Club Feral/Albert cleanup Completed

Club Feral/Albert cleanup Completed

A big thank you to everyone who helped us say goodbye to our beloved Club Feral. Despite the hot weather and surprise hornet nests, our hardworking, energetic volunteers managed to clean up the entire property in only two days! A special shout out to Girl Scout Troop 61296 who carried us across the finish line during the hottest day of the weekend. Many fellow rescue groups also responded to our invitation to take whatever we no longer needed. We’re happy that all those cages, shelves, equipment, and even cat-themed decorations will be put to good use. It’s never easy to say goodbye but your camaraderie helped turn a difficult moment into a heartfelt one filled with good friends and warm memories. Thank you for an amazing weekend....
Orphan Kittens: How You Can Help

Orphan Kittens: How You Can Help

Kitten season typically runs from March to November. If you’ve found an orphan kitten, prompt action is required to save its life. However, please take a moment to decide if the kitten or litter you’ve located has truly been orphaned. Separating very young kittens from an attentive mother will often make things worse instead of better! WHERE’S MOM? The mother cat typically remains continuously with newborn kittens for the first few days after giving birth, but she may leave for short periods to hunt for food. Also, a mother cat will often pick up and move her litter to a new location as establishing a new nest is part of the cat’s instinctual behavior to safeguard her young by not remaining in one place too long. WHAT TO DO? If you find small kittens without a mother cat, don’t assume they have been abandoned as the mother may be away hunting for food or may be moving the kittens, one-by-one, to or from the place you found them. If the kittens are safe for the time being, you should observe them quietly from a safe distance to see if the mother returns. It is always best to keep a mother together with her kittens whenever possible for the best chance of survival as hand-raising a young, “pre-weaned” kitten is an intensive round-the-clock job. In a home situation, kittens should be kept with their mother until they are 8 weeks of age. However, kittens born to feral mothers should be separated from her at about 4 weeks. At this age, it is easy to socialize them and they have gotten...
Happy Endings: Jackson and Alex find a new home

Happy Endings: Jackson and Alex find a new home

Luis and Evelyn and their 2 children ages 11 and 13 had come to Petco Blossom Hill several weeks ago when they started their search for 2 cats. They went to all the shelters looking for just the right pair, but were not having any luck. After ending up back at our Petco Adoption Center they knew instantly that Jackson and Alex were a perfect fit for them. These two boys are very high energy cats, but are also incredible love bugs. Betty Wenker, our volunteer store lead, had cared for these two boys for several months. Unfortunately they had come down with a case of ringworm and had to be isolated from other cats and regularly dipped to treat the ringworm. Throughout all of this, Betty and Jackson and Alex persevered, with help from Sarah, another one of our fantastic volunteers. Sarah and Betty routinely did the dipping, cleaning, and medicating, while also providing love and affection for the two boys. Happily, a few months later, these two sweethearts have now found their forever home. The family was so excited you could feel the energy as they carried Jackson and Alex out in their very own brand new carriers to go to their new home! Thanks to Betty and Sarah, along with our staff, for all of the hard work you put in to get these two love bugs...
Club Feral Cleanup Days – Help us say Goodbye to Club Feral!

Club Feral Cleanup Days – Help us say Goodbye to Club Feral!

It is with mixed emotions that we get ready to shut down our outdoor location in Morgan Hill, affectionately known as “Club Feral”. Town Cats has used this location for many years to house feral cats who were awaiting placement or otherwise needed help. Going forward, while we will absolutely continue our commitment to feral and “community” cats through a variety of programs, we will not be housing them at this location. There were too many problems with flooding this winter that make the location unsafe for us to use. We have taken care of over a hundred cats at this location, and just during 2016 44 cats were placed in homes through the Working Cat program, most of them from Club Feral. The Working Cat program is one of the programs we will be continuing. Of the 7 cats who were still living at Club Feral in January when it flooded, 1 of them has been adopted (Kyra) 2 are doing very well at socializing (Carlos and Sammy) and we hope that they can be adopted in the future to a regular home, and the other 4 continue to do well in their enclosure and we are working hard to find placements for them (Nadius, Simba, Manxy and Ginger). All of these remaining cats are either senior cats or have medical conditions that makes it much more difficult to place them in “Working Cat” situations, which is why they are still with us. But we remain optimistic that we will find the “Right place” for each of them to call their own. In order to prepare to turn...
Happy Endings: Violet and Skippi Together at Last

Happy Endings: Violet and Skippi Together at Last

Violet was trapped in the San Jose area and brought into a local shelter a while back. The shelter asked for help from a rescue organization to help care for her, as she had a severe case of URI (upper respiratory infection), and a punture wound on her hind leg. We were able to step in and help Violet, thanks to one of our wonderful volunteer fosters. While Violet was being fostered, a former adopter shared the story with her sister Skippi. Skippi was thinking about adopting and wanted a long haired young cat, and when she heard about Violet she knew this was the perfect cat for her. Skippi was willing to wait for weeks on end so this beautiful girl could have the time she needed to get better. Finally all of Violet and Skippi’s waiting was rewarded and last weekend was the perfect time to transition Violet into her new forever home. Thank you Skippi for opening up your heart and home to sweet...