Starting with just one cat, the colony we cared for has expanded to more than a dozen adults and at least six kittens.
They live in various spots around the parking lot of a hospital adjacent to our church, but every midnight, when Cinderella turned from a princess back into a pauper, they were raised from a pauper to pampered pets.
It never ceases to delight us, seeing them running across the parking lot from every direction – big jumps, small steps, tiny runs – swarming at us like the story of little Indians, or Gulliver in his travels.
Along the days, some of them learned to trust us enough that we can trap, spay/neuter and return them (TNR).
It was just in time when our last matching challenge came by, and it was just in such great need that our sister rescue Western Iowa’s Feral and Homeless Cat Program sent us USD 100 which then turned into USD 200.
In their flaming spirit to combat overpopulation by TNR, and as a token of our gratitude, we dedicated their doubled USD 100 to TNR for our colony.
We started with a special cat; a mother with three weaning kittens. One of them had fallen ill and can no longer eat nor move properly, but he is still afraid to be close to us.
So was their mother, actually. She will let us come close and pet her once or twice before moving away, but that particular night, she led her weakened baby right into our trap and braced herself as her kitten struggled and screamed in fear as we carried him away.
A few days later, she took the courage to let us carry her away as well, just so she can visit her son. She was upset when, instead, we handed her over to our vet to be spayed, but was overjoyed to see her baby alive and receiving treatments. The two days they spent together was the most heartwarming of nights in our shelter.
It took us a long way to nurse the baby back from the brink of death, but now Joseph is a healthy boy and is growing into a happy teen.
There are ten more adult cats we need to trap and neuter. Three males, seven females. One male cat needs USD 25 for neutering, and one female will cost us USD 35. We need USD 320 in total to spay and neuter the entire colony. We currently have USD 200 and used USD 35 for the special mother, so we need USD 155 to reach our goal.
There are only two of us, so we cannot be as fast as other groups, but why not turn the disadvantages to our favor? Our lack of resources busy us time to raise more funds for the TNR as we go. It is true that it takes only 16 people to raise USD 155, but we also need to raise funds for the rest of the shelter, and we have long way to go in that part, so everything in moderation.
Help us give the colony a chance
The first and second photos is our special mother cat
The other photos are of the colony members.