Saturday, January 31, 2009

People Demanding the Starving Cats Back

The people who "own" the starving cats, three of whom I took in to be spayed yesterday, are demanding them back, although not until this afternoon, because the "owner" is in Salem. For gosh sakes, treating me like a slave, and they don't even feed the cats. I asked if I returned them, are they going to start feeding them, and the woman said she was not part of this, being the daughter in law, and I would have to wait until her mother in law gets back to bring the cats back and talk to her. This was never even originally in the plan, had the cats not been starving.

So, I called a Corrections Officer, also an animal lover, and asked him what to do. He is going to call the sheriff's office, see what they recommend and come over and see the cats as a witness to their condition. I contacted SafeHaven, who said Linn County really only does neglect cases for dogs and was the dog there neglected. I said I didn't know. I just know these cats are starved. So I don't know what will happen. I will be filing a complaint of neglect. Whether Linn County does anything on it, I don't know.

They are claiming ownership so I am forced to return the cats, unless I want arrested.

UPDATE: The animal loving corrections officer himself called the sheriff's department after seeing the cats and someone he knows on patrol went out to talk to the folks. I hope they can be persuaded to take care of them, feed them at least. It's always easier that way. Just don't know. Waiting for a call from the corrections officer guy to let me know what to do next. If the deputy thinks they will go ahead and start feeding them, then we will go out with the cats and Safehaven will provide a bag of food.

Another complication arose, when I asked the friend who has decent eyes, to check the rear end of the allegedly previously neutered male kitten. I couldn't believe he would already be neutered. He looks so much like the calico, same nose color, pink in the same location, and he also looks like the big long hair black and white unfixed male, from up the road I trapped and got fixed. Sure enough, the kitten has tiny little kitten balls and in fact, is not neutered. How'd the vet miss that? I don't know. Probably rushed.

I called the clinic to tell them he isn't fixed, and they said I could bring him back Monday to have it done. But I might not have him on Monday. He may be back at the "owners" and I am done with dealing with them, whatever happens.

I also learned the woman claiming ownership is Hispanic and may have different ideas about how animals are cared for and also, although she speaks English, the neighbor said, may not fully understand the language or what is being said, about pet care. So that's an issue. But I don't speak Spanish and I don't know anyone who could go with me who does.

I'm glad the deputy went out to talk to them. It means more to people if someone in uniform says "You need to feed these cats." It just does, much more force to it, the hint of consequences if they don't do it. So I hope it works out ok. I don't like conflict, but when I see a kitten starved like that, have a vet tell you to keep the kitten at least two weeks just to feed it, and a neighbor is telling me they don't feed them, what are you going to do?

UPDATE: So the deputy is going to leave the case open, I just found out. He got a convoluted story out there, and now they claim only three of the cats are theirs and they only want three back. But they couldn't identify which three were theirs and the drunk husband offered to shoot them all. For now I have to go back with them and let them show which three are theirs and unfortunately, they get to keep them for now. They told the deputy they do just fine eating mice and being thrown scraps every now and then, which is a bunch of baloney. They also told him I didn't have permission to come take any of them to be fixed, which is a lie also, since they were the ones who called me.

I don't like going back there to that sort of people and handing them back cats, some of whom, including this poor little long hair black and white male, will never be fixed. And since the deputy won't be there, they will likely renig on promises to turn over four. It's all sick and horrible and I do hope the investigation remains open and they are forced to either care for those cats properly or relinquish them and get charged with animal neglect, which is what they very much deserve.

I am also vaccinating them, since they'll never get anything done for them again in their poor lives, if they remain there, and applying advantage and I likely will also get to take abuse from these people when I return these cats. Sometimes life can be very hard to take.

UPDATE: Well, I bit the bullet and went out there. Rode with my friend and his kids. We first returned the big black and white male who took a huge poop during the ride up, laced with all sorts of worms, all dead now, thankfully. I wormed him. He even ate the tapeworm pill mixed into wet food. He'll be feeling a whole lot better.

Then we went to the other people's place. They were having a birthday party. The parents came out first and the older woman was angry at first, but she softened. The daughter, who is the one who called, but a different one than I dealt with before, came out looking like she was going to be confrontational, but wasn't in the end. The father had a beer in his hand and would interrupt periodically to offer "I'm going to solve this problem. I'm going to shoot them all." His wife would wave him off sternly and his daughter would say "oh dad" and roll her eyes. He was drunk.

He said there were almost 20 cats on that stretch of road. I said "Well 13 of them are now fixed." But I don't think it got through. They handed over two more of the kittens, who are very sick and the orange and white was so hungry she tried to eat my thumb. Then they said they didn't want the little black and white long hair male back and my heart went "pitter patter" I was so happy. He had acted so relieved here, like he believed he had been saved. To have to take him back out there, to see if he was one they would keep, killed me. But they took back the two calicos, including the starving kitten and this was hard to see.

My only condolence in this is how much she ate in the short time she was here, and the fact I wormed her, defleaed her and vaccinated her. All these things will help her immensely. And the sheriff still has the case open.

I will take them food on Monday and hope that they will feed them. The daughter was interested in getting everybody fixed after I explained how I could do that, even if they are wild. She seemed like a person who is open to new ideas. I liked her. I know that's a weird thing to say about someone who is treating their cats so badly.

Three gone from there will only help the others, however, get more of whatever food there is. All getting fixed down the road, since there is intermingling will also help. Worming them all will help, too.

People Demanding the Starving Cats Back

The people who "own" the starving cats, three of whom I took in to be spayed yesterday, are demanding them back, although not until this afternoon, because the "owner" is in Salem. For gosh sakes, treating me like a slave, and they don't even feed the cats. I asked if I returned them, are they going to start feeding them, and the woman said she was not part of this, being the daughter in law, and I would have to wait until her mother in law gets back to bring the cats back and talk to her. This was never even originally in the plan, had the cats not been starving.

So, I called a Corrections Officer, also an animal lover, and asked him what to do. He is going to call the sheriff's office, see what they recommend and come over and see the cats as a witness to their condition. I contacted SafeHaven, who said Linn County really only does neglect cases for dogs and was the dog there neglected. I said I didn't know. I just know these cats are starved. So I don't know what will happen. I will be filing a complaint of neglect. Whether Linn County does anything on it, I don't know.

They are claiming ownership so I am forced to return the cats, unless I want arrested.

UPDATE: The animal loving corrections officer himself called the sheriff's department after seeing the cats and someone he knows on patrol went out to talk to the folks. I hope they can be persuaded to take care of them, feed them at least. It's always easier that way. Just don't know. Waiting for a call from the corrections officer guy to let me know what to do next. If the deputy thinks they will go ahead and start feeding them, then we will go out with the cats and Safehaven will provide a bag of food.

