Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Some Cat and Dog Progress

posted by chicago pop

Two events concerning our dog and cat neighbors that you might want to know about.

The newly formed Hyde Park Bark Alliance will be hosting a Halloween pet costume ball in Harold Washington Park. The Alliance is organizing in view of eventually establishing a City-sanctioned dog run in the northeastern area of the park. Show up with your pet, and, if interested, let them know of your support.

Meanwhile, the world of Hyde Park cat lovers is working hard to deal with the South Side's feral cat problem. They're holding a workshop at Backstory Cafe this Friday and would like you to come.

Here's what Hyde Park Cats tells us about their event and themselves:

The event is one of many taking place across the country in honor of National Feral Cat Day, October 16. National Feral Cat Day was launched in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral (wild) cats. Alley Cat Allies is the foremost authority on a program called Trap-Neuter-Return, a humane method of care that improves the lives of outdoor cats.

With Trap-Neuter-Return, outdoor cats are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered, and vaccinated. Cats that have undergone the procedure are eartipped -- while under anesthesia a small portion of the left ear is painlessly removed for identification. Trap-Neuter-Return ends the cycle of breeding, makes cats better neighbors, and improves their lives.

WHO: Hyde Park Cats
WHAT: Helping Community Cats Workshop
WHEN: October 16, 2009, 6:30 pm
WHERE: Backstory Café (61st St. and Blackstone Ave.)
CONTACT: Anna Schmidt (annagrau@sas.upenn.edu or hydeparkcats@gmail.com)


Richard Gill said...

Pet owners should also know this: The Thurs. Oct 8 Tribune, Sec. 1, p. 6, says, "Owners of dogs making excessive noise that "unnecessarily disturbs" their human neighbors soon will face fines of $50 to $250 a days under an ordinance Chicago Aldermen approved Wednesday [Oct. 7]......the measure...takes effect Nov. 17..."

The Tribune further says the ordinance defines excessive noise as "repeated or habitual barking, whining, crying, howling (and) whimpering." Sounds like it could apply to Hyde Park NIMBYs, except maybe for the barking part.

Michelle said...

Dear Chicago Pop:

Can you post additional information about the Hyde Park Bark Alliance. I am very interested in helping an effort to secure a dog park for the south side. Unfortunately, I will be out of town during the parade because my Mitzi would have looked great dressed up as a Tootsie Roll.

Lilithcat said...

I don't think my cats will allow themselves to be dressed up in costumes. They probably wouldn't parade, either; they'd just sit down in the nearest patch of sun and wait for their admirers to come to them.