Team LFFAC has been BUSY in 2016!
We have TNSR'd over 200 cats so far throughout the Front Range.
We've helped folks in Longmont, Mead, Berthoud, Platteville, Firestone/Frederick, Erie, Niwot, Gunbarrel, Boulder, Ft. Lupton, Hygiene, and Hudson! Yep, we get around. Some of the locations we trapped large colonies with 20 plus cats, and at other locations there were just 2-3 cats. The locations included farms, businesses, and residences.
We also removed about 80 kittens from life outside who went into foster homes where they were cared for and socialized by our skilled foster volunteers. All of the kittens "graduated" and went on to the Longmont Humane Society, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, and Animal Rescue Connection where they were adopted! Thank You to these wonderful groups for all that you do for homeless animals!
Purrs out to everyone who trapped, transported, recovered, and fostered! We are so proud of our dedicated volunteers!
In this picture, little Magic came in from the cold from Ft. Lupton. Thank You to Bri and her Grandma for trapping him, and getting him to Tab for foster care. He looks cozy in his Kitty Purrito!
Longmont feral cat nonprofit looking for cat sanctuary site, reported by the Longmont Times-Call
The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth is a whimsical, thin little book about a starving Japanese artist, his old house keeper and the kitten she brings home.
The first copyright is 1930, and it may no longer be in print, but it is worth trying to find. Barely having enough money to feed himself and his house keeper, the young artist is dismayed and even angry when his old housekeeper brings home a kitten. But the kitten has ways of getting around his despair and unkind remarks. The house keeper names her "Good Fortune". And as surely as kittens grow into cats, the kitten brings the artist the beginning of his great good fortune. What follows is a story about the artist's envisioning of the Buddha - his life, the animals who he reincarnated as, and his interactions with other living creatures. I learned things about the Buddha I never knew. At the end of each chapter is a poem by the old house keeper.
The end will not be what you expect, but it is lovely. You can read this little book in a half hour and it's well worth the time! Look for it in used book stores and on Amazon.
They have their own Sweet Elves! Blue's kitties have been at the same site for many many years. Recently we were informed that the area where they live was being cleared out and the kitties would need to relocate. Thankfully, some very kind folks who own property close by agreed to allow us to feed and set up shelters by their property so that Blue's kitties would not have to be moved out of their territory.
Over the past several weeks all of the feeders and caretakers of Blue's colony have been helping to move their food down the way gradually so the kitties could get used to their new place. The feeding station, and shelters were moved a couple of weeks ago, and this week Wasabi was the first kitty to hop on board! Yippee!
Thank You so much to all of you who have been volunteering your time to help make this a gentle and smooth transition for the kitties!
Mama Felicia (Siamese), Butterball (Orange tabby) and Noel (gray tabby) came to us at the end of November. We received a call from their temporary caretaker in Ft Lupton asking us to find them homes. They were dumpster diving and living under mobile homes and he didn't think this was a good life for them. Felicia is tame, and when we received Butterball and Noel, they were very fiesty little ones. Tabatha and Deb P worked with them and now Noel is very loving and sweet, Butterball is an adorable one that needs a little bit more love and petting but he is very close. He will make someone a very, wonderful friend.
Recently, we found out that all three are FeLV positive but asymptomatic from the disease. Our vet would like to test the kittens again in a few months to make sure that we did not have a false positive, but for now, we are treating them as if they do have it. Mama Felicia is a strong positive.
We're wanting to find Felicia, Noel and Butterball loving homes where they will NOT have contact with FeLV free cats and where they will not have the ability to freeroam outdoors. Please help us spread the word and help them find their forever homes. If you have a lead, please call 303-257-3706 or send us an email.
Thanks for your help!
Nala was a sweet 4 month old, feral, little guy that we trapped and took in to be neutered. It turned out that he was crypt orchid (undescended testicle) on one side. There were complications with the surgery that required two additional surgeries. He also had problems with diarrhea post op and for months. After the second surgery, Nala became very, very tame. It seemed that he understood that we were all trying to help him. Not only did he come to us for love, but he could be picked up and turned over on his back for belly rubs. He’d look into your eyes with such a loving expression. Since then, he moved into his caretakers’, Heidi and Alex’s, home with his brother, Simba, and they are both surrounded with a lot of toys and so much love. His diarrhea has subsided and he is on the path to recovery. Nala is such a precious little one.
Chewie is a long, skinny guy who popped up into the colony during the spring of 2016. Folklore has it that Chewie was the baby of a very pampered feral mama, Ossie, in Dynasty’s Colony. When we returned Dynasty, the queen of her colony, from being spayed a couple of years ago, Dynasty stole young baby Chewie from her mama and took off before the caretaker could retrieve the baby. The caretaker didn’t see the baby again. In the spring of 2016, Chewie, who looked a lot like the stolen kitten and remarkably similar (wider nose than the average cat) to Ossie, started creeping around the area with other Dynasty cats. The caretaker worked and worked with him until he would come to her and was comfortable being fed in her yard. Finally, we were able to get him and have him neutered. Because he was so skinny, we had him examined thoroughly by the vet and tested for FIV/FeLV. She estimated that he was about 2-3 years old and his teeth were decayed and gums were infected. She needed to extract all but 2 teeth to and Chewie needed to be on antibiotics to heal his mouth. His blood work was good, so Chewie recovered quite well. He is now quite tame but retains some of his feral qualities. He lives indoors and in the yard of the caretaker’s home. Chewie is a trooper and living the purrfect kitty life.
Small Fry was one of a litter of kittens we found in the backyard of an area with 15+ feral cats. It has been a very challenging area where the cats live in fenced in back yards and probably have numerous feeders. This litter was born under an unused hot tub. One day when we were trapping, we heard the kittens but they were difficult to see because they were hidden back under the hot tub. Small Fry was in front of the others. Her closed eyes made her look like a little baby. At the end of the trapping week, we came back and heard a chirping mew but thought it was a bird. Finally, we found Small Fry wandering around a corner of the yard. More visible now, we could see that she was much older, and her eyes were swollen shut and infected. With the help of the caretaker and homeowner, we were able to get all 4 of the kittens. Some of the other littermates had eye infections as well, and they were all underweight. The vet put them on antibiotics and an antiviral for weeks as the kittens eyes started healing from what she thought was probably a herpes infection. They continued to heal and became very tame. It was discovered later that Small Fry had inverted lower eyelids that required surgery and she had only about 10% eyesight that probably only permitted her to see shadows. The local shelter offered to do the surgery and find homes for the kittens. Small Fry was and her littermates were very lucky babies that probably wouldn’t have survived. Now they will be able to live their lives cared for and loved.
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.