Last week I was copied on an email about some cats living behind another building about to be demolished. I went out Friday night with Richard and Vanessa and we saw four cats, the problem was that the entire area was fenced in and no way to get access.
We slipped food under the fence over the weekend and then yesterday at lunchtime I went to the site and spoke Carlos who is in charge of the demolition. He said we only had until possibly Wednesday before they established a drop zone.
A flurry of emails and phone calls followed and a group of us met there last night with hard hats in hand. Nothing like trapping in the dark in the rain. We set four traps in various locations and waited. We did see a black and white cat wandering around but she didn't go in the trap. Just as we were out to pack it in after a few hours we heard the clang of a trap shutting but it was a raccoon.
Lesley from the Trapping Task Force has gone out today again in a desperate attempt to get these cats before it's too late. We presume they were abandoned when people had to move out, yet another sad story. It was heartbreaking to see them sleeping huddled in the leaves beside the building they used to call home.