Non-native Predators Caught on Cameras in Wildlife Refuge



(Washington, D.C., August  17, 2017) Endangered ‘Alae ‘Ula(Hawaiian Common Gallinule, a subspecies of Common Gallinule formerly called Hawaiian Common Moorhen) are among the latest documented victims of feral cat predation on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i. The pair of breeding adults was attacked and killed while sitting on their nest in a national wildlife refuge in late April. With no adults left to tend the nest, the birds’ remaining three eggs and two hatchlings did not survive. The incubating parents of two more nests were killed by the same feral cat on April 22 and May 19, and six more eggs subsequently failed to hatch. The feral cat is still at large.

The attacks were captured on remote cameras installed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in partnership with American Bird Conservancy (ABC). This predation by cats on endangered birds represents a major setback for conservation efforts and is a harsh reminder of the dangers feral cats and other invasive animals create for Hawai‘i's native species.

“Feral cats, whether they are dumped on the wildlife refuge by irresponsible owners or they find their way onto the refuge from nearby feral cat feeding stations, are having a very significant and tragic impact on Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge's endangered birds,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Project Leader Michael Mitchell. “Throughout Kaua‘i, natural resource managers are doing everything they can to save our native birds. But some species are running out of time, and extinction is forever.”

The recent attacks are among the latest in a long line of killings of endangered Hawaiian birds by feral cats, a non-native species. Unpublished data collected by FWS employees have documented at least 252 suspected cat kills of Hawaiian Common Gallinules, ‘Alae Ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian Coots), Ae‘o (Hawaiian Stilts), Koloa Maoli (Hawaiian Ducks), and Kōlea(Pacific Golden-Plover) in Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge between 2012 and 2014. Seabirds are similarly at risk, especially while in the nest. Feral cats were suspected in the deaths of 22 Laysan Albatross chicksduring a 3-week period in 2015. Recently, a feral cat was caught on camera killing and dragging an endangered ‘Ua‘u (Hawaiian Petrel) out of its nest by the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP), an incident that is unfortunately recorded with regularity in remote seabird colonies on the island.

According to KESRP Coordinator Dr. André Raine, “Feral cats are one of the worst of the introduced predators on the island of Kaua‘i — they are widespread throughout the island, are highly adept predators, are capable of killing large numbers of birds in a very short period of time, and regularly kill breeding adult birds, which makes their long-term impact on a breeding population even more devastating.”

“The continued losses of Kaua‘i's unique and endangered birds to cat predation are unsustainable,” said Grant Sizemore, ABC's Director of Invasive Species Programs. “With even wildlife refuges no longer safe from cats, the time has come to pass a comprehensive cat ordinance — such as that recommended by Kaua‘i's Feral Cat Task Force — to encourage the responsible care of pets and safekeeping of wildlife.”

The task force, which included stakeholders from animal welfare, conservation, and community members, submitted its recommendations to the County Council in March 2014. Those recommendations include setting a goal of “zero feral, abandoned, or stray cats” and implementing practical solutions such as sterilization and confinement as key strategies for addressing the cat, wildlife, and human health concerns associated with free-roaming cats. Those concerns include toxoplasmosis, an infectious parasitic disease that may be spread to humans and wildlife through cat feces and which has been linked to deaths in endangered Nēnē (Hawaiian Goose) and Hawaiian monk seals. A report prepared for the Hawai‘i Department of Health in 2000 suggested that feral cats are the “highest collective risk factor [for toxoplasmosis] and require further attention and action from a ‘holistic public health perspective.’”

Top photo: Hawaiian Common Gallinule and chicks. Photo by Hob Osterlund.

Bottom photo: Remote camera image of feral cat preying on Hawaiian Common Gallinule nest, April 22, 2017. Cameras were installed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with ABC and are run by B. Webber.


