The “cat trapping” ladies at the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary have been really busy in recent weeks trying to get as many cats spayed and neutered before kitten season as possible – last count was close to 130. We were asked to help in four different situations where cat numbers had just got out of hand. At two of the homes the owners told us that one un-spayed female had started the whole thing. One of these homes had 53 cats and another had 37. Fortunately for us, some of these owners wanted to, and were able to keep most of the cats. At others, all needed to be removed. All the tame cats will eventually be adopted but many were never socialized and are in need of a good “barn home”. As my good friend and fellow rescuer said to me, “Sometimes the best farm homes are not “true farms”…. just good people who have a little property and a BIG heart.” We would love to have a list of homes waiting for these cats, with an outbuilding or two, for the cat’s protection.
Generally kittens need to be handled by six weeks of age in order to be easily socialized. At CVAS we push the edge of the envelope a lot in this area. In every rescue situation where we need to use humane traps, we socialize and adopt every cat and kitten that we can, but the older it is the lower our success rate. Sometimes our only option is to send them to a good barn home.
These cats are beautiful, healthy, spayed or neutered and have been vaccinated. They are so tired of being confined at the shelter and, like us, want to get out into the spring sunshine, kick up their heels and catch some mice! Also, since it is “kitten season”, we are already getting calls from people who have mamas with kittens that they need to relinquish. We need to free up space in the shelter for the new arrivals. If we can move these kittens in while they are still young enough to socialize, we won’t need to find barn homes for them. They will be easily adoptable.
Please call the Sanctuary at 684-1475 if you’ve got the heart and the barn for some of these cats. There is no charge for barn cats but donations are always appreciated. Please spay and neuter. Don’t let one kitten turn into 53!