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Research Study on Social Media and Grieving the Loss (Death) of a Pet


Good afternoon,

I am a professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF), and I am conducting a research study on Social Media and Grieving the Loss (Death) of a Pet. I found your contact information on a website targeted toward people who are looking for resources associated with pet loss and the grieving process. I was hoping that you might share this study with those who might qualify:

In order to participate, participants must (1) be at least 18 years old, (2) actively use Facebook (at least once per week), and (3) have had a pet pass away in the past year (since January 2015).

The link to the study is below:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2537855/FB-Pet-Study?code=577c12490f1b1&linked_from=5729fb020daac

Participants who complete the study will be given the opportunity to be entered in a raffle to receive one of five $20 Amazon.com gift certificates. They will also be able upload and memorialize a picture of their pet to Facebook if they choose.

 Please feel free to share within your personal social networks as well. Thank you for your time. Please contact me if you have any questions about our research.

Sincerely,

Pam

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Dr. Pamela Wisniewski
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Central Florida
Harris Corporation Engineering Center (HEC) 217A
4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816
(407) 823-3189 | Office
http://www.pamspam.com



   
        Kristen Lindsey
This vet murdered "Tiger" a domestic orange tabby who was an elderly couple's pet saying it was a feral cat and, thus, okay to be murdered. It is horrendous that anyone, especially a veterinarian, would do such a thing. Even if "Tiger" was a feral cat (which he wasn't) feral cats are just cats who's home is outdoors. They live in colonies and have every right to live out their lives in peace. Being a feral cat doesn't give anyone a license to kill them. Alley Cat Allies, a not-for-profit organization advocating for all feral cats, has instituted a $7,500 reward for evidence of this evil act in the hope of prosecuting and convicting Kristen Lindsey. I sincerely hope she is convicted and punished.
In the meantime, if she ever gets reinstated as a licensed veterinarian - I strongly suggest no one use her for their pets.



Cecil the Lion
Cecil the Lion was named after Cecil Rhodes. On July 1st, 2015 he was lured out of Hwange National Park and murdered by Walter Palmer after suffering some 40 hours after Walter wounded him with an arrow and then finally being put out of his misery with a gunshot blast. While Zimbabwe has filed for Walter Palmer's extradition so he can be prosecuted for this horrendous crime, Mr. Palmer has resumed his dental practice. I strongly encourage everyone with any compassion at all NOT TO USE "Dr." Walter Palmer as your dentist. To my knowledge his practice is located at: 10851 Rhode Island Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55438. Let's not allow him to earn more money to use for having a good time murdering more innocent animals.

     SHAME ON YOU, WALTER PALMER!


PROTECT YOUR PET
(Advice from "Last Chance for Animals:" www.LCAnimal.org)
  • DON'T leave your cat or dog unattended in your yard or car.
  • DON'T leave your pet unattended while you go inside a store or restaurant.
  • DO make sure your pet has identification - microchips or tattoos
  • DON'T use "Free to Good Home" ads to place companion animals. These ads are often answered by Class "B" dealers!
  • DO keep photos and written descriptions of you pet on hand at all times.
  • DO educate your family, friends and neighbors about pet theft.

Pet Theft Awareness Website: www.stolenpets.com

HOSPICE & REHAB HOME FOR ANIMALS
Angel's Gate: www.angelsgate.com
510 Archie Elliot Road
Delhi, NY 13753
Susan Marino: 607-746-9211
angelsgate_susan@yahoo.com

URGENT!
                        Feral Cats Being Killed Needlessly
                   FERAL CATS SHOULD NEVER BE TAKEN TO LOCAL SHELTERS.

Since Feral cats are not socialized they can't be pets and so can't be adopted. since they are unadoptable, they often won't even make it to the shelter but are killed in transport. Even "No-Kill" shelters are unable to place feral cats so they will often transfer these innocent cats and kittens to another facility that will euthanize (read "kill") them. THERE IS ANOTHER WAY - READ ON:

What is the difference between a Stray and a Feral cat?
A Feral cat is an unsocialized cat. A Stray is a pet who has been abandoned by his/her owner(s) or who has strayed from its home and become lost. Stray cats can usually be re-socialized and adopted. A feral cat isn't socialized to humans, hence, is unadoptable.

Did you know that Euthanizing stray and feral cats doesn't work?
Trapping and killing only temporarily reduces the number of feral cats in a given area. Unsterilized survivors will continue to breed rapidly and other cats will move into the thinned territory since ore food an shelter opportunities will now exist for them. this is called the "vacuum effect."

