Daily News, OH

Put your cat on the Internet
The Norwegian Federation for Animal Protection has finally put its nationwide ID-catalog for cats out on the Internet. Over 50,000 family pets are registered so far. Even though the database is known by its nickname, the 'cat registry', the catalog also includes six rabbits.
Jonathan Tisdall/NTB
Aftenposten, Norway

Halloween can be really scary for animals
Chicago Sun Times, IL

Pampered pets see good life at care center
Plain Dealer columnist:
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH

Austin cat lover ordered to get rid of felines
Associated Press
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN

[Scroll down to, Excerpted:]
Help abandoned cats
Island Cat Resources in Alameda needs help with adoption, socializing, trapping and transporting feral cats to spay/neuter clinics, 869-2584.
Oakland Tribune, CA,1413,82~1726~1730334,00.html

Opinion: Mailbag
[Scroll down to]
We must have cat control
Albany Democrat-Herald, OR

Rescuers save livestock from fires, shelter animal evacuees
Associated Press
San Jose Mercury News, CA
[FC Blog Note: This article has been picked up across the nation.]

MB needs time on feral cat program
Council delays release statute
By Erin Reed
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC

In Our Towns
Cat-O-Ween to benefit feral cat organization
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

2003 AVMA Animal Welfare Forum— Registration Closed
Due to high demand and limited capacity, registration for the "Management of Abandoned and Feral Cats" Animal Welfare Forum on November 7, 2003 is closed. Onsite registrations will not be accepted. Proceedings from the Forum will be available for purchase in 2004. Please contact the AVMA at 847-925-8070 ext. 6666 with any questions.

Cats face a life in outdoor cages
By Local Government Reporter DANIEL LATO
Advertiser, Australia,5936,7701738%255E2682,00.html

Letter to the Editor
FERAL cat population ignored
Modesto Bee, CA

Brush felines not welcome in public
Fort Morgan Times, CO,1413,164%257E8315%257E1726939,00.html

Cat herding
by Charles “Oz” Collins, Eaton, Colo.
Fence Post, CO

Rabid raccoon found in Sunrise after attack on dog
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, FL,0,2929754.story?coll=sfla-news-broward

Embattled animal shelter director to resign
BY ERIC FERRERI : The Herald-Sun
Durham Herald Sun, NC

Pediatric spaying and neutering has benefits
Voice of the Animals, by Gale Landingham
Frontiersman, AK

Monday, October 27, 2003

Got to spay or neuter
Sherman Denison Herald Democrat, TX$rec=109878?news

DoC culls pukeko to save rare duck
By ANNE BESTON environment reporter
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand

Fixing the feral problem
Clinic offers lovers of felines a chance to spay or neuter wild ones to safety
By KYLE ODEGARD, Gazette-Times reporter
Corvallis Gazette Times, OR

Feline fans help abandoned cats preserve their nine lives

Forte offers new vision full of possibilities
FORTE: City full of potential, if one tries
By Cara Rubinsky

House of creature comfort
Ben Cunningham, staff writer

Council reviews spaying program
Release of ferals may be legalized
By Erin Reed, The Sun News
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC

Response to "Wild About Cats!" Campaign

Subj: {The Animal Spirit Newsletter} Issue 10/27/03-11/2/03
Date: 10/26/2003 11:35:10 PM Pacific Standard Time

4. NEWS: Humane solution sought for wild cats (IL)

NOTE: As many news articles, the following erroneously refers to feral
cats as "wild cats." A bobcat is a wild cat; a feral cat is a domestic
cat who is afraid of humans. Please correct newspapers and animal
advocates who refer to ferals as "wild cats." Ferals are homeless,
frightened, domestic cats who should be included in homeless animal
rescue efforts. These efforts should include Trap-Neuter-Return programs
and adoption. For more information, please visit

SOURCE: "Humane solution sought for wild cats" By Ronda Claire, October
07, 2003, Journal correspondent, (edited version reprinted
for educational purposes only)

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Moggies get own shelter
News24, South Africa,6119,2-7-1442_1436067,00.html

Cats are prolific breeders
Jackson Citizen Patriot, MI

From care to cruelty

Authorities take cats, dogs
Darryl Q. Tucker contributed to this report., MI

Thais to clone Marbled Cats
ANN/ The Nation
The Daily Star, Bangladesh

Boys Guilty of Cat Killing Face A Lawsuit
Two 17-year-old boys who pleaded guilty to dousing Max the Cat with gasoline and setting him on fire are facing a lawsuit.
Animal lawyer Adam Karp in Bellingham, Washington, is representing Max and the cat's owner, Bernadette Womack, in a groundbreaking civil lawsuit in Washington against the two boys. Karp is asking for $10,000 to be split by the boys' families. The lawsuit cites, among other things, emotional distress for the owner and pain and suffering for the cat.
News 4 did speak to one of the boy's mother. She says she was not surprised by the lawsuit.
If Karp is successful in winning a settlement, the story of Max the Cat may make history in Washington state.

