Help me Help Ferals near SF Bay

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Please help me help the feral cats! 
For the past  25 years, I have been feeding and caring for the feral and abandoned cats living in and around the  SF bay front.  There are 20 feeding sites (some with as many as 10 cats) that I visit twice a day, every day, rain or shine.   I practice trap, neuter, vaccinate and release to humanely control the colonies and keep the cats healthy by providing a good, consistent food source (both wet and dry food), clean water, warm shelters and medical care, as needed.  For the cats that are friendly, I work hard to find them good, loving homes so they’ll never have to be on the street again. These cats depend on me!  Most of them are afraid of humans but they trust me.  If you could only see the relief in their eyes when I arrive with food on a regular basis, you’d begin to understand what life is like for them.
Unfortunately, I was forced to take early retirement from my job a few years ago due to a disability injury and I’m learning what it’s like to live on a fixed income.  As the number of abandoned cats increase and the cost of food rises, I’m struggling to make ends meet.  I spend close to $750  a month on cat food alone.  That's 180 lbs of dry food and 20 cases (24 – 5.5 ounce cans of wet food) each WEEK!  I also have the occasional, rogue vet bill ($775 last January!) but I work very hard to catch things early and keep the kitties healthy to prevent major vet bills.  Routine spaying / neutering is $50 per cat at the local shelter.  I try to use the free county vouchers for the spay/neuter surgeries but they’re not always available when I need them.
Please help me continue caring for these cats!   If you donate to this fund, you are an amazing soul who has found a way to be part of the solution of unwanted, abandoned cats that are just trying to survive through no fault of their own.  I greatly appreciate any and all donations!   
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I want to take this opportunity to thank so many of you who donated for the cats' food which enables me to pay for health care for them, including having Wishus' teeth extracted, which saved her life. She wouldn't let me touch her, and now she likes to cuddle. Wishus is still living in the Bay front colony. (See her photo). Heartfelt thanks also go to the Bartsch family for building a perfect shelter for my canal cats. (See photo), And, thank you, Patti Smith and Jo Lynn Werner for getting the word out there!

UPDATE: How the Bay front construction (new Facebook campus) is affecting the cats I feed and care for daily:
As far as the construction company is concerned, every living thing should move away from the site, and I am the only one out there to physically relocate the cats to a safe spot.
The projects do not take into account wildlife or the Bay front cats, because the Environmental Impact Report is glossed over quickly. The wildlife and cats are in danger by those who are irritated by their presence.
So far this year, I have brought in 12 Cats from my colonies to be house cats in their new homes, but so many cats still remain on the Bay front that need food and care, and that's where I come in.
At a second construction site, there is still one cat that is impacted daily by the construction. As she (Calli) is trap savvy from being spayed, she will not go into the trap a second time, so I cannot bring her to her newly awaited home. (See Calli's photo).
Kindest Regards, Lisa Wyatt
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To Anyone considering donating funds for cat food for the 20 colonies I feed on the Bay front, THANK YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU!! There have been some changes forced on the kitties & me as their caretaker out at the old Burlingame drive in theatre site. Now, since the land is being bulldozed, I had to lure the cats to a new feeding spot along the canal where they are safe. A few of the cats watched their shelters be demolished before their eyes as the excavator crashed it's scooper down on top of the peaceful place they played and ate everyday for years. One of the cats has not been the same since then. I have made new shelters and feeding spots that are comfortable and they feel safe in. These spots require quite the nimble hike over rough terrain I have fallen through a few times already, last time breaking a finger grabbing on not to slide into the bay inlet as I made a slight mis-step. Another change is coming as the local shelter is beginning to break ground in the summer which will tear down more shelters and a feeding site for another colony of cats. How stressful for the cats to see their peaceful home destroyed to be replaced by concrete and buildings. The kitties look forward to their feeding time and your donations pay for the food which is the only constant they will be able to count on during any changes coming their way. Please wish them peace and safety. Here is a picture of the drive in property some of the cats called home before it became flat dirt
Burlingame drive in property
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Have to go out a 2nd time at sunset each day to make sure there is still water and some food for the cats that show up in the evening only but not in the morning. Most feral feeders who have other colonies say they only go out ONCE a day then go on about the rest of their day. The Humane Society & I BOTH agree how important it is to go back to see what happens to the food & water you put out early in the day: Frequently I find the water is down to the bottom and dirty, and sometimes the birds or wildlife have picked the food away after the first round of cats ate. Sundown is when the evening cats come out so its easy to have what they need out there for them so as not to feed the wildlife that comes out not long after that.
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Spent the last 2 evenings trying to trap 3 kittens that were either dumped in the parking lot of the local shelter here, or some dummy brought them to the nightdrop and decided they wanted to take their cat carrier home with them and the kittens got loose. I do have a life to get back to but these kittens are right by a VERY busy road and nobody else will try to trap them & get them to safety, so here I am again......
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Lisa Wyatt
36 months ago
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Lynda, Yes! Yours was the first one! I see it on the dashboard.

