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What happens in kitten season

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So just WHAT does happen in a geographical location in the USA when “kitten season” gets going in full bloom so to speak?? My castle is in Northern California and our typical kitten season, when gobs of kittens are born by abandoned community cats, starts about late March or early April. It varies based on what your climate is.

Where is our Mom!

That said, I wanna talk about what happened this last 2019 kitten season and how my Paw It Forward effort, thanks to Mom L and Dad P and others, helped some kittens have a long awaited Happy Tails ending.

Our Project Delta View Cats (PDVC) efforts are very specific to our own city’s zip code and we only do “targeted” TNR (trap, neuter, return). We go door to door to find feeders who we can help by getting all their colony spayed, neutered and vaccinated. And, if they are friendly, we have a few adoption paths to help. That’s what this post is all about.

One of PDVC’s partners is our county animal services. Last year, 2019, they were chock full of kittens, moms with kittens in the shelter and the same but in foster families.

Along came PDVC with a Mom cats and between the two of them, 7 kittens. The shelter was impacted and asked that the feeders “foster and socialize in place”. And that had to be until at least another six to seven months!!!

But our partner, Contra Costa Animal Services, said once our “kitten season” was over, that we could allow our foster to bring those now almost adult kitties, into their adoption process.

And our “foster in place”, Miss Jessica, called PDVC this November searching for an adoption path for her remaining six now juvenile kitties.

This is a Happy Tails Ending!! All six were taken into the adoption path at our partner, CCAS. And everyone one was soon “pulled” by one of the CCAS Transfer Partners aka other rescues in our general location.  All six kitties have been adopted!! Here is their story told in their photos. I hope you will hang around and watch this short slideshow.

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All six have now been adopted. They were very well socialized by their “foster in place” cat Mom but their challenge was getting to be able to be with different people. And that is a HUGE challenge for all cat foster families. The kitties must get socialized BEYOND the foster family to increase their ability for adoption.

Let me know in comments what you think about our “Foster in Place” kittens “Happy Tails” ending.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

A Happy Tails Ending for Foster/Rescue Penelope!!

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Remember the little news I gave you about an abandoned kitty we named Penelope and we helped in our neighborhood about three or four weeks ago?

Penelope was not spayed, was pregnant with three kittens and appeared to have been declawed. She also displayed very aggressive behavior toward Mom L where she lived in a large cage in her office. Both Mom L and Dad P received several bites that went deep enough to draw blood.

If you work with any feline shelter, rescue, public shelter then you know that “biting” that draws blood will end a cat in quarantine and likely euthanasia. And given that we thought Penelope was declawed we knew we ought not to return her to the outdoors where she had been abandoned.

What to do?? Kit Katie still needs a great deal of attention to help her get beyond being so hand shy. Mom L and Dad P could not foster Penelope long term and could not take her to our county animal services. Fortunately we have a very experienced Director at our animal services and we sought her, and other’s, advice and counsel including the shelter  Chief Veterinarian.

Long story short, we determined Penelope deserved an opportunity to live her life within her own abilities and we asked the neighbor who found her if she would allow us to return Penelope to her as an outdoor cat. Miss Debbie agreed quickly.

About this time, we learned that Penelope HAS CLAWS!! All this time, even though she was biting, she never ever used her claws. Mom L observed her using a cardboard scratcher and heard little claws “rip, rip, rip”! Penelope’s claws had been trimmed back past the quick, almost to the sheath!!! How painful!!! No wonder she was biting!!

Mom L and Dad P set Penelope up in a large cage on Miss Debbie’s front porch. We thought she would spend several days here being fed and getting to know the sound and smells so we could release her.

Well Miss Debbie and Penelope had a whole other set of thoughts in mind!! MOL!!!

Miss Debbie found she could open the cage, clean the litter box, give Penelope her wet food and Penelope never moved from her side. Penelope ate outside the cage and gladly returned to it once it was cleaned.

Standing outside the cage

Miss Debbie spent lots of time sitting next to Penelope’s cage and talking with her. And then she decided it was time for Penelope to come inside and meet their resident cat, Frankie and learn whether or not Penelope could be her inside lap cat.

What a change!!! Yes, Penelope is aggressive toward Frankie. Yes, Penelope still tries to bite. Yes Penelope loves a lap. Yes, Penelope has found a patient, loving human, Miss Debbie, who is working with her to bring her inside forever.

You can see that Penelope enjoys being inside. She also enjoys a nice lap and gives paw hugs to show her appreciation for a kind, patient human.

Dad P and Mom L took down the outdoor cage today, and Penelope is living in Miss Debbie’s office for now. They will keep on working to hopefully make Penelope trust that she is safe once again. But, even if she cannot adjust to being inside and cease her aggressive behaviors, she has found her forever home!

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Welcome home Penelope!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

UPDATE: Remember where foster Katie was found?

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How many of you remember where our foster Kit Katie was found? Be honest, tell me in comments. This is a trick question kind’a!

Mom L took Kit Katie to an adoption event at Petco on this past Saturday. This adoption site has been filled by our partners for Project Delta View Cats for about twenty years. Community Concern For Cats has made this Petco a major adoption happening! Anyway, Mom L took Kit Katie and met someone who pretty much blew off Mom L’s socks!!! MOL!!!

There was a very pretty, somewhat shy young female kitty at this adoption event. Mom L got to talking with the kitty’s foster Mom and guess what?

Where have you seen this kitten before on my blog?

Kittens still trying to be kittens

Do you think THIS is the same kitten almost one year later?

SQUEEEEEE!!! Mom L met the wonderful lady who fostered FOUR of the kittens from that ugly apartment cat hoarding situation Mom L and Dad P and Miss Stacey worked through last year, June and July 2018!!!. We never knew where the live nine kittens we rescued ended up. But now I can give you a peek at four of them and all have the best ever happy tails endings!!!

The kitten above is names Squeakers. She is just adorable. A bit shy, unlike her brother who was adopted quickly after being rescued. He was about eight to ten week old when adopted. You can see him still in the hoarding apartment and then once he was free with his foster Mom  and Dad. ( you must hover over photo to read captions)

Cooper was the only boy kitten out of the four that Miss Nancy agreed to foster. The other three were as timid as our sweet Kit Katie. Check out the two tabby kitten she fostered, Jimmie and Willa May. Jimmie was apparently the runt of a litter and very tiny and not expected to survive. But Mom L handed him and another weeks older tabby girl off to our trusted partners at Community Concern For Cats. Mom L knew that Miss Gemma could bring Jimmie back to a full life. And she DID!!

Jimmie and Willa May were so bonded. They were not litter mates because we knew Willa May was a few weeks older. But just look at how much they loved each other.

And YES!!! Jimmie and Willa May were adopted together about two weeks ago!! APAWS!!!

Here is a great photo of Willa May, Jimmie and Squeakers.

We must always remember that saving one life always means we are saving so many other when we practice SPAY and NEUTER!! All four of these kittens were the result of someone who didn’t bother to get their mom cat and dad cat spayed and neutered. They were born into a horrible filthy environment just like our foster Kit Katie. Thankfully three of these four kittens are in loving homes and soon we know that Squeakers will be in her own home too.

Hope you find inspiration in seeing the Happy Tails Endings for four of the kittens Mom L and Dad P rescued last Summer from an apartment hoarding situation. Again, this is where we found sweet Kit Katie.

HAPPY TAILS ENDINGS ROCK!!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

 

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