American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

Talkin' Pets News

July, 15, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celetrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/15/17 at 5pm EST to discuss their new National Initiative "Saving America's Vets & America's Pets"

Alice De Almeida Executive Assistant to The Algonquin Hotel in NYC will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/15/17 at 630pm EST to discuss Matilda's upcoming birthday event and a lucky listener can win a one weekend night stay free during our chat with Alice



Cats Take To The Catwalk As The Algonquin Hotel

Hosts Cat Fashion Show And Fundraiser On August 3rd 

**Annual Event Celebrates Resident Cat, Matilda III, And Aims To Raise

$10,000 For Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals**

NEW YORK, NY (July 12, 2017) — It's not quite New York Fashion Week, but eight felines will be strutting their stuff in one-of-a-kind outfits designed by certified animal fashion designer Ada Nieves in celebration of The Algonquin Hotel's most famous resident, Matilda III, The Algonquin Cat.

The Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, August 3rd from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. This year's theme is a tribute to TONY award-winning musicals and highlights will include:

  • Cocktails, Hors D'Oeuvres, and Desserts
  • Cat Fashion Show
  • Silent Auction featuring a variety of items including Pet Tree Houses, Sleepy Pod, one-year supply of Merrick Cat Good, a pair of tickets to CATS the Musical featuring a backstage "meet and greet"
  • On-site mobile adoption unit will also be in front of the hotel that day from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for $60 per person which include the reception and fashion show. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. For additional information, to purchase tickets, or to bid on Silent Auction items, visit

Guests are encouraged to wear their best feline-inspired outfit and share photos from the event on social media using the hashtag #AlgonquinCat.


For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water. After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's, and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 11 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes seven Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Matilda began her residence in December of 2010. Today, Matilda is looked after by the hotel’s Chief Cat Officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks her special meals on holidays. She receives fan mail and gifts constantly, from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia.  Matilda can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  She can also be reached via e-mail.

The Algonquin Hotel is located at 59 W 44th Street, New York, New York 10036.


Reno, NEV (July 6, 2017)- Dignitaries, politicians, donors and several four-legged furry dignitary dogs came together today on the Committee to Aid Abused Women’s (CAAW) transitional housing campus, to dig up the ground for Noah’s Animal House (NAH), Northern Nevada’s first full service pet boarding house exclusively for the pets of domestic violence. Its mission is to keep the entire family united as they transition out of an abusive situation and to eliminate barriers of leaving abusive relationships by ensuring the family pets can remain safe with their caretakers.
The 1,300 square foot building, scheduled to open by late-2017, will be able to accommodate up to 36 animals and will feature:
  • “Wags & Whiskers” arrival room including family boarding and exam rooms
  • “Wags Boarding” offering indoor/outdoor dog runs plus kennels
  • The “Feline Sun Room” for cats with multi-use condos that face the morning sun
  • Two glass-enclosed cuddle rooms offering private time with the entire family
  • Dog bathing/spa area
  • Supply center
In 2007, NAH became the first ever stand-alone full service pet boarding house in the country exclusively for families and pets of domestic violence victims when it opened in Southern Nevada next door and in partnership with The Shade Tree, a shelter for women and children in crisis.  Since that time, NAH has helped more than 1,200 pets stay safe and united with their families by providing nearly 90,000 nights of safe boarding, oftentimes helping survivors throughout their period of crisis. Threats against family pets are often part of domestic violence, and, many victims will not leave their abuser because they do not want to leave their pet behind.  NAH empowers victims to seek safety and provides food, shelter and veterinary services free of charge for the pets of the survivors of domestic violence that reside at both The Shade Tree Shelter and the soon- to-open campus at CAAW.
“When we started Noah’s, it was to remove the barrier that was preventing women from leaving their abuser.   As pet owners, we would never leave our pet behind to be tortured as payback for leaving,” said NAH founder Staci Alonso.   After ten years of operating in Las Vegas, we now recognize that it is as much about the healing as it is about the escape.  We are thrilled to partner with CAAW and expand our services to cover both Northern and Southern Nevada, Alonso concluded.
“Over the past 18 months, CAAW has documented 86 individuals that have opted not to enter its emergency shelter because it couldn’t accommodate their pets, who are equally a member of the family as their other children,” said Denise Yoxsimer, executive director of CAAW.  “The partnership with Noah’s Animal House will become an integral part of the lifesaving services CAAW provides to adult and child domestic violence survivors. We feel honored to be selected by Noah’s to provide this very important service.”
Funds for Noah’s Reno have been generously donated by private donors and corporations including NV Energy, Western Nevada Supply, Bayer Animal Health, Bennett Family Foundation, Dolan Auto Group, David and Cheryl Duffield, E.L. Wiegand Foundation, Staci and Mike Alonso and the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.
Additionally, Grand Canyon Development Partners who serves as project manager and general contractor, Frank Lepori Construction, Victory Millwork and Western Nevada Supply have generously donated or reduced costs of their construction services and materials.
Upon spending time at NAH, U.S. Senator Dean Heller recently co-introduced the “Pet and Women Safety Act” (PAWS Act) with U.S. Senator Gary Peters, for bipartisan legislation to protect victims of domestic violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by violence against their pets.
"I am proud that Nevada is leading the way to ensure that domestic violence victims have the resources they need to feel empowered to leave abusive relationships," said Heller. "I congratulate Staci and Noah's Animal House for providing such an innovative component at their housing facilities, so that women can leave abusive situations and have a safe place for themselves and their pets. I thank the Committee to Aid Abused Women and Noah's Animal House for their continued positive impact on our Nevada communities,” the U.S. Senator concluded.
"Domestic violence of any kind is sad enough, but when a pet's life is also adversely impacted it adds another level of heartbreak to the situation," Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said. "I applaud Noah’s Animal House for their great work to date in Nevada, and I'm excited that they're partnering with the Committee to Aid Abused Women to bring a transitional housing pet shelter to Reno."
Noah is the teenage son of the founder, Staci Alonso, a well-respected gaming industry executive who heard a heart-breaking story of a woman refusing to abandon her abusive life because she had to leave her kitten behind with her abuser if she wanted to escape. Knowing first hand, the power pets have during the healing process, Alonso began actively fundraising for a pet boarding facility to be located next to the Shade Tree Shelter in Southern Nevada and has expanded the vision by opening this second location in Northern Nevada. To learn more or to make a donation to Noah’s Reno, visit
CAAW provides free, confidential, bilingual services to families in Washoe County as they seek to end the abuse in their lives. CAAW currently operates an emergency shelter, transitional housing facilities, a temporary protection order office, a crisis call line and many support programs. During CAAW’s 2015-2016 fiscal year, it provided shelter for 808 individuals for a total of 10,833 bed-nights. To learn more, visit

