10/03/2015
Thank you to those of you that wrote with some ideas of what you would like to see in the newsletter!  We will be posting your ideas :)   Please tell me what you want to see in the newsletter,  email me  alana@blindcatrescue.com This week is about the neighborhood strays & ferals. Did you know National Feral Cat Day is 10/16 ?? Please visit  http://nationalferalcatday.org There are many communities working on adopt/TNR activities.  You should check it out and connect with others to help the homeless cats in your community. TNR mean Trap  Neuter (also includes spay) & Release)
Here is an inexpensive house for feral cats.  You do not have to put the pot in the hole.  Make sure there are no sharp edges. Take a long lighter and carefully melt the plastic edges.
Make sure the hole is high enough that water will not come in. An 18 gallon Tote will work for ONE cat.  You can get 2 larger totes to work for 2 cats.  You could also use a can of expanding foam to fill the space between the 2 tubes to give better insulation.  When placing the box make sure to NOT place the opening to the north or west to prevent wind/snow going in.
If you want to see other cool shelters that you can make,  visit http://alleycat.org/ShelterGallery    There are many other ideas of affordable shelters.  This would be an awesome program (making feral houses) for a boy or girl scout troop!
What to do if you find a cat? If at all possible,  please give the cat some food and water. If you are sure the cat is homeless, and if the cat is friendly, please take the cat to your vet and have scanned for a microchip. Post found fliers up in your neighborhood.  I have found tapping them to stop signs or right below them gets them seen (although it is probably against the law in many communities). Many local newspapers will run found ads for free. Check your local Lost pet registry.  There are so many, Google lost post registry and your location.  See if someone has registered the pet as lost. If the cat (or your pet) needs medical care,  Here are some places that may be able to help.
If you can not find the owner and you can not give the cat a home,  contact your local animal rescues.  You may find the groups in your area at http://petfinder.com   If they can not take the cat (most stay full) ask if they may post the cat as a courtesy posting on their Petfinder and social media pages.  Also if they do adoptions at Petsmart/Petco see if they will allow you to bring the pet to the adoption events to see if the pet can get adopted.
To find low cost spay/neuter google it.  There are so many BUT http://www.spayusa.org is also a good resource. I will tell you that it does not have all of them.   If you live in Robeson County NC there is free spay/neuter available.  Info  http://blindcatrescue.com/spay.htm
We are providing spay/neuter to homeless cats this year. Our goal is 1500.  We are now at 1104!  That prevents tens of thousands of homeless cats from being born. We hope you will donate to help change the future of the homeless cats we fix!  Click the picture to help!
How to catch a feral cat.
There are lots of websites on how to cat stray cats. Here is a good one  CLICK HERE
My experience has been to get a humane havaheart trap. You may find them at most feed stores, Tractor supply,  Lowes often also has them.  They run typically $35-50.  When I have trapped cats.  I set the trap up some place safe and set it so it can not be set off. (Wire tie it)  Place the food at the entrance the first day,  move it in to the middle the next day,  get it to the back on day 3.  If you give them a day or 2 to get real used to going in and out, make your appointment to get them fixed and set it to go off the night before the appointment.  Take the cat  in the trap to get fixed. Read the link I gave above the picture.  They have some suggestions for harder to catch cats.
RAFFLE TICKETS  FOR SALE!
Our 3rd annual raffle has begun!
Lots of great prizes!!  Smart TV’s, Climber, scratchers, Toys, jewelry and more!
You may see all the prizes HERE
Raffle rules  HERE
Cat updates
Snicker has to have surgery again  :( He is actually doing well but his lungs still have issues. After lots of talk and examining all the options with the surgeons in Raleigh we have decided to have a lung lobectomy.   We have examined all the complications of doing it verses him having to under go many more tests and medications. I am an absolute realist and after examining all options, I feel this is the right one. He is having surgery on 10/13 and should be home in time for open house. Here is a video of Snicker that was taken a few weeks after he came home from the hospital.  You can see how shaved he is.
Snickers story:  He came to us the day after Thanksgiving in 2011 from our local animal control. He had been turned in as a sick stray.  He is well know for his sunny friendly personality and smiles.  You may see lots of pictures of him on his page http://blindcats.org/snicker.htm
Pepper (blind & FELV+) developed a problem with one of his eye sockets.  It became swollen and came open.  We started him on antibiotics and he is going to the animal ophthalmologist in Raleigh on 10/13 to have it cleaned out (We suspect our vet missed some ocular tissue)  He should be fine. 
Pepper is a cheeky, playful fellow.  Here is a cute video of him.
Come Join our Shindig at open house on 10/17  Celebrate our 10th birthday with us!!
