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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I have one giant colony of ferals! I made a list of the regulars below.

Boots, male, gray and white shorthair.
He has been coming here for almost 8 years, and he was a kitten when I moved in. I estimate he is between 8-9 years old. He always comes here with new scratches that are badly infected. I have tried getting close to him with no luck. He is the first cat that I need to get neutered.

Lilly, female, calico shorthair.
She started coming here in December last year. She is between 5-6 months old, and completely feral. I came so close to catching her, but she bit me and I let go. Her mother was found dead under my brothers truck, once she was barried, Lilly got even more scared of me. She comes around occasionally, but more when it's warmer out.

Patches, female, torbie shorthair.
She has been coming here since November last year. I can't estimate her age, but I know that she is an adult. I have never came close to her. She is terrified even if I just look out the window. I think she may be pregnant, as she is getting fat and eating more than usual.

Monster, male, black and white shorthair.
He is a very new feral. He has only been coming here for a couple of weeks, if that. He is not as terrified as the rest of them, but he runs when I go outside to try and catch him.

Two Tons, male, black Maine Coon.
Two Tons was abandoned by his owners a couple of months ago. He has grown to be scared of houses. He will let you pet him, but he won't come inside. He is two years old, according to the lady that lives in the house where Two Tons was left.

Simba, male, Bengal cross shorthair.
He started coming here just 2 weeks ago. He is more docile than most of the kitties. He will let you go near him, but keeps his distance. He comes here as much as Boots does, probably about 5 times a day.

Callie, female, dilute calico longhair.
Fairly new, she started coming here with Lilly in December. I'm pretty sure her and Lilly are sisters, as they are always together. She is frightened of everything! If I tap on the window, she bolts it down the back alley.

Ghost, male, Turkish Angora.
I am not sure if he is a feral or not. He is a purebred Angora though, I know that much. I think he just goes outside once in a while. He is neutered and is very healthy. He doesn't come here everyday, probably only twice a week. He is a little bit cranky, but he will let me approach him.

Onyx, female, black longhair.
Possibly Two Tons' daughter, she hangs out with him alot. She is around 3-4 months old. She comes around with Lilly, Callie and Patches. She is very skittish.

Jet, male, black shorthair.
He is more of a once in a while cat, but more regular than some of them. He is also a baby, about 6-7 months old. I am just estimating by his size. He comes around on his own, or with Onyx. Very friendly boy.

Well, that's half of them. I haven't given names to the rest, nor do I have a good description of their behaviour. Now all I need is help! I can't trap them all by myself, and paying for the fixing, shots, whatever they need is going to be hard. Would my vet set up something for me? Does anyone now of any TNR in British Columbia, Canada? Let me know. Also, I will take ANY advice I can get! I need to trap these kitties before they reproduce by the hundreds.
post #2 of 11
Actually, if you have a trap, you can begin trapping them, one by one. The list of rescue resources in www.savesamoa.org does have international resources, but I'd start searching there. Any BC shelters may know of low cost spay/neuter services.

You can also call your vet. They may have a trap you can borrow, and they may independently work with you to provide lower-cost services (for the volume) and you may be able to work out a payment plan. They may have staff that will be willing to help you or know of people in the area who can.

You can also contact the Best Friends Network to see if anyone near you is a member of the network that can help. Here's that link: http://www.bestfriends.org/nmhp/resourcesfrm.htm#one

Also, you can contact Spay USA to see if they can help in BC. They may be able to help negotiate with your vet: 1-800-248-SPAY.

You can also try contacting Friends of Animals: "Pet owners may purchase a certificate from Friends of Animals that can be used for a routine spay or neuter surgery at any of FoA’s participating veterinary hospitals. Certificates may be purchased online or by calling 1-800-321-PETS." I don't know if they have any participating vets in BC, but worth a try. Here's the website: http://www.friendsofanimals.org/

I don't know if you live anywhere near Richmond, but

Richmond Homeless Cat Society
P.O. Box 43043
Richmond Centre P.O.
Richmond, BC
Canada V6Y 3Y3
Phone: (604) 275-2036 or (604) 271-7729
Email: mail@richmondhomelesscats.com

provides free or low-cost spay/neuter services. You can at least contact them to see if they are aware of anyone or any organization in your area that can help.

These are all good starting points anyway. Hope this helps!

Good luck and these cats are very lucky that you want to be their angel.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the links Laurie! I want to start helping these kitties right away, hopefully me and my vet can work something out!
post #4 of 11
Wow! You have your work cut out for you. But, it sure will feel good once you have it under control....knowing that no more babies will be coming along.

Just to make you feel better, Houseofcats (Lisa) has trapped and neutered over 100 feral cats in a park near her home. Now the colony has stabilized and no more kittens have been born! It took her a while to get them all done, but it was a complete success!
post #5 of 11
There must be some organizations near you that will help you.
My neighbor and I have trapped 6 cats with the help of a lady from the homeless cat network. She really does all the work, we just monitor the traps and feed the cats
post #6 of 11
Crazy-Cat-Lover..it's wonderful that you care about these cats enough to name them..and I agree with everyone else...do what you can...even if it is only 1 or 2 cats a month...when you finally get the whole colony fixed and there are no more kittens..what a wonderful feeling that will be.

post #7 of 11
Just reading that made me happy !
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
I have two more to add to my list. They showed up at around 1:30 in the morning!

Smokey, male, gray tabby.
He is a sweetheart! I am assuming he is owned because he almost walked right into my house. I will have to see if he comes around again.

Jaws, male, black and white.
I was getting dropped off in my back alley and saw this HUGE cat on my stairs. He sprayed everywhere! He is really terrified of humans, so catching him is going to be a problem.

I am thinking of starting my own TNR. I have many people willing to help me. I will have to make a little donation thing so I can get the funds that I need. My mom will pay for one fixing/shots every payday, but I would really like to do more than one cat every two weeks. Anyone have any suggestions on how to start a donation thing?
post #9 of 11
Check out the links Laurie (LDG) gave you. These folks have been doing TNR for years and can help you figure out the financial side as well.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I will take a look at that! I want to get started ASAP!
post #11 of 11
Crazy-Cat-Lover...that's great, let us know how it goes.

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