Of cats and canines…
By Jeffrey F. Despabiladeras Photos By Ramon Samso
Manila Bulletin, Philippines§=11&fname=SC03102641400f.txt

Some shelters protect black cats at Halloween
Associated Press
St. Louis Post Dispatch, MO

NEWS Roundup
San Antonio Express News, TX
Compiled from staff reports
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Program offers cats-only clinic
The Spay-Neuter Assistance Program will have its monthly mobile cat clinic Wednesday.
To have a feline spayed, neutered or vaccinated for rabies, arrive by 7:30 a.m. at the H-E-B at 300 W. Olmos Drive, between McCullough and San Pedro avenues.
The clinic costs $20 and is free to those on public assistance, on a first-come, first-served basis. Cats should not be fed the night before, and must be brought in a carrier or pillowcase.
For more information, call (210) 673-7722.

Woman helps keep SNIP van rolling
Mandeville serviced every other month
Teddie Shriner
Times Picayune, LA

Readers get to have their say
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Help needed ''The Alley Cat Allies TNR (trap, neuter, return) program in Atlantic City, under the boardwalk, is in dire need of volunteers because city cats often end up on the beach. The program involves hundreds of cats. Atlantic City Humane Society does the trapping. Even if weekend volunteers came to help from anywhere in New Jersey, training is available."
-- Carl Simonsen, Little Egg Harbor
There must be caring people who might consider combining volunteering with visits to the casinos. At least helping feral cats is a win-win proposition. For more information on Alley Cat Allies' Atlantic City project, contact Zoe Carson in Washington at (202) 667-3630 or e-mail to or go online at
Newark Star Ledger, NJ

Wildlife: Keeping out uninvited dinner guests
Sunday, October 26, 2003
By Scott Shalaway
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA -
Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail, WV

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Facial tumours kill off Tasmanian devils
Emma Young, Sydney
Special Report from New Scientist Print Edition.

[From Lana - thank you!]
Merrillville, NW Indiana - Neuter Scooter - Nov 2 & 3
Please help us pass the word! CAll 219-924-4118 (local) for more
info or to make an appointment or go to . Please feel free to forward/crosspost this info and print it up to put on
bulletin boards in stores, libraries, laundry mats,
subdivision/trailer park clubhouses, etc.
The neuter scooter will be in Merrillville IN on Sunday Nov. 2 and
Monday Nov. 3 doing $40 spay/neuters (including distemper/rabies
shots) for cats only. Kittens can be spayed/neutered as early as 6
weeks (rabies shots will only be given to those 12 weeks and older;
same price with or without shots). Optional services that are NOT
required that will be offered: feline leukemia and FIV tests, feline
leukemia shots, Frontline flea treatment ($10 each), ear cleaning
($15), ear mite meds ($5).
True feral cats (cats that can't be handled and that will be released
back outside) that come in live traps will be given a half price
discount, making the cost only $20! (The vet techs will decide if
they are truly ferals at check in.) Live Traps can be rented (you
leave a deposit and then get it back when you return the trap) from
most towns and county animal controls or bought at Home Depot, Lowes,
Tractor Supply, Farm and Fleet for $25-$40.
This is a great chance to get the outdoor feral cats around your home
spayed/neutered (so they don't reproduce, become ill or fight/breed)
at a very low cost! (Trap/neuter/return -- TNR).
So, if you have any whole kits, cats of your own, know people who
have whole kits/cats, or know of any feral cats needing to be TNR'd,
this is the time to do it!

Virus scare has shelters turning cats away
Michigan Humane Society shelters in Rochester Hills and Westland currently are not accepting cats from pet owners.
By BOB GROSS , Of The Daily Oakland Press
Oakland County Press, MI

Under the Boardwalk, luckless homeless cling to life
Associated Press Writer

In Oregon: Albany council won’t limit cats in homes
Staff, news services
Salem Statesman Journal, OR

No-kill shelter finds mutilated cats left in boxes overnight
By L. Anne Newell
Arizona Daily Star, AZ

Injured Cats And Kittens Left In Cages Outside Shelter
By Jim Becker, News 13 Reporter

Friday, October 24, 2003

LEARN from the M'sian rabbits
Neil Humphreys,
Today (Singapore), Singapore

Opinion: Cat Conundrum
Albany Democrat-Herald, OR

UT Biologist Offers Theories on Skunk Ape
6 News Reporter

No-Kill Shelter Overrun With Cats
by Reed Coleman

Albany Drops Plan To Regulate House Cats
Feral Cats Targeted Instead

Lowcountry calendar
Carolina Morning News, SC
The Beaufort Humane Association will offer an opportunity to have male
cats neutered for a reduced fee in an attempt to reduce the pet overpopulation problem.

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 24, 2003
Naples Daily News
[Scroll down to]
For the love of pets,2071,NPDN_14962_2371720,00.html

Beautiful Women' help charities
By Melissa Scram
Staff Writer
Oneonta Daily Star, NY

[Scroll down to]
Contra Costa's most wanted
by Demian Bulwa
San Francisco Chronicle, CA

Gaborone mayor commends BSPCA for establishing 34 kennels in the city
Republic of Botswana, Botswana

A sad case of pussies galore
By Staff
Winnipeg Sun, Canada

Rescued cats await their fate
A judge will decide what will happen to the Cat Woman's 262 felines.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Relocation program finds feral felines new homes as barn pest- ...
Dallas Morning News (subscription), TX

City drops cat limit idea
By Cathy Ingalls
Albany Democrat-Herald, OR

Motlow program helps feral cats
Letter to the Editor

Bill would curb rules on feral cats
Targets game commission's authority over neutering programs
By RICHARD FELLINGER Harrisburg bureau
York Dispatch, PA,1413,138~10021~1718438,00.html

