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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

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Project Delta View Cats Has Arrived!!

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I promised to share what Mom L and Dad P have been up for almost two years.

Stop the press!!! Breaking News from Savannah’s Paw Tracks!!!

When we moved to our final forever home in Pittsburg, CA, Mom L and Dad P found more abandoned, stray community cats than they have ever known. Their work began with the kitties in the photo collage below.

The orange kitty is Pumpkin, living on a street corner for eighteen months after being abandoned when guardians moved from apartment near us. The kittens are Rocky, Jessie and Chloe, born in a neighbor’s closet and they could not afford to spay/neuter them and their mom Piper. Mom cat Mandi and her kitten Andi living at the Elk’s Lodge near us and Strider, who lived his sixteen years at our River View Park cat colony.

These kitties led Mom L and Dad P to create a program we hope you will support—Project Delta View Cats.

Who we are

We’re Project Delta View Cats (PDVC), a volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) based in Pittsburg, CA, working tirelessly to stabilize the city’s abandoned community cat population through a targeted Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. The mission of Project Delta View Cats (PDVC) is to promote and provide humane management of community cats within the City limits of Pittsburg, California. Educating the community is our primary goal! We are starting this summer to work with our local public schools.

Where we operate (Pilot area)_

We are currently identifying and helping to trap abandoned community cats along our city’s waterfront neighborhoods.

Our partnerships make us unique

For 15 months, we’ve been working on lining up our partnerships with the City of Pittsburg, Contra Costa Animal Services, Community Concern for Cats, and Friends of Contra Costa Animal Shelters to promote and deliver humane management of abandoned community cats and to conduct ongoing targeted TNR.

PDVC elected to NOT become another 501 c3 community cat rescue. We do not have a referral line for city residents to call when they need community cats trapped. We are PRO-active, not RE-active. We are going door to door searching each segment of our pilot neighborhoods to educate residents about spay, neuter and help those who feed community cats get them spayed, neutered and medical care if needed. Our unique Neighborhood Cat Watch residents will alert us whenever a new cat enters their neighborhood so we can immediately TNR that cat.

We are creating a “Humane Community Cat Management and Education Program In A Box”!!! We will make sure other cities anywhere can follow in my, Savannah’s, paw tracks!!

How you can help

Donation: All donations are tax-deductible and are slated for food, vaccination, spay/neuter, purchase of traps and recovery cages, and additional medical costs for any sick, injured or end-of-life services.

  • The cost to spay/neuter one cat is $45-65.
  • The monthly food cost for one colony cat is approximately $18, being fed once daily for the River View Park/marina colonies. Our volunteers spend about $4,000 to $5,000 per year to feed 40+ cats along our public waterfront.

Our donation web page is www.deltaviewcats.org.

Volunteer:  Join us and help make a difference! It’s exciting and rewarding!

CONTACT MOM L AT: INFOPDVC AT GMAIL DOT COM

You don’t need to live here!! We are desperate for volunteers who are familiar with Face Book and Instagram to help us keep our social media channels filled with fun stories, interesting cat facts. We have tons of photos and will share with qualified social media users.

There you have it!! We sure do hope some of my readers are willing to join us “purr-tually” and agree to become contributors, editors for our Face Book and Instagram social media network.

We are gonna ROCK HUMANE COMMUNITY CAT MANAGEMENT EDUCATION AND SERVICE with youR support and real time help!!! Let’s teach the community cat rescue world how to save them all through partnerships!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Community Concern For Cats

Contra Costa Humane Society

Petco Re-Homing

 

Friday Memes for Friday Smiles

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

What a pleasure to be back with all of you again. We have lots of news about what Mom L and Dad P and I have been up to over the last year or so, but I will save that for another post. But trust me, you are so gonna luvluvluv Project Delta View Cats mission and accomplishments!!

But—on to my Friday Memes. So I consulted with TKS and we thought we could both provide you with your Friday Smiles without bringing in other cats that Mom L and Dad P are caring for.

Take it away TKS!!!

What more can I say. That is just what TKS is like UNTIL she hears the treat bag rattle or Dad P opens the morning brekkies can.

I on the other paw, have far more serious things to ponder and ask you to share with me. What would YOU do if you saw what I saw???

