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Please Help Kirsten with Spay/Neuter Expenses
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Please help me decrease a feral cat colony population. By spaying and neutering these cats it will prevent hundreds of thousands more being born. Thank you so much for your support! <3

Your donation will help spay/neuter eight feral cats/kittens, and 1 domestic kitten. You will help prevent hundreds of more feral cats being born! Within 1 year these female cats alone can have up to 120 kittens! 

We live out in the country and have been blessed with eight feral cats that migrated from the neighbors to live on our 3 acres. We already have five indoor cats that we’ve taken in, and with one being a diabetic, and all five of them on special food because of the diabetic, it is an expensive endeavor already. Now we are feeding the 8 feral cats plus our east side neighbor's cat too.

Earlier Last Year:
Our neighbors’ (to the west of us) daughter had to move back home earlier this year because of her husband’s health issues (pancreatic cancer) and his inability to work anymore and the daughter had brought two strays with her. Then we noticed about a month or two after they moved in, there were 3 kittens over there too.


So fast forward to:
Around November 11, 2013, I was feeding this stray cat we call Missy Hisser, (Funny name, I know, but when she rubs on us and talks to us she hisses instead of meows. Fortunately she has been spayed... I know this because she visited us in May and I noticed she didn't have any claws, and she looked familiar, so I called my other neighbor that lives to the east of us and she said that was the stray cat I gave her a couple of years ago that she had spayed and de-clawed and then it ran off! I had suggested NOT to de-claw the cat when I gave it to them. I don't think Missy Hisser liked the little dog they had, it always barks, but she likes to make the rounds in the neighborhood to see people and get a variety of life. ) and the 3 kittens from the neighbor’s house (to the west of us) who are about 6 -8 months old now, a black one and 2 white ones, came over whining and trying to get Hisser’s food. They were acting so hungry, so I fed them. They gobbled it up like they haven't eaten in days.

So for the next few days I kept watching out my window to see if any of the people next door would come out to feed them, the daughter did a couple of mornings and one night and that’s all I noticed. So I kept feeding them when I fed Missy Hisser. Then Missy Hisser left in a about 4 days. I guess it was because she didn't want to be around the other cats, the last time she had stayed 2 weeks. So I stopped feeding the others, I figured maybe if I didn't feed them they'd get fed at their home. Maybe that's why I never saw her feed them, because she saw me feeding them. Well, the 3 of them came to my back door whining two nights later. When I fed them, they ate so fast that they were either not getting fed or not getting enough food. Broke my heart! My husband told me to just go ahead and feed them on a regular schedule.

I had been feeding the 2 white cats and black cat for awhile, and they had started staying over here. Then around November 16th or 19th, the grey Mamma cat came over with her 4 younger kittens. So we have been feeding them all since then and they have been living in our shed (We fixed it up for them before the ice storm: we cleaned it out and set down carpet on the floor and shelves, added blankets and an oil-filled heater.) I’ve been waiting for the kittens to be old enough to get their rabies shot when they get fixed so I can take them all in at once and they can heal all at once.

The colony consists of the Mamma, 5 females and 2 males. Four of the kittens are almost 4 months old or maybe a little older, Mamma is at least 3 years old, three of the bigger kittens are probably 6-8 months old. I can touch most of the cats now and I've been able to pick up Mamma, Shadow the black kitten, and three of the smaller kittens, Simba, Elfie and Tuffie. I hope they all become more comfortable around my husband and me, so people can adopt them and give them a forever home indoors after they get their shots and spayed/neutered.

I would also like to help my elderly neighbors on the east side of us, get their cat Tiger neutered too because her husband is having another bout of heart problems, and they cannot afford to fix Tiger. He is an indoor/outdoor kitten not a year old yet.

They will receive an antibiotic, pain medication, vaccinations (rabies, fdrt, leukemia), flea control and heartworm prevention, and a general broad spectrum deworm. They will be kept overnight before surgery so they don't eat anything that would cause complications while under anesthesia. And then they will recuperate from surgery for two days at the vets before being brought back outside to their colony home.

Any help is greatly appreciated and will humanely reduce the overpopulation of this feral colony. Thank you so much for your generosity!

The Colony:

The Mamma Kitty

Shadow and Mamma Kitty

Simba (Boy)

Tinkerbell

Elfie

Mamma and Tuffie (female)

Big Daddy

Nala

The neighbors cat Tiger

Where Your donation Goes:

Email from the Vet I use:

"Hi Kirsten:

As per our phone conversation:

We will spay/neuter 8 kittens and momma cat for $1395.00.  The additional night to board would be $75.00, for a total of $1470.00. 

The price includes the surgery, rabies, fdrt, leukemia vaccinations, a month of flea control and heartworm prevention, and a general broad spectrum deworm.  

If you have any further questions, please call us at 940 479 2782.

Thank you!

Kathy
Ponder Veterinary Hospital"

If you have any questions you can call the vet I use Ponder Veterinary Hospital at 940-479-2782 and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

This amount includes the $25 paid for each cat/kitten by Denton Humane Society. There are other places around town a little cheaper but don't offer the overnight stay or antibiotics and I trust this vet as I've been going to them for 16 years.

By donating to this cause, you will tremendously help reduce this feral cat population.

Your help is so very much appreciated, thank you so much! <3

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