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The Feral Cat Program of For Pets Sake is a life saving gift to Montezuma County. The people who make the program a reality are nothing short of miracle workers. When you think of all the kittens 2044 cats did not have, you begin to understand the magnitude of the program's impact.
For me, it started one Spring day about five years ago when by chance I noticed a cute little orange kitten sitting by the edge of the back deck. Unknown to us, wild as wild could be "Mama Kitty" had birthed four kittens under the deck. I started feeding and watering them that day as they were all on the edge of malnutrition even though Mama was doing a heroic job of fending for her kittens and staying alive.
Fast forward a bit as not everyone is as crazy about cats and their details as I am, but we were able to spay/neuter all four kittens, plus Mama through the Feral Cat Program. This was not before Mama Kitty had another litter of seven(!) - this time in our garage. It was a JOY to see those kittens the night they were born and raise them to happy/healthy spayed/neutered cats.
It has not been without sorrow. Three of the first four kittens and one of the seven, left the farm and never came home. Be it coyote, owl or a horrid person's gun, I will never know. However, the rest of the them, plus three more who found their way to us, all are spayed/neutered thanks to the program.They all have the life I wish all cats, and domestic animals in general, could have. Love, care, shelter, food and water - it's just the basics, but what all deserve.
Most of our cats are orange although Mama is a gray tiger with three black paw pads and one pink. She now sleeps on the bed and purrs me to sleep whenever I feel the stress of the day. Uncle Precious - the kitty who was sitting by the deck that day, looks like a lion with his huge and fluffy taffy colored coat. He is the wise sage who teaches the younger ones the art of staying alive and the joy of being a Cat. Lucy - the one we rescued from a wood pile at the edge of starvation, weighs in at over 20 pounds and rules the roost. Franklin and Savannah are siblings from the second litter. Tom Tom and Cowboy have come to us from the "wild." Each one we have tamed and taken through the program. There is now one more to catch - a gray and white who is Cowboy's mom and possibly Tom Tom's too. We must make the effort to catch her NOW as breeding season is upon us.
However, there is a limit. Be it 1 or 8 or 20 cats, each of us can only give a good home to so many. Please - if you have a cat that is going to breed - have it spayed or neutered. If you have a wild cat - you may well qualify to use the Feral Cat program. If you have Really Wild cats volunteers will come, catch them and have them spayed/neutered.
I was not looking to be a cat owner. Let alone an 8 cat owner. However, it has been well worth the small effort it has taken to do the right thing and make the life of another creature better. They pay me back 10 fold each day with their love and antics. No mice around here - that's for sure!
This is Harry (fluffy one) and Franlin. Harry was the first to do most things, and sadly left us way too soon. However, Franklin is doing great. He is an early riser and wants his milk first thing. If only he would make the coffee in the morning....