Tree of Life Animal Rescue

What: Helping homeless cats and kittens who need daily feeding, spaying, vaccinations, vet care, and possible rehoming.

Where: Mendocino Coastal Area/ Anderson Valley 

Hello. My name is Karen. I have been involved in cat rescue for over 20 years.
In past years, I have had the privilege of volunteering with organizations such as San Francisco Community Cats (feral program run by SF SPCA) and Heading Home Animal Rescue in Santa Cruz County. 

I seem to be destined to help needy kitties! I recently relocated to the beautiful Mendocino coastal area and I have now been given the opportunity to work with a fast-growing community of feral, semi-feral, and partially tame cats and kittens in the town of Navarro near the coast in the Anderson Valley.   This is the first project for Tree of Life Animal Rescue.

Starting August 30th, I began daily feeding and assessment of the cats in this location. Presently I am counting a dozen hungry and homeless kittens and cats, plus a mamacat who just had a litter of unknown size. The property owner has been working with me on this project. He told me there are more cats in another location nearby. That will be the next project!

I have begun making appointments for spaying and neutering and recently captured the first "client." He will be neutered and vaccinated on October 1st! I have set up more appointments and will continue until all these cats are spayed and vaccinated. Some will return to the same location and others will need to be found new homes, either as "working" barn or vineyard cats or as pets, depending on each cat's temperament. 

This is a big project and it needs urgent attention or will soon get out of hand. Most cats seem to be in good health but a few are injured or appear to be sick. The tomcats are getting into terrible fights and there will soon be more litters.

Unfortunately because of Covid and the recent wildfires nearby, resources and assistance are very limited. However,  the great news is that an amazing organization called the Eileen Hawthorne Fund has just informed me that they will cover the costs of spaying and rabies vaccinations for all the cats!!

So here is what your donation will help cover:

Food:  Daily feeding cost is approximately $4-5 and growing as more cats come forward. 

Supplies and Other Care:  Litter and litter boxes, cat carriers and kennels, towels, bedding, and cleaning supplies, flea treatments and deworming meds, FVRCP vaccinations and veterinary treatments not covered by EHF,  transportation, and microchipping when necessary. This could cost up to $100  per cat or more. 

Temporary Shelter:  Construction of a structure to temporarily house cats waiting for spaying and rehoming. Ideally cats would be placed into foster homes during this period, but due to covid and the wildfires, it has been difficult to find help. It is important to pull high-risk cats (injured cats, females in heat, fighting toms, etc.) from the situation before more problems arise. It will also give me and my helpers the opportunity to work with the cats and kittens who are shy, un-socialized, and lacking confidence with humans. This is SO important in the rehoming process and could be life-changing for some cats! This is also my area of expertise. 

Thank you so much for talking the time to read this and for any help you can give.  

Kitty Kitty Karen


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Karen Terpening 
Mendocino, CA
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