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Condoms for cats: Nurse Nancy finds putting them on a lot harder than neutering that pussy

Last month, we told you about Tom Cat Condoms, whose slogan is "Prevent a litter, cover your critter." The real deal? Hardly. Instead, they're a satirical tool wielded by the Feline Fix, an affiliate of the Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance, to encourage pet spaying and neutering.

Now, the RMACA has taken its campaign to the next level -- with a little help from Nurse Nancy.

Nurse Nancy is actually RMACA executive director Amy Angelilli, who's also an improv comedy veteran. She gets to use this skill set in a series of videos featuring Nancy, whom she describes as "a squeaky-clean 1950s kind of nurse who teaches pets how to avoid pregnancy" -- while at the same time reminding owners that spaying and neutering is a much more effective way to avoid cat overpopulation than rolling latex onto a kitty's hang-down.

Angelilli has just launched not one but two web pages -- www.nursenancypresents.wordpress.com and www.nursenancypresents.com -- to help amplify this message. In the meantime, page down to see the entire Nurse Nancy collection to date -- "They are hilarious!" Angelilli (accurately) notes via e-mail -- as well as a press release in which she explains the method to her madness.

 

 

New Social Media Program Promotes Sex Education For Pets

"Nurse Nancy" videos drawing attention on YouTube/Facebook

Denver -- September, 2010 -- A new social media program is already making waves on Facebook and YouTube by promoting sex education for pets. "Nurse Nancy Presents" is a tongue-in-cheek parody of vintage high school sex-ed films, only directed towards pets and designed to raise awareness of spaying and neutering.

The program is the brainchild of The Feline Fix, a program of Rocky Mountain Cat Alliance and The Animal Assistance Foundation, a Denver foundation dedicated to improving animal welfare in Colorado.

"We just felt that we needed something that was funny, but still got the point across that the only way to prevent unwanted pet pregnancies and help fight the pet overpopulation problem was through spaying and neutering," said Amy Angelilli, Executive Director of The Feline Fix, a low-cost cat spaying and neutering clinic in Denver and the comedian who plays Nurse Nancy. "Nurse Nancy means well, but the whole point of the campaign is that animals won't wear condoms, they don't understand the concept of safe sex. The only way to make sure you don't end up with a litter of kittens of puppies on your hands is to have your pets spayed or neutered."

The social media program includes a series of six videos, the first of which features Nurse Nancy trying to put a condom on a cat, as well as a series of posters and photos that carry the message about the importance of spaying and neutering.

Besides raising awareness of spaying and neutering, the program is designed to drive traffic to low-cost spay and neuter clinics along the Front Range. By going to the Nurse Nancy website (www.nursenancypresents.com), viewers can sign up online for an appointment to have their pet spayed or neutered.

"We want to make the public know that spaying and neutering is affordable, simple and convenient," said Angelilli, "so we're making it as easy as possible to simply go online and sign up at a clinic near them. It really doesn't take a lot of time or money to get your pet fixed, and it will save a lot of headaches down the road."

With the recent announcement that homeless cats and dogs are costing taxpayers millions of dollars in housing, processing, adoption and euthanizing every year, this social media program is timed perfectly to get the point across that spaying and neutering is both an effective way to prevent pet overpopulation, but also a way for taxpayers to save money.

You can view the first video in the series at Nurse Nancy's blog: www.nursenancypresents.wordpress.com

You can also visit the Nurse Nancy website at: www.nursenancypresents.com


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