Some of you may have been following Operation Feral Cat Rescue on the Awwdorable Pets FB page
I’ve been organizing a response to an feral cat crisis that has developing on my street for years. It came to a breaking point last Friday when several neighbors ganged up on the feral cat neighbor and took it to Channel 13 who ran a story about it. The neighbor with the feral cats shut the garage door of their house and abandoned the cats who are now without food, water and shelter. Over the past few days I’ve been drumming up resources to capture the kitties and take them to safety. BARC has agreed to lend me several live traps. Texas Litter Control will take the cats and spay/neuter them and them release them at their cat sanctuary.
I am writing to you to ask if there is anyone who has a truck, large SUV or van to help me pick up the live traps today at BARC. Please contact me: email@example.com
So I get home after going to BARC to pick up the live traps and Telemundo had just arrived and were there to interview one of the neighbors who had ganged up on the feral cat lady.
I stated that I was reluctant to get on camera and I shared the story with the reporter about the neighborhood dispute and the 10-15 cats…My neighbor who lives next door to the feral cat neighbor exaggerated about the number of cats and stated there were many more. Wrong. The real issue here is that the feral cat lady does not spay the cats and so the cycle continues. The real problem is the inability of people to communicate with each other to find a solution instead of going to the media to exaggerate about the problem.
The reporter stated that he would cover the solution to the story which is how I’m engaging in the situation. I decided to get involved at that point and be part of this news story. I hope that the real story is told and not exaggerated to create a story over something that doesn’t really exist. I hope that the fact that I’ve organized a fractured neighborhood to at least participate in live trapping the cats to then deliver them to a cat sanctuary is part of the story that airs. Ironically, the whole time that the reporters were there, there was only one cat sighted.
So really ridiculous. I’ll be happy once all the feral cats are removed and are at TexasLitterControl.org to then be placed at the cat sanctuary. Solutions only folks that are positive not the continued petty interactions.
The rescue and transport this morning photos!
Getting a closer look at them, it’s clear that at minimum, two of them are in pretty poor health. I’m appreciating more the idea that anyone who subscribes to just feeding cats but not providing any other type of care like medical care is doing a dis-service to the cats. Without neutering/spaying, without vaccinations and proper medical care, the lives of these cats are compromised.
I’m touched by the lack of real care these cats have gotten and wish that they had had a better life. I hope that they all can be saved!
We’ll learn later on today their condition and what are the recommended actions for each of these precious felines!
Please support Texas Litter Control! The are taking in these kitties and will need help with donations to buy food, etc. Please click on this link to donate funds – Donate to Texas Litter Control
Designate in the notes for the E. Laureldale (Channel 13/Telemundo stories) kitties!
Today was a day for enjoying the beauty of the natural world as I walked with my husband and dog around a small park in Houston.
There, we met a woman who volunteered with a group in maintaining the grounds. She asked me about our dog and not long afterwards she shared that her dog was diagnosed with cancer and didn’t have long to live, in fact, somewhere between 9-45 days. All I could do was offer her an open heart to listen to her words of grief. Through her efforts to keep from crying, she stated that she is a strong person and couldn’t cry. Yet, her story of how the dog chose her several years ago out in the country and how she grew to absolutely love this dog and this dog’s devotion to her was very touching. I knew that her love for her dog was undeniable. Her grief will be expressed in some way when the time is right. Clearly, a brave front for strangers and a shared story was a start to realizing that her beloved dog will soon no longer follow her around or steadfastly be her protector. We shared that we knew how she felt. It’s so hard to acknowledge or accept that our furry children leave way too early, way before we are ready. If we are ever ready at all.
We lost Leo, our orange tabby, in a similar way. He had come into our lives bellowing his presence as a skinny fellow one day a few years ago. We fed him and he left immediately upon finishing his meal. He was around for a few days and then disappeared for a few weeks. One day, he made his presence known again with the same type of bellowing voice from before. This time when he ate, he stayed. We noticed that the tip of his ear was clipped. After a visit to the vet with additional tests, vaccinations and advice, we made a space in our home and in our hearts. He was my husband and dog’s companion. I called them “Los Tres”. They were never far from each other.
Losing Leo was incredibly painful. This vibrant, big handsome fellow faded quickly. In about 3 to 4 weeks he went from an large charming cat to a frail ghost of a cat. Heartbreaking. We took him to the Rainbow Bridge under the careful and loving care of our Vet. My husband and I cried terribly. Our grief seemed too much. Before the visit, I felt like I would be able to hold it together. Silly really. I couldn’t keep with that surface level bravado. My tears were not to be stopped as I kissed Leo goodbye.
Our volunteer acquaintance brought back these painful memories. Losing a pet is always a difficult passage of life and death. Their short lives fills us with immense infallible love. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m glad he came into our lives and filled our home with his gentle giant presence for as long as he did.
We highly recommend Awwdorable Pets for in home dog sitting! We could tell that both of our dogs were happy campers from the photo updates that Julia sent throughout our vacation. We were able to enjoy ourselves knowing they were well taken care of and having a blast to boot! Thank you!