Rebecca contacted the HSBC TNR program last summer for help with a colony of feral kittens who were about to lose their home. As she explained, Rebecca’s mother had lived on a rural property in Munger with a man who had always lovingly cared for the multitude of cats that ended up on his property. Unfortunately, this kind gentleman suddenly passed away this past spring, leaving the property unoccupied. Rebecca still came by periodically to feed the cats, but when she learned the property was to be sold and the abandoned trailer demolished, she contacted us for assistance in saving the cats.
Meanwhile, Tony N. works the family farm in Rhodes along with his parents. They grow crops and raise cattle, and with their multiple barns holding grain and corn, they have an oversized rodent problem. When word came to the HSBC that Tony was looking for natural, pesticide-free rodent control (a.k.a. cats), we saw a perfect opportunity to relocate the Munger feral colony.
I trapped the colony property over two TNR cycles during August. At the second trapping Rebecca and her mom assisted, and together we trapped six young cats about six to seven months old. One was deemed social enough to be admitted into the HSBC Cat Foster Program for eventual placement in an indoor forever home. While sadly one cat died, the remaining four went to Tony’s farm after their spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccinations and eartipping.
At the HSBC’s recommendation, Tony agreed to confine the cats in a large cage in one of his barns for a period of one week. This acclimation process would get the cats used to the sights, sounds and smells of their new place, greatly increasing the likelihood they would stay and consider it their home once released.
This beautiful working farm is now a haven for these feral kitties who were soon to be homeless. In return, Tony and family will surely notice and appreciate the decrease in the rodent population in their barns – a mutually beneficial relationship to be sure!
Note: All the cats in our HSBC Barn Cats Program are sterilized, vaccinated for rabies and are free if you are willing to provide daily food, water and shelter. If you have need for barn cats, please contact the HSBC TNR program at (989) 893-0451.