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Kittens treated like trash

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Mom L wrote this blog post six years ago. If you do not click on this link to read this moving post about how insane America is relative to being a “throw away society”, then you will miss the entire point of my blog post today. As for me, another “thrown away” adult cat, I believe that post is one of Mom L’s best posts. Now, all of mine are brilliant, but—Mom L and Dad P saved me from remaining as a “thrown away” cat.

Now let’s talk kitten trash. Yes, I said “kitten trash”. I live in the San Francisco bay area, in Contra Costa County. Our “kitten season” is now ten months, not six months, long. That my pals is called “climate change”. We virtually are losing any “winter” respite we once had in the breeding time for abandoned adult community cats.

Given that our county animal services has chosen to fall back on something called “community sheltering” for all abandoned adult, friendly or not, community cats and all kittens born in “the wild” to those same parents, none of our county’s small nonprofits, like mine—Delta View Cats—has any resource to help us save the lives of this year’s “thrown away like trash kittens” during our over extended “kitten season”.

I have examples of kittens and juvenile kitties (six months to twelve months) that we have found dumped at  city parks, along our delta waterfront and even in a boat at our marina.

August, 2021: Mom cat (seven months old) and four kittens dumped at a city park. Two kittens euthanized. Mom cat and remaining two kittens fostered by Delta View Cats and waited six to seven months to find their permanent homes.

While in foster care—

Six week old kitten, clearly from someone who loved her, but could not find resources to help her keep this kitten safe. Sadly, her guardian chose to dump her in a carrier, in the rain, with food and a note at a city park. If only this human knew there are still resources in our small city to help her keep her kitten. Shiloh was surrendered to county animal services as an “abandoned kitten” with no ability to TNR her.

Nine kittens, left with a note, in a plastic container at the entrance to the city park where Delta View Cats (DVC) feeds a colony of twelve adult cats.

Two kittens, about four months old, found again at this same delta waterfront city park by our DVC colony caretakers. Very sick, thin and terrified. They were passed as a Good Samaritan drop off at a sanctioned local emergency animal clinic and then transferred to our Contra Cost County animal services. Thankfully, both have recovered and been adopted.

Within about seven days, DVC received another call about five more kittens dumped at this same park.

These kittens were only about ten weeks old, again very ill with upper respiratory infections. Again, Contra Costa County Animal Services had to accept them because 1)  they are ill/injured and 2) there is no possibility of TNR ( trap, neuter, return) because DVC has no idea “where” to release them as they were dumped, like trash at this park.

DVC received a plea to help a very pregnant mom cat—only about eight months old herself. We quickly got a local vet to take her in immediately to end her pregnancy and spay her. We named her Tiffany and she has been adopted. Tiffany was dumped by the trash dumpster at a nearby apartment complex. Guess they could not fit her into their car when they left. She was just a little bit more trash they left in the parking lot.

Yes, I know you are tired of reading this very long post. But I do still have two more examples of kittens being tossed aside as non-recyclable trash.

Mom L and her pal Miss Carol Ann found yet again THREE MORE dumped kittens at the same city park where DVC manages an adult cat colony. These sweeties were about six months old. Starving and scared but incredibly filled with trust and need to be with humans. Why were they dumped? *tapping paw on the table for a moment*—Oh right!! Because our Contra Costa County Animal Services does not provide more than sixteen spay/neuter appointments for a county with about 300,000 abandoned community cats/kittens!! Pl ease meet Cruiser, Spats and Bandit!! Now waiting for adoption and our county animal services. ONLY because they were abandoned at a city park. Had they been in someone’s backyard, animal services would have said “shelter them in place” then TNR them. Leave them to a life outside.

Lastly, found just days ago. Two abandoned kittens found in a boat at our city marina. DVC was able to collect two of these kittens. We have not been able to find the mom and third.

Left like trash by our city employees. They found this little family in the morning but did not bother to contact DVC until the end of their work shift. Too late to be able to trap mom cat and the last little tuxedo kitten Mom L saw. These two were again taken to county animal services where they are “mandated” to intake only sick, injured and abandoned kittens. Had these kittens been located in someone’s backyard, they would have been doomed to living a life outside where they would likely starve over time.

So I say “Welcome to America”!! Do you know that our state of California and our county of Contra Costa have zero ordinances that “mandate” our taxpayer paid for animal services must intake abandoned adult friendly community cats/kittens? Yup!! When will we all wake up to the fact that our abandoned community kittens deserve humane care? Why do we, and I ask this of my California Contra Costa County, believe that it is just fine to treat these abandoned, lost soul kittens like trash that has NO redeemable value?? What??? Ya can’t recycle tiny little kittens??

