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Adopt A Cat Day, this Sat 11:30-2:30 **THE 2017 FUR BALL is Cancelled - OnLINE Auction is ON.

VIPP IS OPEN FOR ADOPTIONS EVERY SATURDAY From 11:30-2:30. Come in and meet our wonderful cats - every one of them needs a home to call their own. If you need to schedule an appointment, please call 389-1085 or email cats@vipp.org. Shelter Address: 12200 SW 243rd Street - off of Old Mill Rd. Dog adoptions are by appointment only, call 389-1085 or email dogs@vipp.org. VIPP's dogs are not housed at the cat shelter, but are in foster homes or boarded on Vashon. Click here to see the current dogs:
http://www.adoptapet.com/vipp

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THE 2017 FUR BALL IS CANCELLED Originally scheduled for Nov 4th at the Open Space, it has been cancelled due to construction on the building. VIPP still plans on having an On-Line Auction and possibly other events to try and raise the much needed funds. CLICK HERE To DONATE TO THE ON-LINE AUCTION BEFORE OCT. 30th, 2017. https://vipp.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/2017FurBallAuction/ITEMDONATIONFORM/ta...

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SMILE.AMAZON.COM helps VIPP! ** Micro-chip your pet for $10Bucks!

USE SMILE.AMAZON.COM If you log into to Amazon.com using Smile.Amazon.com, you can choose Vashon Island Pet Protectors as your preferred non-profit and VIPP will receive .05% of your eligible smile purchases! It's easy!!!

Micro-Chip your pet for $10 now! For a limited time Fair Isle animal clinic and VIPP are running a great special. Get a mico-chip (normally $50) for $10 bucks! Keep your pet safe - it is the best way to be reunited with your pet if they are lost and that is so important, especially during an Island emergency. Call Fair Isle now 463-3607 for a voucher and to make an appointment.

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What to do with feral cats

CAPTIONBy Joan Fairman Kanes, for USA TODAY
The U.S. is home to tens of millions of feral cats and Oct. 16, National Feral Cat Day, they get some attention.

So what's the difference between feral and stray cats? Free-roaming cats can be those that are allowed outside but are still family pets or cats that were pets but were lost or abandoned and live permanently outdoors. Feral cats are generally a generation or more removed from domestic cats and can rarely be tamed, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Sharon L. Peters wrote a great article for us last year about groups trying to save these cats -- many of which resulted from domesticated cats escaping or being let loose. Instead of euthanasia, the groups' efforts involve TNR: trap, neuter, release. Peters writes:

This method thwarts future litters and reduces the yowling, spraying and fighting that annoy humans. In the process, the cats usually are vaccinated, treated for minor problems and given a notch in the ear to identify they are sterile. Over time, the colony will grow smaller through attrition.

How can you mark National Feral Cat Day? The Denver Westword recommends these five steps:

Spay or neuter your cat and encourage others to do the same.
Keep cats indoors or, if outdoors, in contained spaces.
Donate cash or time to shelters.
Adopt from shelters.
If you see feral cats, report them to a trap-neuter-release group.
The Humane Society of the United States also has a video, FAQ and other resources on the topic.

READERS: Have you ever encountered feral cats? Have you fixed your cat? Do you let it go outside? Share your experiences in the comments.

--Anne Godlasky, USA TODAY