Talkin' Pets News


Happy 4th of July from all us us here at Talkin' Pets

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celetrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

All 3 hours open to your training and behavior questions, comments, stories...


JUNE 2017

This email newsletter contains news, tips and other content that help you learn more about Neutricks, and, if you're a distributor, you can include in your marketing efforts and messaging.


Does your Veterinarian have Specific Senior Pet Programs for the pet and their pet parents?

In the recent DVM360 veterinary magazine survey, it was reported that most of veterinary hospitals do not have a special emphasis on Senior Pet Wellness. If your veterinarian or your practice does have a Senior Pet Wellness program – Congratulations!

For those who don’t there are great resources available from the AVMA, AAHA and even the DVM360 magazine web version. All these will have procedures, brochures and suggestions for a successful Senior Pet Program.

Here are some suggestions gleaned from these resources:

Make sure the entire staff is on the same page. You can use a chart that lists recommended procedures for every age. The chart can function as a reference for receptionists when they are checking in the patient.

Talk to your lab about custom panels or develop your own Senior Pet Panel.

Teach Team Members. Make certain that all on your team know the basics about common problems in senior pets.

Implement a Senior Pet Discount. A senior pet really needs to be seen more often so a discount could encourage more frequent visits.

Interested in Adding a Senior Wellness Program to your Practice?

Neutricks encourages you to do an on line research at DVM360, the AVMA or AAHA and check out all the great resources.


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Based on the success of the protein “apoaequorin” (originally discovered in jellyfish) in canine trials, Neutricks developed two new supplements to support your pet’s cognitive health with a unique approach for both dogs and cats. Neutricks for Dogs has been formulated as a tasty chewable tablet that dogs love. Neutricks for Cats is available in a great tasting fish flavored sprinkle.

About Neutricks

Neutricks is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel supplements to provide support during age-related changes in memory, cognitive performance and related issues of aging pets. The Company’s first product, Neutricks brand dietary supplement (apoaequorin), is now available for sale by veterinarians. Neutricks is backed by research that shows it helps support brain cell health.

