Thursday, June 29, 2017

I Did It Again!


Some days, its just not worth getting out of bed.  That is the way this day has turned out thus far. 

Maybe I am wrong about that.  I DID rescue this baby this morning on my rounds.  I was on Garson, before I even got out of the Jeep, I spotted a tabby, looked like the one I TNR’d weeks back, the mother of the litter I found a month ago, Rosie, Toesie, Posie and Bear.  With the tabby, I saw the baby kitten that I spotted this past Sunday.  I hesitated, wondering if I should set the trap this morning, but wasn’t prepared to because of the time constraint in getting back home and ready for work.  I have set the trap a few mornings since the first spotting, but no kitten had been around.  So I trekked to the back of the lot, poured the food and water for the hungry adult kitties there, and walked back to the Jeep.  When I was just about there, I spotted THREE kittens.  And one of them was SO HUNGRY, it was intent on eating the food I had already poured on the sidewalk for George, the other cat that waits for me each day, and doesn’t seem too interested in going back to the shelters in the back of the lot except in the winter when its too cold out.  I couldn’t believe that this one kitten didn’t run from me.  So I grabbed it.  Long story short, he/she is a purr ball, and I am so thankful I got it.  Very very thin.  Very hearty appetite though.  Bath time when after work today.



Today I must buy a digital scale, because I’ve now had SIX kittens that were scheduled for neuter/spay returned from vet due to their size.  Too small still.  Kittens need to be well over two pounds.  Not only were Mike, Ike, Ben and Jerry returned, but it turns out that Jerry should be JERRI.  He’s a girl.  Now that is embarrassing.  Although as the vet said, it can be difficult to determine when they are that young because sometimes the testicles don’t descend right away.  Ugggh. 

More appointments, more trips, more everything.   I am going bananas.


Have a nice day.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Food, Water and Slugs


Update on Carter/Manley- from his mom yesterday:  "Just an update on Mr. Manley, our boy.  Finally his lymph nodes are down!  He doesn’t have to go back to the vets for a month!  He’s done with the meds for a month.  He’s been playing and eating like a horse!  He now jumps on my lap.  He spoons me at night and purrs loudly.  Right now he is cuddled up next to me!  He is so loved.  Sick or not I’m so thankful you let me adopt him.  He is a joy to my heart!" 

CARTER/Mr. Manley!

I could just cry.  I love this little boy, and I love his new mom.  They are just the best.  Prayers always for them both!

I released both kitties last night back into the hood.  It broke my heart doing it.  First the white cat on Melville – he had already been neutered!  After letting him out of the trap, he hung around for a minute, not knowing what was going on!  I have seen this cat every morning, so trapping him was a highlight for me, and hopefully he has a family that just lets him out on this dangerous street.  Oh well, he is now eartipped, and good to go on his vaccinations!  The second one was hard also.  Probably was once someone’s beautiful cat.  I hate going back into these neighborhoods in the evening.

MITZY loves boxes!

MITZY!

MOXY!

Tiggy!

Tiggy!

Tiggy playing peek-a-boo!

Tiggy, Moxy and Mitzy love to lay on me and snooze in the morning.  Hard to get a picture of Tiggy, she is always moving!  Here are a few of Moxy and Mitzy I took also. 

All three are available for adoption!  Please consider!  :)



This morning's breakfast delivery was uneventful.  I see the oddest things, and have to wonder.  How did one of the slowest creatures in God's creation - the slug - get up onto a platform of a shelter, and into a food plate.  You just have to wonder.  I had to move the slimy little things - two of them! - out of the way.  If you touch one, you will never get the slime off.  I always use a leaf of some kind to pick them up.  Remember last year, when I stepped on one, and slug juice squirted into my face? How gross was THAT!  In case anyone is interested, here are some great facts on SLUGS!  :)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slug

Have a great day!

"A flower does not think of competing
to the flower next to it.
It just blooms."


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TNR Tuesday

Today is Trap Neuter Return day – that’s what Tuesdays are to me.  I got three traps ready in the back of the Jeep, lined the bottom of each with newspaper, and then tossed in some yummy smelling salmon or tuna.  I then set out for Spot #1.  Melville – the first Melville spot where I’ve had a history of rescuing many cats, and TNR’s many cats.  My second Spot was up the same street, to where I call Melville #2 feeding spot.  This is where the leftover kitties moved to that I tried to move all from away from the house that was being renovated on Parsells because they were losing their home. There are a few stragglers left, and a few of those not neutered or spayed.  Next, I set the third trap on the corner of Ferndale Crescent and Webster Avenue.  There are some regulars there, who wait for me, but others that I don’t see come after I leave.  I then began feeding at my locations on the Back Nine – west of Bay and Goodman – I did a few spots, and went back to check on the traps.  Voila, got this pretty boy at Ferndale and Webster.

Ferndale & Webster TNR 062717

Next, went back to Melville #2 and Voila!  Got this pretty white boy.  Very displeased, the both of them, but they won’t be having any more amorous adventures with the females that roam these streets.    To sum up the third trap I placed at Melville #1, I trapped the same grey cat, twice.  The one that I pet each morning, and have been feeding for a few years now.  Silly boy. He just never learns.  I had to let him out, twice.

