Additional clearing of the shrub growth along the railroad siding behind the FOX site began again today. The dumpster was full of limbs and branches. A significant amount of the cats remaining cover has been removed and the grassy area where the cat shelter once stood has been mowed. Approximately a dozen cats were in and around this area this evening. We trapped five adults all of whom were ear tipped. So with the exception of the nursing moms that still reside in the area, we may have trapped most of the adults still there. The two other locations that we have identified as the new location for many of the original cats noted at the FOX site still have untipped adults among the population.
The night was not a total loss as we did trap the last grey kitten who has been eluding us for the past two week. He is approximately 8 weeks old and appears to be the littermate of the two grey female kittens trapped during the first few nights at the site. We have named this little one Tiddles. He/she is a little frightened but no hissing or growling. I have been able to hold him and feed him from my hand. I think he is already convinced we are on his side…:) Trapping will continue.
Volunteers working on the Trap, Neuter and Return project behind WRLH-TV and other businesses on Westmoreland Street in Henrico County had a great night tonight. Here’s Peggy Lynch’s site update for July 13!
“And hand in hand on the edge of the sand
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.”
And just as in the Edward Lear poem The Owl and Pussycat, the cats were out at play this weekend under a hazy summer moon. We trapped 3 young adults Friday and 5 older adults tonight. One of the young adults has let me pet his head through the trap so I think we may be able to work with him. The other are pretty grumpy and out of sorts over the whole trapping experience. The current tally is 26 kittens and 14 adults.
We have identified two locations close to the FOX site where a number of the adult cats charted at the FOX location two weeks ago now appear to have taken up residence. Traps and spotters are now working these two locations in addition to the lots on either side of the FOX parking lot. None of the cats seen tonight in the new locations appear to be ear tipped. So we still have our work cut out for us.
There is still no word from FOX as to why the no trespassing signs were installed. The media has inquired as well but thus far no information has been forth coming. It is our hope that there will be no further disturbance of the original habitat as there are still small kittens in the area that we are now not able to target in the way that would achieve the best result.
If the weather cooperates we hope to trap at least a dozen or more in the coming days.
Here’s the July 10 update from the FOX 35 TNR site, from SOS Director of Cat Rescue Peggy Lynch!
Weather, heat and humidity continue to interfere with our trapping efforts. In their infinite feline wisdom, the cats avoid any unnecessary activity when it is hot and sticky out. The same can’t be said for us. Our time at the site has not been wasted, however. We now recognize many of the cats and know their favorite locations which allows us to better plan our trap placement.
Many of the cats have moved away from the FOX site because of all of the disruption, and unfamiliar activities. But is is interesting to watch them periodically investigate the area under the satellite dishes where their shelter and feeding station used to be located. All of the events of the past two weeks must be very confusing and frightening to them.
This Sunday many of the FOX colony kittens will be available for adoption. They are all doing very well and adapting beautifully to their new lives. Adoptions will be held from Noon until 3 PM at Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic (5322 Patterson Avenue). Details, directions and photos of the kittens can be found on our web site www.saveourshelters.com. The kittens pictured in this blog post WILL be at the adoption event, so be sure to come down and say “hi!”
Have a wonderful weekend,
(Editor’s Note: The pictures from this blog post are also available on Flickr. Click here!)