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10/03/2015
This week is about the neighborhood strays & ferals. Did you know National Feral Cat Day is 10/16 ??  If you said no don’t feel bad,  I didn’t either :) Please visit  http://nationalferalcatday.org There are many communities working on adopt/TNR activities.  You should check it out and connect with others to help the homeless cats in your community. TNR mean Trap  Neuter (also includes spay) & Release)
Here is an inexpensive house for feral cats.  You do not have to put the pot in the hole.  Make sure there are no sharp edges. Take a long lighter and carefully melt the plastic edges or use duct tape
Make sure the hole is high enough that water will not come in. An 18 gallon Tote will work for ONE cat.  You can get 2 larger totes to work for 2 cats.  You could also use a can of expanding foam to fill the space between the 2 tubes to give better insulation.  When placing the box make sure to NOT place the opening to the north or west to prevent wind and snow blowing directly in.
If you want to see other cool shelters that you can make,  visit http://alleycat.org/ShelterGallery    There are many other ideas of affordable shelters.  This would be an awesome program (making feral houses) for a boy or girl scout troop!
What to do if you find a cat? If at all possible,  please give the cat some food and water. If you are sure the cat is homeless, and if the cat is friendly, please take the cat to your vet and have scanned for a microchip. Post found fliers up in your neighborhood.  I have found tapping them to stop signs or right below them gets them seen (although it is probably against the law in many communities). Many local newspapers will run found ads for free. Check your local Lost pet registry.  There are so many, Google lost post registry and your location.  See if someone has registered the pet as lost. If the cat (or your pet) needs medical care,  Here are some places that may be able to help.
If you can not find the owner and you can not give the cat a home,  contact your local animal rescues.  You may find the groups in your area at http://petfinder.com   If they can not take the cat (most stay full) ask if they may post the cat as a courtesy posting on their Petfinder and social media pages.  Also if they do adoptions at Petsmart/Petco see if they will allow you to bring the pet to the adoption events to see if the pet can get adopted.
To find low cost spay/neuter google it.  There are so many BUT http://www.spayusa.org is also a good resource. I will tell you that it does not have all of them.   If you live in Robeson County NC there is free spay/neuter available.  Info  http://blindcatrescue.com/spay.htm
How to catch a feral cat.
There are lots of websites on how to cat stray cats. Here is a good one  CLICK HERE
RAFFLE TICKETS  FOR SALE!
Our 3rd annual raffle has begun!
Lots of great prizes!!  Smart TV’s, Climber, scratchers, Toys, jewelry and more!
You may see all the prizes HERE
Raffle rules  HERE
Thank you to those of you that wrote with some ideas of what you would like to see in the newsletter!  We will be posting your ideas :)   Please tell me what you want to see in the newsletter,  email me  alana@blindcatrescue.com
My experience has been to get a humane havaheart trap. You may find them at most feed stores, Tractor supply,  Lowes often also has them.  They run typically $35-50.  When I have trapped cats.  I set the trap up some place safe and set it so it can not be set off. (Wire tie it)  Place the food at the entrance the first day,  move it in to the middle the next day,  get it to the back on day 3.  If you give them a day or 2 to get real used to going in and out, make your appointment to get them fixed and set it to go off the night before the appointment.  Take the cat  in the trap to get fixed. Read the link I gave above the picture.  They have some suggestions for harder to catch cats.
We are providing spay/neuter to homeless cats this year. Our goal is 1500.  We are now at 1104!  That prevents tens of thousands of homeless cats from being born. We hope you will donate to help change the future of the homeless cats we fix!  Click the picture to help!
Cat updates
Snicker has to have surgery again  :( He is actually doing well but his lungs still have issues. After lots of talk and examining all the options with the surgeons in Raleigh we have decided to have a lung lobectomy.   We have examined all the complications of doing it verses him having to under go many more tests and medications. I am an absolute realist and after examining all options, I feel this is the right one. He is having surgery on 10/13 and should be home in time for open house. Here is a video of Snicker that was taken a few weeks after he came home from the hospital.  You can see how shaved he is.
Snickers story:  He came to us the day after Thanksgiving in 2011 from our local animal control. He had been turned in as a sick stray.  He is well know for his sunny friendly personality and smiles.  You may see lots of pictures of him on his page http://blindcats.org/snicker.htm
Pepper (blind & FELV+) developed a problem with one of his eye sockets.  It became swollen and came open.  We started him on antibiotics and he is going to the animal ophthalmologist in Raleigh on 10/13 to have it cleaned out (We suspect our vet missed some ocular tissue)  He should be fine. 
Pepper is a cheeky, playful fellow.  Here is a cute video of him.
Come Join our Shindig at open house on 10/17  Celebrate our 10th birthday with us!!
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