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Friday, December 31, 2010

It makes it all worthwhile

It's emails like these that make all the work we do worth it. This was in response to giving someone slots at our $10 spay day for cats owned by lower income/hardship families:

"THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I am jumping for joy! This is absolutly the best Christmas present ever. Thank you and God Bless. Thank you."

Year End Adoptions

The following kittens were adopted this week:  Hermoine Grainger, Hansel and Gretel (together), Shrimp and Tuna (together), Jessie, and Marnie. 

Goodbye 2010 (it's been fun), Hello 2011 (we have big plans for you!)

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Alley Cats and Angels helped hundreds of cats and kittens during 2010. As we head into 2011, our plan is simple – help even more cats and work even harder to stop pet overpopulation. How will we do this?  We will continue our focus on feral, stray, and abandoned cats; taking cats into our adoption program and finding them terrific homes; placing at risk feral cats into safe barn/garden homes; practicing trap-neuter-return (TNR) for feral cat; and providing spay/neuter assistance to those that can't afford it through our Alter and Alley Cat Program.

Through our Alter an Alley Cat program, we already have five spay days scheduled for 2011. Those five days alone will spay/neuter and vaccinate almost 140 cats total at very little cost to the owners/caregivers (most of these days are $10 spay days). And more cats will be spayed and neutered through our Alter an Alley Cat low-cost spay/neuter voucher program.

We are blessed to have wonderful volunteers, foster homes, donors and supporters. Without you, this would not be possible and we are so very thankful for all you do for the cats. We hope 2011 holds great things in store for all of you.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Maxamillion and Chunky Monkey were adopted together yesterday by a fantastic family. With three children, I'm not sure if the kittens will keep the kids entertained or if the kids will keep the children entertained!!

Of the "Harry Potter kittens", Harry Potter was adopted Wednesday and Hermoine Grainger was adopted yesterday. Dumbledore has an adoption pending -- one of our previous adopters will be adopting him.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays Everyone

The cats and humans of Alley Cats and Angels wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas, joyous holiday season, and a very happy new year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Fantastic adoption weekend

What a great adoption weekend. Eight cats/kittens found homes. The following were adopted: Sunny, Jake Blues, Elwood Blues, Mini, Pumpkin, Charley Girl, Nathan Junior, Helmut, and Slinky. That makes 15 adoptions between last weekend and this weekend. We are thankful for so many wonderful adoptions.

What a great way to wrap up our adoption events for the year. We don't have any more events scheduled for the rest of the year but we have a few adoptions pending that will wrapped up this year.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Updates on a couple of our adopted kitties

It is always so nice to get updates on our adopted cats - especially when they were cats that had been in foster for quite some time before adoption.  Parker was with us for about 1 year and Izzie almost 2 years before adoption.  Parker was about 2 years old when adopted and Izzie about 6 years old.

Below are updates we received this week:

Izzie: Izzie is doing great! Super, in fact. I had a Christmas Open House last Sunday and she was the belle of the ball. Came out and greeted everybody, and let everyone pet her and ooh and aah over her. She was somethin' else! Funny thing - in the waiting room at the vet to get her claws trimmed, there was this great big, huge, overly chubby bull dog looking dog. Her name was Izzie too! Izzie is being so good with the Christmas tree and the gifts underneath - not bothering them at all. She even has a present all wrapped up under there, but she does not know it. Thanks for letting me adopt her - she has really filled a void for me.

Parker sent a Christmas card to his foster mom, it said (we have our suspicions that he had help writing it though!):  Dear Miss Karen, Thank you so much for taking care of me until my Mom could bring me "Home". She takes really good care of me and I want for nothing. I have a half sibling named Duran (he's a turtle). I am still very curious about him, but we co-exist well. Sometimes I get into things that I shouldn't and Mom tells me about it, but I guess I've been a pretty good boy because I get Lots and Lots of Love! Hope you have a Merry Christmas. I know I will!  With much Love, Parker

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Finally - Sunny is ready for adoption

If you follow the blog, you may remember reading about Sunny (with a chance!) and her head wound when she was taken into the rescue. Well, Sunny is now healthy as can be and ready for adoption. This stunning beauty has personality galore.

