Archive for November, 2010
In loving memory of Bertha
I am sad to report we lost Bertha this on November 19 2010. I met Bertha about 6 years ago as I was on my usual route of feeding my managed colonies. Suddenly, on the dark street was this little gray cat near the side of the road flagging me down. I stopped and with a delicate Meow, she asked me to feed her. How did she know I was a cat woman?
I opened a can for her and she devoured the liver and chicken. I came back the next day and the next day and of course continue to this day.
Bertha lived at a steel manufacturing plant in North Phoenix along with 9, now only 8, other cats. This is a 100% sterilized colony. No kittens have been born there in 5 years.
Bertha proved to be a formidable opponent and it took me numerous attempts to humanely trap her for spay surgery, only to find out she had already been fixed. She must have been abandoned. Perhaps she had a loving home at some point.
I just happened to drive by there Friday on my way home from work and found my dear Bertha lying motionless. I scooped her up and took her to down the street to my friend’s business. He is a cat person too. She was still alive, but barely. It was a sad joy to stroke her and tell her she was loved before she passed over the rainbow bridge. There was not time to get her to a hospital.
She was not my cat; she was not your cat. That is what people often say about these free roaming/feral cats. But I was her guardian and I and the other cats miss her greatly.
This is why we do Trap Neuter Return. We want to keep free roaming/feral cats out of municipal shelters, where they are almost always killed, and to prevent additional births. Maybe one day there will be no Berthas, abandoned and homeless.
“I know I cannot save every cat, but if I can spay or neuter every cat I meet and educate others to do the same, then I know I am saving 1000′s.”