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UPDATE: Kittens rescued during COVID 19 can thrive!

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Remember the itty bitty kittens I posted about a week ago or so? They were in such bad shape when Mom L and Dad P arrived on the scene. Unfortunately the residents had already picked them up so we did not get mom cat. But it appears she may have already abandoned the kittens for whatever reason.

They were so dehydrated, malnourished and had a terrible eye infection. However after just ten hours in the care of Miss Gemma from Community Concern For Cats, they were already bouncing back.

Mom L had an exciting opportunity just five days after the kittens went to Miss Gemma to visit them during one of CC4C’s infamous Kitty Kitchen Clinics. Check out their progress!!

They had just eaten but little Spot (she has a brown spot on her head) still wanted more. Her brother, the Siamese and other sister (diluted tortie) weren’t so interested in the food. But just look at those bright eyes!

All three kittens were examined at this clinic by Mom L’s good friend and my former feline Veterinarian, Doc Josie.

Can you see that cute little brown spot on her right outside toesie?? She is gonna be such a pretty tortie girl.

Miss Diluted Tortie wasn’t so sure if she wanted Doc Josie to lay a paw on her!! Isn’t she just “da bomb”!!

Here is Mr Siamese, the brofur, getting his gums checked ‘cuz he is still kind’a thin, not eating and maybe a wee bit anemic. They all had fleas, he had the most. But Doc Josie gave him a pass for a few days to see how he keeps progressing.

I know my readers are all doing everything they can to help their local community cat rescues deal with the challenges of giving care and rescue to the cats in their neighborhoods. No matter where you live in the world, COVID 19 pandemic has had a serious negative impact on all small rescues. Please do consider donating locally if you can.

Have a safe week my pals.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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

 

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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