Delawing, Crossposter, TNR and Transport Advocates Should Work Together

Delawing, Crossposter, TNR and Transport Advocates Should Work Together

by Elisa Black-Taylor
(USA)

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Good morning readers. I have a lot I'd like to cover with everyone today. Mostly in defending the different causes I support.

Today I'd like to briefly get into declawing, crossposter, TNR and transport advocates and how we should all work together.

When I wrote the declawing issue last week I never dreamed everyone would gang up on me on a subject I've already told everyone I'm not an expert in. I'd like to take my readers on a little journey to see all of the causes I work on.

First of all let me say I still believe my thoughts on declawing being stopped will work by educating the children and blacklisting bad veterinarians who still promote this. There are currently two programs in place right now in the U.S. where we can do this. One is at http://www.yellowpages.com and the other is at http://www.merchantcircle.com. Both websites allow the public to comment on an individual business. If we don't use vets who declaw and recommend the ones who don't declaw we can hit them in the wallet. LIST THEM! I don't see anything wrong with this suggestion.

As for the importance, yes it's top priority. I'd also like to give you a briefing of other causes I support.

Starting my own Facebook pages wasn't an attempt to "glorify myself." Facebook is a very popular meeting place for causes. I started mine to give an outlet to the crossposters who need my pages. The Elisa Black-Taylor Readers Forum will allow me to notify all members at once when my stories go online.

That and notifications by people suggesting article subjects or needing my help are the reasons I created the site. It also drives traffic to pictures-of-cats.org. Internet competition is fierce and I do all I can to bring in readers. There are thousands of cat sites and probably just as many declawing sites. I feel my best chance on educating people is here at pictures-of-cats.org.

Now back to my Elisa Black-Taylor Readers Forum page on Facebook. My regular page has gotten me 500 friends in two days so I must be doing something right. And every one of those new friends knows I write for pictures-of-cats.org. If I can just get everyone to comment on the actual story instead of on my Facebook page I'll be making progress.

Here are my other causes.

The first is crossposters. The crossposters need my pages to spread the word on death row cats and dogs. The pictures they post are of animals with less than 24 hours to live. So I'm sure they think their cause is most important. I'd like to personally invite all of the crossposters to feel free to spread the word and use me all you want. I look at the pictures of the cats and dogs and it breaks my heart to know without a miracle they'll be dead tomorrow . The crossposters have treated me well on Facebook and I also use them to promote my stories.

Many members of Facebook don't want anything to do with them. I befriended one group who sent me a message banning crossposters because their work does take up a lot of room. So I feel pages like mine are necessary.

Then there are the TNR caregivers. I'm sure they believe their goals and the care of ferals is most important. After all, the cats are reproducing at an alarming rate and without low cost or free spay/neuter plans and people like them the feral cat population will continue to grow and many will starve. I hope my stories bring their work to light. I try to find examples of programs that are working in one part of the country and spread the news to everyone so more programs can be developed.

Strengthening animal abuse laws is my number one priority. This is because the declawing issue has many many supporters. People seemed confused with animal abuse because the laws are different in every state in America. I believe many Americans still see cats and dogs as second class citizens. This is sad.

The animal cruelty cases have escalated, especially in Ohio. I'm sure every state has seen a rise in animal abuse and I've written on many states and cases individually. Ohio personally asked for my help when the Tyson/Sarge abuse cases hit the news. I wrote several articles, not only on each case but on how animal abuse and criminal domestic violence are connected. This information gives the residents something to show the government to show the connection.

I hope my reporting will play a part in strengthening the laws in all states and abusers will get some serious jail time. That may be wishful thinking on my part. I've contacted my state senators and heard back from one of them. That's a start. Especially knowing I'm not alone in my battle.

Sometimes I have to take a step back from all of the bad news. I write about good causes. These include different places that help the abandoned and thrown away pets. And I'm also sure each of them feels what they do is very important. Because it is. I would love to start a shelter or sanctuary that gives animals a wonderful life after reading of what many have gone through.

The transporters are another group who must be included in this story because they also play an important role. They get the rescued/foster pet where it needs to go when no other method of transportation is available. We've all read about cats and dogs dying in the cargo area of planes, so yes, I admire these people who take time out of their busy lives to drive the pets to safety. I'd love to personally experience the feeling that comes with knowing you're taking an animal to a better life.