Just like people, animals can experience mild memory problems associated with aging. A pet that seems strangely distant, confused, or disoriented, may be a candidate. More than 28 million pets (dogs and cats) in the U.S. have canine mild memory issues. Independent research and veterinarian testimonials have reported that Neutricks® has positive benefits on animals with mild memory issues. As veterinary care increases the life span of our pets, the senior pet wellness market will grow. The pet-nutritional market was valued at $2.1 billion dollars in 2007 and 43% of this figure is from the sale of pet supplements alone. Sales of pet supplements are expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2012. There is growing demand for new and effective products to meet the needs of older pets.

Better primary medical care has led to longer-lived dogs and cats, and a subsequent increase in the prevalence of senior mild memory issues. In a study at the University of California-Davis, 62% of 11- to 16-year-old dogs showed signs in at least one category of memory impairment. In a survey of pet owners, nearly half of dogs age 8 and older showed at least one sign associated with mild memory problems. The Veterinary Journal published a recent study of pets seen by veterinarians in whom they estimated that 14.2 percent of older pets presented with mild memory problems yet only 1.9% were addressing the problems.

Talkin' Pets News

June 10, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Linda Register

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Hour 1 Dr. Jeffrey Werber - Pet Appreciation Week

“Celebrity Vet” Dr. Jeff Werber Gives Tips to Show Your Pet You Care During “Pet Appreciation Week”


Along with unconditional love, cats have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to their owners.June 4-10 is Pet Appreciation Week, a perfect time to show our furry friends how much they mean to us. Join celebrity vet Dr. Jeff Werber for advice on effective ways to bond with your four-legged friends, including nutritional best practices for lifelong health. 


For more than 30 years, veterinarian and pet parenting specialist Dr. Jeff Werber, A.K.A. “Doc Hollywood,” has been caring for the pets of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.


Dr. Jeff Werber is frequently seen on the nation’s top news and talk shows educating and enlightening pet parents on everything from basic pet care and nutrition to abnormal behavior and prevention of disease. An Emmy-Award winner, Dr. Jeff works hard at his mission to strengthen the "Human-Companion Animal Bond." Dr. Jeff has been an expert guest on TV news and talk shows, and many people would also remember him from his days hosting Petcetera on Animal Planet and Lassie’s Pet Vet on PBS. Dubbed a “Celebrity Vet” by The Hollywood Reporter, he cares for furry friends of Hollywood's biggest stars and also dedicates his time to several animal welfare and rescue organizations.


JUNE 2017

Each month we deliver content that helps you be the best human you can be for your pet. This month we're spotlighting our Spring Guide for Senior Pets and focusing on June celebrations.


Summer Safety Tips for Senior Pets

Summer is just around the corner! The temperatures are slowly rising, so it's important that you help your pet keep cool.  Remember the following to keep your pet comfortable:

Your pets sweat only through their paws. Keep them cool on car rides by cracking the window or turning on the air conditioner.

If the pavement is hot on your bare feet, it’s hot on their paws! Be careful where your pet steps.

Ensure that your pet has accessible fresh water at all times.

Pets with light-colored hair or thin hair on some parts of their body are susceptible to sunburn; break out the sunscreen if you plan to be outside for a long period of time.

Heatstroke is a definite medical emergency. If your pet shows signs such as high fever, staring, panting, rapid heartbeat, or vomiting, get them to the vet immediately.

For more tip you can download our free spring guide for senior pets.

June Pet Holidays

The month of June is a big month for our feline friends. It’s Adopt-a-Cat Month, and Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, too. Additionally, it’s National Pet Preparedness Month.


1st Week in June: Pet Appreciation Week

The week after Father’s Day: Take Your Dog to Work Week


June 4: Hug Your Cat Day

June 9: World Pet Memorial Day

June 21: National Dog Party Day

June 23: Take Your Dog to Work Day

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Do you find it hard to remember to ask your vet about re-ordering more Neutricks? Now you can buy directly from us via our updated online store at

Our new store allows you to checkout using our secure shopping cart, create an account, use available discount codes and more, all without having to leave our site. 

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