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Lincoln's Best of the Best - Vote For Us
It's that time once again for you to vote for your favorite businesses in Lincoln. In years past, thanks to all of you - our supporters, FieldHaven has been successful in securing this prestigious award in the favorite "Non-Profit" category. These awards help us spread the word about FieldHaven's mission of saving lives and supporting our community.
Please take a moment to click on the link below and vote for FieldHaven as your favorite "Non-Profit" and any other great businesses you love to support in Lincoln. It's easy, and there is no registration required.
(voting closes June 20th at noon)
Cats Behind Bars
No, these aren't the bars of a cage like you might expect, they are the bars of a prison. New programs are emerging in prisons all over the country that are saving lives of feral and shelter cats and giving inmates a sense of self-worth and something to care about, many of whom are serving out life sentences.
An example of one such program is located at the Indiana State Prison, a maximum security institution, where cats have lived successfully in cell blocks with inmates for about 40 years. The first cats snuck in and now they are brought in from Fried's Cat Shelter. Inmates must apply for the privilege of having the companionship of a pet. Only inmates that have not committed crimes against animals, exhibited good behavior, hold a job inside the prison, and have money on the books to pay for spay/neuter, vaccinations, treats, toys, beds, and food can apply - and the wait list is very long. One inmate sentenced to 30+ years, adopted a kitten soon after he arrived, and he has had his cat for 17 years now.
More recently the Northern Nevada Correctional Center outside Carson City, located in a rural area, has embraced a similar program. From the outside it looks like a normal medium-security prison. But once you walk inside the gates, you will see 67 cats roaming freely in the prison yard. The feral cats arrived more than a year ago. Now they have feeding stations and feline houses setup near the prison industries area. Prison maintenance employee, Brandon Taylor, oversees the feeding, watering, and care of the cats.
Feral cat colonies are humanely trapped in the Carson City area. Then they receive medical exams, are tested for diseases, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and released. A recent colony of eight cats was released at the Nevada minimum-security conservation camp, which serves as a dairy and had a large rodent population. The inmates that care for these cats say that since the cats arrived, they haven't seen one mouse.
These are just a few examples of innovative ways to save cats and effect change in a positive way. The prisons with these programs report that inmates who care for cats are very well-behaved. The animals are not judgmental and do not care what crimes were committed - they just want to be loved.
If you would like to help feral cats in our community find a home in exchange for environmentally friendly rodent control, check out FieldHaven's Barn Cat Program and adopt a Rodent Raider.
-Best Friends Magazine May/June 2012
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Did You Know?
In ancient Egypt, when a family cat died, they would mourn by shaving off their eyebrows and holding elaborate funerals. The cats were embalmed and their mummies were placed in either the family tomb or in a pet cemetery with tiny mice mummies.
Shop with FieldHaven
Help FieldHaven every time you shop with the new Save Mart S.H.A.R.E.S. Program Cards, being introduced at this year's Classics, Cats, and Cabernet event. Each swipe of your card at a Save Mart Supermarket earns FieldHaven a percentage of your purchase! Get your tickets to the event today and don't forget to pick up your free SHARES Program Card. Help feed the kitties at FieldHaven every time you feed your family.