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Information and Resources on Alternatives to Animal Testing

There are a variety of alternatives to animal testing, each of which helps save animal lives. In addition to preserving animal lives, the available alternatives to animal testing are reliable and efficient, unlike what many may believe. Additionally, by participating in methods that do not involve animals, the tests that are completed can take less time and cost less as well. Some of the other methods that can be used in place of animal testing include studies completed and tested on volunteers. Some of the more sophisticated techniques that are used include computer modeling, genomic and in vitro.

Some of the modern, forward-thinking companies are testing on human tissue instead of actual people or animals. Along with the human tissue, these types of companies make use of sophisticated computer technology in order to develop and test drugs. The testing that is completed on the tissue is done to see how the proteins and genes react. This method is one of the most effective alternatives to animal testing because the information gained is specific to human cells. Once you have completed this form of testing, there is no reason to go back to animal testing.

Other types of alternative testing methods—when speaking in terms of human population—are designed to find the root cause of a disease or condition. By researching and trying to find the root cause of different conditions, these researchers are able to provide the medical field with the information they need to develop preventative actions. These types of studies are helpful and can and have led to a variety of medical discoveries, some of which include the link between cancer and smoking, as well as the risk factors associated with heart disease. Animal-based studies were used as recently as 1994 and were the basis for executives to deny any link between smoking and cancer.

Human population studies also resulted in advanced information on the transmission of infectious diseases, such as AIDS. These studies helped researchers find information on how transmission can be prevented. Animal testing to find the same information has proven ineffective and has not led to breakthroughs in regards to the treatment and prevention of 
AIDS. For instance, over 80 vaccines that were developed for HIV/AIDS have been successful during the testing on animals but have not been successful in human clinical trials.

Throughout the course of patient treatment studies, there is much that has been learned through the use of scanning technology. This scanning technology includes MRI, PET, CT and fMRI scans. These technologies have been able to show brain abnormalities in those with disorders such as schizophrenia.

In vitro studies are another type of alternative testing that is done instead of testing on animals. These types of tests are done on cell and tissue cultures, and are completed for drugs that are developed to treat and prevent cancer and AIDS. These types of studies are also completed for the production and testing of therapeutic proteins, antibiotics and vaccines. Some of the diseases that benefit from this type of testing include glaucoma, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes.

Links to additional resources on alternatives to animal testing can be found by clicking the link to the original article below. 

The original article can be found here: Information and Resources on Alternatives to Animal Testing



Bayside prison chief in hot seat over do-not-feed-cats order

By THOMAS BARLAS Staff Writer | Posted: Saturday, November 1, 2014 9:21 pm

MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP — An animal-care group again is accusing Bayside State Prison of mistreating stray and wild cats on its grounds.

This time, the Animal Alliance of Cape May County said a recent do-not-feed-the-cats order issued to prison staff is leaving many of the cats in “starvation mode.”

Prison Administrator John Powell is ignoring advice on how to handle the cat-feeding, Alliance President Lew Vinci said. That includes establishing a designated area where the cats can be fed only cat food, not leftovers from the meals prepared for prison staff or inmates, he said.

But the suggestions run into another problem: The state Department of Corrections considers cat food to be contraband in prisons. The department contends the cat food containers could be used to smuggle items ranging from drugs to potential weapons to inmates.

Vinci acknowledges the problem but said it can be overcome by having the cat food go through formal prison screening procedures. The food could be limited to donated cat food that corrections officers bring into the prison, he said.

Vinci said he has contacted state legislators and corrections department staff about the problem. He filed a complaint Oct. 17 with the state Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, charging Powell with animal neglect, he said.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Deidre Fedkenheuer said she could not comment on the cat issue because of the pending complaint.

Stray and wild cats have been a problem at Bayside for several years. Bayside sits on more than 1,100 acres in the Leesburg section. The area is primarily wooded and rural, which animal care officials say provides the cats with something of a home.

Alliance officials said there is no accurate count of cats on the Bayside grounds, but they estimate more than 100 live there. The state paid more than $1,000 in March to have many cats of the cats sterilized.

Vinci said the cats generally are fed by inmates and prison staff, a practice that keeps cats from leaving the area and attracts other cats.

On Oct. 9, Powell issued a directive to prison staff that reads “staff are reminded that they are not to bring any food in to feed the cats, nor are staff to put out any type of containers for the cats.” Vinci provided The Press of Atlantic City with a copy of the directive.

