Cat TNR at my Condo Complex

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Raised by 47 people in 51 months
My name is Holly, and I live in a condo complex in a northeast suburb of Atlanta, GA that has an overabundance of stray and feral cats. Whether a result of being abandoned when a resident moved out, or an attraction to the dumpsters located between each building, 30+ stray and feral cats have lived or passed through here within the past 2 years. The complex's original response was tell us not to feed them or to call Animal Control. I have explained that the combo of dumpsters and irresponsible owners means that this will be an ongoing problem with litters of kittens, fighting and marking territory, and the spreading of illness and disease.  Over time, I have gotten the complex management on board.

I am working on a more humane way to decrease this population over time and ensure the cats' health through TNR (trap, neuter, return) using the generously discounted service pricing through Lifeline Animal Project. I have worked hard to get the community on board with my efforts, and have been educating adults and children alike. To do a spay/neuter and rabies/distemper vaccine is $25 per cat (to get the full vaccination package, plus ear mite, flea, and deworming treatment is $60). Since May 2014, 46 stray and feral cats have received TNR.  We only had 1 litter in the complex in 2017 and 1 litter so far in 2018 - proof that TNR works!

There are additional costs for maintaining a stray and feral cat community and TNR efforts beyond the cost of TNR itself. I maintain 2 feeding stations, at a cost of about $60/mo for dry food. Wet food is needed for trapping and for feeding during TNR recovery time (typically 5-6 cans per cat), which can cost $15-$20/mo. I use Breeze litter pellets and pads for the recovery room, since the cats cannot use regular litter after surgery - $20/mo. Occasionally, there are medical needs of these cats, such as antibotics for URI or wounds, or treatment for flea or ear mite infestations. Cost averages between $50 to $70 per cat which includes dry food, wet food, litter, and TNR services (and more recently, the extras like flea treatment, ear mite treatment, deworming).

Round 1 of fundraising provided: Funds for 7 cats to receive TNR between the last week of December 2014 and the second week of February 2015 (Thurston, Kennedy, Jupiter, Kaiju, Seraphina, Gypsy, and Robin); all the associated supplies of dry food, wet food, and litter; and purchased supplies to make 4 large tote shelters for the cats to stay out of the rain and cold, in addition to the 1 had made previously. 

Round 2 of fundraising provided: funds for 8 cats to receive TNR between the third week of February 2015 and the third week of May 2015, as well as purchase a box trap.  The TNR recipients of Round 2 fundraising: Whiskey, Cameron, Onyx, Quarter, Violet, Jordan, Corey, and Mo. 

Round 3 of fundraising  provided for 4 cats to receive TNR (Spencer, Sydney, Spitfire Jules, and Mason) between June 2015 and November 2015, plus the costs associated with maintaining the colony.

Round 4 of fundraising provided for 4 cats to receive TNR - Valora Lenore (December 2015) and her brother Curiosity (January 2016), Forlorn Freddy (February 2016), and Generosity (May 2016).

Round 5 of fundraising has provided TNR for Joseph "Blackie" (May 2016), Scarface and Boy Boy (July 2016), Stella (September 2016), and Ari and Desi Jack (October 2016).  Devlin received TNR in October 2017.

I believe in transparency of how your donations are being used. I post an update on each cat that receives TNR, with a copy of their TNR receipt showing date of services. I report and/or post pictures of products purchased for TNR efforts. Receipts provided upon request as services and products are obtained.

