The Foundation For Homeless Cats manages 14 colonies with the help of our dedicated volunteers. All of those cats have been humanely trapped, fixed and returned to their outdoor home. Of course from time to time a new cat will show up, whether lost, dumped or somehow just found their way to the food source. Once a new cat has been identified, the cat is trapped, assessed for temperament and health. If lost, we make every effort to get the cat back home. If tame and no evidence the cat is owned, (tags, tattoo, posting on lost/found sites, microchip etc) the cat will be placed with one of our wonderfur adoption partners.
Many times a cat will show up at one of colonies that is somewhat tame, too tame to stay at the colony. What we mean by too tame to stay at the colony means we fear they may approach a human and that could pose a danger to the cat if that person has bad intentions. Some of these cats obviously have been in a home before but are not tame enough for adoption. Perhaps they have trusted a human before, but it didn’t work out too well for them so they will never be lap cats, like to be handled, are skittish or we’ve even had biters. Those cats are pulled from the colony and live out there lives at my home.
Then we have the medical cats. We do retrap cats that are injured or ill and treat them as best we can. This can be difficult as with many of these cats, you cannot give them daily medicine or treatment. So we’d like to introduce you to some of our sanctuary cats.
Toodles-Toodles is a gray tabby female. She was pulled from a colony we call “coyote town”. She had no street smarts to keep her safe. She was determined not suitable for adoption as she does not like other cats and does not to be handled. She becomes easily agitated and will strike out with claws and biting. She is our shower buddy and hangs out in the bathroom to get her petting as we emerge from the shower. Pulled from the colony in 2013 she is estimated to be about 7 years young now.
Leo-Leo has an interesting back story. 3 years ago at 4 in the morning the next door neighbor was banging on the door. I was a bit alarmed as that was not usual. I asked who’s there and she said “it’s your neighbor and I’ve got your cat”. I wasn’t missing anyone but opened the door with bewilderment. There is the neighbor in her robe, with a broom, and a wastebasket with a wet cat in it. She said, “here’s your cat. The dogs chased the cat into our pool, I used the broom to retrieve you cat and I am returning your cat, who appears unharmed”. I looked at the wet cat and told her, (at 4 in the morning), “alright, but that’s not my cat, I’ve never seen this cat before. Give him to me and I’ll figure this out later”. Leo was dried off, determined tame, neutered and now lives here. He’s a high energy cat, always in motion until he crashes from exhaustion.
Onyx-Onyx is a short hair, black male about 1 and a half years young. He showed up at the colony, just a youngster and didn’t get along with the other colony cats. We determined he couldn’t stay there. The other cats didn’t want him to eat and he would run into the street. We have found it very difficult to place short hair, male blacks cats, especially those that are not that social into adoption. He is a loving boy. He does have a nemesis, which is Nacho and from time to time they will fight, but we do our best to keep them separated.
Manfred- Manfred is a handsome guy, he will sit in your lap. We call him “the model” because he is so handsome. Manfred actually just showed up in the front yard in terrible shape. He was drooling profusely, thin with a matted coat. He was trapped easily because he was so hungry. At his wellness/neuter appointment it was determined he had severe stomatitis and all of his teeth were removed, shhhhh, it’s a secret, we haven’t told the other cats, for his safety. Manfred is approximately 8 years young. In 2016 he was diagnosed with kidney disease. He receives medication and fluids regularly, but there is no cure for his ailment so everyday is most precious. He is doing well and the vet is surprised how well he is managing the disease.
Elsa-Elsa was pulled from the junk yard colony in 2015. She was born there in 2014, along with her brother, Little Dude. By the way, Little Dude was adopted by the owner of the colony location and lives a pawsum life. Elsa was very elusive and she did give birth to a litter before we were able to trap her. All of her kittens were adopted into forever homes. We did trap Elsa at that time and she was spayed. I felt I failed her, so although there is not touching or petting, she is happy here and LOVES to play with the milk ring and Fling-a-Ma-String. White cats do not fare well in outdoor colonies as they are highly visible to predators and are susceptible to sunburn.
Scat Cat-Scat showed up at the fast food restaurant colony, seemed tame but afraid. One volunteer wanted to take him home, and began to make friends and pet him. We do not touch or pet our colony cats as, if the cats feel human hands are a good thing, it may put them in danger. If we can pet them a human with bad intentions may be able to pet them. So our policy is, if you pet, them you must take them home. She was unable to take him home when her cat developed medical issues and she was unable to provide Scat with the attention and care he required. So he came here. Scat had severe stomatitis and all of his teeth were moved, (that’s a secret too). He is very skittish around people he doesn’t know. He hates to be brushed so tends to always have patches of mats. We’re working on that. He has ongoing ear infections and unfortunately must be netted in order to be taken to the vet, however, once he gets there into a room he loves to be petted by the staff.
Meeka-Meeka is our old man. Estimated to be about 15, he is blind in one eye and it appears his vision is failing. It took me several weeks to trap him. That is when I coined the phrase, “Cats are smart, but there is no cat smarter than me”. So I fed him in the trap with both doors secured open, then eventually after a few days closed one door, and after a few more days of feeding that way, set the trap and got him….finally. He was unsocialized for several years, then one day came into the house and decided this was a good place and has become a loving lap cat. As I pet him and scratch his ears I always ask him what took him so long.