Another complication arose, when I asked the friend who has decent eyes, to check the rear end of the allegedly previously neutered male kitten. I couldn't believe he would already be neutered. He looks so much like the calico, same nose color, pink in the same location, and he also looks like the big long hair black and white unfixed male, from up the road I trapped and got fixed. Sure enough, the kitten has tiny little kitten balls and in fact, is not neutered. How'd the vet miss that? I don't know. Probably rushed.

I called the clinic to tell them he isn't fixed, and they said I could bring him back Monday to have it done. But I might not have him on Monday. He may be back at the "owners" and I am done with dealing with them, whatever happens.

I also learned the woman claiming ownership is Hispanic and may have different ideas about how animals are cared for and also, although she speaks English, the neighbor said, may not fully understand the language or what is being said, about pet care. So that's an issue. But I don't speak Spanish and I don't know anyone who could go with me who does.

I'm glad the deputy went out to talk to them. It means more to people if someone in uniform says "You need to feed these cats." It just does, much more force to it, the hint of consequences if they don't do it. So I hope it works out ok. I don't like conflict, but when I see a kitten starved like that, have a vet tell you to keep the kitten at least two weeks just to feed it, and a neighbor is telling me they don't feed them, what are you going to do?

UPDATE: So the deputy is going to leave the case open, I just found out. He got a convoluted story out there, and now they claim only three of the cats are theirs and they only want three back. But they couldn't identify which three were theirs and the drunk husband offered to shoot them all. For now I have to go back with them and let them show which three are theirs and unfortunately, they get to keep them for now. They told the deputy they do just fine eating mice and being thrown scraps every now and then, which is a bunch of baloney. They also told him I didn't have permission to come take any of them to be fixed, which is a lie also, since they were the ones who called me.

I don't like going back there to that sort of people and handing them back cats, some of whom, including this poor little long hair black and white male, will never be fixed. And since the deputy won't be there, they will likely renig on promises to turn over four. It's all sick and horrible and I do hope the investigation remains open and they are forced to either care for those cats properly or relinquish them and get charged with animal neglect, which is what they very much deserve.

I am also vaccinating them, since they'll never get anything done for them again in their poor lives, if they remain there, and applying advantage and I likely will also get to take abuse from these people when I return these cats. Sometimes life can be very hard to take.

UPDATE: Well, I bit the bullet and went out there. Rode with my friend and his kids. We first returned the big black and white male who took a huge poop during the ride up, laced with all sorts of worms, all dead now, thankfully. I wormed him. He even ate the tapeworm pill mixed into wet food. He'll be feeling a whole lot better.

Then we went to the other people's place. They were having a birthday party. The parents came out first and the older woman was angry at first, but she softened. The daughter, who is the one who called, but a different one than I dealt with before, came out looking like she was going to be confrontational, but wasn't in the end. The father had a beer in his hand and would interrupt periodically to offer "I'm going to solve this problem. I'm going to shoot them all." His wife would wave him off sternly and his daughter would say "oh dad" and roll her eyes. He was drunk.

He said there were almost 20 cats on that stretch of road. I said "Well 13 of them are now fixed." But I don't think it got through. They handed over two more of the kittens, who are very sick and the orange and white was so hungry she tried to eat my thumb. Then they said they didn't want the little black and white long hair male back and my heart went "pitter patter" I was so happy. He had acted so relieved here, like he believed he had been saved. To have to take him back out there, to see if he was one they would keep, killed me. But they took back the two calicos, including the starving kitten and this was hard to see.

My only condolence in this is how much she ate in the short time she was here, and the fact I wormed her, defleaed her and vaccinated her. All these things will help her immensely. And the sheriff still has the case open.

I will take them food on Monday and hope that they will feed them. The daughter was interested in getting everybody fixed after I explained how I could do that, even if they are wild. She seemed like a person who is open to new ideas. I liked her. I know that's a weird thing to say about someone who is treating their cats so badly.

Three gone from there will only help the others, however, get more of whatever food there is. All getting fixed down the road, since there is intermingling will also help. Worming them all will help, too.

Cats Fixed Yesterday

Here's the calico teen, fixed yesterday and literally starving to death.
The young long hair black and white male, who turned out, shockingly enough, to be already neutered. I guess the daughter got him from someone giving away fixed kittens. Wasn't me.
Here's the sad adult calico, also starved, fixed yesterday.
Brown tabby tux female, fixed yesterday, who was abandoned on Scravel Hill. She showed up at someone's door starved to death and crying her heart out.
This is yet another teen, a female this time, from an Albany complex where finally a tenant has taken it upon himself to keep the cat population under control by trapping any free roamer and getting them fixed.
This is the huge black and white long hair male who has been coming into the garage of the people whose seven other cats I took in to be fixed on Wednesday. He was neutered yesterday. Another photo of him below.


The city councilman has moved on to try to persuade other private people who help cats by getting them fixed to solve the complaining man's cat issue. This councilman gave my number to a man with a cat problem in SW Albany, a very minor cat problem, after telling me the man just wanted help getting the cat fixed, when the man really wanted me to take the cat.

I was rightfully pissed when I learned I'd been deceived and told both the complainer that and the councilman, who merely moved on to other cat fixers, all private people without funding, trying to get them to take this cat. This only moves the problem and puts the expense on somebody else and shame on that councilman for trying to talk a bunch of volunteers into solving a citywide irresponsible asshole problem.

Cats Fixed Yesterday

Here's the calico teen, fixed yesterday and literally starving to death.
The young long hair black and white male, who turned out, shockingly enough, to be already neutered. I guess the daughter got him from someone giving away fixed kittens. Wasn't me.
Here's the sad adult calico, also starved, fixed yesterday.
Brown tabby tux female, fixed yesterday, who was abandoned on Scravel Hill. She showed up at someone's door starved to death and crying her heart out.
This is yet another teen, a female this time, from an Albany complex where finally a tenant has taken it upon himself to keep the cat population under control by trapping any free roamer and getting them fixed.
This is the huge black and white long hair male who has been coming into the garage of the people whose seven other cats I took in to be fixed on Wednesday. He was neutered yesterday. Another photo of him below.


The city councilman has moved on to try to persuade other private people who help cats by getting them fixed to solve the complaining man's cat issue. This councilman gave my number to a man with a cat problem in SW Albany, a very minor cat problem, after telling me the man just wanted help getting the cat fixed, when the man really wanted me to take the cat.

I was rightfully pissed when I learned I'd been deceived and told both the complainer that and the councilman, who merely moved on to other cat fixers, all private people without funding, trying to get them to take this cat. This only moves the problem and puts the expense on somebody else and shame on that councilman for trying to talk a bunch of volunteers into solving a citywide irresponsible asshole problem.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Complications

Complications arose with the fixes done today. They got done late. I was going to return all the cats tonight. Then, it turns out, the big black and white, the huge male, was not neutered after all. He's the one I trapped at the place with the seven others, one who turned out to be already fixed. Those neighbors referred another neighbor to me, with 8 unfixed cats. I went and picked up three this morning.

