I've read this thread for so long now. Is there ANYBODY on TSC near you?? Come on guys! We've got to be able to help someone who WANTS to help cats so bad!!!!
Can someone out there make contact with Katie in person? Help her out? Crippling shyness is a real problem, and I am all to aware of how it can hurt people the entire lives. So is depression, and medication doesn't always help, sometimes it HURTS.
This wonderful caring woman needs help. We can help! Someone can help by being her "voice" and advocating.
Meantime, Katie, don't quit feeding. Keep doing it!! And don't get too down about their fate. Maybe it is right and proper to trap and tame and re-home them. More will inevitble move in however. That's the sad way of the feral lifestyle - if there is a niche to move into some will wander in and fill it.
I say that this project of yours CAN be done. You need someone who is stubborn and won't quit and who will advocate for you and the cats. It is all to sad that getting help to help cat like these is so hard.
When I started with my cats at Carradoc, I fed them only for a year. I had 4 then 8 then suddenly 20! That's when I began to realize I would have to TNR or quit feeding. I was depressed beyond belief. I had taken on the responsiblity, and due to my feeding they had bred more and more...somehow I was responsible for these cats.
I had removed 17 kittens and cats from that site over the 1.5 I was feeding. During the entire time, I was trying to get assistance, funding for low cost spay service etc etc. And no one would help. I tried Alley Cat Allies I tried the Humane Society... finally several good folks stepped forward to help.
I got some funding for 1/2 the cats, I got help with getting traps, and now, I'm meeting other people in TNR private rescues an the like. Suddenly, its coming together.
But it has taken me over 2 years, many tears and lots of begging. Mostly, I just wouldn't give up. And there have been heartbreaks along the way, like getting Dewey and Martini and having to give them up for better homes to the shelter where their fate was uncertain. And the ones that were hit by cars, or died and/or disappeared.
I think someone on this board can help you find someone in YOUR area. And that person can be the thorn in the side of management/the county that is needed. Please TSC guys?
Katie does such good work. The cats are her life. They make her happy - we all know how these cats can make us feel good... and helping them is truely a blessed thing. Sometimes its the only thing we CAN do to help in this world.
And Katie dearest - know that we are all behind you here, we are thinking of you, hoping for you - and maybe someone is even working towards helping you.
Remember that when we think the worst disaster has befallen, it is then that our moment of grace arrives and we are "rescued" by an unlikely turn of events. Sometimes its just that when it is darkest, it is hardest to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Those cats need you. *We need you*.
Please don't give up on them? Don't give up on *you* either!!
Have you tried to find a TNR rescue group? There must be many in your area?
And people on the board probably know about them and can give you contacts??
As Ghostbeck says, that may be the solution for now. And, as she wisely says, the celebration is that YOU CARE. They know it, you know it. Celebrate it. The joy of animals is that they don't worry about the future, and you should not for the short term worry either. continue to feed, and we will continue to try to find the assistance you need.
Here is one of my favorite poems that speaks to me about the beauty and joy of animals:
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
â€” Wendell Berry