PetitsPawz is currently working on catching & releasing 2 colonies of cats.
These cats live at the abandoned Motel Raphael and are being fed on a daily basis and have many shelters to keep them warm. These cats are extremely wild so unfortunately we cannot get them adopted. We will vaccinate and sterilize them, and put them back out, ensuring that they have ample food and shelter.
Priscilla was very pregnant and the day she was trapped she gave birth to 4 kittens. I have her with me in 2 large dog crates with her kittens who are now a little over 5 weeks old. In several weeks Priscilla will be sterilized and released and the kittens will be vaccinated and put up for adoption.
Meet the kittens – 5 weeks and 2 days old
See the kitties in action![youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kMxxt1PKHw[/youtube]
Though Priscilla is frightened and feral with no human contact, she is accepting a bit of affection from Patricia 🙂 Far from happy to be enclosed, since ferals prefer to be outside, at least she is a bit accepting of us.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWW1RSPOkTo[/youtube]
The Lasalle Colony is a tricky colony to control but we are determined to get them all sterilized. The colony started with 3 cats, 1 female and 2 males and has grown to 18 in 11 months. We now have been notified by residents that there are new kittens about 10 days old. Not sure how many, but you can see the potential of this to grow out of control.
In the following illustration, you can see the family tree and how the colony has grown:
These cats are extremely well cared for by the residents in the area. The cats are facing a large grassy area, so are well protected. We have placed shelters filled with hay.
We did have a scare, as there are a few neighbours who look at these cats as a nuisance and called the city animal control. Several of them were trapped by the city and euthanized. 🙁
Once I got wind that this was happening, I worked things out with animal control and the cats will not be touched, as long as we get them all sterilized.
So on we go… cats will be vaccinated, sterilized, given a small ear tag to identify them (this is pain free and helps the city to know that they are fixed)and released.
So far we have caught an adult named Grisou (she already had several litters) and an adolescent named Pachette. Both have been released back and doing well! 🙂
Following is a short video of our efforts. Catch & release is emotionally draining so sometimes we act a bit silly to let off steam!
Some of the funds will go to get Priscilla’s kittens vaccinated and sterilized, as well as to take care of the newborn kittens in Lasalle! Your support is greatly appreciated!