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Alley Cats and Angels

Feral Cat Edition                                                                                           November  2010

AC&A Officers
Tia Hagnas, Founder & President
Marie Brewer, Vice President
Daryl Majkowski, Treasurer
Eric Moinet, Secretary

Contact Info
Alley Cats and Angels
PO Box 785
Apex, NC  27502
919-303-3500
info@alleycatsandangels.org
www.alleycatsandangels.org

Upcoming Events

We have lots of adoption events and fundraisers in November and December.   Please visit our website to view upcoming events.

        

$ Every Dollar Helps $

Alley Cats and Angels is run entirely by volunteers and supported solely by donations.  We are a 501(c)3 organization, all donations are tax deductible.  Your support helps us continue our life saving mission.


Ongoing/Upcoming Fundraising Efforts

Coins for Cats: We know money it tight but everyone has spare change.  Collect your spare change in soda bottles, baggies, coffee cans - whatever container you have on hand.  When you're ready, bring the coins to us at one of our adoption events (visit our website for weekly updates on adoption event locations).  Donations receipts for tax purposes will be provided upon request.  As always, every dollar (um, cent!) goes directly to care for the cats.   Your spare change can quickly add up and make a big change in the lives of the cats we rescue.

Collecting and recycling aluminum:  We recycle aluminum cans.  Please rinse and save your cans for us. All monies from recylcing cans benefits our Alter an Alley Cat fund.  This year to date, we've raised enough money from cans to pay for over 5 so it really does add up!


Shop for your dog and help the cats! Order dog chews, bones, and other items from US Bones (http://usbones.com/) and select Alley Cats and Angels, NC as the recipient organiztion and US Bones will donat 25% of the sales to us. 

Wish List
  • Donations for our Alter an Alley Cat program (helps sponsor spay/neuter and vaccinations for those that can't afford it)
  • Donations of dry cat food to help local feral cat caregivers feed their feral colonies

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Free TNR 101 Workshops - Triangle, NC Area
If you would like to learn more about feral and free roaming cats and how you can help them, please attend one of the following TNR (trap-neuter-return 101) workshops.  The workshops will be held from 7PM to 8PM and are free of charge.  Alley Cats and Angels' Vice President will be leading the November and December workshops. 
  • November 1 at the Wake County SPCA (Raleigh, NC)
  • December 6 at Safe Haven for Cats (Raleigh, NC)
  • January 3 at Cat Angels Pet Adoptions (Cary, NC)

For more information about TNR and feral cats, visit the following links:

Our Programs Work Together to Benefit the Cats
In some circumstances, the best option for cats in need is not just to trap-neuter-return (TNR) or to take the cats into our adoption program; it is often necessary to combine the forces of several Alley Cats and Angels programs in order to resolve a situation in the most effective way possible.  Alley Cats and Angels is the only rescue in North Carolina with an adoption program, barn/garden cat program, feral cat/TNR program, and spay/neuter assistance program. 

In the August newsletter, we told you about the Homestead project, where our feral cat education and assistance program, barn/garden cat program, Alter an Alley Cat program, and adoption program banded together to best address the needs of the cats at Homestead.  

Utilizing all of Alley Cats and Angels programs, we effectively worked together to help the cats at a local prison.  After receiving a request for help for a friendly mama cat and her five kittens and two other kittens (born to a feral cat) born inside the prison gates, we sprang into action.  We took the friendly mama cat and all seven kittens into our adoption program and then set out to get permission to TNR the feral cats at the prison.  In the past, several times a year, animal control would come trap the cats for euthanasia, but catch and kill is not the answer -- TNR is the only way to effectively address the overpopulation issue in feral colonies.  The officer in charge of the prison was agreeable to letting the cats stay on premise with the stipulation that the cats were spayed or neutered and vaccinated but the prison could not pay for it.  Through generous donations, we raised the money to cover the cost of TNRing the feral cats at the prison.  The inmates - wary of us at first because they didn't know if we would bring the cats back - didn't want to help us.  And who could blame them?  Several inmates with life sentences are very attached to the cats and did not want to see them euthanized.  The first night trapping, we caught five cats.  After the cats were vetted and recovered, we took the cats back to the prison.  After seeing that we do what we say (bring the cats back unharmed and vetted), the inmates helped us catch some of the harder to catch cats.  It's a win-win-situation - the cats no longer have to fear animal control, the inmates enjoy the cats and take care of them, and the cats keep down mice and bugs.  To date, we have taken 12 kittens and one friendly adult into our adoption program and TNR'd 15 other cats.  Four kittens that were trapped too young to TNR did not tame well and will be placed into safe barn homes once they are a bit bigger (and of course, fully vetted).


TNR Success Story - Auto Care Center
Alley Cats and Angels' volunteers spent a good part of two springs and a summer doing TNR at a colony in downtown Raleigh.  There was a Good Samaritan who would pay for all the surgeries, but needed someone to trap and transport cats. Upon learning there were about 14 cats that kept reproducing and adding to the overpopulation problem, we gladly took on the challenge of TNRing this colony.  The first night, we trapped five cats in less than 20 minutes, put out food for the remaining cats, and then sat back and watched the cats.  We were only shocked to see about 22 cats come out to eat (there are almost always more cats in a colony than the caregiver thinks there are).  Our TNR Task Force persevered and continued to trap until every cat had a cropped ear -- which is the goal, TNR every cat in the colony.  In total, we TNR'd over 35 cats from that location and took over 12 kittens and several friendly adult into our adoption program from this colony. This year, the colony made it through the entire spring and summer without one kitten appearing.  The business owner is very happy that we have helped facilitate zero growth in that colony.  This is just one of the many success stories we have that shows that TNR works.

Alley Cats and Angels' First Annual Feral Cat Spay Day
Alley Cats and Angels held our first annual Feral Cat Spay Day on October 14, 2010 in honor of Alley Cat Allies' National Feral Cat Day.  We were able to spay/neuter and vaccinate 24 feral cats for lower income caregivers at little to no cost to the caregivers.  Those caregivers that could afford it paid a $10 co-pay for the surgery, but caregivers unable to afford the co-pay were not turned away as long as appointments were available.  Money from caregiver co-pays, individual donations, and the donation from Whole Foods Market's Community Spotlight helped pay for this spay day.

As of October 22, 2010, over 175 cats have been sterilized and vaccinated through our Alter an Alley Cat program.  It's amazing what a small organization with a small budget can do.  Over 90% of these surgeries were fully sponsored by Alley Cats and Angels, with the remaining 10% of surgeries subsidized at varying percentages by Alley Cats and Angels.

Barn/Garden Homes Needed
Alley Cats and Angels has an ongoing need for barn/garden homes to which we can relocate feral and semi-feral cats who cannot be returned to their environment after vetting (imminent danger).  The cats will act as rodent control (your own fuzzy feed and tack security system) in exchange for daily food, water, and shelter.  And since the cats are all spayed/neutered and vaccinated, you won't end up overrun because the cats you take in are the cats you have - no little surprises!  Read more about our barn/garden cat program on our website: http://alleycatsandangels.org/barn.html.  We have almost 30 cats on the wait list for barn/garden homes at any given time.