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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

When human homeless and community cat colony collide

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I have a dilemma to present to my readers and hope that each and every one will give utmost consideration to their thoughts on this when leaving a comment.

You know that Mom L and Dad P have been helping care for and manage a once 35+ cat colony at a city park within walking distance from my castle. Mom L has been able to bring seven cats successfully through adoption paths, one senior kitty had to be sent to The Bridge and another needed a quiet back garden to live out his senior life as he was hyperthyroid.

This cat colony, all resulting in humans abandoning cats who they once adopted and cared for, has been in existence in this beautiful city park for about sixteen years. The colony grew to over forty cats in the housing recession in my county and our area where we and the cats live was hit extremely hard. People had to leave their homes and they simply stopped off at this park to drop off their now unwanted or impossible to move with kitty. Most were left as not spayed nor neutered.

Long story short the River View Park cat colony stabilized once Mom L worked with the primary caretakers and feeders to about twenty-seven adult cats.

That was true until early March of 2019.

Here is the dilemma upon which I ask my readers to leave a comment. These cats live in a lovely city park right on the banks of the mighty California Delta, the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers that flows into our gorgeous San Francisco Bay.

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.

If this “assumed solution” happens, what do you believe are the outcomes for both the homeless humans and the homeless community cats? What would you do. Remember this is a city park, very well maintained for families to use in a lovely location on our California Delta.

Let me hear from you my readers, in comments, what you believe is the most humane set of actions to care for both the human and feline homeless in this situation? One further detail to add to your deliberation on this dilemma—as a result of what occurred between this “human and community cat” conflict, this cat colony has diminished from a stable twenty seven cats to seventeen cats—and as of this past weekend is now at potentially ten cats.

We are all really looking forward to my pals comments. Please think about this from not only a “human” perspective, but let me hear from my feline pals perspective too. Savannah’s Paw Tracks holds compassion for both. But in this dilemma can both “win”? Tell me if you have had a similar dilemma and how it was resolved.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Community Concern For Cats

Contra Costa Humane Society

Petco Re-Homing

 

Monday Meowsie News

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Gosh, where to start???!! So much going on around here. Let me start with an updates from the past.

Do you remember our foster kittens from 2017? We had three siblings, Rocky, Chloe and Jessie. Well I have an update on Rocky, now Nick, and Chloe, now Nora. We know Jessie is fine but just do not have a recent update.

Here they are, Nick and Nora, together and snuggling just like when they left my castle in November, 2017.

Gotta luvluvluv the Happy Tails Endings! And here is another one for you. Remember one of the friendly adults cats Mom L pulled from our park colony? Her name from the feeders was “Whitey” because she has four white paws, BUT one paw had a little black tootsie. You can see her searching for her forever home in my link to a long ago Friday Memes.

Recognize her now?? The photos below are from her new forever Mom. She is now Whitney, and totally loving being an indoor cherished kitty.

Now how is that for Happy Tails Endings all around??

More news on my home front. My castle is being overtaken by some uppity brown tabby Kit Katie!! Just look at her! How much more intrusive on my castle can she be??

Wow, Savvy sure does have a nice tent setup

Even TKS is amazed at how much this KK is taking over.

I’m outta here heading for parts unknown in my whiz bang spaceship

She has even become part of our morning routing with Mom L and Dad P. We all hang out on our bed while they watch the morning news, drink their coffee, read the paper etc. And now, KK takes over a WHOLE corner of the bed for herself!! Cheeky kid!!

Oh I luvluvluv this corner!! What? Oh, was this yours Princess Savannah?

Things are gonna have to come to a point soon. This KK kitty is just too intrusive. Why this morning, while I was quietly nibbling on my brekkies in our bedroom ( I like eating with Mom L and Dad P)—KK actually snuck in behind me and sniffed and snuffled my TAILEO while I was nibbling away!!! And no, there is no photo proof of this happening, but trust me, it DID!!

And there is even MORE! I have this very special sun puddle that occurs every Spring. It is on Mom L’s side of our bed, and I can lay on the floor rug in front of the balcony slider and have a lovely morning sun bath. WELL!!!

Sheesh!! Do I have a brown tabby shadow???

There KK is, right on my “six”! A Princess has no privacy nor privilege where this KK is concerned.

Last but not least in this Monday Meowsie News post, is my latest Paw It Forward project. Mom L was contacted by a neighbor across our water channel who has been caring for a sweet abandoned adult lady cat. The neighbor is so very allergic to cats. Even though she has tried desperately to be able to give this abandoned cat a home, she simply cannot do this any longer.

My name is Miss Kitty and I am searching for my forever home. Can you help me?

We are working our local rescue contacts and will keep you updated on Miss Kitty’s search for her forever home. And yes, those people loaded up two of the cats they liked best, and drove away leaving more than Miss Kitty to fend for themselves. Working to humanely care for and rescue abandoned community cats ROCKS!!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

Community Concern For Cats

Contra Costa Humane Society

Petco Re-Homing

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