There were four teens with barely any body weight to them at all, and runny eyes. They swarmed me. I didn't think to leave them food, when I left with three of the cats, an adult calico, a teen calico and a black and white long hair, whom they said was a female too.

None of the cats were in good shape at all. They said there was a calico, once tame, now wild, but they rarely see her, except she saw her yesterday on her walk, almost a mile away with a tabby. Then I found out they don't feed the cats. Only table scraps and those are a rare thing.

I only found this out from the other neighbor this evening, who said he sometimes feels so sorry for the cats he takes food down to them. I asked him because the vet said the little calico teen had shrivelled organs and was nearly starved to death. He didn't think she should be returned and urged me to keep her at least for two weeks, to feed her everything she can eat.

Puts me in a dilemma. This is neglect and none of these cats should be returned. I tried to contact SafeHaven about what to do. I can't take in seven cats. There are four more there, the other three teens and a big Flamepoint who might already be neutered. The neighbor, however, is willing to take him. He knows these folks, said they're overwhelmed.

As for the long hair little black and white, he turned out to be an already neutered male. I asked the neighbor where in the world a young male like that who is already neutered came from. He believes one of the young daughters drug him home from somewhere. But where?

I had told the people I'd be bringing the cats back about 5:00, but, the vet clinic was later than usual doing them, so they were out of it still from anesthesia and I am worn out, so I came home and called them, to say I'd not be bringing them back tonight. But the woman isn't even home, and the son says he doesn't know anything about the cats or even that some were gone getting fixed. He said he'd call his mom, that she is somewhere else, and that she'd be calling me right back. She has not called back. Maybe he could not reach her.

The neighbor says they'll likely very eagerly give some up if they can be adopted out. He says they're overwhelmed and don't have the resources to care for them. So I don't think it will be an issue. They're going to go over, either tonight or tomorrow and talk to them about it, which is nice. I won't have to then. I am not very good about knowing how to say things right.

So today, three went in from that place, two calicos and the black and white young long hair, who turned out to be already neutered. Then the big huge black and white long hair, from the first neighbors, who wasn't neutered after all. Then another female teen trapped by man at the Albany complex. And a female abandoned on Scravel Hill. Six more cats. But one was already fixed.

Complications

Complications arose with the fixes done today. They got done late. I was going to return all the cats tonight. Then, it turns out, the big black and white, the huge male, was not neutered after all. He's the one I trapped at the place with the seven others, one who turned out to be already fixed. Those neighbors referred another neighbor to me, with 8 unfixed cats. I went and picked up three this morning.

There were four teens with barely any body weight to them at all, and runny eyes. They swarmed me. I didn't think to leave them food, when I left with three of the cats, an adult calico, a teen calico and a black and white long hair, whom they said was a female too.

None of the cats were in good shape at all. They said there was a calico, once tame, now wild, but they rarely see her, except she saw her yesterday on her walk, almost a mile away with a tabby. Then I found out they don't feed the cats. Only table scraps and those are a rare thing.

I only found this out from the other neighbor this evening, who said he sometimes feels so sorry for the cats he takes food down to them. I asked him because the vet said the little calico teen had shrivelled organs and was nearly starved to death. He didn't think she should be returned and urged me to keep her at least for two weeks, to feed her everything she can eat.

Puts me in a dilemma. This is neglect and none of these cats should be returned. I tried to contact SafeHaven about what to do. I can't take in seven cats. There are four more there, the other three teens and a big Flamepoint who might already be neutered. The neighbor, however, is willing to take him. He knows these folks, said they're overwhelmed.

As for the long hair little black and white, he turned out to be an already neutered male. I asked the neighbor where in the world a young male like that who is already neutered came from. He believes one of the young daughters drug him home from somewhere. But where?

I had told the people I'd be bringing the cats back about 5:00, but, the vet clinic was later than usual doing them, so they were out of it still from anesthesia and I am worn out, so I came home and called them, to say I'd not be bringing them back tonight. But the woman isn't even home, and the son says he doesn't know anything about the cats or even that some were gone getting fixed. He said he'd call his mom, that she is somewhere else, and that she'd be calling me right back. She has not called back. Maybe he could not reach her.

The neighbor says they'll likely very eagerly give some up if they can be adopted out. He says they're overwhelmed and don't have the resources to care for them. So I don't think it will be an issue. They're going to go over, either tonight or tomorrow and talk to them about it, which is nice. I won't have to then. I am not very good about knowing how to say things right.

So today, three went in from that place, two calicos and the black and white young long hair, who turned out to be already neutered. Then the big huge black and white long hair, from the first neighbors, who wasn't neutered after all. Then another female teen trapped by man at the Albany complex. And a female abandoned on Scravel Hill. Six more cats. But one was already fixed.

Know Someone With a Cat That Needs Fixed?

The Albany Neuterscooter clinics have only 15 cats registered so far, between the two clinics. How pathetic is that?

I knew it might be a problem. There is an issue in Linn County with an entitlement attitude. Plus, people have lots of heavy expensive addictions to feed, before they feed anything else, or would consider paying to get their cat or cats fixed. Primarily, I'm talking cigarettes and alcohol. But there are also a lot of bigger drug issues here, from pot, which takes a chunk of change to buy and is a commonly used drug in Linn County, to meth, which renders its users drug zombies. This isn't something new to the economic down turn. These priorities have being going on forever here.

I'm still hopeful people will sign up to get their own cats and feral cats fixed at the clinic. I'm also very skeptical it will happen. In North Bend, people of the same or even lower income levels as in Linn County, line up by the score to take advantage of such a clinic.

What is the difference, I wonder, between the two populations, which are similar in income levels and problems faced, in so many other ways. Is there more of an independent nature there, imbedded values of personal responsibility. even among the poor, that they feel they should take care of it themselves? I don't know the answer. There are lots of people who don't fix their cats down there also, of course.

All I remember is KATA telling me, that at one Sweet Home Neuterscooter clinic where over a hundred cats were fixed, only one person actually paid for their own cat to be fixed. The rest got fixed under various grants. That is so sad!

I am reluctant to go begging out of county to find sponsors for Linn County cat fixes. It's pathetic in so many ways. This is a sad county. Personal responsibility is not a common value here. You'd think it would be, given way over half the populace count themselves conservative.

I have discovered, on both sides of the political aisle, that a lot of people do about exactly the opposite of what they claim verbally to believe. It's funny. And it's a curiosity. For example, the personal responsibility value claimed by republicans is often hard to find in Republican areas. And, a lot of the loudest screechiest preachiest liberals are the most intolerant hateful and mean people you'd ever meet in your life. Curious. Interesting.

