Sunday, February 10, 2013

02/04/2013 to 03/03/2013

Relocations and In Take
February Closeout
Our Cats after Release
Phone Calls/Emails You Don’t Want to Get
Blog Suspended for 3 Weeks

Relocations and In Take:   We placed 27 and took in 6 – YEAH!:
            2          Bonham Rescue
            6          Denison Rescue
            1          Adoption Group
            6          Barn in Rockwall
            2          Barn in Wylie (Brandy, Rachael)
            2          Barn in Red Oak (Keri, JoJo)
            2          Barn in Red Oak (Nipsy, Jason)
            2          Barn in Dallas
            2          Barn in Flower Mound (Big Blue, Prancer)
            2          Barn in Rhome            (Bonny, Marley)        

…and now all the cages are gone from my family room so the Tyler cats have their own separate cages in the cat rooms. 

February Closeout:  We placed 35 in February.  Those placements were in the following counties:
            Collin               Dallas              Denton            Ellis     
            Fannin             Hunt                Parker             Rockwall

Our Cats after Release:             
·         Picked up in Bonham and Frisco. The Frisco cats (Denise and Darla) are hanging out in the hay barn…so did not see them.
      The 7 Bonham cats are in a 100 ft by 200 ft hay barn that is about 3 stories tall. Could not have seen the Titanic in there – so no cat sightings!
Phone Calls/Emails You Don’t Want to Get: 
·         Received a call from a social worker in Bonham. One of her clients has a lot of cats. Well, the number she left on 2/5/13 was her office. I called her that evening and left a message with my cell – my call was NEVER returned. 
·         Having to tell lots of folks to call back after mid-March.  Will be OVER RUN then for sure!

Blog Suspended for 3 Weeks:   I will return from vacation in the second week of March.  So – see you then…will have MOUNTAINS of equipment to pick up at that time!

Thanks for following the Barn Cats blog.  See you next week!           Peg

Sunday, February 3, 2013

01/27/2013 to 02/03/2013

Relocations and In Take
January Closeout
Our Cats after Release
Phone Calls/Emails You Don’t Want to Get
Missing Cat Colony
Barney Bush Passes Away

Relocations and In Take:   We placed 11 this week but took in many more than that:
            2          Barn in Weatherford (Nestle and Charlie)
            2          Barn in Anna (Jamie and Josh)
            2          Barn in Celeste (Viva and Vivian)
            3          Shed in Decatur (3 teenagers)
            1          Barn in Lucus (Goldie)
            1          To an adoption group (Sweet Pea)

In take was a mess:  5 were scheduled then we picked up 9 in Tyler. 

An elderly lady passed away in Tyler area. A rescue organization got the 9 feral cats trapped but then released them together into a big dog-size pin with a tarp held up by cinder blocks as shelter. PLUS – there are about 100 dogs on the property – all barking at the same time. Out of the 9, 5 were already sterilized but their shots were out of date and no one had ever been tested. The good news is that all tested negative for leukemia and aids. Now they are in 3 big cages in my family room. 

January Closeout:  We placed 38 in January which is the best January since 2009. Those placements were in the following counties:
            Collin               Dallas              Fannin
            Hunt                Johnson           Parker 

Our Cats after Release:             
·         Seagoville:  This is a construction company office and warehouse along Hwy 175. “Mama” was placed in the office – she has taken over the owners office chair!  “Moose” and “Mr. T” were placed in the warehouse. “Moose” has moved in with “Mama” and paces the office area looking for mice and waiting for someone to pet him. “Mr. T” ran outside but is still seen and comes to eat each evening. Hopefully he will be back inside soon.  

·         Cedar Hill:  The food is disappearing but they have not seen “Callie”…hope that changes!      
·         Benbrook:  “Paddy” and “Cassidy” went to this barn. I did not see them but there are multiple barns on this large stable site.  

·         Weatherford:  “Jacob” and “Little One” are still hanging around. “Jacob” stays in the tack room while “Little One” is out and about on the property. Both are seen on a regular basis. 
Phone Calls/Emails You Don’t Want to Get: 
·         You know – people are just so OUT OF TOUCH when it comes to cat situations. A lady in the mid-cities says “I cannot stand to see them hungry” then complains that there are SOOOOOOO many that she is spending over $600 each month on cat food. Now there are usually 30 cats here waiting for placement plus the 16 “permanent” barn cats – too old to place. We never spend anywhere near $600 in monthly food! WHAT? GOOD GRIEF! You cannot just feed cats – you need to get them sterilized….”I cannot afford to get them sterilized because I am spending so much each month in food.” CAUSE and EFFECT – I could not make her understand that she caused this problem. Now animal services is trapping the cats and they will certainly be euthanized. She has no idea if any of these cats belong to neighbors or anyone else…”Just take them…”

Missing Cat Colony:  A feral cat was taken to a local vet on Thursday. There used to be an entire colony there – but – they have been disappearing. NOW – someone has spray-painted "Die cats die". There is one additional cat still there and the care giver is trying to catch it. 

Barney Bush Passes Away:  Statement by President George W. Bush –“Laura and I are sad to announce that our Scottish terrier, Barney, has passed away. The little fellow had been suffering from lymphoma and after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness.

Barney and I enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to accompany me when I fished for bass at the ranch. He was a fierce armadillo hunter. At Camp David, his favorite activity was chasing golf balls on the chipping green.

Barney guarded the South Lawn entrance of the White House as if he were a Secret Service agent. He wandered the halls of the West Wing looking for treats from his many friends. He starred in Barney Cam and gave the American people Christmas tours of the White House. Barney greeted Queens, Heads of State, and Prime Ministers. He was always polite and never jumped in their laps.

Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House. He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal.”

Thanks for following the Barn Cats blog.  See you next week!           Peg

01/21/2013 - 01/27/2013

Relocations and In Take
Our Cats after Release
Phone Calls/Emails You Don’t Want to Get
Event in Ennis, February 9th

Relocations and In Take:   YES – got 12 out this week with in-take at 7.    
            2          Barn in Frisco (Debbie and Darla)
            7          Hay Barn in Bonham (Cecil, David, Dustin, Danny, Cecil, Harrison, Clarence)
            3          Barn in a Dallas Riding Stable (Betsy, Barney, Bobby)

I have been taking cats from Duncan, Oklahoma for several months – 2 at a time. That project is now complete…yeah! 

Our Cats after Release: 
·         Burleson:  Placed 2 friendlier cats in this barn 2 weeks ago. They still see the calico but not the second cat. He may be still around and just not being seen – do not know. There is a young girl that lives there – daughter of a worker. She played with them every day but…
·         Lucas:  Placed 4 friendly cats here, too. All of them have stayed around. Kids coming to ride at the stable are enjoying seeing the cats. We saw the orange one, Pumpkin. He looks like he is having a good time!             
Phone Calls/Emails You Don’t Want to Get: 
·         Ouch!  Lady in northern Wise County has cats dumped out there all the time. She can get the vet work done in Wichita Falls at P.E.T.S. ( for just the cost of the testing and shots. I did not know about this clinic – GOOD NEWS!  

Ennis Event at Tractor Supply:  Barn Cats will be tabling at this event from 10 – 2 on Saturday, February 9th.  Hope we can get some barns signed up for March placement!   

Thanks for following the Barn Cat Blog.  See you next week.           Peg