Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Helps Homeless Cat Find A Forever Home

The little fur ball shown eating in my previous post was much too friendly to leave out in the cold. Three days after the photo was taken, and a week post Hurricane Sandy, I scooped up "Tigger" and carted him off to the vet where he was neutered, vaccinated, and checked for the usual: ticks, fleas, ear mites, and worms. Having spent close to eight months sleeping under a wood pile, Tigger, renamed Nathaniel, had several large ticks imbedded around his neck, as well as a nasty dose of fleas. We gave Nathaniel two weeks of cage R&R before beginning the search for his new home. This also gave us time to canvas the neighborhood, local veterinary offices, and the Internet to see if a "lost cat" met his description. Sadly, no one was looking for Nathaniel. Nathaniel came home with me for the Thanksgiving holiday. He spent two weeks living in my office and was a purrfect kitty. Then, two days ago, the news we were all waiting for arrived. A man had met Nathaniel at the vet's office while he was visiting with one of his cats. He thought Nathaniel was a special boy, and wanted to adopt him as an early Christmas present for his mother. Nathaniel, renamed Bailey, now has a wonderful new home that even includes a little cat brother! I miss him terribly but I am also thrilled he has found such a special and loving family.


Nathaniel--Now "Bailey"




Nathaniel was my office cat for two wonderful weeks. I miss him terribly!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Cat Colony does well in Hurricane Sandy


As of tonight, all noses and ear tips have been accounted for! All are safe, secure, and well-fed. So, until the next dangerous storm, we are able to breathe easily—or as easily as one is able when it comes to the welfare of homeless cats.  And, once again, they have served up their feline lessons in patience and resiliency. The photo below was taken yesterday in Chappaqua, New York where many residents are still without electricity.


Tigger enjoying his first meal after Hurricane Sandy




Monday, October 29, 2012

CALICO CAT SAFE FROM HURRICANE SANDY

FOSTER CAT "RORY" WATCHES HURRICANE SANDY LASH INTO MANHATTAN'S EAST SIDE.  RORY (a.k.a. "ZILLY") IS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONE'S.  RORY WAS RESCUED BY NEW YORK'S ANJELLICLE CATS AND NOW HAS A WONDERFUL FOSTER HOME WHERE SHE IS A MUCH ADORED PET.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

HAPPY NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY!



 Although my current writing project, a YA Paranormal novel set in the Hudson River Valley, has been taking up my blogging time, I wanted to get the word out that ALL the cats at Stone Ledge are doing great! In fact, we have even added a new member. Twilight, a soft gray tortie, arrived last March. She was in the very early stages of pregnancy so we were able to successfully spay and vaccinate her. Twilight was joined by a beautiful gray kitten—presumably from her fall litter. Bella was at least five months old, but socialized quickly. She was adopted by a wonderful family and is now a much beloved indoor pet.

Twilight has moved into a feral house. She keeps her distance from the colony, but we have hopes she will eventually cavort and play with the rest of the gang.

In addition to Twilight and Bella, we were able to rescue a mama cat and her two tortie kittens (Butterscotch and Toffee) at a neighboring colony. Both kittens found loving homes, and mama has been successfully spayed and released in the colony.

Other big news at Stone Ledge is that we are re-vaccinating ALL of the cats! Yikes! In order to accomplish this we purchased a drop trap from Alley Cat Allies. It’s much easier to do than we anticipated. So far, we have re-trapped Max, Phantom, and Cry Baby. Our veterinarian does a full exam—including dental work if necessary. The cats also receive a dose of Revolution. Revolution is great for eliminating fleas, ticks, and ear mites. If a dental extraction is required then the vet administers a single dose of Convenia. (If only the cats could floss!) We feel Convenia is the best option with dental surgery for a cat that cannot be medicated any other way. We hope to trap and re-vaccinate the rest of the colony before the winter sets in.

We wish everyone a fabulous National Feral Cat Day! 

   --The Gang: Samson, Delilah, Max, Cry Baby, Phantom, Dear Prudence, Midnight, and Twilight




Friday, August 31, 2012

CALLING ALL TORTIE LOVERS!

TOFFEE NEEDS A HOME
Sweet and friendly Toffee needs a good home. She is three months old, fully vaccinated, and spayed! If you want a classic little tortie in your life--Toffee is the one! 

UPDATE** Toffee has been adopted by a wonderful family! A callout to Millwood Veterinary Hospital & Staff! Thank you to all who assisted in this placement!