Random thoughts from the front lines of humane feral cat management
Sunday, May 30, 2004
Successful adoption fair
We had a good adoption fair yesterday. We received applications that will result in probably at least 5 cats being adopted, between IBOKR and ourselves. Not bad.
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Well, I got the high voltage kitten, and her mother. The means by which I got them will not be recounted here.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
High voltage kitten
The mother cat of the 3 kittens we pulled last Friday has moved the remaining kitten. She's got her in a locked, fence-enclosed area containing a bunch of high voltage electrical transformers. There is a trench/conduit in the ground, through which a bunch of cables run, and which is mostly covered with wooden slats. The mom and kitten are down there.
The fence is double-high, but has no barbed wire at the top. Should I climb it? :-)
Monday, May 24, 2004
We got 13 this weekend, including our Saturday night haul.
Saturday, May 22, 2004
Pacific Coast Cat Fanciers Show
I previously mentioned we'd be at the PCCF show. Here are the details. The show is to be held Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6, at the San Jose Convention Center. It's in Parkside Hall. Driving directions to this location can be found here.
We're going to have an adoption fair this coming weekend, on Saturday May 29. Sorry for the short notice. It's gonna be at the Petco in Sunnyvale, on El Camino. More than likely our IBOKR friends will be joining us. Come see our kitties. A fair number of them are not going to be quite ready to adopt (they need to be 2 months/2 pounds to get fixed, and we fix all cats before adoption), but some of IBOKR's cats will be ready, and we'll take applications for the ones that aren't.
Another 10 down...
...and countless more to go. Plus we pulled three 4-week-old kittens from under a blue storage shed this weekend. One left, having retreated too far under the shed to be reached. We'll be going back frequently until we get her. Our good friends at Itty Bitty Orphan Kitty Rescue are going to take them.
Monday, May 17, 2004
A busy weekend.
We made good progress this weekend -- 12 cats caught and fixed. Including a cat we've been trying to catch for five months at one of our major corporate case sites (turned out to be male, but was originally reported as a female), and another cat we've been trying to catch for about three months, that appeared at a church site we've been working since last summer. We can breathe a sigh of relief and take a break from some of these sites with these catches -- a much needed break, though we won't get to rest, as we must tackle other sites!
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Letter to Editor to be Run
I just got a call from someone in the editorial department of the Saginaw News (which ran the story on Sunday about their feral cat population issues). They're running my letter to the editor, at least in the print version. Apparently, not all of the letters make it into the online version, but if it does, I'll post the link here. Well, it sure would be nice if the letter prompted some interest in providing feral caretakers in that area with better options.
Sunday, May 09, 2004
This litter in my bathroom
These are the kittens left behind from last week's mega-trapping. They are very cute, especially since they got a bath yesterday. No more hardened kitty formula in their fur, but we'll see how long that lasts. They are quite a rambunctious little bunch. I can't go into the bathroom without them climbing up my legs. I'll take some photos soon. Need to get them posted on the adoptions page. Need to think of names...
Another animal "care" director needs to wake up and smell the catnip.
The Saginaw News just ran this story, quoting the head of their local animal "care" agency as saying "Two may have to die so that 40 do not die," admonishing those who feed feral cats to stop and blaming them for the Saginaw area's feral cat population problems. Time for this guy to be brought out of the stone age. I wrote the paper a letter to the editor, we'll see if they run it.
Credit Feral Cats in the News for finding the article.
Thursday, May 06, 2004
This is sad ... going on up in Foster City
Someone is trying to kill stray cats, protectors say. May 6, 2004, San Mateo Times. Reported by Feral Cats in the News. Luckily, Homeless Cat Network is on it.
Pacific Coast Cat Fanciers Show
Looks like we'll be attending the PCCF show in San Jose, on the weekend of June 5-6. Details to follow when we know more.
Another feral cat blog
Just learned about this blog today:
Feral Cats in the News ~ the Feral Cat Blog! --
Sunday, May 02, 2004
All in all, not a bad haul.
We had a very productive team trapping event Friday night. Six trappers, five sites, eleven cats trapped and fixed. One was a cat that appeared incredibly pregnant. Turns out she wasn't, but was lactating. One of us went back Saturday night and found the kittens, which are actually approaching four weeks old. One more litter out of the field...
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