It's funny you said 3 screaming kittens, that is why I named the runt of the litter 'the screamer' or just Scream that is her in my icon picture...... I trapped the cats I have now, which were
wild, all at our local carwash, that is why my username is carwashcats. Best thing I have ever done! I had no trapping experience,
but one of my clients had a trap, she also is a trapper, life-saver, in the sm. town next to mine. I got her trap, took it to the car wash, put a can of tuna inside at the other end from which they enter, and covered it with a beach towel, the end in which they enter was the only part open! My son and I left for about 30 min. when we returned we
had a cat in tow. and straight to the vet he went. I should of took him home after his operation, but I was just TNR , we had names for all of them, because I had been stopping there twice daily for several months, feeding them. I had noticed that the mama
of them was pg again that's when I knew I had to do something before it got worse.
I had even started seeing the males hanging around, after mama had the litter that Puff, Love, Sha-na-na, and Biscuit came from! Puff was the first trapped, after I had returned him there, it wasn't a wk or so later I was taking my son to school, and he had been run over! We bawled! We just about had him tamed! Anyway, on with the trapping, We trapped Love next the same way we did Puff, it worked fine. Oh and the traps are probably 1 ft. wide. by 2 1/2 long, pretty lightweight, made of wire. The hard cat to trap was going to be Mama, she was pretty smart but pretty hungry, especially for tuna, which the cats had never eaten wet food let alone tuna, which I won't normally feed cats tuna, but to trap them it had to be something they thought to be special, and smelly! I know she saw the others go in and not come back and I wondered if she would even fall for it, but she did, she was the most wild one of all and when I took her to the Vet , he called me back and said, She's pg, and to far along to operate. He told me to just take her to my house and let her have her kittens, I said , "That cat is wild and she has never been to my house" he said "She is not wild" well I knew he was crazy, but I went to pick her up and sure enough she was tame, she was a bit skiddish still and still is to this day, but she was the best cat ever, I put her in my son's playroom and about a month later she had 3 kittens, Fred, Ethel, and Scream!
That is Scream looking at ya! Our humane Society here is all about foster care until homes are found they don't kill, now our animal shelter is kill and I wouldn't bring a snake there! Maybe you could start putting flyers up asking folks if they are interested in helping and set up a day in which the trapping will take place, tell them it is for the over population of unwanted animals, heck some of them might have a truck, or 2, ask if they would bring a beach towel , or something. You will only get responses from the people who are true animal lovers, many people don't give a damn!sorry but it's true!
Your going to need help, so don't be afraid to ask for it! Our humane society helped me with the cost (1/2)of the operations,of course I didn't as many as you do there! I just took them all home with me and I wouldn't know what to do without them!
I wish you all the luck and courage in the world! Be brave and it will all work out! I know it will! I had heard of a woman one time in NY that did this for a feral community and they did return them all to the building where they came from and she continued feeding them all! She did die and the ASPCA was looking for someone in that area to take the feed job over since she died!!! I admire you and you have my blessings! Please stay in touch!!!!!