Saturday, December 22, 2007

A Great Start for Po'Kitties!

Although we just kicked off Po’Kitties on October 16th of this year, so far things have gone a whole lot better than we expected.

A big, big thank you goes out to all the committee members. You saw the need and responded, and look at the awesome things we have accomplished together! Kudos, and many thanks to each of you!

Thank you to all of the kind and dedicated folks who are feeding and caretaking these colonies. You are true heroes and are invaluable! There are too many of you to mention by name but you are the best. Thank you for all you do.

A big thank you to the staff at Foothills Humane Society Shelter – Dawn, Lani, Peggy, Shirley, Stephanie, Lennie, and Jacquie – for working so well with us, despite the many times we thought we had the paperwork part down…..and we did not! In addition to everything else you have to do, your smiles and willingness to help the Po’Kitties has truly made a difference. Also, thanks to Margo, not only for welcoming our ideas and allowing us to bounce them off her, but also for her ability to wade through the red tape. You all have no idea how much you mean to me personally as well as to the animals. Thank you for all you do.

A big hug and thank you to our trapping mentor, Annette-from-Belmont-Abbey, who so generously taught us the ropes on a hot summer day, and whom we fervently thank again each and every time we manage to trap another feral cat! Annette, you rock!

And a really big thank you to the generous and wonderful folks who have offered three endangered feral cats a home in their barn! You are exceptional and we cannot thank you enough.

Here is an update on the latest happenings.....to date, THIRTY cats have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped, and released! Thirty cats!! Hooray!!

Thanks to an angel named Mark at the Hotspot in Landrum, the three older feral kittens there have been trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped, and are in a new location! They will have a wonderful, cozy barn loft for a home and since they are bonded not only as a small colony but also as siblings, they should do very well in their new home. Their mother was run over and they were in serious danger of having the same thing happen to them, so there was a real need to relocate them. They will need to be confined for about another two weeks so that they are acclimated to their new home, but they are so cute and have not even offered to hiss….in spite of being in a kitty condo! This small colony is now in a safe place, thanks to the generosity of the owners of the barn!

We have trapped and spayed/neutered five cats from the Columbus McDonald's colony!
Not enough, to be sure, but after the New Year, we will be back trying to trap these cagey rascals. An angel named Randy placed four doghouses lined with straw in the bamboo “jungle” so that the kitties can be sheltered from the elements.

A gorgeous, big, gray tabby was trapped and we named him "Big Mac". He turned out to be declawed and neutered, and was a big purring mush! When his owner could not be located, he was adopted out through Foothills shelter and has a wonderful new home as an indoor-only cat.

An angel named Bobbie managed to get another McDonald’s kitten this week that never hissed once....so she didn't need socializing! She has been named “Mac-zine” and is absolutely adorable. She will be available for adoption through the Foothills Shelter, and she will go fast! When I left the shelter today she was playing with a Winnie-the-Pooh toy that the shelter staff had placed on her cage door.

The colony in Red Fox still has a couple of unsterilized cats, so they are on the list to be trapped as well. The five kittens that were trapped there have all found homes....great homes......the last two were adopted today from Foothills Shelter by a lucky family, where they will be indoor kitties and have a sweet little girl to play with! This absolutely made my Christmas!

The Green River Barbecue in Saluda has a colony consisting of a mother and four kittens that need to be trapped/spayed/neutered/vaccinated/ear-tipped, and we will get to them as soon as we can. They are being quite well-fed and treated like royalty from what we hear!

It has been a great start, but we have a long way to go. I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate all your help. And so do the cats and kittens! Below are some pictures of the latest and greatest.

Thanks, and Merry Christmas to all!


This is Mac-Zine, the kitty from the McDonald's colony



The gorgeous Hot Spot Ferals