This sleek all-black kitty started showing up around her caregiver Adrienne's home in Amboy, WA, in early July. Skinny and skittish, the cat quickly welcomed Adrienne's offers of breakfast. After getting close enough to pet her one day, Adrienne noticed she looked like she was nursing kittens. Adrienne was shocked because she looked like a kitten herself. While at the clinic she weighed in at just under six pounds. Adrienne told the young mother that if she brought the kittens to her house, she'd help her care for them. Sure enough, the cat carried six kittens one-by-one and made a home under Adrienne's backyard shed. Now Adrienne is working to socialize and find homes for the kittens, in addition to getting them all spayed/neutered.Purrs to Adrienne for being a hero to this cat family! And huge thanks to all our volunteers, caregivers and generous supporters who help make it possible for FCCO to help so many cats in need!
FCCO has helped more than 68,000 feral and stray cats but staff was truly shocked by what they saw on July 17th: a cat, now known as "Mattie," came to the spay/neuter clinic with her body covered in matted fur 3 inches thick. She had been struggling to move and couldn't groom herself. FCCO's Operations Director, Leah Kennon, CVT, said, "In my 16 years with FCCO I've never seen mats this severe. I can't imagine wearing this coat in the hot weather we've had recently."FCCO is funded completely by donations. Mattie's caregiver, Roger, was extremely grateful to learn about FCCO's services. He was very concerned for her well-being and admitted he feared that euthanasia was his only other option.
This stray cat fortunately has a caregiver looking out for her. He doesn't know where she came from, but has been feeding her and knew she needed help. Mattie was returned to her caregiver spayed, vaccinated, and with a whole new summer 'do.
Our services that help cats like Mattie are made possible by the support from people like you. Please consider making a donation in honor of this kitty and her kind caregiver so we can help even more.
Andy, a dedicated caregiver, sent the following story of his experience with the feral cat colony he feeds:
During the summer of 2004 I started doing TNR (trap-neuter-return) work at a field in Salem. The first of many kitties I trapped was “Herman,” who was neutered and then returned to the same field.
I had realized that something really needed to be done because I saw many kitties in the field so I built a feeding station that provided a safe, dry and clean place for them to eat and also provided a convenient location to place a trap.
Over the years I watched Herman in the field and every time I saw him it made me smile. There seemed to be a special bond that had not yet been completed. Eventually I noticed that Herman had paired up with a silver tabby and they seemed inseparable.
One day in 2007, three years after I started caring for these cats, I saw Herman sitting on the feeding station tapping his paw as if to say, “You are late and where is my food?” He started showing signs of wanting a real home and somebody to love him.
A week later, he and “Timmy,” the silver tabby, came home with me and have been here ever since.
Because of your donations we are able to help dedicated caregivers like Andy spay/neuter the cats he feeds. He is commited to these cats, but wanted to prevent future generations of feral cats born in fields and on the streets.