Thank you so much for your support of this particular cat community and reducing the homeless cat population overall.  Jesse, mini-Lily, Lenny, Nano, HockeyPuck, Cassidy, Casey, Claudius Clementine, Bleu, Alex, Thalia, Calliope, Mozart, Mara, Thurston, Emmeline, Kennedy, Jupiter, Kaiju, Seraphina, Gypsy, Robin, Whiskey, Cameron, Onyx, Quarter, Violet, Jordan, Corey Mia, Mo, Jody, Spencer, Sydney, Spitfire Jules, Mason, Valora Lenore, Curiosity, Forlorn Freddy, Generosity, Joseph "Blackie", Scarface, Big Boy, Stella, Desi Jack, Ari, Devlin, the future TNR recipients, and I am so grateful for you all.
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Hello everyone! I took Laila to the vet today for her respiratory infection and other health issues. She got treated for fleas, and had a SNAP test done (she's negative, woot!). She now has two antibiotics that I will be dosing out daily, and she goes back next Tuesday. The vet was very concerned that she is so small and underweight (she's only 1.6 lbs, she should be almost double that), so she will be fed separately and more often than her mama and brother. Vet bill total: $220.37. I used the $145 raised so far towards the vet bill. Thank you for your continued interest and support of the kitties, I cannot do this without you.
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Hello everyone! It's been awhile - almost 2 years - since I've needed to ask for help with my TNR colony and assisting others with getting their cats fixed. Overall, things have gone well - the colony has stabilized, and we've only had a few cats to TNR here and there. There have been some setbacks, such as Valora getting into a fight a few months ago and racking up a sizeable vet bill that included stitches and antibiotics. And some sad moments too - I lost my 17-year old Lily a few weeks ago.

But here is the current situation that I need some financial assistance with. Back in April, I trapped a pregnant female- Ostara (first photo). She gave birth to 3 kittens - 2 male, 1 female, on May 9th. Sadly, one of the males - Starlord - died after 10 days. The female kitten - Laila - has been struggling with a respiratory infection (as you can see in the middle photo) and needs to go to the vet for some antibiotics. The remaining male kitten - Apollo (third photo) - is doing well. I also need funds to get them spayed/neutered and vaccinated. I have a potential adopter for them once they are healthy and fixed. Mama Ostara needs TNR, and then she will go back out into the community, since she is mostly feral. Additionally, one of my neighbors has agreed to let me get her 2 male indoor/outdoor cats - Nacho and Cheeto - neutered. She lacks the funds to do so, so I'd like to help her out and also decrease the likelihood of any random females wandering in the neighborhood getting pregnant.

If you are able to help me in any small way to get these cats healthy and spayed/neutered, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your continued support of my TNR colony.

-Holly
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Now that autumn is making an appearance, the community cats are starting to make their way back to the feeding stations. In addition to the familiar faces, we had a trio of youngsters show up over the past two weeks who received TNR!

I had been watching a black-and-white youngster for about a month now, but he was too skittish to trap yet. However, a brown tabby (never seen before) about the same size showed up a week ago, and I managed to lure her in with wet food - much less traumatic than the trap! I named her Stella, and she went in for TNR on 9/26. The day after she was released, the black-and-white showed up again, and I managed to lure him in with wet food. To my surprise, another black-and-white showed up over the weekend (another male) so the two brothers received TNR yesterday. Their names are Desi Jack and Ari. The brothers are recovering nicely and will be released tomorrow. The trio is about 5 months old, so they will all have baby-free lives! I went through a lot of wet food - these three were very hungry and very food motivated!

I thank you for your continued support of these colonies. I could not do this work without you.

TNR for Stella, Desi Jack, and Ari - $55 each (package of neuter/vaccines/flea and mite treatment). 2 cases of wet food - $16 each. Total funds spent to date - $1,802.
Ari
Jack
Stella
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Hello everyone! It's been a little while since I've posted an update. A lot has happened in the past 6 weeks!

I've managed to get TNR for the 3 males in the Cobb County colony - Blackie, Scarface, and Big Boy. Blackie decided to make a run for freedom and jumped through the screen window of the Blue Room (the TNR recovery room), down the awning (the room is on the 2nd floor), and out into the neighborhood. I have not been able to retrap him, but we have sightings of him - so he will be acclimating into the colony here. Scarface has already been returned to his colony, and Big Boy (who received TNR today) will be returned to his colony on Saturday. Scarface and Big Boy look almost identical except one has a floppy left ear, and the other has a floppy right ear - so their ear tips are opposite too. All of these large tomcats have been eating up wet food, so I've gone through a couple of cases of food.

