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post #91 of 146
...or the cat's meow!
post #92 of 146
I am so glad to hear that maybe he is having a change of heart, and may not be as heartless as we once thought. That is so great that he has offered to pay for Samoa's neutering and shots!!! WOW! I am thrilled to hear this!!!!! Keep us posted!!!!! I can't wait to hear that he has ben captured!
post #93 of 146
THEY CAUGHT SAMOA! Meet Samoa. David Horsley fed him at a regular time in a neighbor's garage. When Samoa was in there, he shut the doors and called Judi. She came, and I'm not sure what happened. Gary's on the phone with her now, and she's composing an e-mail letter with all the details. She simply wrote "WE GOT HIM!" Then she shot over the pictures and simply said "He's soooo sweet!"

Here's his pic, and I'll post details as soon as I have them.

post #94 of 146
I am sitting here in tears while reading this! One more feral with a fighting chance! I am so thrilled! Way to go to everyone who had a hand in getting here!
post #95 of 146
O.K. They didn't use a garage as planned. Someone in the neighborhood had an abandoned maid's quarters, a separate small house in the back yard. It is up on cinderblocks. David cut a hole in the floor and fed Samoa cans of tuna in there. He set up a rig with rope through the bathroom door, fed it out the house over to a tree. Judi said it was about 100 feet away, and it was smart but so funny!

David put the tuna in the bathroom this morning and laid out waiting for him. Apparently Samoa saw him, but since he was relatively far away, Samoa decided to go for it anyway. After he watched Samoa slip up through the floor, he waited several minutes and then pulled the rope. I guess he was really afraid of the cat, because he went and set a cinder block up against the bathroom door. ! Anyway, he called Judi who headed over with one of her assistants. She had a "Snarem" (spelling?) (I'm getting this from the phone, not an e-mail). They removed the cinder block, opened the door and slipped in. She said Samoa was about four feet up the wall with his claws dug into the windowsill. She talked to him while working to get the snarem on him, and he calmed down.

She slipped the snarem over him, and they opened the bathroom door. Samoa was happy about that, and walked (not ran) out with the snarem on. She led him to the crate, which he was not happy about, but she was able to just push him in there without much fight.

No one got hurt. !!!!

She talked to him the whole way back to CritterCamp. She said he didn't cry meowning, but he was talking. She kept saying things like, You know why you got trapped? You know where you're going? That kind of thing. She said his "meow" sounded like he just kept answering "no!"

They drove back to CritterCamp and released him into the cage that will be his temporary home while they resocialize him. They left him for about five minutes. They really didn't know what to expect because of the "horror story." But when they came back, they were able to reach in to pet him. He's clearly used to people. She said he's just to sweet to be a feral.

She is convinced they'll be able to adopt him. He's a beautiful cat and very sweet.

I'll keep you posted on the neutering, etc.

post #96 of 146
Hmm- are you sure he is the right cat? David made him out to be such a monster! He is a pretty boy all right and now he has a chance!
post #97 of 146
I know! Judi said that when they went into that abandoned place and she saw the concrete block there, it was just too funny! And once they got back to CritterCamp, they just couldn't stop laughing. It must have been such a great relief!

post #98 of 146
You know, I just read this whole post from the beginning and I think it is worthy of being stuck for awhile.It shows the true meaning and intent behind these forums that Anne has so lovingly created- the education of those who need it when it comes to cat care. It shows the networking abilities of some very determined women with hubbies in tow and it shows that one or two people can make a difference in the world.

I have to wonder what Samoa's fate would of been had not Anne found the article and posted it here? It got cross-posted on lots of other boards as well so we were not the only "cat folk" involved in this process. All for the sake of a poor misunderstood feral who turns out not to be so "feral" after-all.

So one sticky note coming right up!
post #99 of 146
He's SO beautiful! I expected some hulking, chewed up tough guy. I am so glad he's ok.
post #100 of 146
I am so happy!!!

This just made my day!!!!!

