Help Bolton's Feral Cats

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Raised by 44 people in 27 months
Bolton’s Feral Cats need our help!  

Last year, my now 12 yo daughter, Briana made me aware of a colony of feral cats on South road. Each time she would visit friends in the neighborhood, they would find new kittens.  We decided then that we wanted to help. The colony is growing in size rapidly. What started out as one litter of 5 kittens, has grown to 35+ cats, with more on the way (we know at least a few are already pregnant this season).

 The best way to help these cats is through TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return). We visited with the kind man who currently feeds the cats and he has agreed to let us trap the cats so that that they can be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and ear tipped. Ear tipping is a universally accepted sign that a cat is feral and has already been neutered. The photo above is a picture of a feral cat that I found on the internet, not a Bolton cat, that has a tipped ear. They will then be released back onto the property from which they came from. The current caretaker will continue to feed them.

 The cost for TNR will be approximately $95 per cat, plus any medical expenses that may arise if any of cats have health issues that need to be addressed. We know there are at least 35 cats, however there could be many more. These cats are very good at hiding, as they are wary of humans. They don’t all come out at once, so its difficult to know exactly how many there are.  We will be working to try to document as many cats as we can in the coming weeks before trapping, to get a better idea of what we are dealing with. 

  I will be working with an area rescue, Our Companions, that has agreed to help us. They may be able to provide some financial assistance; however, I do not expect that they will be able to cover it all. Any money that is raised that is not needed initially, will be used for any future TNR trappings that may be needed and medical expenses that may arise. Also, if possible we’d also like to provide at least some cat food for the caretaker, as he told us he is currently purchasing 40lbs of cat food a week.

 Any help you may be able to provide will be greatly appreciated! Even just sharing the campaign helps.

Thank you, Kelly & Briana Ross

 -Note: Anyone who would prefer to donate directly to Our Companions, the organization we are working with, by check or credit card may do so here http://ourcompanions.org/donate/index.htm
*Please note Bolton's Feral Cat project with your donation.

A few feral cat facts:

·       Female cats can reproduce two to three times a year, and their kittens, if they survive, will become feral without early contact with people. Cats can become pregnant as early as 5 months of age, and the number of cats rapidly increases without intervention by caring people. Example: A pair of breeding cats, which can have two or more litters per year, can exponentially produce 420,000 offspring over a seven-year period.

·      Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a non-lethal strategy to reduce the number of feral cats and improve the quality of life for cats, birds, wildlife and people. This program helps to reduce the numbers of feral cats able to breed and reproduce. The TNR program sterilizes the cats, vaccinates them against rabies and surgically ear-tips the cat on one ear (ear-tip is the universally recognized sign of a cat who has been sterilized in a TNR program).
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Once again with the help of Bentley Memorial Library, we are doing a cat food collection to feed the Bolton ferals. Donations of wet or dry food can be dropped off at Bentley Memorial Library during regular business hours through December. Or contact Kelly Ross via message here, or FB, to arrange pick up. Last year we collected over 300 pounds of food for the cats, which fed them for a few months! We are so grateful for the support of the Bolton Community and animal lovers in surrounding towns who have donated in the past, and for those who will donate this month as well!! Many Thanks!
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Just a quick update for everyone... since my last update another female was spayed (Aug 12). I'm told a neighbor caught one kitten earlier in the week and brought it home. Also last night one of the caregivers caught 3 kittens. I now have the 3 with me and am working to find a rescue that will take them, socialize, vet & adopt them out into loving homes. I believe the mom of these kittens is the last female needing to be spayed, so my hope is that I can catch her soon and get her done. I'm hopeful that this will be the last litter of kittens born to the colony. However that will require everyone in the surrounding area to make sure their cats are spayed and neutered, and hopefully no new unaltered cats will be dumped in the area. I believe there is at least one male that still needs to be fixed as well. I will be visiting during feeding time in the next week to get a better idea of who has not been fixed yet (doesn't have a tipped ear). Thank you all again for your continued support. Attaching pics of the newest kittens for your daily dose of adorable ;)
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Help Bolton's Feral Cats has reached 50% of its goal!! Thank you everyone for donating and sharing
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Raised by 44 people in 27 months
Created April 12, 2017
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Chelsea Clyburn Morehouse
7 months ago

We donate in loving memory of our beautiful daughter Chelsea. Jim and Helene Clyburn

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Raina Spaziani
23 months ago

Good Work!! The only way to control a situation like this!!

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