A Community Cats Success Story

Sometimes – after repeatedly dealing with uncooperative caretakers, disgruntled neighbors, sick or injured cats, and vague reports of feral colonies that cannot be located – Trap/Neuter/Return advocates and volunteers can begin to feel overwhelmed, disillusioned, and even discouraged. But then something happens that makes the time and effort all worthwhile, and reminds us why we do what we do.

Artemis would love to be your new friend

Hi! My name is Artemis (Intake #42243) and I’m a handsome boy with striking yellow eyes that contrast well against my dark fur. After I arrived at the shelter it was discovered that I have diabetes. It’s well-controlled by current medication, but I need an owner committed to my ongoing care. I’m a good-natured boy who likes to roll around while being pet. I also like to chase that ever-moving red dot that you humans call a laser pointer. It’s so much fun! Do you have a comfy couch where I can be a couch potato? If so, I know we can be the best of friends.

Fraidy Cats Need Love Too

Stray cats, feral cats, homeless cats – we have many terms for the free-roaming felines in our communities. They may show up because they were dumped by someone unwilling to care for them, or because they were outdoor pets that were chased or frightened away from their home territory; these strays are often easy to approach and may even seek out human companionship. Most of the homeless cats we see living on the streets or in greenbelts, though, are ferals – they have spent most or all of their lives outdoors, fending for themselves.

Charlie Needs a Dedicated Owner

Hi! My name is Charlie (Intake #42405) and I’m a super handsome fella who arrived from an over-crowded shelter to find my forever home. I really hope I don’t have to wait much longer. I’m a calm, friendly guy who is eager to please. I enjoy all outdoor activities including going for walks and getting lots of attention. I have shown separation anxiety when left alone so I will need a patient, dedicated owner who can stay by my side and work with me to teach me that being along is sometimes OK.

Feral Cats: Euthanize, Relocate, or T/N/R?

Many people don’t mind free-roaming cats living in their communities, and some even care for them by providing food and shelter. But there are those who do not appreciate having a feral colony nearby. These people may be concerned about the colony’s effect on local wildlife (such as birds or rabbits), the possibility of pet cats being injured or infected with a feline disease, or the nuisances of yowling, fighting, and spraying that are related to mating behaviors. When Trap/Neuter/Return programs offer to help, those unhappy with the cats’ presence often ask: Why return them?

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