Melville TNR 062717
Both cats will be neutered and given rabies and distemper shots.  And I will let them back out in the morning.  I hate that part.  Hate it with a passion.  But it must be done. We don’t have enough fosters, or adopters.  The white cat seems somewhat friendly too.  Let me touch his nose through the trap as he cried out loud.

After wrapping up most of my feeding spots, the second to last one – back on Parsells – where my huts were trashed last Wednesday – I heard my name being called.  It was Lisa.  Crazy Lisa.  Lisa who lives two doors down from this spot.  She said ‘hey Janine (yes, she knows my name!), what’d they do with the huts?”  Actually, she was trying to say that, but it didn’t come out that way.  Lisa is psychotic and puts certain words in sentences that don’t make sense.  But this time she seemed somewhat cohesive as she knew the huts were gone, and said it must be the guy got out of prison and is going to move back in.   And then she offered her property if I wanted to put huts there for the cats.  I nearly choked.  I said, thanks, but no thanks Lisa.  

Now the last time I saw Lisa, she came over to strike me.  I had called the police on the advice of a cop friend, who said if you don’t press charges, she will keep doing the same thing.  But she was being nice.  She looks like a mess, and was standing there in her dirty clothes, hair all over the place (oops, so is mine…) and smoking a cigarette.  She then started talking about cats with their head split open, and drinking sterile water, and putting them in bags and cleaning them with sterile water, because they itch itch itch…  So yes, Lisa has been known to torture animals in the past.  She has had numerous visits by the police, and humane society enforcement officers.  Her landlord is aware that Lisa is not allowed animals in her house.  I was thinking – I don’t think she – if she were ‘normal’ – would hurt an animal, I just think she is so messed up that she doesn’t realize that she is hurting the animal.  And I genuinely believe that by her offering her property to put my huts on, she was trying to be kind, in her messed up way.  So, that was my encounter with Lisa today, and we go way back.  There is another crazy looking dude that lives ‘above’ Lisa supposedly – name is Jim.  A mess of a guy, but seemed ‘normal’ to talk to this past Saturday when he walked past me and Saturday Sheryl as we placed shelters back on this spot.  He said Lisa loves the cats, and when I said she tortures them and she is not allowed to have cats, he said ‘well … yea… ‘.

Are people with schizophrenia dangerous?
Whilst the myth that all schizophrenics are violent is not founded in the evidence, it is the case that people living with schizophrenia are more at risk of dangerous behaviour such as suicide or violence while they are poorly.

Thankfully violent behaviour is comparatively rare. Most people with schizophrenia are never violent and indeed do not display any dangerous behaviour. However a small number do become violent when they are suffering from the acute symptoms of psychosis because of the influence of the hallucinations and delusions on their thinking. Studies have found that in cases of dangerousness, it is the delusions that are usually more influential in causing the dangerous behaviour than the hallucinations. However tragically it is also the case that many people with schizophrenia harm themselves and very often they succeed in killing themselves.

There you have it.  Another day in Paradise...

Have a good day.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Ignorance and Compassion



THIS IS COMPASSION

To start off – the weekend was BANANAS.  I deliver five of my little babies this weekend to their new home.  Maddie was delivered to a wonderful couple’s home in Brighton.  Maddie joins a crazy brother – they have not bonded yet, but Mom and Maddie have, so brother will eventually come around.  Then Spice and Teddy were delivered to their new home.  They join a large dog, three adorable children, and a great mom – dad I have yet to meet.  Military family.  The best.  They have been renamed Atticus and Scout– from To Kill a Mockingbird!  Then off to grab Toesie and Rosie and bring them to their new home.   And what a beautiful home it is!  Two rambunctious yet adorable children – and a very earthy sweet set of parents.  Toesie quickly adapted, but it took a while for Rosie – I am getting good reports though that she has come around after being totally fearful of the kids – who were over the moon at these two babies joining their house.  They have been renamed Captain Toesie and Dinosaur Water Bottle.  Yes, I am a little stumped on that one too.  J  Posie was supposed to be brought to his new home Sunday morning in Churchville, but he came down with symptoms that Bear had a few days earlier.  Lethargic, not eating.  So after giving some nutritional paste and syringe formula, they have perked up a bit.  I think Mommy Destiny is sick, and because the kittens are still nursing (yet weaned), could have caught her cold.  So fingers crossed, everybody gets healthy quick.  I started treating Mommy with Doxy this morning.  I disappointed two adorable girls by not delivering Posie, but hopefully all will be good this Friday and I will deliver him then!

Saturday morning, Sunday Sheryl adopted Marshmallow!  Hurray!~  Lots of good reports coming my way – I am thrilled.  Who do I have left?  Moxy, Mitzy, Tiggy, Taco, Prairie, Peekie, Nimbus, Itsy and Bitsy! 

