We have been made aware of a situation where the kindness of feeding one cat mushroomed into feeding 50 or more cats and the need to tame and rehome nearly as many kittens. The adult and teenage cats are beautiful, but they are not friendly and there is little hope of rehoming them except to adopters who are willing to give a shy cat a place to reside or to barn homes where they can help earn "their keep."
We did not commit that we WILL spay/neuter all of the cats on the property, but we did promise we WILL TRY. We have also asked that we be able to take in the kittens before they become too wild to tame. They will need even more vetting in order to get them into rescue or adoptive homes.
It is a big project/commitment, and while we shied away from starting it due to the cold winter weather and the threat of COVID-19, we were finally able to make our first steps to help resolve at least part of the problem.
Pictures are from the initial visit to get an idea of what we would be dealing with.
Then we made our first appointments -- at this time only 4 or 5 due to appointment and trap availability.
On June 2, the cats 1-4 (2 males, 2 females) were done, 3 kittens were taken into our care (one is super friendly, one is still a bit scared, one exemplifies his horror through his eyes -- but he sure is cute)
On June 11 cats 5-8 (1 male, 3 females) were trapped and a friendly female (Miss Marble) went via a carrier. Another small but scared kitten came into our care.
On June 14 cats 9-12 (all males) were trapped and neutered. 6 more kittens (some scared, some frail) came into our care.
More appointmentsare being made based on the availability of appointments and the schedules of the volunteers.
In the meantime other members of the community are contacting us for assistance which we are also trying to squeeze into our schedules. To date 23 additional cats from the community have received our help.
You can be a part of this summer project by donating via PayPal, participating in an upcoming auction, or offering your home, shop or barn to one of the cats that will be fully vetted. It would make life easier for all involved.
Stay tuned as we update you on the results!