Sunday, August 21, 2016

Blog 08/15/16 to 08/21/16

North Texas Giving Day – Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
National Feral Cat Day – Sunday, October 16, 2016
National Cat Day – Saturday, October 29, 2016

Our Cats after Release
Bad Calls/Emails:  Bad Barn Location
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan:  Problematic Relocation
OMG (Oh My God):  Barn in Emory

Relocations and In Take:   We placed 22 this week.     
3          Barn in Gunter (Midnight, Mike, Hannah)
3          Front Porch in Cleburne (Rachael, Randy, Peaches)
3          Barn in Alvarado (Birdie Mae, Daisy Mae, Cora Mae)
3          Barn in Ponder (Doris, Deena, Dolly)
4          Barn in Roanoke (Charlie, Charlene, Linny, Sparkle)
1          Adopted by Volunteer (Junior)
5          Barn in Emory (Cleo, Venus, Wanda, Sabrina, Matilda)

Our Cats after Release:
1.     Collinsville:  Reagan and Sawyer were placed in this garage.  Both are doing great – getting along with the two dogs and the 2 kids. 
2.     Collinsville:  Tigger, Shiloh, Cleo, Tabby, Duchess, Speedy, and Spider went to this property with many out-building (garage, sheds, and barn).  They see them early in the morning and at dusk.  Most are hanging out in the barn rather than the shed/cat house. 
3.     Sherman:  Sheila, Ricky, Rudy, and Juno went to this barn connected to the house in Sherman.   
4.     McKinney:  A total of 6 cats were placed here.  The last two (Yellow and Flower) are doing well.  The cats are eating in multiple locations – next door neighbor’s house and across the back field with another neighbor…but…they also come “home” to eat and hang out.  All is well in McKinney. 
5.     Azle:  Sunny went to this barn in Azle.  He is going well and they are seeing signs of his “work”. 

Bad Calls/Emails:  Bad Barn Location
A location we turned down (cat-killing dogs, inadequate shelter, shed next to the main road) has contacted another group to get some cats.  MISTAKE:  the property owner said “Peggy turned us down” – OOPS – Do you think we all do not know each other?  WRONG!      

BMG:   Problematic Relocation
When we placed the cats, it usually takes 30 to 40 minutes.  But this week, one took 1 ½ hours!  We could not seem to get the owner’s attention…phone calls, children running around, dogs loose and scaring the cats, and on and on and on.  We were about nuts when we finally left.  It is not a bad place for the cats but folks just don’t realize this is LIFE OR DEATH FOR THESE CATS.  So, just give us 30 minutes of your attention and the relo will go smoothly. 

OMG:  Barn in Emory
I traveled 2 hours to reach this location east of Emory in East Texas.  When I arrived (in a driving rain storm) they had purchased a “cat house” at Home Depot for our “kids”.  Here is the set up plus a close-up of Matilda who was first out of her hidey box.

Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.          Peg

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Blog 08/08/16 to 08/14/16

North Texas Giving Day – Thursday, Sept, 22, 2016
National Feral Cat Day – Sunday, October 16, 2016
National Cat Day – Saturday, October 29, 2016

Our Cats after Release
Bad Calls/Emails:  Feeder / Breeder
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan:  All Night Screamers
OMG (Oh My God):  Sophie and Nicole

Relocations and In Take:   We placed 8 this week.  We are only putting cats in areas with good insulation and ventilation and all have a fan.    

3          Adoption Group (Mazie, 2 from North Carolina)
2          Barn in Forney (Tam, Benny)
3          Barn in Fairview (Franklin, Peter Pan, Captain Hook)

Our Cats after Release:
1.     Copper Canyon:  Mama Kitty and Happy went to this barn on the other side of Flower Mound.  They are going inside a wall for protection (and not using the hidey box prepared for them – Geez) but are still around and doing well. 
2.     Ponder:  Elmer and Shelby went to this barn.  Elmer has taken off but Shelby is still there are doing well.  You never know…
3.     Rockwall:  Merrell, Dude, and Clark were placed in a workshop in Rockwall.  They have not been seen but the food is disappearing – so all is well.  
4.     Ponder:  Linda, Lola, and Lottie went to a barn in Ponder just behind the house.  They have been spotted in the evening running between trailers on the property.  All are well.
5.     Haslet:  This workshop got Motley, a large torti.  She is friendly and doing well but has yet to leave the workshop.  She feels safe in the workshop, I guess. 

