Save the Cats of TribeOfMa
I often saw her hunting in my garden. A harsh harsh winter, and she looked scrawny; limping with a broken hip, and she dragged a crooked, broken tail around. What I didn't know at first: she wasn't hunting for herself - she had a litter of 4 kittens to support.
I 'rescued' all 5. They moved into an old caravan on my site, then into a little chalet I built, and now they live in my tiny house. Next followed 2 little feral torties... that's 7!
Next, somebody dumped little Newb in my yard. New Total: 8!!!
Newb arrived with a vicious form of IBS - he required a lot of veterinary attention, and relies forever
on a special diet. But he's doing well now.
When I started 'project' Ma, I had 2 jobs. I don't lead a fancy lifestyle; never have. And I thought, why should I involve an over-stretched cat rescue service. Times are tough. I can help, and they can take care of the more needy/desperate cases...
I shared 1,000s of photos on Twitter, documenting the trials and tribulations of Ma's little tribe.
The fun times, the joy, and the lessons learned. Meanwhile I donated to many worthy causes whenever and whatever I could.
Now it's my time... In October 2014 I lost one job. Then in the following January my 2nd "back-up" job went as well.
For a while I believed savings could easily bridge me over to a new job. But.... The west of Ireland is not doing so well in the so-called 'economic recovery'. I'm applying for jobs on an almost daily basis.
I've given up all luxuries - including my car, broadband etc etc... And now it's crunch time. Unfortunately, almost daily. At times I can barely feed the 'tribe'. They were all ferals and really rely on the environment they grew up in.
I could say, hey - I'm numero uno... and do what the stranger did who dumped Newb over my fence - make it somebody else's problem... But cat rescue services and SPCAs need donations, too. With me these 8, 9 - oh, oops, - 15 cats have a safe, warm and loving place in a safe but 'exciting' cat-friendly environment.
So, I'm desperate to keep them. But without support I won't be able to support them any more.
Any funds raised here will go to the tribe - cat food, medical bills, and so on. Meanwhile, I am looking for work, and at some stage I will be putting together an eBook featuring some of the best photos of the tribe's exploits.
The Tribes Twitter is @TribeOfMa
In March 2016 a Swiss Print Magazine, The NZZ Folio, published an interview with the Tribe's staff - i.e. me....
It can be read here :)
It IS, however, December, and here's a little update.
As the photos show 1) Mr Clubber aka Number15 is pawsome. 2) Mr Tabby NoName (aka Number 18) finally made the transition from fierce stray cat to fierce indoor cat - pretending to be a little angel. Mr Stripey repeatedly begged to differ. Zoom in, check NoName's ear and you'll see the result. Split ear. Oops. I played it safe, and NoName received a course of anti-inflammatories and antibiotics. The guy shouldn't start his new life with an abscess.
3) Well, that's just Miss Cappy being her awesomely ex-feral skeptical self....
It's winter which in Ireland means it's like summer only colder. So, your continued support is very much appreciated - like in summer. Only warmer.
I'm sincerely thanking you for all the support this year.
Whether you donated, or shared the link, or just gave us a chuckle on Twitter: without YOU 18 cats would be
in a place less ideal. Less happy. Less warm. Less fed. Less healthy. So give yourselves some wet nosebumps! <3
Have a peaceful Advent, a good Holiday Season - and remember there's probably a Mr or Mrs NoName in your backyard.
Yes, yes - it's still October. But!!!
A few of you on Twitter and Instagram noticed our relative absence. Although I more or less announced the 'break', let me quickly explain it again:
Currently I have no smartphone and no PC/laptop at home. Nor do I have a car to jauntily jump in to for a quick tweet from the library/internet cafe - sorry :) o_0
Getting online involves a 25km bicycle ride to and from town (the return journey all uphill). It is enough 'fun' to organise errands and cat food shopping that way. Doing it for some web-time gets old fast - especially now that winter stuck a foot in the door. We have had the first hail and snow showers this weekend. So. That is that. In the past I was able to borrow smartphones from an acquaintance who worked for a mobile network. But no more. My Macbook took coffee damage. So no more. And I am not using donations for the cats for some 3rd-hand replacement - especially as winter is here. It means more food, more this and more that. Sorry. We'll see.
Apologies for the lengthy intro. The cats - all 17 - are fine. Mr Flakey had a short vet visit a week ago, because of the VERY sudden appearance of a bald patch on his back - in a place he cannot reach by mouth or paw, so it couldn't be over-grooming. Tests showed no fungal infect - nor any other infect. A couple of days ago he came in after a quick mission outside, and he had a light abrasion right in that bald spot. So, my guess: he found an interesting place outside that requires crawling in through a narrow/low entrance. The abrasion healed quickly, and again: he's in good shape.
And that was October.
A big Thank You for the continued support. Without YOU 17 (+) cats wouldn't be in a nice place they like (see the photo? That's their territory :)) And they wouldn't benefit from a steady supply of food, treats, meds, dry bedding and someone who gives a damn.
Thank You. Thank You.
At this point it should be clear that there isn't any ginormous big news. Which is probably good because it means the cats are all in good health. The Tribe's new
member Mr Tabby NoName has managed to remain untrapped. He is smart like that. But he is getting bolder: comes to the front door to demand food, rubs noses with Mr Newb, and he defends what is now his chalet.
The 2 cats visiting Leo's Gang are slowly getting comfy around Leo's crew. I'm not saying that is a mutual development, but hey. No fighting is a good thing.
The attached photo has nothing to do with any of this. It's a shot of Miss Cappy when she was still feral. And it's the only photo I can access on this laptop that isn't mine. o_0 (I'll bore you with my tech limitations another time. Exhale!)
Last week I finished my online computer course, and hopefully, in November I will start a course more relevant to potential future employment. The wheels of reimbursement grind slowly.
Winter is pretty much here - to stay. So your ongoing support means a lot. The 15 - 17 cats need that bit more food during the cold season; more bedding, more warmth and more of my precious little time.
So: Big Gratitude for your continued support *imagine* *a* *heart* *emoji* - Gofundme is not that fancy.
If you cannot donate, or don't want to, you can share the link to this fundraiser. Or do nothing - but know this: these rescue cats are in a great place, and in good health because of this fundraiser, and because of the kind people on Twitter and Instagram.
Jan + 17
Currently, I'm waiting at the emergency dentist. So YAY. But free WiFi, right?! When they're done torturing me, I'll have to rush home, take Mr Clubber aka Number15 to the vets. The little panther has a tick in the worst possible place. I have removed hundreds if not thousands of ticks in the last 25 years, but this is a new one: the very corner of his eye. And although Mr Clubber is a relaxed dude, I can't remove that tick. So there. Then home again, feed my Tribe, then off to feed Leo's Gang of stray cats. And then, basically repeat, repeat, repeat. Oh, it's October o_0
Now you know. A Thursday in the life of a hurting can opener :))
Thank You for the continued support.
Without Your support 15+ stray cats and ex-feral cats wouldn't be able to live where they love it, with the friends they want to be with. And the highlight of my Thursday would be a dentist visit.
More soon. For now: bring on the Lidocaine! Uuuurgh.
Thank You. For the donations, the kindness, and for sharing this fundraiser.