A spay-and-neuter program has operated sporadically at the prison since 2005 to help control a growing stray and wild cat population, according to the alliance. The program resulted in the sterilization of more than 300 cats at a cost of at least $10,000, it said.

Vinci said he is not sure how successful the March spay-and-neuter was, primarily because the prison did not round up all the cats.

“If you don’t get every cat, by spring the prison will be back in the same boat,” he said. “It doesn’t take long for cats to reproduce.”

You can find the original Press of Atlantic City article here: Bayside Prison Chief in Hot Seat Over Do-Not-Feed-Cats Order



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Volunteers Sought for 'Cape Cat Care Project'

Who can’t resist the urge to put out a dish of fresh cat food and water for the stray cat that knows you look out the window to see if she is there every night? Scenarios like this are played out day after day in neighborhoods and communities across the country and around the world. There is nothing wrong with you helping this free-roaming cat. It actually gives you a feeling of accomplishment and fills our human need to care for those whom we deem as less fortunate.

Shore Animal Control Services, which provides animal control services for the municipalities of Upper, Dennis, Woodbine, Wildwood, Lower Township, West Cape May and Buena is a supporter of Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return ( TNVR) whenever possible. They are beginning a partnership with The Animal Alliance of CMC and the CMC Animal Shelter to help encourage TNVR. This new program is called “Cape Cat Care Project”. They are seeking volunteers who might already be feeding cats in their neighborhoods that have not been able to alter the cats.

Dr. Nick Holland, owner operator of Shore Animal Control Services simply states, “The majority of animals euthanized as a result of overpopulation are pit bulls and feral cats. The only way to stop this overwhelming number of pit bulls and feral cats coming into the shelter is through aggressive spay and neuter and TNVR. We are in complete support of the Alliance and the shelters TNVR programs and will do everything possible to help stop the litters that pour into the shelter.”

Left unaltered, free-roaming cats continue to reproduce creating more homeless kittens. Through TNVR, free-roaming cats live out their lives without adding to the homeless cat population. According to scientific studies, free-roaming cats gain weight and live healthier lives after being altered. TNVR programs are proven to stabilize and significantly reduce the size of free-roaming cat colonies. By limiting free-roaming cat populations, fewer unwanted and homeless cats are taken to shelters and euthanized.

The official definition of feral is, “living in a wild state after domestication”. We consider that feral simply denotes unsocial behavior toward people. Behaviors can be modified, and some feral cats become tame. Regardless of whether a cat loves people or fears them, any outdoor, unaltered cat reproduces and contributes to the homeless cat problem.

We choose “free-roaming” to best describe what most people call “feral cats”, because free-roaming includes lost, abandoned, loosely-owned and stray cats in addition to “feral”. People feed and care about all the cats.

Body condition is a reliable indicator of health, that is, a robust cat is a healthy cat. Scientifically conducted studies reveal that altered free-roaming cats gain weight after altering. This makes sense considering that females no longer endure pregnancy and raise kittens. The risk of uterine infection and mammary infection disappears after spay surgery. Neutered male cats stop vying for breeding and fight less resulting in a healthier lifestyle.

No one questions that people frequently enjoy relationships with wildlife, whether they are bird watching or crouching near tide pools to take in the amazing diversity of life. We care about other creatures in our world even when they can’t be snuggled and many people bond with free-roaming cats and find great satisfaction in helping them lead healthy lives.

All unaltered cats contribute to the pool of un-adopted kittens and cats euthanized in shelters every day. If we magically altered every free-roaming cat today, more would be born tomorrow. Tame cats are the original source of all free-roaming cats. The cats haven’t chosen their owners nor their social skills. For our purposes, whether a cat is tame, feral-behaving, shy, friendly, semi-feral, stray or something else, just doesn’t matter. We offer spay/neuter any of them, because it changes their lives forever.

A scientific study revealed that about 85% of pet cats are altered while only 2% of free-roaming cats are altered. Population projections estimate 33 million kittens/ year come from pet cats and 147 million come from free-roaming cats. Every time a litter is born, it lowers the odds that others will be adopted. Competition for homes increases. What happens to the kittens that aren’t adopted? You know. But with spay/neuter, fewer kittens are born, competition for homes is reduced and lives are saved through prevention.

If you see or know of any unaltered free-roaming cats that you would like to help feed and manage, please call Shore Animal Control at 1-800-351-1822. Free housing and straw will be provided and low cost spay and neuter options will be offered.

Photo Credit Linda Gentille: A typical dog house converted with straw that protects food and cats from the elements.

