One Girl on a mission

One Girl on a mission
85 TNR/Rescues and counting....

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Update on Traps

I contacted the Cat Care Society. I can rent traps for a $50 deposit. I am needing to rent 3 traps. That will cost me $150. Plus $65 per cat for neutering. The kittens need to be 2lbs, so hopefully they are at that point. They say that kittens older than 8 weeks are not going to be able to tame without handling (and well there is no way they will let me do that) So, I am going to be forced to return them after they get fixed.

Unfortunately, there is no way I can get around keeping them in their traps over night. They only come out during the day now, so they will be forced to stay in the traps, in my garage for two full night. I know...that sucks!

I plan on picking the traps up next Tuesday (after the holidays) and trapping as many as I can that week. Plus, I want to trap these 2 big black males that come on my porch late at night. They seem to be the big bullies in the hood, so I hope I can get them neutered.

So, my total costs so far will be $150 for traps and at least $520 for spaying/neutering. That is not including all the food that I have been buying.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

~Who's this?~

We had a little guest on our front porch, this afternoon. I always leave food and water out for the passerby' I have not seen this one before and am wondering if it is just someones house cat that knows the neighborhood. Unfortunately, he or she will be going on the capture list, so if it is someones cat...oh well.

That is the big problem with living in the city. People let their animals roam free. I wish it wasn't so, but that is reality. I have heard that if a dog is out running loose, that is not fixed the ticket is $150 or proof they are nuetered within 2 weeks of the ticket..pretty cool huh?

Wish it were so for kitties. People never have collars on them and just figure it is okay for them to roam the streets.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The count for cats continues

Not one, not two, but three baby kitties. Looks like 3 months old.

Another mama kitty

And looks like that mama has a young one too! Unfortunately, I have not seen any siblings for this young they may have already been killed. The total number as today, is 3 adult cats (two black and one grey/white) and 4 kittens. I am getting a bit nervous now. I have to get enough cages at one time to capture all 3 of the little ones. They are too young to nueter/spay and well probably too ferrel to transform to house cats. Their mamma, I am going to have to capture soon as well, as she could very well be pregnant, again! I will be calling different organizations to get some advice on how to handle this colony of little ones.

Friday, December 26, 2008

~Thwarting My Efforts~

I noticed that last night and this morning, someone has thrown the cat food in the dumpster. It is a bit confusing that someone would do such a thing. If they live there, why would they want a growing colony? So, I have placed my phone number on all my bowls, in hopes that whomever has a problem with my cat rescue that they would contact me.

I cannot rescue and potentially help lower their cat population with this type of thing going on. I have delivered letters to the neighbors that share that alley and hope that they will cooperate.

I will keep you posted on this unfortunate event.

Monday, December 22, 2008

~Getting Started~

I have started this blog for the purpose of setting up a non-profit organization to help our growing ferrel cat population.

I have been spending my own time and money for years feeding, capturing, spaying/nueturing and returning countless numbers of kitties in the areas I live.

This picture is one of a little black kitty that had come to my porch to feed. One day, she brought her first litter, much to my surprise. So, in order to help her and her babies survive, I have been walking down the alley (one block away) where the colony is living to give them fresh food and water (3times a day). The weather here has been really cold, so I am a bit worried about them.

I have decided to try to capture as many photos as I can. I have heard from neighbors there are A LOT more..I have counted 7 so far aging from 3 months, 6 months to bigger cats. I definately have my work cut out for me.

I am hoping to raise money by selling art and taking donations to purchase cages, pay for medical expenses and food. My goal is to catch, fix and release back to the same spot. Ferrel kitties will not be able to get homes, but if I can reduce the population, so there are fewer deaths, then that will make me feel good.

Thanks in advance for all the support of my friends and family~