Sunny is an adorable, outgoing and energetic kitten. She has beautiful blue eyes and dark points on her ears, feet and tail. She is full of personality and loves to play. She loves cat toys, especially those crinkly balls that she can toss around and chase after. She's also very affectionate and when she's tired of playing, she will want to curl up in your lap or on the back of your chair. All in all, the perfect kitty to bring home for Christmas!

Sunny, December 2010

Sunny's amazing transformation

Monday, December 13, 2010

Weekend Update

Whew....what a busy weekend - we're all still tired!  We had the Santa photo fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday and adoption event Saturday and Sunday. 

We sold 54 Santa photos and 7 cats were adopted this weekend.  Of the 7 cats adopted, 3 were adults (over 1 year old).  How cool is that?!  Cats adopted were: Suzie, Charmaine, Rhett and Ashley together, Ashie (adult!), Love Muffin (adult), and Mercy (adult!).

Some of our adoptive parents brought their babies by for Santa photos and Xerox was among them.  Xerox was my foster for quite some time and captured a really big piece of my heart.  I remember getting the email about a small kitten that had been scrounging through garbage for weeks and finally someone caught him in a trap and emailed local rescue groups saying he was in a trap on their front porch, so come and get him as it was going to snow later that day.  That poor little boy was starving and emaciated and sickly when we took him in and because of his health, he took a while to nurse back to good health so it was quite awhile after intake before he could be adopted.  But he is doing great and I was so happy to see him.  He now weighs 9 pounds - chunky little bugger!  I was so happy to see his adoptive mom and Xerox and after talking with her yesterday, it just reinforces the fact that this was THE PERFECT match!  Here's Xerox giving "paws up" approval on having his picture taken with Santa!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Low Cost Spay Day for Cats - January 18th

Alley Cats and Angels is holding a low-cost spay day on Tuesday, January 18th. Thanks to a grant from the ASCPA ( and generous donations, we are able to offer spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations (distemper and rabies) for cats for only $10 total per cat.

The spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations will be done by the SNAP-NC mobile spay/neuter van. The location of the mobile van on the January 18th is still to be determined, but it will most likely be in the Morrisville area.

This spay day is for people who own cats and are in a low/limited income household, on government assistance or are unemployed. Also, if you are feeding stray/feral cats and cannot afford the cost to spay/neuter and vaccinate the cats, please fill out the request form on our website ( as we may be also able to help you on the January 18th spay day.

If you qualify for assistance and would like to get your pet cats spayed/neutered and vaccinated on the January 18th spay day, please complete a spay/neuter assistance request form on our website (

Alley Cats and Angels
PO Box 785
Apex, NC 27502
Spay/Neuter Assistance Request Form:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Adoption Update

Our many toed boys - Krishna and Rama were adopted TOGETHER this weekend.  This is huge because there are such a bonded pair of siblings.  Always cuddling and washing each other.  I think their new mom loves their toes as much as we do.  These boys both had 24 extra toes (lots of extra claws to clip but they are very good about it).  And unlike some polydactyl cats, they actually had pads to go with each extra toe. 

And Beau was adopted.  YAY Beau!!!  Beau is a very exuberant kitty with two speeds: wide open or sacked out.  Fortunately, the sacked out part aligns with typical bedtime so that's good. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Great Thanksgiving Weekend for the Cats

We had great adoptions over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  Ten cats were adopted - nine kittens (including older kittens) and one adult.  The following cats were adopted this weekend:  Sanford, Inca, Aztec, Salmon, Pumpkin, Pacino, Felix, Felicia, Fergie, and Mr. Beans.

In addition, we relocated five at-risk feral/semi-feral cats to two safe barn homes.  We drove over 415 total (two relocations on opposite sides of the state!) but it was worth it to get these cats into safe environments.

Monday, November 22, 2010

For grins and giggles....Christmas kitties!!

Some thinking "oh the indignation of it all", while others were thinking "payback is heck, you two legged being".  But they all agreed on one thing - that the people are never allowed to do this to them again!  These cats (and many, many more) are available for adoption.  Please contact us if you are interested in adopting, fostering, or volunteering.




