The Appin Cats Project "Our Safe Haven"

We are energized and very happy to announce the next stage in the Appin Cats Project’s long-term commitment to the neglected cat population in our area – Our Safe Haven (OSHO).

After 27 months of working on eliminating our village colony and finding them loving homes, we just celebrated our 30th adoption! Kittens, cats, seniors, domestics, and ferals have been given new chances at good lives, and we have done our best to answer questions and find solutions for those who we cannot directly help.

The kindness of a nearby neighbour has provided us with a sanctuary from the elements for the winter. To repeat: A SAFE HAVEN FOR OUR STRAYS AND FERALS! This is a huge and amazing opportunity for us to move on from simply grabbing the babes we can accommodate, leaving the others to get sicker, weaker, while simultaneously ballooning the colony’s population.

Our Safe Haven plans to incorporate traditional rescue (capture, heal, nurture, home) with TNR (trap, neuter, release) to create a TNTR environment (Trap Neuter Temporary Release) where we can ensure as many souls as possible benefit from the chance to have a safe and cared-for life. By stopping new litters from being born, and curbing their tendency to wander, we hope to create shelter and sanctuary for them to stay out of the elements, find a non-competitive social circle, have a safe and clean food source, and know the security of what a good home feels like.

The first step is to do some repairs on the building we intend to use. It has seen some hard years, so it will need to be cleaned and emptied (with the junk removed), and repaired. In particular, it is missing most of its roof. We don’t need it to be pretty, we just need it to be weathertight and safe. 

When the space is ready for use, it will need to be outfitted with litterboxes and bedding and, of course, cats! It is expected that vetting costs will come fast and quick as we try to spay/neuter/vaccinate as many felines as we can, as quickly as we can. This further financial requirement will come all at once, and we need to be prepared. Your kindness will go a long way to helping us realize this goal.

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