Feral Freedom Drivers Wanted!

Feral Freedom Drivers Wanted!

Town Cats is in need of Feral Freedom Drivers!  Will you chauffeur a feral cat on a one-way, road trip back home? Because they certainly can’t drive themselves home! As a member of the Santa Clara County WECARE Coalition, a partnership between local city shelters, Town Cats provides transportation volunteers for the spay, neuter and return Feral Freedom Program operating out of the The San Jose Animal Care Center on Monterey Road.  Community cats are driven back to their original location after they have been spayed/neutered at the shelter.   They are also microchipped and vaccinated.  The volunteer shifts run about 2-3 hours at a time and volunteer hours are flexible afternoons Tuesday to Saturday. Training and mentoring are provided. Requirements: Reliable car, cell phone, GPS, and team spirit. Must be 18+ and interested in a long term commitment. Volunteer at least 4 hours a month. (evenings mostly) Responsibilities: Volunteer reports for duty, picks up several cats in their crates with a list of addresses where each cat is to be released. Once at the location, the crate is opened in a safe area away from the street to deter the cat from running in the street and into potential danger. Return empty crates to the shelter in the designated return location with the required paperwork. DONE! Feral Freedom – Town Cats Drivers TOWN CATS NEEDS FERAL FREEDOM DRIVERS!Will you chauffeur feral cat on a one-way, road trip back home ?The San Jose animal shelter has a program to spay/neuter healthy community cats but the cats need a ride back to their colony. Are you available to transport them home back to their neighborhood? They...
Dusty and Little Bit Find Amazing Forever Family

Dusty and Little Bit Find Amazing Forever Family

We love to receive emails from our adoptors about what inspired them to adopt and the impact our cats have on their family. Here is one from Michelle Lawrence, who adopted Dusty and Little Bit (now Shadow) in late October. Thank you Michelle for sharing this lovely story with us, and we hope these two sweet fur-balls bring you tremendous joy! “We will be forever thankful to Town Cats and their amazing volunteers who spend countless hours fostering cats and kittens then donate their weekend time to bring their foster fur babies to adoption fairs!      Our story of adoption from one of these amazing foster moms, Kim, began at Petco. We went to Petco on a Saturday to purchase some food for our fish. We went on a Saturday specifically so my two young sons and I could enjoy visiting the cat adoption fair. We had wanted to adopt a new cat at some point since our cat of 18 years had passed. That Saturday proved to be ‘the day’ where a volunteer walked up to me and asked if I would like to hold a kitten. He put a beautiful, friendly, loving, and happy gray kitten named Dusty in my arms, and I knew immediately that this little kitty was meant to be in our arms forevermore! All the animals I have ever adopted I always just had a ‘feeling’ the moment I met them and Dusty was absolutely the one for us! Kim was very kind and patient with me as I asked her questions about Dusty willingly educating me about kittens since I had only had a full-grown cat before. Kim also explained to me about the social...
Miss Kitty Opens Her Heart to Love Again

Miss Kitty Opens Her Heart to Love Again

We met Miss Kitty and her four beautiful 2-month-old kittens back in April of 2013. Her human mom, 85 year old Charmaine, called a TC volunteer for help and advice. Really nice, smart and caring lady who just wanted to do the right thing for Miss Kitty. Wendy, helped Charmaine spay and neuter Miss Kitty and her babies, and the kittens found homes through another rescue. Miss Kitty went back to live with her mom, Charmaine and lived 3 more wonderful years with her. Last summer, Wendy received the news that Charmaine’s family wanted to sell her house, she was to move into an apartment where she could not take her sweet companion, Miss Kitty. Volunteers Sara and Wendy jumped into action and helped Miss Kitty get into Town Cats’ adoption system. Miss Kitty bonded so intensely with her original mom she had a difficult time adjusting to the new environment. She was so confused and scared when she came into our adoption center that we made the decision to have her fostered for a while. Catalina, another TC volunteer, helped Miss Kitty relax and learn that she could trust and love other humans. She has once again blossomed into a loving companion and has been waiting to meet her forever family since March of this year. We know that parting with Miss Kitty was devastating on both Charmaine and Miss Kitty, but we are grateful Charmaine loved her enough to let us help find a new family for Miss Kitty. And we are on a mission to get her home soon. She would probably do well in any type of...
Get Tatie a Kitten for her 10th Birthday!

