Help Liza and Elsa- and many more!
These are Feral (wild) cats who are expected to keep a wide berth from humans. They've become amazingly comfortable around me (considering) and spend a lot of time watching me through the door instead of bolting to the next county at the first sight of a human.
Liza has survived at least one heat without getting in a 'family way'.
After getting certified at the Feral Cat Workshop, it was frustrating to take it to a higher level, being a one person operation way up in the Bronx with no car.
The plan is to get living traps and to look into medical expenses on my own.
Before I even got the chance to go big time with this campaign, a wonderful person stepped forward and contributed two traps for the project.
One of the local vet staffmembers pointed me to The Little Wanderers. They can coordinate transport, physical exams, spay/neuter procedures, blood test and rabies shot with the big animal hospitals in Manhattan and way over in a remote part of Queens.
Working with Little Wanders got a LOT of good done. I sheltered 10 ferals from all over, cared for them and worked with them during their post op care. All but one got adopted, and I took that last little urchin in to join my own backyard tribe. She's doing wonderfully and is enjoying a much better life than in the steel yard where she was rescued. But all this was taking time and effort away from our own space monkeys outback.
With one of our own cage/traps, a gift from Paula in Boston, our poster girl Liza has finally been taken care of.
Our last benefit from working with the Wanderers was the ability to transport Liza to the ASPCA in Queens for her surgery, vaccinations, worm treatment etc. PLUS it was found she had an ovarian cyst. It was taken care of, of course, but it that wasn't included in the no cost ASPCA deal.
I have been in contact with several local vets for future feral treatment as time goes by.
PLUS, there's always the need for more food (both wet and dry are advised) and straw for the next fleet of shelters that I will build for each coming winter.
With your help, not only can we do the best we can for Liza and Elsa, but we can continue these procedures for the other little lions (there's always more) who need medical attention and to prevent more and more wild kittens from being brought into a tough world.
I've set up a random donation goal. I hope it to be an open ended ongoing thing. Whatever we get will help and I will keep careful records of where the funds are spent.
Everything has been good since our two sad losses earlier this year (Elsa http://www.djhazard.com/2018/03/very-sad-news-elsa-died-yesterday.html
and that little baby I found on my steps http://www.djhazard.com/2018/07/sometimes-just-trying-our-best-is-all.html ).
Liza is a crazy old lady now (they age so quickly out there). She doesn't hang with the group but, sure enough, knows when breakfast and dinner comes out of the magic door.
If she's late, I throw a little plate out there for her.
Then she goes off to whatever hermit hideout where she spends her day and night.
The 3 Amigos are all grown up and each has their own personality.
Grem is Grem (see video). I've decided to keep her outside 98% of the time. That's where she wants to be. I still bring her in for maelstroms and fireworks.
I'm not even going to try to throw a flea collar on her- plus they are dangerous for mostly outside cats (accidental hanging).
It's been a year since she was rescued, terrified and doomed, from that terrible steelyard with the sparks and HEAVY machinery and mud.
She's VERY friendly with me. She's like a regular house cat. I can pick her up whenever I want to and she'll tolerate a big smooch and everything, but she is still very wary of others and I'm glad since she's spending so much time out there
Friend of Earth Base Hazard Susan is sending some nontoxic topical flea and tick lotion (thanks!).
We'll see what happens then.
To stock up extra well for Autumn and Winter, I'm gonna bump up the target and ask you, the current subscribers and past contributors, NOT to donate any more than you have (you've already been wonderful) but rather share the link again so we can get some new eyes and ears out there.
Later this month I will do my first big order from Walmart.com, as they are giving Amazon Prime a run for their money (and I fired Amazon Prime over a year ago). Walmart has some awesome prices on cat food and free delivery and all that stuff.
So there, how's that? ;)
Nice weather. Gonna take the opportunity to do some spring cleaning. Here you can see the professional grade outdoor shelters that I got to keep up with the wear and tear of Liza, Elsa, Una, Dosa, Tresa etc etc etc.
Una, Dosa and Tresa are the code names I gave the 3 Amigos. (Amigo is each one's last name, much like the Ramones or the Traveling Wilburys)
The thermal tarps that normally surround and augment these structures are in the wash.
Pulverize dry food into powder. Heat a can of wet food in hot water. Add heated food to powdered food. Add heated chicken broth and olive oil. Mix it all up. This batch went outside while I compiled this post. Clean plate by the time I finished. They LOVE it. I'll try to vid breakfast tomorrow morning.
Some of them don't like the texture of hay, so I stuff the hay into old flannel pillow cases and they work great.
Unfortunately, the thermal tarps keep you from getting a better look at the new shelters, but they are invaluable for increasing the insulation and warmth.
The 3 Amigos are getting big! Here we captured two of them back at the ranch while everybody was out doing important space monkey business.