Great News - we won another grant!

We received notification Friday that we were awarded a grant by the Bernice Barbour Foundation. 

With this grant, we will be able to hold two low cost spay days for cats whose owners have lower incomes, are unemployed, etc.  These spay days will also include spay/neuter and vaccinations for feral cats whose caregivers cannot afford the cost of sterilization.

Approximately 30 cats will be helped with each spay day, so the opportunity to provide spay/neuter and vaccinations for only $10 for up to 60 cats means a lot fewer unwanted litters of kittens will be born next year. 

Thank you to the Bernice Barbour Foundation. 

We were awarded both grants we applied for.  This means a lot to us because every dollar from these grants will be used to provide low-cost spay/neuter.  Just from these two grants (and a matching donation for the ASPCA grant), we are able to provide spay/neuter for up to 105 cats.  It's a huge win in our fight against overpopulation.  With donations and fundraisers, we'll be able to provide even more low-cost spay/neuter surgeries.

Adoption Update

It continues to be a slow adoption time right now, and with so many cats and kittens needing homes and the fact that we cannot take in any more until we have lots and lots of adoptions, I hope adoptions pick up.  But we did have two adoptions this weekend:  Tater and Navajo. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Be an "Alley Cat Angel" this Holiday Season

Alley Cats and Angels wants to ask you to help one of our needy kitties this holiday.

Adoptions are slow this year, we have older cats that will be with us for a very long time, kittens that need a chance and feral cats that need to be spayed / neutered, a bowl of food and a warm place to sleep.  Please consider a donation, every $1 helps!

You can find our Alley Cat Angel Tree at all adoption events.  You can pick up a card there or drop off food, litter and toys.  You can also make a donation via Paypal on our website and email the details for thank you cards to

Alley Cat Angel Tree

Wish List:

Long-term residents (very shy cats or older cats not easily adopted): Xiu-Xiu, Eureka, Yates, Yancy, Leesha, Calliope, Lola, Lucky, Quinn, Valentine
  • Annual Vaccinations ($16)
  • ToysLitter (white clay)
  • Food (Purina One Adult - Chicken & Rice or Hairball) 
  • Scoopable Litter (prefer Fresh Step or Scoop Away)
  • Cardboard Scratchers
  • Sponsored Adoption ($60 through the end of the year, $95 regularly)
  • General Donation - name your amount, every $1 counts 
Feral Cats:
  • Spay / Neuter Sponsor ($50)
  • Annual Vaccinations ($10)
  • Any Dry Food (16lbs will feed a colony for a week)
  • Winter Shelter ($25)
  • General Donation - name your amount, every $1 counts 
Or choose any cat in our program:
  • Annual Vaccinations ($16)
  • Spay / Neuter Sponsor ($50)Toys
  • Litter (white clay)
  • Food (Purina One Adult - Chicken & Rice or Hairball) 
  • Scoopable Litter (prefer Fresh Step or Scoop Away)
  • Cardboard Scratchers
  • Sponsored Adoption ($60 through the end of the year, $95 regularly, $50 for black cats in November)
  • General Donation - name your amount, every $1 counts 
If you make a donation we'll send you a donated handmade card (as as well as a tax receipt) and if you make the donation as a gift, we'll send a card to your gift recipient as well.  

Sample of the handmade card that will be sent to you or your gift recipient.

Thank you so much for helping the cats in our program and being an Alley Cat Angel!

Adoption Update

Bumble, Flounder, and Georgia Lily was adopted this weekend.  Georgia Lily was adopted by one of our previous adopters and is going to live with one of the other United States kittens (formerly Nevada, now Fiona).  We have quite a few adopters who adopt a second cat from us or refer others to us, which is fantastic.

Also, Mason and Zoey have been in foster to adopt homes and their adoptions were finalized this weekend. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

So, tell me, when exactly does kitten season end?!

In North Carolina, kitten season used to be primarily end of March through maybe October.  Now, it seems like it's year round.  We took in babies this year the first week of February.  And we are still getting babies, babies, and more babies.  It's enough to make your head spin.

