Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Charity launches International Declaration of Responsibilities to Cats (Guest Post)

Life is tough for many cats all over the world. Those that are un-owned can struggle to survive on the streets, and may face inhumane methods of population control. For pet cats, welfare issues arise when people do not understand or fulfill their needs, or when veterinary care is not as good as it could be. Human desire to create certain looks for cats through breeding has resulted in cats suffering with serious health problems. These are just a few examples of the many ways in which cat welfare needs to be improved.

A number of different entities are responsible for feline welfare, ranging from individual owners caring for their pets, to central governments setting welfare legislation. Although it is important for everyone to play their own part in helping cats, it is also essential that these different bodies work together, if cat welfare is to be improved.

That’s why International Cat Care (iCatCare) has developed the "International Declaration of Responsibilities to Cats." This document defines best practice for all those responsible for feline welfare, and provides a clear framework for a collaborative and coordinated approach to the protection and improvement of cat welfare.

International Cat Care is encouraging everyone to sign the Declaration. The gathering of signatures will achieve three goals:

1)   Those signing will be acknowledging that they have read the document and agree that we need a collaborative way forward to help the global cat population.
2)   The gathering of signatures will act as a petition, helping iCatCare to show the world how many people care about cats and want their welfare to be improved.
3)   Supporting the Declaration will enable organisations to use the document to help convince other parties to work together or develop new laws or responsibilities which can help deliver better cat welfare.  

Once individuals have signed the Declaration, they can declare their support for improving feline welfare by sharing a photo on social media with one of the charity’s downloadable signs, using the hashtag #catdeclaration.

If you believe that the quality of life of every single cat matters, whether it lives in our home or on the streets, please sign the Declaration. To read and sign the document, and to download iCatCare’s Declaration signs, go to:

About International Cat Care (iCatCare)
International Cat Care is a charity dedicated to improving the health and welfare of cats worldwide.
The International Cat Care vision: all cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding.
The International Cat Care mission: to engage, educate and empower people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.

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  1. What a terrific guest post on an impawtant issue. Going over to sign right now.

  2. I agree. I can't count the kitties that I've taken home and cared for that had been dumped. I really would be the cat lady if I hadn't developed an allergy to cats.

    Have a purrfect day, Cody. My best to your mom. ♥♥♥

  3. This is great. Thanks for sharing!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  4. Thanks for letting us know ! That's wonderful ! Purrs

  5. I'm 100000% sure there is a special place in purgatory for people who abuse
    the elderly, children and animals.
    Hugs madi and mom

  6. I just signed. Thank you for bringing this to our awareness. XO

  7. What an important issue.
    Thank you for sharing...

    Noodle and crew

  8. Wow. That is wonderful, and important. I'll go sign it now.

  9. Yes, that's true. Each and very cats deserve to have a good life.

  10. That is a great thing they are doing.

  11. Oh my, we love this! Thanks for letting us know! It's awesome they're doing this!

  12. I love this. THANK you for telling us all. I had no idea.

  13. Wonderful post ~ so informative!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. OH! I LOVE this! Us humans have really done a poor job with regards to cats. We domesticate them ... and then leave them out in the wild when it suits us! I'm going to sign! Thank you for sharing!

  15. nominates for the Mystery Blogger Award

  16. Great post guys! You know we support cat throughout the world at our house!
    Thanks for the links and what to do.

  17. Excellent post, Cody and Caren :D On my way to sign! Pawkisses for a Happy Day :) <3