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The cat in the photo above is missing part of his left ear and is considered:
  • Eartipped, indicating that he has been neutered and is a member of a managed colony. (correct) Eartipping is the best way to make it easily apparent to any observer that a feral cat has been sterilized. This is a painless procedure performed while under anesthesia.
  • A special breed born like this.
  • Ear-damaged, because he lost part of his ear in a tussle with another cat.
  • Ear-clipped, designating him a member of a certain feral cat colony.
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Feral cat colonies only exist in rural areas.
  • True
  • False (correct) Feral cat colonies form wherever there are existing resources like food and shelter. This can be anywhere from a farm, to an alley, to a junkyard.
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The best thing to do for feral cats you see outside is:
  • Call your shelter for help.
  • Have them spayed or neutered and return them to their outdoor home. (correct) Calling animal control is a death sentence for feral cats, as they are not candidates for adoption. No-kill shelters are not the answer either, because the cats are still removed from their outdoor homes. Having a feral cat as a pet is not possible, since feral cats are not socialized to humans. Trap-neuter-return is the best option for feral cats.
  • Take them to a no-kill shelter.
  • Bring them inside your house to be pets.
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  • Is the practice of humanely trapping, spaying or neutering and returning cats to their outdoor homes.
  • Originated in the United Kingdom.
  • Is more humane and cost-effective than catch-and-kill.
  • All of the above. (correct)
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When trapping feral cats, what is the most enticing bait to use?
  • Dry cat food.
  • Wet cat food.
  • Tuna fish, sardines, or mackerel in oil. (correct) Cats respond to strong fishy-smelling bait. The fish in oil won't freeze or dry out as quickly as fish in water.
  • Tuna fish in water.
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If there is a cat in a colony who is friendly to humans, you should:
  • Treat her like the other cats.
  • Treat her as a found pet/stray cat and try to find her owner or find her a new home. (correct) Stray cats, or cats who are friendly toward humans, can be adopted into good homes with your help.
  • Take her to your local animal shelter.
  • Ignore her, and hope she goes away.
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Stop Shelter Animals From Being Sold for Research!

Stop Shelter Animals From Being Sold for Research!

Michigan House Bill 4663 will eliminate pound seizure in Michigan animal shelters. Pound seizure is the practice of allowing shelter cats and dogs to be used in experimental research. HB 4663, called "Koda's Law," is named after a shelter dog that, instead of being placed for adoption, was sold to a USDA Class B Dealer (animal broker) and resold to the University of Michigan, where he was used in the university's Advanced Trauma Life Support Class, and then euthanized. Koda's former family believed that taking him to a shelter would allow him another opportunity to find a home and did not know he would be used in a research experiment. Sadly, this happens to far too many shelter cats and dogs in Michigan. Companion animals depend on humans for their safety and well-being. Tragically, this dependency is betrayed when shelters allow these pets to be taken by Class B Dealers for resale to research. When Class B dealers and research facilities can obtain cats and dogs -- like Koda -- from animal shelters, it diminishes the shelters' credibility and purpose, and betrays public trust. Currently only two county animal control shelters practice pound seizure. Koda's Law will not prohibit legitimate medical research. Research facilities will still be able to obtain cats and dogs from licensees who breed animals for research. This bill simply stops shelter cats and dogs from being used in research. The bill permits several veterinary training/research activities of shelter cats and dogs, including allowing spay-neuter training, correcting pre-existing medical conditions (such as broken bones or illnesses), and allowing blood banks to obtain life-saving animal blood. The cats and dogs are then placed for adoption. Please sign to show your support for Michigan House Bill 4663 so we can make Michigan the 19th state to outlaw pound seizure.

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