I manage a colony of cats in Longmont. 2 1/2 years ago, the owner of the property where the cats live, told me he wanted the cats gone in a year. There were about 25 cats on the property. I thought the best option would be to find barn homes for the cats.
So, a couple of years ago, I relocated 2 black cats to a horse arena to help the arena with rodent control. Both cats were from feral origins but were used to humans feeding them every day. They were placed in a warm room (it was winter) in the arena to acclimate to their new location. Both cats were afraid in their new location and hid when the humans came into the room. After about 3 weeks, one of the cats got out of the room and went into the horse arena. Then he eventually escaped the arena and was seen around another barn on the property. After a while, the cat was not seen on the property anymore.
This is one of the risks when relocating feral cats. At times they don't choose to remain at the location where they were taken and move on to other places.
11 months later, as I was sitting at work, a co-worker came over to me to ask how to catch a feral cat to get it spayed/neutered. She has a friend with a ranch and a cat had been showing up there. She wanted to get the cat spayed or neutered and wanted to care for the cat, to feed it and give it shelter. I told her I could help and asked her to get more information from the person with the ranch. I asked her where the ranch was located and she gave me directions. The location was about a mile from the horse arena that I had brought the 2 black cats 11 months ago. "What color is the cat?", I asked because I had wondered if the cat who ran off maybe had ended up at the ranch down the road. She said the cat was grey.
Shortly after I talked with her, she showed me a picture of the cat that showed up at the ranch. The cat's left ear was "tipped", which means that it is spayed or neutered, and it was a black cat not a grey cat. "Speedy!", I said, "I swear that this cat is Speedy." Speedy is the cat that I had relocated to the horse arena and had escaped the arena property a mile down the road 10-11 months ago. There is no connection between my co-worker and the ranch person, and the people with the horse arena.
I was not surprised that Speedy made his way to a new location down to road but I was totally & completely in awe that the universe, caretaker of all living things, wanted me to know that Speedy was safe & in good hands. My co-worker continues to show me pictures of Speedy when she receives them from her friend at the ranch. :)
~~ Deb T
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