Feral Cat Colony/TNR/Michigan

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Raised by 70 people in 60 months









Being an animal lover my whole life, if comes as no surprise to me that animals in need tend to migrate in my direction. I joke all the time that there is the proverbial "X" on my house. In the winter of 2011 my first two feral cats, Molly and Maggie found access to the crawl space under my house via a broken vent window. Having always had domesticated cats and kittens in my life, feral cats were a new experience for me. I watched these two lovely cats as they navigated their way around my home and my neighbors home and noticed that both had kittens with them. Thus began a process of rescuing homeless and feral cats and kittens, getting them spayed and neutered and then beginning the process of determining which ones are capable of being socialized so they can be adopted out to good homes and re-releasing the ones that are unable to be socialized so they can live happy lives free of having to reproduce which, for female cats, creates a very short life due to the stress and strain of multiple pregancies.

Of course I started feeding them and not understanding what a feral cat was I struggled to try to catch some of the kittens and not having yet been trained in TNR from our local TNR facility it was a futile attempt. In attempting to catch them I came across some of my neighbors who are to say the least "cat haters" and I was told that they already trapped or picked up some of the kittens and turned them over to a shelter that had a 92% kill rate. (My daughter worked there for a short time until she couldn't take the abuse at the shelter anymore and came home in tears after quitting). I was horrified that these lovely creatures were not only homeless, unwanted, unloved and uncared for but that I was told to my face that they would be killed if they had anything to do with it. I set in motion a plan to save these lovely cats. One of Maggies kittens "Jenny" survived and made her home with Molly and Maggie.

The following spring of 2012, after a lot of research, I got started with the local TNR program. I was able to trap Jenny and she was the first of many that was spayed and released. Since then I have spayed and neutered 40 cats, and have 3 more that need to be spay and nuetered, then put up for adoption.
I am a young senior who took a job just to cover the expenses and have found that even at that, I am in need of help to give these lovely creatures the care they need.

Hence my page on GoFundMe:

I am asking for help to take care of these lovely animals and provide them with the best care possible and the ability to find them good homes. The care for these amazing creatures is not cheap, spay/neuter costs $55 per aninal, food to care for them costs $200 a month and others expenses such as vet bills for unseen health issues can run upwards of $500 a shot.

Please help us give the care these loving animals need so we can get them good homes where they can get the love and attention they deserve. Any contribution no matter how small will go a long way.

Sincerely,
Patricia Brown and her Furry Feral Friends

Please note, your donation and support of my TNR Colony
is not tax deductible and all money raised will be used solely for the purpose of caring for this Feral Cat Colony.

Thank you for supporting me and helping me make a
difference.








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ok, friends and supporters....asking for whatever help you can spare. Just put out $500,00 to repair my furnace, money that I just don't have to spare. Need food and litter for my ferals, as I was going to go out today and replenish. I am still doing my TNR, my latest little guy Calvin was supposed to go in for neutering today but had to cancel as his infection from his bite wound flared up again, so have him kenneled to give him another round of meds. He was so sweet at first but the vet warned me that he may react differently once he was out of pain, she was right! Now all he does is hide from us. I can keep him inside until the weather breaks or find him a barn situation, he just isn't socializing......darn! Still have my regulars showing up nightly. You know I won't ask for anything I can handle on my own, but this one took me by surprise.
Thanks for your support, again, it's for my feral kids....
Thanks from the bottom of my heart...
Patricia and her Furry Feral Friends.
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Update on what has been going on lately, it's been a crazy couple of months. It's been bitter cold and the ferals are coming out of the woodwork. As of this week we have 3 new ferals coming to the dish, one looks like a little girl, so keeping an eye out on her. Another is an orange tabby, neither appear to have ear tips. And much to my surprise, along with Max and Jenny, my too first TNR's, my latest two....Sabastian and and a beautiful gray cat have been returning on a nightly basis! Usually once TNR'd they don't return. Not these two! Max is having a fit, I watch him chase off the males every night and it's a circus of cats running around the bushes and the house. But it doesn't deter them from getting their food. A huge thanks to Carol for her unending support with food and litter for the ferals. You are an Angel!
Sassy is doing great after having her teeth pulled, holding her own and getting used to a regular feeding schedule just for her. My big boy Gandalf gave us a scare last month with a horrendous sinus infection, and we really thought it was going to be very serious, but with antibiotics it is all cleared up and the doctor said he is a very healthy big boy. We lost Tommy a couple of months ago and his twin brother Jerry went through a few weeks of grief, looking for his brother and crying for him, but he has now become more social with the others and is making his presence known by hanging out with us now, which he didn't used to do. On a good note, 4 of my fosters all found their forever homes all within 6 days over the holidays! It has been a whirl wind around here lately. My focus can now be on my ferals full time and when the weather is warmer will try to trap the 3 new ones showing up and determining where to go from there.
My heartfelt thanks to all who follow and support me, the work never ends.
Thanks to everyone, the work goes on.
Patricia and her Furry Feral Friends.
New little girl
Orange Tabby
Sabastian
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So happy to report that I trapped my black feral the other morning, he has already been neutered and received his rabies shot and upon release last night, very happy to say he did return immediately to the food dish. Not good news for my feral Max who is very territorial and not happy having Sabastian around, but oh well, the food is out there for a reason. Also happy to announce that Jenny is an almost nightly visitor, but disappointed that so far no sightings of Maggie this year. Praying she is ok, maybe found a better source of food and shelter, but still hoping she eventually returns to let us know she is ok.
I do want to acknowledge a wonderful donation from Chewy on my front porch the other day that will keep these babies fed for some time. Thank you Carol!
Oh...lest I forget Sassy!!! She is doing well after having 12 of her teeth pulled, all of your donations helped get it done. She is inside, warm, happy....for a feral, lol, and doing great!
Thank you all for your continued support.
Patricia and her Furry Feral Friends
Sabastian
Sabastian returns within minutes!
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Update on Sassy for my Go Fund Me friends, we have reached our goal to get her teeth done! She will be getting her dental work done this next Tuesday.
A heart full of thanks to all who donated to make this happen and give this sweet little girl some relief that is much needed. She is out and about, socializing with my other babies and doing well.
Thank you everyone for your support!
Patricia and her Furry Feral Friends.

PS...it's getting colder and now I have two more strays at the food dishes!! whoopie
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Elizabeth Ann Clayton
17 months ago

Hi. I have tons of kitty food coupons I can clip and mail to you

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Linda Kissane
24 months ago

Hi Patricia, did you get my question about the Rhinestones. I left the message last night. If you lost it let me know so I can buy some and send some for the kitties! Linda

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Raised by 70 people in 60 months
Created March 13, 2013
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Charlene Dean
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Love you my friend...

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Charlene Dean
14 months ago

Merry Christmas with love.

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Charlene Dean
14 months ago

Much love!

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Elizabeth Ann Clayton
17 months ago

Hi. I have tons of kitty food coupons I can clip and mail to you

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Linda Kissane
24 months ago

Hi Patricia, did you get my question about the Rhinestones. I left the message last night. If you lost it let me know so I can buy some and send some for the kitties! Linda

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