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Can someone PLEASE help!

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I posted a thread in the SOS forum about this tragic situation with some Persians and Himmys. http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/AL22.html

I have spoken with them today. They only have 2 volunteers
They have asked me to to please come out and help them socialize these babies. Can someone PLEASE give me some pointers and how I can help socialize them. She said some will let you hold them but most will not. These babies getting ready to be adopted is so extremely important because there are still cats left with the person who did this to them that they cannot save until these babies are helped.

Please Advise....
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
I posted a thread in the SOS forum about this tragic situation with some Persians and Himmys. http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/AL22.html

I have spoken with them today. They only have 2 volunteers
They have asked me to to please come out and help them socialize these babies. Can someone PLEASE give me some pointers and how I can help socialize them. She said some will let you hold them but most will not. These babies getting ready to be adopted is so extremely important because there are still cats left with the person who did this to them that they cannot save until these babies are helped.

Please Advise....

Hey Pami....this group has a great files section with information on taming.

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/f...%20aggression/

Katie
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
It says I need to join. I will be leaving in a few to go out there. I will come back later today and research more about what I can do.

I have never done anything like this ever before. I am a squeamish person, also. So lets hope I dont pass out when I see these babies.

Should I change clothes before I come home not to bring anything to my babies?
post #4 of 16
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Should I change clothes before I come home not to bring anything to my babies?
If you interact with the cats..then yes.

Katie
post #5 of 16
No real suggestions about socialization. I guess you just have to proceed slowly to gain their trust. Sit quietly, speak softly until they are ready to come to you. I hope you can help them so they can find permanent homes.

I just have to comment about the horrible living conditions these cats were in. How can anyone do that to these beautiful babies? Can the person who did this be prosecuted for cruelty to animals? I hope so.
post #6 of 16
If they will let you help feed them, that will help win their trust too. Don't forget that looking them in the eyes is a challenge, so sit quietly, down on their level, and sing softly, or read aloud. If you can leave a blanket or t shirt with your scent, they will get used to you more quickly. I didn't read the other thread so I don't know how much time you have or the details. If they come up to you, I've found that holding your hand or just one finger out for them to smell is a good move.

I had a feral that I tamed and I really think food was the key.
post #7 of 16
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I was supposed to hear back from the lady to meet me out there. I havent heard back from her. I have my car packed and ready with food, towels and blankets. Maybe it will be tomorow.
post #8 of 16
Oh Pam, I have no advice for you because I have never been in the situation..but I think you are wonderful for even trying to help these babies, and wanted to offerr good luck and support
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
I was supposed to hear back from the lady to meet me out there. I havent heard back from her. I have my car packed and ready with food, towels and blankets. Maybe it will be tomorow.
I wish I had some advise to offer as well but I can guarentee that I will be here to offer as much support as I can. What your doing is wonderful!

I looked all the way through that website and it just breaks my heart. So many sad stories And this one in particular. All these cats? and look at them? arrrrgghhhh sometimes the world makes me so very mad!

Please keep us updated on how you go. I know you say you are very squeamish but whenever you start feeling like this just remember the love you have to give these wonderful creatures... thankyou for all that your doing
post #10 of 16
I have found that just sitting near them and getting them used to humans without feeling threatened can help alot to begin with. Re-socialising cats that are scared for reasons like that can be done, but unfortunately it is not a quick process. Hopefully you can get some more volunteers to help and get the remaining cats away from that evil person

As said above, food and something with your scent on can really help... when we rescued a feral mother and kittens, we gave them each a fleece blanket to sleep on but first we slept with them ourselves, funnily, I found the one that smelled of Bumper (who sleeps with me) was the one they were more attracted to than the others.

Food / treats etc will help, if they know you are caring for them they will start to come around, especially if they were loved at one time.

Some useful links (they are older and I haven't checked all of them to make sure they are still active, just what I have stored in my bookmarks)

http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/index.pl/feral_cat_faq
http://amby.com/cat_site/feral.html
http://www.straypetadvocacy.org/html/feral_animals.html
www.alleycat.org
http://www.cathobbyist.com/articles/Ferals2.html
http://muttcats.com/articles/taming_ferals.htm
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Update:
People who can effectively assist in this situation have been notified. Multiple foster homes have been located, vets have been provided to offer their help and it looks like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel here.

Those of you who are heartsick over this situation should know that this type of living conditions exist for millions of animals caught in kitty mills and puppy mills worldwide. If you even think that a reclusive neighbor of yours might be involved in this heinous crime, please alert the proper authorities. No animal should be forced to live in such neglectful circumstances as these cats found themselves in.
post #12 of 16
it really is a sad reality

glad that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for these precious ones
post #13 of 16
How are YOU doing Pami? You been to see the cats yet? Are you going to continue to help or are there enough foster homes? (What GREAT news, BTW!!!)

Keep us posted OK?



(((((((((((((((((Hugs))))))))))))))))))))

Laurie
post #14 of 16
Oh my gosh Pam, I just saw this thread....................... Thank you so much for offering to help these sweet, sweet babies...........
post #15 of 16
Those poor, sweet babies. I'm so glad they're getting help. Pam, bless you for getting involved this!
post #16 of 16
I would love to hear any updates as well
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