You remember the catch phrase "I'm mad and I'm not going to take it
anymore!" Well, that is exactly how we feel here at Forgotten Felines.
Year after year kitten season hits, and we and every shelter in our county
are BOMBARRRRDED with kittens. When is it going to stop? We are so fortunate to be living in a county RICH in resources available to pet owners, but still we find ourselves inundated with homeless cats and kittens. So what are we doing about it? Well, we're doing MORE. More than we've ever done before...
We truly believe that the only way to end the senseless killing of thousands of
cats and kittens every year is through spay/neuter and education.
While our focus is and always has been on the feral (wild) cat community,
we've started to take a look at why and how cats become feral, and how we
can prevent this from happening. Our solution is to help the people who
come across tame cats that are on the verge of becoming feral or giving birth
to ferals. These would include:
Every year we receive hundreds of calls from "good samaritans" wanting to help
homeless cats in their neighborhood or at their workplace.
They have compassion and concern for the animal that is in trouble, but are
reluctant to accept it as their own or take it to a shelter.
Finances are tight for everyone and because the cat "doesn't belong to me,"
people are willing to put out a bowl of food and water, but aren't really
willing or able to absorb the full cost of altering and vaccinations. These are the cats that, if left unattended, will turn feral or birth feral kittens. These are the people and cats we want to help.
- Tame, unaltered, pet cats abandoned by their owners and left to fend for themselves
- Formerly feral kittens, tamed by good samaritans who are seeking to place them in new homes
- Tame, homeless cats that are being cared for by a group of people in a neighborhood
- Pet cats belonging to low-income individuals
So, for the first time ever, we are expanding our spay/neuter efforts to include
tame, stray cats and formerly feral kittens pulled from the wild; these cats
will have the opportunity to go through our "Tame Cat" clinics.
There is a nominal fee for this service, but for the most part it is
subsidized through a bequest left by Jean Mekemson.
Through another generous gift from
Mr. Ryder &
Company, we acquired, remodeled
and furnished the warehouse next to our Administrative Offices, and converted
it into our new spay/neuter suite. We've already scheduled 33 low cost
spay/neuter clinics for feral cats in the coming year. But, in addition to the
feral clinics, we have also scheduled 22 "Tame Cat" clinics.
By adding these clinics, we're not overcrowding our already full feral cat
clinics AND we're taking yet one more step in reducing the number of unwanted
cats being born and killed every year in our County.
Joining our Spay/Neuter Clinic veterinarians -
Dr. Leah Hertzel of Cat Hospital of Petaluma and Dr. Joy
Guardian Pet Hospital, who between the two of them altered 1344 cats in 2008 -
we've added two new veterinarians to our clinic crew: Dr. Beth Kenyon who is
employed at PetCare Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Darcey Attebury and Dr. Lea Bove. Each of these vets, along with Dr.
of Animal Hospital of Cotati who is our "substitute vet," spend their days off
helping Forgotten Felines and the feral cat caretakers make our county a better
place for cats.
To help us handle the greater load of cats, we've also added two more
Spay/Neuter Clinic Volunteer Crews. Our Clinic Crews continue to impress
visitor after visitor with their professionalism and expert care and
handling of our feral friends.
If you are interested in signing up for a Feral Cat Clinic or a "Tame Cat"
Clinic please call 576-7999.