Community Teamwork

A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from one of the local librarians who was concerned about a family of feral cats living across the street in the parking lot of a vacant business. The owner of the property was not able to be contacted, and the library refused to allow the family to reside on their property.

We worked together with Alpha Humane League and they trapped all six cats, a mama and her six half-grown babies. They took them to the vet, where we took over for a bit. We paid to get them spayed and neutered (four boys and two girls), with ear tipping, and then Alpha Humane League found homes for three of them and a foster home for the remaining three.

Fast forward a few days, and we get a call from Conour Animal Shelter (managed by Valley Humane League) and they put a woman on the line who is looking for six mousers for her large property (garage, barn, and cellar). These feral cats whom most would consider unadoptable now have a home, and she'll also be taking three of our CROW cats as well (so she'll have some mousers she can love on), but I'll post about that after it's a done deal.

I'm just so proud of how three valley animal organizations came together to save the lives and improve the welfare of six feral cats, none of whom would have been saved had we not teamed together. Those who know the history behind the pre-CROW valley animal groups will understand that this is a big deal and a huge step in the right direction. I hope it is a sign that CROW will be able to continue to improve networking of animal activism organizations in the valley and that we can all come together to help as many cats as possible fo years to come. Thank you to all involved, and thank you for being eager and willing to work with CROW!


Bubba the Beautiful

Bubba has the most luscious coat of any cat at CROW. It is shiny and thick and softer than the air around it. Pictures can't even begin to capture the shine, much less its other qualities.


PhotobucketIn the above picture, it may look like his tail is hiding behind the couch, but it isn't. This is all there is!

He had an old irreparable fracture as a feral kitten and this was all that could be saved.

And believe it or not, formerly feral Bubba is becoming a lap cat. His purrs rattle the room as he soaks up as much petting as he can get, and at the peak of his ecstasy he gets the barest sheen of drool droplets on his handsome chin. Just enough to show his appreciation, but not enough to be gross.



Don't you want a one-eyed Bubba? He's just over a year old, healthy, neutered, vaccinated, and ready for his forever home.

Roshi's Tale

A valley resident contacted us a couple weeks ago, concerned because she had seen a feral cat nearby with a face full of porcupine quills. Fortunately, she was able to trap him within a couple of days.

photo credit: Emily Lutringer

Isn't he gorgeous?

We got him neutered and de-quilled, vaccinated and evaluated him, and determined that he had not been feral his entire life. Fortunately for sweet Roshi, his rescuer adopted him, and we sent them on their way with a giant bag of cat food and lots of well wishes. Last we heard, Roshi was working on getting acclimated to indoor life.

We wish Roshi a long and happy life with his new human. Who would have thought that a face full of porcupine quills could make a life so much better? We love you, Roshi!

(We'll provide updates and pictures as we receive them.)