Caregiver Mel "pre-baiting" traps for his colony
Brad J. is the neighbor of feral cat caregivers Mel and Judy J. They live across the street from each other in Scappoose, Oregon. Brad sees Mel and Judy feeding cats every morning. At first there weren't that many but now it seems like cats are everywhere.
Then Brad realized that Mel and Judy, both disabled seniors, have at times gone without food themselves so they could feed the cats. They have even had their utilities shut off.
Realizing that something needed to be done, Brad talked with Mel and Judy about spaying/neutering and how trap-neuter-return (TNR) works and even generously offered to do all the trapping and transporting. Then Brad called FCCO, made arrangements to get traps, and scheduled appointments for all their cats this week. Their first effort trapping resulted in 24 cats and the next day they had 5 more! With all those cats trapped it was easy for Mel and Judy to keep an eye out for others. Only one cat remained to be trapped and they are working hard right now to do so.
The cats are feral but loved by Mel and Judy. They have many places to seek shelter including little houses for the cats to sleep in. Now that they were spayed/neutered and vaccinated this week they will be healthy but no longer producing more mouths to feed. Mel and Judy will finally feel like they have control of the situation.
Because Mel and Judy didn't have anything to contribute for the cats' medical expenses, we had supporters step up and cover the care for all of the cats in this colony. It also warms our hearts knowing that Brad put so much effort into making so many lives better - Mel and Judy's, as well as all of the cats. Caring for feral and stray cats, often called community cats, is truly a team effort.
Thank you for caring about the cats!
24 of the colony's cats in traps awaiting surgery
One of the cats after surgery showing his eartip
Releasing (all came back for food the next day)
Back home, now neutered and vaccinated