Stop Animal Abandonment: Sparkle's Story

Animals are abandoned every day.  Rescue organizations spend countless hours working to save these animals.

Meet Sparkle. She is an affectionate, short-legged kitten rescued this week. While our volunteers were setting up for TNR, Sparkle ran up and started eating the dry food. She was starving.

Our volunteers took her to one of our vet partners the following day. The veterinarian called later to report Sparkle had a mass in her stomach. Paper towels were found in her stomach and intestines. Apparently, she had been dumped and was starving to the point she ate paper towels.

If Sparkle not been rescued, she would have died a slow and painful death from the mass of paper towels. 

OBACCP is grateful to report, with the help of our vet partners, Sparkle is recovered and seeking a loving forever home where she will never have to eat paper towels again.

In many states, including Alabama, it is illegal to abandon a dog or cat unless you legally transfer the dog or cat to another home or animal shelter. “Dumping cats is cruel and inhumane,” said Connie Brown, OBACCP volunteer.

Alabama law 13a-11-240b states:

(b) The word “cruel” as used in this article shall mean:  Every act, omission, or neglect, including abandonment, where unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering, including abandonment, is caused or where unnecessary pain or suffering is allowed to continue.

Despite how much we love dogs and cats, there is still a huge pet homelessness problem.  Cruelty and neglect aside, this issue in the companion animal world can be solved. Contact a local shelter or rescue group before abandoning a companion animal. There is a better, more humane solution.

Orange Beach Animal Care and Control is a resource for animal advocates and volunteers driving change and accelerating protection for animals in Orange Beach, Ala. For more information about OBACCP, please visit us on the web, Facebook or Instagram.

OBACCP is a community-centered 501(c) (3) non-profit project dedicated to saving the lives of community cats and all animals. OBACCP is powered 100% by your donations and the commitment of our volunteers.

 All donations are tax deductible. For more information about 501(c) (3) tax deductions, please call 800-829-1040. To donate or join please visit our website.

Thank you Connie Brown, Joanne Campisi and 

Magnolia by The Gulf Animal Clinic for saving Sparkle.

 

 

Live Locally Alabama Features OBACCP's Trap Neuter Return Program

Live Locally Alabama Features OBACCP's Trap Neuter Return Program

The Alabama League of Municipalities launched #LiveLocallyAlabama a grassroots campaign encouraging civic engagement and highlighting the crucial role municipal government plays in the daily lives of Alabama’s citizens. OBACCP is honored to be featured in the July/August issue. Read more on our blog.

Gov. Ivey, Rep. Rowe & OBACCP recognize World Spay Day

Gov. Ivey, Rep. Rowe & OBACCP recognize World Spay Day

Gov. Kay Ivey signs HJR 152 in her state Capitol office Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, February 21, 2018. With her is state Rep. Connie Rowe. HJR 152 recognizes February 27, 2018 as World Spay Day. World Spay Day is a campaign to advocate the spaying or neutering of pets. (Governor's Office, Jamie Martin)

Trap, Neuter and Return Initiative Makes a Strong Start in OBA

With the support of the Orange Beach City Council, the nonprofit Orange Beach Animal Care and Control Program is beginning to get a handle on controlling the stray and feral cat population in the city through a trap, neuter and return initiative.

In early September, the City Council approved start-up funds and the purchase of 20 traps for the nonprofit that is working in conjunction with Tom Conerly, the Orange Beach Police Department’s Animal Control Officer.

Conerly gave the council an update on the program during the Jan. 16 meeting. The meeting also provided an opportunity for Conerly to park the new Animal Control vehicle at City Hall for the public to see.

“So far, we have 33 volunteers registered to help with this program now,” Conerly told the council. “We started trapping in earnest on Sept. 21, which was just right at four months ago. We have have trapped 99 cats and processed them through the program. They roughly equal 49 males, 50 females. We have also adopted out 22 cats and kittens from this program and made some folks really happy.”

On January 21, OBACCP announced that the 100th cat, named “Centennial,” was trapped, neutered, vaccinated and returned to its original location.

Explaining the impact of the Trap-Neuter-Return program to council members, Conerly broke it down by saying the 50 female cats alone reduced the growth of cat colonies by 496 kittens, which would’ve been born in the first year. He came to that number by conservatively using the average of each cat having 2 litters per year and 2.8 kittens per litter. Also taking into account that cats can begin reproducing at 4 to 5 months of age. Read more.

Winter Storm Grayson: Tips To Caring for Community Cats

Check out to help you keep community cats safe and warm through chilly temperatures, wind, and snow:

• Insulate the cats’ shelters with strawnot hay. Remember, the more straw the better! Cats can burrow in it to stay warm and cozy. It’s also important to add straw as needed throughout the season, especially before a storm or a cold snap.

• Provide fresh food and water daily. In cold temperatures, water will freeze overnight. To slow freezing, use bowls that are deep, rather than wide. Place water bowls out of the wind as much as possible.

• Give cats extra food. Cats eat more in the winter, because they’re trying to conserve energy and stay warm. It’s best to give them food daily. Wet food freezes, so put out dry food as well (or just feed them dry food). If you provide wet food, heat it up first or use a heated bowl.

• Cats seek out warm, sheltered spots. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for a cat to crawl under the warm hood of a parked car as cats are drawn to the warmth of the engine compartment and the protection from wind and predators. Give the hood of your car a few taps before starting the engine.