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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Record breaking adoption weekend

Alley Cats and Angels had a record breaking adoption weekend.  We adopted out 18 (yes, eighteen!) cats and kittens this weekend: 16 kittens and 2 adults. 

The adult cats adopted are Texas (aka Tex) and Batman.  The kittens adopted are Moscow, Colby Jack, Minx, Ham, Petunia Pig, Prissy, Wile E. Coyote, Midori, Sylvester, Honey, Athens, Miranda Panda, Zorro and Zinnia together, Zoomer, Maybelline.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Kupe update

Kupe (koo-pay) was released from the vet yesterday and is doing well in his foster home.  His foster mom, Laura, reports that he is a mooshy lovebug!  He craves attention and is happy to give and receive love.  He's doing well physically and doesn't have any problems getting in and out of the litterbox. 

This handsome tripod kitty will be available for adoption soon. Here is is resting in his bed at his foster home.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Adoption Update

The following six cats/kittens were adopted over the Saturday through Monday.  YAY and congratulations on your homes, our little furbabies.

  • Hickory
  • Skittle
  • Pepe Le Pew (his foster mom called him Monsier Le Pew but he is now Senor Le Pew.  He was adopted by  family who will be moving to Spain in a year.  Our little boy is going to be a world traveler!).
  • Tropicana
  • Hans and Leo were adopted together by their foster mom

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Kupe is doing well

We have named our wonderful three legged kitty boy, Kupe.  It's Polynesian for "heroic adventurer".  Kupe is doing well and will be discharged from the vet in about a week. 

We do need a great foster home for Kupe, so please let us know if you can provide a temporary space for him.  Thank you.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Barn Relocation and Photo Essay

We relocated two cats this weekend to barn cat meca.  We're talking heaven on earth for cats that can't be adopted into traditional homes.  One of the primary reasons I founded Alley Cats and Angels was to focus on ferals with the intent of having a barn cat program for feral cats that could not be returned to their environment.  To that end, I personally relocated over 200 cats into safe barn homes.  But I've started passing the torch to one of our TNR Task Force Leaders, Marie P.  Late last year, she started shadowing me on relocations and in the past few months, she's started reviewing barn cat applications and doing the interviews. 

We do the relos together because, let's face it, I'm a control freak.  But the barn cat program is my baby and we have worked hard to make it successful.  But soon, she'll probably some of the relos on her own - she's a smart lady and she knows the program, how to decide which barn/building to best set up the confinement cage, etc.  But she'll still probably come with me when i do relos because "she strong like bull"!  She hoists those cages and heavy bags of litter like they weigh nothing.  :-)

Marie and I are a lot alike, in that our hearts belong to the ferals.

We were fortunate that Elizabeth Ruffing was able to accompany us on the relocation and photograph it.  Hopefully this will show it's not a quick and easy process.  There is no dump and run.  There's reviewing the application, interviewing the potential barn cat caregiver, and then determing which cats would be the best fit for the location.  It typically takes close to an hour prep time to get everything (paperwork included) ready for the relocation.  We typically drive at least one hour each way to the relocation site, although we have done much farther (415 miles in one day to relocate 5 cats).  It takes about an hour at the barn site to go over paperwork, set up the cages, etc.

We supply everything needed for the relocation: the cages, hidey carrier, food/water buckets, litter box and scoop, linens, mini broom and dustpan, etc.  We take each site 40 pounds of litter, a large bag of food, and several bags of kitty treats.

The barn cat photo essay is on our Facebook page and can be viewed at:!/media/set/?set=a.10150240498226914.320809.132383006913

Monday, July 18, 2011

Reminder - Dine for the Cats Fundraiser on Tuesday, July 19

Join us for a fundraiser at the Sweet Tomatoes on Capital Boulevard, Raleigh on Tuesday, July 19th from 5-8PM. Enjoy great food and support the cats. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Alter an Alley Cat fund.

