Monday, September 21, 2015

So many kittens, so little time...

I have an abundance of kittens and mom cats to trap right now. It's a bit overwhelming. Spay/neuter makes such a significant impact on their health and welfare that I'm unable and unwilling to stop. The work is very rewarding and I'm grateful to have a fantastic group of volunteers to help me with fostering, finding homes for kittens, and caring for managed feral colonies so that cats are fed everyday and also get fresh water.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

'Tis the season...


This is no April fools joke. We're going into kitten season. I trapped my 1st 2015 homeless kitty over the weekend. Thanks to San Francisco SPCA, she was spayed on Saturday and returned to her home on Sunday. Four less new kittens living on the street as a result.

Humane trapping and spay/neuter really make a difference to both the cats and our communities.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

What keeps me up at night?

Kittens living on the streets still needing to be trapped. Have trapped 12 kittens this past week. All time record. And it does take a village. I couldn't do it without the help of other friends and volunteers to help with the trapping as well as shuttling to and from Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood City, CA for spay/neuter and vaccinations.

I know of at least 5 more kittens that need to be trapped at my South San Francisco colony. And we had thought we were almost about done at this location doing TNR. I knew we had trapped mom cats who'd recently had kittens but weren't sure if kittens would have survived after several hours aways from mother cats. They did. And are now old enough to be coming out and being about. In a few months if we don't trap them all, they'll be old enough to have their own kittens.

It's really important doing TNR to not let yourself get burnt out or lose perspective of the big picture. You just need to trap one cat at a time. Do it while you can and when you can. Most of my volunteers and myself have full time jobs or full time jobs as moms. We rescue as many as we can each week and try not to become crazy cat ladies/men.

This work is incredibly rewarding and if we don't do it at these colonies, there is no one else. These little fur balls need us. We've TNRed 31 cats/kittens year to date! Pretty good for a small foundation and group of volunteers. As my friend and fell volunteer says, we're small but mighty!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Almost 2 months later...

I finally trapped her. Four of her kittens from previous litters were taken in by the Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood City, CA. for permanent homes. I've been really concerned about not being able to trap her to be spayed and vaccinated before her next litter of kittens. She's not very old and this is a viscous cycle for her to be on.

Woo-hoo! She was spayed and vaccinated yesterday at Nine Lives and is ready to return to her colony today.

It can be frustrating trapping because it can take months to trap some cats. But the end result is worth it! Fewer homeless kittens and healthier adult cats. Fighting decreases and overall health improves.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Move'n On Up...

...And into a palatial home in the south bay. Otter was dumped in Foster City almost 7 years ago and has been 'camping' outside ever since and living with a colony of homeless cats. 

It took me almost 4 years to trap him and when I finally did, we found he was already neutered. Don't know what happened to his humans and he was very skittish until about a year ago. 

Thanks to the time and love from volunteers and their daily attention, Otter has gotten to the point where he wants to be petted and can be held and picked up. Last Friday, with the help of a volunteer who picked him up and put him into a carrier, I whisked him off to the vet. He's had persistent eye trouble plus was limping.

Dr. Rutiger at Nine Lives Foundation worked her magic not only identifying his eye condition and performing surgery, but has also found a home for Otter. Well, it's a foster home with the option to keep him. Otter is such a total love muffin, it's impossible to think he won't win his new humans over in short time. He won my heart in the weekend he spent with me!

This is just another storey where a homeless cat in a managed colony has found a permanent home. Initially, too freaked out to be adopted, but thanks to the love and consistency of volunteers feeding and being with these fur balls has built and won their trust in other humans.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Go Costco!

It's always refreshing to me when a company I admire - and support - also supports a cause that's important to me. I was impressed that Costco included an article in their October Costco Connection newsletter about homeless cats and the value and importance of TNR.

I spend a lot of time doing TNR and also feed my homeless kitties the Kirkland dried cat food which is excellent and the cats love it!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Kittens - challenges and joys!

My children are all very furry and have paws. I'm also a foster mom every year for multiple litters of kittens. I think it's impossible to support a feral cat colony and not come across kittens who need to be trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and fostered.

Fostering includes socializing them. Since I work full time and have a healthy commute, it can be a challenge. And I admit I do the best I can, but it's never good enough. These kittens deserve more, and I'm 'it' with other rescue groups also at capacity and needing people to foster and socialize kittens so I do the best I can.

Someone told me a few years ago that cats decide whether or not they want to be socialized to interact with humans and I believe this. I've seen differences in kittens from the same litter - some decide to be wild fur balls while their siblings want as much human interaction as they can get. The socialization process also takes time with the conflicting reality that many people want to adopt kittens and not cats. So the clock is ticking to get them healthy and social for adoption.

Roxie, shown above and below, was trapped along the South San Francisco Bay Trail. Her two brothers were also trapped, but I still haven't been successful getting their mom which ensures more kittens in my future. This is not good for either me or the mom cat.

All three kittens were very sick when they were trapped although it wasn't apparent initially, it became evident after a couple of days and the stress from being trapped and separated from their mom. All had upper respiratory infections. A little Vicks on their noses and antibiotics got them on the road to recovery along with all they could eat kitten canned and dried cat food.

It's critical to have a vet you can work with to ask questions and get needed antibiotics when necessary. Kittens are a lot of work. They also are a joy to be around.

Happy ending - Roxie and her brothers are now living in a barn in Castro Valley with a friend who has taken in other feral and abandoned cats. All are thriving and enjoying barn life. So many mice, so little time...