Diane offered to help me with my mission because of how hard it is for me to TNR AND feed these cats at the same time, all the while needing to get back home to get ready to go to my full time job and be there by 7ish each day. Diane helped to trap two last weekend, which turned out to be heartache for one pregnant female Ruthie - who I had been feeding for quite a while through the winter, and she survived in my shelters at night during those brutal months, and her baby. Cedric was also trapped, and let go. I think I saw him yesterday.
I asked Diane to focus this past weekend on trapping two young grey girls on Parsells that I've nicknamed The Twins. They are both young, and one is for sure pregnant. Diane has a drop trap which I believed was better at getting just the right kitty. Maybe that is not the case. Maybe its just easier to get the cat to go into this because its a much more wider opening. Nevertheless, she did get two kitties, but neither of them The Twins. Both are males, Prince and Porter! And its not like you can just let a cat go that is unneutered or spayed, so they will be my two kitties for tomorrow at the clinic, the only two spots I have allotted to me for this week. I was heartsick yesterday thinking about what I would do. I need to prevent this cat from having her babies on the street. She is a baby herself.
I then got up the courage to ask the other expert drop trapper Laura, if there was any way she could help me, and to focus on The Twins - or at least just the pregnant one, and I pray she is going to try for me this week. Diane can only help me on weekend mornings, and hold the cats until Tuesday morning for me until clinic. Laura is a busy woman in the land of TNR. She is president of Habitat for Cats and most likely gets a LOT of requests for help. I am grateful for her help. I did try myself this morning and set two traps with some smelly tuna in it. Wouldn't ya know it, George The Second from across the street, an unneutered male, but friendly, was in the trap when I went back to check on it. I let him out, petting him as he carefully walked out of the cage. He will be an easy boy to get, but I am holding off on him because I really want to find him a home. He is JUST like my George, the cover boy of the newspaper article on me that I am so proud of. A good boy in need of a home. No where in sight were the girls, the twins. She was there when I got there but as soon as she saw that trap, she hid. I don't know how you trap hard to trap cats, can anyone suggest anything?
This is my lot in life, and I am determined to go on and get these street cats homes of their own, and determined to get those that are not sociable at least into the clinic for their shots, and fixing. It costs me a fortune to do this so if anyone can help out by donating for a spay or neuter, I would be forever grateful because I've said this again, to borrow a quote from you know who - it does take a village.
Please mark your calendars everyone for July 18th at the Creekside Inn in Rush. The 2nd annual Meow and Chow FUNdraiser to benefit Rochester's homeless cats. 100% of the money raised goes to TNR (trap/ neuter/return), food, shelter, and vet costs to get these babies ready for adoption. There will be live music by the Honey Badgers, great food (even vegetarian!), amazing items to bid on, raffles, full bar, and tons of fun with the kindest, most fun-loving people in Rochester! Last year was a blast, this year will be even better!!! Jello shots too if we can work out the logistics!
Have a great day everyone!
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