Spay Day
Written by Ava   

Statistics say that out of 80,000 cats, if half are females and having 2 litters each year, in 5 years this could result in 800,000 extra cats on our streets!

So how do we stabilize cats and keep them from overpopulation?

When we first featured Alley Cat Rescue on the Paw-Talk blog, we spoke to Maggie Funkhouser about the best ways to save and stabilze alley cats from the street.  But what better way to do so then prevent unwanted litters from happening in the first place.  That's where Alley Cat Rescue's newest projects comes in.

While the Humane Society of the United States celebrates its 16th annual Spay Day on February 23rd, Alley Cat Rescue, eager to make their own contribution, will be celebrating their own Spay Day on February 25th and 26th by offering a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for domestic and feral cats.  It's just $30 to sterilize and vaccinate your cat! Who can beat that?

That's not all!  In April, the organization will be running a special Free Feral Cat Spay Day geared specifically towards feral cats.  At least 120 vets across the US will be offering at least 2 free spays/neuters of feral cats to the public.  Their hope is

Yale's Mascot Gets a Science Makeover
Written by Ava   

And now, a word from our favorite Science Cheerleader: 


Yale's official mascot (known as Handsome Dan XV11, or Sherman, if you live with him) was in Philly for the Yale vs Penn game so I thought I'd help give him a science makeover with the help of Discover Magazine.  He's definitely an Ivy Leaguer. (Thanks Keli, Churchill, and Dana for your participation.)

For more on Darlene Cavalier, the genius behind The Science Cheerleader, which aims to increase adult science literacy, help people learn about and get involved in citizen science projects, and create opportunities for people to participate in science and technology policy discussion, check out her accomplished site at


Protecting Yourself from Salmonella
Written by Susan   

When Peter bought a quarter-size green turtle from a Los Angeles street vendor for his young son Danny, he had no idea he was bringing home a tiny package of life that packed a big wallop of a disease. Within days, Danny ended up in the ICU with severe vomiting, lethargy and fever. He almost died from salmonella infection.  

In Texas, an HIV-positive, 45-year-old pet store employee who routinely handled reptiles was treated for severe salmonella sepsis (a serious illness that results when salmonella enters the bloodstream).  

All over America, men and women, adults and kids are unknowingly trading and buying reptiles infected with salmonella. Reptiles like water turtles are often purchased at pet stores and swap meets, as well as from the black market and private reptile breeders. Many reptile sellers do not post warnings about the dangers of salmonella, even though state and federal laws require it. 

The Saga of Katrina Animals
Written by Ava   

Remember Hurricane Katrina? How can one forget? Well, the big disaster may have happened back in 2005, but the repercussions are still being felt--by humans and animals alike today in 2009.  And so, I felt this Scienceblogs post from Jonah Lehrer's blog The Frontal Cortex was still completely appropriate, despite having been written in 2006.  Read on to find out why: