|Purred: Wed Sep 25, '13 11:26am PST |
|Hello! I thought this might be a good place to get the word out. Let me first explain the situation. My neighborhood has been overrun with feral and stray cats and I came to the conclusion that no one was going to do anything about it...so I did. I contacted local group "Operation SAFE" (see their site here: http://operationsafe.org/) and thus started the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) Rescue. Thus far we have fixed twelve cats, the majority of which were feral or borderline feral. Two of the tame males, along with a skittish kitten, have chosen to hang around my house and so I continue to feed them and have set up a shelter for them.
During the TNR process a very tame, sweet (but extremely skinny) cat started coming around. This cat is Mittens (who I'm posting with) and at first we planned to have her spayed along with the others...until we noticed her tummy. She was nursing, she had kittens somewhere, so we had to let her go. With the help of a good friend of ours we were able to get Mittens to lead us to her babies. They were about ten days old when we found them, and because mama Mittens is so tame we just took the entire family inside.
I have to be honest, I'm not well off financially and the only way I was able to do the TNR at all is thanks to the fundraiser I started and all the wonderful people who donated to the cause. With their help I was able to raise $300 to spay/neuter, vaccinate and de-worm all the cats I have (which, for all of that, is $15 per cat through OS) and upkeep care for the kittens.
The kittens aren't quite old enough to be fixed and vaccinated (they must weigh at least two pounds first) but they should be ready mid-late October. Since we're doing this through OS they'll have to have their ear tips (please see Nala's page for how that looks: http://www.catster.com/cats/1308427) I can't afford to opt out of that, it's three times as much per cat. If anyone is interested in adopting and would prefer to opt out of the ear tip and have the spay/neuter done through their own vet just let me know. I'm more than happy to work with you, just want to make sure these babies get fixed.
I'm located in Peoria, Illinois but transport to anywhere within the state might be possible...I know a few people who have done animal rescue transports before. I would prefer local though because I would like to do a home visit and/or vet check. I can't tell you how hard it's going to be to let these kittens go, but I simply can't keep them all. Please, indoor homes only. I want these babies to be safe and sound - and no declawing. Now, on to the kittens....
They're being raised among both dogs and other cats so they should fit into just about any home.
PS: Mama Mittens is staying with us, she's adopted us.
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