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From: BrittanyAnne
Date: 05-27-2007, 08:59 AM (1 of 6)
I have a store in a shopping center and directly behind the building are woods. We did not realize it at first but one day while sitting out back on a break, we notice a cat in all of the bushes. My mom, being a sucker for animals, ran and got it some food. Since then we have been feeding this same cat and have notice that there are a lot of cats in there. Last week, the one that we had been feeding came up to us like usual, but this time had 2 kittens with her! They were adorable! A friend of ours told us that she knew of an organization that would come out and take the cats out of the woods, domesticate them, get them any treatment they needed, and adopt them out. We decided that it was probably the best thing to do because we had been told that they would most likely not live in the wild for more than 3 weeks!!!!! When the woman from the organization arrived, we found that their were a lot more kittens than just the two we had been aware of. They were about 10 kittens, and 10 adult cats, one of which was pregnant again! The woman began setting traps and in the end caught all of the adult cats and two of the kittens! She said over the holiday weekend she will not be around to catch the rest! So now their are 8 kittens in these woods with no parents or anything!! We are soo upset. My sister and I going over there in a little bit. We could not sleep knowing that those babies were out there all night alone! We are going to do our best to catch them by ourselves and take care of them for the holiday. I hope we get them all!!! Why are people so cruel?? Why did they put these babies in this position!!!!:nc: :bluesad:
User: BrittanyAnne
Member since: 05-26-2007
Total posts: 5
From: lendube
Date: 05-27-2007, 12:08 PM (2 of 6)
I'm sure these are feral cats and thank goodness there are organizations that help them out. I hope at least that the weather has been mild.

Now that you know that they're there you can look out for them. Maybe even volunteer with the organization in your spare time? I bet you could work out something as far as getting school credit for it too.

It's so wonderful that you and your sister are so concerned. And I'm sure the lady will be back to do what she can. She does it out of her love for the animals too, remember, and is most likely a volunteer.

:up: You sound like a great kid.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: sewingrandma
Date: 05-27-2007, 12:56 PM (3 of 6)
The nursing home I worked at used to feed feral cats. It set back in a wooded area. The residents of the NH used to love sitting and watching the antics of these cats and many of them would speak of pets of long ago. We had an organization come and catch them and have them spayed/neutered and all the vaccinations they needed. This organization didn't find home for them as they said once a wild cat always a wild cat. The cats that they caught were always returned to the place they were caught. In the end I adopted one of the cats. I don't think he was a feral cat but a stray that got caught up in the catch/release program. He has the notched ear of a neutered feral cat but has been declawed and it very loveable. We advertised and called the different animal shelters in the area but got no response.
User: sewingrandma
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From: dmoses
Date: 05-27-2007, 02:27 PM (4 of 6)
I'm sure the woman was doing what she thought was right, but I don't understand her leaving the other kittens out there without the mother cat. That was a mindless decision, in my opinion. She could have released the mother cat back to the wild, to be with the least they would have had some protection... much for humane treatment of animals! :shock:

I hope you and your sister are able to locate all of the kittens and entice them to go with you. Good luck! :smile:
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
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From: Bama
Date: 05-27-2007, 02:30 PM (5 of 6)
I hope you can catch the rest of them. Being kittens, hopefully they'll be easier to catch than the adults were. If you keep putting out food, they're bound to stay near by. Did you check with your local humane society for help catching them?
I'm a sucker for stray animals too. :yawn:
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: BrittanyAnne
Date: 05-27-2007, 07:58 PM (6 of 6)
We didn't get them!!! We had one sitting with us but she was inside of a big concrete pipe that had trees on both sides..she had her head poked out through small openings...We sat there under barbed wire for about an hour trying to lore her out with food. She was actually starting to let us pet her head and when we were finally about to pick her up, someone came running throught the woods and it scared the kitten and she took off past us. The woman that had scared her off said that she had been coming in the woods and feeding them because she too had notice them behind the building. She said that she had watched them grow up and they are about 9 weeks old and that they should be ok for the next few days as long as we leave food and clean water back where they normally sleep...So we are probably going to go back first thing tomorrow morning and try again...Hopefully this time there will be no more interuptions!!!:re:
User: BrittanyAnne
Member since: 05-26-2007
Total posts: 5
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