PEE WEE's STORY

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(Prelude to kitten season)

When Pee Wee was a kitten, he found himself homeless, wandering from door to door in search of handouts, shelter, and most of all, companionship.

No one was willing to take him in, but a few people were willing to feed him. Some of the elderly ladies in the neighborhood even let Pee Wee sit on their laps, which Pee Wee seemed to appreciate almost as much as his meals.

In the winter, everyone who knew and loved Pee Wee built him a shelter that kept him warm and dry enough, but still, no one would give him what he really wanted – a home.

We were called to trap Pee Wee after one of the elderly ladies noticed he was limping very badly. It was late in the winter and that time of year when tomcats fight with each other for love and territory, and since no one had thought to have Pee Wee neutered, he had suddenly found himself in that position, too.

We trapped poor Pee Wee, who, it turned out, had been limping that badly for weeks, and we brought him to a vet to be treated for his injuries, and neutered.

But first, we had Pee Wee tested for feline leukemia, since he had been fighting so seriously with other cats.

Sadly, but not so surprisingly, Pee Wee tested positive.

So, what do you do with an outside, unowned cat who is not really tame, but not really wild…a cat you secretly hoped someone would fall in love with while he was recovering from his wounds, so he could finally get to live inside with a real family…

…a cat that tests positive for feline leukemia?


Pee Wee died in the Spring. He wasn’t much more than a year old.

He never found a home, but we hope he did find peace.

Sweet dreams, Pee Wee.

Feral Cat Overview

WHAT IS A FERAL CAT?
Simply put, they are the wild offspring of unsterilized, lost or abandoned companion animals. They tend to form social groups called colonies, and spend their lives struggling against hunger, harsh weather, and often, human cruelty. Biologically driven to breed, females can have two to three litters of kittens per year, while the males become caught in a cycle of roaming and fighting, often leading to fatal injuries and the spread of feline disease. It is anyone’s guess how many of these unfortunate animals are out there, but we do know their numbers, and their suffering, are increasing.

WHAT THE FERAL CAT PROJECT DOES
Pioneered in the UK 30 years ago, and now taking hold across the US, TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) is a humane, cost effective and efficient solution to the problem of feline overpopulation. The cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and vaccinated for rabies. Whenever possible, kittens that are young enough to be socialized are removed from the colony and placed in homes. The adult feral cats are returned to their environment, often with a caregiver already in place.

WHY TNR WORKS
No longer using so much energy to reproduce and care for their young, these cats can be happy and healthy. Naturally territorial, their population stabilizes and gradually decreases over time. Vaccinated for rabies, the cats become a buffer between humans and the wildlife that primarily carries the disease.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Feral Cat Project is run by volunteers and funded only by donations from you. To keep this project going, we need more of both! For more information on The Feral Cat Project, or on how you can help us to help, please send us an email at cats@adoptapet.org