"Herman" asking for food
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.
"Herman" very much at peace inside his home