Generosity was lent out to a friend, to offer comfort to his dying father. Generosity made such an impression on the family that she was adopted after my friend's father passed. Also Bleu was adopted - the older sister of one of our community residents moved to Chicago, and took Bleu with her.

Curiosity was injured, but thankfully it was not too serious and he is healing up nicely.

Lots of TNR on the horizon - still trying to trap the ginger-and-white male youngster (Perseverence, or "Persey" for short) and an unnamed grey adult who I think is female, who is extremely skittish. Both of these are in my own community. Pierre has not been seen in a while, but if he shows up, he'll get TNR too. In the Cobb County colony, we are still trying to catch the calico mama cat "Baby". 2 of her kittens (one ginger-and-white, one mostly-black tuxedo, both males, about 3 months old, already neutered and vaccinated) are still available for adoption - let me know if you're interested! In a Fulton County colony, we are targeting another calico cat, "Jade".

I thank you for your continued support of these colonies. I could not do this work without you.

Funds spent in the past 6 weeks - TNR Blackie, Scarface, Big Boy $55 each (package of neuter/vaccines/flea and mite treatment). 2 cases of wet food - $15 each. Total funds spent to date - $1,605.
Blackie, Scarface, and Big Boy
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LuAnn Brown
48 months ago

Holly, I'm glad to hear that the drop trap is working with the cats that have grown wary of the other trap. If you capture multiple cats with the drop trap, will you take them all at the same time or release all but the highest priority catch?

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LuAnn Brown
49 months ago

Well, I guess as you get more of them neutered, there will be less chance that you'll trap one that hasn't be neutered. Still, that's a much better situation than before. Thanks for sticking with it!

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LuAnn Brown
50 months ago

Holly, is Astrid old enough to neuter? They used to recommend waiting until a female cat had come into heat once before neutering, but that may have changed now. There are several of the kitties I would like to adopt. Wish I wasn't so allergic! Bless you for the work you're doing.

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LuAnn Brown
50 months ago

Holly, how did the cats get through the bitterly cold weather last week? How many shelters do you have for them, and how many more do you need to make? Thank you again for the great work you're doing!

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LuAnn Brown
51 months ago

Kennedy is beautiful! If I could have a cat, I'd want a black one like her. Thank you for helping her, Holly.

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LuAnn Brown
51 months ago

Holly, will the cats double-up in the shelters, or will you need one for each cat?

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Raised by 47 people in 51 months
Created December 21, 2014
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Marva Rodriguez
7 months ago

Thrilled to contribute and support!

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Cynthia Armistead
7 months ago

You do such good work!

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Stacy Smith-Casteel
32 months ago

Thank you for all you do, Holly!

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Aria Semtra
32 months ago

God bless you. I did this for six years with LOTS of help. You are AH-mazing.

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Elizabeth Lockley
32 months ago

thanks for helping with out local colony!

LuAnn Brown
48 months ago

Holly, I'm glad to hear that the drop trap is working with the cats that have grown wary of the other trap. If you capture multiple cats with the drop trap, will you take them all at the same time or release all but the highest priority catch?

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LuAnn Brown
49 months ago

Well, I guess as you get more of them neutered, there will be less chance that you'll trap one that hasn't be neutered. Still, that's a much better situation than before. Thanks for sticking with it!

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LuAnn Brown
50 months ago

Holly, is Astrid old enough to neuter? They used to recommend waiting until a female cat had come into heat once before neutering, but that may have changed now. There are several of the kitties I would like to adopt. Wish I wasn't so allergic! Bless you for the work you're doing.

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LuAnn Brown
50 months ago

Holly, how did the cats get through the bitterly cold weather last week? How many shelters do you have for them, and how many more do you need to make? Thank you again for the great work you're doing!

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LuAnn Brown
51 months ago

Kennedy is beautiful! If I could have a cat, I'd want a black one like her. Thank you for helping her, Holly.

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LuAnn Brown
51 months ago

Holly, will the cats double-up in the shelters, or will you need one for each cat?

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