Get Tatie a Kitten for her 10th Birthday!

Kids are the best at making birthday wishes.  Parents receive requests for a new toy, a bike, video games, etc. What about a pet? What does a parent do when their child wants a pet so passionately that she leaves countless Post-it Notes as reminders that her birthday is approaching, including specific details of her birthday wish? And Tatum (who goes by Tatie) did just that!  After finding what seemed like a zillion sticky notes everywhere with specific details of her request, her parents, Aaron and Carrie started their search for a kitten to surprise their daughter.  She had been begging for a kitten for months and the sticky notes were her game plan–and it worked! On September 18, they came to Town Cats’ adoption center at Petco on Blossom Hill where they met our sweet little boy Liam.  They went over the checklist and he was tiny, he was orange, and he was stripped. He was a perfect match! Tatum’s birthday was on September 21 and boy was she surprised at her early birthday gift! Who she named Charlie. Happy Birthday Tatum! From all of us at Town Cats, may you and Charlie have a wonderful life! Help us save more cats and kittens by making a gift to Town Cats today.        ...
How Kittens Ushered me through Grief

How Kittens Ushered me through Grief

by Betty Wenker Volunteer: Foster and Adoption Center Manager Geez, where do I begin? In the year 2014 I had to put down my cat who was on his way to being 21 years old. Then in February 2014 I lost an aunt that was like my second mother. In April 2014 I had to have my 17 year old male dog put to sleep from an injury he received. Then came May and I lost my son who had a heat stroke and died at the age of 50. I was recovering from all these losses and headed into January 2015 and lost my husband who was my best friend.  Totally unexpected!! I had an extremely hard time dealing with this loss, and with all the other losses it really took a toll on me.  I couldn’t sleep nights and would work until I was exhausted and still didn’t sleep much even then.  I missed him terribly in the evenings and mornings.  We had a super relationship and the house was always filled with fun and laughter and teasing.  We made an incredible team and accomplished many things together.  NOW my whole world was turned upside down without my beloved groom.  I knew I was going to be headed into some very rough times with memories and knew my life had to change somehow or I wouldn’t get through it. Then in June 2015 my daughter sent me a note asking if I wanted to take on fostering kittens.  I decided that just might be the thing to ease the pain from my losses. The first arrivals were...
Wanted: Cat Whisperers to Help Community Cats

Wanted: Cat Whisperers to Help Community Cats

Once in a while, we come across a kitten or cat that is either born in an outdoor colony or through back luck and unfortunate experiences is just not socialized and therefore hard to adopt out. However, just because a kitten was born outdoors, or a cat has been living in a colony does not mean they are destined to live their lives as community cats. Here at Town Cats, we often pull cats and kittens from the city shelter. Kittens under 3 months tend to be fairly easy to socialize. Older cats display interest in people but are shy or nervous.  Often, they appear feral, but generally we find out that they just need a little love, a little patience and some time to adjust to their new surroundings indoors. Tips for getting started with socializing feral cats and kittens: Remember that cats and kittens are very sensitive to their surroundings and contrary to popular belief, they don’t adjust well to sudden changes.  So take it slow, minimal sudden movements, speak softly and give them time. Hissing and spitting is a natural defense mechanism for all cats; it really just says, “I’m really scared and I’m trying to make myself scary so you will go away!” It is normal for cats and kittens to hiss when they go from a familiar colony outdoors into a busy, noisy city shelter that is boiling with the scent of hundreds of other animals. It is quite unnerving to say the least. It is best to put a scared cat or kitten in a cat condo or in a small room like a bathroom, let them get used to their new...