Officially, intake has been closed for a little while because we have so many, adoptions are slow, and we don't have enough foster homes.  But we are a rescue group that is very heavily into TNR for ferals -- we work on many colonies at one time, and with colonies come kittens.  What are we going to do, TNR adults and leave the 6-week old kittens until they are old enough to be TNR'd?  No way, we couldn't do that.  So we've taken in lots of kittens in the past month from colonies we are currently TNRing.

Then there's the litter of five week kittens from a feral mom that we took in Monday.  Six kittens, one is sick - how could we not take them and leave them in the cold where the sickly one would've most surely died that night alone as his sibling had left him. First stop, vet's office.  Five are doing great, the little one is still touch and go but we're doing everything we can for him but it's wait and see and hope and prayer that he makes it.  And we are hoping and praying and calling Dr. Jodi all the time -- we love the vets that work with us, they are so fantastic, not just great medically but also all around wonderful people.  That litter is a very mixed bag of kittens: two orange tabbies with white mitts, one black and white cow kitten, one dark gray tabby with lots of white (he's the sickly one), one that appears to be all white until you look close and see there's some light orange on his tail and ears, and the other one is a Siamese/dilute calico mix (white with siamese markings with just teensiest bit of very color here and there).  We'll get pictures up soon, have some good ones, just have to upload them.

Then came Chance.  He was brought into PetSmart last night in hopes the rescue would take him.  He's about 7 weeks old and a medium haired orange tabby - adorable as can be with his little fluffy pants.  He was found in the middle of a road and narrowly missed being hit by a car (it passed over him, but didn't hit/roll over him).  He, of course, got scared, jumped, took a tumble and scratched up his little nose.  This picture was taken while he was waiting for his quarantine cage to be set up in the hall bathroom of my house, before the heater in the kicked in so I could bathe him without him getting cold.  This was literally taken within 15 minutes of getting him home - thus the fact that he still has eye boogies in this picture.  Poor little guy was absolutely starving.  Scarfed down canned kitten food and then attacked the dry kitten food.  He is such a good little boy.  Phone pictures so not the best but at least you can see how adorable he is.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Adoption Update

We had three adoptions this weekend:
  • Giselle, the little medium haired dilute calico who had only been with us about a month 
  • Zena, our little black manx (with the manx attitude to match) had been with us since May but didn't necessarily "show well" at adoption events because even though she's really lovey, she hates being picked up
  • Izzie: sweet issue with major torti-tude (torti attitude) but very loving.  Izzie was about 6-7 years old and had been with us almost 2 year.  She was adopted and we're pretty sure it's a perfect match.
So overall, it was a great weekend.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Our first grant award

Yesterday was a great day, we received notification of award of our first grant.  So, with the funds from the grant and matching donation from a generous donor, we will be sponsoring the SNAP-NC mobile spay/neuter van for one day in the near future for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic. 

The SNAP-NC mobile van provides affordable low-cost spay/neuter ($50 for feral cats and $70 for owned pet cats - includes all vaccinations), but in this economy, even $50 or $70 is hard for many people to come up with.  So we will be providing $10 spay/neuters with Alley Cats and Angels paying the remaining fees using the grant and donation money.  However, as long as we have appointments and income criteria is met, no one will be turned away if they are unable to pay a $10 co-pay; because really those are the people that need it the most. 

We will be able to have 45 cats spayed/neutered in a single day.  This spay day will be doing a mix of owned pet cats and feral cats.  This day is targeted for lower/limited income and hardship families and appointments will be made after submission and review of our spay/neuter assistance request form.  We'll keep you posted as soon as we have the spay day date and other details (location of van, etc.) ironed out.

But right now - we are all jumping up and down doing the happy dance!  Being able to provide spay/neuter for 45 cats in one day.  Yeehaw!!!

The low cost mobile spay day is made possible by a grant from the ASPCA ( 

Because Black Goes with Everything - Black Cat Adoption Promotion

Black Cat Adoption Promotion: November 1-30, 2010 (adoption fee for all black cats reduced to just $50 for the month of November)

Studies show that black cats are about half as likely to be adopted as other cats. On average, they stay several months longer in rescues and shelters than any other cats. Black cats are routinely overlooked by potential adopters for a variety of reasons: superstition, they don’t photograph well, they aren’t distinctive, and there are so many of them in shelters that they just don’t stand out like the colorful calico or orange tabby.