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Thomas
8 months ago

Thank you for all your hard work! We are located in the bay area and have personally seen your food bowls and your work. We always wondered who did this and its great to see someone who cares about the feral cats and is helping them!

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Jolynnanbill Werner
36 months ago

Can't believe a few people won't take the responsibility for their kittens or one's that show up in their lives. Lisa Wyatt, you are truly an Angel. We'd like to take this opportunity to ask for any volunteer feeders out there to help with your never ending labor of love. Jo L & Bill

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Lynda Davis Rizzo Mortensen
36 months ago

Lisa. I don't see my donation here? Did you get it? $100.

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Myly Posse
37 months ago

Great cause! I lived in Foster City where they have Project Bay Cat. Three agencies work with volunteers to keep the populations down along the Bay Trail (capture/spay/neuter and release or rehome as appropriate). I am very interested to learn more specifically what Lisa is doing, the area she's focusing on, what vet or animal agency she's working with and what the $5000 is going towards--how did she calculate the amount needed. Pictures and success stories too! I think that might generate more funding.

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KQ
$25
Kandy Quigg
2 months ago
$50
Jolynnanbill Werner
2 months ago

My husband and I donate to Lisa Wyatt because she cares for over sixty cats and that includes feeding and taking them for medical treatments. Lisa is our Hero.

$50
Kristie Bartsch
2 months ago
LV
$25
Lindsay Vurek
2 months ago

Thank you for the kindness to animals in need. Also, agree with you and Kennedy on the BigPharma undue influence issue.

JU
$50
Jennifer Uithoven
2 months ago
TG
$20
Tony Gonzalez
2 months ago
$25
Jolynnanbill Werner
2 months ago

We donate because Lisa feeds over sixty cats a day and saves cats and kittens that she finds on the Bayfront who have mostly been abandoned. She needs help.

JM
$20
Jann McCully
3 months ago

I want to support feral or street cat feeders who allow cats to live out their natural lives without hunger and with some protection from the elements.

$20
Anonymous
3 months ago
Lisa Wyatt
36 months ago
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1

Lynda, Yes! Yours was the first one! I see it on the dashboard.

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Thomas
8 months ago

Thank you for all your hard work! We are located in the bay area and have personally seen your food bowls and your work. We always wondered who did this and its great to see someone who cares about the feral cats and is helping them!

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Jolynnanbill Werner
36 months ago

Can't believe a few people won't take the responsibility for their kittens or one's that show up in their lives. Lisa Wyatt, you are truly an Angel. We'd like to take this opportunity to ask for any volunteer feeders out there to help with your never ending labor of love. Jo L & Bill

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Lynda Davis Rizzo Mortensen
36 months ago

Lisa. I don't see my donation here? Did you get it? $100.

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Myly Posse
37 months ago

Great cause! I lived in Foster City where they have Project Bay Cat. Three agencies work with volunteers to keep the populations down along the Bay Trail (capture/spay/neuter and release or rehome as appropriate). I am very interested to learn more specifically what Lisa is doing, the area she's focusing on, what vet or animal agency she's working with and what the $5000 is going towards--how did she calculate the amount needed. Pictures and success stories too! I think that might generate more funding.

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