Back to the cats. I may cave and try to come up with money and spay sponsors to get these clinics filled. Or, appeal to out of county cat caretakers. Maybe I'll try both. I hate to see clinics wasted, but I also hate to watch others shell out more money and effort to make up for the slackers of this county. It's a dilemma. I hate becoming a co-dependent to lazy lifestyles by helping people remain irresponsible and lazy.

Know Someone With a Cat That Needs Fixed?

The Albany Neuterscooter clinics have only 15 cats registered so far, between the two clinics. How pathetic is that?

I knew it might be a problem. There is an issue in Linn County with an entitlement attitude. Plus, people have lots of heavy expensive addictions to feed, before they feed anything else, or would consider paying to get their cat or cats fixed. Primarily, I'm talking cigarettes and alcohol. But there are also a lot of bigger drug issues here, from pot, which takes a chunk of change to buy and is a commonly used drug in Linn County, to meth, which renders its users drug zombies. This isn't something new to the economic down turn. These priorities have being going on forever here.

I'm still hopeful people will sign up to get their own cats and feral cats fixed at the clinic. I'm also very skeptical it will happen. In North Bend, people of the same or even lower income levels as in Linn County, line up by the score to take advantage of such a clinic.

What is the difference, I wonder, between the two populations, which are similar in income levels and problems faced, in so many other ways. Is there more of an independent nature there, imbedded values of personal responsibility. even among the poor, that they feel they should take care of it themselves? I don't know the answer. There are lots of people who don't fix their cats down there also, of course.

All I remember is KATA telling me, that at one Sweet Home Neuterscooter clinic where over a hundred cats were fixed, only one person actually paid for their own cat to be fixed. The rest got fixed under various grants. That is so sad!

I am reluctant to go begging out of county to find sponsors for Linn County cat fixes. It's pathetic in so many ways. This is a sad county. Personal responsibility is not a common value here. You'd think it would be, given way over half the populace count themselves conservative.

I have discovered, on both sides of the political aisle, that a lot of people do about exactly the opposite of what they claim verbally to believe. It's funny. And it's a curiosity. For example, the personal responsibility value claimed by republicans is often hard to find in Republican areas. And, a lot of the loudest screechiest preachiest liberals are the most intolerant hateful and mean people you'd ever meet in your life. Curious. Interesting.

Back to the cats. I may cave and try to come up with money and spay sponsors to get these clinics filled. Or, appeal to out of county cat caretakers. Maybe I'll try both. I hate to see clinics wasted, but I also hate to watch others shell out more money and effort to make up for the slackers of this county. It's a dilemma. I hate becoming a co-dependent to lazy lifestyles by helping people remain irresponsible and lazy.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Photos of Seven Cats Taken in Yesterday

Below are photos of the seven cats I took in yesterday from one rural Linn County location. The big Maine Coon turned out to already be neutered. Of the other six, two were girls and four were boys. All had tapeworm and earmite infestations. I did treat all of them for fleas, and talked to them extensively about the parasites the cats have, how they get them, and how to treat them. I hope they follow through.

Muted torti female, fixed yesterday.
Siamese mix male, fixed yesterday.
This male turned out to be already neutered. They thought he was an unfixed female, and had named him "Holly". He showed up about two months ago, along with another big male, now in a trap in my car. I bet he'll be already neutered, too.
Gray tux male, neutered yesterday.
Chocolate Point Siamese long hair male, neutered yesterday.
Buff and white male, neutered yesterday.
Blue Point Siamese female, fixed yesterday.

I heard from the man referred to me by councilman Olsen. Despite listening to my message about me not taking in cats from the public, he was not interested in getting the cat in question fixed, but rather wanted me to take the cat.

I asked him if he listened to my message on my machine and he said he had, but since Olson gave him my number, he figured he had an in, and I'd take the cat regardless of having way too many already and the message on my machine. This really pissed me off.

The cat also may be owned. He claims the cat enters his house through his cat door and he already has two cats and a dog who use that door and he wants the cat gone. I explained that there were several people in his area who feed strays, so he can not feed that stray and he or she will be fine.

But his beef is the cat using his cat door. Well duh. If you have a hole in your house to the outside, its' pretty much inviting anything that will fit through it inside. Close up the cat door, keep your own cats inside, any of these options are suitable, I told him, but not acceptable to him. For all he knows his cats are entering other people's houses and garages, too.

There was nothing I could do but tell him to try to find out if the cat is owned and if not, to try to find the cat a home himself.

He thought I should deal with it. Didn't matter that I told him over and over I'm not a shelter, that I don't get paid, etc, etc, because he wanted his needs met regardless of any hardship on others or the cat.

I hate people sometimes. I sent councilman Olson off an e-mail, letting him know I was not happy with being misled, that this man wanted a cat fixed. I'm turning my phone off for the rest of the day. I"m at my demand tolerance limit.

Photos of Seven Cats Taken in Yesterday

Below are photos of the seven cats I took in yesterday from one rural Linn County location. The big Maine Coon turned out to already be neutered. Of the other six, two were girls and four were boys. All had tapeworm and earmite infestations. I did treat all of them for fleas, and talked to them extensively about the parasites the cats have, how they get them, and how to treat them. I hope they follow through.

Muted torti female, fixed yesterday.
Siamese mix male, fixed yesterday.
This male turned out to be already neutered. They thought he was an unfixed female, and had named him "Holly". He showed up about two months ago, along with another big male, now in a trap in my car. I bet he'll be already neutered, too.
Gray tux male, neutered yesterday.
Chocolate Point Siamese long hair male, neutered yesterday.
Buff and white male, neutered yesterday.
Blue Point Siamese female, fixed yesterday.

I heard from the man referred to me by councilman Olsen. Despite listening to my message about me not taking in cats from the public, he was not interested in getting the cat in question fixed, but rather wanted me to take the cat.

I asked him if he listened to my message on my machine and he said he had, but since Olson gave him my number, he figured he had an in, and I'd take the cat regardless of having way too many already and the message on my machine. This really pissed me off.

The cat also may be owned. He claims the cat enters his house through his cat door and he already has two cats and a dog who use that door and he wants the cat gone. I explained that there were several people in his area who feed strays, so he can not feed that stray and he or she will be fine.

But his beef is the cat using his cat door. Well duh. If you have a hole in your house to the outside, its' pretty much inviting anything that will fit through it inside. Close up the cat door, keep your own cats inside, any of these options are suitable, I told him, but not acceptable to him. For all he knows his cats are entering other people's houses and garages, too.

There was nothing I could do but tell him to try to find out if the cat is owned and if not, to try to find the cat a home himself.

He thought I should deal with it. Didn't matter that I told him over and over I'm not a shelter, that I don't get paid, etc, etc, because he wanted his needs met regardless of any hardship on others or the cat.

I hate people sometimes. I sent councilman Olson off an e-mail, letting him know I was not happy with being misled, that this man wanted a cat fixed. I'm turning my phone off for the rest of the day. I"m at my demand tolerance limit.

