My friend Ronnie does a lot of work with the area feral cat community. She’s a huge proponent of Trap, Alter and Release. However, if the cat would be returned to an area where they would not be cared for (like an established Feral community that is checked in on regularly and fed on a daily basis), they try to find a way to adopt them out.
As I’m sure you know, feral cats sometimes take a long time to warm up to people, if at all. But if the cat has the slightest chance, Ronnie tries to find a way.One of the newest things her group is doing is finding ways for cats who don’t do well at adoption clinics to be exposed to people and potential adoption.
They have established a satelite site for adoptions. A used book store! How perfect! This gives the cats the opportunity to get comfortable inside and warm up to people at their own pace.
I got this email from Ronnie the other day, complete with Pictures
For those of you who know (or know of) my foster, Elsa, who was a feral from an Albany colony, I thought you might enjoy seeing pictures of her at Tea and Tattered Pages, the used bookstore in Glenmont that Sylvia set up as an “auxiliary adoption site”. Elsa is a typical feral – although very outgoing with me, she’s usually shy and somewhat frightened in new situations.
Imagine how thrilled I am to see how well she’s doing after only 3 days at T&TP!! She’s now the queen of the store, has already started to greet customers when they go back to the bookshelves, and is the darling of the owner, Michele (who took these pictures and sent them to me). Last night I brought another of my fosters, Mischa, down to keep Elsa company – although if these pictures are any indication, Elsa didn’t seem to mind having the place to herself, either!
Thank you, Sylvia for setting this up – what a great resource this is for our shyer cats – and what a great foster mom Michele is! And if anyone ever wants to check out a great used bookstore, T&TP is it! Books, couches – and cats! What more could you ask for???
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