In Memory Of... MINNIE
Sept. 7, 2001 - May 7, 2006

SONG: I will Always Love You

Created by: Helen at: Cottage Realm Pet Memorial Garden

May 9, 2006 ... Minnie unfortunately has crossed over the bridge.. Apparently she got into a fight with a wild animal possibly a coyote (from the looks of her wounds) ... she managed to get home.. then may have drowned in our pond, maybe trying to get a drink .. By me she will be dearly missed I was working so hard... her being feral, to get her wanting to be around me..

Minnie rescued from a "feral Cat" colony in Hobe Sound, FL around December 2001 and adopted from Dominos House Is a success indeed. When she first was  brought home she couldn't be touched at all, but with patience and perseverance she will sit with her new family on the couch and let them pet her. She is still skittish, she can't be picked up, but she has come a long way since she found a loving home. Loves to hang around with her brother Mouse and another rescued feral cat  Dark. Recently she has been laying in her "Mom's" lap.. (see below)

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Minnie even had a hobby.... Chatting while playing dominos

TNR success stories:
  • Town Cats - This is an example of the wonderful work that can be done when you trap, neuter and release ferals.

  • Knoxville (TN) Feral Cat Friends - Our dedicated all-volunteer staff strives to humanely trap, neuter, and return (TNR) feral cats to control the feral cat population as a highly effective alternative to euthanasia.

  • Linda's Feral Cat Assistance - In September 2004, Linda's Feral Cat Assistance was formed by Linda Bryant to work on behalf of the stray cat population in Woodside. Dedicated volunteers who are experienced in the TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release) process for feral cats, return the animals to monitored locations, assist Linda in her work to alleviate the suffering of feral cats.

  • Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance - Controlling the feral and stray cat population in Metro Denver through humane methods and public education.

  • The Cats Pajamas A Success Story

  • Founded on the belief that all life should be valued and treated with dignity and respect, the Stanford Cat Network has a long-term commitment to the health and well-being of homeless cats on the Stanford campus.

  • The Aggie Feral Cat Alliance of Texas (AFCAT) is a volunteer group of students, staff, and faculty from the TAMU campus. AFCAT's main goal is to work closely with the university in order to provide care and long-term management of feral cats on campus.

  • In 1975, someone did a PhD research project on the feral cats that lived in Portsmouth Naval Dockyard

  • The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is a nonprofit, mobile spay/neuter program for feral, stray and barn cats who have a caregiver feeding them. They spay/neuter 3,000 cats each year and are supported solely through donations.

  • Feral Cats Do Fine in Jail
    When an inmate at the Rikers Island jail in New York City tried to escape last summer, the wardens got a big surprise-feline style. "The escaped inmate hid underneath a modular trailer and when officers tried to gas him out, a lot of cats came running out instead," says Bryan Kortis, the executive director of Neighborhood Cats, a non-profit group dedicated to feral cat colonies.
    After this "Great Escape," New York's Department of Correction (DOC) realized that something needed to be done about the colony, but they really appreciated the kitties' hard work in keeping the resident rodent population down, so they decided on a humane solution. In a rare show of cooperation (think about trying to herd cats and you'll get an idea of how tough it is to get New York City agencies working together), the city's Center for Animal Care and Control, the American Society for the Protection of Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society, and Neighborhood Cats joined together to help the DOC implement a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program. "It's been considered the largest TNR project to be undertaken in a single facility anywhere in the country," says Gail Buchwald, director of the ASPCA Cares program. But, amazingly enough, so far the massive project hasn't cost taxpayers anything, thanks to the animal welfare organizations providing free veterinary care, medical supplies and mobile spay/neuter clinics, and corporate sponsors donating food and supplies.

    So far, 201 cats have been returned to Rikers Island and 35 kittens have been adopted out.
    For more information, check out Neighborhood Cats' Web .

  • In a development thrilling to those concerned with feral cat issues, the Center for Animal Control (CACC) in New York City has agreed, for the first time, to test a pilot trap-neuter-release program in collaboration with Neighborhood Cats, a non-profit organization. The new program is currently being tested in just one Manhattan zip code, but if it is successful, it will be expanded into a larger, more comprehensive program, according to Ruth Sharp, the president of Neighborhood Cats. "We hope that in time the program will show that the euthanasia levels [at the CACC] have dropped [and] complaints have dropped," she says, as they have with similar programs in San Francisco and San Diego. "This is a cost-effective way-it's not only cost-effective, it's humane." As recently as a year ago, there wasn't much, if any, support, information or resources available in New York City for feral cats.

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