Monday, October 24, 2011

Week of 10/17/2011 - 10/23/2011

Litter from Wal-Mart

RELOCATIONS: Total of 12 this week.

3 Barn in Lucus
4 Barn in Gunter
1 Trade to an Adoption Group
3 Shed in Bluff Dale
1 Garage in Flower Mound

A business was moving in the Dallas area. The employees were feeding 7 feral cats that had all been sterilized. They found a barn in Commerce to take all 7 – BUT – never could catch them. I have had caging for them set up in my dining room for a week. At the end of the week they discovered a lady at the other end of the parking lot was feeding the cats – no wonder they would not get into a trap! So, now the cats will stay there – which is always the best deal. Leave them where they are familiar! I hope the barn in Commerce will take some of our cats now.

Litter from Wal-Mart: We drove to Waco on Thursday to get FREE broken bags of litter from the Wal-Mart Return Center. We rented a cargo van so we could get 2 pallets. It was not very fruitful this time. 3 volunteers got scoop-able litter (including one from Animal Allies) and we got our usual clay litter. It will need to last us 3 months and I am not sure we got that much on this run. It is a crap shoot each and every time. We try to go once each quarter.

We have gotten out the winter hidey boxes and the long rugs since it has gotten cooler. At least the garage is organized but everything else seems to be a mess! At least the relocations have picked up.

See you next week…

Peg – Thanks for following the Barn Cat Blog!

Monday, October 17, 2011

October 10, 2011 - October 16, 2011

Relocations – FINALLY!
Feral Friends Auction

RELOCATIONS: Total of 19 this week – finally a week in double digits!

2 Barn in McKinney
1 Porch in Pottsboro
11 Kittens to an Adoption Group
2 Porch in Rowlett
2 Barn in Sasche
1 Barn in Aledo

We picked up “Penny” from Hickory Creek Animal Services just last Thursday. An email came in on Sunday from a barn owner in Aledo. Her 8 year old barn cat had just died…”Queen Anne of the Barn”. She wanted a friendly cat…so…”Penny” went to Aledo on Sunday. They have a big, brown llama for coyote control. Hope “Penny” has at least an 8-year life with them.

Midnight: “Midnight” is a giant black cat that we traded to the SPCA in McKinney over 6 months ago. We saw him in their adoption room each time we went there with the kittens from Valley View. Well – MIDNIGHT GOT ADOPTED IN SEPTEMBER! We are sooooooo happy for him. GOOD LUCK, MIDNIGHT! Live long and prosper!

Feral Friends Auction: The auction was great fun. I got two pieces of jewelry – one with a cat head, of course.

Peg – Thanks for following the Barn Cat Blog!

October 3, 2011 - October 9, 2011

Relocations – Another Frustrating Week!
Blessing of the Animals
Feral Friends Auction

RELOCATIONS: Not much to update this week….5 placed.

2 Barn in Hickory Creek
2 Barn in Corinth
1 Adopted

Blessing of the Animals: Nancy and I went to The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Dallas on Greenville for St. Francis Day. They invited folks to bring their pets for the traditional blessing. It brought back memories of the two times I have been in New York City for the celebration at St. John the Divine Episcopal Cathedral. They do the Paul Winter “Missa Gaia” (Mass for the Earth) and invite folks to bring their animals to the service. The processional is led by a full-size elephant followed by a giant snake (can do without the snake). This Dallas event was memorable because one of the female priests was dressed as St. Francis (brown robe, monk-looking wig, and a beard drawn on her face). That is the first time I have actually been to a Blessing of the Animals WITH St. Francis!

Finding Barns: Got a call from Graham this week AND her friends may want some cats. I hope this one comes through this week – it would be great. We have equipment to pick up in Van Alstyne and Pottsboro, too…the whole other direction from Graham. We have had the new vehicle for less than 3 months but have over 3,000 on it so far.

Feral Friends Auction: This Saturday evening is the Feral Friend Auction Fundraiser. It is always a good time. More info is at


September 26, 2011 - October 2, 2011

Relocations and September Close Out
Barn in Whitesboro
Finding Barns

RELOCATIONS: Not much to update this week….5 placed.

3 Barn in Allen
2 Traded to DFW Humane

That makes for a grand total in September 2011 of 35 but WAY BELOW the September 2010 number of 66…geez! If you look at a comparison of totals, we are only 7 down for the year. Looking back to 2008 (our best year placing 622 for the year), we are 87 down for the same period. We are guessing it is drought, fires, recession – you name it!

Barn in Whitesboro: I give up! I am taking them off my list. I will place the 10 Denton cats somewhere else in north Texas.