Buxton introduces bill to preserve feral cat programs
HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 - Representative Ronald Buxton

PA House Bill 2122

Hopewell Valley News, NJ

RABID cat bites Hanover man
HANOVER TWP. - A man raking leaves in his yard near the intersection of Summit and Cook avenues last Tuesday was attacked by a rabid cat that came up behind the man and bit him.
Hanover Eagle, NJ

Canyon County Shelters Overrun By Cats
By Mike Keckler,

Contributed by Ana - thank you!
Feral felines
Managing Indy’s cat overpopulation
Mary Lee Pappas
Nuvo, IN

Cats Protection Gets New Chief Executive
Submitted by: Steve O'Malley

Pets Reduce Allergies
Find a Property

Spiked - This place is cat show, art show, David Lynch film and Christopher Guest mockumentary
Phoenix New Times

Humane Society is celebrating 50 years
Feral cat reduction is current priority
By Lisa von Eberstein , St. Tammany bureau
Times Picayune, LA

How fowl is this?
Presenter: Andrew Dunkley
ABC Regional Online, Australia

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Pretty wild animal scene plays out in Mendocino
Contra Costa Times, CA

Aldermen hunting for cash propose pet, bicycle licenses
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
Chicago Sun Times, IL

Shelter director upset over woman's 22 cats
S.C. resident had pets taken from home before
Brad McElhinny
Daily Mail staff
Charleston Daily Mail, WV

Holland to draft new animal ordinance
by J. Brooks Terry
Staff Writer
Jacksonville Daily Record, FL

Cat burglar actually steals cats
Associated Press
HUMMELS WHARF, Pa. Synder County
[FC Blog Note: This story picked up around the nation]

Cats are great for your health
PRNewswire UK (press release), UK

City deals with feral felines
Fredericksburg residents battle with pesky cats
The Free Lance-Star, VA

Coyote howl worse than their prowl: Animal control officer says the animals normally fear humans
By Melissa Beecher / Tribune Staff Writer
Newton Daily News Tribune, MA

Lewes OKs animal shelter, reconsiders parking requirements
By Bruce Pringle
Coast Press Reporter
Delaware Coast Press, DE

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

City Fines Woman for Trapping Skunk
Associated Press
Centre Daily Times, PA
[FC Blog Note - also picked up by:]
Biloxi Sun Herald, MS
Tuscaloosa News, AL
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX

Ordinance ineffective cat wrangle
Corvallis Gazette Times

Cat plucked from atop electric pole
By Jennifer Pearson Bonnett/News-Sentinel Staff Writer
Lodi News-Sentinel, CA

Iguanas released on Anegada
BVI Beacon

Feral Cats are not Wildlife in need of support
Washington [State] Department of Fish and Wildlife
Crossing Paths with Wildlife in Washington Towns and Cities
Fall 2003

Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Hawaiian Forest Birds Available for Public Review
October 16, 2003
A notice of availability of the Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Hawaiian Forest Birds for a 60-day public comment period was published in the Federal Register on October 16. The plan may be viewed on the Fish and Wildlife Service website at

Killing of cats criticized as unnecessary, unlawful
Trenton Times, NJ

ANIMAL control confusion
Freeport Journal Standard, IL

COMMITTEE proposes $5 pet fee
Gainesville Times, GA

Cat-capture program would reduce littering
Council considering trap-neuter-return program aimed at reducing city's feral cat population.
By Josh Kleinbaum,
LA Times/News-Press/Glendale [must register, free]

Monday, October 20, 2003

Feral Cat Day goes by without so much as a card
Monday, October 20, 2003
York Daily Record, PA

Fears for Singapore's stray cat multitudes
October 20, 2003
Cape Times, Africa

Living in the Gray Zone
Neither pets nor fully wildlife, feral cats are becoming the scapegoat of choice for the damage that people are doing to the nation’s ecosystems.
By Estelle Munro

Cats took over man's house
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand

Grant to serve meal group
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The coalition is one of five groups to be honored with $5,000 awards this fall by the foundation.
Other recipients are:
- Planned Feralhood, a Point Reyes Station-based group created last year to address the growing population of non-domesticated cats in West Marin.
By Chez Shadman, IJ correspondent
Marin Independent-Journal, CA,1413,234~24407~1710834,00.html

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Permission to crosspost
An experienced feral rescuer is needed in the Pittsburgh area to assist a newcomer with a small colony. Is there anyone available to provide guidance and hands-on help? If you are able to assist, please contact me at and I will put you in touch with the caring individual.