A meal and a beverage must be purchased and the flyer must be handed to the cashier in order for Alley Cats and Angels to get credit.  You can print the flyer by visiting:
Please help us help the cats by coming out and enjoying delicious fresh food. The Alter an Alley Cat program subsidizes and sponsors spay/neuter surgeries for cats owned by lower income families and feral cats whose caregivers cannot afford the cost of spay/neuter.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Adoption Update

It was another great adoption weekend for the kitties.  So happy for these wonderful families that are adopting our rescues.  We feel great about all the adoptions. 

And for those who have asked us -- yes, we definitely do turn down applications (including two in the past week and a half).  We work hard to rescue these babies and we work hard to make sure they go to good homes with families who will take proper care of them.

Eight (8) cats/kittens were adopted this weekend:
  • Foghorn Leghorn
  • Ricotoni and Daffy Duck together
  • Herb
  • Ignatius J
  • Sweet Tea (yay Tea!!!  Tea was adopted by a lady who met her over a month ago when she was returned and has stopped by the adoption center whenever Tea has been in the center and Tea captured her heart.  Again, YAY TEA!!!!!!)
  • Road Runner
  • Madrid

Friday, July 15, 2011

Welcome "tripod kitty"

Which is a terrible thing for me to call him but he does not have a name yet. 

This handsome boy was an owned cat who disappeared for several months and when he came home he had the most horrific wound.  The family took him to the vet but could not afford the medical care - it was so bad that his front leg had to be amputated - so they were going to have him euthanized. 

We are thankful to Dr. Rose of Zebulon Animal Hospital for her care of this kitty. He was tested, neutered, vaccinated, had his leg amputation today, etc. Apparently he purred the whole time he was awake.  :-)

Dr. Rose is going to recover him for the next 12 or so days.  And then he'll go to an Alley ats and Angels foster home.

We will come up with an extra special name for this extra special boy.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Another adoption

Archer was adopted tonight.  He'll be "bach-ing" it with some bachelors!  The little monkey will be very happy!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Adoptions this weekend...

We are thankful for the four adoptions this weekend.  Bubbles was adopted, Pasketti was adopted, and Bugs Bunny and Vienna were adopted together.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Another adoption, and new kittens

Gogo was adopted tonight. The last of his litter, Gogo is a handsome 5-month old black kitten. So glad it was his turn.

Then took in a litter of five kittens from our wait list. Glad we could make room for them. This litter of kittens have been living outside and battling bad upper respiratory. The are about 5.5-6 weeks old; three black kittens and two brown tabbies. They have been de-flea'd, ears cleaned and treated with ear mite meds, intestinal parasite meds started tonight. Oral antibiotics also administered. They are settling into the hall bathroom. I do miss baths. *sigh*. However, I can deal with showers only for the safety of kittens. I havent gendered the kittens yet but if they are the right mix of males/females, I'll name them after Clue characters (Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Ms Scarlett, Mrs Peacock, etc.).

Independence Day Adoption

RoMeow was adopted today.  He was the last of the R kittens and honestly - the cutest!  Although all three are adorable with great personalities. 

Since we were moving into the Petsmart Raleigh adoption center Monday the 4th, we decided to go ahead and do an adoption event too.  One adoption makes it worth it.  And the absolute perfect fit for the family and kitten.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Adoption Update

Sherbet was adopted last night - to a home without young children (remember, he was returned because the littlest children in the house terrified Sherbet).  He was adopted by the co-worker of Karen - one of our key volunteers (and virtual office adminstrator).  Yay, Sherbet!

Today, Sweetums - our little poly-bob (polydactyl bobtail) and her brother, Kermit were adopted together.  Buttercup and Blossom were adopted together.  And Dublin was adopted. 

The local SPCA is doing $17.76 adoptions through Monday so we were not anticipating many adoptions and are really happy with how many we had.  But we stand by the fact that our cats have some of the best medical care, plus we are one of the only local rescues that vaccinates against FeLV, our Home Again microchips come with rescue paid registration (no additional fee to adopter), and we provide a health guarantee on our cats (if they get sick or need to see a vet within the first 21 days after adoption, we get them into one of our vets and we pay the bill) so we aren't reducing adoption fees (yet anyway).