MARBLES!
Speaking of who do I have left…  guess what?  I rescued another kitty on Sunday morning!  Meet Marbles from Melville Street!  I will get a better picture from his wonderful foster mom Kim soon.  Marbles was one scared kitty when I got him to my bathroom, but after pulling him out of carrier, and holding him, he quickly came around for me.  I finally got a purr, and a lot of FUR.  When cats get super nervous, they start sweating and losing their hair.  Who knew?  He will be brushed and groomed properly after I lent Kim my Furminator!  J

Of course the rescue came AFTER I encountered someone who I am referring to as an ignorant COW (description of how she looked).  As I got out to feed the kitties (all four of them) on Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from my garden spot, this woman came around from the other side of a house with a friend, and started asking me what I was doing.  It was now 4:25 am.  I told her feeding the cats.  The friend said “oh Lordy, I’m afraid of them cats!” The Cow said “I ain’t afraid of nothing!  You stop feeding them cats, get those cats out of here!”  I stood in the dark open field staring at these two, knowing that what would come out of my mouth would not be good for this situation.  I saw her get out her cell phone, with a light on it, maybe trying to shine it on me?  I decided to ignore her and continue to walk to the back of the lot to feed these very hungry, yet spayed and neutered cats who do nothing but try to survive each day, and they look forward to their one meal a day that I provide them.  I was SO angry to encounter, once again, IGNORANCE at its finest.  I am so tired of these kind of people, and there are so many out there in the poor neighborhoods.  I wanted to shout to her – look up two definitions on your phone sister…  IGNORANCE and LACK OF COMPASSION!   I firmly believe that when you are brought up in the welfare system – its generational – it just keeps going down the line, until someone is lucky enough to stop the cycle.  But in a lot of cases, if the cycle continues, and I do believe these two women are poster girls for this – you pass down these traits to your children – its generational.  IF I have offended anyone, its not my intention.  I just see too much hatred for cats in these neighborhoods where they run rampant – and I am trying to HELP!  Right now, as we speak – there are HUNDREDS of cats in between PARSELLS AVENUE and MELVILLE STREET.  Its sickening.  Leave me alone, let me help these animals!

Sunday morning I saw a baby kitten on Garson, where Sugar, Spice, Teddy and Tiggy were rescued from.  He/she was the size of Tiggy, who I figure is the runt of the litter.  I set two baby traps this morning, but I did not see him.  I will keep trying.

Thanks to a very kind person who sent me some prescription medicine that will treat ALL worms – I know – gross – but I applied it to the red cat on Baldwin and Grand Sunday morning and hoping to see some improvement soon.  I am figuring worms because this cat is ravenous every single day, and doesn’t seem to gain an ounce since I’ve been feeding him for over a year. RAVENOUS.

CARTER rescued
Finally, please keep Carter/Mr. Manley in your prayers.  He was the fluffy little kitten I fed for quite a long time on Central and Second, finally rescuing him and after finding him a loving home, I received a report that he had large lumps on his body.   Not only is it heartbreaking to me personally, but to cause another person pain when all I want is to bring joy to a family when they adopt a cat from me.  Its extra sad because his new mom lost her cat recently from brain cancer – and she was ready to give another cat love, and now Mr. Manley is very sick.  Please both him and his family in your prayers.


Have a nice day.   


NIMBUS!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Another One GONE

Its Friday.  Its been a very long week.  I have two days to recoup.  But recoup is not what I will be doing.  My normal summer Saturday mornings used to be cleaning.  I am a bit of a neat freak, so once that was done, I would be able to sit back, admire my work:  my house and yard -  do my cooking for the weekend, and play in the garden.   Instead, I will be delivering kittens all Saturday morning.   And then the same thing Sunday morning.  So my Saturday will be a tough one, and Sunday will be a blur.  I will look back on Monday and wonder where the weekend went.  Thank GOD I have FIVE days off starting the Friday before July 4th.  Now THEN I will recoup.  And have less kittens in the house.

I was out feeding this morning and felt at peace. I didn’t have to think about what was happening at the house – the birds were chirping, it was so peaceful and quiet.  That was until I got to one of my Parsells locations, where I just rescued Mitzy and Moxy, and I found all my shelters gone.  Tarp and all.  Yesterday was trash day in the city.  All gone.  I placed paper plates down and a water bowl for the hungry cats waiting there.  I must find out what’s happening at 392-394 Parsells Avenue.  Anybody know?  I've been feeding on this porch for quite a few years.  Its just houses away from Crazy Lisa.  It had nothing to do with her, guaranteed.   I get disgusted with mankind when this happens.  Knowingly harming the safety and shelter of a helpless animal. 



TACO
I was in a panic when I got home because I could not find Taco.  He is SO little.  My routine is to bring all the kittens, minus Taco and Destiny, out to the porch to romp around.  They love it out there.  When I went to check on Taco, he wasn’t to be seen.  But after about 30 minutes looking ALL over the house for him, there he was cuddled up in the back of a closet.  The little rascal.

Yesterday, Teddy, Tiggy, Mitzy and Moxy were brought to the clinic for neuter and spay.  I received a call after they were dropped off telling me that the doctor recommended that Tiggy not be spayed, she was still too little.  Tiggy is the little runt.  Half the size of her sibs.  So we did a bait and switch and brought Spice up to the clinic, while little Tiggy went all the way home.  Ha. Did you get that?  J

SPICE and TEDDY chillin' after surgery yesterday
Tiggy was ravished after not having breakfast that morning because of the surgery, so happily the little thing gobbled up her food.  This Tuesday Mike, Ike, Ben and Jerry will be neutered.  The second week in July will be Bear, Rosie, Posie and Toesie!  Marshmallow was done this past Tuesday.  Who we have left are Tiggy, Prairie, Peekie, Nimbus and Taco.  Somewhere in between all this will be Destiny.  That cat has worked her tail off the past two months.  She has nursed how many kittens?  10?  Five of her own, but unfortunately they all died.  Then she took on Bear, Toesie, Rosie and Posie, and Taco.  Such a great mom to them.  Just this morning, I left Destiny on the spare bed – I had brought Taco up on the bed to be with her.  She was playing with him, and then licking him.  Such love.