VOICE of the People
October 19, 2003
Regarding the Oct. 14 story, "New shelter rules turn into cats-22":
Press of Atlantic City, NJ

Cat sanctuary features cageless living, comforts of home
By JEREMY BARNICLE, Associated Press Writer

Tabby's Place, RINGOES, N.J
[FC Blog Note: see also story under October 1 on Blog]

Waterfront a 'venue for vicious blood sport'
By Helen Bamford
Independent Online, South Africa

Living in a cat house
Couple furnishes home with feline friends in mind
Scott Sandell, Los Angeles Times
San Francisco Chronicle, CA

Jury: 'Cat Woman' can't have animals
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL
Oct 18, 2003

Contributed by FeralPlace - thank you!
Group Seeks To Help Feral Cats
October 16, 2003
By JOSH KOVNER, Courant Staff Writer
The Hartford Courant, CT [Requires Registration],1,5512074.story?coll=hc-headlines-mr

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Opinion: [Scroll down to:]
Cat proposal is misdirected, and
Hey dog, who said life was fair?
Albany Democrat-Herald, OR
[FC Blog Note: Original news article appeared on Blog Oct 10: Albany discusses limits on cats]

Cat Lovers On The Other Side Of the Law
by Maria A. Schulz
Animal News Center -

From pest to profit
By Tim Brust, Special to The Times
Marietta Times, OH

AREA Cat Owners Taught A Tough Lesson

Friday, October 17, 2003

Courtesy of Anita:
Editorial: Smart solution to cat problem
Trap-neuter-release programs deal with feral cats humanely and cost-effectively.
By Marie Marinakis
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA

Home sought for wild felines
By Terry Rombeck, Journal-World
Friday, October 17, 2003
Lawrence Journal World, KS

One day won't solve feline problem - Friday, October 17, 2003
The Missoulian, MT

Polson women take part in national campaign to neuter wild felines
By JOHN STROMNES of the Missoulian
The Missoulian, MT

Trapping will continue
Publication date: 10/16/03
By TAMMIE GITT, Staff Writer
It looks like stray cats will be the only ones behind bars in Newport.

Thursday, October 16, 2003
Coalition neuters, returns cats
An upcoming project will sterilize 20 cats in a feral colony.
By David Panian -- Daily Telegram Staff Writer

10/17 Demonstration shows aim of Feral Cat Day
Volunteers for the O'Malley Alley Cat Organization, the Humane Society of Nacogdoches County and the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter teamed up Thursday night in celebration of Feral Cat Day.
Daily Sentinel;COXnetJSessionID=1Pp8QLFpSzFJEyozFzNyn44f7nMeUgtXOGBdy0v1oCFdh7tYzBif!-481024149?urac=n&urvf=10663797082170.5359287057005052

Evicted tenant leaves landowner with piles of garbage
By Suzannah Evans, Staff Writer

Cats disappear from Rawlins neighborhood
RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) - Seven cats have disappeared from a north-central neighborhood in the past two months.
Wyoming News, WY

Dorms, dogs --and other furry friends -- don't mix
Safety, health concerns mean NU students can'e keep pets -- but some try to flout the rules
By Jacqueline Chmielnicki
October 17, 2003

Project Purr : A cat ’ s best friend
By ROSY WEISER, Sentinel Correspondent
Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA

Jury hears case against Brand
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL

North Canton politician fined
State board says Kathy Magel violated election law by leaving disclaimers off signs
By Andrea Misko, Beacon Journal staff writer
Akron Beacon Journal, OH

Alliance hopes to curb stray population
By Nathan Smith
Galveston County Daily News, TX

AVA stands by decision to stop sterilising cats
It says educating pet owners is the way to go and turns down appeal; SPCA says move is shortsighted
By Ben Nadarajan
Straits Times, Singapore,4386,214992,00.html

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Celebrate National Feral Cat Day!!!

ALLEY Cat Allies and Best Friends Animal Society Announce Wild About Cats!
Public Education Campaign Will Focus on Feral Cats
Press Release
Source: Alley Cat Allies; Best Friends Animal Society
Thursday October 16, 8:45 am ET

The rest of Today's News is below these presently recurring items:

[Originally posted October 2, 2003]
National Feral Cat Day ~ October 16, 2003
A campaign of Alley Cat Allies, the national feral cat resource
NFCD Events

[Originally posted October 2, 2003]
Courtesy of The Animal Spirit
Trap-Alter-Release (TAR) Success Stories
*TAR is also referred to as TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release)

[Originally posted September 29, 2003]
From The Animal Spirit:
Permission to crosspost!

Wanted! TNR Feral Cat Colony Success Stories
Because Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is under fire in several States, I would like to collect testimonials from feral cat caretakers regarding their successful work implementing TNR. The testimonials will appear on The Animal Spirit site, with author receiving full credit and retaining copyright of the story. You could submit a couple of photos as well, though that is not mandatory.
You don't have to write a masterpiece -- just a paragraph or two about the colonies you have worked with, or are currently working with, is all that is necessary.
Thanks in advance for your contributions! Any questions, feel free to contact me at
The Animal Spirit

[Originally posted September 22, 2003]
Thank you to The Animal Spirit for permission to post:
The Cat Lady
©Shell 2003
[This story is not only for "cat-lovers." It's the story of how one person can make a difference, no matter how small the deed. I hope it inspires you to do something -- anything -- to help better the world for both humans & nonhumans.]
The block I grew up on in New York consisted of several houses, a small animal shelter, a colony of stray and feral cats, and an official "cat lady." Looking back, I realize my fate was sealed. [To continue this wonderful story]

[Originally posted August 15, 2003]
Wonderful video created by one individual to honor feral cats --
thank you again, Dawn!

