News Release: FOX 35 Kitten Adoption Opportunity This Weekend

Richmond, Virginia (July 11, 2008) – A number of the kittens rescued during a Trap, Neuter and Return effort behind a local television station will be available for adoption this weekend from Save Our Shelters (SOS).

In the approximately two weeks since SOS and other groups became involved, 26 kittens and six adult cats have been recovered from the area behind WRLH-TV (FOX 35) and several other businesses in the 1900 block of Westmoreland Street in Henrico County. Several of the kittens have already been adopted. Twelve more are scheduled to be available alongside other SOS cats at this Sunday’s adoption clinic from noon until 3 p.m. at Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic, at 5322 Patterson Avenue in Richmond.

“These FOX 35 kittens are healthy, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on their vaccinations,” said Save Our Shelters Director of Cat Rescue Peggy Lynch. “Just as important, they’ve been socialized during their time living with SOS volunteers. They are frisky, loving kittens who exhibit no feral behavior.”

The Trap, Neuter and Return method is the only humane way to control the population of a feral cat colony. Several humane organizations are working to trap every cat living in the colony on Westmoreland Street. The Richmond SPCA is providing the spay or neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and other medical care to the cats after they’ve been recovered. Adult cats that are not socialized will be released back into their habitat after being spayed or neutered, and are monitored by volunteers. Kittens removed from the site are being socialized by SOS volunteers and offered for adoption to loving homes.

The trapping portion of the Trap, Neuter and Return program is expected to continue for several more weeks.

About Save Our Shelters
Founded in 1996, Save Our Shelters (SOS) is a registered 501(c)3 organization with a goal of ensuring the humane treatment of all animals. For more information on SOS, please visit www.saveourshelters.com.

Media Contact:
Steve Mullen
EndGame Public Relations
(804) 382-0017

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Still More SOS Media Appearances Coming Up!

The FOX 35 cat colony remains on the minds of the Richmond media.  Here’s what’s coming up:

  • TONIGHT on the FOX 35 news at 10pm and channel 12 news at 11pm, you’ll find a short piece about our call for people to NOT feed the cats.  The story will include a soundbite from SOS Director of Cat Rescue Peggy Lynch.
  • This Sunday, July 13, we’re expecting a story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, written by Bill McKelway.  We’re still a little unsure about the exact angle, but we know it will mention the upcoming adoption opportunity at Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic (noon until 3pm!)

FOX 35 Site Update (7-8-08)

Here’s the site update from the Trap, Neuter and Return project at WRLH (FOX 35), from SOS Director of Cat Rescue Peggy Lynch!
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Another kitten was recovered from the FOX location this early this morning. She is a long hair torti female, quite sweet and suffering from some upper respiratory symptoms. She is now receiving treatment for her eye issues and runny nose. She loves canned food and is responding well to love and attention.

We are changing up the trapping times so we are not so predictable. This is a little like the TV show “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” Those of us who work with feral cats know not to underestimate their intelligence. Our buddy Boomerang came out while I was walking the site this evening. She appeared ready to volunteer for duty if I felt so inclined as to offer up a a little seafood nosh…:). She is quite lovely and appears amused by the trapping game.

We will have a dozen of the Foxlets available for adoption at our adoption stand at Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic this Sunday. The Times Dispatch has refused to accept classified ads from us that contain any reference to the FOX location or FOX colony kittens so we will be working to get this information out in other ways. Please help us spread the word that these spunky, resilient, affectionate kittens need good homes and a new start.

The Richmond SPCA has been wonderful to work with on this project and made room in their busy schedule for all of the cats and kittens we have brought in. We so appreciate their kindness and willingness to work with the feast or famine nature of a feral cat trapping effort such as this one.

Stay tuned for more trapping updates this week.

Peace,
Peggy

News Release: Don’t Feed the Cats

(Richmond, Virginia) – The coalition of humane groups involved in a Trap, Neuter and Return project at a feral cat colony behind a Richmond television station is reminding the public to not hamper their effort by feeding the cats.

Thus far, 26 kittens and six adult cats have been recovered from the area behind WRLH-TV (FOX 35), in the 1900 block of Westmoreland Street in Henrico County.

