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post #31 of 44
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Well it would have worked if I could travel with them and take the 2 dayn coure but im not able to do that.
post #32 of 44
Here is a list of feral rescue groups in New York:

http://www.animalalliancenyc.org/abo...nts/nycfcc.htm

Katie
post #33 of 44
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Thanks for you help, but unfortunetly none of those organzitions can help me here. Some only work in New York City, not parts of Long Island. The others require you MUST already be caretaker or willing to be a caretaker for all the stray cats for them to help with the spay/neuter and trapping. I cant do that, so that eliminated the rest of the organiztions. I need money just to start being a caretaker, and I already dont have enough of that to start. Plus I couldnt do it alone, if I ever got sick for 1-2 days and could not come and feed the cats, I would be in serious trouble! Anyone else got any more ideas or know people who can help and live by me?
post #34 of 44
Keith...didn't Leesali state she was trying to help you??

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I'm working on it Keith Will be at the adoption center/Humane Society Friday and over the weekend. I will relay the information & see what can be done. Hang-in there and thank-you for being concerned about the colony.

I would continue to work with her since she has already stated that she would see what she could do.

Katie
post #35 of 44
I agree.

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Originally Posted by TNR1
Keith...didn't Leesali state she was trying to help you??




I would continue to work with her since she has already stated that she would see what she could do.

Katie
post #36 of 44
Thread Starter 
I just found a website that tells if you have a local cat rescue group or "caretakers" in your area. There are NONE in my entire area, can you believe it! But there are 50 something people who want to join if they have one, just nobody has taken the step to actually start one! So then I contacted the Suffolk County SPCA to ask about there spay/neuter program. I also expalined that there are no caretakers in West Babylon so that way they also know about my "situation" here, also adding the railroad is NOT SAFE, and relocation is best for them all. I also wanted to know is spay/neuter is free, and if they can relocate them to an area with a caretaker, which obviously probably wont be in West Babylon, because there arent any! lol crazy people here.
I hope these guys will be of some help they have helped in other towns from what I saw in the "news" section.
post #37 of 44
Keith...sent PM with phone number for help in your area...hope this helps.
post #38 of 44
That's the best you can do - call and do your research .. and be persistant when you do reach someone that you think can help you. Unfortunately, they get these types of calls all day long - don't let yours fall to the wayside.

Here's a link I found - don't know if it will help you - may give you an idea of different org's around. Heck, even calling them and asking them what they think. You never know- they may go out of their way to help.. even if it means driving a good distance. It never hurts to ask!

http://www.nationalferalcatday.org/database.html

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Originally Posted by keith p
I just found a website that tells if you have a local cat rescue group or "caretakers" in your area. There are NONE in my entire area, can you believe it! But there are 50 something people who want to join if they have one, just nobody has taken the step to actually start one! So then I contacted the Suffolk County SPCA to ask about there spay/neuter program. I also expalined that there are no caretakers in West Babylon so that way they also know about my "situation" here, also adding the railroad is NOT SAFE, and relocation is best for them all. I also wanted to know is spay/neuter is free, and if they can relocate them to an area with a caretaker, which obviously probably wont be in West Babylon, because there arent any! lol crazy people here.
I hope these guys will be of some help they have helped in other towns from what I saw in the "news" section.
post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by keith p
I just found a website that tells if you have a local cat rescue group or "caretakers" in your area. There are NONE in my entire area, can you believe it! But there are 50 something people who want to join if they have one, just nobody has taken the step to actually start one! So then I contacted the Suffolk County SPCA to ask about there spay/neuter program. I also expalined that there are no caretakers in West Babylon so that way they also know about my "situation" here, also adding the railroad is NOT SAFE, and relocation is best for them all. I also wanted to know is spay/neuter is free, and if they can relocate them to an area with a caretaker, which obviously probably wont be in West Babylon, because there arent any! lol crazy people here.
I hope these guys will be of some help they have helped in other towns from what I saw in the "news" section.
Keith, I think you should start contacting each of the 50 people who want to join a rescue group. Let them know that you are a teenager, with lots of heart but no money. If a few of the adults will get together to pay for spay/neuter, you can help trap and feed. I do not think the cats need to be relocated. They cats know to dodge the trains. My barn cat Will was born at a dairy farm, and he still runs for shelter when a truck comes down the street, from learning as a kitten to run from the milk truck!

It is nearly impossible to relocate a lot of cats-it is costly and difficult. Much easier to speuter and keep them there. If you can get some adults to help organize, maybe one of them is friends with a politician, and can get permission to set up shelters.

Check with your parents for permission to contact these people. Remind them that community service will help you get into college, and this is community service. If they are opposed, talk to your teachers. Will any of them help you and some other kids try to contact these people to spear-head a movement?

Do not give up. You can make this happen, you just need local help! And I suggest stop buying canned food, dry is usually cheaper.
post #40 of 44
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Well to contact the members I have to pay each month. Any other ideas im still waiting for the SPCA to reply back to me.
post #41 of 44
Since school is underway - now that it is Sept - can you get your friends and/or classmates to help you? Organize a campaign. Are there teachers who would allow this to be a class project as part of some course? What about neighbours? Would your parents at least give you paper to produce posters and then you could go to various local businesses (esp pet stores or Wal Mart -or any large retailers that sells pet supplies) and ask if you can put posters up on bulletin boards. In mant places in the US, librraies offer rooms for free to organize meetings. What about doing that - getting neighbours and friends, anyone interetsed. There are actualy many resources for organizing - even for the most obscure reason - and this is not obscure, there are many cat lovers and I bet you will find them in your communiy. Call the media - there are resources that reach you how to wtrite a press release and you could do that and send it to each of the local outlets and newspapers and then follow it up with a phone call (once you have a mtg organized or some event in mind). The headline Local Teen Seeks Help for Needy Cats - something along that line - comes to mind.


What about the internet - Meetup.com and other sites. Is there a local commuity place to place public notices. Remember when Lois Gibbs was organizing for Love Canal - she went door to door in her neighbourhood. You are younger and have more time than her (am assuming here you have no part time job). Can you do that to ID people willing to help. Write a questionnaire and show up on the doorstep with a clipboard and ask them if they;d like to help. Sure, you will get doors slammed in your face but you will pleasantly surprised to find out in the end how many WILL help!! For safety reasons, it would be best if you do this kind of thing with someone else though and not alone. And much more fun. Or organize a group of friends some Saturday. Call yourself the West Babylon Feline Friends or think of some catchy name. You reached out to us - I am sure you can reach out to others in your community.

Good luck!!
post #42 of 44
Thread Starter 
I finally got a pic of the cat who comes to my backyard, luckily this one is pretty safe in my yard.



And here's it's eye reflection. Not the same color see?

post #43 of 44
Thread Starter 
Im going to be calling the SPCA by me tommorow about the stray cats. Im not sure what exactly to say and I need a little help from all of you. I know they do TNR for cats but I know its not safe to let the cat go back there for various reasons, so what can I say to them so they get my point and dont brush me off?
post #44 of 44
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Ok conatcted the SPCA, they cant take the cats in, but they gave me some other rescue groups who might be able to help. There is one called "Last Hope", and it only takes in stray/abandoned animals that are leukemia/aids - , and adoptable. So far they seem like what i've been looking for, for a long time! Im calling today and asking questions!
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