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Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group


I have been working in the community, TNRing, managing colonies, and helping get kittens and tame cats off the streets, for a very long time. What you're saying is simply not my experience, or that of others I know, working on behalf of all animals, including wildlife.

Every person I know, who works to spay and neuter cats, also cares about wildlife. Some of us are attempting to stop local colleges from trapping and killing unwanted wildlife, and we support bird populations. If you want to have a dialogue, with people managing colonies, people will surely be willing to engage, civilly, without the propoganda emanating from a few groups, who are determined to promote the rounding up and killing of all outdoor cats.

The opinions you are expressing, here, are not constructive. Particularly, when this volunteer group, of local Oakland residents, is being honored, and acknowledged by East Bay Express. This group of grass roots volunteers, is working hard to remove kittens from the street, for socialization and adoption, to get tame adults off the streets, and either reunited, or re-homed, through adoption. The unsocialized cats, who were abandoned, or born outside, and older, are TNR'd, treated medically, fed and cared for by responsible people, who don't believe it is right or justified to kill them. And, "Trap and remove" is just that: "Trap and kill".

Cats are hunters. They excel at hunting rodents. Cats are not responsible for the decline in the bird population. Humans are.

The targeted trapping, for TNR of neighborhoods in Oakland, has made a tremendous difference. It is neighborhood-building, community-building and brings out the best in people- compassion for all living creatures.

Public agencies, shelters, businesses and individuals, are increasingly aware that TNR is the answer to the problem of irresponsible humans who allowed cats to breed outside. That is why these efforts, of groups such as Feral Change, are being acknowledged. This is a very positive thing, and one most of us are honoring. Compassion, and grass roots volunteer efforts, working with residents of Oakland, is being acknowledged here.

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Posted by Ellen Lynch on 07/24/2015 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group

Sam, that is the focus of TNR, right? Not having to euthanize cats. That is the true goal, as the method does not stabilize the population or reduce population growth.

Renee, from peer-reviewed research. Those two things you describe happen in TNR as well. The so-called vacuum effect is a fallacy. Ongoing management is required no matter what method is employed. But, the food provided in TNR simply attracts more cats and rabies vector mammals. Cats not caught continue to breed.

Ellen, trap and remove will provide needed respite to migratory birds and to local folks nearby. There is no break in TNR - the cats are always there. Colonies do not tend to cease to exist.

There is nothing humane about re-dumping domestic cats. Certainly not humane for the wildlife that is maimed, tortured, and destroyed. Where is your compassion for our natural resources?

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Posted by Eden Green on 07/23/2015 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group

Trap Neuter Release is the only humane and effective answer to homeless cats. Trap and remove is barbaric, backwards, and ineffective.

TNR has been proven effective, and is now increasingly supported by agences all over this state, and country. The bay area is leading the way! Local shelters as well as public health agencies work with groups to promote spay/neuter and care of feral cats.

Feral cats are not wild animals, they are domestic cats. Have some compassion! Get them spayed, neutered, and care for them. They keep the rodent population down, as well.

Lets move towards zero population growth, and care of the cats. Spay and neuter! Remove kittens and socialize. Go Feral Change!

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Posted by Ellen Lynch on 07/23/2015 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group

LOL where are you people getting your facts? Catching and killing feral cats is animal control’s traditional approach for feral cats. Catch and kill attempts may temporarily reduce the number of feral cats in a given area, but two things happen: intact survivors continue to breed, and other cats move in to the now-available territory. This is a phenomenon known as the vacuum effect, and it is documented worldwide.

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Posted by Renee Snyder on 07/23/2015 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group

Trap and release is humane to wildlife and to the feral cats. Most importantly it keeps Oakland from having to kill feral cats and stabilizes the cat population in our communities. Thank you Sarah, and your volunteers for showing everyone the humane way to manage our feral cat issues. There are dozens of volunteers, vets, foster homes, and Oakland merchants behind these efforts. We should be proud that Oakland is leading the way in demonstrating that feral cats have been part of healthy human communities since the time of the Pharoahs. Let's hope other cities and communities adopt similar organizations and methods. And yes, I have a formerly feral cat that was TNR'd and socialized by Sarah and the great folks at Feral Change.

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Posted by Sam Muggins on 07/23/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Best Lightning Rod for Marijuana Reform

We at CANNABIS QUAKE take our hats off too all the staff member's at Harborside Health Center, for every minute spent with clients for the purpose of healing and staying healthy,
Thank You Andrew and Steve for the birth and continued awareness of organizations across the nation.
Marlon T Everett CEO

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Posted by Marlon Pam Everett on 07/23/2015 at 1:09 AM

Re: “Best Bookstore for Offbeat Events

So happy to see, E.M. Wolfman's is a fun, great place to visit!!

