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 may never be lap cats, like to be handled, are skittish or we’ve even had biters. Those cats are pulled from the colony. We will work with them and if they become adoptable, and many do, we will get them into a loving, forever home. Otherwise they live out there lives at my home.
Then we have the medical/elderly 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. We provide life long sanctuary for those cats in their golden years. Elderly cats are retired from their life on the street with their golden years filled with soft beds, age appropriate food and medical care.
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.
Otis-Otis showed up at the colony in 2017. We would see him at several of our colonies, which some colonies are within a few blocks of each other. We felt Otis may be tame as he would greet us with a Meow until he fled as we approached. Basically we chased him around for a year. He finally integrated into a colony and we we able to humanely trap him. At the neuter clinic the vet determined Otis to be 8-9 years old, unaltered all that time. Tattered ears, scars and broken teeth, the vet said Otis had been a “boxer”all his life. He was neutered and received a dental. And Otis, although afraid, was very tame. So Otis was brought home to sanctuary. And that was a good thing as we discovered Otis is a seizure cat. Seizures are terrifying for us, for Otis and the other cats that witness the fits. With proper medication and regular check ups, Otis is doing well with only an occasional seizure.
Colby Jack -Colby Jack was pulled from a colony we sometimes call “Coyote Town”. He would be across the street from this colony and cry. He was tame. It took us hours and 4 different days to finally trap him. Ya know, sometimes cats play “hard to get”. Once off the street, Colby Jack began to gain a lot of weight. He was diagnosed with low thyroid. He is a “mama’s boy, and loves sleeping in my bed.
Scratch -Scratch Just showed up in the yard on Christmas eve 2008. He was notin more an a kitten. I went and scooped him up, against his protest and asked the gang, “can we keep him”. After a brief vote the answer was yes. Scratch is weird like most cats and has never become tame enough for adoption.I tell him, maybe his mama dropped him on his head when he was a kitten.
Dot/Dottie– Dot is our resident “Vampire Cat”, with those delightful vampire teeth. Dot just showed up at the colony in the front yard one day and he was half bald, and obviously in need of our care. We feel he was dumped, but we are happy he was dumped here where he will receive the care he needs. Dot was diagnosed with Allergy Alopecia. With steroid therapy his hair has grown back and he is a happy boy with a nice fur coat. Dot will be available for adoption soon……if we can part with him.
Nacho– Nacho showed up at our colony way back in 2011. He was on the fringes and not integrated into the colony. We were out trapping, me at one colony and Volunteer, Patti at another. I received a text from Patti-she had trapped Nacho at the other colony! Nacho was deemed tamed, fixed and was positive for FIV. Nacho did get adopted, but was returned after a few short months when his pet parent suffered a medical issue and could no longer care for him. So Nacho will live out his life here. He is healthy and FIV cats can live many years with no symptoms. Luv the “red” cats!
Biscuit and Luna–This is our married couple. These two are very bonded. I say married, because Biscuit will come to me to get a reprieve as she can be clingy to him, and sometimes ya gotta get a break. Luna was found at a colony, afraid, skinny and tame, but not tame enough for adoption. I can pet her, until she becomes uncomfortable and flees. Biscuit showed up at the outdoor colony here at my home. Biscuit is such an easygoing, sweet guy, totally adoptable, loves his “sink bed”, but we could never separate the two.
Socrates -Socrates was found hiding in the flower bed of a neighbor 7 years ago. It took a few days of feeding him to earn his trust. Socrates is very vocal, with ideas, theories and opinions which he expresses very often. That’s why he earned his name. Socrates is our chronic cystitis cat. It’s a condition that will “flare up” and make him feel he constantly need to urinate. We manage this condition with CBD oil, antibiotics and Orbax. Socrates is another “mama’s boy”, but his antics of following me around the house complaining, when he’s feeling good is quite entertaining.
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.