My house has long been a stray cat magnet. I don't know if they smell the cat food, or if people drop them off because they know I'm going to take care of them. Four of the five cats I currently have were strays. I recently set up a trail cam on my porch to get an accurate count of how many cats I'm actually feeding. I've seen two extra cats and one very fat raccoon so far, so I'm hoping to get pictures.
This is not just a problem at my house, though. All over town you see cats and kittens dashing between the shadows or foraging in dumpsters. I've picked up kittens off the side of country roads and gotten them a new home or to a rescue. I've decided it's time to make my actions official and start a non-profit dedicated to managing the feral cat population with TNR (trap, neuter, release), and finding homes for feral kittens and stray adults. You can read more about the difference between stray and feral cats here.
It's been a while...a long while. Kitten season hit pretty hard this year, and we've been so busy.
We were approved for a small grant from Tails of Joy, which we are using to help our TNR efforts. Since the receipt of the grant, we've purchased traps and have been able to TNR 5 ferals. The only reason we haven't gotten more is because we weren't able to get a local vet to offer a discount. That problem has been mostly solved, so we are trying to take 4-5 a week for surgery.
Our most pressing issue at the moment is the BP gas station in Sardis. The cats are plentiful, friendly, and extremely fertile. We've trapped and neutered 3 from there just in the past week. Four more are going next week, and we hope to have most of them done by the fall. An employee is feeding them, as are several concerned citizens, so they are easily lured into the traps. If only the Cats of Walmart were so easy. I probably get two calls or messages a week about the Cats of Walmart. They…
On 4/5 I got a call that there was a kitten at Dunlap & Kyle that needed to be picked up. They have no idea how he got there, and he was only about 4 weeks old at the time. They named him Gutter, because they found him in the parking lot gutter. The same day I got another frantic call from Morris Lawn Service about a kitten that was found in the back of one of their work trucks. He turned out to be about 2 weeks old. Emily took both of them and they are doing really well.
Monday 4/8 someone threw 4 kittens out on the side of Bell Road in a box. They were no more than 2-3 days old. They are in with a nursing mom in Sardis and are thriving.
On Thursday I got a call about a friendly stray someone let in so she could have her kittens in safety. I've been trying to save room in our Caternity Ward for cats who are in immediate danger, but I'm really glad I took her.
Saturday, in one of the worst storms we've had in a while, the calico at Walmart that everyone has been trying…