Bear 05/23
Bear has not been feeling well.  I saw junk in his eye yesterday morning and began him on regular drops of Tobramycin.  He’s lost weight.  Eating very little.  I did open a jar of baby food and mixed it with formula and he ate that last night, but didn’t want it this morning.  So I put it in syringe and squirted some into his mouth.  And then I squirted it all over him and me.  What a mess.  These cats will be the life of me.  I left him with momma on the bed too.  Maybe he will nurse a bit and gain some strength.  He eye already looks better.

Baby Buttons and Mr. Whiskers #2
Any good news?  Yes, Baby Buttons is back.  Short Street.  He was there three mornings ago and has been ever since.  Mr. Whiskers #2 is still missing.  Baby Buttons looks weary and dirty.  I can’t imagine what life has been like for the past two weeks he’s been missing.  If only they could talk.

That’s it in a nutshell.

Have a great day.

              Rules for HAPPY LIVING

  1. Count your blessings, not your troubles
  2. Live ONE DAY at a TIME.
  3. Say “I Love You.”
  4. Be a GIVER, not a taker.
  5. Seek for GOOD in EVERYONE & EVERYTHING.
  6. Pray EVERYDAY.
  7. Do at least one GOOD DEED a day.
  8. Learn to count (keep priorities in line).
  9. Let NO little and/or imaginary things bother you.
  10. Practice a “DO IT NOW” habit.
  11. Fill your LIFE with GOOD.
  12. Learn to LAUGH and CRY.
  13. SMILE and the world will smile with you.
  14. Fear nothing and no one.
  15. Let go and let GOD take over.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stop Feeding Them? How About We Stop Breeding Them?

IRIS
http://www.hearthsidecats.org/

My friend, a sweet girl named Ashley, runs Hearthside Cats in Avon.  HC used to be located in a house on Conesus Lake.  Over 20 years ago, my then boyfriend and I went there to look for a cat for him, and we found Cassidy.  I named Cassidy (hop a long?) because Cassidy had no use of his hind legs.  He just dragged himself around, happily!  Cassidy is long gone, and so is the boyfriend, but Hearthside has always had a piece of my heart.  Ashley was on the news yesterday because she wanted to be the voice for the cats who are being threatened in Geneseo.  Here is the story.  http://13wham.com/news/local/geneseo-looks-for-ways-to-manage-feral-cat-population

They actually spliced a shot from when I was on the news into this story, which -- sorry, is quite unflattering of me. :)

People are attacking the symptom, they aren't going after the cause.  Cities need to spay/neuter in order to stop the overbreeding of 'nuisance' cats.

Cats roam outside in most neighborhoods in the United States. Some are pets whose owners let (or put) them outside, but many are community cats, who may be feral or one-time pets who are now stray, lost or abandoned. The more we understand outdoor cats and the complicated issues related to them, the more effectively we can help them, reduce cat overpopulation and protect wildlife.

I found this information, and its spot on.  Its from the Humane Society of the United States.  HSUS. Its got some great information.   The folks in Geneseo need to read it too.  Wonder how we can get this information to them?  Someone has to be the voice for these cats.  We all have a responsibility, don't we?

What is an outdoor cat?

The cats you see outside may be cats whose owners let them outdoors, or they may be feral or stray community cats who live outdoors. Although these community cats aren't owned, they may be fed by one or more caring person.

How is a stray cat different from a feral cat?

A stray cat is a pet who has been lost or abandoned, is used to contact with people and is tame enough to be adopted. A feral cat is the offspring of stray or other feral cats and is not accustomed to human contact. Feral cats are usually too fearful to be handled or adopted.
Stray cats may be reunited with their families or adopted into new homes, but feral cats will find it difficult or impossible to adapt to living as pets in close contact with people. But that doesn't mean there aren't many things you can do to improve feral cats' health and quality of life.

Why are there feral cats?

If they don't have early contact with people, the kittens of stray or feral cats will become feral, too fearful to be handled or adopted. Since a female cat can become pregnant as early as five months of age, the number of feral cats in a neighborhood can rapidly increase if cats aren't spayed or neutered.

Where do community cats live?

Community cats typically live in a colony—a group of related cats. The colony occupies and defends a specific territory where food (a restaurant dumpster or a person who feeds them) and shelter (beneath a porch, in an abandoned building, etc.) are available. Although feral cats may be seen by people who feed them, strangers may not realize that feral cats are living nearby because they rarely see them. Stray cats tend to be much more visible, may vocalize and may approach people in search of food or shelter. Stray cats may join a colony or defend a territory of their own.

Why are outdoor cats considered a problem?

Nuisance behaviors, such as urinating and defecating in someone's yard or garden, digging in someone's yard or garden, jumping on someone's car and upsetting an owned cat, are the greatest concerns that the general public has about outdoor cats.

Overpopulation is a serious concern as well. In the United States, approximately 2 percent of the 30 to 40 million community (feral and stray) cats have been spayed or neutered. These cats produce around 80 percent of the kittens born in the U.S. each year. Although 85 percent of the estimated 75 to 80 million pet cats in the U.S. are already spayed or neutered, many have kittens before they are spayed or neutered. Those kittens, especially if they are allowed outdoors, add to the number of outdoor cats and the problems associated with them.