So how’s it going with public funds dedicated to providing humane care and management to abandoned community kittens in your part of the good ole USA?

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Monday Meowsie News

HIYA!!  SAVANNAH HERE!!!

My Meowsie News is all about the kindness and generosity of humans who truly care about helping deliver humane management and care to our abandoned community cats. This is about Cookie.

My our Delta View Cats nonprofit may be small, but we can sure pull off some darn good fundraising to help an adult abandoned community cat get his mouth back so’s he can eat without crying!!!

Mom L received a call from a lady we have helped before, Miss Melissa. She has been feeding an adult cat she named Cookie for a few years and saw that he was drooling a lot and could not eat the food. We loaned her a trap and then transported Cookie to our county’s  animal services medical team. They assessed Cookie and learned he needed excessive dental care which they do not provide.

Oh my!!! My Our little nonprofit doesn’t have a very well funded emergency medical fund. But we were determined to make sure that Cookie got his chompers back to being comfy!!!

We posted on our Facebook page all about Cookie. And within couple of days we raised enough funds ($2,000 USD) to pay for Cookie’s Chompers!!! Please, if you follow my blog, please, please follow my our nonprofit’s Facebook page! We have such generous and loyal followers and we really need about a kabillion more followers!!

Cookie is doing very well being inside and loved. In fact, Cookie has decided that he may just really like being an inside kitty forever!! Who knew!! This darling boy has been head butting his caretaker, Miss Melissa and even her three year old son. Cookie is finally able to show off his REAL SELF!!!

That’s my Monday Meowsie News. Hope you loved it!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Busy, busy—not my favorite word!

 HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I missed doing my Friday Memes post last week ‘cuz Mom L was busy, busy, busy with a bunch of community cat rescue stuff. I know, I know, this is impawtant work for me too but golly gee whiz! I really like making up my memes!! So how’s it goin’ at your castle? Are your humans always busy, busy, busy???

So here’s one example. We loaned a trap to a nice woman who needs to trap a semi-friendly young adult kitty who she is feeding in her backyard. She calls him “Pi” like in “pirate” ‘cuz he has one eye that is not right. Anywho; she made a neuter appointment for him so Mom L and I loaned her a trap. She has even bought a very nice outdoor shelter for Pi and she really loves him!

Sadly, as you can see in the photos Pi has a serious issue with his right eye. The Vet will do what he can when he gets neutered this coming Friday; but Pi may lose that eye. I will let you know next Monday if I can.

Then we helped trap another backyard kitty that has been suffering with pain and discomfort in his mouth. He has been drooling and crying when he tries to eat; especially hard food. He does much better with soft food. So we helped the caretaker trap him and get him to our county animal shelter for diagnosis and hopefully treatment. Unfortunately, he needs a very expensive dental due to severe gingivitis and stomatitis. He needs most of his toofies extracted and our county shelter has the dental equipment, but they do not have Vet time to do the work. His caretaker, Miss Melissa, calls him Cookie! So we got Cookie set up at her home inside in a 36 inch cage so he can wait comfortably until we can get him into a Vet hospital for his dental and extractions. He goes in this week on Wednesday and we already know that the cost will exceed our Delta View Cats Emergency Medical Fund. Soooo—Mom L is busy, busy getting some fundraising started online. If you wanna help Cookie’s mouth get all better, you can donate on our website at http://www.deltaviewcats.org. Or on our Facebook page. Just note “for Cookie’s toofies”. https://www.facebook.com/deltaviewcats

He’s a real cutie, isn’t he? The shelter gave his caretaker some pain meds to put in his food until we can get him his dental.

And of course Mom L and Dad P have been busy, busy, busy trying to get all five of our foster kittens adopted. Tiffany is about eight months old and she is very good at adoptions; although she does nap her way through most of the time!! MOL!!

The kittens are often split up into two cages. You can see Laughing Samantha and her sister Jessie James cuddling together for a nap. And then one time Laughing Samantha was with her brother The Domino Kid. We set them up so Tiffany can be in a cage between or next to them.

Of course what would kitten season be without Dad P finding a mom cat and four kittens in the back patio of the vacant rental next-door to us!! So far, our trapping efforts have been wins for the mom cat and kittens and mostly losses for Mom L. She did trap one kitten and one of our Delta View Cats volunteers, Miss Jennifer, is fostering it. The kittens are about 5 weeks old.

We also have a sweet black juvenile kitty in a cage that Mom L trapped last night when she was trying to catch more kittens. This kitty will be spayed this week then released. As you can see, there are no dull moments around my castle right now. What’s up with all of you!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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