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New Foster Mom Saves Six Kittens

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I have such an exciting story to share with you about six kittens our Project Delta View Cats (PDVC) group helped through targeted TNR (trap, neuter, return) in our city. If you live anywhere there is a “kitten season” in the USA you know that by June time most public shelters are about full up with kittens, in shelter and in foster care.

That happened with two litters one resident had, Miss Jessica, in our PDVC project area in Pittsburg, CA. We were able to get one set of kittens into the municipal shelter but by the time we could catch the mom cat and other kittens from two other litters, the shelter was full. Shelter staff advised we have the resident “foster in place and socialize” and try to get them into the shelter in the Fall/Winter.

That is exactly what Miss Jessica did!! She cared for two gray kittens, and five black and black and white kittens from two mom cats for SEVEN MONTHS!! Miss Jessica has never fostered before and she works full time. But, she did one heck of a great job with these kittens. One of the black and whites was adopted by her friend, but the other six stayed with her, inside and well loved and well fed!

The first two Mom L took to the shelter right after Christmas, one gray and one white with black, have been pulled by a wonderful rescue for their Kitty Corner, Contra Costa Humane Society (CCHS).

The white with black started to chill’ax faster, but the gray kitty turned out to be a lap cat!

You can see that both became very comfy and that is why CCHS pulled them and they are on their way to forever homes!

The second pair Mom L toke to the shelter on Jan. 2nd.

Another gray kitty, with striking amber eyes and a tuxedo. They are still shy but coming around.

The last two were taken in Jan 8 and are still very scared as they were the least socialized of the six. But once the first four were gone, these two started to interact with foster Miss Jessica more easily.

 

Here are their intake photos at the shelter. Both are female, one tuxedo and one all black.

I will keep you posted on the kitties if I can. Targeted TNR works! And people do care and people really ARE THE SOLUTION!!

What do you think about that notion?

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Hungry Colony Cats and a New Venture

HIYA!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Mom L and Dad P started their weekend off just right. They took over feeding a colony of 27 community cats, all abandoned by humans, at a local city park. And those kitties were ready for some chow!

They get a mixture of dry food, wet food and some water. This helps them build their fat for the cold winter months. And their fur coats are deep and thick now!

We had about 22 cats between the first feeding area and the second.

We are having a good bit of rain which is great for our California drought, but not so great for the colony cats who have had there primary foliage buzz cut by the city park maintenance crew. All the trees you see in the photos below used to have limbs, foliage down to the ground so we could fee the cats with more seclusion. So worried that now we won’t have the new feeding stations set to be installed later this month with more seclusion for the cats.

And Mom L and Dad P found yet another homeless camp set up right near our first feeding area. The worry is that this park is used by lots of families with young children and we never know if the homeless are using drugs. It is not safe for the kids if they get curious.

For those of you who feed large community cat colonies in public parks, this will not be new news for you. But I wanted to share the challenges Mom L faces all the time as she tries to care for our #ProjectDeltaViewCats aka PDVC. We will soon have an official Face Book page and a 501c3 page for donations. This is a partnership Mom L and Dad P have been working on for almost a year. It is a partnership between our county animal services, our City of Pittsburg and now we have finalized partnerships with Friends of Contra Costa Animal Shelters (FOCCAS) for our fund raising donation site and with Community Concern For Cats (CC4C) as our Spay/Neuter service provider!!

And—wait for it—wait for it—we just received a $5,000 grant for Return to Field efforts from Maddie’s Fund!!! #ThankstoMaddiesFund. This grant will go through CC4C to cover the cost of Spay and Neuter and some medical care and equipment needed to get our pilot program moving along the waterfront area on the California Delta in the City of Pittsburg.

So that’s how my week started, how about you? How did you week get started? What are you up to? Let me know in comments!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

PeeEss: I am still trying to help Mom L and Dad P with their appeal for help with the unexpected medical costs to bring Katie and Lilly back to health so they can find their forever home.

My Go Fund Me site has all the medical costs and more details about the battle for health with each kitten.

Thanks to all who are willing to SHARE this appeal across all avenues of social media.

My pal Brian, from Brian’s Home, asked his Dad Terry to make an awesome graphic to use as the symbol for our fundraiser appeal. Please feel free to grab it from this post and use it yourself!! Isn’t Brian the bestest??!!!

This badge is smaller version. The one below is the larger.

You can find our fundraiser here or by clicking badge below.

Returned Again!

HIYA!!  SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Well I never! I mean here I go and shout it to the roof tops, or at least to the tops of my internet tower…anyway, I shout it loud and clear that my Paw It Forward kitty Miss Gemma had a Happy Tail Ending. And this was her second adoption.

Remember I told you about her first adopter who allowed one of their dogs to bite her, wait for that bite to get such a horrible abscess Gemma needed a drain and stitches by the time that foolish family returned her to Contra Costa Animal Services.

After she had her stitches out, Gemma was moved to a fab place at Pet Food Express. Remember I showed you how great it was when Koko went there too. The staff loved Gemma and were so excited for her when a couple with a two year old toddling human adopted her. They firmly advised them to set up a safe room just for Gemma where she could get to know every nook and cranny and where they could interact with her OFTEN and calmly and quietly.

Gemma was again returned to Contra Costa Animal Services. Mom L was in tears for precious Gemma!! Long story short, the couple put Gemma in their laundry room where they continued to use those scary noisy machines. Then they let her out at night, and she would of course like any sensible cat hide under a bed. So in all their human wisdom they used the vacuum cleaner to scare her out!!! So they returned her saying she was too shy and needed a more quiet home!! DUH!!!

Pet Food Express welcomed Gemma back with open arms. And guess what? She is such a resilient cat and still trusts humans. Mom L had no problem getting to give Gemma tummy rubs the first time she visited her at Pet Food Express. Gemma has another adult and some kittens to keep her company so Mom L only goes to visit every couple of days. Please wish Gemma better good fortune her third time around. Don’t you just wanna give her a great big squeeze she is so cute!

I love hanging out next to a warm human

Gemma is the biggest purr bug! Look at her snugglin’ next to Mom L’s leg.

Ohhh…I adore you so much I have to make some biscuits!

And Gemma is an equal opportunity cat, so she had no trouble sharing some rubs with Dad P too.

Let me rub my furs on you so’s you remember me

I’d sure be purring up a storm if my readers will share this post to help Gemma find her purrfect family. She deserves a kind, sensitive human family with patience…not to mention brains enough to know how to follow instructions from the adoption counselors!!! If you have any advice I can pass along to Gemma, let me know in comments.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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