Feral Fixers brought in 35 more cats to the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic to be spayed today. 31 of these cats were ferals while the other 4 were 'friendly ferals'.
Super-volunteer Charli helped me pick up the cats from Tammy's this morning and take them to PAWS (Thanks Charli!) while super-volunteers Linda and Mark helped me pick up the cats from PAWS this afternoon and bring them back to Tammy's - Thanks Mark and Linda! And, as always, super-volunteer Judy was at Tammy's this morning and this afternoon to help out with everything - Thanks Judy!
The preponderance of these cats today were female by a ratio of 26 to 9. One of these females turns out to have been already spayed. That would have brought us to 34 cats done today, but early this afternoon, we received notification from the PAWS clinic manager, Jenny, that one of the ferals had given birth to five kittens while she was in the trap, so she was obviously not neutered either. The great people at PAWS moved mom and kittens into a large carrier to give them a bit more room. They fed the mom a little and kept a close eye on them and when I came to pick them up, they were able to let me know that mom was being a "good mom" and was nursing the kittens. Thanks PAWS!
So now we have five more kittens on our hands, joy... It would have been nice to get to the mom sooner, but what can you do? We're going flat-out as it is. I'm sure that we'll have no trouble finding the kittens homes, but the amount of work that will take in the meantime will be significant. Once the mom has weaned her kittens, then we'll bring her in to PAWS again to get spayed. Moms like this, moms that had just weaned their kittens, were a major reason why we had so many females in today's trip.
Altogether now, can you say MORE FOSTERS?!?
We wound up bringing 35 cats to PAWS, but 40 back to Tammy's. 33 of them wound up being spayed/neutered. This first trip of June brings our yearly total to 342 and our overall total to 7,620.
And remember, NO TRIP TO PAWS NEXT WEEK!!