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Welcome to Fall: Prepare for Winter

The lovely call colors are great for viewing and “leaf peeping”, but they are a reminder that the cold weather of winter will be upon us soon. We know that many of our regular SCRUFF readers are concerned about the feral cats in our community.  We thought that you might…

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Tommy Says: “I am practicing social distancing!”

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Feral Fact: Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNvR) improves cats’ lives.

Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNvR) improves cats’ lives. With TNvR, cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and ear tipped (the universal symbol of a neutered and vaccinated cat). Healthy feral cats are then returned to their outdoor home. Unlike the failed, costly, and cruel…

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2019 In Review – Statistical Surprise!

As you know, we are well into the New Year (can we still call it “New”?) 2020. That means we have been busy reviewing our past year, 2019, and checking the statistics. One of the most remarkable things we have discovered is the number of telephone calls we received. Choosing…

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Did You Know: Very Young Cats Can Have Kittens!

Did you know? Kittens as young as 4 months old can get pregnant. Be part of the solution. Trap-Neuter-vaccinate-Return. The only humane way to improve the lives of community cats. Call Scruff at 518-526-3372 for more information, or check our Contact Page here.

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What is TNvR?

The initials “TNvR” seem like some obscure secret organization until it is discovered that they actually stand for “Trap, Neuter, vaccinate, Return”.  As it turns out, TNVR is a humane strategy for reducing the number of feral and stray “community cats” and improving the quality of life for cats, wildlife,…

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January Is A Tough Time Of Year

“Baby, it’s cold outside!”  Well, that’s what the old song says. And that song is right!  January is a mighty cold time of the year. To help community cats stay warm this winter… As temperatures dip below freezing and even colder, community cats face additional challenges to find adequate shelter.  If…

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Are You Concerned About Animal Cruelty?

Are you concerned about animal cruelty? We all should be. But, remember, SCRUFF is NOT an investigative organization. If you see or  suspect animal cruelty or abuse, call your local law enforcement agency immediately, or call the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society at (518) 434-8128. You can visit their website mohawkhumanesociety.org…

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Feral Fact: Feral Cats Are Not Adoptable!

We are often asked, “Why feral cats can’t “just be captured” and adopted out as pets?” That is a very good question. But the answer is fairly simple. Feral cats are not adoptable! Although they are the same species as our household pet cats, they are adapted to living out…

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Keep the New Year Happy – Avoid Kitty Tummy Trouble

Let’s hope that the kitties out there do not have Holiday Tummy Trouble.  Let’s face it, our cats have been known to “get into things“. We definitely do not want that to happen. Here is a very short list of human goodies that cats must avoid: Fatty or spicy foods…

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