Shelters in a community with a large population of outdoor cats who aren't spayed or neutered may experience these problems:
  • More cats entering shelters as a result of trapping feral adults and kittens young enough to be socialized (tamed).
  • A rise in euthanasia rates for all cats because adult feral cats can't be adopted.
  • Euthanasia of adoptable cats when cage space runs out.
  • Costs associated with trapping and/or caring for and euthanizing feral cats.
In addition, shelters receive many nuisance complaints about outdoor cats, including:
  • Frequent, loud noises that are part of the fighting and mating behavior of unneutered/unspayed cats.
  • Strong, foul odors left by unneutered male cats spraying urine to mark their territory.
  • Flea infestations.
  • Visible suffering from injured and dying cats.
  • The death of wild animals who are cats' prey.

If my cats have been spayed or neutered, why shouldn't I let them out?

It's not a good idea to let your cat outside unless you have a safe enclosure or are walking them on a harness and leash. Even pet cats who are spayed or neutered may cause conflicts between neighbors and injure or kill wildlife.

When outside, cats face dangers such as injury or death from being hit by a car, being harmed by another animal or person and diseases and parasites.

Approximately 65 percent of the estimated 80 million pet cats in the U.S. are kept indoors, and more owners are realizing that indoor cats are safer and can lead happy lives indoors. But millions of pet cats are still allowed outside, usually without the visible collars and identification that would help reunite them with their owners should the cats be picked up by a neighbor or animal control.

How can cat overpopulation be solved?

Spaying or neutering community cats using Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) will reduce their numbers. Spaying or neutering pet cats before they reproduce will reduce their numbers and help stop pet overpopulation.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?

TNR is a nonlethal strategy for reducing the number of community cats and improving the quality of life for cats, wildlife and people. At its most basic, TNR involves:
  • Humanely trapping community cats
  • Spaying or neutering them
  • Vaccinating them against rabies
  • Surgically removing the tip of one ear (a "tipped" ear is the universally-recognized sign of a cat who has been spayed or neutered)
  • Returning the cats to their home

How does TNR solve common complaints associated with feral cats?

  • When feral cats are trapped, neutered and returned to their territory, they no longer reproduce.
  • The cessation of sexual activity eliminates the noise associated with mating behavior and dramatically reduces fighting and the noise it causes.
  • Neutered feral cats also roam much less and become less visible and less prone to injury from cars.
  • Foul odors are greatly reduced as well because neutered male cats no longer produce testosterone which, when they are unaltered, mixes with their urine and causes the strong, pungent smell of their spraying.
  • When the colony is then monitored by a caretaker who removes and/or TNRs any newly arrived cats, the population stabilizes and gradually declines over time.

Do people take care of community cats? How?

Many people see a cat who seems homeless and start feeding the cat. Ideally, the person quickly does more to help the cat:
Once a cat or colony of cats has been TNR-ed, it's ideal if a dedicated caretaker provides food, water and shelter, monitors the cats for sickness or injury, and TNRs new feral cats who arrive. Ideally, kittens young enough to be socialized and new tame cats who arrive are removed from the colony for possible adoption.

Many dedicated caretakers pay for TNR themselves to help improve the lives of cats and reduce their numbers. Without TNR and a dedicated caretaker trapping new cats who show up, the population of the colony could increase.

Why can't animal shelters rescue feral cats?

Animal shelters already care for and try to find homes for untold thousands of lost, injured and abandoned cats, in addition to pet cats whose owners are unable or unwilling to keep them.
Many animal shelters don't have the staff or money to do TNR. However, shelters that receive calls of complaint or concern from the public may attempt to humanely trap and remove feral cats. Or they may provide information and loan traps to citizens interested in humanely trapping feral cats. If there is a local group helping feral cats, the shelter may refer callers to that group.

Because feral cats are so scared of people and usually cannot be adopted, those who are brought to a shelter, especially cats who cannot be identified as members of a known TNR-ed colony, are likely to be euthanized either right away or after a holding period. It's a complicated situation: While it's difficult to accurately identify a feral cat without observing them during a holding period, safely caring for a feral cat in a typical shelter cage is terribly stressful for the cat. In addition, if cage space is limited at the shelter, an adoptable cat may have to be euthanized to make room to hold a feral cat.

Would it be better if feral cats were euthanized?

Opinions vary on this. Some people feel sorry for feral cats because they are fending for themselves. Others are annoyed by the cats' behaviors and want them removed. But the majority of people don't feel that feral cats should be euthanized.

Even if the shelter had enough people and money to remove and euthanize the feral cats in a community, other cats would move into the vacated territory to take advantage of the food sources and shelter. The new cats would continue to reproduce and complaint calls would continue. Euthanasia alone won't rid an area of feral cats, and killing animals to control their numbers is increasingly unpopular with the general public.

A better approach is TNR and a dedicated caretaker. Spayed or neutered feral cats are healthier because they no longer have kittens or fight over mates, and their nuisance behaviors are greatly reduced or eliminated. If the colony has a dedicated caretaker, they provide food, water and shelter and watch over the cats' health and remove any newcomers for TNR (if feral) or adoption (if tame).
TNR improves the quality of life for existing colonies, prevents the birth of more cats and reduces the number of cats over time. It also may be more economical than euthanasia; many groups have calculated that the costs associated with TNR are considerably less than those associated with removal, shelter care and euthanasia of feral cats.

