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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.

Update: Kauai Community Cats Need Our Help

HIYA!  SAVANNAH HERE!!

I am back again with an important update about the struggle of the Kauai Community Cat Project (KCCP) and the Kauai island county government. I have to warn you that I kind’a have my neck furs all standing up ‘cuz I am in a bit of a snit over what’s going on in secrecy in Kauai.

I was once a stray—this could have been my fate!

I was once a stray—this could have been my fate!

In August I let you know about a potential ban being placed on all TNR (trap, neuter, return) efforts on the whole five hundred and fifty plus square miles of land on Kauai. You can read all about it here.

Yep, you got that right! This county council committee, the Feral Cat Ordinance Committee, is working hard, and in secret, to craft strategies which will map the whole island and declare it as “sensitive bird habitat”. The WHOLE island my pals, which leaves nowhere for community cat colonies to be managed and decreased over time through TNR.

Community cats

Here is the latest update we received just late last week from Mr. Basil Scott, President of KCCP.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: From Kauai Community Cat Project
Sunshine Law Complaint Filed To Prevent County From Enacting Ordinance Resulting From Closed-Door Meetings!

 “On September 20, 2016, Kauai Community Cat Project (KCCP) filed a Sunshine Law complaint to prevent the County from enacting an ordinance resulting from years of closed-door meetings. Council member Yukimura, who helped to define this process and has personally led it for the last year-and-a-half, has publicly defended the County’s closed-door approach.

 Now here is the big deal that pushed KCCP to file a complaint against the county council’s Feral Cat Ordinance Committee. The state of Hawaii has what is called a “Sunshine Law”. The Sunshine Law is Hawaii’s open meetings law. It governs the manner in which all state and county boards must conduct their official business.

§92-1 Declaration of policy and intent. In a democracy, the people are vested with the ultimate decision-making power. Governmental agencies exist to aid the people in the formation and conduct of public policy. Opening up the governmental processes to public scrutiny and participation is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public’s interest. Therefore, the legislature declares that it is the policy of this State that the formation and conduct of public policy – the discussions, deliberations, decisions, and action of governmental agencies – shall be conducted as openly as possible.

I am asking all my readers who support TNR as the ONLY strategy for humane management of community cat over population to let your voices be heard. The community cats on the island of Kauai don’t have voices.

Voiceless

Voiceless

Those rescue groups who have been their advocates have been held out of meetings where the well being of this cat population is being determined.

Please, send emails to every committee member, especially the chair, Council member Joann Yukimura, asking them to behave democratically and openly.

live-in-harmony

Here are the names and email addresses for all members who are allowed to be active on the Feral Cat Ordinance Committee:

 Feral Cat Ordinance Committee Members
Joann Yukimura jyukimura@kauai.gov
Penny Cistaro Cistaro@kauaihumane.org
Cali Crampton cali@kauaiforestbirds.org
Adam Griesemer adam_griesemer@fws.gov
Makaala Kaaumoana makaala@hawaiian.net
Bill Lucey kiscmgr@hawaii.edu
Hob Osterlund info@albatrosskauai.org
Brooke McFarland brooke.a.mcfarland@hawaii.gov
Andre Raine araine6@hawaii.edu
William Trugillo wtrugillo@kauai.gov

Mom L asked Brian’s Dad Mr. Terry to place a copy of Mom L’s own email on their server. Please feel free to take a look and use any portion of it that helps you send off your own email.

Letter to Kauai Committee

Further information:

A MUST READ! If you do not paw any other link in this blog post, paw this one! Kauai Endangered Sea Bird Recovery Project confirms: cats are NOT the greatest threat!
Most Important Causes of Threat to Kauai Bird Population

Hawaii’s Sunshine Law

Donate to Kauai Community Cat Project

Kauai County Restrictions February 2016

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

UPDATE ON MOMMA KAT COMING SOON! She is still #mommakatssearch hoping for her forever home. Check out her new photo

Momma Kat poses

The Day After RTF

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We are late posting and it’s gonna be short  Mom L is still gone but I thought you would all like to see that Mr. Tomcat is indeed safe and truly back “home” with his community cat feeder.

My Tomcat waiting for dinner

I My Tomcat waiting for dinner

His ears sort’a suggest he was still not in a great mood after is “snip” experience, but no more kittens coming from him!   And he has a food service person to keep an eye on him. RTF does work. These community cats do have members of the public who care for and about them. Please ask your own community shelter to get started with a Return to Field program. SAVE COMMUNITY CAT LIVES and REDUCE EUTHANISIA NUMBERS and INCREASE LIVE RELEASE NUMBERS

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

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