Friday, April 19, 2013

Chicago Cat Rescue Looking for Barns

Chicago Cat Rescue supports the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). We are working with several colony caregivers to help with their colonies. In fact, three of our recent admissions were friendly cats who made their way to this colony! There are too many cats living on the streets, too many unwanted cats and kittens for the shelters to find homes for. The best way we can think of to reduce these numbers is to support TNR. Spaying and Neutering these cats prevents any more unwanted litters from being born and admitted to shelters. Allowing these cats to live out the remainder of their lives on the street, where they  are cared for by dedicated caregivers who feed and provide medical attention for the sick or injured, saves a number of lives. Feral cats are usually unadoptable because of their lack of socialization towards humans. if they are introduced to humans at a young enough age, or worked with by a very dedicated person, many feral cats and most kittens will be grateful housecats. Not only does it save the life of the most likely unadoptable feral cat, it also frees up space in shelters and animal control facilities for adoptable cats who have lost their homes.

Sometimes, even with the best caregivers, a cat cannot go back to their original colony. In these cases the cats are pulled and relocated someplace safe. Relocation is always a last resort, to be done only when it is unsafe for a cat or colony of cats to return to their original location.There are a number of reasons it might be unsafe to return a cat to her colony. Sometimes it is not safe because of an injury the cat has, sometimes the location itself is just not safe for a colony of cats. Relocation is a process, you cannot just plop a feral cat down into a new home and expect everything to be ok. Just like when you introduce a cat to a new home and new cats, you must do a slow introduction process. Because it is a slow processes and the relocated cats will need to be feed daily, it takes a special person and just the right location to relocate feral cats.

Fifi would be happiest living in a barn or other safe place for a feral cat.
Chicago Cat Rescue is looking for just such a person and location right now. We currently have one spayed female cat who is looking for a barn or other such location to be relocated to. She is completely vetted and has no healthy issues. She just cannot return to the area she was trapped in. An ideal location would be a nice barn, perhaps with other cats. Feral cats do make great mousers. Adding a cat  to your barn is a great way to keep the rodents and other pests out of  your barn, away from your crops, tools and other animals.

We are looking for someplace within 100 mile radius of Chicago. A barn, a home with a large, protected swath of land for Fifi to live on (with shelter from the elements of course), anything that would make a good home for a cat. She needs someplace safe to get her out from this cage and back to her life. If you have someplace that might work, or you are interested in learning more about having a feral cat relocated to your property please contact Cindy by email or call her at 773-203-0215.

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