Today we took a road trip down to the cape to see NESAA New England Scoiety for Abandoned Animals. What a great organization that supports the feral and unwanted cats in the area. They gave us a grand tour of the facility and animal sanctuary it was beyond what we expected. The facility was so warm and inviting and made you want to just live there. The cats have free room and have several quarantine areas for cat that just come into the sanctuary. I really hope that everything turns out for us and the Healy school becomes our forever home. We need to work together to create a safe haven for our cats (and dogs) in the Fall River area. We thank you all for your continuing support and look forward to our kickoff fundraising event!!
You can hear it in the wee hours of the morning, the screeching and howling and you know its
beginning. It's mating season for the feral cats. There is the movement of the males in pursuit of the
chance to a female. The fights that ensue are vicious and often lead to suffering and even death.
I got a call from a neighbor asking for advice with a growing clan in her back yard. She said that she
didn't mind feeding the ones that were there"¦10 cats! "¦but had to do something about the breeding
and further growth of the clan. She also thought that a couple of the females were already pregnant"¦
"Very Pregnant"!!! We had decisions to make. Would we allow the very pregnant queens to have their
litters, then spay and release them? Or just abort them during spay. I really don't like to have to make
these judgment calls. This year we came up with a plan, something different. We decided to let the
"very pregnant" queens have, and wean their litters before spaying and releasing them back to the
neighbor's yard. The first very pregnant queen we trapped, on March 20th was Mocha Bean. She was
the oldest in the clan and was bulging at the sides. I was confident that she would give birth within just
a few days, like Marina (a beautiful queen with a story of her own) "¦did the previous week. Mocha
Bean was very timid and stressed to be in a cage, so we covered the cage with a blanket and placed a
milk crate on its side in the back corner so she could feel sheltered from human contact when we
entered the cage to feed her and clean her litter box. She took up immediate occupancy in the milk
crate and only came out to use her litter box during the night. The days turned to weeks and I was
beginning to become concerned about Mocha's sedentary existence in the milk crate in the dog crate.
On the 14th day, I was desperate for a solution. I woke in the wee hours of the morning to the familiar
wailing of the toms fighting for their rights"¦.. I immediately turned my attention to the need of a
solution for Mocha. My mind was taking inventory of all the supplies we've gathered and came up with
an idea that would use up 6 of the 7 hospital baskets we had. Then what were we going to do about the
rest of the clan. Each remaining cat would need to use a hospital basket for 3(males) to 14(females)
days. I needed another solution"¦. Then it appeared! Chris brought me 2 dog cages that were just a little
too small to accommodate a cat, food and litter box. But...!!! I could attach the small dog crate to 1
hospital basket"¦That would give Mocha enough room to walk around and feel safe at the same time.
And also will leave us available hospital baskets. I rallied some members of our troop to help with
relocation and I'm happy to say all transitions went smoothly and in the end we freed up 3 hospital
baskets for the upcoming weekend's trapping. Four days later, I entered the room to service the cages,
when I noticed that Mocha Bean was delivering a baby. I covered her cage and left her to her labor.
When I arrived home from work at noon time, I was expecting to see her newly born litter. I lifted the
cover while providing some soothing chatter to ease her fear. I was shocked to find that only for first
kitten had been born. The baby was squealing and poking at Mocha's side. I covered her up and went
about my day, which included our citizen's input to the Fall River City Council informing them of our
interest in bidding on the H.T. Healy School for the purpose of building an animal shelter. When we
returned from the council meeting, I immediately when to check on her progress"¦..NOTHING! "¦Just
one squealing baby and a very tired Mocha Bean. I was happy I had the support of board members,
Chris, Jaime "¦along with, Shawn to discuss options. We needed to come up with a solution. We knew
Mocha could not continue for much longer. She had the first kitten 14 hours before! The little mite was
strong and persistent with his efforts to get milk, but his exhausted mother had little interest in caring
for him. After Chris coaxed Mocha out of the cage, we ordered Chinese food and discussed options.
