Park Plaza Feral Cat TNR Project
My name is Karen Hart and I am trying to raise funds to help implement a Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program for the Park Plaza feral cat colony off of Churn Creek Road. There are aproximately 100+ adult feral cats and an unknown number of kittens who are in poor condition and many of which are dying a slow death of starvation and disease.
Feral cats are domestic cats, the difference is that feral cats have had little or no contact with humans and so they are fearful and cannot be adopted. They have a home........ the outdoors.
This program ends reproduction, stabilizes feral cat populations and improves individual cats' lives. The behavior and stresses associated with mating, pregnancy, yowling, and fighting STOP.
The money raised will go towards altering, feeding, and veterinary care if needed. A caregiver to the colony will maintain a feeding station and observe the colony for the remainder of the cats lives.
This funding is needed immediately, as many of these cats are in poor shape from disease, starvation, and fighting. They are dying a slow and agonizing death. Many have lost their battle to live and crawl silently through the dirt and bushes to die alone. We need to sterilize and maintain this colony and stop the suffering NOW!
Thank you for your consideration in helping with this project.
I have a very special request for a wonderful person Lee Riggs who adopted Feral-72 "Ellie" back in October 2016.
Ellie is one of two sibling cats who have lived in the colony for 18 years! Before the winter storm hit, I knew that Ellie would not survive the cold winter months, so I pulled her from the colony and fostered her myself. She was a mere 6 pounds and had severe ear mites and was very immune compromised. After a couple weeks of good food and medication, she was doing wonderfully well and was ready for adoption!
A stranger I never met, Lee opened up his heart and home to give Ellie a second chance of tender loving care, something she had never received but took to her new life with a flourish of love in return.
Now sadly, I have learned that Ellie has been diagnosed with kidney disease. Lee knows that to prolong her life in the best way possible, she needs special food which is very costly. Lee is doing all he can for her. He even donates to our campaign regularly!
Now he needs help! He helped me, so I would like to extend a special request for a donation in Ellie's name to help Lee give Ellie the support she deserves.
I know it sounds as though I am always asking so much of all of you, but without you this colony would be doubled by now and lets face it, we are not all fortunate to have finances under control, myself included.
Please won't you consider a donation for Ellie to receive the treatment that she needs? Even a couple dollars will help, Ellie is a Park Plaza Cat after all and needs special food and veterinary care right now.
If you wish to donate, Please write in your comment that this is for "ELLIE FUND" I will make sure that every cent gets sent to Lee so that he can continue giving Ellie the care she deserves.
The cost is as follows;
Each adult cat must be friendly and not show any signs of URI, the local rescue will then alter, vet check, and vaccinate prior to shipping them to Oregon for a low fee of $25 per cat OR $25 PER LITTER!
The litter of kittens must be at least 8 weeks old and free from URI.
Our kittens are almost 4 weeks old and they need to be pulled from the colony at 5 weeks and into foster care BEFORE they develop any URI's. Our colony is so susceptible to this that they need to be out of the colony in temporary foster care so they are healthy and ready for transport!
So this is what we need, temporary fosters for weaned kittens and friendly cats who may or may not have URI's, you will need to treat them and care for them until the next transport. Transports are every month.
We also need (as always) canned kitten and adult food, litter boxes and litter.
This is a wonderful opportunity for us to get these friendly cats healthy, into a home environment as well as pulling the kittens BEFORE they develop any URI issues.
Please won't you consider a temporary foster or help with donations of canned food and supplies and of course monetary funding for transport fees and medications needed for fostering!
We just can't pass this up!
As you can see I have raised the goal of the fund.
Last April when I first encountered this colony, it was estimated that there were 60 cats within the confines of the area.
Now after altering 114 cats it is obvious that my initial guess work was off by a huge number. Now I estimate that there are at least 50-60 cats left un-altered.
Funds needed are for the following:
Antibiotics "for URI"
Holistic treatments for flea/mite infested cats "diatomaceous earth powder"
Vitamins " L-Lysine powder for immune deficiency cats"
Veterinary care "for injured and sick cats"
Veterinary care " for vet checks and vaccinations for adoptable cats"
Foster parent "costs" which include food and supplies
Everything needed for this colony comes at a huge cost, because this is a huge colony, I can't do it alone.
Please consider a donation of any kind...... this colony deserves to live a life free from pain, suffering, and stress.
Last year, there were dead and dying cats everywhere! They were NOT managed and NOT fed and were suffering a slow death. I have seen the unimaginable.
Now with your help, there are cats who are enjoying a stress free life without competition or stress and have full bellies with healthy food every single day. These feral cats have a home, not a "housecat" home but a home that is maintained and monitored for the rest of their lives.
Please consider a donation to help continue to keep these cats healthy and care free for the remainder of their lives..........
They DID NOT ask for this kind of life, it was dealt to them, but we can continue to keep them in the upmost comfort that they DESERVE!
Feral-113- a very sweet "non feral" teenage kitten grey male who is up for ADOPTION! This kitten is SO friendly! He is neutered and rabies vaccinated and ready for a forever home.
He was a kitten born in the colony from a pregnant mother cat who only had one kitten (doesn't happen that often) But he is ALL alone, no sibling's and mother has rejected him now, since he is almost 2 months old.
Please consider adoption for this single kitten who as I said is all ALONE! He has no one to turn to. When I visit the colony he jumps up my leg onto my back and rubs his head against my body. HE DOES NOT BELONG AT THE COLONY! He is not an adapted cat within the colony. I've never seen a kitten react the way he does towards human interaction. He really needs a forever home!
Please meet ....
Feral-114- She was a very pregnant Siamese adult who is doing very well in recovery.
Karen, there are two bags of cat food waiting for you at the Happy Tails Barkery. Good luck!
If you can't find a foster for her< I would be willing to take her in while you are on vacation. I have four kitties that live with me. One is a senior.
Beautiful cats. So sad they were abandoned - what kind of people do that - no one I want to know. Redding needs better paying jobs so people can afford to take care of their cats, or veterinarians need to give them a break when they are low income.
Hi Karen, I'll take the single kitten in the update if needed.