Emergency relocation - 4 feral cats need barn home or will be euth. (Howard Co., MD)
One of the caretakers of a small colony of cats discovered today that Howard Co. animal control had trapped one of her colony members and euthanized him on the spot, because he was feral. She found this out after calling the county shelter to see if he was there. Apparently someone complained about this small colony of cats, all spayed/neutered/vaccinated, who have been living in the woods and bothering nobody for EIGHT YEARS... and now AC has give the caretakers one week to move the cats or they will also be euthanized.
These guys are feral, but they are at least somewhat used to people. They can get their shots updated and be FELV/FIV tested before rehoming. Would love to keep them together, but if that's not possible, they could be split into two pairs.
The caretaker is heartbroken, and desperate to save the remaining cats. They would need to be crated in their new home for about 2 weeks so they can get acclimated -- crates and other supplies can be provided, and delivery anywhere within reason can be arranged.
The kitty who was euthanized is the stunning Siamese mix in the photo... his name was Sebastian.
Here's some info from the caretaker:
There are two brown tabby cats with white chests. They are more scared of me, but will usually hang around while I’m feeding them. There is also a tortoiseshell and then there is a lovely black and white cat who is more brave and will not run from me as much. They have all been TNRd and have been cared for by the same woman for the last eight years. I have only been helping with feeding them since the end of Winter, so I’m not as knowledgeable on them, but if you need more info, please let me know and I’ll ask the main care taker for her input.
Hey Yvonne! I think they are all 7-8+ years old, but I can check to be sure. The caretakers had a couple of leads on potential homes but I don't think anything definite has been decided. I'll try to find out if they have any idea how the kitties would do with another resident cat (and dog!).
How is George? I just saw his old caretakers the other day (a new, very friendly, VERY pregnant kitty turned up on their street who they called me to come rescue), and they were tickled that he's now living on a horse farm in VA... the husband is actually from VA himself, so he got a kick out of the fact that George ended up there.
George is doing great. He's taken to lounging around by the chicken feeding area, waiting for unsuspecting birds to land ;->. But he doesn't get many! He's also conquered his fear of the chickens themselves, and now delights in chasing them off from time to time. He knows better than to try to do more than that, though.
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