Unfortunately, in the real world I'm unemployed from a massive lay off and have a car with a mind of its own on whether it will crank each day. If not for that I'd be a transporter. So I write. I write a lot. I don't have the talent or the money to do many of the things I write about. I enjoy what I do and hope I provide my readers with a good story, ideas, and numbers to make the world a better place for animals. I get the feeling I'm a crossposter without meaning to be.

I also use the photos of Mia Anelli, who has her own rescue in Los Angeles, California. She works tirelessly photographing and crossposting pets. I commend her work because she shows the cats and dogs as individuals. She recently took in a dog named Ruby, who I listed in one of my stories as needing a home. She lost Ruby on August 18th. She had an infection she just couldn't get over. At least Ruby didn't die on the cold floor of a cage. She died with Mia beside her in her own bed.

I've educated myself in much of my writing. Before I did the research I never knew crossposters, transporters and sanctuaries existed. So I hope I've educated my readers when I wrote those articles.

I'd like to clear up one thing. I AM bossy. Michael has no idea. My nicknames as a child were "bossy" and "motor mouth." My mother made sure I knew what Ivory soap tasted like! Sorry mom, it didn't help.

I just get a little carried away with some of my stories and I'm sorry. When I look at a dog or cat on death row I want to cry. When I read about an abuser given a small fine and no jail time I want to scream. When I see animals running free in a sanctuary I want to spread the word that places like this exist and how they use fundraising to help financially.

When I read comments people write attacking me I also want to cry. Mainly because it brings me down emotionally and that affects my writing. It's like putting a plug in a sink. I begin questioning every sentence I write. I'm afraid to put anything in my head into written form.

For me that's not good because it could end my writing career.

I will say that those who are attacking me are good writers. I really think their efforts should go into writing their own stories about causes they believe in instead of attacking me personally. I'm serious ladies. You are good writers and should join our family here.

Pictures-of-cats.org is all about a group of people sharing ideas on how to help cats. So la dies, instead of bringing me down, publish your own stories. You don't have to be a professional writer to write a good story. Get published. It's a great feeling when you share the link with your friends and tell them you wrote the story.

No one is wrong in believing their cause is most important. Causes may act to change things for the better. If a cause dies a quick death on Facebook it's because not enough people are promoting it. I'm doing my best on this website to help as many as I can.

I hope Michael agrees with me on all of this.

Elisa

P.S. Crossposter Cathy can be found on Facebook under Cathy Crossposter Colorado. Mia is also on Facebook. And yes, 500 dogs and cats will be euthanized in one shelter in one day due to too little room and too few willing to adopt.

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Aug 25, 2010
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Thank you everyone
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

No bad comments from anyone today. I know I can't please all of the people all of the time.

It's really an insult to Michael. For one, he decides what should go on his site. He approved the dog stories before I even wrote them. Even requested a followup. He has to look at submissions before posting them. So these ladies technically were questioning his judgment

Michael loves animals.Period.

And no one is going to run me off. These ladies are the next best thing to a family reunion where everyone starts squabbling about everyone else.

And I've started commenting back at them. When I have the time. Things are really busy for me these days.


Aug 24, 2010
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Thank you
by: Linda S

Thank you for your FB pages and articles.


Aug 23, 2010
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Declawing, Crossposter, TNR and Transport Advocates Should Work Together
by: BJ

Eliza Dear, the person that I know would fight harder against the very people that are trying to get rid of you. They are just jealous that they didn't think of it first.

Your stories are informative and if not for you posting them a lot of us would not be aware of all the awful things that happen to animals.

Keep up the good work. Do Not let anyone stop you from doing what you enjoy doing>


Aug 23, 2010
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Cat & Animal Advocates Unite: Support Local Changes
by: Chris Harris, Cat Advocates

I agree. I've been learning about the issues that negatively affect cats & other animals. I also believe we shouldn't idley complain about things, but try to find & implement solutions. I am also passionately against declawing & pro TNR, etc. I feel more can be done to prevent problems.


Aug 22, 2010
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Thank you Cathy
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

I hope Michael understands what you do. I'm just glad to be a part of all of this


Aug 22, 2010
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My idea of a crossposter.
by: Cathy Colorado Crossposter

Hello,

As a crossposter, I feel that we are very important in the act of saving these animals. Michael, I saw your question wondering what a crossposter is. I am a crossposter, and I will tell you what I do and maybe it will make sense.

I made a special page on facebook JUST for the animal crossposting, and I have another page for friends, family, old school mates, etc etc.