TODAY'S NEWS ~ Oct 16:

Group calls attention to feral cats
By Rose Mary Budge,
San Antonio Express-News
10/16/2003 12:00 AM

From: straycatalliance
Date: Thu Oct 16, 2003 12:54 pm
Subject: PA TNR Legislation

Those who support humane control of the feral and stray cat
population, please contact your legislator (PA State House of
Representatives, click here to find your legislator:
soon as possible and ask him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor to
TNR legislation sponsored by Representative Buxton. This legislation
protects municipal TNR programs and will be introduced Tuesday, Oct.
21. We do not have a bill number yet.

Please forward.


The Animal Spirit Newsletter
Date: Thu Oct 16, 2003 2:54 pm
Subject: Special Edition: Feral Cat Day


A feral cat originated from an abandoned or lost domestic cat. Ferals
have learned to survive outdoors and tend to avoid human contact.
They are not "wild" animals. Many cuddly housecats turn "feral"
(using society's definition of feral cat) when brought to the
veterinarian's office. Feral cats are homeless domestic animals who
are frightened by humans and should be treated as such. I use the
word "feral" only to differentiate between a friendly cat and a
frightened cat. All homeless animals should be treated with care and

Until ferals are recognized as homeless domestic animals, the
public's attitude toward them will not change. Moreover, we will
continue to see unfortunate situations, most recently in
Pennsylvania, where the fate of ferals lies in the hands of the Game
Commission (for more info, visit:

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only effective method of dealing with
the vast amount of feral cats -- there are simply not enough homes
for them all. However, if you are considering adopting a feral and
can provide a calm, safe environment, do not let others discourage
you. Ferals need time to learn to trust, as well as adapt to indoor
life. Presently, a few "wild animals" are taking their afternoon nap
on my bed. Not all are "lap cats," but that isn't an issue. Feral cat
rescue is about saving lives.

On Feral Cat Day, I urge you to help ferals by changing the public's
mind-set. Rather than viewing ferals as "wild animals," help
emphasize the fact that ferals are frightened, homeless domestic
cats -- period.


Caring for the Feral Cat Population

Dispelling the Myths

Neighborhood Cats

WANTED! Your Success Stories

The Animal Spirit site contains pages of success stories for both
feral cat adoptions and Trap-Neuter-Return programs. Add yours today!
Send your story to Please, no

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National Feral Cat Day

Utahns Recognize National Feral Cat Day

Got a wild cat problem? Group targets feral strays
Somerville Journal, MA -

Program wants to reduce number of feral cats
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Cat Population Cure Strikes Controversy
Milwaukee, WI, OH, FL
Click 2, TX

The Guthrian, IA

In recognition of the third annual National Feral Cat Day (that's today, October 16th) and to promote Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method of managing feral cats, the ASPCA has launched online resources to help feral cat colony caretakers implement TNR in their communities. Explains Sandra Sebastian, Program Manager, ASPCA Cares, "TNR entails the trapping of feral cats, spaying and neutering them, and then returning the cats to their territory, enabling them to live out their lives in the environment that suits them best. It is the universally recognized, nonlethal method of stabilizing the population growth of feral cats."
ASPCA Online Feral Cat Resources!

Subj: [FIREPAW] SPECIAL: Dr. Neuter & Feral Cats
Date: 10/16/2003 4:15:51 AM Pacific Daylight Time
Just call him Dr. Neuter
To take care of a male feral cat, it's just 51 seconds, start to finish
Steve Rubenstein
Thursday, October 16, 2003
SF Chronicle, CA

Neutering clinic to be busy Friday
To spotlight National Feral Cat Day, which is today, SpayMart will neuter 200 male cats at the clinic Friday. The local group is partnering with Ark Animal Hospital in Jefferson to get the job done.
By Bert Smith
Thursday October 16, 2003
Times Picayune, LA

NEW Carlisle group gets its paws on feral cats
Springfield News Sun, OH

CAT fees tabled for now
Belleville News-Democrat, IL

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

New Protective League chief sets agenda
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH

Feral cats have friends in Iredell
To keep the numbers down, groups help with trapping, sterilizing and releasing
Staff Writer
Charlotte Observer, NC north_carolina/counties/iredell/7016234.htm

Atlantic County SPCA says it offered to help Upper shelter
By MICHAEL MILLER Staff Writer, (609) 463-6712, E-Mail
Press of Atlantic, NJ

Feral cat fix
October 15, 2003

National Feral Cat Day is October 16. Feral cats will be spayed or neutered for free.....

Free spay clinic for feral cats
The Humane Society will conduct the clinic during October. Feral cats and their offspring are not suitable for adoption.
Tucson Citizen, AZ
October 15, 2003

Man ’ s home found littered with cats
By JOHN BRAND and By MADELAINE VITALE Staff Writer, (609) 272-7275
Press of Atlantic City, NJ

2 rabies cases cited in NE Colo.
Fort Morgan Times, CO,1413,164%257E8315%257E1698306,00.html

Vics to finally ban eating pets
Dogs off Victorian menus
By Charisse Ede
October 15, 2003, Australia,4057,7568263%255E13762,00.html
[FC Blog Note: This story picked up by numerous newsources]

Florida Cat Caretakers and Rescuers:
Following the adoption of a “Policy on Feral and Free Roaming Cats” by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), cat caretakers and rescuers across the state have expressed concerns about the legality of continuing Trap-Neuter-Return programs and/or feeding homeless cats in their areas. Since every county, and even some cities and municipalities, have their own unique animal control laws, The Cat Coalition of Florida would like to collect information about the laws in each county and/or city in the state. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DO THIS.
Cat Coalition of Florida [originally posted on the FC Blog Oct 8]
Feral Cat, Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR), and other Florida cat news

