A friend posted a photo of a darling gray kitten on my Facebook page and asked if I had room for the little one. I know she’s rescued several in the past and wondered where this one may have come from. I asked Rose for the story.
It turns out she was at a local sports center that has roller and ice rinks, a pool and more, the sort of place that would get a good crowd of people on a Sunday. A man was there with four kittens his cat had given birth to, trying to find homes for the kittens. Rose, concerned, already has six rescues but wasn’t sure what would happen to them so she took one of the kittens. Now, of course, she’s wondering about the other three.
He had said the mother cat was not spayed yet and from the way he was talking she was a stray who was now friendly and used the litterbox. The kittens, especially this one, look quite healthy and clean and they are very friendly and social so they apparently got a lot of handling. From those clues it sounds as if he’d taken them in and given them a fairly good home, but who knows what will happen to the other kittens, or to mama cat?
This little gray kitten has met all members of the household and shown no fear or aggression, she’s just a sweet and charming little bit who looks as if she’d fit in just about anywhere. Despite the situation, it looks as if she was well-cared for and loved by her rescuers. She’d make a wonderful addition to any family.
Rose took the first step, by at least assuring this kitten a good foster home until a permanent one is found. Can you help her and either foster or adopt this little fuzzball? If so, comment below or send a message to me and I’ll get it to Rose or message her on Facebook.
Moving a Colony of Cats
Several people in a Facebook group I read regularly have been, among other things, rescuing cats from a stray/feral colony situation that went bad. Near an apartment complex in a wooded suburban area cats began gathering outdoors and for a while had actually been cared for by someone who lived there, who presumed the original cats had been left behind by owners.
TNR was not applied and over time the colony grew from strays to ferals, and the apartment complex’s management laughingly remarked they were trapping and “getting rid of” the cats, saying variously that they had taken them to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, which had no records of it, or they had gone “over the river”, with no clear explanation of what that was. What was clear was that the cats were disappearing and, unspayed were once again this summer giving birth to kittens. Not residents nor visitors were permitted to feed the cats, and several people who had originally gone there to feed them and assess the situation were banned from visiting again.
So in this summer’s extreme heat and rain they were either dehydrated or developing dangerous URIs, and rescuers were lurking around in the woods just out of sight, trapping cats and treating them. But so many were sick, and with winter coming on, knowing they were not being fed, something had to be done for them. Moving a colony is not easy, partly because there aren’t a whole lot of places where they would be able to go. But a place was found and in several shifts they have been moving those they can catch and treating their illnesses as well as having spay/neuters done.
Ultimately there will be 25 to 30 cats in the new colony. A few more cats need to be moved, but their shelter really needs to be completed before winter. A safe location has been secured and work has begun to prepare the building for cats, with two outdoor areas (dog kennels, that need to be secured for cats). Painting and repairs have begun, but they still need a significant amount of supplies in order to complete the work necessary for the cats to live in.
Animals Against the Odds is handling this situation in conjunction with the Homeless Cat Management Team. About $500 is still needed to finish this project both for building materials and for medicines. Some of the cats are adoptable—after all they were pets once—so if you have the ability to adopt or to donate to finish the project, AATO would much appreciate it. They also rescued a litter of kittens from near Oakdale, PA, all of whom had URIs and other ailments, and all but one, Skylar who I wrote about last week, are doing well now and looking for forever homes.
What the colony needs
If you or anyone you know is looking for a tax write off or willing to donate any of the following supplies, AATO would greatly appreciate it! Click this link to visit the ChipIn for Animals Against the Odds if you’d rather donate that way. Donations as checks or gift cards for Home Depot/Lowes/BusyBeaver/Agway, or Pet Smart/Burton’s can be mailed to AATO, 511 Towne Square Way, Ste #213, Pgh PA 15227.
SUPPLIES NEEDED TO COMPLETE:
2-3 rolls of 4′ x 50′ chicken wire (or similar size fence)
2-4 dark green/camo colored tarps 8×10
2 tons of gravel #2
30-35 bags of concrete
Grainfree Cat Food (for 25-30 cats)
Scoopable Cat Litter
Kitty Condo/climbing tree
Treats/Toys and enrichment for their transition
Bach Flower “Rescue Remedy”
Many more cats out there…
There are so many homeless cats, and still more to be rescued. I’ll be featuring them as often as possible. Please share.
Photos provided by the rescuers.
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