Amazingly it's been four years since I got involved with the Cherry Street feral cats. I was just looking for a way to help out cats, and look where I am now. I started with feeding one day a week, then we fed more, started trapping, and got involved in the cat community. Now I feed at our colony, at others, do trapping for many people and even rescue tame cats. My one hour a week has turned into 20 or 30 hours a week, and as a by-product of the rescue, we have twice as many cats at home as we did four years ago.
Over the four years, we have seen the colony change in size, up and down, have managed to fix all the cats, have found homes for the kittens and some of the adults, and have had our beloved cats disappear and die. It's been almost a year since Tina crossed over and more than a year since Jackson drowned, and there were many that we just never saw again and still miss but I know all of their lives are better for my involvement.
Our patriarch Teddy is looking worse for wear these days. He is probably more than 10 years old now, I really need to get him to the vet to deal with his fur but this weather is crazy, yesterday we fed in the hail.
Right now the colony has 17 cats so I expect and hope I still have a few more years to feed. I've learned a lot doing this and have met so many great people. It's certainly not something I ever imagined I would be involved in but here I am.
|Teddy in better days|
|New member of the colony|
|MC and Pseudo|
|Hank and MC|