We've been raising money for this large trapping project because our rescue doesn't have the funds to TNR a colony of approximately 75 cats, in addition to all of the other colonies we are currently working. We are been fortunate enough to have wonderful donors and have raised enough money to schedule several half-day spay days (approximately 15 cats each).
We trapped yesterday morning and had 15 cats in about an hour. We also took in 2 kittens who are approximately 4-weeks old. There were seven brand new kittens (one litter of 4 and one litter of 3) born the night before but we were unable to catch the mama cats so we left the kittens with instructions for the caregiver to snatch them up when they are 4-weeks old and call us. Fortunately, it's not a shopping center colony, but a front/back/side yard colony. Started when someone dumped a couple of cats. There are no real low-cost spay/neuter options in Nash County. We heard about it from someone who adopted some barn cats from us. And although Nash County isn't really in our TNR area (we can't do too many TNR proejcts that are 40+ miles away from us because we all also work full-time jobs in addition to working other areas of the rescue for Alley Cats and Angels). There are many "fertile myrtles" out there and what was once a few cats has grown to a colony of approximately 75 cats. And by the time we're done, I believe we'll be taking in many, many, many kittens form this colony also.
So, loaded up the SUV with 15 traps, a drop-trap, carrier with two kittens and headed back to town to drop them off in a volunteer's garage (soo thankful someone has a garage as 15 traps would not have fit in my hall bathroom - where I typically house the cats before/after surgery, plus the kittens were going to be set up in the bathroom). This morning, got up bright and early, headed to the house, loaded up the cats (thank you Darren for doing all the loading) and drove into work bright and early to change cars so the cats would make it to the spay day on time and I could make it to work on time!
One cat has a very bad eye and is being sent over to another vet. If it has to be removed, that's a huge hit to the budget. Below are some of the pictures of the project.