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Project Delta View Cats Has Arrived!!

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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

 

How busy is “busy”

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I just have a quick flash to paw up this blog post to let you know that Mom L, Dad P and their “founding volunteers” for Project Delta View Cats are off to a rousing start!!

Mom L and Dad P started trapping at a resident’s site near us and they caught four cats, then the experienced cat trappers in our “founding volunteer” group picked up the pace and caught five more!! There are still a couple of stand offish cats, a bit “trap shy”—but our skilled community cat trappers and care givers Miss V and Miss J will catch them and get them S/N and back home in time for supper!!

Here are some of those already “fixed” and who will produce no more cats in this small colony, If not for Project Delta View Cats, these cats would have easily taken this small colony of about eleven now to about twenty to thirty by the beginning of Fall this year!!

TNR ROCKS THE COMMUNITY CAT WORLD!!!

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And this little kitty sleeps under the neighbor’s Cosmos shrubs—she is going to be high on Mom L’s list to trap this week!!

That’s how we do “busy”! How do you “do busy” in your home??

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Hungry Colony Cats and a New Venture

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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??!!!

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You can find our fundraiser here or by clicking badge below.

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