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post #1 of 21
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Who feeds the cats?

I snuck around back to try and sneak a pic of them waiting but they spotted me!!




Out the front door.






post #2 of 21
It's like a scene from a movie! Invasion of the cats. lol Are they all yours?
post #3 of 21
Awww they are all sooo cute!
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by Going Nova View Post
It's like a scene from a movie! Invasion of the cats. lol Are they all yours?
I didn't bring any of them here, but I feed them all and named them all and I'm getting all of them spayed and neutered (four down). I them!
post #5 of 21
Awww Look at all of them
post #6 of 21
And I see Gus and Maggie right in the middle of the action!

Are they definitely a colony or just a collection of strays... I don't recall if you said.
post #7 of 21
I love your strays/ferals. Its great that you are getting them spayed/neutered and feeding them.
post #8 of 21
haha,love em looks like my outside!!
post #9 of 21
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I didn't bring any of them here, but I feed them all and named them all and I'm getting all of them spayed and neutered (four down). I them!
Oh my goodness! You are super awesome!
We had six outdoors, three were kittens and brought indoors to foster. Two of the adults are spayed. And we occasionally see some pass through, but they don't stay long enough for us to trap after we notice them. I worry about how my neighbors feel about the cats. I hope your neighbors are better than some of mine!

Your kitties are lovely, BTW.
post #10 of 21
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And I see Gus and Maggie right in the middle of the action!

Are they definitely a colony or just a collection of strays... I don't recall if you said.
Some are strays, some are ferals. The Fluffballs, Hef and the gray guy are strays. Gus is probably a stray, but was on his own so long that he turned feral, but eventually I got him retamed. Maggie, Mrs. M, Wil, Mya and Mel were all born out here, though.
post #11 of 21
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Oh my goodness! You are super awesome!
We had six outdoors, three were kittens and brought indoors to foster. Two of the adults are spayed. And we occasionally see some pass through, but they don't stay long enough for us to trap after we notice them. I worry about how my neighbors feel about the cats. I hope your neighbors are better than some of mine!

Your kitties are lovely, BTW.
Thanks!

Most of the neighbors are cool. I think there is one neighbor that complained to the land manager because we got something in the mail to stop feeding the cats. I know who it is though, because there is only one porch that I've never seen any food on. I don't care though! It's not the cat's fault they're homeless! It's people's fault! And these cats DESERVE to have someone take care of them and love them and that's what I'm going to do and they can't stop me. They can evict me I suppose, but I would still show up here twice a day to feed them.
post #12 of 21
That's so kind of you to look after them all. You have a very kind heart.
post #13 of 21
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Thanks!

Most of the neighbors are cool. I think there is one neighbor that complained to the land manager because we got something in the mail to stop feeding the cats. I know who it is though, because there is only one porch that I've never seen any food on. I don't care though! It's not the cat's fault they're homeless! It's people's fault! And these cats DESERVE to have someone take care of them and love them and that's what I'm going to do and they can't stop me. They can evict me I suppose, but I would still show up here twice a day to feed them.
Have you ever tried to reach out to a local rescue group to help with the spay/neuter or to help place the ones that are somewhat friendly? I just did a find on petfinder.com for your home town and found one that is a no kill shelters that specialize in cats:
http://members.petfinder.org/~KS86/aboutus.html

This one has a TNR program:
http://www.caringhandshs.com/

You are wonderful for taking care of these cats. Sometimes neighbors can be a real pain and if they start to really complain about you, you will want a way to take care of these cats quickly or risk having them rounded up by animal control.
post #14 of 21
It is so great that you take care of and feed these cats!even greater you are getting them fixed!!!
post #15 of 21
What a lovely bunch of kitties

I'm so glad they found someone like you, willing to get them fixed and feeding them.

By the looks of things, they ya for it
post #16 of 21
That is so wonderful of you! I know those cats are extremely grateful!
post #17 of 21
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these cats DESERVE to have someone take care of them and love them and that's what I'm going to do and they can't stop me.
Bless your heart Someone has to speak up for the animals

Their gorgeous as well
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
Have you ever tried to reach out to a local rescue group to help with the spay/neuter or to help place the ones that are somewhat friendly? I just did a find on petfinder.com for your home town and found one that is a no kill shelters that specialize in cats:
http://members.petfinder.org/~KS86/aboutus.html

This one has a TNR program:
http://www.caringhandshs.com/

You are wonderful for taking care of these cats. Sometimes neighbors can be a real pain and if they start to really complain about you, you will want a way to take care of these cats quickly or risk having them rounded up by animal control.
Thank you! I emailed one of the rescues, I didn't know what to tell them, so I just said I'm maintaining a colony of ferals and strays and do the TNR thing. I don't need to worry about animal control, they won't come here anymore. The shelter is full. That's what I heard any way.
post #19 of 21
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Thank you! I emailed one of the rescues, I didn't know what to tell them, so I just said I'm maintaining a colony of ferals and strays and do the TNR thing. I don't need to worry about animal control, they won't come here anymore. The shelter is full. That's what I heard any way.
I worked for a no-kill shelter that specialized in cats and had a TNR program. What caught our attention when people contacted us were things like this:

You've been feeding these cats and spay/neutering them as you can.
Some of them are not really feral, and could be placed in permanent homes if they could go into a program.
You're willing to care for the colony going forward.
You want to get the rest of the cats spayed/neutered.
I don't know your financial situation, but knowing that most rescues live on a shoestring budget, offering to pay for the speuters (if you can) will go a long way.

They might have some funding reserved to help pay for the spay/neuters, or traps to help you catch them to get them speutered. My group got a lot of food donations and actually gave me food to feed my feral colony, even though I protested that I could afford to do so myself.

I've helped people like yourself thru the rescue group that I worked for. I taught people how to trap, transported them to the clinic, returned and released them. There were days where the caregiver couldn't be there for trapping so I sat and watched the traps. There are a lot of ways to get help from them, but you do want to know what help you want from them.

PM me if you want any particular points.

And about animal control: doesn't matter if they are full. If they catch a feral cat it is almost always euthanized and they don't need room for them at the shelter. Too many towns still support trap and kill.
post #20 of 21
Wow what a stunning bunch - you have such a kind heart
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
You've been feeding these cats and spay/neutering them as you can.
Some of them are not really feral, and could be placed in permanent homes if they could go into a program.
You're willing to care for the colony going forward.
You want to get the rest of the cats spayed/neutered.
I don't know your financial situation, but knowing that most rescues live on a shoestring budget, offering to pay for the speuters (if you can) will go a long way.
Yep, that's pretty much what I told them. I would be so great if I could get new homes for the fluff balls. I sat on the porch after work and the calico fluffer climbed right into my lap and laid there for about an hour. It was so sweet. Sitting out there I got a little teary thinking about how they all deserve nice homes. I pet Hef for a second and then stopped and he pawed at my hand for more. Poor things.
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