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!