Finding Barns: Slow – Slow – Slow! We need a miracle.


September 12, 2011 - September 25, 2011

Barn in Whitesboro
Finding Barns

RELOCATIONS: We placed 9 this week…not double digits but OK for now. That makes 26 so far for September which is way below the 2010 placements of 66. BUMMER!

3 To Feral Friends
6 Van Alstyne

We also picked up equipment in Denison, Alvarado, and Crandall. “Spaz” got sick in relo in Colleyville so we picked her up, got her a Convenia shot, and returned her to her new barn home. Glad it was close by in Colleyville! In Alvarado, we saw “Miranda” – she looks very happy – chasing leaves and playing in the garage. In Crandall, “Dakota” now has a new friend “Cronkite”. They have become “best buds” – chasing and playing together. The family loves them both. They are garage kitties in a subdivision in Crandall.

Barn in Whitesboro: I took in 10 cats from Denton because they had found placement in Whitesboro. Now, that barn location is not returning our phone calls. Geez! Hope we can connect this week. I have 12 cats in my family room, 3 in the dining room, and 3 in the master bedroom.

Finding Barns: Nancy and I spent several hours on Thursday looking on the internet for barns in Denton County. I sent out 20 flyers hardcopy and have another 30 or so email addresses. I have also asked Jamie to invoke Constant Contact using the email address of barn owners that have taken cats from us in 2010 and 2011. Repeat business is good because the sites have already been approved. We know all the cats do not stay, unfortunately.

Keep you paws crossed that the Whitesboro barn manager calls this week!


September 5, 2011 - September 11, 2011

Relocations – FINALLY!
Bad Traffic
Finding Barns

RELOCATIONS: Finally – the hot weather has broken. We got 12 placed this week.

1 Crandall as a “friend” for a cat we placed there several months ago.
2 Alvarado as garage cats
4 Ferris for a barn / workshop area
2 Lake Texoma area for their “cat house”
2 Denison for a Polo Barn
1 Pottsboro for a shed / patio – friend for another cat we placed several years ago

Traffic: Well we all know traffic is bad during the week in Dallas but yesterday (Saturday) took the grandt prize. I-30 was totally closed down going West from Rockwall. If you know that area, it is over Lake Ray Hubbard and there is absolutely NO ESCAPE unless you have a “sail” on your car! I spent 1 hour and 40 minutes getting across that lake from Hwy 205 to the Dalrock exit. I was ready to kill someone! At least in the new vehicle the over-heating was not a problem. I have never seen that many 18-wheelers anywhere else except sitting in a freight yard. I used to work for Central Freight Lines in the mid-70’s.

Placements: Several of the barns that contacted me in July and August, have either put out poisons now (no cats until that is gone) or are not returning my calls/emails.

It is going to be a bad SNAKE year (due to the dry weather) – so, get those cats now and let them start doing their job.

Finding Barns: For many years, Barn Cats has sent press releases to small town newspapers in order to find barn homes for our cats. Well, those options are drying up. It appears that many of them have “gone away” – bought out or just disappeared all together. I did a series of press releases this week and many have been returned. I need to think of “Plan B” to get the word out. Any ideas are welcomed –


August 29, 2011 - September 4, 2011

Relocations & August Totals
Ring Worm – Geez!
Auction for Barn Cats
Waxahachie Animal Abuse Case

RELOCATIONS: This weather is killing us. The August totals are pathetic! 14 – all trades. That makes 344 for the year. We placed only one this week….

1 Senior-for-Seniors Program with Kitty Save – “Becky” - Great place for her. She lost her previous owner who died. Hope it all works out!

Ring Worm: Remember Peaches who went to the SPCA? Well, she was returned now with RING WORM! Here is the good news: She likes the medicine and will eat it all when mixed with canned food. She is so sweet and very social. Glad this is working. The SPCA will take her back when she is clear of the fungus.

Auction for Barn Cats: Nancy and I have been working hard on the up-coming meeting and auction to be held the day after Thanksgiving at 3 pm at my home. We start drinking at 3, have a meeting (sort of), discuss all kinds of cat issues, and then go to dinner at Grotto in Highland Village. Coming to the meeting/auction is FREE (all the wine you can drink) but the dinner is $40. It is open to anyone who loves cats and maybe needs Christmas presents for their cat friends. It is always a great time!

We got all the bid sheets prepared this week and the items sorted and packed. We also took all the prints that need framing to Michael’s to take advantage of their Labor Day specials. Got packets of frames for 2 for 1 – YEAH! Now we need to get pillows for the tapestry pillow covers (Mona Lisa Cat, King Henry the VIII Cat, etc) and make baskets. It feels good to be this far along so early in the process.

