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post #1 of 9
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Wow! Good news! So if you remember, a while ago I said I was going to start looking in to starting my own little TNR type thing.

Well, in my "research", I noticed some kitties being fed in the lot next door to me. I finally met the lady doing it, and she's with a feral rescue group, and she was SO happy to meet me! So since I have the trap and am close by, she is already wanting to put me to work.

Our goal is to try to trap and either fix and release or socialize and home all the kitties! Of course, we realize it's something like reaching for the stars, but it's a good goal!

So tomorrow hubby and I go out and will feed them! Wow, that was fast. We'll start trying to trap them, too. So I may have my first next fosters soon!

I'm really glad I met her and will have a teacher going through all this. I was a little worried I was getting in over my head, so this will be really helpful! Still, wish us luck and send vibes that we help the kitties and make them all happy and healthy.
post #2 of 9
good luck with everything! you are doing a wonderful thing
post #3 of 9
That's wonderful! Now you have a mentor, and you don't have to do all of the work yourself. You're doing such a great thing for these kitties, and it's going to be awesome.

I recently trapped my first feral kitten (who is now, I'm ashamed to say, hiding somewhere in my house unbeknownst to me...) and it was so cool to see the change in him and to know that I was doing something good.

I wish you luck, and keep updating!
post #4 of 9
You are a super person for doing this.
I am not sure I know what TNR stands for.
Best of luck and good vibes.
post #5 of 9
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good luck with everything! you are doing a wonderful thing
Thank you! Some of the kitties here are actually surprisingly sweet, so I think we have a mix of ferals and strays. It'll be so nice to catch some and find them good homes! And I'll be much happier knowing that the cats still here are fixed.


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That's wonderful! Now you have a mentor, and you don't have to do all of the work yourself. You're doing such a great thing for these kitties, and it's going to be awesome.

I recently trapped my first feral kitten (who is now, I'm ashamed to say, hiding somewhere in my house unbeknownst to me...) and it was so cool to see the change in him and to know that I was doing something good.

I wish you luck, and keep updating!
Congratulations on your first! That's exciting. Are you going to keep your kitty, or rehome him or release him?

I'm really glad I have a mentor, too. It was kind of scary thinking about doing this on my own! I mean, I already lost one feral cat once... We caught her, of course, but it just shows how much I have to learn!

I will definitely keep you updated!


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You are a super person for doing this.
I am not sure I know what TNR stands for.
Best of luck and good vibes.
Aw, thanks! I just really want to help these guys. Especially after doing a little to try to catch our mommy and realizing that there are so many. And especially after last night and realizing that some of these guys are real lovers!

TNR is trap, neuter, release. What is, from my understanding, usually done with ferals that can't be socialized and rehomed. Just fix them and put them back so we don't get more kitties!
post #6 of 9
What a sweetheart you are. I know you will be a godsend to those suffering kitties. Now you don't have to deal nasty lady from the shelter.
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What a sweetheart you are. I know you will be a godsend to those suffering kitties. Now you don't have to deal nasty lady from the shelter.
Yeah, that sure is a plus. Though when we didn't lose her cat, she wasn't so bad. Another good thing, is this is literally a 5 min walk from my house, whereas the other place was about a 35 min drive!

But, I have good news!! Our first night feeding the ferals that we having lovingly dubbed "Kasper's Cats" (we feed them in a lot by a shopping area that has a Kasper's Hot Dogs), we already trapped one! A tiny little thing (not kitten, but young), mostly black. So (s)he is with us in a cage until we can coordinate with the SPCA to fix the kitty!

This little one will probably be TNR. But we shall see!

Since we are new, the cats definitely noticed a change and only the really confident ones came out while we were there. Of course, we left plenty of food for them all! We took some pictures I'm going to go post in Fur Pics! I'm amazed at how beautiful some of these cats are. There's one that looks like a bengal, and one kitten that really looks siamese. And an all black one that looks like a gorgeous panther, and a sleek grey beauty who we think is a nursing mom. Even the other mutts are all beautiful!

Our main goal is to catch the remaining two tiny kittens (she's already caught 2), and at least one large male. He's the dominate one and can be slightly aggressive, so we want to get him fixed.

Wish us luck!
post #8 of 9
Good luck!!!

I hope to have more and more updates.
post #9 of 9
good luck

It is great having a mentor, it is one of the things I love about TCS, there are others who are as involved as I have who are a great sounding board when you get down about something or just want to gush about a cat being adopted that most shelters would deem unadoptable
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