Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
So I go to Office Depot and get this T shirt transfer stuff for less than 2 dollars per transfer http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/825464/Avery-Personal-Creations-Light-T-Shirt/
Then I go to the Dollar store and buy Hanes 100% cotton white undershirts - a 3 pack costs around 5 dollars or so.
I make up some graphics using Word or Publisher. See attached. Using my inkjet printer, I print the graphics in mirror image right onto the transfer stuff as if it were paper. Then I iron on the transfer stuff onto the T shirt. You have to press hard and have the iron really hot and it works. I've washed my T shirts twice and they are still holding up.
Something you might want to use to advertise the seniors - including Arnie. Volunteers can walk around wearing the special shirts. I guess you can compare the cost of making the shirts yourself vs paying someone to make them - and figure in the time it take to print and iron, etc..
If that's not cheap enough for you - I bought some freezer paper at the grocery store. I cut a sheet into the size of regular paper. Took an old pair of baggy shorts, cut out a square the size of paper and ironed the freezer paper onto the cloth. This made the cloth sturdy enough to go through the inkjet printer. Printed directly onto the cloth then pulled off the freezer paper. Then sewed the cloth onto a crotched bandana. Could also print directly onto the bandana. Probably can't do this with a laser printer.
I also purchased post card stock and made handouts for Rodney. See attached. The attached documents could come through kind of weird because I made them using Word 2007 and saved them down to Word 2003.
When I go to events, I can hand out stuff on Arnie if you have something to give me. Can't do it this Saturday because I'm working with another group instead of on my own.
Also you can get gift items with animal pics on them. But those normally take about 3 weeks to get made walgreens does it, kodak http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/category.jsp?parentCatId=Products&catId=Home_Decor_and_Games
At Home Depot they have magnetic business cards that you can print on.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/index.php launched in 2001 - nonprofit
Website mentioned on PetsmartCharities webinar
We use dogs to find humans, drugs, etc.. but don't use them to search for pets. So she started doing that.
Training folks in a 6 day class to be certified in search but just in seattle area.
No estimates on how many cats are lost.
No agencies to help look for lost cats
Most animal agencies won't rent traps
Flyers, phone calls to shelters aren't enough.
Must know temperment. Tactics searching for cats is different than searching for dogs.
Displaced cats will hide and not resond. Will need to crawl under houses and desks, Will need to trap. Don't give up hope if cats doesn't go into trap right way. One cat took 22 days before he went into a trap
Motion activated wildlife camera
Moltry brand - infrared doesn't flash, doesn't make a sound - less likely to get stolen - Use to confirm presence of a cat.
Grieving people give up to quickly. Assume cat is killd by coyota.
Most displaced cats (normal indoor cats that get out) usually don't travel far
Outdoor cats - search the cats normal area plus 3 to 4 houses. Check hiding places
Cats that are hurt will hide and not meow
Cats don't "go off to die" they hide when they are sick and hurt and the die for lack of care
Once example - people gave up on finding their lost cat and got a kitten. Then found their lost cat in the the chimney.
8X11 flyes aren't big enough - people are driving by on cell phone, texting, etc..
missingpetpartnership.org - icon that says social network (organe in color). click on that and click on Youtube and the two videos one is titled buddy and the other is titled rusty. Two diff pet cats that were humanely trapped by a neighbor because the assumption was they were feral because they here hissing and spitting in the trap.
Hissing cat could just mean terrified trap - not always feral.
Looks for clues - clumps of hair
Listen for wildlife. Chirps could be alerting about cats
Searching for lost cats instead of giving up are a part of reducing the stray pat population.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Please see this website for addditional info on saving strays. The document is a work in progress: