Our neighborhood has a growing feral and stray population and we (Mary, Nicole, and Shelby Reister) decided to do something about it. We have found litters of kittens in the past who were so sick and nothing could be done for them. Now, we've discovered more and after canvassing the neighborhood and learning how widespread the problem is, we realized something has to change.
At the moment, there is at least one litter of kittens scrabbling through the bushes and a neighbor's junkyard. Some have likely been picked off by coyotes, while others are suffering with worms and anemia from the fleas. We have captured two kittens so far and two adults. There are more adults and kittens roaming and we heard the tell tale sounds of a female in heat, so more could be on the way.
Here are the adult cats who we think are the mommy and daddy of the current litter:
This is Matilda:
The other kitten we've captured so far is super sweet too.
This is Bob:
Our plan is to get all of the kittens adopted, and have the parents spayed/neutered after catching them in traps. We have made arrangements with a local organization called Cat's Meow that does the spay/neuter for a very low cost and will help rehome the kittens. All money raised will go to getting the adults fixed and released, as well as taking care of the kittens while we, and the good folks at the shelter we are working with, find them loving homes.
Our money priorities are as follows:
1. Getting the feral cats spayed/neutered.
2. Taking care of any immediate medical problems with the feral cats/kittens before placing them in homes or a shelter (the adults will be released).
3. Medical bills for Matilda, the kitten we have adopted from the feral litter.
4. Supplies for setting up various cat and kitten quarantine areas to protect the cats who are part of our family. We have 3 Ragdolls, a tuxedo short hair, and now this little kitten.
5. Supplies for blind kitten-proofing our house and making sure there is enough cat furniture for a now 5-cat household.
6. Donate to local shelters and trap/neuter/release (TNR) programs in our area.
Thank you for any help you can give to our efforts! Power to the Paw!
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