After much discussion and Chris's consultation with the vet at the Emergency Center, we settled on
taking her in to the ER if she didn't produce by midnight. Everyone left and I snuggled up with her and the squealer on the floor just trying to talk her through. At midnight"¦..NOTHING! "Hello Chris", can
you come over? We're going to the Emergency Center." At 12:30 am. Mocha was taken in to triage and her condition was evaluated. The attending vet was sweet and thorough, and had to inform us that
though a quick sonogram detected 4 more fetuses, there were no heartbeats. One of the fetuses was
lodged in Mocha's birth canal. She could not have delivered it. The options for the removal of the
fetuses were discussed and we were advised that as long as the fetuses were removed within 24 hours,
Mocha would be safe. We chose to have the fetuses removed at our local low cost spay/neuter clinic vs.
incurring the costs of emergency c-section surgery knowing that there were no surviving kittens. Mocha
was given medication for pain and sub-Q fluids, and we carted her and squeaky baby back to my house.
Mocha's baby was bottle fed that night and stayed with me all night. In the morning Mocha was once
again carted out to the clinic for the surgery. Her surgery showed that Mocha's uterus was twisted with
the pressure forcing the amniotic fluid from the sacks into her abdomen. She would have surly died
without the surgery. I am happy to say that "Little Mite" is continuing to thrive under the loving care of
his foster mother. We were hoping to have the last pregnant queen to feed Little Mite, but she too is
taking her sweet time to deliver her litter. I fear that Little Mite will be noticeably larger that the new
kits and she will reject him. In any case, I trust that our supportive volunteer will continue to provide
him with love and nourishment.
Mocha Bean's medical treatment cost a total of $552.53. Of that amount, $134.47 was covered throughthe Gorey Grant and $80.00 was paid through a friend's grant"¦.you know who you are"¦and I thank you! We are left with a balance of $138.06. We have a pay pall account, so won't you consider a small donation (or a big one"¦LOL) to help us cover the medical cost of saving Mocha's life? We have a GoFund ME account and the link can be found on our FB page. It's easy and secure! Every little bit
counts! Thank you to all who support us in our efforts!
In The News....The past few weeks have been a lot of fun. We have 3 feral mothers in our care. Our 1st mother gave birth to 6 kittens. One of which has no function of her back legs but has great upper body strength and has the will to strive. We have named her Delila. Her 5 siblings are doing great. Our 2nd mother gave birth to 1 kitten, sadly one kitten was stuck in the birth canal and perished along with the 4 others in utero. Her vet bill has quickly added up to nearly $500.00. And last but not least is Jennifer she has given birth to 5 kittens. Sadly one has perished . We can not wait for the kittens to be ready for adoption. We still need your HELP!! We need our FOREVER home ....The Healy School! Please continue to support and donate to our gofundme and LIKE US on Facebook! We thank you and look out for our next fund raising event!
Thank you all so very much for your continuing support. we really do appreciate it. At this time we have 3 feral mothers in our care. One mother gave birth to 6 kittens, sadly one of our mothers was so young her 3 kitten did not survive. We will still be caring for her until she can be released to her environment. Please share our page with family & friends. Donate what you can.
Just went to look at our hopeful location for the permanent shelter! The Healy needs a little work, but we can already see its going to look awesome! We really appreciate all the support and donations, keep it coming!
We are a group of Volunteers that are in the process of acquiring funds to open an Animal Shelter & Wellness Center here in Fall River. According to the Fall River Police Departments website there is approx. 100,000 cats living on our streets. We are in the process of obtaining our 501(c)3 Status in order to recieve tax deductable donations from our fellow animal lovers. As you may or maynot know this is a very lengthy and expensive process. Cost will be anywhere from $1,500-$2,500 and length of time will be 6-9 months. we REALLY NEED YOUR HELP! I know that there are SEVERAL people in the city that feed colonies of cats and we are looking to help support you efforts through our Trap-Spay-Neuter-Release program. The goal is not to eliminate the cats currently living in the street but to reduce the feral cat populations through attrition. In the up coming months we will have several fundraisers around the city to help spread the word about the Animal Wellness Center. Please take the time to donate what you can as the animals in the city REALLY NEED YOUR HELP! MEOW& WOOF.
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