“Our trapping has slowed somewhat, partially because of the heat and stress the cats have endured over the past week, but we also suspect people are feeding the cats” said Save Our Shelters Director of Cat Rescue Peggy Lynch.  “The cats are being well cared for but it is important for people to understand that we need to be able to control the cats feeding schedule.”

Lynch said during the last few nights, the cats have seemed uninterested in the mackerel, tuna and chicken used to bait the humane traps.  To a hungry cat, these types of treats are normally irresistible.  Volunteers have also found food and feeding bowls in the area.  She reminds well-meaning individuals that leaving food at the FOX cat colony location will only prolong the amount of time before these cats can be recovered and cared for.

The Richmond SPCA is providing spay or neuter, vaccinations, and other medical care to the cats recovered from the site by SOS and other organizations.  Adult cats that are not socialized will be released back into their habitat and monitored as part of the “Trap, Neuter and Return” program.  Kittens removed from the site are being socialized by SOS volunteers and offered for adoption to loving homes.

Many of the kittens recovered from the FOX 35 colony, as well as other SOS cats and kittens, will be available for adoption on Sunday, July 13 from noon until 3 p.m. at Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic, at 5322 Patterson Avenue in Richmond.

About Save Our Shelters
Founded in 1996, Save Our Shelters (SOS) is a registered 501(c)3 organization with a goal of ensuring the humane treatment of all animals.  For more information on SOS, please visit www.saveourshelters.com.

FOX 35 Cats Video Coming Soon

A video overview of the FOX 35 cat colony Trap, Neuter and Return effort is in the final stages of being edited.  The piece features SOS Director of giving us a tour and history of the site, and explaining the Trap, Neuter and Return method.

Look for the premier of the video right here at the SOS Blog!

News Release: Cat Rescue Efforts Continue at Local Television Station

(Richmond, Virginia) – The “Trap, Neuter and Return” program being conducted by animal rescue organizations at a feral cat colony behind a local television station is expected to continue for some time.  The on-site work is being conducted by a coalition of local humane groups, led by Save Our Shelters (SOS).

Thus far, 26 kittens and six adult cats have been recovered from the area behind WRLH-TV (FOX 35), in the 1900 block of Westmoreland Street in Henrico County.  That number is growing almost daily.  By the time the current portion of the effort is complete, the total number of rescued cats and kittens could be as high as 40 to 50.  Some of the kittens recovered from the site are as young as four weeks old.

“We will be working at the FOX 35 site for several weeks to come,” said Save Our Shelters Director of Cat Rescue Peggy Lynch.  “When our work is complete the colony will be stabilized, and with ongoing monitoring and oversight it will diminish in size over time.”

The Richmond SPCA is providing spay or neuter, vaccinations, and other medical care to the cats recovered from the site by SOS and other organizations.  Adult cats that are not socialized will be released back into their habitat and monitored as part of the “Trap, Neuter and Return” program.  Kittens removed from the site are being socialized by SOS volunteers and offered for adoption to loving homes.

SOS is only able to respond to situations such as this and advocate for the humane treatment of animals with help from volunteers and public support in the form of donations.  Details on how to volunteer or donate, as well as information on how to adopt an SOS dog or cat, can be found at www.saveourshelters.com.

Donations of pet food and other items are not being accepted, and SOS urges well-meaning individuals NOT to leave cat food at the Westmoreland Street site, as it interferes with the trapping effort.

About Save Our Shelters
Founded in 1996, Save Our Shelters (SOS) is a registered 501(c)3 organization with a goal of ensuring the humane treatment of all animals.  For more information on SOS, please visit www.saveourshelters.com.

Media Contact:
Steve Mullen
EndGame Public Relations
(804) 382-0017

SOS in the news this week

We have several media appearances coming up this week. Tonight (Monday night), Director of Cat Rescue Peggy Lynch is expected to be on WTVR-TV, Richmond’s channel 6, on the 6 p.m. and/or 11 p.m. news. She brought one of the “Foxlets” to the station to follow up on the adoptions at Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic yesterday.

On Wednesday, meanwhile, Peggy is expected to be interviewed live on WTVR’s Virginia This Morning show, which airs between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. She’ll talk about the FOX 35 cat colony and education about spaying and neutering in general.