Let's start with the mediocre news because that way we can end with the great news. The mediocre news is that when I came home this evening I saw that DNL had fed the cats. This despite the note I put on her door. DNL, as you may recall, doesn't approve of TNR because it's against Jesus's wishes. I... am not happy. But I don't want to say nasty things behind her back (although I will admit that a good 50% of why I asked a friend to help me tomorrow night was so that I'd have backup in dealing with DNL. Not because she's dangerous, but because she's batty.) I'm assuming she didn't get my note, or she got it and didn't read it, or she got it and didn't understand it. (She didn't seem to understand, quite, two years ago the first time around...) I just have to hope that the other people who have been feeding the cats did not today and won't tomorrow, in and that DNL's actions don't ruin the trapping.
|Hullo, Barnaby. Um, I mean, Miley.|
It turns out that this is the woman who has been putting collars on Tig(g)er. (She calls him Tiger, I've been calling him Tigger, and a little girl in the complex calls him Garfield.) She knew the previous owner. She'd even tried to take Tig(g)er inside to live with her and her cat (and husband and possibly other family members), but Tig(g)er just refuses to stay only indoors. He does, however, come inside every evening to eat dinner-- and now we know how he got handsome and filled out again!! She says that if she'd known Tig(g)er wasn't neutered she'd have taken him to get it done, so she's glad that I'm going to.
|I love how sprawled Tuxie looks-- that back paw hanging out just makes the picture.|
It was great to be in touch with one of the other cat lovers in the neighborhood, and to have her support. (She kept telling me how 'beautiful' it is what I'm doing and such.) And like I said, she'll be out tomorrow night because she wants to see how it all works.
And now the Great News:
We did it! Actually, you did it. Between donations and purchases in my Etsy shop we have raised (are you sitting down?) $504.50. And that's not including the matching donations!!!
You guys make me cry with happiness. Your generosity reminds me that there are good people out there. (It's an easy thing to forget when you're dealing with abandoned cats, and hearing about ferals being poisoned and shot.) You guys, from all over the world (well, okay, I think you're relatively confined to North America, but that's okay) know that these little feral cats just want to be allowed to live and do their thing, and you've made it possible. I am so genuinely grateful and humbled by your generosity. With this money not only have we enough to pay for the TNR via the Spay and Neuter Hotline (who, let me just say again, have been incredible and patient with me as I've tried to schedule all this), but also for me to feed the ferals for a year! (And having TNRed the rest of the colony there shouldn't be any more kittens for me to care for, and therefore no more vet bills... knock on wood!) I ... yeah... just... wow.
Thank you. Thank you so very much. No matter how much you contributed-- a few dollars, a link from your blog or your FB or Twitter-- I appreciate it more than I can properly express.
So now we just have to hope the cats go in the traps...
|They're more excited about making the goal than they look. Promise.|