Feral Cat Colony/TNR/Michigan

$2,820 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 71 months
Patricia Brown  WARREN, MI









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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Update 173
Posted by Patricia Brown
4 days ago
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For those that don't follow me on facebook an exciting update! I promised to TNR and boy have I been busy! I have successfully TNR'd two females who were in heat and will no longer have kittens! And of the 11, yes...11 males that were stalking them, two have been TNR'd and released. All in the last week. My latest, Chloe is going to be staying for a short as we have storms coming in and she has a mild URI that needs to be addressed. Will be working on the other males if they are still around. On that note, I am out of feral food! And Chloe will need her own litter box. If you can help....I need it!
Thank you from Patricia and her Furry Feral Friends.
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Update 172
Posted by Patricia Brown
24 days ago
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Hope Everyone had a great and Merry Christmas. Been awhile since I have updated as a lot of changes have been made in my life, but now that the new year is upon us, it's time to start trapping again! I have made a new shelter for my ferals, going up this afternoon as I have at least 5 new cats showing up...3 on a nightly basis and two others that just randomly show up. It's a lot of work but worth it. Attempts to find owners have failed, so assuming...not always a good thing....that they are all feral and for sure one is a male, he is marking his territory, and of course my resident Max is not a happy camper. I don't normally get into my personal business but a couple of months ago, my helper and yes, financial helper too has moved on with her life and I am now pretty much living on my Social Security and that means a lot of cut backs for me. But...I will never abandon my mission to help my feral kitties! So am asking for support, food and litter are the main concerns. My supply of food which was quite big at one time is now pretty much depleted.
On a sad note for those that don't know, in a span of 6 weeks I lost 3 of my own babies. Two to FIP and one to what I believe now was an aneurism. I have been taking this time to heal from my grief and now ready to move on.
I appreciate all of my supporters for all they do for me.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Patricia and her Furry Feral Friends.
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Update 171
Posted by Patricia Brown
3 months ago
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Want to keep everyone up to date on what is going on around here.....needless to say the weather is getting cooler and new faces are showing up to the food dish. Today while in my office I was surprised to see in broad day light a beautiful young Dark Grey and White cat at the food dish, very young and new to me. I talked to him/her and they didn't run right off, so not sure what I am dealing with. And good news....my last TNR who we named Freeloader has returned to the food dish numerous time a night, every night! That makes me happy even though my resident feral Max is not happy about it. We had a standoff in the middle of the night by my bedroom window last night. On another note, I want to thank Carol again for her continuing support for our stray, feral and homeless cats and kittens. And...all of my friends in the rescue community! I was able to get enough flea meds for the whole crew around here! yay...so on that note.....
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Patricia and her Furry Feral Friends.
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Update 170
Posted by Patricia Brown
4 months ago
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Been a busy summer with my fosters, lots of ups and downs, but now it's time for my local TNR project. Just took in this morning for neuter, rabies and ear tip, my first for the fall, a big guy we named Freeloader. Then just shortly, in broad daylight, my big beautiful long haired guy from last winter just showed up. Hopefully he will still come around, only have one trap, guess I better get another one. Could really use some help, we are good on food, but litter and flea meds are needed as somehow we got fleas after two years of none! So angry that all of my kitties, including the fosters were flea free. I said we had our ups and downs, it was a bad year here as my fosters all got ringworm, so many many vet visits later...all of that was taken care of) and it's all gone, but think that's where we picked up the fleas.
I do have some flea meds coming, but not enough to cover everyone. Your help would be appreciated.
It's been a long summer, and the TNR work for the winter is just starting!
Thanks from Patricia and her Furry Feral Friends.
Your support is more than appreciated! Saving lives one cat at a time!
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Elizabeth Ann Clayton
29 months ago

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

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Linda Kissane
35 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 75 people in 71 months
Created March 13, 2013
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Kee Yeo
1 month ago
$25
Charlene Dean
2 months ago

Thinking of you with love, & miss you my friend!

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Charlene Dean
5 months ago

My heart breaks for you my friend. I am SO sorry about what you are going through with your beloved Coal. He IS so precious. Praying for you both, & please remember you are NOT alone. I love you, & if you need to talk please call. I miss you!

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7 months ago
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14 months ago
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Charlene Dean
16 months ago

Love you my friend...

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18 months ago
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Elizabeth Ann Clayton
29 months ago

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

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Linda Kissane
35 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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