by Mona Lindsey • January 5, 2016
Every year I dreaded when the feral cats hanging around our rural property started having kittens. I knew they, and their babies, had uncertain futures.
I tried to help them out as well as I could by providing food, water, and shelter, but I also knew, eventually, they would be run off by other cats, die from sickness, or simply disappear. Then there was kitten season. There were many, many little abandoned, sickly kittens that I bottle fed and nursed along. The sickest I took to the vet when I could afford it, but sadly the majority would not make it. I knew the key to stopping the heartache and tears was stopping the cycle of kittens that were being born every year, but unfortunately I didn’t have the support, funds or education to do so. I had reached out to the only non-killshelter I knew of for help and was placed on a waiting list, but never received a call back.
After a neighbor’s dog came over and killed a couple of kittens that I had been watching over, I placed an ad on Facebook offering free kittens. I was fearful about where the kittens would go to, but on the other hand. I didn’t want any more to get killed. I was so tired of burying and shedding tears over the ones that didn’t make it. When Emily [Sullivan from Happy Jack Cats] messaged me and let me know that she might be able to help me, he was the answer to my prayers.
Emily put me in touch with Missy [Melissa Gurnett from Happy Jack Cats], who helped me put together a plan of action for getting all the cats in the feral community spayed and neutered. It was only through this support system that I was able to get 10 out of the 11 cats (I’m still working on catching the last holdout) fixed. Along with this, Missy also agreed to take the remaining kittens to get fixed, vaccinated and adopted. She was a wealth of information on how to help future kittens and cats that were sick and how to prevent unwanted litters. Without the help and support I received from Missy I know the kitten breeding cycle would have continued.
As spring kitten season approaches, I’m not dreading it like I had in the past as I’m reassured by the sea of notched ears I feed. [When a feral cat is spayed or neutered, the tip of one ear gets cut off, so that everyone can see that they have been desexed.]
Missy and Emily, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I admire your dedication to saving these little lives and making the lives of the rest better.