Won't removing community cats from an area eliminate the problem?

There are many reasons cat problems are rarely solved by trapping and removing a colony. Community cats live at a certain location because it offers food and shelter. If a colony is removed, cats from surrounding colonies may move in to take advantage of the newly available resources. The cycle of reproduction and nuisance behavior begins all over again.

If all the cats in a colony are not trapped, then the ones left behind will tend to have larger litters of kittens. The kittens are more likely to survive because there are fewer cats competing for food. The colony's population will continue to increase until it reaches the number that can be supported by the available food and shelter.

Here are some of the other factors that usually make trap and removal ineffective:
  • No input from the cats' caretakers, who are the only people who really know the cats' numbers and patterns and can control whether or not the cats are hungry enough to enter a baited trap
  • No volunteers to trap cats, who face an uncertain fate or death upon capture
  • Little to no animal control staff and money available to accomplish the task
  • No strategy for the difficult task of catching all the cats in a colony
  • No one watching out for pet cats who are lost or abandoned, aren't spayed or neutered and quickly repopulate a vacated territory

Why don't feeding bans eliminate community cats?

The logic behind bans on feeding feral cats is that if there is no food available, the cats will go away. This rarely happens.

First, cats are territorial animals who can survive for weeks without food and will not easily or quickly abandon their territory. As they grow hungrier and more desperate, they tend to venture closer to homes and businesses in search of food. Despite the effort to starve them out, the cats will also continue to reproduce, resulting in the deaths of many kittens.

Second, feeding bans are nearly impossible to enforce. A person who is determined to feed the cats will usually succeed without being detected. Repeated experience has shown that people who care about the cats will go to great lengths, risking their homes, jobs and even their liberty to feed starving animals. In addition, there may be more than one feeder and other sources of food, including dumpsters, garbage cans and other animals.

What can I do to help outdoor cats?

  • If you want to know how you can help community (feral and stray) cats, go to our list of things you can do.
  • If you're interested in TNR or becoming a cat caretaker, find a community cat group or individuals who are practicing TNR or caretaking in your area to learn more.
  • If you have been letting your cats outside, make them safe, happy indoor cats who only go out when supervised on a harness and leash, or in a safe enclosure.
  • If you know people who let their cats outside, explain to them why it's safer to keep cats inside.
  • If you would like specific details about your community’s ordinances, please visit your city’s or county’s website and look for information about municipal codes. You can also request a copy of animal control ordinances from the city or county clerk. For tips on how to get ordinances and laws changed, check out our Lobbying 101 for Cats Guide.

Have a great day!





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Everybody Wants to Rule the World...

Tears for Fears - I love this song.  Its an oldie, but a goodie. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST86JM1RPl0

 I finally figured out why the red cat on Baldwin and Grand displays maniacal behavior when I place the food down.  He is obsessive about gulping immediately, and weaves his way in and out of my arms, my legs, my face, until I pour that food.  And when I do, and begins to gulp, he goes to the next dish I am pouring, without really eating from the first plate.  I think he may have worms?  He is thin, and I think I saw something 'back there' when he was in front of me.  I have Pyrantel, which treats one type of worm, but he may have tapeworms?  Not sure of the different worm types, I know, this is gross.  I need to do some research on cost of Revolution.  I hear that takes away all types of worms.

The cats I had neutered yesterday were released last evening.  I had a work event and left it early at 7:30 pm. only to have to go home, get kitties back in Jeep, and release them.  This was the last thing I wanted to do - it was past my bedtime, I was starving, and miserable.  It was still daylight and I knew people would be seeing what I was doing, and I would have to explain.  I did, to two young males at the house next to the vacant lot on Melville, and they seemed cool after I explained that kitty was neutered today, and given rabies shots, etc. so he wouldn't be producing any more cats that were already heavily populated in this area.  There were a few neighbors around there watching me, but I didn't feel like walking up to each person and explaining.  I should have, but I didn't feel like it.  People need to be educated about this stuff.  They should have resources to know who to call or where to turn if they want to help, if they care at all.  These are poor neighborhoods, so probably not high on their list of priorities.

One of the kitties was extremely thin and the clinic called me to ask if I wanted a combo test done (they don't just test for leukemia anymore). I agreed, but didn't hear that he was positive, thank God. I would have had them euthanize.  We just don't have enough people to care for these sick animals, and its a deadly disease.  Sad, but I would never put a cat back on the street knowing it has been tested positive for leukemia.  Nor would I FIV for that matter, I think.  FIV is nothing, but if a cat is exposed to the outdoors, its a silent killer.  The immune system is very weak.  They are fine as house pets, but not in outdoor environments.

Kittens available:  (Don't forget to click on pics to view larger pic!)

MARSHMALLOW

MITZY

MOXY

ITSY


BITSY

PRAIRIE and PEEKIE 
NIMBUS
DESTINY
Have a great day!


"A pessimist is one who
makes DIFFICULTIES
of his opportunities and an
optimist is one who makes
OPPORTUNITIES
of his difficulties."


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

TNR Tuesday!



