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TNR during COVID 19 is challenging

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I know some of my readers are active in doing Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) in their local areas in the USA. I sure do hope some will leave comments about how they are able to keep doing this work during this COVID 19 pandemic.

As for our Project Delta View Cats, our work has been cut back to doing very little on the targeted TNR side. Our challenge is two fold. First, it is no longer possible for us to continue to canvas neighborhoods, door to door, during this time to try to find where abandoned community cats are being fed in our targeted neighborhoods. Even wearing a mask doesn’t encourage anyone to open their door for us to talk with them. Secondarily, most spay/neuter municipal clinics are closed and only recently did our local non-profit owned clinic open on a limited basis.

All this at the very moment we are ready for kitten season. A perfect storm is brewing.

Nonetheless, we can respond to humans who contact us for help. You already know about our efforts to get sweet Cleopatra and darling Sweet Baby Girl help.

Cleopatra was found abandoned at a marina colony near us. She is now in her forever home with one of our volunteers.

You also know about Baby Girl, abandoned in a residential area in our marina. Remember she had four kittens and suffered a broken front leg.

A growing concern for us is emerging as we are learning more about how community cats may contract COVID 19 from humans who are positive for or asymptomatic of COVID 19. So much more needs to be learned  about this human to feline transmission.

Just before our county issues a “shelter in place” order, Project Delta View Cats learned about a large, neglected abandoned community cat colony in our city that we serve. One of our dedicated volunteers is working ever so hard to trap out this large colony of what appears to be about 100 cats. These cats were abandoned long ago in an industrial area behind a strip mall anchored by a grocery store on one end and a Home Depot on the other end. There are no residential areas close by so next to not access to viable food sources. These cats are starving, underfed, underweight, injured and sick. They scrounge in dumpsters in hopes of finding a scrap of food.

This video is about one minute long, but if you will just watch the first 30 seconds, you will get the picture of what our volunteer found.

Thanks to the cat clinic that is open now for about 3-4 days a week, our volunteer has been able to TNR about fifty cats including ten kittens who went to adoption. Unfortunately, the cats are now trap savvy and we need access to the business where the cats have found enough hiding holes to make home. We have enlisted the assistance of our partner, Contra Costa Animal Services in hopes of convincing the owner to allow on property to continue to finally trap out this large colony.

Here is a slideshow of some of the cats we have been able to TNR. Thanks to Community Concern For Cats clinic for funding these services.

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We have had to euthanize one orange male, too ill to save and one kitty in the slideshow had major surgery but is recovering and will be healthy enough soon to release. I know all of you have struggles in your own neighborhoods and communities during this challenging pandemic time with how to continue to help keep TNR alive and working. Please consider donating to your local TNR rescues, they really need help.

Let me hear from you in comments about what’s going on with TNR in your area during this time.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

Real Rescue Cats Are Talking

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Hey guys!! Remember when I was doing my interviews with “Real Rescue Cats and Dogs” in like 2013??

Well I have a new one for you that I just know you are gonna luvluvluv!

Meet “Sweet Baby Girl”!

Sadly this is the only photo I have right now. I purromised to share her rescue story with you last week and here it is.

“Sweet Baby Girl” aka “Baby Girl” wandered into one of Miss Kandi’s feeding areas about six to eight months ago. Miss Kandi is one of several volunteers who work with Mom L and Dad P on our Project Delta View Cats  (PDVC) program.

Baby Girl showed up one night under the bushes where Miss Kandi feeds about eights cats. She was immediately friendly and gave head bumps and purred.

Miss Kandi tried once to pick up Baby Girl and put her in top loading carrier, but Baby Girl freaked out and really scratched Miss Kandi to the point of bruising etc. So we waited until Baby Girl calmed down over several weeks.

Then Miss Kandi saw that she was getting far too fat around her baby making area on her body. Now the clock to trap/catch her starter to really tick loudly! Was she eating too much? Or was she pregnant?? And then Miss Kandi noticed that Baby Girl was seriously favoring her right front let.

Miss Kandi feeds mostly in the early to mid evening because of her job.

She watches over her kitties and always knows when one is missing or injured. We have helped her get four of her community cats adopted since 2017 and have made sure any new kitty is always spayed/neutered.

About Baby Girl—long story short—Miss Kandi was able to pick her up, purring, and place her in a top loading carrier. Miss Kandi brought Baby Girl to my castle where she would receive medical care for the apparent injury to her right front leg. Not only pregnant, but now injured.

We got our wonderful caring Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS)who partner with PDVC to accept Baby Girl due to her injury. We already had an appointment at our other partner’s clinic, Community Concern For Cats .  (CC4C)

So we hoped that CCAS would tell us if Baby Girl had a broken leg, and could they treat her. We knew that they were not doing any spay/neuter surgeries given the current COVID 19 restrictions.

Bottom line!!

Baby Girl did indeed have a broken humorous. Likely from being hit by a car from one of the many stoopid humans who do those “dough nut” things on the street right where Miss Kandi feeds.

And yes, Baby Girl was VERY pregnant. How many kittens do you see??

And here is her broken front leg.

CCAS Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mills, came to the lobby to talk with Mom L and Dad P about what some of her options might be. We knew amputation was possible and that she would be spayed and her unborn kittens euthanized. BUT that is not what Dr. Mills wanted to do. She said Baby Girl was just darling, purring, giving head bumps and she thought she could find a positive outcome for Baby Girl if we would give her a day. Of course we agreed!!

Now the bottom, bottom line—Baby Girl was transferred to The Orphan Kitten Project run by Vet Med students at the University of California, Davis Vet Med School. They are only about and hour drive from where we are. Baby Girl’s foster is the student who runs the project and Baby Girl would have her kittens, the students will socialize them and get them adopted. Baby Girl’s broken leg will be cared for and allowed to heal on its own as she will be confined caring for her kittens. She will eventually be spayed and they will find her the bestest home ever!!

A HAPPY TAILS ENDING FOR BABY GIRL!!!

I am late posting today because I was waiting for this marvelous video of Baby Girl having just delivered three of her four kittens LAST NIGHT!!!  TURN UP YOUR SOUND TO HEAR BABY GIRL PURRING AWAY!!

In these harsh times, fraught with fear and worry about COVID 19 and all the death it has brought to humans, Baby Girl’s story shows that there is also new life. My Paw It Forward work continues even now through our Project Delta View Cats all volunteer little group. Because we partner and collaborate with our city, county animal services and Community Concern For Cats, we were able to bring a village to help Baby Girl.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

 

 

Another Happy Tails Ending Coming Up…

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I don’t  have enough detail yet, but I purromise I will have lots next Monday blog post about “Sweet Baby  Girl”.

This is gonna be the bestest ever Happy Tails Ending story! I purromise!!

Just imagine, being a young female kitty, abandoned without being spayed, and having to live in a small colony that must deal with horrible humans who like to do “doughnuts in their cars” on the street where you depend on getting you food. Think about that, then think about getting hit by one of those idiot’s cars—your front humorous bone is broken and you are pregnant with about 6 kittens.

Mom L is too tired tonight to share the story so far, but you are all gonna want to stay tuned to what our Project Delta View Cats partnership with our county’s animal services helped us do for Sweet Baby Girl.

See you next Monday for my Meowsie News!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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