Views from the Santiam Rest Area of River and North Bound Bridge Water and Gravel Leak

When I was at the rest area yesterday, on the way back from taking cats to the clinic, I stopped in to leave food for the stray, if the cat is still alive. This time, I took some photos of the wet gravel and dirt pile in the middle of the underneath of the north end of the north bound bridge. I did report this leak of material and water to ODOT, but apparently it isn't important or a safety hazard. Doesn't look good to me.


Views of the river from underneath the north bound bridge.
This is the beautiful Santiam River.

This is the pile of leaking rock, gravel, dirt and water, underneath the north bound I5 bridge over the Santiam.
Makes me wonder if its safe.
One at least of the concrete slabs forming the bottom of the bridge is cracking, near the falling gravel. The falling gravel and water may be at the joint region, where the bridge meets solid ground at the north end. Not sure. I don't build bridges. Hahahaha.

Views from the Santiam Rest Area of River and North Bound Bridge Water and Gravel Leak

When I was at the rest area yesterday, on the way back from taking cats to the clinic, I stopped in to leave food for the stray, if the cat is still alive. This time, I took some photos of the wet gravel and dirt pile in the middle of the underneath of the north end of the north bound bridge. I did report this leak of material and water to ODOT, but apparently it isn't important or a safety hazard. Doesn't look good to me.


Views of the river from underneath the north bound bridge.
This is the beautiful Santiam River.

This is the pile of leaking rock, gravel, dirt and water, underneath the north bound I5 bridge over the Santiam.
Makes me wonder if its safe.
One at least of the concrete slabs forming the bottom of the bridge is cracking, near the falling gravel. The falling gravel and water may be at the joint region, where the bridge meets solid ground at the north end. Not sure. I don't build bridges. Hahahaha.

Trapped the Stray in Crabtree

The folks who own the seven cats I took in yesterday, said another big black and white cat would sneak in for food and to sleep in the beds in the garage. I trapped him last night. I haven't checked yet, to see if he is already neutered, but I think he will be. They remembered a neighbor a mile away moved suddenly and that's when the two big cats showed up. The other one, the Maine Coon, was already neutered, so I bet this one is, too.

They have another neighbor who told them he has 8 unfixed cats plus some ferals. And the people in Lyons they got three of their cats from, have over 30 unfixed cats. I told the couple I didn't know if I could come up with funds to get 30 fixed, although I'd love to get them all done at the Neuterscooter. I'd have to come up quite a lot of money to do that, however.

I will begin immediately to get the neighbor's tame 8 in, then his ferals, too.

An Albany woman who used to volunteer with the FCCO left me a message this morning also, that she is seeing five new cats outside eating her fixed cats' food. She wants help getting them trapped and fixed. Lots of unfixed cats out there for sure still. I try to take it one situation at at a time.

Tomorrow, I am taking in yet another teen caught by the apartment dweller who keeps that complex's population under control effectively, with his trap. And I'll be taking in yet another tame stray who showed up on Scravel Hill, likely dumped at the cemetery.

She was desperate, the womn who found her said, for food, is unafraid of dogs, and badly wants to come into her house. She is deathly afraid of cardboard boxes, so maybe she was dumped from a car in a box. It gets old sometimes, to hear of what is going on out there. But there are kind people like this woman, willing to feed the latest stray and help her find a home, once fixed.

If this big male isn't fixed, which I'm willing to bet he is, he will be tomorrow. The cats fixed tomorrow will be rounded out by at least two from the 8 owned near the people whose seven cats just got fixed. I'll pick up females first this time of year for sure.

Trapped the Stray in Crabtree

The folks who own the seven cats I took in yesterday, said another big black and white cat would sneak in for food and to sleep in the beds in the garage. I trapped him last night. I haven't checked yet, to see if he is already neutered, but I think he will be. They remembered a neighbor a mile away moved suddenly and that's when the two big cats showed up. The other one, the Maine Coon, was already neutered, so I bet this one is, too.

They have another neighbor who told them he has 8 unfixed cats plus some ferals. And the people in Lyons they got three of their cats from, have over 30 unfixed cats. I told the couple I didn't know if I could come up with funds to get 30 fixed, although I'd love to get them all done at the Neuterscooter. I'd have to come up quite a lot of money to do that, however.

I will begin immediately to get the neighbor's tame 8 in, then his ferals, too.

An Albany woman who used to volunteer with the FCCO left me a message this morning also, that she is seeing five new cats outside eating her fixed cats' food. She wants help getting them trapped and fixed. Lots of unfixed cats out there for sure still. I try to take it one situation at at a time.

Tomorrow, I am taking in yet another teen caught by the apartment dweller who keeps that complex's population under control effectively, with his trap. And I'll be taking in yet another tame stray who showed up on Scravel Hill, likely dumped at the cemetery.

She was desperate, the womn who found her said, for food, is unafraid of dogs, and badly wants to come into her house. She is deathly afraid of cardboard boxes, so maybe she was dumped from a car in a box. It gets old sometimes, to hear of what is going on out there. But there are kind people like this woman, willing to feed the latest stray and help her find a home, once fixed.

If this big male isn't fixed, which I'm willing to bet he is, he will be tomorrow. The cats fixed tomorrow will be rounded out by at least two from the 8 owned near the people whose seven cats just got fixed. I'll pick up females first this time of year for sure.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tiki, the torti kitten, Retests Negative for Felk

Tiki, the torti kitten, from the deceased woman's trailer, had tested positive for Feline Leukemia in the first week of December, right after I took in 12 cats, nine of them kittens, when the old woman who fed them had died.

The vet urged me to hold her two months and have her retested. Keni, Poppa's president, agreed to foster her for that time. Today, Keni called me, knowing I'd want to know. She retested Tiki today and she was negative. They let the test run an extra two minutes to be sure no dot would appear on the Felk side and none did. She was negative! I knew it! Yahoo!

Keni says she's an absolute sweetheart. She always was.

I took in seven cats from a rural Linn County location today. One of them was a big hairy Maine Coon looking sweetheart they said showed up a couple months ago, as a stray. Due to their isolated location, the cat had to have been dumped off. They thought the cat to be a female. But, when looking at the cat after arriving at the vet's office, we all agreed the cat looked like a male. I suggested, since the folks thought it to be a female, it must be an already neutered male and he was.

Of the other six, two were females and four were males. They're still here, with me, since they have no place to hold them overnight inside. I have a trap set out there tonight, because they've seen another cat in the field, that occasionally sneaks to the garage to try to eat something. They believe he also was dumped.


Councilman Olson called tonight. He had someone call him, wanting help trapping a feral cat, but I think the man wants me to actually take the cat. I told Dick he could have the man call.

I told Dick about the Neuterscooter clinics upcoming in Albany and also my fear they will not fill, due to the fact so many people in Albany will not pay a dime towards getting their own cat fixed.

