Wednesday, May 28, 2008
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angela Speed
(414) 431-6104 email@example.com
Houdini Barely Escapes Death
WHS urges families to keep cats indoors
MILWAUKEE – Houdini couldn’t be luckier. Not only did he narrowly escape death, he recovered from extensive injuries after being hit by a car about two weeks ago. When he was brought to WHS, Houdini was bleeding profusely and suffering terribly. After a remarkable recovery, he is now available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Houdini is just one of millions of cats who suffer and die in the United States each year due to roaming outdoors. Many people believe that cats are happiest when roaming outside, when in fact, that may place them at great risk.
WHS recommends the following steps to help your cats live long, healthy lives:
- First and foremost, keep your cat indoors. Even cats in “safe” suburban neighborhoods can be victimized and never return home.
- Keep a collar and ID tags on your cat at all times. If you adopted or will adopt a cat from WHS, all cats are implanted with an identifying microchip. If you didn’t adopt from WHS, your veterinarian can still implant a microchip. A microchip can make a big difference in helping you get your cat back if he or she should become missing.
- Cats need to get regular exercise. You can find plenty of great toys to keep your cat mentally and physically active. Spend at least fifteen minutes each day exercising your cat.
- Invest in a quality scratching post and show your cat how to use it. This will help prevent your cat from damaging household property and also simulates the motion of using a tree to stretch.
For more information about the Wisconsin Humane Society, call (414) ANIMALS (264-6257) or log online to www.wihumane.org.
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Interview/Photo Opportunity: Houdini will be available for filming today from 2:30p.m.-5:00pm. Please call Angela Speed to schedule an appointment.