PAWS meeting Thursday, October 16
Rob Campbell and Linda Kelley from the Newport TNR program, whose spirited resistance to bureaucratic intimidation helped put TNR programs on a stronger footing in Pennsylvania, will be the guest speakers at this month's PAWS meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm at the Camp Hill Borough Building, 2145 Walnut Street in Camp Hill. Meetings are open to the public.
CPAA aims to stop the killing of shelter animals
The Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA) will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cleve J. Fredrickson Library in Camp Hill to enlist the public's support for CPAA's goal of making Central Pennsylvania a no-kill community for adoptable dogs, cats and other domestic animals.
CPAA is participating in the national No More Homeless Pets initiative which aims to eliminate the killing of shelter animals by increasing adoptions, spay/neuter surgeries and education programs.

Warm HART of volunteers gives shelter to stray cats
By TESS NACELEWICZ, Portland Press Herald Writer
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Press Herald, ME

Cat killer sought
FALL RIVER -- After reports last week that a suspected cat killer poisoned five felines in the Marion Street area, another woman about a mile away says the same, and worse, is happening on her street.
DEBORAH ALLARD-BERNARDI , Herald News Staff Reporter
The Herald News, NJ

Froma Harrop : Feline freedom is folly - - The crisis of cat ...
Providence Journal Bulletin (subscription), RI

Cat group looks for food donation
by Ricki Renick
DM Staff Writer
October 15, 2003
Daily Missisippian, MS

In Our Towns
LOCAL From staff reports
Cat welfare groups having Feral Cat Day event
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

New shelter rules turn into cats-22
By MICHAEL MILLER Staff Writer, (609) 463-6712, E-Mail
October 14, 2003
Press of Atlantic City, NJ

SCOTTDALE: Borough cracks down on speeders
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In addition, council:
= Decided to continue handling stray animal control with its "trap, neuter and return" policy, despite the Pennsylvania Game Commission's proposed rule-making policy and questions over its legality.
The Daily Courier, PA

Disease risk fears for state ecology
Hobart Mercury, Australia,5936,7563791%255E3462,00.html

Cat trapping spurs flurry over felines
Lewisberry says control necessary
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
BY MEGAN DIVELY, For The Patriot-News
Penn Live, PA

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From The Beacon Journal
Cat lovers still fighting law
Citizens for Humane Animal Practices battling to have it eliminated, but council members say results favorable
By Julie Wallace, Beacon Journal staff writer

Monday, October 13, 2003

Groups to decide future of cat-trapping programs
By Marsha Forys
For the Daily Courier
Monday, October 13, 2003
The Daily Courier, PA

Police: Landlord Kills 3 Cats As Horrified Witnesses Watch
Man Upset Over Abandoned Animals
October 13, 2003, OH

Rats and bats invade neighborhood
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Monroe County Advocate Democrat, TN

Feral Cat Day Special Edition
The Cat Site

Extra igloos always needed for cat colonies. If you have extras to donate or sell, contact! Thank you!

Groups to decide future of cat-trapping programs
By Marsha Forys
Monday, October 13, 2003
The Valley Independent

County's idea good, but will it work?
Intelligencer Staff ,
Edwardsville Intelligencer, IL

David Duchovny Hosts New Film About Abandoned Pets
by ANC Staff and Give Voice To Animals
Posted on October 12, 2003

Quack's Corner
Monday, October 13, 2003
This week's topic: Protecting your cat
Bridgeton News, NJ

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Best Friends Special Feature
October 12, 2003
The Fight Over Ferals
Part Two of a special feature about feral cats looks into the different approaches to "controlling" them. There's only one that works. It's also the most humane.
* The Fight Over Ferals
Which way is the right way. Kill them? Cage them? Neither. Trap/neuter/return is much cheaper and much more effective.
* Model Programs in Caring Communities
How trap/neuter/return is working in communities around the country – and the world.
* Are Sanctuaries the Answer
In a few special cases like Eastwood, it may be the best answer. But not for most ferals.
* Best Friends Feral Cat Policy Statement
...and what some older humane organizations are still saying.
* National Feral Cat Day
Brought to you – and to millions of cats – by Alley Cat Allies, the nation's feral cat care organization. Find out what's going on around the country to celebrate this year.
(Next week, feral cats and other wildlife -- pussy cats or predators?)

Upcoming Event: October 18, 2003
Whole Cat Workshop, Grafton MA
A day-long symposium for animal welfare professionals, rescuers, feral cat advocates, and others who care about cats. Held at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton. Sponsored by Massachusetts Animal Coalition, Tufts, and managed by the Dakin Animal Shelter.
* "The Crucial Role of TNR in the No-Kill Movement: Going from the Backyard to the Front Page" - NYC's Neighborhood Cats
* "Rabies in Massachusetts" - MA Dept of Public Health
* "Compassionate Communication"
* "Behavioral Assessment of Shelter Cats"
* "Tips and Tricks from the TNR Trenches"
For more information, download the flyer here

O'Malley's Alley Cats hosting Trap-Neuter-Return campaign
By EMILY TARAVELLA. Sentinel Staff
Daily Sentinel, TX

Homes sought for 60-plus seized cats
By Nancy Shuffleton
Rockingham News, NH

Harrisburg is touchy about pets
By ROBERT B. SWIFT, Ottaway News Service,
Pocono Record, PA

Their mission: Humanely reduce unwanted feral cat population
By Judi Brinegar
Staff Writer, The Courier-Tribune
Asjeboro Courier Tribune, NC

Paradise maintained
By VICTORIA JAMES, Staff writer
The Japan Times, Japan

Two dozen endangered iguanas released to wild
Feral cats, loss of habitat threaten once-flourishing species
The Associated Press.
Saturday, October 11, 2003 Posted: 6:05 PM EDT (2205 GMT)
CNN and CNN Europe

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Effective, non-lethal methods the key to dealing with feral cats
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Dr. Jeffrey Proulx, San Francisco SPCA
Alameda Times-Star, CA,1413,125~1549~1691859,00.html

Source: Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Proposal Will Enhance Profitability, Not Survival, of Endangered Species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a unique plan for protecting endangered species: Kill the animals to save the animals.
What You Can Do
Please write to the USFWS's Office of Management Authority before Friday, October 17, 2003. Say that you oppose the draft policy and that you don't want USFWS to issue endangered species import permits for the purposes of hunting, public display, the skin trade, or the pet trade.
Send your comments to:
Chief, Division of Management Authority
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 North Fairfax Dr.
Room 700
Arlington, VA 22203
Fax: 703-358-2280

Fla. man saves kitten at resort
BY E.J. SCHULTZ, The Island Packet
Other stories by E.J. Schultz
Published Saturday, October 11th, 2003

Dogs in Japan bow-wow before masters

Friday, October 10, 2003

Animal groups take over cat sterilisation
By Ca-Mie De Souza, Channel NewsAsia, Singapore

Area veterinarians cautioning cat owners about "feline AIDS"
By MELISSA ST. AUDE, Daily Press Staff
Silver City Daily Press, NM

Nature's balance impacted by irresponsible pet owners
Sun-Gazette Editor, PA

Albany discusses limits on cats
By Hasso Hering
Friday, October 10, 2003
Albany Democrat-Herald

Shelter's cat room follows national trend
By MARY NUGENT- Staff Writer
Thursday, October 09, 2003, CA,1413,135~26787~1686492,00.html

'Cathouse' gets eviction notice
Foreclosure means Auntie Meow has to find new home for animal welfare cause
For the first time in the 20 years she has been saving stray and unwanted cats, the woman known locally as Auntie Meow is turning needy felines away. I've never said no before.
Aldergrove Star, BC Canada

Humane headway
City council adjusts animal code; state society gets involved
Bogalusa Daily News, LA

LEHMAN donates to three agencies
Pike loaded with cats
Community News Writer
Eastern Poconos Community News, PA

Friday, October 10, 2003
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Cell Phone Collection
Bolton Common, MA

Editorial: Keep out of catfight
Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon PA
Friday, October 10, 2003 - 10:04:24 AM EST,1413,139~10141~1689620,00.html

Friday Edition: Feral Cats
By Al Tompkins, FL

CU, barn worker clash about cats
Former Cornell employee alleges university not caring for feral animals
Friday, October 10, 2003
By TAMIKO TOLAND, Special to The Journal
Ithaca Journal, NY

Mount Gibson - a place to enrich the soul
Di Broad
Friday, 10 October 2003
Central Midlands & Coastal Advocate, Australia

Thursday, October 09, 2003

From Shell,

On October 6, 2003, the Pennsylvania Game Commission decided not to amend Title 58 PA Code Part III Chapter 137.2 to prohibit the release of cats. Some reports have indicated that this is a victory for advocates of trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs, but, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, such claims are incorrect because TNR programs have been and remain illegal under Chapter 137.1(A)1.

On October 9, 2003, I spoke with Skip Littwin of the Law Enforcement Dept. of PA Game Commission. Mr. Littwin explained that the purpose of the meeting on October 6 was, in part, to move the prohibition against TNR programs from Chapter 137.1 to Chapter 137.2.

According to Littwin, 137.1(A)1 prohibits the release of cats. The exact language is:

137.1. Importation, sale and release of certain wildlife. (a) Unless otherwise provided in this section or the act, it is unlawful for a person to import, possess, sell, offer for sale or release within this Commonwealth the following animals or birds or the eggs of the birds or a crossbreed or hybrid of the animals or birds, which are similar in appearance:

(1) In the family Felidae. Species and subspecies, except species which are commonly called house cats which may be possessed but not released into the wild.

The Game Commission's plan was to move this language from 137.1 to 137.2.

137.2 previously made reference to "Release of turkeys." (see: This has now changed. 137.2 is now titled "Release of Animals."

Again, the Commission's plan was to MOVE the reference to cats and dogs from 137.1 to 137.2. They did not do that. Instead, the Commission left 137.1 as is.

Bottom Line: According to Littwin, TNR has been in the past and continues to be illegal under 137.1. Littwin also stated that "animal control can trap and kill if cats pose a threat to wildlife."

Jerry Feaser, Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, stated: "When we become aware of trap-neuter-release programs, we let people know that they are releasing animals into the wild and it is illegal."