While black cats sometimes conjure up all sorts of thoughts of bad luck, they have also actually been thought to bring good luck at different points in history. The cats themselves don’t cause bad luck but the false reputation of being bad luck often causes them to be unlucky at adoption events.

Black cats need love and a safe home just like other cats in shelter. Black cats are commonly known for have easy going and good natured personalities. They have so much to offer and ask for so little in return.

Black cats are truly gorgeous and regal creatures. Their fur typically has a glossy satin sheen unlike other cats and when the light catches their fur, it shimmers.

We encourage potential adopters to give a black cat a chance – their playful, easygoing attitude will charm you into making them a permanent part of your family. Because Black Goes with Everything!

Click here for a printable PDF flyer of our Black Cat Adoption Promotion:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Holiday Fundraisers

We have two great ways to check off some of the items on your holiday shopping list and help support the cats at the same time.

Creamy Marble Slab Fudge

Nine (9) delicious flavors
Half-pound and one pound boxes available Orders due by Friday, December 3
See attached link for flyer and order form
Proceeds split equally between the main medical fund and the Alter an Alley Cat spay/neuter assistance fund

Customer Engraved Crystal Ornaments
Many beautiful engraved designs - custom engraving available
See attached link for flyer and order form
100% of proceeds go to the Alter an Alley Cat spay/neuter assistance fund

Sample Ornament
Available Designs (Alley Cats and Angels design also available)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Free TNR 101 Workshops in the Triangle, NC Area

Multiple local rescue groups, shelters, and Wake County Animal Control are partnering together as the Wake County Cat Committee.  One of the action items is the plight of the feral cats in this area and how to address those needs.  Alley Cats and Angels is pleased to be part of this ground-breaking committee and thanks all the participants for their love and dedication to the animals.

Would you like to learn more about how you can help feral and free roaming cats?   If so, please attend one of the following TNR 101 workshops.  Workshops will be held from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM and are free of charge.
  • 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)
The November and December workshops will be lead by Alley Cats and Angels' Vice President, Marie Brewer.

See the attached for more information:

Meet Tater - abandoned in a locked condo for almost two weeks

Tater and his brother, Booker, were left locked in a condo for almost two weeks with not enough food or water.  Fortunately, the vile person that left them left the toliet lid up so when the cats ran out of water in their dishes, they were able to drink from the toliet.  Less than ideal, but it kept them from getting dehydrated.   

Unfortunately, there was not enough food either and the boys lost quite a bit of weight.  Tater lost 4 pounds which is 20% of his original body weight.  The cats' fur literally jumped with fleas when they were taken from the condo.  The fleas were so bad, the cats have sores all over them.  Oh, we love Capstar and how quickly it kills fleas!

Booker was seen by the vet yesterday and is going to live with a friend of a friend's aunt.  Tater was taken into our adoption program last night and has an appointment today for the works at the vet.  He will be available for adoption but it may be a little while.  He needs to get a clean bill of health by our vet and time to adjust.  Tater seems afraid to be left alone - understandably so. 

Tater is a very handsome medium haired buff tabby and is front declawed.

(Some names have been changed to protect the innocent victims of domestic abuse.)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yowl-o-Ween Cat Costume Contest

Only two days left to submit pictures of the cats adopted from Alley Cats and Angels in Halloween costumes.  We have seven entries so far.  We've created a Facebook album with the pictures (!/album.php?aid=236457&id=132383006913).  Just click on the picture you like best and click "like".  The picture with the most "likes" wins. 

Salty (formerly Blizz) wearing her lobster costume

Trillium Whorl [aka Trilli] (formerly Suke) wearing her pig costume - she's Porky Pig (quite appropriate because she's a very rotund girl!!)

Biscuit (formerly Justina) wearing her cow costume

Dexter (formerly Snarfle) wearing his bat costume.  Nahannananan, Bat Cat!

Persephone wearing her monster costume. 

