Saturday, August 20, 2011

WIFCaP UPDATE

RILEY (My kitty)

Just thought I'd update you about the the program I'm helping with, the Walnut Iowa Feral Cat Program (WIFCaP).  I know, I live along way away from Walnut, IA!  But my sis lives there, and I'm helping as much as possible with the online stuff, and moral support.

A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks.  Our Facebook Page has brought a lot of followers/friends, and attention.  We're learning a lot from other like programs.  And we were linked up for a wonderful donation from a group called Pennies-4-Paws.  

I can't believe how many groups like ours are all across the country, trying to help feral cat colonies.  We feed them, give them shelters, safely trap them one by one, take to the vet for spay or neutering, rabies & distemper shots, & worming.  Each kitty gets an ear notch showing us later that they have already been taken care of.  After 24 hr. of recovery, the ferals are returned to the same spot we trapped them.  They can join their group and live out their life the way they know best...but they won't starve, and they can't reproduce!

If we trap a homeless kitty, one that is people friendly, we will try to re-home it after the vet visit.

Our blog is also getting some attention.  We have an easy way to donate to our cause right on the blog.  Its called ChipIn, and you can donate any amount quickly, safely, and easily!

I'd love to hear your stories...do you have a kitty you rescued from the streets? (Riley, above, was rescued from the street, skinny, dirty, and hungry.)  Do you help out with a feral colony close to you?  Are you part of a more formal group working with ferals, TNR (Trap Neuter Return), or any kind of rescue? 

This is a movement that is picking up speed. We're trying hard to help the kitties that are already in the feral situation, and spay/neutering them so they can't reproduce.  But the big job is to convince every pet owner to have their pets spayed or neutered.  That is the crux of the whole matter...ALL pets need to be spayed or neutered.


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