Sunday, December 27, 2015

Blog 12/07/15 to 12/27/15
                             HAPPY NEW YEAR!   

Our Cats after Release
Bad Calls/Emails:  Guilt Trip:  15-Year-Old Cat to Animal Services
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  From California to Maryland
OMG (Oh My God):  Christmas Vanna
Tornado Update
Hal -- RIP

Relocations and In Take:   We had 11 placements this week.    
     4     Barn in Prosper (Captain Jack, Tootie, Linda Sue, Dahlia)
     2     Barn in Red Oak (Martha, Lazarus)
     2     Barn in Copper Canyon (Lucy, Topper)
     2     Barn in Fort Worth (Loki, Chance)
     1     Shed in Wichita Falls (Rose)
Our Cats after Release: 
1.        Crowley:  Toby went to this garage in Crowley.  From the photo, he is doing well. 

2.        Greenville:  Posey and Petunia went to the barn on an organic farm just north of Greenville.  Both were seen that morning and are doing well.
3.        Fairview:  Spot was placed in the garage and Mork and Mindy in the barn.  All are doing well.  Mork and Mindy have taken up residence in the rafters of this small barn in a neighborhood.
4.        Van Alstyne:  Tinkerbelle, Loni, and Grace went to this goat farm where they have 4 or 5 Great Pyrenes dogs for protection.  All 3 are living on top of the tack room is an insulated feral house that was given to Barn Cats by the SPCA of Texas….many thanks!    The barn owner had said she had seen those on line and it is a $300 value – geez!  BUT – it will house all 3 cats and keep them warm this winter.  
5.        Gunter:  Vivian and Effie were placed here.  Both are around and I saw the Siamese Mix but did not get a picture. 
6.        Flower Mound:  Tobi and Emma were placed in this insulated barn.  Emma is not in the house and Tobi is enjoying the barn.  Both are doing great!       

Bad Calls/EMAILS:  Guilt Trip:  15-Year-Old Cat to Animal Services
A guy called the main Barn Cats number and I answered the phone.  He went on and on, never took a breath, and I had to yell at him to listen.  He continued to talk over me and had a “smart” answer for all my questions/comments.  Then he tried the guilt trip:  I guess I will just have to take my 15-year-old cat to animal services.  THAT DID IT!   I told him he is going straight to HELL and I hung up on him.   

BMG:  From California to Maryland
I received a call from a lady in Maryland who said a person she knew was driving from Maryland to California to pick up her 25 cats.  Probably 10 or 12 of them are semi-feral.  There are places in California that do barning but she had not pursued it.  This person in Maryland wanted me to take those semi-feral cats and she would get her to pass through Texas to drop them off…WHAT!  No – if this person did not pursue getting them placed in California, she is not going to drive into Texas to leave them here even if I would take them which is not the case.  We have plenty of cats here!  She was just trying to help but I would be willing to bed the owner of the cats would not give them up.  Sorry – cannot help with this one for sure!   

OMG:  Christmas Vanna
Vanna is a Turkish Van that we put in a barn in Bartonville several years ago.  I received this photo from the barn owners.  She is doing great and looks really good in the hat! 

Tornado Update:   Barn Cats, Inc. homestead was not affected by the tornado in the metroplex.  However, we had several sites in its’ path where we had recently placed cats.  I have been in contact with all those sites (Glenn Heights, Red Oak, Rowlett) and none were hit but it was soooooo close – like less than ½ mile.  Don’t Mess with Mother Nature!   

Hal – RIP
Do you remember the female cat that had “external tumors” -- balls?    Well, Hal was FIP+ and had lots of health problems that we just could not seem to get under control.  He quit eating for 2 or 3 days – I was force-feeding him but he would just throw it up.  I went to the Emergency Clinic on Saturday morning and had him put to sleep.  What a kind, gentle soul – but he just did not have a chance.  His final 2 months were safe and dry here at Barn Cats.  HAL – GET A BETTER BODY NEXT TIME!   RIP, Mr. Hal!   

Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.          Peg

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Blog 11/30/15 to 12/06/15

Blog Suspended for 1 to 3 Weeks

Relocations and In Take
Our Cats after Release
November Closeout
Bad Calls/Emails:  Jerk!
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Two Kittens on a Dirt Road
OMG (Oh My God):  Two Cats Returned

Relocations and In Take:   We had 10 placements this week.    
     3     Garage and Barn in Fairview (Spot, Mork, Mindy)
     2     Barn in Greenville – organic farm (Posey, Petunia)
     5     Adoption Group (Moonshine, Casey, Ben, Jerry, Suzie)
Well, it finally quit raining and more placements were completed.  Also picked up several locations of equipment. 

