The First Cat Colony
Members of this colony are Mitzy, Tarzan, Fluffy, Spotty, Gray, who wasn't neutered, and Bougu who disappeared, and may have died. The first colony was trapped and neutered in July 2006, and released in their previous backyard. Originally we had 14 cats. We lost 5 cats, 2 where found dead on the grounds and 4 where adopted.
The backyard, Tarzan on the right.
Here is Sammy the beautiful Siamese cat which was rescued and adopted.
Tarzan and the white cat looking up. Mitzy in the back waiting for left overs.
Here is the white cat's baby who found a warm place under the hood of a car. He was seriously burned when the car started. He died of his injuries. In the photo, you can see him injured.
Mitzy in a trap before being neutered.
After we trap the cats we hold them in a safe place for seven days. Their traps are cleaned daily and they get food, water twice a day. ASPCA comes to our location to provide the sterilization with their Mobile clinic. The cats are vaccinated, checked, treated and the ones selected for adoption are tested. The rest are released to their original home.
Fluffy sitting peacefully on top of his shelter.
|Mitzy in the yard, winter 2006.||Mitzy and a new cat in the yard. He was rescued and adopted.|
Mustache is a visitor to the colony. She had a litter of two kittens which were saved and adopted. She was unable to be trapped and had another kitten. She has since left the area.
|Gray and Spotty, summer 2007.||Gray in the yard.|
|Spotty released from the trap.||Spotty relaxing in the morning sun summer 2007.|
|Fluffy in the yard.|
Buddies, Fluffy and Mitzy in the yard.
|Fluffy and the gray cat. Dinner time.|
Gray and Mitzy travel daily from another hiding place.
|They live behind this building.|
|Building is being demolished brick by brick with no shoot, no dumpster, without any security right on Madison Ave. This is Harlem!|
|Lunch in the snow while the sun is out.|
|Spotty enjoying the afternoon sun.||Fluffy, the last moments before constructions.|
UPDATE - Fall 2008
As expected the building and the garden has been demolished by the city and the developer. The pets live cramped behind a building. We are trying to relocate them into our first Urban Garden Sanctuary.
UPDATE - Summer 2009
In over a month we have lost access to the lot. The ground is now a deep hole. We only hope that the pets can survive. We are in the process of recieving our small garden.
This cat had been left to die in the vacant building by the owner who was relocated by the city. She was found by a worker who let us know and we rescued her.
UPDATE - 2010
Every day is another day of worry if our cats make it. We continue to press for our first Urban Garden.
|They all survived the winter.|
|Everybody is ready for lunch. Spotty, Fluffy amd Tarzan.|
|And the new construction is coming up.|
UPDATE - 2011
Pregnant cat made her home in this garden yard, she was a chocolate color, we gave her name Coco, she ended up with four kittens: Elly just like her mother, Alex all black with a white spot and two orange kittens - one with white markings and the other orange - Pooky and Peaches. We cared for them in the yard until we removed them all and the mother who continued to nurse them. Coco was taken by ASPCA, Pooky and Peaches were adopted and Elly and Alex are with me - Elly was not adoptable and I kept them.
UPDATE - 2012
The only cats which remailned in the garden were Tarzan, Fluffy and Spotty. The new building is standing and we could no longer get into their shelters. It was a bad winter......
UPDATE - 2013
Tarzan had died in the spring and we miss him. Robin and Saul feed the cats and our additional shelters for the cats in the next building were removed, it has a new owner. We put some new shelters in hiding.
UPDATE - 2014
Fluffy and Spotie had died in the same month this spring. I saw them them last in April. The colony is gone and we miss them.