Sunday, November 13, 2011
For Sterile Feral Craft Sale
I embroidered up several dishtowels and packaged each one with a nice little ceramic spoon rest (or tea bag holder) from August Ceramics. This will be my donation, and hopefully raise some money for Sterile Feral. I have a cat colony (approx. 8 cats, but probably more once winter sets in). Last winter the cats were allowed access to our garage due to the severe cold. We also set up heat lamps. This year we are hoping that straw-filled igloos will keep them warm as it is kind of messy to open the garage up to animals...as well as the occasional opposum made himself at home in there, too! (I have had a racoon up on our deck once that I know of just a few weeks ago...so we can't have all kinds of wildlife in our garage). We also purchased a heated water dish, as well as a doghouse for a 70 lb dog which should be large enough to accommodate the cats for their feeding station. They usually come up individually or maybe 2 at a time to eat. Probably wouldn't hold all 8 at once. So anyway, that is the plan for the winter comfort for these cats. All but one have been trapped and neutered. Shame on the people who turn these poor animals out to fend for themselves. And shame on those who call Animal Control. This results in sure death as a feral animal is not adoptable. I have to say you do get attached to your colony cats (well, I am mad at one right now since she always lashed out and slashes my finger with her needle sharp claws as I put food into the dish)....but for the most part, they don't hurt anyone. The sad thing is, they crave human attention, and yet are too afraid to get close. They might crouch at the sliding door for hours gazing in...like they remember a prior existence where they had a nice warm home...but now they are in a limbo..not really a wild animal, and yet not capable of being tamed either. Well, at least "my" cats will be fed and watered and provided shelter. It is all I can do.