BABY MAKER #1

BABY MAKER #2

OK.  So.   Today is TNR Tuesday.  I am allotted two spots at the clinic twice a week to bring in two cats for spay/neuter.  Those cats are mainly trapped in Have-A Heart traps, after I set them at various spots where I know there are cats that are not spayed or neutered.  I place tuna or sardines, or mackerel or some other smelly fish on newspaper, set it and forget it.  I drive off, do a few spots and come back to check on them.  This morning, I set THREE traps – two on Melville Street and one on Parsells Avenue.  There is a very high concentration of cats on these two streets parallel from each other.  The Parsells location where I set the trap is where Moxy and Mitzy just came from.  There has GOT to be a mother cat around there somewhere.  I went back to the first set trap on Melville and lo and behold, there was Baby Maker #1 in the trap.  MAD.  Hopping MAD.  Bouncing off the walls mad.  Covered him up, placed in Jeep, and went to the next set trap.  Nothing.  This is where Marbles is.  Marbles needs rescuing really bad.  So bad, I placed him in my carrier so that he wouldn’t set the trap off trying to get the tuna inside.  He cried and cried as I drove him around covered up.  I thought to myself, this is insane.  This poor cat is homeless, is sweet, is already neutered (former TNR), and would love for me to take him home.  But I can’t, because I’ve got 15 kittens!  And a mother!  And my own cats, and a very sick Spencer!  Its just too much!  Where would I keep him?  So after a while, and after checking back to see if I got a kitty in the trap set there, I had to let him back out.  But luckily, my brain kicked in.  There is another cat that has started to trust me, and he came up to me waiting for some good food, so I grabbed the carrier, set it upright, let kitty start eating some wet food, and I scruffed him and placed him in the carrier.  No struggle.  Sweet boy – but I knew he was not neutered as he let me ‘feel him up’ a week or so ago.  I made a mental note to get him neutered at some stage.  So that was Baby Maker #2.  Both boys, both will be neutered, and no more babies from them.  I raced back after finishing up my spots to the Parsells spot, and there was a cat in the trap!  Oh no!  I only have two reserved for me!  I went up to the trap where the cat was frantically trying to get out of, and checked the ear.  Sure enough, a former TNR.  Ear was already tipped.  I let her go. 

MARSHMALLOW!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Marshmallow is scheduled for his surgery today, so all three were dropped off at the clinic.  Ca Ching!  Ca Ching!

So I have another kitten under my wing (the Rescue).  His name is Nimbus.  His foster Mom Joy says this when she first got him over a week ago:  I'm fostering this little guy, found abandoned this morning at a busy business. He's very tiny, about 5 weeks. He was thought to be feral but really was just scared. He purrs like crazy and enjoys being held 😻. Once vetted and neutered, he'll be up for adoption.


NIMBUS
And here we have Prairie and Peekie.  Found abandoned with other kittens at the local college, Roberts Wesleyan, Kristin offered to foster these scared semi-feral kittens.  What a fabulous job she has done so far, but the finishing touch will be with Melissa, who currently has Itsy and Bitsy in her care.  Prairie and Peekie will be spayed and neutered Thursday, and then into foster, under my rescue.  Lets get these kittens adopted!!!  Man oh man oh man!   Kittens GALORE!

PRAIRIE

PEEKIE

Speaking of trapping.  I have a trap that doesn't work so well.  I was gifted a trap two years ago by Melissa, and what a great trap, but for some reason, two of the four traps I have - the little thingy on the side won't stay up to keep the door open.  I could really use a nice new trap.

Have a great day!

"When a flower doesn't bloom, 
you fix the environment in which it grows, 
not the flower."

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Monday, June 19, 2017

AND THEN THERE WERE TWO...

Man oh man...  its a good thing my blood pressure is on even keel....   what an EXCITING! weekend its been.  And I say that half joking, believe me.  I think only a handful of you know exactly what is happening at my house right now.  I am very calm about things, but that is my demeanor, I am usually calm about most things - where as with some, it shows up in their health.  I've been sick free for - knock on wood - years now.  That includes colds.  My joints, that's another story, but generally, I am pretty healthy.  I can thank my love of healthy eating and cooking, my love of fine wine, and the good Lord above.  Oh, and Dr. Edward Tanner, Chief of Orthopedics, where I spent an hour or so on Friday morning getting a cortisone shot in both knees.  Good as new.  For a few months, fingers crossed.

Friday started out with me delivering some very very very cute kittens.  Two black kittens.  They were from the third batch of kittens I brought into my 'rescue' when someone reached out for help.  Two of four very fluffy kittens - two grey, two black.  Two grey I named Mike and Ike, and the black I named Ben and Jerry, because of my love for chocolate ice cream!  So I deliver to this wonderful family in Webster - Ben and Jerry - while the kids are in school and have no clue that the kittens will be waiting for them when they get off the bus later that day.  I give all the instructions, wave goodbye and then did a few errands.  When I got home, what did I see?  I saw JERRY!  Sitting on my porch.  OH NO!  I delivered Ben and TOESIE!   I immediately phoned the new dad, told him of my mistake, and raced back with the right kitten, Jerry.  Poor Toesie, Poor Jerry, poor me!  :)  Good Lord, if that isn't a true sign of someone going crazy, disorganized, mentally unstable, I don't know what is.  But its a good thing I am none of those.  :)  I got home and took a nice nap, in the coolness of my new A/C.  It was a hot weekend to boot.