You can view the original Cape May County Herald article here: "Volunteers Sought for 'Cape Cat Care Project"

Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic in Wildwood
Helps Control Cat Population

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 2:15 am | Updated: 6:29 am, Mon Mar 4, 2013.

WILDWOOD — In a MASH-style animal hospital Sunday, nearly 100 cats — mostly strays — were spayed and neutered in an assembly-line style clinic to humanely reduce feral populations.

Wildwood resident Lisa Taylor trapped 10 strays — seven females and three males — in her neighborhood and took them to the Animal Alliance of Cape May County’s one-day clinic, which offered free service for cats from the Wildwoods.

A cat lover, Taylor typically pays to have strays fixed, something she has done since 1983 and has cost “thousands,” she said.

“It’s so sad, there are so many unwanted,” she said.

“I truly believe in TNR (trap, neuter and release), but I also believe in the follow-up, to put dry food and water out there in stations that are presentable. You don’t want to make your neighbors unhappy.”

The Animal Alliance of Cape May County, a nonprofit of about 20 active volunteers based in the Crest Haven complex in Middle Township, put on Sunday’s mobile clinic at the Wildwood American Legion Post 184 on Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood.

The organization used a $22,000 donation from PetSmart Charities to offer free service Sunday to the Wildwoods, said Lew Vinci, president of the Animal Alliance. For cats from other areas, there was a standard $55 charge, he said.

“It’s going to stop a lot of litters from being born, and it’s going to curb the spread of rabies because they’re all being vaccinated,” said Vinci, 50, a Buena Vista Township resident who is originally from North Wildwood.

The organization, which offers low-cost spay and neuter programs by appointment at its Crest Haven location on Thursdays, is responsible for having fixed 17,000 animals since 2005, he said.

On Sunday, the cats — mostly feral, but some pets as well — were lined up in their cages, awaiting anesthesia, inoculations and the procedure that will prevent them from reproducing.

Afterward, volunteers gently massaged the animals as they awoke from the anesthesia.

Vinci said the Wildwoods can be a particular area of concern for stray cats, as their population tends to uptick at the end of the summer season.

Some of that, Vinci said, is due to vacationers who leave their pets behind at the end of the season.

“The other problem is people who just throw food out there and don’t do the whole job. They don’t understand getting a cat fixed is a part of the responsibility. That’s why education is a big part of our organization,” he said.

Chris O’Neill, a 22-year-old resident of Seaville, Upper Township, picked up his kitten, Leonard, on Sunday.

O’Neill, whose family has a plumbing business in Wildwood Crest, found the kitten about five months ago.

“She was sick. We got her to the vet, nursed her back to health,” he said. “It was right before Hurricane Sandy and she was on the side of the road. Her hair was kind of missing. My girlfriend saw her and she felt bad.”

So O’Neill got Leonard spayed. For those who don’t know, female cats are spayed.

“We didn’t know if it was a girl at the time,” he said.

Please see this original article in the Press of Atlantic City here:

**Free Spay/Neuter For Cats*

*All surgeries include a rabies vaccination and ear tipping.
*Must show proof of residence - RESIDENTS OF THE WILDWOODS ONLY (ZIP CODE 08260)
*Ear tipping is recommended.  See this link regarding what ear tipping is:

*Two options for FREE surgeries are available:
     1. Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 at the American Legion Hall Post #182, 4200 Atlantic Avenue (corner of Roberts & Atlantic Avenues).
     2. Every Thursday at our clinic in Cape May Court House.

Funds and space are limited.  First come, first serve.



February 8, 2013
CONTACT: Lewis Vinci, President, Animal Alliance of Cape May County Inc.

Phone:856-297-2699   Email:

Animal Alliance of Cape May County Inc. Launches “Project Catsnip”at MASH (Mobile
Animal Sterilization Ho
spital) in the Wildwoods   

American Legion Post #184 to Serve as Site for Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Wildwood, NJ, February 8, 2013 — The Animal Alliance of Cape May County Inc. (AACMC), with cooperation of American Legion Post#184, as host for the site, has come up with an innovative way to get the Wildwoods’ free roaming, indoor/outdoor and stray cats sterilized, thus humanely managing cat populations in their communities.  AACMC will take spay/neuter surgeries on the road by launching a MASH (Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital) clinic at the American Legion Hall Post#184,  4200 Atlantic Ave(corner of Roberts & Atlantic Aves) Wildwood NJ  on Sunday, March 3, 2013  thanks to a $22,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® (   A team of veterinary technicians, seasoned volunteers and a licensed veterinarian experienced in high volume spay/neuter will set up the clinic.   The surgeries, which include a rabies vaccination, are free for those caring for free roaming/stray cats in the 08260 zip code.   The fee for indoor pet cats and stray/free roaming cats for ALL other municipalities is a very reasonable $55.  Appointments are required for all cats.  Since 2005 the experienced team at AACMC has altered approximately 15,000 cats.  

