The photo on the left shows my most recent Trap/ Neuter/Return capture - Midnight. He is one of 6 ferals I am trapping for a nice cat loving couple in Irondale, AL. Once they are spayed/neutered, the couple will continue to care for them. Lucky cats.
The middle photo is of Christmas, a feral I was feeding and trapped at a vacant house in South East Lake in Birmingham. He was part of a colony of at least a dozen cats at that house. The other photo shows him with his new Mom after he was adopted. He is now called Oz and he is one lucky kitty.
So far I have trapped and had fixed 11 cats from that same house. 4 have been adopted, 4 brought to my house to be socialized so they can be offered for adoption, and 3 that were fixed but were so feral as to be unadoptable so they were returned to the location. I go each morning to feed them (and others I am sure).
So far, I have trapped 16 cats at a South East Lake home as part of the Fix 35206 program of the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic which offers spay/neuter and a rabies shot for $10 for anyone living in that zip code. I have been active in advertising that program in South East Lake to pet owners too.
For you dog lovers (I am one too) - I have "adopted" a pack of feral dogs/puppies living in an abandoned apartment building in South East Lake. I feed them every day and am developing a plan to get them fixed and adopted.
In early January, I trapped 35 cats over 2 days at a rural home in Jemison, AL in a joint project of Alley Cat Allies and the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic in Irondale. The cats were all spayed/neutered and returned to the home where they were trapped and where the family will continue to feed and care for them. There were 18 male cats and 17 female cats. Just think how many kittens would have been born in that group had they not been fixed? It's mind boggling.
Thankfully, I have recruited 3-4 volunteers who are willing and able to assist me in trapping the larger colonies in the future.
It is definitely the best use of my volunteer time and of your monetary gifts right now to do this TNR work. Kitten season will soon be here so the more we spay/neutered now the fewer kittens born on the streets.
I haven't lost sight of the need for a sanctuary in Alabama for the elderly and disabled cats or cats whose owner has died or is terminally ill that need such a place but that will take some time and a lot of money to develop.
Today is National Spay Day - 200 cats are being fixed in Alabama at 3 spay clinics. At least one of those 200 is one I trapped - Midnight.
Gifts can be made for the TNR work or for the sanctuary project. All will be appreciated. Your volunteer time to help in trapping projects will also be welcome.
The most recent feral "capture"
Christmas now Oz
Oz with his new Mama