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Sat May 25, 2019, 11:42 PM

Please help feral cats if you can.

For the last ten years I have lived in a rural neighborhood in Midway, Florida, filled with feral cats. I rescued and adopted as many as I could afford. But what I really needed help with was trapping, neutering and releasing (TNR) the feral cats. I went to local city council and did what I could to get funds. But, they wouldn't help.

Finally, this organization, It's Meow or Never came to my rescue. To date we have TNR'd 12 adult cats and the wonderful people of It's Meow or Never are fostering a litter of 6 I found in my yard. I recently found another little guy that I'm keeping. This is Freddy. He has 6 toes.




These are some of the kittens they are fostering.



I am hosting a fundraiser on my Facebook page for this organization, It's Meow or Never, they could really use some help with food, litter, medicine and doctor's visits. Even 5 dollars would be of help. Thank you.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10219272966597950&id=1323137605


Here is their direct link:
https://www.itsmeowornevertally.com/

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Reply Please help feral cats if you can. (Original post)
Lunabell May 2019 OP
alittlelark May 2019 #1
Rhiannon12866 May 2019 #2
Chin music May 2019 #3
Lunabell May 2019 #6
trueblue2007 May 2019 #10
Lunabell May 2019 #18
Rhiannon12866 May 2019 #13
Duppers May 2019 #8
TlalocW May 2019 #4
RockRaven May 2019 #5
not fooled May 2019 #12
Lunabell May 2019 #19
pazzyanne May 2019 #7
catchnrelease May 2019 #11
pazzyanne May 2019 #23
Duppers May 2019 #9
democratisphere May 2019 #14
secondwind May 2019 #15
MFM008 May 2019 #16
spinbaby May 2019 #17
Lunabell May 2019 #20
femmedem May 2019 #21
spinbaby May 2019 #24
femmedem May 2019 #25
pansypoo53219 May 2019 #22
Freddie May 2019 #26
MLAA May 2019 #27
matt819 May 2019 #28

Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:52 PM

1. Anything other than facebook?

Seriously - some ppl want nothing to do with facebook.


I donate to any pet in need, but have nothing to do with facebook

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2019, 12:07 AM

2. Same here.

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2019, 12:08 AM

3. Right there w you on that.

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2019, 12:56 AM

6. Here is the direct link.

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #6)

Sun May 26, 2019, 01:36 AM

10. You've donated $8.00 USD to Its Meow or Never for Ferals Inc.

thanks for posting this.. my hubby cares for feral cats. all 5 of our cats are rescue cats and 3 of them were feral kittens. God Bless you Lunabell.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Reply #10)

Sun May 26, 2019, 05:11 AM

18. Thank you!

This organization is awesome!

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #6)

Sun May 26, 2019, 03:14 AM

13. Thanks!

I found my beautiful Felix as a kitten in a supermarket parking lot.

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2019, 01:32 AM

8. Same here. nt

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Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 12:12 AM

4. There were a lot of feral cats

In an apartment complex I used to live at. Some of my neighbors and I got together and rented the traps from the local animal charities and got them spayed or neutered on our own dime.

It kind of bothered me that they put a notch in the ears of the cats though... I didn't like the idea of a bunch of asymmetrical cats running around my neighborhood.

TlalocW

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Response to TlalocW (Reply #4)

Sun May 26, 2019, 12:45 AM

5. The first time I saw a feral cat w/ a notch I felt extra-bad, b/c I thought it was just wounded

and then I learned what it meant, and I felt a different sort of mixed-up bad/good.

I suppose the people who do this have thought long and hard about how to make it obvious without examining the cat by hand which ones have been fixed or not, and this is the best they can do...

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #5)

Sun May 26, 2019, 01:47 AM

12. Yeah, it's a necessary evil

Someone dumped an adult female in my rural area. I trapped her and took her to a feral spay-neuter clinic. Poor thing got anesthetized and cut open, whereupon the vet found that she was already spayed. She got her ear tipped that day. There is literally no way to know otherwise with a feral.

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Response to TlalocW (Reply #4)

Sun May 26, 2019, 05:12 AM

19. Lmao

Asymmetrical cats.

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Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 01:22 AM

7. I have several feral cats in my neighborhood.

They are fed daily, given medication when health issues arise, and have a open door to my garage, especially in the winter. I do not "catch and release" due to the fact there are no spay-neuter clinics in my area. The vets in this area do not give a break for spaying at $175 per cat and neutering at $100 per cat. I can't handle that on my Social Security budget. Thanks for the link. I am going to look into this a little more.

