I got a call from the photographer and the newswoman and we are postponing everything until tomorrow due to the storms. I received a LOT of positive feedback as to what I should be getting out there when speaking, so thank you everyone. I will still sound like an idiot. But thank you.
I pulled up to one of my locations where I have shelters set on a porch of a boarded up house, and everything was removed yesterday. The bushes were neatly trimmed, all debris cleaned up, and four shelters for four+ cats gone. All I can say was I felt simply numb. I immediately got more dishes, as there were four cats sitting there, and filled the bowls full of food and water and placed them.
What most people don't know about what I am doing is that the cats I am feeding are mostly STRAY cats, not ferals. The ones I can count, and SEE, which is over 70 some days, ARE NOT feral. They are throwaway cats, cats that were loved for some period of time in their lives and still trust humans. The ones I've been feeding at these locations have learned to trust me, and now run to me when they see the headlights. I can count the sets of eyes in the dark as I pull up. I know I am feeding over 100 cats, and some of THOSE are ferals, they come out when I leave. Can you imagine if all my shelters were removed, and we had a storm like this morning. The food would be mush. They would go another day without eating. They don't eat mush. They would be soaked and standing in a thunderstorm if they were desperate enough to eat mush. All these cats want are homes with love and warmth. And here we take away their tiny little shelters - boxes - filled with straw, the only thing they have. I am at a loss for words. I hope I find them tomorrow.
This little fella Leo was one of the kitties I had TNR'd yesterday at the clinic. His caretaker is highly allergic so she can't let him in. He is old, and toothless, and needs a home desperately if anyone can find a spot for him.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day.
"Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing."