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2009-01-07 / Columnists

Pets, Pets, Pets

by Joanne Anderson

Editor's Note: We are pleased to announce that Joanne and "Pets, Pets, Pets" have 5 nominations in the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) 2008 Writing Competition. Awards will be given at the annual DWAA banquet at the Affinia Hotel in NYC on Feb. 8th, the eve of Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Three "Pets" columns are nominated in the Newspaper Regular Categories: "Vintage Dog Food Ads" Beacon Jan. 10, 2008 as a newspaper feature story; "The Pit Bull Predicament" Record May 7, 2008 and "Lost and Found Soapbox" Beacon July 24, 2008 as newspaper opinion pieces.

In addition, in the DWAA Special Award division, "The Pit Bull Predicament" is being considered for the North Shore Animal League America Award as an article that supports community - wide spay/neuter initiatives; and a portfolio of the year's "Pets" is nominated for the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award. All previously published 2008 "Pets" can be found at www. babylonbeacon.com; click "Archives", the date, and then "Columnists".

Back in 1935 during the Westminster show, 8 newsmen founded DWAA at the old Madison Square Garden. Now with over 500 members throughout the US, DWAA unites authors, photographers, journalists, artists, and free lancers, all with a common interest in Man's best friend. For a complete list of DWAA nominees and prizes, visit: www.dwaa. org/2008contest.pdf.

Now more good news: Upcoming Event- Feral Cat Workshop (Everything is FREE.)

Who: The Town of Babylon and the Babylon Animal Adoption Center (BAARC) invite you to a free Feral Cat Education Workshop presented by the Animal Lovers League, Glen Cove. The program will be presented by Joan Phillips, Animal Lovers League Director and member of the Nassau Co. Feral Cat Committee. Joan has 15 years experience in animal sheltering, operating a spay-neuter clinic and Trap-Neuter-Return Program (TNR) for feral cats. Copresenter is Grace DeVita, Director of Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR), and past Director of the Humane Division of Nassau Co. SPCA.

What: This workshop will educate, train, and empower officials, members of the public and interested volunteers to become an integral part of the effort to reduce the unrestricted breeding of feral and abandoned cats. Learn the dos and don'ts of successful programs. Public officials are encouraged to attend at least the first hour of the program to get an overall view of some successful collaborative/cost-effective programs. A wealth of ideas and proven methods for successful trapping will be shared, and "hands-on" (without live cats) demonstrations of safe trapping, and the variety and use of traps available as well as how to organize a successful TNR program or day. Transport to spay-neuter clinics, after-care protocols and colony management and monitoring will be covered. Learn tricks to catch the most elusive kitties and about the latest in equipment. How to find spay-neuter resources plus recruitment and training of those who really want to make a difference will be on the agenda as well.

Where: Town of Babylon, Phelps Lane Annex 9:30 to 12:30

When: Sat., February 7th, 2009 - 9:30 registration Reserve quickly to receive a FREE CD & DVR titled: "Effectively Managing Feral Colonies/How to Perform a Mass Trapping /Implementing a Community Trap-Neuter-Return Program" FOR RESERVATIONS: email TNRSeminar@ aol.com. Please email your name, address, zip code, telephone number and email address to register and to receive TNR updates and TNR clinic notices. Or call 516-776-8998 and leave your name address, zip code and telephone number. Please spell your name and street address.

For Adoption at Babylon Town Shelter (BAARC): Both poster dogs this week are either lost or abandoned purebreds. Both deserve better. This small female Chow in Cage 32 came in bedraggled but was patient for a partial shave down, while this older but happy St. Bernard in Cage 47 was wandering in N. Lindenhurst. Her microchip didn't produce a working phone number but did reveal her age as 10. The shelter (643-9270) is located at 51 Lamar St. W. Babylon, and is open for adoptions 10 to 3:45 during the week and 10 to 2:45 on Sat.

Female: "Helga"-blue-eyed Hound/ Swiss Mt. Dog Cage 25-likes other dogs; "Laverne & Shirley"- longhaired cats; 1 remaining "Parkway Pup"- Vizsla/ Dobie about 4 months Cage 26. Male: "Rex"- gentle, older German Shepherd Cage 13; black Lab mix puppy-Cage 20; "Midnight" super 3 yr. declawed black cat in the lobby. His brother left without him. Reminders: **"Rhapsody in Rescue" - classical/ popular music concert to benefit Last Hope Animal Rescue on Sun. Jan. 11 at 4 pm - St. John Church ( Prospect & 25A).Tickets $30 in advance; $35 at the door-516-220-6695 or www. lasthopeaimalrescue.org.

Enter my "Marley & Me" mistake contest; details in last week's "Pets" online. 'Tis easy to win a Marley movie poster.

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