Still out fishing.
I can’t even imagine if my beloved cats suffered the same fate as Alley, Fiddle and Kiki.
Alley, Fiddle and Kiki are three cats used in pediatric intubation trainings at the University of Virginia medical school. The details are horrific: they’re immobilized and helpless as plastic tubes are repeatedly forced down their throats — sometimes as many as 20 times each session. And Alley, Fiddle and Kiki have been enduring this torture for the last seven years.
|Tell the University of Virginia to stop using cats in intubation training.|
Sign Dr. Gray’s Petition
As a pediatrician with over 25 years of experience, I know just how important proper intubation can be for premature babies. But it’s far more realistic to practice on a human simulator than a cat — which is why almost every other medical school has stopped using animals in trainings. I can’t believe UVA would keep abusing these defenseless creatures rather than following universities like Yale and Johns Hopkins.
There are only weeks before Alley, Fiddle and Kiki will be subjected to yet another year of this torture — a new round of pediatric residency students will start orientation on June 14. I’ve started an urgent petition on Change.org asking the university to stop using cats for training before classes start. Will you join me?
The university claims the cats are treated well — but I can’t imagine anyone agreeing to let his or her cat or dog at home suffer this sort of procedure month after month, year after year. I don’t see the difference between Alley, Fiddle, and Kiki at UVA, and my cats Beeto, Binky, Pounce, and Spooky at home.
I know from experience just how vital intubation can be — it saves lives. I’m simply asking the university to stop using this outdated and unnecessarily cruel method of teaching.
At least 94% of pediatric residency programs have stopped using cats because more ethical, effective methods are available. I’m convinced that if UVA hears from thousands of people across the community, it will realize it should do the same.
Thanks for your help,
Dr. Roberta Gray
Spring Fling Pet Adopt-A-Thon Is May 4-6 in Chattanooga
The Pet Placement Center, Humane Educational Society and McKamey, along with many other animal organizations are working every day to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats.
On May 4, 5 and 6, there will be a multi-organization pet adoption event at Petsmart on Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga.
Each day there will be more than 100 animals on location to be adopted. The goal for the weekend is 250 adoptions.
We are the faces
of kitten season.
Every year around April, little ones just like us show up in area shelters.
Sometimes we find homes. Sometimes we don’t.
It’s a sad fact. But you can help change our situation. It’s not our fault someone let our momma have us. And it’s not our fault someone took us to a kill shelter when we were only 5 weeks old.
Luckily for us, someone from the Pet Placement Center knew we needed help and saved us.
Now, here’s the really unfortunate part. We have Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and FIV. In short this means, we won’t live as long as most cats and we can only live with other cats who are also FeLV positive. We may only live to be 3 years old, but that’s 3 years of snuggling, purring, pure devotion we can give to you.
There is no adoption fee to adopt us. And our spay/neuter will be covered by the Pet Placement Center when we are old enough.
Give us a chance, you will not be sorry.
We promise to play with your toes while you’re sleeping and untie your shoes when you’re not looking.
We promise to wake you up each morning with a soft meow and a wet nose. All we ask in return is that you love us and keep us safe. Here’s your chance to make a difference.
Chattanooga, TN 37415