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a hero for the animals

Helping out with TNR has many benefits; one such benefit is helping to restore my faith in humanity. In my work I hear many difficult stories of how people harm other people and animals, so to get to meet kind people who really love and care about animals really buoys my spirit.

I’m currently assisting someone on with her TNR project. A homeowner has eight homeless cats that she feeds. There is the daddy-cat, who is the dominant tom, mama-cat who keeps having babies (she just had another litter a few weeks ago), another boy and then the five cats from mama-cat’s previous litter.

The backyard trapping area where the cats are fed. Notice the extra roof that keeps the cats nice and dry!

The backyard trapping area where the cats are fed. Notice the extra roof that keeps the cats nice and dry!

On Thursday I visited the site, and setup five traps for acclimation. I educated the property owner on the TNR process and asked her to feed in the traps until we were ready to trap. The plan was to trap on Sunday and take the cats to the clinic early Monday morning, but for some reason the owner decided to trap on Saturday.

The colony caretaker built these wonderful kitty houses to keep the cats safe, warm and dry.

The colony caretaker built these wonderful kitty houses to keep the cats safe, warm and dry. Notice the toys she leaves out for her feral cats to enhance their quality of life.

By the time I made it back to the site on Saturday evening, she had filled up all five of the traps with cats! When I got there, there was two cats milling around but no traps for them to go into.  Thankfully, I brought another three traps that we setup and then waited. It only took about 30 minutes and we had the daddy-cat and then another 20 minutes and the last boy was trapped. So, by Saturday night, seven of the eight are awaiting transport to the clinic! That leaves mama and her new litter.

It’s been great to work with such a caring feral caretaker. She cared enough about the cats to make a difference by doing the hard trapping work, even though she recently had heart surgery! I love meeting kind, compassionate people like her. Along with taking care of the cats, she has also been looking after the birds and raccoons that visit her yard too. She is a true hero for the animals.

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