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Our mission is to provide education, information and dialogue that will create a supportive environment empowering people to help cats in their community.

*For transcripts of most shows, visit https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/podcast/.

The Community Cats Podcast The Community Cats Podcast

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Our mission is to provide education, information and dialogue that will create a supportive environment empowering people to help cats in their community.

*For transcripts of most shows, visit https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/podcast/.

    565: Trappers Tips and Tricks, Part 1, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

    565: Trappers Tips and Tricks, Part 1, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

    What if you could turn the most elusive feral cat into a successfully trapped and cared-for community member? Join Bryan Kortis from Neighborhood Cats as he brings extensive experience to the forefront in this special two-part audio presentation. Learn effective cat trapping techniques, established feeding patterns, and the use of various traps such as roundhouse and drop traps. 
    Get ready to explore the nuts and bolts of using the uniquely designed roundhouse trap to catch feral cats. We'll discuss why having a variety of traps is crucial and offer practical tips for transferring cats and selecting the right bait. The episode also covers the best practices for trap placement, making sure you maximize your capture success rate, especially for those tricky, hard-to-catch felines. Additionally, you’ll discover cost-effective methods like using trap mats for a more comfortable and effective trapping experience.
    Finally, hear the riveting story of rescuing cats after a fire and the innovative techniques that emerged from this crisis. Learn about the development of the tunnel trap and auto drop trap – two game-changing innovations that are set to become new standards in cat rescue. Don’t miss this episode if you’re passionate about cat rescue and want to stay updated on the latest trapping technologies.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Cat trapping tips and tricks
    The intricacies of using the roundhouse trap for catching cats
    Trap mats and catching cats with drop traps
    Rescuing cats after a fire
    The basics of trap training for community cats
    Feral cat trap preparation
    Trap innovation for cat rescue
    Resources from this Episode
    For the Full Recording and Downloadable Handouts - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tnrtraining
    Neighborhood Cats Website - https://www.neighborhoodcats.org
    Neighborhood Cats Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodcats/
    Neighborhood Cats Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nbrhoodcats/
    The Everything TNR Playlist - https://communitycatspodcast.com/everythingtnr
    Visit TNR Workshops and Community Cat Care Training for more webinars like this - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/community-cat-care-training-education/
    This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies565), Tomahawk Traps(https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tomahawk), and The Community Cat Clinic (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/catclinicga).
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    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.

    • 45 min
    564: Blending the Head and Heart to Help Animals, with Stephanie Mathers, Founder of Grants 4 Animals

    564: Blending the Head and Heart to Help Animals, with Stephanie Mathers, Founder of Grants 4 Animals

    Ever wondered how treating a nonprofit like a business can unlock millions in funding? Join us for an inspiring conversation with Stephanie Mathers, a passionate animal welfare advocate and skilled grant writer, who has transitioned from the world of education to founding Grants for Animals. 
    Stephanie’s journey began with the adoption of her first cat, Shakespeare, and led her to significant involvement in TNR programs in Michigan. Overcoming numerous challenges, she has since secured over $2 million in funding for animal-related nonprofits, profoundly impacting TNR initiatives and beyond. 
    Discover the essential steps to getting your nonprofit grant-ready, from solid financial systems to maintaining an up-to-date board member list. Stephanie highlights the importance of building an active online presence and cultivating relationships with grant-giving entities like corporate and community foundations. Learn how understanding their specific grant cycles and requirements can dramatically increase your chances of securing necessary funding. We also discuss various platforms for finding grant opportunities and the significance of treating your nonprofit with the same rigor and professionalism as any thriving business. 
    Marketing and outreach are crucial, and Stephanie shares effective strategies for animal welfare organizations. Stephanie offers best practices for grant writing, including researching foundation histories and building relationships with funders without compromising your mission. 
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Funding trap neuter return programs
    Grants for community cat care
    Preparing for grants with necessary documents
    Finding funding for animal welfare organizations
    Prospecting foundation money for cats
    Grant readiness importance for nonprofits
    Resources from this Episode
    Grants 4 Animals Website - http://www.grants4animals.com
    Grants 4 Animals Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/grants4animals
    Grants 4 Animals Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/grants4animals
    Grants 4 Animals YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/@grants4animals
    This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies564) and The Community Cat Clinic (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/catclinicga).
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    • 35 min
    563: Nuggets of Hope, with Kim Lengling, Author and Host of the Let Fear Bounce Podcast