I told Dick many people's attitudes these days is they don't want to sacrifice a thing. They want someone else to sacrifice but never them. He asked how many cats I took in last year and I told him close to a thousand and most of those were from Albany. I told him getting the Albany grant was very helpful and that paid for about a quarter of the cats fixed. He asked how much I spent on the cats taken in, with just getting them fixed and I said about $40,000 for the one thousand cats, which comes out to about $40 per cat.

I told him that doesn't touch the costs I swallow, in transport of cats and bait and flea and worm treatment, nor for the costs involved when I take cats in. I told him about the deceased woman's cats and how the family promised to help financially and in finding them homes but never did.

I told him about the Fischer Funeral Home fiasco, with them supposedly setting up a memorial fund and any donations received in memory of the old woman, who loved these cats, were to be sent to me, to offset my costs. But, when the family set up the memorial fund Fischer never got any contact info for me, as to where donations, if any came, would be sent. In that regard alone, the Fischer Funeral memorial fund was bogus and a scam.

I told him about how I finally called to see if any donations had come in and they said two had come in and I had to give them my address so they could send them to me. They never arrived so I called them again and this time they were rude and aggressive with me, accusing me of accusing them of stealing the donations. I had said "What else am I supposed to believe?" and finally hung up on them after their outrageous inflammatory remarks created evidence to me they were not very nice people.

I told him about how worn out I get, with so many calls from so many people who want me to help them for nothing, how hard it is for me, to stay in the black doing this, to stay emotionally sound, with so many demands on me, bearing so much abuse, seeing so much animal abuse and neglect, to have any free time and I also told him how much I miss Corvallis and dream of returning.

I told him of the $40,000 or so, I spent on cat fixes in 2008, about $27,000 of that came from Poppa Inc. funds. Another $10,000 came from the City of Albany grant and the rest was money from here and there, donations, my own money, etc. He doesn't know if the city can come up with funds again this year, but he said he would try. That would be wonderful.

Well anyhow. I do appreciate the support of the two city officials who believe I can solve any cat problem somehow, no matter how huge, on my own, which is really nice to have a couple of people believe in me like that. Those two people are councilman Olson and now Mayor of Albany Sharon Konopa. I think they think I can move mountains. I have solved some huge problems for the City of Albany, alone too, without support, and I am proud of those private accomplishments.

Tiki, the torti kitten, Retests Negative for Felk

Tiki, the torti kitten, from the deceased woman's trailer, had tested positive for Feline Leukemia in the first week of December, right after I took in 12 cats, nine of them kittens, when the old woman who fed them had died.

The vet urged me to hold her two months and have her retested. Keni, Poppa's president, agreed to foster her for that time. Today, Keni called me, knowing I'd want to know. She retested Tiki today and she was negative. They let the test run an extra two minutes to be sure no dot would appear on the Felk side and none did. She was negative! I knew it! Yahoo!

Keni says she's an absolute sweetheart. She always was.

I took in seven cats from a rural Linn County location today. One of them was a big hairy Maine Coon looking sweetheart they said showed up a couple months ago, as a stray. Due to their isolated location, the cat had to have been dumped off. They thought the cat to be a female. But, when looking at the cat after arriving at the vet's office, we all agreed the cat looked like a male. I suggested, since the folks thought it to be a female, it must be an already neutered male and he was.

Of the other six, two were females and four were males. They're still here, with me, since they have no place to hold them overnight inside. I have a trap set out there tonight, because they've seen another cat in the field, that occasionally sneaks to the garage to try to eat something. They believe he also was dumped.


Councilman Olson called tonight. He had someone call him, wanting help trapping a feral cat, but I think the man wants me to actually take the cat. I told Dick he could have the man call.

I told Dick about the Neuterscooter clinics upcoming in Albany and also my fear they will not fill, due to the fact so many people in Albany will not pay a dime towards getting their own cat fixed.

I told Dick many people's attitudes these days is they don't want to sacrifice a thing. They want someone else to sacrifice but never them. He asked how many cats I took in last year and I told him close to a thousand and most of those were from Albany. I told him getting the Albany grant was very helpful and that paid for about a quarter of the cats fixed. He asked how much I spent on the cats taken in, with just getting them fixed and I said about $40,000 for the one thousand cats, which comes out to about $40 per cat.

I told him that doesn't touch the costs I swallow, in transport of cats and bait and flea and worm treatment, nor for the costs involved when I take cats in. I told him about the deceased woman's cats and how the family promised to help financially and in finding them homes but never did.

I told him about the Fischer Funeral Home fiasco, with them supposedly setting up a memorial fund and any donations received in memory of the old woman, who loved these cats, were to be sent to me, to offset my costs. But, when the family set up the memorial fund Fischer never got any contact info for me, as to where donations, if any came, would be sent. In that regard alone, the Fischer Funeral memorial fund was bogus and a scam.

I told him about how I finally called to see if any donations had come in and they said two had come in and I had to give them my address so they could send them to me. They never arrived so I called them again and this time they were rude and aggressive with me, accusing me of accusing them of stealing the donations. I had said "What else am I supposed to believe?" and finally hung up on them after their outrageous inflammatory remarks created evidence to me they were not very nice people.

I told him about how worn out I get, with so many calls from so many people who want me to help them for nothing, how hard it is for me, to stay in the black doing this, to stay emotionally sound, with so many demands on me, bearing so much abuse, seeing so much animal abuse and neglect, to have any free time and I also told him how much I miss Corvallis and dream of returning.

I told him of the $40,000 or so, I spent on cat fixes in 2008, about $27,000 of that came from Poppa Inc. funds. Another $10,000 came from the City of Albany grant and the rest was money from here and there, donations, my own money, etc. He doesn't know if the city can come up with funds again this year, but he said he would try. That would be wonderful.

Well anyhow. I do appreciate the support of the two city officials who believe I can solve any cat problem somehow, no matter how huge, on my own, which is really nice to have a couple of people believe in me like that. Those two people are councilman Olson and now Mayor of Albany Sharon Konopa. I think they think I can move mountains. I have solved some huge problems for the City of Albany, alone too, without support, and I am proud of those private accomplishments.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I Finally Said No

Someone was wanting to contact me, advertising on craigslist they were looking for me. Someone gave this person my contact info. They want a certain cat trapped that they've been feeding, for a couple of years, because they're moving. At first I was going to do it. Then it turns out there are lots of other cats she's been feeding and she's not taking them. She thinks they might be owned but she doesn't know. Then it turns out there was a cat living under the house they bought and they made the old owners hire someone to "get rid of the cat" by getting it out from the under the house and sealing the vents. I asked what was going to happen to that cat and I guess it was going to get dumped on a Scio farm. They apparently didn't know if it might be owned by someone else.

