Feline Infectious Diseases Training Workshop – March 17

Feline Infectious Diseases Training Workshop – March 17

Want to learn how you can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and keep our cats healthy while they wait for their forever homes? Please join us for a fun and informative training with our very own Dr. Bing! She will teach you everything you need to know about common cat diseases seen in foster cats; the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments given! All active volunteers are encouraged to attend. Friday, March 17th at 7:00pm at the Vineland Library Community Room 1450 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose. Please email us at laurie.melo@towncats.org for more information or to sign...
Foster Volunteer Orientation – March 16

Foster Volunteer Orientation – March 16

If you have a spare room, a flexible schedule and a warm heart, please consider becoming a foster parent for Town Cats of Morgan Hill! In exchange for free room and board, we can promise you lots of hugs and purrs! Foster parents care for young kittens and cats that aren’t quite ready for adoption. The foster parents provide the personal care while Town Cats provides the medical care and guidance. In return for your care, you get training and support! And, of course, lots of love and gratitude too! You may wonder why an animal needs foster care. It’s simple. Like people who lose their homes, animals need time and a warm, safe place to get their bearings and to get ready for the next step. Ready to be a hero? Not sure? Afraid you’ll fall in love and won’t be able to let go? Talk to us. We’re foster parents too. Come join us! Our next Orientation will be held: Thursday, March 16th at 6:30-7:00pm at the Vineland Library 1450 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose Please email us at laurie.melo@towncats.org to sign up! Immediately after the orientation, we will hold a more detailed training session on how to care for orphaned kittens. You are welcome to stay for that session which will run from...
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...
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...
Need a Summer Project? Are you staying local this summer?

Need a Summer Project? Are you staying local this summer?

We are in the middle of kitten season and it takes many hands to save these precious lives. There are many ways to help homeless kittens. Can you offer to babysit a litter of kittens while their foster is out of town for a week?   Are you patient and kind and willing to love on some reluctant kittens who are still unsure about people? We have healthy, beautiful kittens in need of more TLC and socialization. The kittens need time and love to learn to trust people. We use toys and food to win them over. There is nothing like it—witnessing their curiosity and courage. The feeling of satisfaction is absolutely rewarding when you earn affection from a formerly scared cat; there is nothing quite as good as love freely given — a head butt, an invitation to a belly rub. Do you have a room and time you can dedicate to a special needs’ kitten who requires a special diet and medications four times a day? It is very satisfying to provide care for a special needs who just requires a quiet space and meds.  This can be a very short-term commitment of a weekend, a day or even a couple of hours.  We sometimes need drivers to drive our kitties to the vet as well. And don’t forget the bottle babies!   Sometimes newborn kittens wind up separated from their mama. These baby cats need to be protected and nurtured by fill-in human mamas and papas. Raising bottle baby kittens is a specialty; it is rewarding, demanding, lifesaving work. We will show you how. Spend some...