Rugby (formerly Vittles) as Rug-Bee, the bumble bee

Wicket [aka Squeaky because of his tiny squeaky meow] (formerly Varjak Paw) dressed as Count Squeakula

Adoption Update

Spunky was adopted Monday night by one of our previous adopters.  The couple adopted Eddie from us about two months ago and wanted to get a companion for him.  After a first night of hissing, they seem be on track to becoming best buds!  Congratulations on your new home Spunky. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Meet the Symphony Kittens

The local SPCA has a food bank program and once food has been distributed if there is food leftover, feral cat caregivers can get some for their ferals -- this is a great program because in this economy so many people are struggling but don't want to give up their pets.  However, all animals must be sterilized and vaccinated in order to receive food.  The SPCA forwarded information to us about a colony of ferals with a very limited income caregiver and our one of our TNR Task Force Leaders, Marie P, has been working for the past week trapping for TNR at that colony.  There are approximately 15-20 adult cats and about 10-12 kittens.  So far, 7 of the ferals were "fixed" through our Alter an Alley Cat program last week and we hope to get the remaining cats done this week and next week.  8 kittens have been trapped so far (6 black and white kittens and 2 all black kittens) and there are approximately 3 more kittens to catch.  The kittens are approximately 5 weeks old.  Thankfully, there was someone in the area that is willing to foster the kittens and we are ecstatic because we truly had no available foster homes for them.  Two of the household members play for the North Carolina Symphony so we have dubbed the kittens the "Symphony kittens".  No word yet as to if they will be named after famous composers (Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, etc.).

We are also fortunate because the caregiver and friends have been working the area to get donations to help offset the cost of spay/neuter of all the ferals.  We have spayed/neutered and vaccinated 175 cats through our Alter an Alley Cat program this year (that does not include our February spay day).  It's amazing what a small group can do on a very small budget but the Alter an Alley Cat fund is getting dangerously low and we will still need to finish TNR for the colonies we are currently working on and need to have funds for those.

So here are the first pictures of the Symphony kittens. 

OC kitty

This kitten came into Operation Catnip yesterday but was not old enough to be spayed/neutered, so he's hanging out with one of our TNR Task Force Leaders for a while and has been taken into our adoption program.  He's handle-able without too much fight so should tame down for adoption just fine.


It wasn't a huge adoption weekend but it was a great adoption weekend.  We had two adoptions this weekend and what great adoptions they were!

Shannon Rose, a beautiful calico ADULT cat, was adopted.  I was love at first sight.  Hopefully Shannon Rose will come to like the dogs because that is the only possible obstacle. 

And Ian, the last of the I kittens was finally adopted.  He was much more shy than his siblings for so long and hated adoption events.  But at his foster home, he was a snuggly lap kitty.  We are happy to report that after just a brief stint of hiding, he was laying on his adoptive mom's lap the evening he was adopted.  YAY!!

New pictures of Fast Food Freddie

The below pictures of Fast Food Freddie were taken last week, how cute is this chubby little guy?!!

Gimme five!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

TNR (trap-neuter-return) works!

We spent a good part of two springs and summers doing TNR at a colony downtown Raleigh.  I took on the colony at a request of a friend (surgeries were paid for, just needed trapping and transport help).  Initially, thought there were about 14 cats.  The first night I trapped two summers ago, I caught five cats in 20 minutes but sat back to watch the cats after I put out food.  I counted at least 22 cats and that was only the ones that would come out when people were around.  I TNR'd 23 cats from that location and took in kittens and then turned the project over to our TNR Task Force Leaders, Tricia and Marie, who thankfully took it on.  The two of them TNR'd a bunch of cats and we took in the kittens.  Tricia and Marie P persevered until every cat had a cropped ear (which is the goal with TNR - make sure you TNR ALL the cats in the colony).

Marie P stopped by the colony last night to check on things and the colony made it through the entire spring and summer without one kitten appearing.  The caregiver will contact us if any new cats show up or if they see a kitten, but all is well.  This is proof positive that TNR works. (And a big thanks to Tricia and Marie P.)

If you would like to learn more about TNR, check out the below websites or email us at  If you're interested in becoming part of our TNR Task Force (we always need lead trappers and trapping assistants), please email us at


It's going to be a busy, busy fall and winter!

