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Feral Cat Project

There are hundreds, probably thousands of feral/wild cats in Montezuma and Dolores Counties who need our help. For Pets’ Sake Humane Society has begun an exciting new project to help and limit the numbers of these cats in our communities. We are identifying colonies of feral cats and working with people in the immediate area so that we can set up weatherproof shelters and begin feeding the cats daily. After a couple of weeks, we trap, neuter, and return the cats to the same location and continue daily feeding. This is a process called TNR (trap-neuter-return) that has been adopted successfully all over the country. We give each cat a rabies shot, try to find homes for the socialized cats who still want to live with people, and catch and socialize any kittens in the colony. Any sick or injured cats are treated, when possible, or euthanized if not.

We need a lot of help with this project, both in volunteer time and donation of materials and money. We already have donations of materials from several businesses in town, and a generous start-up donation, but this is a big undertaking! And we have taken on our first three colonies, a group of about 50 cats in Dove Creek, and two much smaller groups in Cortez. This program will prevent the birth of hundreds of more kittens and stop the suffering and euthanizing of abandoned cats who have become feral. In 2008, the Cortez Animal Shelter euthanized over 300 feral cats and over 100 socialized cats because there are just too many cats in the area. The For Pets’ Sake – Feral Cat Project will humanely limit the numbers of cats needing care and homes in our area well into the future.

Please call For Pets’ Sake at 565-PETS (7387) or Marian Rohman at 565-9327 for additional information about this program, to report feral cat colonies – especially if you can be their caretaker!, to donate materials, and to explore volunteer options. Please send money donations to For Pets’ Sake Humane Society, P.O. Box 1705, Cortez, CO 81321. You can drop off bags of dry cat food at Cliffrose High Desert Nursery east of Cortez on Highway 160, and the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Pinon Street in Cortez. All donations are fully tax-deductible. Extensive information about feral cats can be found at the following websites: Alley Cat Allies – alleycat.org, Feral Cat Coalition – feralcat.com, Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance – rmaca.org, and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary – bestfriends.org.

Click here to see the 2011 Feral Cat Project Annual Report

WISH LIST for the FERAL CAT PROJECT

VOLUNTEERS

  • to be on the planning committee
  • build shelters
  • pick up food from donation locations
  • pick up donations of food and shelter materials from businesses
  • trap cats and bring to and home from spay/neuter clinics
  • feed cats, both regular feeders and substitutes
  • foster socialized cats
  • foster and socialize kittens
  • run fundraising events

bags of dry cat food

shed – food storage

cat shelter materials

  • 2×4 lumber
  • ½ inch exterior grade plywood
  • thin plywood or paneling
  • flooring materials (linoleum, floor tiles)
  • exterior house paint (dark or neutral colors)
  • insulation panels, styrofoam peanuts
  • foundation materials (bricks, pallets)
  • straw

money for food, spay/neuter, medical attention, non-donated items

information on existing feral cat colonies

cat-size live traps in good condition (7×7 to 10×12 openings)