Sunday, December 10, 2017



Blog 12/04/17 to 12/10/17

Seeking someone to take over Barn Cats, Inc.:  I would like to officially retire as Executive Director in 2019.  I can retain the fundraising pieces but would like to stop the relocations, equipment pickups, phone calls, and emails…the day-to-day stuff.  I will be available for consultation.  If interested call or email Barn Cats…972-315-2875 info@barncats.org

Relocations
Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:  Ring Worm
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan:  Cats from San Antonio Area
OMG (Oh My God):  Cat in a Small Apartment with 9 Dogs

Relocations and In Take:   I placed 8 this week.       
2          Adoption Group (Tallulah, Dean)
3          Barn in Leonard (Gloria, Bay, Venus)
3          Garage in Celina (Perky, Casey, Hendrix)

Our Cats after Release:    
1.     Wylie:  Norm, Gingie, and Hannibal went to this barn.  One has not been seen – one is seen regularly – one has turned friendly!  Well you never know!
2.     McKinney:  I set up caging for these two and the owners moved them from their previous home location.  They are now living IN SIDE THE HOUSE!   YES! 
3.     Dallas:  Friendly cats, Godiva and Hershey, were placed in this storage shed next to the carport.  The family is seeing one but not the other – but – who knows…both are solid black!  
                                                           
Calls/Emails:  Ring Worm
Tallulah was turned over to an adoption group.  They called 4 days later and said that she had ring worm and they cannot treat her.  WHAT?  That is very treatable.  This is a large location with a shelter, employees, volunteers, vets on staff, etc. etc.  AND – they are going to “put her down” if I do not come get her that same day.  I got her out of there, left a nasty message on the supervisor’s phone, and said “lose my phone number”.  This is just ME dealing with all of these and they have hundreds of people…so…no more help with their un-adoptable cats from this organization.  It ends here! 

BMG:   Cats from San Antonio Area
I received 4 cats from a local rescuer.  The paperwork was filled out ahead of time and just given to me.  When I looked at it, these cats are from a San Antonio suburb, are 7 years old, and two have a lot of white on them…ALL BAD!   PEOPLE:  There are plenty of cats here – why are you taking them from another part of Texas?  I know there are bad situation everywhere.  I get those calls, too.  I would be willing to bet that someone appealed to her via Facebook so she took in the cats without asking any questions THEN DISCOVERED THEY ARE NOT SOCIALIZED!   So – give them to Barn Cats.  I made several phone calls and also discovered a few things: 
1.  The organization that did the vet work HAS A BARN CAT PROGRAM.
2.  These cats have never been outside for their entire 7 year lives. 
OK – Another phone call to a cat sanctuary in that same area and she is going to take them in plus another 1 year old that was found with a can stuck to its’ head.  They will be going to the San Antonio area on 12/18.   GOOD FOR THEM!  Nice long lives in a protected area.  Why didn’t this happen the first time!

OMG:  Cat in a Small Apartment with 9 Dogs
Not sure why – but these folks trapped a cat in another town on the other side of Dallas from there they live and the brother was keeping it in a carrier in a one bedroom apartment with 9 dogs!   I was unable to help them due to no open cages but did provide names of other groups she could call.  Turns out they decided to get the cat neutered and release him back to where he came from.  Trap/Neuter/Return is always the best option because the cat is familiar with the surroundings.  Glad it worked out. 

Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.            Peg

Sunday, December 3, 2017



Blog 11/27/17 to 12/03/17

Seeking someone to take over Barn Cats, Inc.:  I would like to officially retire as Executive Director in 2019.  I can retain the fundraising pieces but would like to stop the relocations, equipment pickups, phone calls, and emails…the day-to-day stuff.  I will be available for consultation.  If interested call or email Barn Cats…972-315-2875 info@barncats.org

Relocations
November Closeout
Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:  Cats at Car Dealership
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan:  Cat with Bad Eye
OMG (Oh My God):  Cats Cleaned Out a Neighbor, Too! 

Relocations and In Take:   I placed 21 this week.       
6          Adoption Group (Loki, Clara, Tiger Lily, Thor, Tessa, Cupcake)
3          Workshop in Terrell (Cricket, Xander, Duke)
3          Storage Shed in Emory (Spazz, Heather, Henry)
5          Storage Shed in Ennis (Sprite, Pibb, Fanta, Price, Carl)
4          Garage in Wills Point (Westie, Marty, Blessing, Linus)

November Closeout
Placed 50 this month in 7 North Texas counties:
            Collin              Denton            Grayson          Rains
            Dallas              Ellis                 Kaufman

