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I stepped way out of my comfort zone today and knocked on doors and talked with strangers about TNR and the big TNR project unfolding in their neighborhood. I was very pleasantly surprised that it all went so well! I even met some lovely people who want the best for the community cats.

Two of the people who live in the block assisted with the door to door canvasing of the neighborhood which made it go a lot faster! The reason we were going around was to notify people of what we were doing and when we would be doing the trapping so they could keep their pet, tame cats inside or collared that day so we don’t tote them off to the clinic.

We ran across this fluffy brown and white friendly feral who sure looked very pregnant to us. Later I talked with his or her care taker and he insisted it had already been spayed. I’ll be following up with this cat when I’m there next.




This other cat is a feral who’s eye looks to be in rough shape. Apparently this tom tries to be top cat of the neighborhood. Both of his ears are pretty tattered looking. He’s a known sprayer in the neighborhood.

On today’s site visit lots of traps were dispersed around the neighborhood in strategic locations where the ferals can start acclimating to them. Soon they will be fed in the traps to make the trapping day all that much easier.

I hunted around in a large crawlspace looking for newborn kittens but came up empty. We’ll keep looking out for them.

Lastly, I wanted to try to pet the little black cat/kitten that’s been in my basement. Whenever I change her bedding or litter box she never tries to escape but rather stays hunkered down in her hammock. But even though she seems well behaved, the idea of sticking my hand toward her seems risky, so instead I affixed a soft wash cloth to a stick and used it to pet her. She seemed neutral about the whole thing so I stopped.

This evening Nancy stopped by and boldly and slowly reached out to touch her. She was able to handle her and we learned it was a little girl, probably 6-8 months old. She has no microchip nor signs of being spayed. Nancy thought she was not a feral cat just based on how she was responding, She was scared but not at all fighting. She actually seemed quite sweet. In the end Nancy took her home with her to look after her and to try to assess her future adopt ability. Meanwhile I have learned that the other six kittens taken from the site thus far are showing signs of taming nicely, that’s good news!

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