Seniors Rock Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) !!
HIYA!! SAVANNAH HERE!!!
Let me set you straight before I start—when I say “Seniors” I mean the human ones. I have a story about a whole 55 year old+ Senior Mobile Home Park that will make you happy all week long!!
Now I know whenever some of us in the community cat rescue and TNR work have all had unpleasant experiences when trying to work with mobile home parks. These can be a breeding ground, literally, for over population of community cats.
So the story begins with me sitting at my desk pawing through some emails and Mom L’s mobile phone rings. I pawed the answer button and a nice lady asked for Mom L. The lady couldn’t speak “cat” so she didn’t understand my meows asking her if I could help her instead, so’s I hollered out for Mom L.
Mom L took over and soon learned that this group of senior humans at a mobile home park were looking for Project Delta View Cats (PDVC) to help them with a colony of community cats in their park that was continuing to grow.
Finally after some chit-chatting they agreed that Mom L and Dad P would go to their facility and speak with interested residents about how to humanely trap, neuter and return their cats and kittens to be able to manage their population. Lots of residents showed up, some just wanting the cats to “disappear”. But there were enough who were ready to learn how to do TNR to form a team. Our PDVC volunteers taught them how to trap humanely and another one visited them to demonstrate how to use a drop trap.
If all communities came together the way this one has, our work to humanely manage the community cat over population would be so much easier!!
They held a couple of fund raisers at their mobile home park; one was a breakfast that Mom L and Dad P attended. They cleared $400 and will use that to buy their own drop trap and other supplies.
The residents were cooks and dish washers so they kept their costs down to next to nothing.
Mom L and Dad P sat with some of the residents and had a great chat about their community cats they were helping out.
Their team leader, Miss Rio, had just caught a litter of six kittens before the breakfast started. She was taking them to our county animal services, who partner with PDVC, so they could be fostered then put up for adoption.
Mom L got a couple of photos and was surprised to see that two of the teeny kittens had brown fur!
Aren’t they cute!! So Delta Hawaii mobile home park is standing proof that when a community works together, they can indeed humanely manage their community cat population. All PDVC has done is to teach the residents and then they are buying their own trapping equipment, doing their own trapping, transport and recovery. The adults are released back where they were trapped and will be cared for by residents.
Let me know if you think this will work in your community.