A big shout out and THANK YOU TO: Tori, Pat, Joyce, and James for sponsoring the four feral/homeless kitties that have to be moved from their longstanding cat colony behind a local retail store and to a barn where we hope they will live out the rest of their lives in peace.
Sparkle Cat Rescue received a call for help from a cat colony caretaker to assist in moving a colony of 4 (Trapped/Fixed/Returned) cats to a barn home that has been secured. The new owners of a retail store wanted them “GONE” or animal control would be called to trap and kill. The sad part is, these four cats have been there for years, bothered no one, kept new cats from moving into the area, enjoyed a rather sedentary, safe, life, sunning themselves in an obscure area. Sponsorship is needed to cover the cost to anesthetize (if needed), provide a rabies shot and flea control, once trapped before being transported to their new home. The cost is estimated at $32 per cat. These deserving cats need to be properly vetted for their big move.
Please use the link below to make a donation online. It's safe and easy to do from the comfort of your home. When selecting the online payment option, you can pay with debit or credit cards, or PayPal account.
Any excess donations will go into our general fund to help other Sparkle Cat Rescue kitties.
As of 1/30/2015 we have raised money to sponsor the four kitties. If you'd like to make a donation for future ferals we hope to help, please see link below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you prefer to mail your donation, please send to our correspondence address:
Sparkle Cat Rescue, Inc. 2966 S. Church St. Suite 164 Burlington, NC 27215
"TNR has many advantages. It immediately stabilizes the size of the colony by eliminating new litters. The nuisance behavior often associated with feral cats is dramatically reduced, including the yowling and fighting that come with mating activity and the odor of unneutered males spraying to mark their territory. The returned colony also guards its territory, preventing unneutered cats from moving in and beginning the cycle of overpopulation and problem behavior anew. Particularly in urban areas, the cats continue to provide natural rodent control.
Another significant advantage to TNR is that, when practiced on a large scale, it lessens the number of kittens and cats flowing into local shelters. This results in lower euthanasia rates and the increased adoption of cats already in the shelters.
TNR is not just the best alternative to managing feral cat populations - it is the only one that works.
Doing nothing has resulted in the current overpopulation crisis. Trying to "rescue" the cats and find them all homes is utopian and unattainable given their numbers and the futility of trying to socialize most of them. Trap and remove, the traditional technique exercised by animal control, is simply ineffective. If all the cats are not caught, then the ones left behind breed until the former population level is reached. Even if all the cats are removed, new unneutered cats tend to move in to take advantage of whatever food source there was, and the cycle starts again. This explains why more and more animal control agencies are willing to try TNR.
Finally, TNR is an idea whose time has come. It recognizes there is a new balance in our urban and rural landscape, one that includes feral cats. It seeks to manage this new population with enlightened techniques that allow the cats to live out their lives and fulfill their natures, while minimizing any possible negative impact. TNR is a movement that will continue to grow as more and more caring people see its potential and, in time, it will become the predominant method of feral cat management." ~ www.neighborhoodcats.org