One of the reasons that we microchip is so that when cats are picked up or “found” we know where the cats should go back to. One of the really great benefits has been that three of the cats that we have micro-chipped have gone and found themselves homes. We get a call from a vet, asking if we know the cat that belongs to a particular microchip number, of course we ask why and find out that they have clients that have taken this particular cat in. Or the person on the other end of the phone says, “I have your cat.” Sorry, you will have to be more specific than that, there are 1,300+ of them out there! The new families worry that we will want to take back these cats that they have fallen in love with. What would we do with them? The cats have chosen these people, the people have very responsibly taken the cats to the vet to have them checked out and have then contacted us. Who could ask for more? The cats know. And the people are so happy to learn that the cats have been vaccinated and neutered! We do warn caretakers that once the hormones have dissipated, the cats could become very friendly. No caretaker could possibly object to learning that their feral has a home, it’s what we all want for the cats, for all of them to have homes and stay inside. But until the cats agree, the outside life it will be.
Due to the lack of fosters and adoptive homes, Feral Fixers has TNR’d a lot of 3- and 4-month old kittens this fall. Taming a kitten that age can take months indoors. It will be interesting to see how many make the decision on their own and go forth and find themselves homes. I would be happy if I was kept busy tracking down micro chip numbers and changing our database to reflect their new location. Currently, most humane societies are experiencing a big drop in adoptions, resulting in the cats staying in the shelters longer and longer before finding a home. With so many ferals turning to the friendly side, the competition for homes will be even greater. As they say, things may get worse before they get better, but hopefully next year there will be a lot fewer kittens born, resulting in more adoptions from shelters.
There is another Jewel Shop & Share this month, please print the coupons and pass them out to your friends and co-workers. This is as close to “free” money as we can get!
A huge THANK YOU! to everyone who has donated and passed on the information about our ChipIn campaign to raise funds for traps. As I write this, we have received many donations in the form of checks that were not processed on the website, so we have surpassed our goal! We will be placing an order soon – I’m sure there will be pictures when we get our shipment! What a great way to recognize National Feral Cat Day!
We have all been working so hard to fulfill our goals this year and have done an amazing amount of work. There is more to doing TNR than processing cats, though and we need time to do all those other tasks. We are announcing that we will be taking December 15th to February 1st off from doing trapping and transporting. We will be doing our best to stick to that resolution, please help us with that. We need a break!
Please put Frosty Claws on your calendar for January 17th (one of the things we will be working on) and come tell us about your cats and learn how many wonderful people care for feral cats!
As always, thank you so much for your support, we could not do it without you!