Waxahachie Animal Abuse Case: Animal Services in Waxahachie is investigating an abuse case. The woman was taking cats from shelters and giving out a rescue group Paw Pals in Haltom City – They do not know her! Anyone having information should contact Officer Warren Howe in Waxahachie. The main number is 972-937-1802. There were 5 nursing mother cats WITH TIPPED EARS!

Weather is supposed to “break” early next week – Keep your Paws Crossed! Peg

August 22, 2011 - August 28, 2011

Hot – Hot – Hot!

RELOCATIONS: We still cannot relocate any cats but managed to do some trading:

5 Picked up mom and 4 kittens in Seagoville.

The family moved out and abandoned them. Kitty Save took them on Friday afternoon.
1 Traded a cat from Flower Mound Animal Services to the Coppell Humane Society. Noah is a GIANT black/white cat with a white tip at the end of his tail…beautiful boy. Glad he will get a safe indoor home.
3 Traded 3 for 1 to the SPCA in Downtown Dallas. YEAH! This was a mama “Opal” from the Valley View hoarder and the LAST of the 26 kittens “Elsa” – a cute tabby girl who had been fostered by Nancy. After “Elsa” was spay, both went immediately to their adopt-a-pet center at PetsMart. “Peaches” came from a hoarder in Leonard, TX and she was the third to go to the SPCA.

It is only 108 today – OUCH! I got two barn calls this week and added them to the list. We currently have over 30 cats waiting for placement – waiting for the weather to change. This cannot last forever.

Hope to get a cat place with the Kitty Save “Seniors for Seniors” program on Monday. Keep your paws crossed this works out. We have several senior cats in house.

Stay Cool! Peg

August 15, 2011 - August 21, 2011

July Update with 2011 Totals
Our new vehicle!

RELOCATIONS: We placed a total of 52 in July. That gives us a yearly total of 330 for the year.

Part of that number is the vet work we did on cats from a Persian breeder who was keeping the cats in cages in her HOT garage and no longer breeding them. They are living with a rescuer in Garland now.

It is still too hot for relocations. We are just maintaining the in-house cats and doing some trading as requests come in. We have 3 going to the SPCA and one to Coppell Humane Society next week.

We still have 1 kitten and 3 adults in house from the Valley View Hoarder. One mama “Opal” and the kitten “Elsa” will go to the SPCA on Monday along with a young adult from Leonard, TX, “Peaches”. I hope Coppell Humane will be interested in one of the other moms and the other mom is feral. All have tested negative which is such a relief.

Ford Transit Connect: There is no way to describe how great it is to have a working Barn Cat vehicle once again. “TC” is a terrific addition to the Barn Cat family. I just made the first of “many” payments this week but that is the way it goes. We will be getting new magnetic signs for the vehicle next week.

I am now back from vacation and glad to be “back in the saddle”. Three weeks is a long time to be gone. Unfortunately, I had to have 2 of my personal cats put to sleep on Friday due to on-going health concerns that intensified while I was out of town. “Ian” was 9 and “Clyde” was 13. They were best buds. We will all miss them…but it was the best thing to do. I hope they will be reincarnated together in the same litter of kittens.

Stay Cool! Peg

July 18, 2011 - July 24, 2011

Relocations this Week
Update: MANY KITTENS from Valley View
We have a new vehicle!

RELOCATIONS: We placed a total of 10 this week:
2 kittens to Lost Paws for a trade
5 kittens to DFW Humane for a trade
2 additional kittens to Lost Paws for a trade

1 adult to Lost Paws (they already had an adoption set for her – DMH “Cashmere” from a hoarder in Leonard)

It is still too hot for relocations. We spent the week picking up equipment from:
Rockwall (3 cats)
Crandall (1 cat for garage)
Wills Point (4 cats)
Waxahachie (2 locations) (6 cats total)
Parker (2 cats)
Melissa (3 cats)
McKinney (6 cats)
All that made for lots of dirty equipment to clean.

MANY KITTENS: Only 1 kitten left. “Elsa” (brown tabby – very sweet) has gone over to Nancy’s house to play with her big “Smitty”. She is so loving – will make someone a wonderful pet. That is 25 placed! YEAH!

Ford Transit Connect: We have a brand new Barn Cat van…a Transit Connect. Sam Pack gave us as good a deal as possible and they were very nice to work with. Nancy and I almost DIED delivering the old van to the dealership for the trade in….no AC is a terrible thing when the heat it at 105! Financing, trade in, and delivery all took place last Monday, 7/18. We are happy campers with a new vehicle and WORKING AC!