He is a BEAUTIFUL cat!!! I too expected him to look like some roughed up, "tough" cat with battle scars and all, from the way David Horsley had described him!!!

That is sooo funny that he was so scared of a sweet little puddy tat!

I am just so glad that Samoa is caught and will be rehomed soon! You all deserve such a huge pat on the back for saving this cat!!!!!! And I'm so glad he was already used to people and didn't go nuts on them!! That is great!!!!
post #101 of 146
Thread Starter 
Oh what a sweet looking kitty!

Thank you so much Laurie and Gary for saving this sweet little furball!

Hands up those of you who took one look and said - I wish I could take him home to me - my hand is up in the air! I'm sure he'll find a home soon enough. Though I wonder if we should contact someone in the press about this? I wonder if David is going to write about it in his column? I'm just thinking with a bit of PR not only will this cat be snatched up - but Judi will get more potential adopters and more recognition of what she does.
post #102 of 146
That is a great idea, Anne!!!
post #103 of 146
Hooray!! Samoa is gorgeous! How funny that David was so scared of a sweet kitty like that. :laughing:
post #104 of 146
How can anyone be afraid of this baby? Now he does have a chance for a good/loving home dwithout being hungry or cold ever again!!!!!!!YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #105 of 146
Gee...my office is freezing, but I feel all warm inside after reading this!

Samoa is gorgeous! I wish I lived closer...I think he would make a perfect member of my feline family!

I do hope that Horsley writes up this experience. I am overjoyed that we helped this man open his heart to the plight of this poor abandoned kitty!
post #106 of 146
Well, after telling my friend Samoa's story and showing her his picture, she said "I'll take him in if no one wants him."

Add Ohio to the states that are willing to have Samoa!
post #107 of 146

Judi had to leave this week for a conference, and then, poor thing, she has to have some surgery on her hand, so it might be a little while (sometime next week) before we hear anything further.

But watch out - if they don't get him adopted out (which Judi also does for a living), Gary and I just might consider using our air miles to get him sent to you! He sure does deserve a good home! (Well, they all do, don't they?)

And I LOVE that Judi would get press for her work. She is so dedicated to the animals of Amarillo. She and her staff spend hours and hours and hours day after day, week after week, and month after month working to get pets adopted into happy homes. Judi actually has a TV show three times a week that is dedicated to pet adoption from the shelter. And she is working to lobby the City of Amarillo for a low-cost spay/neuter program, and any press I'm sure would help!

post #108 of 146
Any updates on Samoa? How's our little guy doing?
post #109 of 146
Judi was at a conference all last week through Sunday. She had surgery on her hand Monday. She wasn't sure if it was outpatient or in-hospital. She left her home number with us though. Great minds think alike, Heidi, , because just about an hour ago Gary and I called her at home. We got the machine, and left a lovely message letting her know she's in our prayers, and we hope all went well with the surgery. I hope we'll hear how both she AND Samoa are doing soon!

post #110 of 146
Judi says everything went great and she's going to be O.K. (Sigh of relief!)

She let me know via e-mail last night that Samoa went to the vet yesterday for his shots and to get neutered. It turns out he was already neutered, confirming suspicions that he was once a pet. His story is going to be aired on ABC! She says, "He is so sweet and tame. We just love him. We will get him in a great home. He deserves it."

post #111 of 146

That made me giggle! About him being neutered I mean. Please give more details about his story being on ABC when you can? Maybe some of us will finally be able to see this gorgeous creature then!
post #112 of 146
WOW! ABC, that's so cool! If you find out, can you let us know when it will be aired? Hubby's a CBS News fan, so I have to have a good reason to switch news programs.

I'm so glad both she and Samoa are doing well. I can't believe that a sweet, tame little kitty could possibly terrorize Mr. Horsely that much. Poor little guy (Samoa, not David), he must have been so scared all the time, which would be why he acted the way he did.
post #113 of 146
I think it's going to be on Amarillo's local ABC, so I don't know if you can see it in Denver - but I'm not sure. She'll let me know when she can.