Saturday was another Kitten delivery - TJ!!!  TJ went to a wonderful new family who has an adult cat - Baxter? - I am patiently waiting to hear how their weekend went.  They are all in love - in fact when I left TJ, he was happily perched on his new mom's shoulder.  True love.

Sunday, another!  Sugar went to her new home!  And what a home!  She joins her new sibling Sterling, who was adopted by this family less than a year ago.  I am praying all went well for them overnight.  Can't wait to get a report!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there are still a lot of kittens to be delivered, and adopted.  Spread the word!

Oh wait, in case you missed it...  so Sunday morning, I am out at 3:55 am. feeding over 100 cats in the Beechwood section of Rochester, near the public market, where I feed, shelter, and spay and neuter who I can, 365 days a year, and again - its 3:55 when I started out in the dark Sunday morning.  I arrive at Parsells location #1 and begin to pour food and fresh water on the porch of this vacant house, for the waiting cats there, and look who runs up to me.  Meet Mitzy.  The polydactyl kitten.  I named her Mitzy because her paws are so big with her extra toes that it looks like a catchers mitt.  I got her home, bathed her, and she immediately began to purr.  Poor baby.  But now a lucky baby.  Groan.  Help.  Not another kitten...


MITZY





But wait!  There's more!  So this morning, its pouring rain, its 4 am. and its dark, and I arrive at the same location, and who runs up to me...  Mitzy's brother Moxy.  Yes, I grabbed him, took him back to my house, checked him out to be a boy, and named him Moxy.  What on earth...  How much more can one handle?

MOXY!

So the numbers:

11 - number of kittens I have in my house right now
1 - number of kittens I have left to be weaned from nursing Destiny
17 - number of kittens yet to be spayed and neutered
40 - total pounds of dry food I go through in one day to feed homeless cats
36 - number of wet food cans I go through in one day to feed homeless cats
3 - number of water jugs I take with me each day to replenish water
2 - number of spots I have at RCAC to spay/neuter two cats after trapping on Tuesday mornings
120 - how much it costs each week to spay/neuter two cats after trapping on Tuesday mornings
4320 - how much it costs from March - November to spay/neuter two cats each week
150 - how much it costs at Walmart each week for dry food
7800 - how much it costs at Walmart per year for dry food alone

Fun.  I wish the City of Rochester could help me out - its THEIR problem.  Instead, I have a small group of people that are kind enough to drop off food occasionally, have it delivered, or pay for a spay or neuter here and there.  Thank you doesn't quite seem to cut it because we all have our own expenses..  But please know how much you are helping those that have no voice out there - we are the only ones that can make a difference in their lives.  If everyone just even gave a dollar or a dime, or even your time...

This kitten thing has got to end.  Please help me by spreading the word, and foster and adopt.  Please.

Have a great day.

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” 


Thursday, June 15, 2017

TGIT!

For anyone new here, or not familiar with what I do, 365 days a year I head out into the darkness of the early morning hours - from 4 am. til 5:15 in the summer months, and in the winter, sometimes its 6:30 after all the shoveling I  have to do around the 18 shelters I have placed in the Beechwood section of Rochester, near the public market.  I drag 40 pounds of dry food out to my dying Jeep, and three huge water jugs.  Also, I have six large sized yogurt containers that have been filled with 36 5.3 oz. cans of wet food.  In the winter, my Jeep has several Styrofoam huts carved out to house a cat or two, bag of straw to fill them with, and lots of paper plates, and towels. 

I run into every kind of creepy person out there, and sometimes I run into some really nice ones, but they all know what I do, and basically respect me. 

Do I like doing this?  No.  Do I like getting up at 2 am. every single morning of my life?  No.  Do I like being broke and living paycheck to paycheck because I spend every last dime I have on caring for these animals that are suffering out on the streets?  No.  Am I on a mission?  Yes.  I've seen too many sick and injured and pregnant cats to ignore whats happening in this city.

So far this year, from what Kristin calculates, I've rescued close to 60 cats already, since January.  I've adopted out almost that many.  I've TNR'd (trapped, had neutered, and had to return to the streets) nearly two cats per week since March (a lot of those were cats I actually rescued).

I am trying to make a difference before I can't do it anymore.  There are other rescue groups trying to make the same difference.  But its not enough.  We need more help.  The city needs to step up and do something.  I hope the new mayor - hopefully James Sheppard will help.  Mayor Warren didn't do much, if anything, to help our cause, except to throw me a couple of free vouchers for spay and neuter.  10 to be exact.  I just paid my bill at Rochester Community Animal Clinic.  That was over $500.  That was for 8 cats to be spayed or neutered.  Just 8.  The cats on the streets are having an average of 4 per litter.

We are outnumbered.  We need help.  Spread the word.  Help out any way you can.

On a brighter note, I leave you with some pictures I took this morning.  These kittens bring joy, don't they?  We now have a total of five more kittens needing to find homes.  I am waiting for Kristin to give me pictures of two of hers (from the Roberts Weslyn college campus), and the three I rescued from Melville Street.  Not to mention, the MOTHER of so many who nurtured and nursed many kittens that were not hers, after her five passed after birth.  Destiny.  Lets find her a home too!

ENJOY!  (Click on pics to see up close!)

BEAR and POSIE having a snooze in the sun

Bitsy

DESTINY

ITSY

MARSHMALLOW

TOESIE and ROSIE

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

“A generous heart, kind speech, 
and a life of service and compassion 
are the things that renew humanity.”