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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

Finding Community Cat Caregivers to Help!!

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

My Project Delta View Cats (PDVC) program is gonna be one of my best Paw It Forward Projects ever!! And our team of committed volunteers are gonna make this happen for sure.

This last Saturday seven volunteers canvassed seventy-eight homes in a neighborhood that is part of our pilot for Targeted Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) work. We went door to door with our PDVC brochure, a door hanger about “What Is a Community Cat” that is written in English and Spanish and we took a lot of good will with us!

Getting organized

Our volunteers have already been trapping in this neighborhood but they still found about four additional homes we need to help with spay, neuter. It was great that they all saw several kitties with ear tips!! YAY!!! PDVC has been making a difference. And the residents were all really helpful and appreciative of what we are trying to do to humanely reduce the community cat population in this neighborhood.

Our bonus for the day was having a resident PDVC has already been helping with TNR of his small eleven cat colony let us know where a mom cat stashed her four babies!!

Miss Jeanne and Mom L and Miss Sarah were on getting those kittens and mom cat fast! Kittens were easy to pick up and get into a carrier.

Where is our Mom!

Mom was wanting her kittens but she was wary. She was so tiny herself, likely less than a year old and about five pounds tops!!

I want my babies!

So Miss Jeanne and Mom L set up a mom cat trap using the kittens as bait. I posted about them doing this last year, remember? The kittens stay in the carrier, door closed. A humane cat trap is set with one closed end against the carrier and the triggered door at opposite end set. The whole contraption is covered in towels to make it a safe feeling dark space.

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Mom hung around for about three hours, never going into the trap. Finally Mom L put some smelly fishy cat food in the trap at the end nearest her kittens and bang!! Mom cat was so hungry herself and worried about her kittens that she finally went into the set trap.

I hope you had a great Saturday ‘cuz I am sure proud of the productive one Mom L and Dad P and the team of PDVC volunteers pulled off! Mom cat and kittens were taken to our county animal services where kittens, already weaned, will go to a foster until adoption and Mom cat will be spayed this week and returned to her caretaker. No more kittens for her!!! She is practically a kitten herself but she was taking good care of her first litter.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Community Concern For Cats

Contra Costa Humane Society

Petco Re-Homing

Friday Memes From Our Cat Colony

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First I gotta let you all know that Mom L and I are so very sorry we could not post on Monday. Sunday was the year’s second SNIP Clinic and Mom L and Dad P both worked the clinic in the morning. Then Mom L took Katie to Petco adoptions ‘cuz Dad P had his turn the day before. Mom L could not lift her thumbs to type for me.

And today, she is not over her six hour visit to Emergency hospital on Tuesday night when she suffered a severe unexpected vertigo attack. Never ever never happened before and caught her and Dad P off guard. We kitties spent Wednesday and Thursday in bed with her…yes…I mean “all” three of us.

Mom L is the bump in the middle

The next day the tent came down and you can’t see TKS, but she is right up by Mom L’s head. I allowed Kit Katie to get on the bed closest to Mom L as this was her first time serving Nurse duty.

Ok KK, you take good care of Mom L

We hope to be back again with full health next week. But for now, here are a couple of memes I created for your Friday Smiles. The first kitty is from the SNIP clinic Mom L worked with Dad P this past Sunday.

Calico girl going in for spay at SNIP clinic…not happy!

Miss Cali gal was whacking the trap when anyone came near her! She was very feisty but now she will never have to take care of kittens again. SNIP spayed, neutered ninety-three community cats in six hours. Everyone including veterinarians, registered vet techs, etc. are volunteers.

This next kitty is a newbie to the park colony Mom L and Dad P help manage near us. Mom L is going to trap her to learn if she is friendly enough for adoption. She has the cutest short tail, so part Manx. She is ear tipped, but her white markings on her hind legs make her look like a bunny in motion when she walks and runs! Very cute!

I will be reporting to my readers all about the new program Project Delta View Cats that Mom L and Dad P co-founded for our city. We have a pilot project in place where we are testing all our protocols, recruiting volunteers and working on fund raising. The pilot project is in the area where we live, including the River View Park colony cats, and others along our Pittsburg, CA marina area.

Katie still searches for her forever home so please keep her in your thoughts and send some POTP her way.

PAW PATS SAVANNAH

 

Community Concern For Cats

Contra Costa Humane Society

Petco Re-Homing

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