2013 began with the rescue of 6 feral cats from the South East Lake community. Blue (in the photo) and a tabby male were neutered and adopted together by a lucky family. The two feral kittens (Tabitha and Cream Puff) were brought to my house for socialization and future adoption. They are still here. Tabitha is a tough nut to crack but Cream Puff is socializing well. The other 2 adults (very feral and thus unadoptable) males were released after being neutered and are being fed/cared for by a kind neighbor who worked with me in trapping them.
The year is ending with the rescue of 5 kittens - one, the only female (a calico), was immediately adopted by the vet who checked them over. Two of the other 4 (orange/yellow and white males) were adopted by the same family and are happy as can be. I receive good reports from their new family. The other two were taken in by a kind-hearted vet with a pet adoption center in his practice.
In between these, another dozen kittens/adult cats were rescued and the adults neutered/spayed. The Greater Birmingham Humane Society adopted four of these kittens to furever homes. The owners of the adult cats weren't financially able to neuter/spay them so thanks to your contributions we were able to do so. The adults (and all the kittens now) are with their owners and out of the kitten production business.
Research and planning about the best way we can establish a successful and financially stable sanctuary in Alabama continues with like minded Alabama rescue folks and organizations like Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah. In 2014, I and another volunteer plan to visit that sanctuary to receive training.
I am grateful to those who have contributed over $3,500 in 2013 toward our $15,000 seed fund goal and to Conservation Alabama Foundation which donated a Toshiba laptop computer to the Sanctuary project when they reduced their office equipment inventory recently.
2014 should be a banner year for our cat sanctuary project with your continued support.
Happy New Year!
A former feral who found a home in 2013