Although it has deemed TNR programs illegal, the Game Commission has no apparent plans to fine those who do it. The commission prefers to warn people that TNR is illegal, Feaser said. "Ninety-eight percent of the time, they say, 'Thank you' and that's the end of the story," Feaser said. ("Game Commission skirts decision on stray cats," Lebanon Daily News, October 8, 2003.)

There does, however, appear to be conflicting views about TNR within Pennsylvania government. Although the Game Commission treats TNR programs as illegal, Pennsylvania's State House designated October. 16 as National Feral Cat Day in Pennsylvania. (House Resolution No. 413.) The bill, among other things, acknowledges that TNR "has been proven to help control cat populations and stop nuisance behaviors ...and the cats can live healthy, safe and peaceful lives in their territories." It calls on everyone to dedicate themselves to sterilizing stray cats. The bill passed 199-2. ("Feral cat rule supporters, critics have their say," The Morning Call, October 6, 2003)

If the state House did designate October. 16 as National Feral Cat Day in Pennsylvania, they are sending a clear message to the Game Commission - leave feral cats and their caretakers alone.

Warning: Protect your cats
By Susan May Danseyar / Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Belmont Citizen Herald, MA

Nineteen neglected cats need homes
By George Derringer / GDERRINGER@CNC.COM
Thursday, October 9, 2003
Swampscott Reporter, MA

NO-KILL pet facility to open in LaPlace
Animals to be housed until homes found
Thursday October 09, 2003
By Judy Creekmore, Contributing writer
Times Picayune, LA

ANIMAL hospital requests $5000 more to board Roxbury's stray cats
ROXBURY TWP. - Fewer stray cats collected in the township are being put to sleep, but boarding them is costing the township more, and Township Council members want some more analysis before they pay the requested $5,000 more.
Roxbury Register, NJ

Condo owner calls the scene ‘ Wild West ’
Thursday, October 9, 2003
Toledo Blade, OH

Willow on Wagner's last evening Oct. 28
Pioneer Press Online, IL
For the last several months, volunteers have been trapping cats that have found sanctuary on the site for decades, and removing them to other feral cat colonies.

Lackluster results imperil efforts to trap raccoons
By Patty Pensa, Staff Writer
October 9 2003
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, FL,0,1647927.story?coll=sfla-news-palm

TOKYO — Daiichi Pure Chemicals Co said Wednesday it will sell a Swiss-made kit to check feline blood types from Oct 16.
It is the first device of its kind in Japan and called the Rapid Vet-H. It comes in response to growing calls by veterinarians for safe transfusion therapy for cats, said the subsidiary of major pharmaceutical maker Daiichi Pharmaceutical Co. (Kyodo News)
Thursday, October 9, 2003 at 04:15 JST
Japan Today, Japan

Look before you leap: Leakey urges caution in wildlife programs
SCOTT McMILLION, Chronicle Staff Writer
October 9, 2003
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT

Reward offered for identity of suspected cat poisoner
GREGG M. MILIOTE , Herald News Staff Reporter
October 9, 2003
Fall River Herald News, MA

Controlling stray animals
Both city and county need to address it.
Thursday, October 9, 2003
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, TN

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Trap-release programs still illegal
By Karla Browne, October 8, 2003
The Sentinel, PA

Potoroo and friends find a safe home at last
October 9, 2003
THE bettong, potoroo and bandicoot are not familiar sights to most Sydneysiders.
Daily Telegraph, Australia - 4 hours ago

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The Cat Coalition
Birmingham News, AL

AVA halts sterilisation scheme for stray cats; control now under Town Councils
By Ca-Mie De Souza
08 October 2003 2155 hrs
Channel News Asia, Singapore
By Ca-Mie De Souza. SINGAPORE

Game Commission skirts decision on stray cats
Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 9:33:24 AM EST
Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon,1413,139~10137~1684535,00.html

Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) Supporters urged to join Florida Animal Control Association (FACA).
Florida Cat Coalition

Game regulators give a break to cats and hunters
Commissioners dropped a ban on the release of neutered feral cats, and eased a rule on orange.
By Amy Worden and Don Sapatkin
Inquirer Staff Writers
Wed, Oct. 08, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA

Committee votes to hike fees for cat owners
SHERI McWHIRTER, The Telegraph
October 08, 2003
Alton Telegraph, IL

Cat-lovers who trap, neuter strays under fire
Wed, Oct. 08, 2003
Philadelphia Daily News, PA

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

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Cat program has a purrpuss
Sunday, October 05, 2003

Creatures' comfort: Third veterinarian offers services on Marco Island
Wednesday, October 8, 2003
By QUENTIN ROUX, Staff Writer
Marco Island Eagle, FL

Cat Release Regulations Loosened For Nonprofit Groups
Hunter Visibility Laws To Remain Mostly Unchanged
4:04 p.m. EDT October 7, 2003

Humane solution sought for wild cats
October 07, 2003
By Ronda Claire
Journal correspondent
Kankakee Daily Journal, IL

Haleakala officials request lookout for endangered birds
By Gary Kubota
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI

Best Friends a haven for unwanted animals
By Nancy Hobbs
Special to the Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune, UT

CAT Crisis
South Burlington, Vermont - October 6, 2003
Darren Perron - Channel 3 News

Cats roam free after man's death
By pat_moore, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 7, 2003
Palm Beach Post, FL