Bad Calls/Emails:  Feeder / Breeder
I have received several multiple-cat calls this week…”I just started feeding these cats because they were so hungry…now I have 20” – YES – that is what happens when you don’t spay/neuter.  We call that FEEDER – BREEDER!  You need to fully take care of a cat – not just feed it.  You will be sorry!   

BMG:   All Night Screamers
We have had a series of cats released to us that are ALL NIGHT SCREAMERS.  This is not a problem in a shelter situation – no people are there at night.  BUT – I am trying to sleep in the next room so this all night screaming is BAD!  I hope to get all of those problematic cats placed next week…then I can get some sleep.   

OMG:  Sophie and Nicole
These two friendly girls went to a barn in Argyle last Sunday.  Well, this week we had 100 to 107 degree days!   One of the things we recommend is to free a plastic water bottle and put them in the cages.  Sophie really got into it!    Take a look –

Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.          Peg

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Blog 08/01/16 to 08/07/16

National Feral Cat Day – Sunday, October 16, 2016
National Cat Day – Saturday, October 29, 2016

Our Cats after Release
Bad Calls/Emails:  Birdie Mae -- UPDATE
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan:  Signs Only Pointing Left
OMG (Oh My God):  Tinkerbell, Loni, Grace -- UPDATE

Relocations and In Take:   We placed 12 this week.  We are only putting cats in areas with good insulation and ventilation and all have a fan.    

5          Adoption Group (5 kittens from Lewisville Shelter)
1          Barn in Azle (Sunny)
4          Barn in Sherman (Ricky, Rudy, Sheila, Juno)
2          Barn in Argyle (Nicole, Sophie)

Our Cats after Release:
1.     Heath:  George and Brittany were placed in this 4-car garage in Heath.  They are hiding in the daytime (asleep in a cool place, I imagine – smart cats) and show up later in the day for food and pets.  Both are doing great! 
2.     Sanger:  Birta was placed on a back porch in Sanger.  She is doing well and bring “dead stuff” to her new home.  GOOD WORK!   
3.     Argyle:  Heckle, Jeckle, and Jenny went to this workshop behind the family home.  One has been spotted but the others are being illusive.  The food is eaten each night so those kids are still around. 

Bad Calls/Emails:  Birdie Mae -- UPDATE
Birdie Mae went “over the Rainbow Bridge” on Saturday morning about 11 am.  This one was hard.  I had the volunteers over for Happy Hour on Friday evening to say “good bye”.  She was purring and so sweet up to the end.  Below is her story from last week’s BLOG.  At least we could give her some good months and a safe place to end her 18 years.  RIP – Birdie Mae! 
We received Birdie Mae from an elderly lady in the Bonham area along with 3 others.  “Junior” has gone home with one of our volunteers, “Shirley” is still here, and a younger one went to an adoption group.  Birdie Mae is “older that dirt” 18 years at least but seems in good health.  She is skinny but purrs a lot when she is in my lap.  BUT – last weekend she started peeing everywhere…on rugs, chairs, food bowls, etc.  I took her to the vet and they did blood work.  A cat’s red blood cell count should be 137 – Birdie Mae’s was 12!  Vet could not believe she seems so good but could not prove it by the blood work.  We think the decline has been gradual and her body has just adjusted.  Kidney and liver levels are low as well.  Poos Birdie Mae!  Her end may be soon.  She is so cute and loveable!     

BMG:   Signs Only Pointing Left
This seems so weird.  We were in the Azle area and giving thanks that there are green arrow signs with the road names on them.  Then we noticed THEY ONLY WERE POINTING TO THE LEFT!  WHAT?  Of course, the street we needed was on the right so we missed it and had to turn around.  The only thing I can think of is that we were on a county line with one county that does the signs and the other that does not…???   It is always something… 

OMG:  Tinkerbell, Loni, Grace – Cats in Van Alstyne
We placed Tinkerbell, Loni, and Grace in a barn in Van Alstyne in October of 2015.  I just received the following update from the property owner:  “Happy to say all three are with us and seem happy as they now will allow my helper pet them?  So much for feral.  Of course, she is very happy about this and we are grateful to have their help.  All three aren’t afraid of being seen finally and they fit right in with the sheep”  YEAH TEAM!  Way to go!    

ALSO – check this out – I feel this way most of the time! 

Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.          Peg