Hi everyone! Stephanie here to provide y'all with an update. We've been a little busy and delayed on posting a very important update about the colony we dubbed the "White Cat Colony" due to the large majority of the cats being beautiful white felines. This is one of the main colonies we asked for funding to spay/neuter back in early December and thanks to those donations we were able to trap 11 kitties on the first day!
It was my first time trapping with Audra and I was very impressed with Audra's knowledge and creative problem-solving skills - no wonder she does so well at trapping! All of the traps filled up quickly which is partly why we had to stop at 11 cats because we were completely full. Pamlico Animal Hospital and Welcome Waggin' Mobile Veterinary Clinic were able to fit these cats into their schedules so that they could be spayed/neutered and released the very next day.
Unfortunately with the weather getting colder, we decided conditions were not ideal to trap the remaining cats and so once weather becomes more favorable, we will go back to trap the remaining cats so that more babies will not be born into this colony.
The other situation with this colony is that the people feeding them are hoping that we can find placement for some of the cats there to reduce the financial burden that has been placed on them. Feeding 20 cats twice a day is costly for one household to manage. There are several cats who are shy, but are friendly once they have time to warm up to you and these may be available for adoption at a later date. If you are at all interested, please let us know!
The other option that we are working on is a "Working Cat Program" or as some people like to say "barn cats." We are in the process of defining this program and setting it up and feel that some of these cats may be perfect for this. Working Cats are great for reducing and repelling rodents from your home or business - think of it as an "all-natural" pest control. They can work at breweries, retail stores, farms, warehouse, police/fire stations, and in many other businesses. If you're at all interested in something like this, please let us know and we will notify you once we get this program up and running.
Thank you again to all of you who support us! We are looking forward to a great 2018!