This made me change my mind about offering up my time and help for free to her. I give myself away too much. Getting involved in a situation where someone is feeding cats and only taking one or two with them, when they move, that's too sad for me, and I don't get involved in that kind of thing, having a kind heart, and unable to handle taking in anymore cats.

I haven't had an adoption now in a long time again.

When I learned she has kids, I wondered why they couldn't catch that cat. I told her they could borrow a trap from SafeHaven or rent one from a feed store and do the job themselves, that I don't do these sorts of favors for people I don't even know. Not without being compensated.

I'm not the slave of the world. I need to start saying no to people who are fully capable of doing something themselves, but instead want me to do it for them for nothing. So I finally said no to this person, along with telling her where to rent a trap and how to selectively trap for one specific cat.

That's all I'm going to do. People can do a lot of things for themselves. Or they can pay me to do it. But asking a stranger to do something for them, that isn't even part of my mission, well, I need to stand up for myself. There's nobody over here helping me with my projects or with anything else in return. I need to set some limits with people around here.

That old couple, feeding neighborhood strays, all I did with them, was show them how to set and bait traps and they did the trapping and the man can barely hear or see. People might be surprised what they can accomplish themselves. They really might surprise themselves.

I Finally Said No

Someone was wanting to contact me, advertising on craigslist they were looking for me. Someone gave this person my contact info. They want a certain cat trapped that they've been feeding, for a couple of years, because they're moving. At first I was going to do it. Then it turns out there are lots of other cats she's been feeding and she's not taking them. She thinks they might be owned but she doesn't know. Then it turns out there was a cat living under the house they bought and they made the old owners hire someone to "get rid of the cat" by getting it out from the under the house and sealing the vents. I asked what was going to happen to that cat and I guess it was going to get dumped on a Scio farm. They apparently didn't know if it might be owned by someone else.

This made me change my mind about offering up my time and help for free to her. I give myself away too much. Getting involved in a situation where someone is feeding cats and only taking one or two with them, when they move, that's too sad for me, and I don't get involved in that kind of thing, having a kind heart, and unable to handle taking in anymore cats.

I haven't had an adoption now in a long time again.

When I learned she has kids, I wondered why they couldn't catch that cat. I told her they could borrow a trap from SafeHaven or rent one from a feed store and do the job themselves, that I don't do these sorts of favors for people I don't even know. Not without being compensated.

I'm not the slave of the world. I need to start saying no to people who are fully capable of doing something themselves, but instead want me to do it for them for nothing. So I finally said no to this person, along with telling her where to rent a trap and how to selectively trap for one specific cat.

That's all I'm going to do. People can do a lot of things for themselves. Or they can pay me to do it. But asking a stranger to do something for them, that isn't even part of my mission, well, I need to stand up for myself. There's nobody over here helping me with my projects or with anything else in return. I need to set some limits with people around here.

That old couple, feeding neighborhood strays, all I did with them, was show them how to set and bait traps and they did the trapping and the man can barely hear or see. People might be surprised what they can accomplish themselves. They really might surprise themselves.

Adams is a Pervert

The new revelations about Portland Mayor Sam Adam's behavior makes me want to vomit. I don't like to vomit. So I'm saying to Sam Adams, "Resign. Get out."

Beau Breedlove, then 17, told the Oregonian he and Adams intended a relation from the start, but Adams said to have sex, they'd have to wait until he was 18. That did not stop Adams from kissing a 17 year old in a bathroom at City Hall. That's just so seedy. And wrong. This was a middle aged man, supposedly a leader, with better sense, and an underage kid. There must be some law that Adams could be charged with because he should be charged with something.

If he wants to play around with a kid, he should at least not be doing it in his public place of work on the clock, with taxpayers paying his wages, which they were.

He shouldn't be engaging an underage kid in a relationship anyhow. That speaks volumes about Sam Adams and his character right there. He's messed up.

Sam Adams, I hope Portland recalls you. Go get yourself a job far away from high schools. Get some counselling and meet some guys near your own age. In my eyes now, you're a perv. I can't listen to you, can't look at you, please resign.

Adams is a Pervert

The new revelations about Portland Mayor Sam Adam's behavior makes me want to vomit. I don't like to vomit. So I'm saying to Sam Adams, "Resign. Get out."

Beau Breedlove, then 17, told the Oregonian he and Adams intended a relation from the start, but Adams said to have sex, they'd have to wait until he was 18. That did not stop Adams from kissing a 17 year old in a bathroom at City Hall. That's just so seedy. And wrong. This was a middle aged man, supposedly a leader, with better sense, and an underage kid. There must be some law that Adams could be charged with because he should be charged with something.

If he wants to play around with a kid, he should at least not be doing it in his public place of work on the clock, with taxpayers paying his wages, which they were.

He shouldn't be engaging an underage kid in a relationship anyhow. That speaks volumes about Sam Adams and his character right there. He's messed up.

Sam Adams, I hope Portland recalls you. Go get yourself a job far away from high schools. Get some counselling and meet some guys near your own age. In my eyes now, you're a perv. I can't listen to you, can't look at you, please resign.

38 Cats Taken in So Far in January to be Fixed

38 cats I've taken in so far this month to be fixed. 38 fewer cats out there breeding. This has come at a cost of $1040 to Poppa Inc. I just got a call from someone who lives near Crabtree with seven needing fixed and the man trapping at an Albany complex caught, he thinks, the female, mother of the latest three teens he's trapped and who have been fixed as a result. I hope it is the mom cat.

That's 8 more who will likely finish out the total done in January.

I have 2 more to catch at the 34th street complex and three more to catch at the 4th street colony. I have one more to catch over on 13th. And the rest area tabby on white, if the cat is still alive.

The mother of the three teens from Lebanon, fixed today, will need fixed in a few weeks. Right now, she is nursing her second litter, five kittens just ten days old. One of the three girls from her last litter was already in heat.

This mother came over pregnant with her last litter in tow, as a stray. The woman there, cares for her disabled son. Her daughter, whom I met today, lives in Halsey and said she finally began trapping all the cats in the neighborhood where she lives, owned or not, and got them fixed. She was disgusted with the behavior of her neighbors in the area who did not fix their pets and finally just took matters into her own hands.

Beyond that, I have no other cats on my list. That is, with willing owners. There's a colony on Tangent Loop and I've known about that colony forever, but despite the fact I've had to get overflow cats from that colony fixed, on the properties of upset neighbors, who have also contacted her about getting them fixed, the woman remains aloof to the problems she is causing in the area and does not return phone calls.

There is a colony cared for by the parents of a woman who is a neighbor to the BS colony. She has repeatedly tried to get her parents to get the cats, most sick with herpes, fixed, to no avail. I stopped by there too, and tried, but they refused and were also very rude about refusing. It drives the daughter nuts because when kitten season hits, the parents try to get her to help find the sickly kittens homes. I told her to just say no.