I am leaving on vacation on Thursday 7/28 for 3 weeks. There will be no additional blogs until the week of 8/16. Stay Cool! Peg

July 11, 2011 - July 17, 2011

Relocations this Week
Update: MANY KITTENS from Valley View
Mobile Vet in Mesquite or Garland declawed a Feral Cat!
Van Shopping

RELOCATIONS: We placed a total of 9 this week:
1 to Aubrey
8 to the SPCA (6 kittens and 2 adults)

Well, it is just too hot these days for relocations. I have to be very careful of ventilation in the barns that are usually positioned to take advantage of natural air flow. I also want them to have a fan…but some barns do not even have electricity.

MANY KITTENS: 6 kittens went to the SPCA this week along with 2 adults (one was a mom to some of the kittens – Pearl – a calico with Turkish Van type coloring). She is very sweet. I was glad to see some of these kittens get to be 2 lbs. It has been a struggle! We have 10 left.

Mobile Vet: I received a call this week wanting me to take a feral cat. I agreed but the vet work needed to be done, first! So, they took her to a mobile vet AND (by accident) they DECLAWED HER! The folks were shocked when they picked her up. NOW WHAT? We cannot knowingly take a declawed cat. Those folks are going to have to keep her for the rest of her life. Geez – I thought I had heard everything.

Van Shopping: We have needed a new Barn Cat van for many months. The current Pontiac Montana overheats, the AC does not work well, and it now has over 194,000 miles on it. On Saturday, we went to Sam Pack Ford in Lewisville to drive the Transit Connect. It is wonderful and they gave us a good deal with even $1,000 for the old van. I need to get financing arranged this next week…but…this project is about to be over! YEAH!

Have a good week! Peg


July 4, 2011 - July 10, 2011

Relocations this Week
Update: MANY KITTENS from Valley View

RELOCATIONS: We placed a total of 8 this week:
3 to Melissa
1 to Crandall
3 to Rockwall
1 kitten adopted to an indoor home

While traveling from Crandall to Rockwall on Sunday, 7/10, I came across Barb and Gary. They make the wonderful birdhouses that we always have at our auctions. They live south of Greenville but set up along highways selling their goodies. Barn Cats ran into them about 6 years ago along Hwy 380 in Denton County. Now they are on Hwy 205 south of Rockwall. I almost always stop and say “hello” and, of course, buy something! I do recreational shopping.

MANY KITTENS: We tried to place 3 with the SPCA on Saturday – but – one of them sneezed when they were being weighed and that was the end of that. Maybe next week…

Happy 4th of July to everyone! Peg

June 26, 2011 - July 3, 2011

Relocations plus Totals for Year-To-Date
Update: MANY KITTENS from Valley View
Midnight: Poor Injured Kitty

I have returned from vacation. I took a trip to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize to visit Mayan ruins. It was a wonderful trip but strenuous…lots of hikes and climbing. I may have to wait for the Disney tram to come by next time!

RELOCATIONS: We placed a total of 19 this week:
3 to McKinney
4 to Wills Point
1 passed away (see story below)
6 to McKinney
2 to Colleyville
3 to Waxahachie

Thursday was the last day of the month. The total for June was 48 for a year-to-date total of 279. That is over our 2010 numbers for the same time of 238.

MANY KITTENS: We are still nursing 17 kittens. Plus the guy in Valley View still has 7 or 8 more. His Rottweiler killed one of the adult males last week….geez! He has still not gotten any of the others either in a trap or a carrier. My offer is still open but I will admit I am running out of patience. One mom here has been separated so her milk can dry up and two have now been sterilized. That leaves only one mom currently nursing. We decided to leave her with one kitten who is puny. Two in a cage are over 2 lbs but there is a 3rd one in there that has not reached that weight yet – but she is close! Man – they have a lot of energy…run, jump, pounce.It reminds me why I prefer adults!

Midnight: I received a phone call from a lady in Dallas on Thursday evening about 7 pm. She needed help with a cat that had probably been hit by a car. I got her address, looked it up on Mapquest, and took off for east of Walnut Hill and I-75. The cat was lying on her porch and had been there since Wednesday….poor thing! It was so hot that day. I gathered him up into a carrier and headed for the Emergency Pet Clinic in Carrollton. They stabilized him for over-night so All Care could evaluate and treat him on Friday. Well, he had extensive internal damage (lots of blood in his urine) plus nerve damage to where he could not urinate on his own. He passed away during treatment on Friday. At least he was safe over night at my house and did not suffer after the emergency clinic gave him some pain-killers. He was an in-tact male that someone probably moved off and left behind. Rest peacefully, Midnight!