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 an update of what happened on July 1, by SOS’s Peggy Lynch from the scene of the trap and release effort behind the WRLH TV, FOX 35 building on Westmoreland Street in Richmond.
Kittens, kittens everywhere…the totals keep rising. We have now trapped 25 kittens and 6 adults. This morning Susan Lumpkin and I responded to the site to investigate a report of a small kitten crying in the area where the 4 week old kitten now known as Nellie was discovered last Saturday. After a couple of hours of coaxing and carefully clearing an area with tree loppers and pruning equipment we were able to reach her. She is healthy as was Nellie so the mother cat had obviously been caring for them. They are both now safe and sound in foster care. Neither is weaned so they are being bottle fed by CARE and Somebuddies, Inc but will be reunited tomorrow which should be very comforting for them both.
The manager for one of the adjacent businesses came out while I was crawling about in the brambles. He expressed his shock and bewilderment about the events of the last week. He remarked that the cats have been there for many years and never bothered anyone. He went on to say that if the cats were not there he could only imagine the mice and rat problem they would have in their warehouse. He is very right. Nature does abhor a vacuum.
My long suffering husband installed a Dutch door for me on the last room in our home that was essentially cat free…his office…:) So he and his new office assistants will be bunking together for the near term. Some of the FOX kittens will be up for adoption this Sunday at our adoption stand at Betty Baugh’s Animals Clinic. It is important that we begin the placement process in order to make space for the dozen or more kittens we still see at the site.
So it has been a good day for the animals. Charges have been brought for the wrongful death of the 3 ferals euthanized by Critter Control and several more babies are now safe and on the road to new loving homes.
Our efforts will continue…