“If someone can’t afford to get their cat sterilized, chances are they may not have the transportation resources to get them to the clinic either, even on free sterilization days,” says Lewis Vinci, President of AACMC.  “Through a MASH clinic, we’re hoping to reach people caring for stray and free roaming cats that might have transportation issues and provide them with high-quality services, including licensed veterinarians, great patient care and pain medication.  The clinic being held on a weekend day makes this even more convenient as we typically hold clinics every Thursday in Cape May Court House.  This is a really good offer and one that will end when the grant monies run out.”  

MASH clinics have become popular throughout the United States as organizations look for more innovative ways to reach animals in need of spay/neuter services.  All free roaming/stray felines are recommended to have a small tip of their left ear surgically cut/removed during their spay/neuter surgery and while under general anesthesia to indicate they have been sterilized. 

For appointments and other information, contact AACMC through its website or call 609-465-6388.   

AACMC is an all-volunteer animal welfare organization founded in 2003 with the mission to find solutions to the overpopulation of unwanted companion animals through education and financial support of low-cost spay/neuter programs.  For more information on the programs and activities provided by AACMC, visit their website at or call 609-465-6388. 

About PetSmart Charities®
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).


An article from the Cape May County Herald:

Every day in America, over 6000 pit and pit mixes are euthanized.  The Animal Alliance of Cape May County would like to be part of the solution to this problem by offering spay/neuter initiatives.  On October 27th, 2012, Cape May County will be joining in the celebration of the first annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day.

In honor of this day, the Animal Alliance of Cape May County is offering free spay/neuter to the first ten people who respond.  Additional funds may be available, so do not hesitate to contact them.  In addition, the owner of each dog altered will have the opportunity to share in a drawing with the winner receiving $500!

Please call us today for more information! (609) 465-6388

To view the original article, please click this link: Cape May County Herald

Animal Alliance of Cape May County Endorses Barn Buddy Program 

Barn Buddy cats  have their  left ear “tipped” for easy identification.  ALL cats are spayed/neutered, test negative for FIV/Felv, are treated for parasites  and given rabies and distemper vaccinations.  

Cape May - Animal Alliance of Cape May County is pleased to announce their support of the “Barn Buddy” program.  The aim of the program is to locate people who have a little bit of room in their barn or on their property and a lot of compassion in their heart.  

With cooler fall weather upon us, are pesky rodents showing up in your greenhouses, warehouses, commercial garages or barns?  Want a form of non-toxic pest control? Adopt a couple of our Barn Buddies and your problems will be a thing of the past

Cats in the Barn Buddy program are spayed or neutered, receive rabies and distemper vaccines, Feline Leukemia and FIV tested and ear-tipped for easy identification.  (Eartipping is a painless procedure in which a small notch is cut into the ear). The AACMC will absorb all fees associated with the cats in exchange for an agreement to continue long term care, feeding and shelter for the cat.

Through shelter application process, all cats chosen for the program will be moderately socialized to people yet would not be happy living inside a house.  Up to this point they have been living outside. They will keep watch over your barn, your warehouse, your business, where ever they’re needed and they work for room and board.”

Animal Alliance CMC (AACMC) supports the Cape May County Animal Shelter’s efforts to reduce the number of cats euthanized at the Shelter. “If the cats are healthy and have been altered, it is certainly a more humane goal to try to find them homes in a setting such as this.

Most of the cats at the Shelter arrive through Animal Control. While some of these cats are friendly and can easily make a transition to becoming house pets, others are less socialized. These are the cats we’re trying to save. Although they may not want to sit on your lap, they deserve to live out their lives, and can make excellent mousers.”  

If you can not adopt a Barn Buddy, but you still would like to help this campaign, you can sponsor one by making a donation to cover the cost of surgery and vaccinations.  For more information or if you are interested in adopting or sponsoring a Barn Buddy cat, contact the Shelter at 465-8923, or the Animal Alliance of Cape May County at 465-NEUT.

The Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center Shelter is located at 110 Shelter Road, Cape May Court House, Exit 11 of the Garden State Parkway. The Shelter is open daily, except legal holidays.


If anyone suspects animal neglect or cruelty, please contact the NJ SPCA at 1-800-582-5979.

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