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A bit under a year ago, some of Sas' neighbors moved out. They dumped their extremely friendly, darling cat in the neighborhood. Sas and I have kept an eye on him, given him pettin's on occasion and generally noticed that he's not gone feral, he's stayed a sweetie. He's an attention whore and loves on people.

It's getting on to winter and he's getting cold and thin. Neither Sas nor I can keep him because of allergies and there are no no-kill shelters in the DC area, I've looked. There is one, but they are extremely picky and pretty much don't do strays.

Anyone know *anyone* looking for a youngish good with people and kids cat? I'm worried that he won't survive the winter, and I'm hating the idea of taking him to a kill shelter.

This post is unlocked, please send anywhere you tink it might do some good.

Date: 2007-12-23 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamtigress.livejournal.com
Many cats all over the world surivive winters outside just fine. Has he been outside all this time ? He has probably built up a winter coat as needed. Things you can do to help him along if you are unable to find him a home...

If you are putting out food for him, switch to something with a higher fat/carbohydrate content. It will help him bulk up and have the fuel to burn to stay warm. If he has a consistent food source, and fresh, thawed water, he will be ok.

If there is a place that you can supply a shelter for him, a cardboard box lined in blankets will give him a place to go to get out of the elements and conserve his body heat. We used to do something similar for the barn cats - just take a decent sized box, cut a cat sized hole in a side, and put blankets or even towels inside for nesting. If the box will be outside in the elements and not under any sort of shelter, you can either top the box with a trash bag, or even use a plastic tote bin.

Lastly, if he isn't neutered, he should be at some point. A SNAP certificate greatly reduces the cost of that.

Date: 2007-12-23 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] webqatch.livejournal.com
What's a SNAP certificate?

Date: 2007-12-23 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamtigress.livejournal.com
SNAP, Inc. (Spay Neuter All Pets)
P.O. Box 686
Chesapeake City, MD 21915-0686
snapinc@yahoo.com
410-885-5783 Maryland
302-838-6996 Delaware
Most veterinarians accept SNAP certificates. For details about costs, participating hospitals, restrictions and/or to place a credit card order, call a SNAP volunteer at 410-885-5783. To order SNAP certificate by mail, send money order (no checks) and self-addressed stamped envelope to address above.

Spay USA www.spayusa.org 800-248-SPAY or 516-883-7575

Date: 2007-12-23 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyleo.livejournal.com
Reposted in my journal honey *hugs*

Date: 2007-12-23 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] graene.livejournal.com
from ladyleo's journal, some tips from someone who's done a lot of rescue in NC:

December/January are the highest adoption months, so if you really fear for him on the streets, this is the time to take him to a shelter, even if it is a kill shelter.

Place a found ad in the paper (they are free down here, even though you know it's an abandonment), include some phrasing of if unclaimed after seven days (NC law period for avoiding 'theft' issues) available to good home. And interview them. Do NOT put 'free', make them pay for the spay/neuter, vaccination visit, so you know they are prepared for the financial realities of pet ownership, that it's not a 'toy' for the kids.

Date: 2007-12-23 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scoffeepie.livejournal.com
My folks may be interested. I'll see.

Date: 2007-12-24 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] j-snow-owl.livejournal.com
saw this in Nikki's journal. I would be happy to give him a home, but I live in Atlanta. If there were a way to transport the little guy Im sure my Reaver would love to have a play mate.

Date: 2007-12-24 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maidenfaire.livejournal.com
I don't know where you are in the DC area but I have friends who also live near there who have adopted from Rude Ranch, a no-kill rescue.

http://www.ruderanch.org/

Perhaps you can contact them and together you guys could get him someplace safe if you cannot find anyone to take him directly.

feral cat shelter

Date: 2007-12-24 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] he-who-wanders.livejournal.com

You can build a nice cheap one from a trash can, they normally don't recommend blankets but straw. If I still have the one I built, (trashcan, lid taped on, lining of insulation) it is yours if you want it.

If you take the cat to a vet as a feral they will normally give you a good deal on the checkup though they will want to tip the ear to show that cat has been spade/neutered and is part of managed feral community.

When I get home and am not on dialup I can look up the info I have.

Re: feral cat shelter

Date: 2007-12-24 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] he-who-wanders.livejournal.com

ahh found it in my inbox

http://www.indyferal.org/index.php?page=shelters&

I think I used the alley cats shelter but it would be another 20 mins til that pdf would download

Date: 2007-12-25 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pharmtoxgirl.livejournal.com
Hey hun, a wench on the Yahoo! board is interested in adopting him. Her name is Emily and I pinged you on there to respond to her.

Date: 2007-12-26 12:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] webqatch.livejournal.com
Responded offline.

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