Organized by: Carrie Lauer
I am just one person who is trying to make a dent in to helping feral cats. These strays actually adopted me first about 6 1/2 years ago. It started with 2 or 3 and now I am feeding and taking care of at least 20 feral cats. Through out the year, I try to watch when the females are pregnant so when they have the kittens I will give it a couple weeks and then bring the kittens in my house. There I will give them baths to kill any fleas and to get them clean. I also keep antibiotics on hand since most kittens wind up having upper respiratory infections. All of the cats /kittens are treated with Revolution flea preventative. I have a set up where I can keep them and socialize them, teach them to litter train and make sure they are able to go in to a loving home. This is something that I do because I know without me, many of these ferals would be dead. I finally found an amazing organization, Operation Fix-It, who has found an anonymous donor to help me spay & neuter my ferals. It is a wonderful gift from this person because I just can not afford to do that. I don't make a lot of money at my full-time job, but I clip a lot of qpons and check out sales to make sure these cats have what they need. I can go thru four 25# bag of cat food every 2 weeks, 2-3 35# litter containers, 5-10 cans of formula a month, 6-7 gallons of milk a week and 20-30 cans of wet food a week. That isn't counting the antibiotics, Revolution, blankets, toys and such that I make sure all of them have. Plus we are trying to finish our "back porch." It was suppose to be for the family to sit out and relax in, but it has now been totally enclosed w/new windows in it & there I have put a big mattress and blankets, a couple cat condos, litter boxes for the outdoor cats. In the winter I have a heated pad for them & a little heater. I have heated water bowls all thru the back porch and outside. We have at least 3 areas where the cats are able to go to stay warm and get food and water. We still want to insulate the back porch and our other shelter needs a new roof. All of this is expensive and I am just asking for whatever help anyone can give. These are beautiful animals who deserve to feel safe. I have placed at least 30 kittens in the past 5 years. I am also taking in any kittens that need that little extra TLC and socialization so they can also be placed. Hopefully you feel the same way too and can help me continue to take care of them. At this time I have 11 cats in my houe; it can be a zoo at times! lol 6 of them are my own that I have rescued; 5 of them are ones I am working with still. 2 of them are completely deaf; it will take a very special person to bring these babies into their home. They are not able to be outside cats due to the fact they can not hear of any oncoming danger.