Last weekend was the only weekend off from rescue related work in many, many months.  But I still did a barn cat relocation and had my nephew help me sterilize everything under the sun (traps that have been loaned out and returned, cages from barn cat relos, litterboxes, carriers, etc.).

The rest of the year is totally booked.  If it's not an adoption event, or cats in the adoption center, we have Santa photos.  And some barn cat relos thrown in too.  :-)  We just hammered out the schedule of events, adoption specials, and fundraisers for the rest of the year.  In case anyone wants to come see us at at event, check out the below schedule.

Yowl-o-ween Photo Contest
  • See previous blog post for information on this
Visit our cats in the following adoption centers
  • October 18 through October 31: PetSmart Knightdale
  • November 1 through November 14: PetSmart Capital Boulevard
  • November 14 through December 5: PetSmart Knightdale
Adoption Events
  • October 23-24, 1PM to 4PM: PetSmart Knightdale
  • October 30-31, 1PM to 4PM: PetSmart Knightdale
  • November 6-7, 1PM to 4PM: PetSmart Capital Boulevard
  • November 12, 6PM to 8PM: PetSmart Capital Boulevard (National Adoption Weekend)
  • November 13-14, 1PM to 4PM: PetSmart Capital Boulevard (National Adoption Weekend)
  • November 20-21, 1PM to 4PM: PetSmart Knightdale
  • November 26, 10AM to 3PM: PetSmart Capital Boulevard
  • November 27-28, 1PM to 4PM, PetSmart Knightdale
  • December 4-5, 1PM to 4PM, PetSmart Knightdale
  • End of December adoption events still to be scheduled
Because Black Goes With Everything – Black Cat Adoption Promotion
  • Adoption fee for all black and mostly black cats and kittens is only $50 for the month of November
Holiday Marble Slab Fudge Fundraiser
  • At least 7 delicious creamy flavors
  • Available in half-pound and one-pound boxes
  • Orders taken from November 1 through December 3, Orders will be delivered by December 15
  • Alley Cats and Angels earns 50% on all fudge orders
Crystal Holiday Ornament Sale
  • Many beautiful designs
  • Orders taken from November 1 through December 3, Orders will be delivered by December 18
  • Alley Cats and Angels earns 50% on all orders
Santa Paws Photos
  • December 11-12, 11AM to 4PM: PetSmart Capital Boulevard
  • December 18-19, 11AM to 4PM: PetSmart Capital Boulevard
  • December 18-19, 11AM to 4PM: PetSmart Knightdale
  • Alley Cats and Angels earns $5 from each photo purchased

Yowl-o-Ween Photo Contest for Alley Cats and Angels' Kitty Alumni

Have you adopted a cat from Alley Cats and Angels? Do you have your cat's Halloween costume all picked out? If so, email a picture of your kitty in costume by October 25 to

We will create a Facebook album for voting. The cat with the most votes (the cat whose photo receives the most "likes") will receive a $50 PetSmart gift card.

(Disclaimer: the above picture is not a submission for the contest, it is a photo of a cat in a costume that I found when googling.)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Help name the little princess

We took in this little girl on Saturday. The sweet little angel is about 11-12 weeks old.  She is a medium haired dilute calico and is very sweet. I'm fostering her and having a hard time thinking of a name for her that I can use.

I wanted to name her Flowerbella, but we currently have an "F" litter of kittens so that's not an option (no names starting with F, also can't use any names starting with S right now either since we currently have an S litter of kittens). The name Milkshake is cute too, but we've already had a Milkshake (we try not to use the same name twice).

Send in your name suggestions via comments.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cool items for sale -- all to benefit the cats

Check out Wildcat Woods vintage Treasures:

This family has rescued and cares for feral cats. They even moved ferals to another town with them so the cats they previously TNR'd would be forever cared for.  They have some great vintage items for sale including jewerly, books, clothing, housewares, home decor items, etc. All the proceeds go to care for the cats to help pay for food and medical care.  And they have quite a few kitties with chronic health issues. 

Please check out the site and hopefully you'll see something you can't do without -- because again, all the money goes to care for the cats. 