    563: Nuggets of Hope, with Kim Lengling, Author and Host of the Let Fear Bounce Podcast

    When Muffin, a little ball of fur with mischievous eyes, first claimed a corner of my heart, I never imagined where that love would lead. Now I'm joined by Kim Lengling, whose story mirrors the transformative power of companionship, not just with our four-legged friends but with those who share our human journey. 
    Kim, a vocal supporter of veterans and advocate for cats, delves into her life's narrative that wove together the threads of animal love and the resolve to aid those battling PTSD. Her poignant experiences, beginning with a childhood feline friend and extending to her advocacy for female veterans, are a testament to the healing that comes from caring – both given and received. 
    As we navigate the landscape of feline welfare and veteran support, the conversation blossoms into a rich exploration of community connections. We discuss the anticipation surrounding the 2024 online kitten conference and the imperative work of the Community Cat Clinic, a beacon of hope for TNR proponents and feline health. 
    Our chat culminates with a touching look at "Pawprints on the Couch," Kim's latest anthology that's been warming the hearts of readers and topping charts. It's a reminder of the deep bonds we share with our pets, and how these stories of love and loss resonate within us all. This episode is an open invitation to embrace storytelling's power to unite, inspire, and embolden us in the face of life's challenges.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Advocating for veterans in need
    Unconditional love between animals and humans
    Writing anthologies for a cause
    Resources from this Episode
    Kim's Website - http://www.kimlenglingauthor.com
    Kim's Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/letfearbouncepodcast
    Kim's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lenglingauthor
    Kim's Amazon Link - https://www.amazon.com/stores/Kim-Lengling/author/B00L9N6VBO?ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true
    This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies563), The Community Cat Clinic (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/catclinicga), and Tomahawk Traps (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tomahawk.
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    • 24 min
    562: From the Backyard to the Front Page: Building a TNR Movement, Part 2, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

    562: From the Backyard to the Front Page: Building a TNR Movement, Part 2, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

    Join us as we continue our exploration of the transformative power of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs in the second part of our series with Bryan Kortis from Neighborhood Cats. He shares invaluable insights on adapting TNR initiatives to various community sizes, the balance between grassroots efforts and expert approaches, and the essential steps for involving community members. 
    Listen in as we discuss the journey from awareness to action for local caretakers and the strategic expansion of TNR efforts that embrace the entire community. We take a deep look at what makes an effective TNR program tick. From not testing feral cats for FDLV or FIV without clinical necessity to the value of TNR certification, we share proven best practices. We also discuss the critical partnership with service providers and the importance of support networks that provide resources, affordable veterinary care, and even crowd-funded assistance for urgent cases. 
    Plus, learn how ongoing support for caretakers post-TNR, including food and shelter provisions, is vital for the well-being of cats and communities alike. Whether you're a seasoned TNR advocate or just starting, get practical advice for nurturing a robust TNR network in both urban and rural settings. 
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Building a grassroots TNR movement
    Creating an effective TNR program
    Community cat TNR program best practices
    Community TNR program support and resources
    Building a movement in rural areas
    Resources from this Episode
    For the Full Recording and Downloadable Handouts - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tnrtraining
    Neighborhood Cats Website - https://www.neighborhoodcats.org
    Neighborhood Cats Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodcats/
    Neighborhood Cats Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nbrhoodcats/
    The Everything TNR Playlist - https://communitycatspodcast.com/everythingtnr
    Visit TNR Workshops and Community Cat Care Training for more webinars like this - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/community-cat-care-training-education/
    This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies561).
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    • 50 min
    561: From the Backyard to the Front Page: Building a TNR Movement, Part 1, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