The caretakers of these two colonies have let the problem go on for years. The cats and the neighbors bear the pain of their behavior.

Speaking of pain, that Portland under 21 club shooter appears to have not known any of the victims. He wrote a very brief suicide note that included a will, but no explanation as to why he decided to kill people, and then himself. Apparently he was a quiet young man, and, unemployed currently, perhaps unable to pay the next month's rent. He spent his time playing violent video games, but showed no outward sign that he would commit such a horrible act in his end.

Reminds me of the Chinese guy who befriended a lonely Chinese student at Virginia Tech, whom he just beheaded in a campus cafe. He had made a claim to friends that he was so angry, at losing a lot of money in the economic crash and stock market, that he wanted to kill himself or somebody else. So he chose the weakest most vulnerable of victims, like a coward would do. He should have killed himself instead.

I think men might have a tough time seeing themselves as unsuccessful or as failures and maybe some people want to make a statement before leaving the world and are willing to settle for a negative violent legacy. I wonder, with so many job losses, if there will be a lot more violence to come here in America. In other countries, poverty leads to unrest, to religious fanatics twisting religion into a reason to kill, to violent factions fighting each other and committing atrocities on innocent victims of their rage. I wonder if America is headed down that path. I think that is why President Obama is desperate to try to find some way to lessen the economic horrors to come.

Our government, for decades, has slipped into corrupt ways of doing things. Senators and Representatives being bought out basically by lobbyists, overspending and ineptitude allowed in government agencies who barely do their assigned jobs anymore. This has been going on forever, and eating away at our nation. We like to pretend its a government problem only, but it isn't. We've lived beyond our means, on heavy debt and exhibited no discipline in our own lives. This national behavior is haunting us now, but does not have to beat us.

38 Cats Taken in So Far in January to be Fixed

38 cats I've taken in so far this month to be fixed. 38 fewer cats out there breeding. This has come at a cost of $1040 to Poppa Inc. I just got a call from someone who lives near Crabtree with seven needing fixed and the man trapping at an Albany complex caught, he thinks, the female, mother of the latest three teens he's trapped and who have been fixed as a result. I hope it is the mom cat.

That's 8 more who will likely finish out the total done in January.

I have 2 more to catch at the 34th street complex and three more to catch at the 4th street colony. I have one more to catch over on 13th. And the rest area tabby on white, if the cat is still alive.

The mother of the three teens from Lebanon, fixed today, will need fixed in a few weeks. Right now, she is nursing her second litter, five kittens just ten days old. One of the three girls from her last litter was already in heat.

This mother came over pregnant with her last litter in tow, as a stray. The woman there, cares for her disabled son. Her daughter, whom I met today, lives in Halsey and said she finally began trapping all the cats in the neighborhood where she lives, owned or not, and got them fixed. She was disgusted with the behavior of her neighbors in the area who did not fix their pets and finally just took matters into her own hands.

Beyond that, I have no other cats on my list. That is, with willing owners. There's a colony on Tangent Loop and I've known about that colony forever, but despite the fact I've had to get overflow cats from that colony fixed, on the properties of upset neighbors, who have also contacted her about getting them fixed, the woman remains aloof to the problems she is causing in the area and does not return phone calls.

There is a colony cared for by the parents of a woman who is a neighbor to the BS colony. She has repeatedly tried to get her parents to get the cats, most sick with herpes, fixed, to no avail. I stopped by there too, and tried, but they refused and were also very rude about refusing. It drives the daughter nuts because when kitten season hits, the parents try to get her to help find the sickly kittens homes. I told her to just say no.

The caretakers of these two colonies have let the problem go on for years. The cats and the neighbors bear the pain of their behavior.

Speaking of pain, that Portland under 21 club shooter appears to have not known any of the victims. He wrote a very brief suicide note that included a will, but no explanation as to why he decided to kill people, and then himself. Apparently he was a quiet young man, and, unemployed currently, perhaps unable to pay the next month's rent. He spent his time playing violent video games, but showed no outward sign that he would commit such a horrible act in his end.

Reminds me of the Chinese guy who befriended a lonely Chinese student at Virginia Tech, whom he just beheaded in a campus cafe. He had made a claim to friends that he was so angry, at losing a lot of money in the economic crash and stock market, that he wanted to kill himself or somebody else. So he chose the weakest most vulnerable of victims, like a coward would do. He should have killed himself instead.

I think men might have a tough time seeing themselves as unsuccessful or as failures and maybe some people want to make a statement before leaving the world and are willing to settle for a negative violent legacy. I wonder, with so many job losses, if there will be a lot more violence to come here in America. In other countries, poverty leads to unrest, to religious fanatics twisting religion into a reason to kill, to violent factions fighting each other and committing atrocities on innocent victims of their rage. I wonder if America is headed down that path. I think that is why President Obama is desperate to try to find some way to lessen the economic horrors to come.

Our government, for decades, has slipped into corrupt ways of doing things. Senators and Representatives being bought out basically by lobbyists, overspending and ineptitude allowed in government agencies who barely do their assigned jobs anymore. This has been going on forever, and eating away at our nation. We like to pretend its a government problem only, but it isn't. We've lived beyond our means, on heavy debt and exhibited no discipline in our own lives. This national behavior is haunting us now, but does not have to beat us.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Big Boys--Photos of Cats Fixed Yesterday

This is the black and white male, from same colony, the 8th big male fixed from there so far. This one was fixed today. The others below, were fixed yesterday at the FCCO clinic.
There were two black males who were fixed from this colony. This one is big and fuzzy, with a half length tail, and very feral.
This long hair orange tabby tux was also very wild and scared but neutered just the same.
And of course there was "Calico John" neutered yesterday.
This is the smaller of two white males that were fixed yesterday.
The is the brown tabby male I call "The Retractor" because I thought he was neutered, but in reality, he had kind of retracted or pulled back his rather small balls and was not neutered. He also had a severe earmite infection and was treated for that, too, at the clinic.
I trapped two big white males, but this one was far bigger and more dominant than the other, who was younger. This guy was a mess, from fighting and just because a white cat living under a deck or house, gets to looking dirtier than say a black cat.
This is the big black male abandoned by neighbors when they moved out. He was fixed yesterday.This is the only girl of the 8 I took to the clinic from the cats the old couple feed. She's a torbi tux. Note her eye color. Then, can you guess which of the above males is her brother?

Today I took up four cats to be fixed. One was the black and white feral male. The other three were all teen girls. One of them was in heat already. Their mother, a stray taken in by a Lebanon family, already had five ten-day-old kittens in her latest litter. Mom will be fixed in six weeks, the five kittens, in seven weeks. The family is going to talk to the man across the street, who lives in a van outside his mother's rental, they tell me. There were cats crawling out of the woodwork at that duplex. I call such places, in a neighborhood, "The Stray Source".