Another Sunny Update

Apparently, Sunny did not like her little bandage beret because she managed to get it off (and it was lightly stitched on) Wednesday night.  She went back to the vet yesterday.  And Suuny came home with a bad haircut and some stitches. 

Dr. Jodi had to do some cutting and stretching to acquire enough skin to cover the wound so we're keeping our fingers crossed that it holds. 

According to her foster mom and a friend that stopped by to see her, Sunny girl is an absolute sweetheart, she literally tosses herself on her back for tummy rubs.

And apparently yesterday when her sister was hissing at her (that cone can be scary), Sunny puffed up, turned her body sideways and hopped towards her sister as if to say "look how big I am".  She's pretty darn cute even with the scab, the stitches, and the bad haircut!  The girl can certainly work it.  And boy is she popular, she's gaining quite a fan base of people on facebook. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alley Cats and Angels' First Annual Feral Cat Spay Day a Success

Alley Cats and Angels celebrated National Feral Cat Day by holding a $10 spay day for feral cats on October 14, 2010. A lot of feral cat caregivers are on extremely limited incomes and this is one way Alley Cats and Angels can help both the cats and the caregivers.  Many of the caregivers participating in the spay day truly could not afford the $10 co-pay per cat but were not turned away as long as appointments were still available. 

Our TNR (trap-neuter-return) Task Force helped trap feral cats the day before the clinic and transported them and from the clinic. 24 cats were spayed/neutered, vaccinated and earcropped today; of those 14 were female and 10 were male. 

This was Alley Cats and Angels’ first Feral Cat Spay Day but it will become a yearly "tradition" for our rescue group.

We would like to thank Dr. Barbara Farmer of Greystone Animal Hospital in Raleigh for helping make this day possible. In addition, we would also like to thank Whole Foods Market on Wade Avenue, Raleigh and our donors for your generous donations which helped cover the cost of this spay day.

Additional thanks to our TNR Task Force Leaders, Tricia Andrews and Marie Pickering, for their tireless devotion to feral cats.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Update on two of our adopted kitties

We have kept Bennie's name but after much back and forth we arrived at Murray for the former Tygra. He says "murr" when you talk to him. We are so happy with both cats. They are loving and affectionate and full of energy. Our older cat, Sweetie, has adapted well. Murray seems to perk up when he hears a dog barking on TV or the little dog in the yard behind us. Bennie is a busy boy. He likes to stay and be petted but when he decides he has to be elsewhere, off he goes. He's going to be a strong and muscular cat. I can get him to gently take treats from my fingers. It slows him down and lets Sweetie and Murray take their time with theirs. :) I hope you'll come by and see them sometime...I bet Bennie would like to see you again. Thank you again for bringing the boys to us.


Murray (formerly Tygra) up front and Bennie in the back

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Update on Sunny with a Chance

After twelve days at the vet, the beautiful little Sunny got to come home from the vet last night.  She still has a special bandage on her head that is stitched on and she'll have to go back to the vet a couple of times per week but she is doing well. 

Here's a picture of her thinking "ahhh come on, do I have to wear both the bandage beret and the cone?".  I do get a sense that it's combined with a little bit of her thinking "oh please, who could possibly resist all this cuteness?"!! 

You have to admit - even with the bandage and the cone, she is pretty darn adorable!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall 2010 Yard Sale Results

We had an amazingly successful yard sale Saturday.  We raised a little over $2,900 for the kitties -- $2,927 actually.  We do have a few things (Boyd Bears in boxes with certificates) that we will sell on eBay or post on Craigslist as they were really not yard sale items. 

I would like to thank everyone that donated items for the sale, the volunteers that worked the sale, and everyone that bought items.  This was our most successful yard sale to date.

All the proceeds from the yard sale will go to our medical fund for medical care and spay/neuter and to our Alter an Alley Cat spay/neuter assistance fund. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Meet "Fast Food Freddie"

This little guy is very young -- he's still wobbly on his feet.  He was found in a Hardees bag  by a Raleigh police officer who called an animal control officer knowing she would find a rescue to take him in.  Well, she did.  ;-)  It's an iPhone picture and a bit fuzzy, but what an adorable cow kitten.

For those of you up north, Hardees is a fast food place.