    561: From the Backyard to the Front Page: Building a TNR Movement, Part 1, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

    Unlock the secrets behind the transformative Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) movement with Neighborhood Cats' Bryan Kortis as we take you on a riveting two-part adventure. Dive into the grassroots story of New York City's cat population control, discovering how targeted TNR projects and collaborative community efforts led to a dramatic reduction in euthanasia rates. Be inspired by the model colony's success, where cat numbers plummeted through strategic interventions and the passionate involvement of local caretakers. 
    This week, we're not just talking TNR; we're showcasing the strategic mastery that has reshaped neighborhoods and saved feline lives. We explore how pilot projects can snag government support and the monumental breakthrough with Rikers Island that vaulted TNR into the limelight in NYC. Learn how focused, high-profile initiatives can amplify the impact of TNR and yield significant, documentable successes in community cat care, all while gaining insights into how you can apply these approaches in your own backyard. 
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Community efforts to control cat population
    Effective colony-level targeting for population decline
    Maximizing caretaker participation in TNR
    Model neighborhood project success
    Building success through real-life examples 
    TNR success at Rikers Island
    Resources from this Episode
    For the Full Recording and Downloadable Handouts - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tnrtraining
    Neighborhood Cats Website - https://www.neighborhoodcats.org
    Neighborhood Cats Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodcats/
    Neighborhood Cats Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nbrhoodcats/
    The Everything TNR Playlist - https://communitycatspodcast.com/everythingtnr
    Visit TNR Workshops and Community Cat Care Training for more webinars like this - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/community-cat-care-training-education/
    This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies562).
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    Episode Credits
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.

    • 44 min
    560: Earning Ferals' Faith and Trust, with Caitlin Porter, Executive Director of From Feral to Family

    560: Earning Ferals' Faith and Trust, with Caitlin Porter, Executive Director of From Feral to Family

    Have you ever looked into the eyes of a feral cat and wondered what it would take to transform that wary creature into a contented purring pet in your lap? Our guest, Caitlin Porter from From Feral to Family, joins us to weave an inspiring tale of how she navigates the delicate path from mistrust to affection with adult feral cats. With her at the helm, we journey through the intricate socialization process, revealing not just the dedication and patience required, but the immeasurable rewards of witnessing a feral cat's leap of faith into family life. 
    Caitlin's stories of hissing, defensive ferals evolving into loving lap cats under her watch are nothing short of miraculous, reminding us all that every creature deserves a second chance at happiness. This episode also sheds light on the finer points of kitten care and the importance of advocacy within the cat community. 
    Listen in and get a taste of practical advice for building trust with feral cats, the benefits of fear-free techniques, and the invaluable local resources supporting our mission of cat care. We also share an inside look at the 2024 Online Kitten Conference, with its wealth of knowledge and networking opportunities for cat enthusiasts worldwide. 
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Caitlin’s inspiring journey from cat lover to advocate for feral cat socialization
    The process of turning hissing ferals into affectionate lap cats
    Learn about the meticulous steps from containment to trust-building and adoption
    Exploring kitten care and the importance of advocacy within the feline community
    A sneak peek into the 2024 Online Kitten Conference with its valuable resources for cat enthusiasts
    Cat ownership in Vermont
    Resources from this Episode
    From Feral to Family Website - http://fromferaltofamily.org
    From Feral to Family Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fromferaltofamilyvt
    From Feral to Family Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fromferaltofamilyvt/
    From Feral to Family YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRfq5I8z4hx7RwFUfAYMj1Q
    This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies560) and Tomahawk Live Trap (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/livetrap).
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    • 27 min

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