I also have a young gold/yellow female that I brought into my home last November because she was too little/ young to survive in our harsh winters.

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #7)

Sun May 26, 2019, 01:38 AM

11. Try to find/contact rescue groups

Your area may be different, but here in SoCal there are many rescue and TNR groups that can get discounts for spay and neutering that an individual can't get from a vet. They will often offer vouchers or coupons for you to use at certain vets or at mobile s/n clinics. Or you can set up appointments through them on certain days etc. Lots of different scenarios to help people get their own or feral cats fixed at affordable prices.

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Response to catchnrelease (Reply #11)

Sun May 26, 2019, 06:40 AM

23. I live in a very rural area where the nearest Humane Society is 40 miles away.

There are no dog or cat rescues in this area. Already checked vets in that same area for use of discounted spay/ neuter surgeries. Nada! Spay/ neuter clinics are in the twin cities area which is on the other side of the state (almost 200 miles away).

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Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 01:36 AM

9. Thank you for including a direct link.

I will donate.

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Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 03:35 AM

14. Thanks Lunabell!

You are a treasure. Feral cats make great pets and I have had many over the years.

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Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 03:58 AM

15. Florida has NO spay/neuter laws. It's a free-for-all

down there. They sell puppies at fairs, etc. there are numerous kill shelters and rescue shelters all over the state.

We lived there for several years, I saw dogs kept in the back of thrift shops, waiting for adoption, everyone trying to pitch in, etc.

I could go on, but I wonít

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Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 04:57 AM

16. There are no more

In our neighborhood...
They all seem to be in our house.....

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Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 05:01 AM

17. I have a feral dining at my place

A young feral tomcat has discovered that we have a cat door and an endless buffet. He looks hungry and Iím perfectly willing to feed him and pretend I donít see him, but he needs a visit to the vet and I havenít figured out how to do that.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #17)

Sun May 26, 2019, 05:15 AM

20. Maybe there's a TNR Group near you.

Their help has been invaluable.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #17)

Sun May 26, 2019, 05:51 AM

21. One of my local vets does low-cost spay/neuters for feral cats.

Now I can bring them in when they show up, but when I was too broke to do that, I would start GoFundMe's, post on facebook with a photo of the cat and the cat's story, and I always received enough to bring the cat in to the vet within a couple of hours.

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Response to femmedem (Reply #21)

Sun May 26, 2019, 10:05 AM

24. Cost isn't the issue

Itís catching him and keeping him contained until the vet can get to him.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #24)

Sun May 26, 2019, 10:17 AM

25. Yes, that's tricky.

Most of the cats I've TNR'ed have actually been strays or cats who I'd been feeding until they came to trust me a bit, so that I was able to put out a have a heart trap in the morning at the usual feeding time, watch, then bring the cat directly to the vet. My vet supplied me with the trap and knew to expect me.

One time I found a litter of kittens and was able to get the mom into the carrier by putting the kittens in there. The mom's love of her kittens was stronger than her fear of being trapped.

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Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 06:35 AM

22. i have caught several cats in the yard & 4 kittens 1 winter. i have the best catnip.

no strays lately. i had 2 or 3 cats at the time. i should have kept the one that looked like poirot. he loved the car trip.
the stray my epal was feeding at work turned out to be female, not male & had 2 kittens at his plant. he took her home + she had a 3rd. he is kwepping mom + a kitten. the other 2 already have dibs. THEY ARE HUGE.

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Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 10:58 AM

26. ❤️❤️❤️ My Freddie was an orange tabby

Itís the best ever name for an orange baby! We have 2 cats now and DH says thatís all. Most of the time I agree but if an orange one found me I would not resist.

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Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 11:28 AM

27. Keep up the good work!

Maybe because I didnít sign into Facebook (I donít use it), but I couldnít see where to donate, so I went to the direct link you posted and made a donation. So glad you called it to my attention!

😽😺😸😼

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Response to Lunabell (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 12:52 PM

28. Barn cats

Two shelters in my area have TNR operations. And if the cats are deemed unable to be domesticated they are available as barn cats.

We eradicate five, three of whom went walkabout. Two have been together now for 7 years. Still feral. Canít get much closer than 10 feet of them. They keep the mouse population down and we also feed them.

Like most cats, they are very funny and ridiculously cute, even if they are feral.

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