Why will new cats move into this territory now?
Because feral cats select their territories based on sources of food and the availability of adequate shelter. If cats in the current territory are removed - new cats will come in to take advantage of the vacancies.

So what can be done? Is there a viable solution?
Yes! It's TNR or Trap - Neuter & Return. This has been proven to be the most effective and humane way to solve the "problem" of stray and feral cat colonies.

What, exactly, is TNR?
First, the cats within a colony are humanely trapped. Second, the cats are sterilized (neutered) and vaccinated. Finally, strays and young kittens are adopted into good homes while the adult feral cats are eartipped for identification and returned to their colony.

Then what happens?
Because the adult feral cats are neutered - they can no longer reproduce and so their numbers will gradually go down. TNR breaks the cycle of reproduction and, hence, lowers cat populations.

But don't these cats pose a high risk of spreading rabies?
Absolutely not. Rabies in the U.S. is a disease found predominately in wildlife. As Alley Cat allies has reported, "From 1990-2002, only 36 people died from rabies in this country, and not one of them contracted the disease from a cat."

Okay, but aren't feral cats sickly and diseased?
Again, no. That's another myth. As Alley Cat Allies aptly puts it, "Scientific studies show that feral cats in managed colonies generally enjoy the same good health, fitness, and low occurrence of disease enjoyed by pet cats."

That's great news. But what about those beautiful birds and other wildlife that these cats prey on? Don't these cats cause massive wildlife depletion?
This is another myth. Again, as quoted from Alley Cat Allies, "Numerous studies by government and environmental groups indicate that the overwhelming causes of wildlife depletion are destruction of habitat due to human development, man-made structures, chemical pollution, pesticides, and drought, not feral cats." So if you want to point a finger - the finger points back to us humans.

Are there any other benefits to having a TNR program in my community?
Economically, it costs a lot to impound, house, kill and dispose of the bodies of feral cats. TNS costs 1/3 to 1/2 less than "trap & kill" procedures since it doesn't require continuous trapping and killing which also becomes an upending budget expense.

Plus, trapping and killing stray and feral cats is generally not supported by the community.

Since TNR is a more effective, humane, popular and economical method of solving the problem it should be the policy of every community. Also, it has been shown that more people can be enlisted to help with trapping cats, thus, lowering costs even further.

Sounds good. How can I help?
First, go to Alley Cat Allies at www.alleycat.org and educate yourself about the options. Then educate your neighbors and use your voice to insist that your community support and follow TNR policy.                    LET'S STOP THE NEEDLESS KILLING - NOW!!!

        REMEMBER: Feral cats aren't homeless - their home is just outdoors.

                                   
If you live in Brevard County, Florida and want information on:
  • What to do to help feral cats in your community
  • How to become a caretaker for a feral cat colony in your community/neighborhood
  • Support for feral cat colony caretakers
  • Where to get low-cost spay and neuter for feral cats in your colony
  • Where to borrow humane traps
  • And MORE . . .

Call the Space Coast Feral Network (SPFN) Helpline at: 321-631-SPAY (7729) or go to their website: www.SCFNTNR.org

Other Resources Concerning Feral Cats:


Castaway Critters, the James A. Huehott Memorial Foundation -
Similar to Petfinder, but also includes a State by State listing of Feral Cat Programs
The Humane Society of the United States: List of Feral Cat Organizations by State - http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/feral_cats/tips/feral_cat_organizations.html
Feral Villas (to purchase feral cat shelters and feeding stations): www.feralvilla.com
Alley Cat Allies (premier feral cat site and resource): www.alleycat.org

                             NEWS

Animal Advocates of North Texas

Animal Advocates of North Texas or AANT is a non-profit 501(c)3 association that was founded by a small group of shelter volunteers in 2008, who came together in order to assist shelters and rescue groups while advocating for animals in need. They provide monetary assistance, volunteer their time, help promote adoption events and encourage foster home placement. Their goal is to increase placement of shelter animals into good, forever homes and to decrease the killing of adoptable animals simply because the shelter is full and has no more room for incoming animals or because it can't provide the medical care an animal might need to survive and thrive.

Please go to their website at www.A-A-N-T.org for further information -or- e-mail them at animaladvocatesofnorthtexas@ymail.com

And remember, a generous donation will help them to:
  • Support spay/neuter programs
  • Provide medical & emergency care to guarantee the well-being of animals in shelters
  • Promote programs to educate the public about the situation facing homeless animals
  • Help promote local shelters/rescue groups through adoption events, media, etc.

Thank you.


                         



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