Let me know if  comments how you would feel seeing what I saw!!!

And of course I had to trade with TKS to get my one meme posted, so she gets a second one.

TKS learned that being away from home is not always what it is celebrated as. Mom L dreamed of travelling all over the world and then she had a job that did mean she traveled a lot. Now, click forward ten years, and she is like The Kid Sage—home is better than using someone else’s pillow. MOL!!!

Let me hear our shout outs in comments if I helped you get your Friday Smile On!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

pEEeSS—Foster Kit Katie has another medical struggle going on with her right eye. She has both calicivirus  and microplasma in her right eye. Her immune system was terrible compromised given her five months from birth to rescue in a cat hoarding apartment last year. Please send your healing purrs to our sweet foster Kit Katie. Her health conditions continue to challenge her ability to find a forever home.

Community Concern For Cats

Contra Costa Humane Society

Petco Re-Homing

Part Two: When human homeless and community cat colony collide

HIYA!!  SAVANNAH HERE!!!

As you know I set a real life cat vs human dilemma in front of you all with my Monday post on April 29th. It is a story surely to repeat itself across the USA as homeless humans and homeless abandoned community cats compete for the same safe outdoor environment.

Namely, lots of low hanging trees, lots of higher dense shrubs, access to water, food. You can read the following dilemma I set forth last Monday:

The dilemma: The colony cats, resulting from abandonment by humans, require a very similar environment, meaning natural foliage cover, trees, access to water, food etc. as many humans who are also currently feeling abandoned after our inability to offer affordable housing in this area. Same habitat needed by both in general. Places where they can hide, camp out, not be bothered by humans who do not approve of their existence and those in authority who must enforce public nuisance ordinances, etc.

The assumed solution: Remove any cover in which the homeless can hide their tent encampments and believe that community cats are resilient and adaptable and can fend for themselves.

Now for the solution. It comes in stages. The first stage was shocking to those of us who have for over a decade cared for the cats in this colony. Without notice, the city removed a large part of the foliage which the cats have for years called their home and safe spaces. I have a slide show to share the before condition of the cats home.

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You can see the cats had lots of safe trees and shrubs to get away from the rain, cold and extreme heat we have in the Summer. Now let me share what happened after the city had to come into the park and remove all the literal fortresses the human homeless had created.

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There were booby traps throughout the shrubs the cats used for shelter—razor wire woven into the shrubs by one homeless person to keep others away from their space, broken water pipes so they could get easy water rather than use what was available in the restroom area at the park. Drainage areas torn apart to use the cement to build fire pits to cook and provide heat. There was a deep pit that could only be accessed by use of a boat ladder. A child would easily fallen in and we don’t know what was down there.

The city is continuing to remove all vegetation that offers possible hiding for homeless encampments at this city public park. They have a great expense to repair all the damage to the park infrastructure as well as the cost of rebuilding the park services.

GOOD NEWS!

Our city is working with Mom L and Dad P’s new city focused humane management and care for community cat program, Project Delta View Cats,  to make sure that the city replants this area with cat friendly vegetation. But, that vegetation won’t grow high enough to hide the human homeless encampments. Now our residents are starting to return to use this beautiful park knowing that their families will be safe and have a lovely park environment once again—it will take a year or so, but it will be a park for families and a park where our remaining cat colony residents will again feel safe and be able to find shelter.

The photos below are of the only cats Mom L and Dad P could see directly after the park was cleared of homeless encampments.

Mom L visited this past week to take photos of the remaining kitties and we feel so fortunate that she has photos of eighteen returning kitties!! The feeding station you see, along with three more, were provide by our city. They are great partners in working with us to manage and deliver humane management for our city’s community cat population.

The homeless were all offered assistance in finding safer and cleaner shelter when they were informed that the city would be cleaning up this park. Some accepted, others declined and are attempting to return. That is up to the city and the homeless. For now, we are just working on making this space as comfortable and hospitable as possible for this colony of long ago abandoned community cats.

Our dilemma is not done—but our path forward is looking promising.

Let me hear your thoughts about our unfolding solution to this dilemma.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

Community Concern For Cats

Contra Costa Humane Society

Petco Re-Homing

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