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Posted by Carol Moss on 07/22/2015 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Best Yarn Shop

The BEST yarn shop in THE WORLD. Hands down. . .

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Posted by Gena O'Brien on 07/22/2015 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Best Year-Old Theater Company

How wonderful to discover this delightful article in today's "Best of the East Bay" section! A small correction: Disclosure will run August 12-29 at PianoFight (not August 12-20). Tickets are available from EventBrite:

Carol S. Lashof
Cofounder, Those Women Productions

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Posted by Carol Lashof on 07/22/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Best Year-Old Theater Company

Just Deserts was great--it's amazing how looking at these old stories through new eyes has helped me understand how women fit in the world and in our culture. Explains a lot of weird and real-world experience. Those Women just started a fundraising campaign, I gave them some $ and hope others do too.
And speaking of disclosure (the great play coming up), I have followed Carol Lashof's work for years--ever since I married into the family.

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Posted by Diane Regas on 07/22/2015 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Best Cookies

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Posted by Editor on 07/22/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Best Oakland-Branded Beer Brewed in Walnut Creek

...isn't it: "Best Oakland-Branded Beer Whose Offices Are in Walnut Creek and Then Brewed in San Jose"? Seems like a pretty slim candidate pool for a very specific award.

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Posted by Andrew Johns on 07/22/2015 at 10:42 AM

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Posted by Hilary Decker on 07/22/2015 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group

Do NOT feed ownerless cats. It just attracts more cats, raccoons, skunks etc. The fastest way to reduce feral cat numbers is trap and REMOVE them. If they are not suitable for re-homing, euthanise, and then go trap some more cats again before the next breeding cycle. Neutering and feeding cats does NOT reduce the feral cat population overall as the necessary neutering rates are never actually reached (95%) while intact cats immigrate to the food source, perpetuating the breeding problems.

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Posted by Johanna Van de Woestijne on 07/22/2015 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group

Not effective. Not humane. Terrible for wildlife. Increases risks to public health. Infringes on landowner rights. Trap and remove.

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Posted by Eden Green on 07/21/2015 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Best A's Fan Art

This mural was painted over by the Jack London Improvement District, an association of JLS property owners. Express - can you get to the bottom of this? why would such a great mural - a source of tremendous civic pride - be painted over?

Posted by Bleacher Dave on 07/10/2015 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Beyond Dim Sum

Is it true that Shan Dong doesn't make buns anymore? I stopped in recently, and the owner lady said this was the case.

Posted by Lillian Hsu on 06/26/2015 at 1:18 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

I appreciate this coffee coverage and I look forward to trying this roasters beans, however I take issue with something in the article:

" there's a deep irony in the fact that certain (mostly white) segments of the industry act as though they're the first ones who ever knew exactly which farm their coffee beans came from, or roasted the beans in a certain way to maximize their flavor. The truth is that kind of approach has existed for a long time in Africa, where coffee was invented — but few folks in the so-called "third wave" coffee industry ever acknowledge it."

This is a mischaracterization at best. To me it feels like unnecessary racialization.
More than any other tradition in U.S. coffee history, the so-called "third wave" of coffee gives credit to the farmers and cooperatives who grow their beans. They name names on their products and show photos of the farmers on their websites. Most importantly they pay them more than Folgers or Starbucks ever did. These farmers are given recognition for the quality of their product.
I've never gotten the sense that the roasters or baristas (whatever race they are) are ignoring the people of color at the coffee's origin.

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Posted by Robert K. Williams on 06/22/2015 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Can we PLEASE put an end to the "wind turbines kill substantial amounts of birds" mythology (and Jim Wiegand, I have to say you--who posts incessantly in oppositional response to pro-wind articles--why the hell are you not as diligent in opposition to fossil fuel extraction which kills on the order of 1000s of more times as many birds, hmmm? Would you kindly produce PEER REVIEWED studies that back up your outlandish claims that the studies are "rigged" as you claim?!?) -…

Posted by Steve Ongerth on 06/15/2015 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Hi Darwin,

Thanks for this great article on clean energy progress.

One important correction:

San Francisco's Community Choice program, CleanPowerSF, is now scheduled to launch in January of 2016, just six months from now.

After over a decade of battling with corrupt SF mayors over starting the program, the newest mayor of San Francisco has finally become a supporter of the launch.

A key factor that got the mayor to stop delaying and get it in gear is that local community advocates got our San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission (SF LAFCo) to complete a study which clearly shows that the City can gain upwards of 9,200 jobs over ten years, building out hundreds of megawatts of local clean energy and efficiency installations under CleanPowerSF.

Alameda can follow the same path with its own program and thereby sweep cynical PG&E manipulated political interference aside.

Readers can check out the SF LAFCo's CleanPowerSF local build-out report at:…

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