My crossposting page has over 1000 friends, and I am constanly adding more. I basically take all the pleas and announcements from everyone on facebook and spread it far and wide. The more friends I have the wider the news goes. As a crossposter, you are kinda like the go to person when someone knows of an animal that needs extra attention, or is running out of time to be saved.

I have latelty become more involved in the events of a single rescue...I hope to do more as time goes by and I learn the process...It is rewarding when you go through the process of an animal being posted all the way to that animals arriving at foster or the forever home...It does your heart good. Cathy


Aug 22, 2010
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Amen!
by: Dee

We go girl!


Aug 22, 2010
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team work!!
by: paula amos

ELISA, I DONT SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH CROSSPOSTING IF SOMEONE SENDS ME SOMETHING !! I WILL SHARE. IF THAT IS CROSSPOSTING THEN SO BE IT. BUT IF I CAN SAVE ONE LIFE THEN I HAVE DONE MY SHARE!! THAT IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!!! AND YES WE ALL HAVE FREE WILL TO DO AS WE WANT AND THAT SHOULD TO STRIVE TO COME TOGETHER AND TO MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL ANIMALS!!!NO MATTER WHAT YOUR PART IS !!! WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM!!


Aug 22, 2010
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Crossposters
by: Robin Sullivan

"Cross posters save animals lives, as well as the transporters and the fosters or rescues, after these last couple of days i am amazed to what crossposting did for mercer county shelter. The news even heard about it from Facebook, and the next day all the dogs were rescued but a few. I never realized how important cross posting was till this week"


Aug 22, 2010
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Michael and dogs
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

And I hope I've gotten some dog lovers to the site too. Abuse is abuse. It makes no different to me if its a cat or a dog. The laws should be toughened and will protect dogs and cats both.

So hopefully I'm bringing animal lovers of all kinds here. Because the fight is the same no matter what we love.

We all need to deal with abuse, low cost spay/neuter, rescue groups, sanctuaries and transporters and crossposters. These programs are helping dogs and cats alike. Many of us own both.

I mainly wrote this so people can see how I divide my time between causes. They are all worthy.

I appreciate you letting me reach out to both our feline and canine friends.


Aug 22, 2010
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Crossposters
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

First let me add that my fondest wish would be the declawing vets be charged with animal abuse the same as those who beat, shoot, stab, etc. because it IS abuse.

Now for the crossposters. Go to Facebook and type in Crossposter under search. They are a nationwide network. They post photos and give information on animals about to be euthanized. They're looking for a rescue group/foster home/last minute adoption. Anything to prevent the euthanasia from taking place.

Some of the dogs and cats are literally saved once on the table. That's how close it came.

A phone call can literally save a life. That's why I call them the "governors call" because they get the word out and post from all over the country.

Take a look at my Facebook page under Elisa Black-Taylor and Elisa Black-Taylor Readers Forum. Both pages are full of crosspostings.

Maybe a few of them will comment. I'll send the link to some of them and ask.

Here's the wikipedia definition.

Crossposting is the act of posting the same message to multiple forums, mailing lists, or newsgroups. This is distinct from multiposting, which involves posting multiple identical messages, each to a single forum, newsgroup, or topic area.

Crossposting can be helpful if the message is of interest to a larger audience. However, crossposting to groups that are irrelevant to the message posted could be considered spamming. Moreover, excessive crossposting is generally considered bad form because it multiplies traffic without adding any new content. In the extreme case, if all messages were crossposted to every group, then every group would look exactly the same. A crossposter can minimize this problem by specifying that all responses be directed to a single group.


Aug 22, 2010
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Appreciated
by: Michael

Hi Elisa, I agree with what you say and personally I don't mind you being a bit bossy. I consider it a good thing as it means you have the confidence to express yourself and speak out. This contributes to helping cats. Better to do that than stay silent. So I appreciate you and I like your articles. They spread the world and support our companion animals. That is why I publish them on PoC.

People should realise that you are kind too. You speak up for the vulnerable. Bossy + kind is a good combination!

I and proud to say that through all our efforts this website is one of the biggest, best and most visited cat sites in the world. I think of it as the voice of the cat. It sees the world from the standpoint of the cat it has their interests in mind rather than focusing on what we want. It was built to help cats and sometimes we have to stir up the dust a bit to achieve that.

One thing I not sure about is the meaning of the word "crossposter". Could you explain that to me?

Thanks for sharing Elisa. Stick around and keep writing.

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