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What happens in kitten season

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

So just WHAT does happen in a geographical location in the USA when “kitten season” gets going in full bloom so to speak?? My castle is in Northern California and our typical kitten season, when gobs of kittens are born by abandoned community cats, starts about late March or early April. It varies based on what your climate is.

Where is our Mom!

That said, I wanna talk about what happened this last 2019 kitten season and how my Paw It Forward effort, thanks to Mom L and Dad P and others, helped some kittens have a long awaited Happy Tails ending.

Our Project Delta View Cats (PDVC) efforts are very specific to our own city’s zip code and we only do “targeted” TNR (trap, neuter, return). We go door to door to find feeders who we can help by getting all their colony spayed, neutered and vaccinated. And, if they are friendly, we have a few adoption paths to help. That’s what this post is all about.

One of PDVC’s partners is our county animal services. Last year, 2019, they were chock full of kittens, moms with kittens in the shelter and the same but in foster families.

Along came PDVC with a Mom cats and between the two of them, 7 kittens. The shelter was impacted and asked that the feeders “foster and socialize in place”. And that had to be until at least another six to seven months!!!

But our partner, Contra Costa Animal Services, said once our “kitten season” was over, that we could allow our foster to bring those now almost adult kitties, into their adoption process.

And our “foster in place”, Miss Jessica, called PDVC this November searching for an adoption path for her remaining six now juvenile kitties.

This is a Happy Tails Ending!! All six were taken into the adoption path at our partner, CCAS. And everyone one was soon “pulled” by one of the CCAS Transfer Partners aka other rescues in our general location.  All six kitties have been adopted!! Here is their story told in their photos. I hope you will hang around and watch this short slideshow.

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All six have now been adopted. They were very well socialized by their “foster in place” cat Mom but their challenge was getting to be able to be with different people. And that is a HUGE challenge for all cat foster families. The kitties must get socialized BEYOND the foster family to increase their ability for adoption.

Let me know in comments what you think about our “Foster in Place” kittens “Happy Tails” ending.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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??!!!

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

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