Sunday, July 15, 2018


Blog 07/09/18 to 07/15/18

Seeking someone to take over Barn Cats, Inc.:  I would like to officially retire as Executive Director in 2019.  I can retain the fundraising pieces but would like to stop the relocations, equipment pickups, phone calls, and emails…the day-to-day stuff.  I will be available for consultation.  If interested call or email Barn Cats…972-315-2875 info@barncats.org

Relocations
Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:   Immediate Response Expected, I Guess!
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  AC Out for 1 ½ Days
OMG (Oh My God):  Allergies in Waxahachie

Relocations:   I placed 15 this week.  13 from the Lewisville City Shelter.                 
4          Adults to Adoption Group (Tito, Luna, Scamp, Smokey)
9          Kittens to Adoption Group
1          Barn in Lucas (Missy) as friend for Cisco
1          Return to No-Kill Adoption Group (Georgie)

Our Cats after Release: 
1.     Argyle:  Marbles, Sunny, and Buddy went to the barn-dominium.  All three are seen regularly by the family and Buddy can even be petted.  They have a new llama!  GREAT! 


2.     Denison:  Eeyore and Marco went to this workshop with a cat door.  Eeyore is hanging closer around but there is much more food disappearing and dirty litter to just be one cat still there.  I saw Eeyore as a “flash”. 


Calls/Emails:   Immediate Response Expected, I guess!
I received an email with a time stamp of 1:39 requesting cats.  And THEN – another from the same person at 2:03 saying she got cats from a local shelter…which were not tested by the way.  She still wanted 2 from us but if the others are not tested, I am not going to take that chance with our cats.  SORRY!     
                                   
BMG:   AC Out for 1 ½ Days
I returned home on Wednesday evening to find the compressor making nasty noises.  I let it go overnight but it certainly did not get cool.  Thursday morning I turned off the thermostat and “hunkered down” to wait for a repair person.  I called two guys I have used before – 1 has moved to Lubbock and the other was in Corpus on a work assignment.  BUMMER!   I called a friend to get another company name but they could not sent someone until Friday 8 to noon.  He came at about 12:30 on Friday and replaced the fan motor.  MANY THANKS!   We are cool again.    

OMG:  Allergies in Waxahachie
A call came in from Waxahachie on Tuesday evening about a cat she adopted at PetsMart from the Ellis County SPCA (a kill facility).  She discovered she is allergic and did not want to return it there.  I decided to go get the cat on Wednesday and just see what is going on.  WELL – YES, it was adopted at PetsMart but the group was NOT the kill shelter.  That is Georgie listed above and I returned him to Tails of Hope on Friday (after the AC was repaired).  They are a no-kill, foster homing organization and he was get a second chance there.      
 
Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.            Peg                                                                    

Sunday, July 8, 2018


Blog 07/02/18 to 07/08/18

Seeking someone to take over Barn Cats, Inc.:  I would like to officially retire as Executive Director in 2019.  I can retain the fundraising pieces but would like to stop the relocations, equipment pickups, phone calls, and emails…the day-to-day stuff.  I will be available for consultation.  If interested call or email Barn Cats…972-315-2875 info@barncats.org

Relocations
Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:   Stables near Dallas
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Slow Talkers
OMG (Oh My God):  Snakes in Weatherford  

Relocations:   I placed 10 this week.                
2          Workshop in Pilot Point (Licorice, Kit-Kat)
3          Barn in Rowlett (Skylar, Tuxy, Roxy)
2          Workshop in Celina (Meredith, Fred)
3          Garage in Paradise (Ms. Gray, Cray, Tinker)

Our Cats after Release: 
1.     McKinney:  Lindsey, Cypress, and Avery went to this goat barn.  One is see each day and the other two every day or two.  THAT IS OK WITH ME!  
2.     Colleyville:  Bernadette and Jordan went to this chicken coup in the barn.  Both are still around and the property owner has found 4 DEAD RATS!  The girls are working! 
3.     Flower Mound:  Lucy and Dottie went to the barn behind the family home.  They are still around but THEY HAVE GONE TO THE NEIGHBORS – food must be better!  They are trying to get them back.  If it works, great!   If not, I may get a chance to place additional cats there.  Either way is good and the cats are fine!
4.     Celina:  Mr. Gray, Gigi, and Ember went to this workshop area.  Mr. Gray and Gigi have not been seen since their release (but there are other homes close by).  Ember was still there and asleep in his carrier when I arrived.  The good news is that the family wanted two additional cats so Ember will have “friends”.  I think Meredith and Fred will work out great for them.   

