Sunday, July 21, 2013

07/25/13 to 07/21/13

Relocations and In Take
Our Cats after Release
Peanut Butter, the Cat with the Jar on her Head
TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release) for Lewisville
Calls You Don’t Want to Get
BMG (Bitch – Moan - Groan)
OMG (Oh My God)

Relocations and In Take:   This is easy:  Nothing out and nothing in. TOO HOT! 
It was hot and raining…too hot for placement and too wet to avoid the mud. Yes, we got the Barn Cat truck stuck in the mud. We have AAA for those kinds of emergencies and have used them several times for flat tires, etc. We have been stuck in mud 3 times over the last 10 years: 
·         Twice – trucks of the barn owners pulled us out.
·         Once – Called AAA in East Texas and was told “well you might have to wait until spring.”  Sure, got time to just leave the truck in East Texas!  Barn owner got a neighbor to pull us out with his tractor.        

Our Cats after Release:             
1.      Plano – Mango and Tippi were put in a backyard here. They are roaming but coming back to eat each day…good stuff. Called the family on Friday and did not get a call back…hummm.  Well she called on Saturday and the house NEXT DOOR had a car drive through their living room! Our client was the first on the scene. She called 911 to report the accident. No one was hurt but the house is a wreck!             
2.      Flower Mound – Jenny, Johnny, and Jerry were placed in this barn. Food is disappearing but the cats have not been spotted. The family has a Great Pyrenees dog for predator control.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Peanut Butter:  I took in a cat last week. I did not put it in the blog last week because I did not have the pictures yet.  SO – take a look here. This calico was found in Argyle with a PEANUT BUTTER JAR stuck on its head! It took two ladies about a week to catch her…imagine no food or water for that time frame! They got it to a vet clinic in Flower Mound where the jar was removed. We now have Peanut Butter who is resting nicely in a cage in our cat room.  


TNR for Lewisville:  Well it is so hot that I am not expecting anything monumental to happen until the weather breaks in September. But the phone rang on Friday and it was “A Gift from God”. The Upper Trinity River Watershed offices are based in Lewisville. They are ALL ORGANIC. YEAH!   They have always had some cats around but all are gone now. Two things have happened in their area:  The Lewisville ISD ag barn has closed. There were cats there that I am sure migrated down the street to their offices. AND – Animal Services moved from Water Treatment Road. I would be willing to bet that Lewisville residents would come to their locked gate when the location was closed for the day or weekend and just LET THEIR CATS loose there. SO, cats were always in the area.  Now, with the drought, the coyotes are on the move and all the cats have either been run off or eaten.  They are ORGANIC so no poisons. The rats are eating the produce at their community organic garden. It is a perfect location for cats AND there are potentially MULTIPLE LOCATIONS in several Texas counties where the watershed provides water treatment plants. I am salivating! Then it hits me:  Lewisville has a NO STRAY CAT/DOG ORDANIANCE! All animals must be confined to your property and there is no way to provide that here. OK – I call the city and am directed to the head of Animal Services who is out on vacation until July 29th. PLUS the Animal Services Board meets quarterly and has just had a meeting earlier this month. 

Lewisville has no TNR policy and maybe it is time to get that changed. The return of the Animal Services manager on the 29th will give me time to “get my ducks in a row” and look at other policies in and around Dallas/Fort Worth. With the Watershed folks behind us, maybe we will have some extra leverage. Barn Cats has a variance from the City Council to do rescue and MAYBE we could get a variance from them to have this colony of feral cats at the Watershed offices. Time will tell…

Calls You Don’t Want to Get:  Well, it has happened again.  I directed a lady to the SPCA of Texas and she went to Dallas Animal Services. SPCA IS A PURPLE BUILDING! DAS is not. I told her the difference and she obviously did not pay attention. WHAT? Is this so hard? She found a kitten that is paralyzed. I told her to go to the SPCA because they could quickly make a determination if the kitten needs to be euthanized. Well – it will be euthanized at DAS for sure. It's understandable why we all get in the mode of thinking the only way to get it done right is to do it ourselves.

BMG:  We currently have one cat in a cage (she came from the Moore tornado area) who throws litter all around her cage, into her neighbor’s cage, and all over the floor. We have tried a small litter box, a medium litter box, a big litter box, two small litter boxes, and now have two medium boxes in there. She even gets poop into her water several times a week. I am tired of cleaning that mess up.  SO – we put in hanging cage cups this week. Hopefully, she will not SLING poop up that high. Now I just have to monitor the amounts of food and water so she does not run out. That is easier that cleaning POOP from the water bowl. GROSS!       
OMG:   This “adventure” with the Lewisville TNR policy will be an uphill battle. BUT – maybe we can get around that with enough support from the Watershed District folks. I need to speak with each one separately: Barn Cats Lobbyist – HA HA!  
Thanks for following the Barn Cats blog.  See you next week!           Peg

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