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The Howard County Cat Club

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31st, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

A couple of months ago I started volunteering with the Howard County Cat Club, a No-Kill cat sanctuary that just recently relocated to my area. The HCCC takes in cats from other shelters that are running out of time, and lets them roam free. Technically it’s not a shelter, because the cats are placed in the basement of a private home, which is really nice! When they are first introduced to the group, the cats are in a large crate with their own food, water, and litter box, until they are acclimated and let loose in the house. Some of the cats have been really friendly, like Henrietta (pictured below) who only had one eye but was one of the sweetest kitties I’ve ever met. Henrietta was adopted after a few weeks, and so were five cats that had come in together. HCCC specializes in placing cats that are “siblings” or have lived together with a previous owner. One such pair is GiGi and CiCi, two super cute calico girls who boss everyone else at the basement around. Others are extremely shy, and it takes me forever to find them because they’re always hiding! It’s neat though to see them come around – ones that are acting super shy one day might be cuddly and playful the next time I’m there.

Click here to “like” the Howard County Cat Club on Facebook

Here are some photos I’ve taken of a few of the kitties:


Super friendly black kittes (adopted)

Garry


GiGi

Henrietta (adopted)

Tabby

A blog worth following: Lucky Dog Rescue Blog

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29th, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

A woman in Mississippi is doing incredible things for dog rescue. I just read this post on her blog. Truly inspiring!

Update

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19th, 2011 by katie – Be the first to comment

A lot has happened over the past few months (well, over the past year+) and I have gotten out of the habit of posting to this blog. I hope to change that, starting now! 

I recently finished graduate school and have started a new job near DC, making it tough to get to BARCS except on weekends. I have however started helping out with a new organization, the Howard County Cat Club (http://www.howardcountycatclub.org/) much closer to home. I go every other Sunday, and will wait until after my next visit to post more. I am also still volunteering with Community Cats Maryland (http://www.communitycatsmd.org/) when needed and assisting with their spay and neuter clinic for feral cats.

The last feral cat spay/neuter clinic I did was last month, and my job was to be the runner. They have it down to such a science, it’s really impressive! The cats are brought in in traps the night before and given food and water, which is then taken away overnight. Then in the morning they start knocking them down with sedatives. Once they are out, the cats are weighed, gender checked, and tested for diseases before having their picture taken. As runner, I escorted them, wrapped in a towel, to the OR where they were shaved in the appropriate area for surgery. Then they are put in front of the vets who do their thing and then they handed them back to me wrapped in the towel and I took them back to the garage where they got vaccinated and monitored for recovery. The really impressive thing was what an efficient assembly line it was. There were 2-3 vets working in the OR at a time (they each did about 3 hour shifts), and basically the vets just had one cat after another placed in front of them to work on. There were a few backups since we didn’t always know the gender of the cat, so if there were several females in a row it would take longer. But overall it went very smoothly and we did 60 cats in 6.5 hours. When you do the math on how many potential litters 60 cats can generate in their lifetime, and how many their offspring can generate, and their offspring, and their offspring, it’s quite atounding how many homeless cats were prevented from entering this world. Sadly, there were a few mommas that were pregnant (we had no way of knowing). It’s sad to see, but at the same time you have to focus on the overall good and that one less litter was brought to Baltimore.