Calls/Emails:   Stables near Dallas
I put two cats in this horse boarding stable 6 or 8 months ago.  WELL – THEY ARE NOW IN THEIR HOUSE!   HA HA!  I train them to do that.  BUT – when the owner called wanting more cats for the barn, I recommended she contact that group in her area that is doing barning.  She got 2 cats from them several months ago but they did not stay around.  However, their EQUIPMENT IS STILL THERE – they never picked it up.  WHAT?  That is rude and not respectful of that barn owner’s property.  The owner has even contacted them and still that stuff is in the barn.  OH WELL!  
                                   
BMG:   Slow Talkers
I get so frustrated with people who talk slowly.  JUST SPIT IT OUT!  Often times we might be on a bad connection if we are using cell phones at each end…but…still – just tell me what you need and we can work out a solution.  Talking slowly usually does not help – IT IRRITATES! 

OMG:  Snakes in Weatherford
Received a call from a lady wanting cats in the Weatherford area.  I recommended she speak to Weatherford Animal Services because they have a Barn Cat Program.  WELL – they gave her my number because they are OUT OF CATS.  It appears that there is a Copperhead problem in Weatherford and everybody is getting outdoor cats.  If you recall I put 2 outdoor cats in Haslet in a very nice subdivision because the homeowners found a Copperhead in their house!   SO – everyone out there – the snakes are just looking for rodents to eat – GET CATS!   
 
Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.            Peg                                                                    

Sunday, July 1, 2018


Blog 06/25/18 to 07/01/18

Seeking someone to take over Barn Cats, Inc.:  I would like to officially retire as Executive Director in 2019.  I can retain the fundraising pieces but would like to stop the relocations, equipment pickups, phone calls, and emails…the day-to-day stuff.  I will be available for consultation.  If interested call or email Barn Cats…972-315-2875 info@barncats.org

Relocations
June Closeout
Our Cats after Release
Calls/Emails:   Many Kittens Calls/Emails
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Computer Issues
OMG (Oh My God):  Nothing This Week  

Relocations:   I placed 6 this week.  SUMMER IS HERE!                 
3          Barn in Merit (Duncan, Fable, Melissa)
1          Indoor/outdoor in McKinney (Clay)
2          Workshop in Denison (Marco, Eeyore)

June Closeout:  Placed 47 in June for a 298 total for 2018 so far.  The 47 went to 9 North Texas counties:
            Collin              Fannin             Hunt
            Denton            Grayson          Tarrant
            Ellis                 Hopkins          Wise

Our Cats after Release: 
1.     Miller Grove:  Spunkie, Jack, Tuxie, and Perch went to this screened in back porch.  I went there to move the cats into the “house” the property owner had made.  2 cats got away from us but the other 2 went successfully into the “house” and stayed.  I think the other two will be back – the food is there!
2.     Waxahachie:  Watermelon, Fig, Mimi, Ozzie, Midnight, and Big Daddy went 2 to a garden shed and 4 above the barn in a storage area.  All 6 are still around -- YES!
3.     McKinney:  Raven, Freddie, Houdini, and Phoenix went to this barn home.  All 4 are still around and doing very well.  The property has 2 donkeys and a Great Pyrenes to keep them safe – AND – they took Clay this week to be indoor/outdoor.  Great chance for all of them!
4.     Wylie:  Billy went to this workshop.  I did not get to see him – I picked up the equipment at their office.  He “is” still there and home it all works out. 
5.     Dodd City:  Charlotte, Jack, and Henry went to this barn that is just behind the family home.  The food is disappearing but the cats have not been spotted.  I’ll bet that will change!

Calls/Emails:   Many Kitten Calls/Emails
People obviously don’t read our website because we do not ever take kittens.  The hawks carry them off in the daytime or the owls at night.  But – even though we do not take them – I try and give advice and direction. 
                                   
BMG:   Computer Issues
You know these things are all MAGIC AND MIRRORS!  I was writing the BLOG this afternoon when I got the BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH.  AHHHHHHH!   Well, my computer friend just got it repaired and I am back in business.  I vote for smoke signals! 
  
OMG:  Nothing This Week
 
Thanks for following the Barn Cats Blog.            Peg