Project CATSNIP was an endeavor we began in 2008. Our feral cat coordinator at the time, Rose, discovered a local colony of feral cats--over twenty were counted on her first visit. She proposed that Purrfect Cat make it our mission to spay and neuter every cat we could find on the property. With help from others, Rose and Purrfect Cat Rescue, began a program of trap, neuter and return.
Trapping began in December 2008 (by then at least thirty cats had been observed) and by years end nine cats had been altered. The work continued and, in just over four months, a total of 36 cats had been spayed and neutered, treated medically, and were now being cared for by a daily feeder.
Encouraged by that early success, we continued on and experienced both highs and lows along the way: a high being some of the cats being social enough to be brought into the Purrfect Cat fostering program for eventual adoption; a significant low was the discovery that despite all the cats being fixed, new cats and kittens were appearing.
The colony had become a dumping ground, and the work that appeared to be nearly done, began again. We were very thankful, though, to the public who supported our efforts and contributed enough money to fix all the cats during that first couple of years.
In the years since, CATSNIP has become less of an active project and one that is more about maintenance, although cats new to the colony do appear now and then, requiring trapping and neutering. In its history, the colony has been as many as 60, and at last count, there were 40 cats. The resident cats are fed, looked after, given medical care when it is practical and financially feasible, so the cats of CATSNIP still need help from the public.
Any donations to these cats is much appreciated since we feel very strongly about the importance of creating and maintaining feral colonies, not just because it is good for the cats, but because it also serves the interests of the public. For more information on TNR and feral cat colonies, we highly recommend you visit Alley Cat Allies.
Please consider supporting this effort with a donation.