Our Cats after Release: 
1.        Southlake:  DeeDee, Shelley, Skitty Kitty, and Ginger went to this barn right behind the family home.  I saw the dilute torti but could not get a picture.  She saw all 4 just that morning – so – all is good in Southlake.
2.        Saint Jo:  Scotty, Yankee, and Ariel were placed in this hay/feed barn north of Saint Jo near the Red River.  I saw one run from us in the shadows and the barn owner had seen all three the night before.  YEAH!   
3.        Waxahachie:  Thelma and Louise went to this barn home.  The barn owner saw both just before I arrived but I did not set to see them.  Love those two girls!  Hope they have a great life in Waxahachie. 

November Closeout
We placed 45 in 8 North Texas Counties:
            Collin              Denton            Fannin            Montague
Dallas              Ellis                 Grayson          Tarrant

Bad Calls/EMAILS:  Jerk!
The phone rang and a guy was mumbling about a kitten.  I could not understand him and asked “What are you trying to do?”  He yelled “JERK” into the phone and hung up.  OH WELL – I was going to explain how to find an adoption group but I guess HE KNOWS BEST – HA HA!  Sorry for the kitten!

BMG:  Two Kittens from a Dirt Road
A LISD teacher was visiting with his parents in the Whitesboro area.  He was driving down a deserved dirt road when he saw two, small kittens.  He stopped, opened his door, and they jumped into the truck!  He returned to Lewisville on Monday and brought the kittens.  I took them because he had no other options and traded them to an adoption group on Saturday.  Now, Ben and Jerry will get safe, in-door homes!     

OMG:  Two Cats Returned
A barn owner decided to sell her property and move.  The purchaser did not want the two cats that have lived there for 1 ½ years.  Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were placed there in the spring of 2014.  Mary went away but Martha and Lazarus were still in the garage/workshop.  I went over to the location in Cedar Hill, set up a cage, and left 2 traps (just in case).  The plan was to “lure” them in the cage with wet food and close the door.  After almost 3 weeks, it worked last Monday evening.  I retrieved the cats, the caging, and the traps on Wednesday.  I have placement for them in Red Oak in several weeks.    

The Blog will be suspended for a couple of week while I recover from some surgery.  There are barns and cats waiting, so hope to be “back in the saddle” soon. 

Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.          Peg

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Blog 11/23/15 to 11/29/15

Barn Cat Bash – Friday, November 27, 2015
Update Next Week

Relocations and In Take
Our Cats after Release
Bad Calls/Emails:  Cell Phones in the Country
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Not Tested / No Distemper Shot
OMG (Oh My God):  RAIN, RAIN, and more RAIN!

Relocations and In Take:   We had 2 placements this week (Thanksgiving Week).    
     1     Garage in Crowley (Toby)
     1     Adoption Group (Duchess)
Our Cats after Release: 
1.        Aubrey:  Butch and Braylee went to this barn in Aubrey.  I have not been able to get there due to MUD but finally retrieved the equipment this week.  Braylee is the longer-haired of the two. 

2.        Sachse:  Kiz and Klaus were released into an apartment inside the barn last week and are doing great. 
3.        Crowley:  Sparkle has moved on to a neighbor’s house so I delivered Toby there this week.
4.        Valley View:  Sarabi, Fred, Francine, Debbie, Dawn, and Darrell went to this barn home.  Sarabi is now IN THE HOUSE, getting along great with the dogs, and spoiled rotten!  The barn owner is seeing 3 out of the other 5 so that is good, too. 
5.        Krum: Dexter, Dallas, Davey, and Donny.  I saw two when I picked up equipment.  There is one behind the front cat in the picture below.  Now sure which it is because all 4 look alike!
Bad Calls/EMAILS:  Cell Phones in the Country
A barn owner called me about a week ago and I called her back.  She never received the call.  SO – she call me back about 4 days after that and ONCE AGAIN I called her and left a message.  Problem is that she never got my message with my cell number so continued to call the land line and I am rarely home.   I finally got her “LIVE” and it is all worked out to take some cats there this Thursday.  PHONE ABUSE!          

BMG:  Not Tested / No Distemper Shot
I was to take a cat on Tuesday that was to be vet’ted earlier that day at the TCAP Burleson Clinic.  The lady asked her son to take the cat and to tell them what to do (test first, if negative spay, rabies and distemper shot).  She even wrote it down for him.  He was to pick up at 5:30 but the ferals were not awake so it was not until 6 that they could be released.  He picked up his mom in Arlington and they headed to Lewisville arriving at 8:34 PM.  Geez!  When I looked at the paperwork, the cat had NOT been tested and had NOT been given an FVRCP shot.  Now I have to take her to All Care, they will knock her out again, do the test and the shot and hopefully she is negative for leukemia…???  We do not know if he did not tell them or the receptionist did not write it down.  It is always something!

OMG:  RAIN, RAIN, and more RAIN!
Several people were unable to get to our fundraiser because of the rain and flash flood warnings.  Our Bonham folks told to not leave the area so they stayed away.  I also have folks cancel due to their home heating unit going out and one with car trouble.  Well, the rest of us had a great time.  Sorry you missed it!   Update on the event next week.  See our FACEBOOK page next week for some items that were not sold. 

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