I didn't write it before because I wanted her permission, but in the hand surgery they did find a bone tumor. She said it's all right to post it here, but fortunately she got the results, and it is benign. Poor thing has been away from work for some time (conference all last week), so she's busy catching up, just had surgery, and I keep bugging her for info!

Anyway, she did write:

I just wish you could see Samoa - he is King of Critter Camp.
Also, she's kept in touch with David, and he did pick up the Vet bill, which is really fantastic.
post #114 of 146
Ooops - excuse me Heidi! I didn't mean to write "Denver." I know how you feel about Denver () I just meant, I don't know if it'll be available outside of Amarillo.
post #115 of 146
No problem, I am considered in the Denver Metro area, so I don't mind, too much. I was hoping it was making the national ABC feature. Guess I was finding the platinum lining on that one!
post #116 of 146
Well - she did use "ABC" in her e-mail (as opposed to the local call letters), so I'm just not sure. She said she'd let me know when it'll be on, so hopefully she'll let me know if she's talking local or national. I sent an e-mail asking, but she's been recuperating and catching up, so I don't expect to hear back today, anyway.

post #117 of 146
Well, I haven't heard from Judi yet. I really hope all is O.K. for her, I'm worried about her hand. Between running CritterCamp and recuperating from her hand, I'm sure she's busy (and tired!).

But in the meantime, I hadn't found time to post this yet, and I think I really should. We've chatted here about Mr. Horsley's turnaround in his opinion of stray/feral cats.

After Samoa was trapped, I wrote Mr. Horsley a concialiatory note, explaining that I'm new to ferals too, but we weren't presented with aggression problems, just garbage problems. I pointed out that the main problem was one of education, and what happened between him and Samoa was a perfect case in point. I included info from some of the work I've been doing (about how eradication doesn't work, numbers and costs related to stray pets and euthanization under most animal control policies now, etc.). And I closed by thanking him for becoming concerned for the cat, acting to help it, and writing the follow-up article that did mention resources.

He wrote back:

Laurie -- Thanks for writing. I, too, am in the midst of a learning curve about feral cats. I honestly never gave them much thought until this particular alley cat started causing problems.

I've had cats my whole life (there's one in my lap as I write this--she tries to type every now and then) but domestic cats are quite different from wild ones. The wily old tom we caught yesterday was closer to a wild animal than any pet I've ever kept. He didn't appreciate being trapped,either, but I think his life might be taking a turn for the better--if only he could recognize that.

I've begun to do a little reading about feral cats. The same dynamic that causes coyotes to increase when ranchers try to kill them apparently works where feral cats are concerned. When coyotes are trapped or poisoned, the remaining animals produce larger litters, thereby ensuring the survival of the population. The trap/neuter/release program makes sense insofar as
it recognizes that mere removal of individual cats doesn't address the problem or change anything in the long run. But if no one is feeding the re-released cat, it continues to be a problem by scattering garbage and eating baby birds (I'm a bird person too). Judi said she knows of a woman who might take Osama to a remote farmhouse once he is neutered and pacified. I wish him nothing but a long and happy life, far away from my yard. -- David

...and I guess it really does illustrate just perfectly the problem. Like he said, he "never gave them [feral cats] much thought..." And you know what? Neither had I! We became involved with the ferals for the reason David just mentioned - the garbage scattering. Unfortunately, he's still a bit mis-informed. Urban sprawl in general and pesticides are far more threatening to baby birds than stray and feral cats are... but nonetheless, it all just goes to show how even just a little education can go a long way.

post #118 of 146
I am really glad to hear that David's attitude about ferals is changing! That is great! I hope Judi is alright. Please let us know if/when the show will be aired, if it will be aired on national ABC or just her local one...I would not want to miss it if it is national!
post #119 of 146
Thread Starter 
Laurie - I beat you to it this time

David Horsley has published another Samoa follow up:
post #120 of 146
Well - maybe it will help get Samoa adopted? It was wonderful of him to give Judi such a great review.

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