Monday, August 5, 2013

07/22/13 to 08/04/13

Relocations and In Take
July Closeout
Our Cats after Release
Calls You Don’t Want to Get
BMG (Bitch – Moan - Groan)
OMG (Oh My God)

Relocations and In Take:   Placed 5 with intake at 2.
1                    Barn in Rockwall (Peanut Butter) – see below
2                    Screened porch in McKinney (Bosley and Baxter)
2           Garage in Flower Mound (Kokomo and Jackson)

Peanut Butter is the cat from last week that had a peanut butter jar stuck on her head. We placed her in Rockwall where the resident kitty watched…Turtle.
Peanut Butter
Turtle Inviting PB to Play
It was the perfect place for her. 




July Closeout:  We placed 35 in July with relocations done BEFORE it got extremely hot. 17 were for spay/neuter in Greenville and Bonham.  We were in the following counties:

Collin               Dallas              Denton            Hunt               
Fannin             Rockwall          Wise

Our Cats after Release:             
1.      Fairview – I put Miss Ellie and Jock (The Ewings) in this barn. Both are doing well. Miss Ellie was out (sorry about the not clear pic – too much glare) but Jock was hiding – got photo of his gray butt!                                                                        
Miss Ellie


Calls You Don’t Want to Get:  “I found 4 newborn kittens under a bush and the mom has been killed.” – BUT the caller does not say where they are…my recommendation depends on your location. Barn Cats does not take kittens but we can at least advise what to do.    

BMG:  I answered the phone about 9:30 on Wednesday – first call of that morning…but the lady said I was a grump and she did not want to work with me. OK – no problem – I am sure you can find someone else to help with your cat problem – NOT!     
OMG:   I received a call to place 2 friendly cats in a garage in Flower Mound. I had to get two friendly cats for them because I did not have any in house. I had been on that street before... BUT IT WAS THE SAME HOUSE! OMG! This family has not lived there very long and it was vacant for 9 months before they moved in…but the rats moved it! I placed 3 or 4 there in 2004. SO – many years ago! This has happened once before in McKinney…same property…different owners. The grandparents also live on the property so there is someone there almost all the time. They put a fan on the cage and the cats are adjusting well. 
Thanks for following the Barn Cats blog.  See you next week!           Peg

07/22/2013 to 07/28/2013

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

Relocations and In Take:   This is easy:  1 out and 2 in.
1                    Adoption Group (Bryce)

The 2 that came in are to go to be garage cats in Flower Mound next week. They wanted friendly cats for around the house and I did not have any in house….so Jackson and Kokomo will be going to Flower Mound.

Bryce:  This is a FABULOUS cat – big, fluffy, polydactyl in front (paws like catcher mitts!), BUT – Bryce is FIV positive. When I took Kokomo from the group, Bryce went to them for adoption. THANK GOD not all groups are afraid of an FIV positive cat. It is passed from deep wound bite or from mom to kitten – ALSO – if they have ever had the vaccine for FIV, they will ALWAYS test positive for the rest of their lives. If you don’t know the history on the cat, don’t put it down! Give them a chance for a life! The Barn Cat volunteers will miss Bryce but this is a great opportunity for him!                                                                            

Our Cats after Release:             
1.      Desoto – Maggie and Grace went to this barn. Maggie got up in a tall tree and they had to us a tall ladder to get her down. Grace is hanging out between the walls of the barn – usually mice there. I saw Maggie but not Grace. There was another cat there, too.


Maggie Drinking

2. New Fairview – Glen and Smokey went to this barn. I did not see them but the barn owner sees them at dust…prime time for ferals. This barn has one other of out cats from 5 years ago!                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Peanut Butter:  Remember this cat from last week…  She had a jar on her head. We put her in a fund raising letter that went out at 5 pm on Friday afternoon. On Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours later, a barn owner called and she will be getting a new home next week in Rockwall. The tack room is air conditioned! GEEZ! What a great opportunity for little Peanut Butter!  

Calls You Don’t Want to Get:  “I am moving tomorrow. Can you take my cats?” NO – and besides they are pets then you need an adoption groups and Barn Cats is not an adoption group. Then they try and lay a guilt trip on you – “They will be killed on Monday if you don’t take them.”  Well – you should have started trying to place them sooner. This blood is on your hands. The best one – “I am moving to Europe on Monday.” You know – how long does it take to MOVE TO EUROPE? Taking care of your cats was certainly not a priority. 

BMG:  There was a dog diagnosed with rabies this week in Little Elm – just across the lake from us.  The dog bit 5 members of the same family. They blamed the spread of the disease on feral cats that come into the backyard. WELL – Hey Channel 11: Why was that dog NOT VACINATED FOR RABIES? If you go to the Texas Department of Health website and search on rabies, you can see that Denton County has had 9 confirmed cases of rabies this year but NONE were in cats:  7 skunks, 1 fox, and 1 bull.  Last year there were 25 total and broken down as follows:
            18 Skunks     3 cats      1 dog   1 raccoon        1 bat      1 cow
Look at the numbers – did that dog come into contact with a rabid skunk?  If you do TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return), all those feral cats would have been sterilized with a RABIES SHOT! (more fuel to support TNR for all cities)  
OMG:   With this extreme heat, I am turning away many, many cats. I hope their care givers understand the situation and re-connect with Barn Cats in September. We will be placing 50 to 60 each month in the FALL – but now, virtually NOTHING.     
Thanks for following the Barn Cats blog.  See you next week!           Peg