Our Cats after Release:    
1.     Argyle:  Darrell, Dana, and David went to this barn home.  All 3 have been spotted and are hanging out in the barn.  PLUS – the rat droppings are gone!   Good Job!
2.     Alba:  Josie and Jamie went to this shed next to the house.  Not only are they still around, but have found 4 friends to bring home.  Current owners think the former owners moved and left those 4 cats…but…they are back and hanging out.  Everyone is getting along, too.    
3.     Prosper:  Stormy is doing well in this garage in Prosper.  She is not staying in the feral house they have…but is still coming back to eat.  So…all is well. 
4.     Desoto:  Amy, Abby, Amanda, and April went to this school ag barn.  I saw a couple of them when I picked up equipment.  Cats are out and rodents are gone. 
5.     Ovilla:  Maggie, Chester, and Crissy went to this barn that is used for storage.  They are coming and going out a window.  All have been spotted, the food is disappearing each day and the rodent droppings are much less. 
6.     Garland:  Cowboy went to be a friends for Hallo – short for Halloween.  She stays in the garage and he comes and goes through the cat door.  Seems to be working out…great!
7.     Rockwall:  Tom Smokey, Frances and Patches went to this workshop shed.  All 4 were from Granbury.  The property owners are very happy – no more rats scratching at night in the walls and roof.  YES! 
                                                           
Calls/Emails:  Cats at Car Dealership
Hummm!  Rodents eat car wiring and air filters.  Those cats were keeping that under control – BUT – someone wants them gone.  They are ending up at Barn Cats after sterilization, shots, and testing.  I am placing them in barns, garages, and sheds.  I hope that dealership is overrun with rodents.  They don’t realize how good they have it.  Wait until those insurance claims start.    

BMG:   Cat with Bad Eye
Well, I got a cat from a local Animal Services that has a cloudy eye.  Can that cat see out of it…???  But, instead of putting it out in a colony, they gave it to Barn Cats.  WHAT?  It is safer in a barn environment that a colony?  At any rate, I placed it in that garage in Wills Point.  It think he will be safe there.  Good Luck, Marty!  

OMG:  Cats Cleaned Out a Neighbor, Too!
Cats I placed in Wills Point have also spread out to a neighbor’s property.  An elderly lady lives there and “WAS” concerned with rodents all over her yard, shed and house.  Now it is just RAT PARTS that are all over…HA HA!  Our guys are “taking care of business” for her, too!      

Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.            Peg

Sunday, November 26, 2017



Blog 11/20/17 to 11/26/17

Seeking someone to take over Barn Cats, Inc.:  I would like to officially retire as Executive Director in 2019.  I can retain the fundraising pieces but would like to stop the relocations, equipment pickups, phone calls, and emails…the day-to-day stuff.  I will be available for consultation.  If interested call or email Barn Cats…972-315-2875 info@barncats.org

Relocations
Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:  Six-Screen-Long Text – REALLY?
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan:  12-Year-Old Cat at Kill Shelter
OMG (Oh My God):  Electric Pole Blocking Road

Relocations and In Take:   I placed 6 this week...holiday week!        
4          Barn in Prosper (Elvis, Klondike, Juniper, Newton)
2          Barn in McKinney (cats from former address)

Our Cats after Release:    
1.     Pilot Point:  Willy and Thunder went to this workshop.  Willy is hanging around and is seen regularly and Thunder occasionally…which is exactly opposite of what I thought would happen.
2.     Celina:  Phara and Ashby went to this insulated shed in Celina.  He has put in a cat door in a window for them to come and go.  Phara was in the hidey box when I was there so I just picked up equipment around her and left the box.  Lots of food is disappearing so other neighborhood cats may be enjoying the buffet! 
3.     Dallas:  Crystal and Christopher went to this office in a Dallas business.  Rodent droppings are GONE!   YEAH TEAM!  Got a picture of Christopher. 

                                                  
Calls/Emails:  Six-Screen-Long Text
I am continually amazed at folks that send LONG, LONG, LONG text messages.  They put in their story about the cats they want to place and have lots of questions.  TEXT MESSAGES ARE NOT FOR THAT KIND OF COMMUNICATION!  You need to send an email or call.   People don’t want to call any more…we are so used to FACEBOOK, etc. that we do not want to hear a live person on the phone.  I am not reading long text messages so get over it!   ALSO – that is expensive.  You have questions, call me.  I return all calls.  GEEZ!   

BMG:   12-Year-Old Cat at Kill Shelter
The SPCA of Texas has a Senior-for-Seniors program.  If you have an elderly cat or dog that you need to place, CALL THEM.  This wonderful, large gray/white cat was taken to a kill shelter because “THEY GOT A NEW PUPPY”.  Will you get rid of the puppy when it gets old?  I HATE PEOPLE!  Guess where that cat is now -- HA HA!   
    
OMG:  Electric Pole Blocking the Road
When I went to the business in Dallas to pick up the equipment for Crystal and Christopher, the office manager told me a truck hit a pole and it is leaning over the road in front of their entry way.  OOPS!  Glad she told me so I could come in from the other side.  There was police tape everywhere…what a mess!  But I got in and out with no problem coming from the other side.    

Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.            Peg