This is one of our oldest colony members. Someone took him from his home at his colony in January 2016. He had lived there for many years with his family and received daily care. We continue to search for him and pray for his safety.
Many well intentioned people have removed Feral Cats from their homes thinking they are helping them. Because Feral Cats are fearful of humans, they choose to live outside. Relocating Feral Cats to other outside locations is dangerous because they may attempt to return to their original colony. This may result in starvation or death due to crossing roadways. Additionally, Feral Cats relocated to indoor homes are often fearful and live their life hiding. A better solution is to TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) Feral Cats and provide daily care where they live.
KITTY ANGELS originated in 1993 when we were sitting at the drive-thru of a local fast food restaurant and noticed that there were cats by the dumpster. We already loved cats and had welcomed many of them into our lives as pets. However, we had just begun to notice that there were some cats that sadly had no one to take care of them. As we began to drive away from the restaurant with our lovely meals that day, we couldn’t help but think of those cats that were hoping to find even a single morsel of food . We didn’t even make it out of the parking lot of the restaurant with the meals in our stomachs: our food ended up by the dumpster. As we watched the cats ravenously devour our delicious meals, we were never so happy to be hungry. Seeing the difference that just one meal made in those poor cats’ lives gave us much satisfaction along with feelings of great joy. There is no greater feeling than knowing that you are improving the quality of life for other living creatures. The groundwork for KITTY ANGELS was being laid, and we didn’t even know it.
As time went on, we couldn’t help but notice that more and more cats were appearing. Three cats had turned into roughly a dozen, and we also began to notice that some of the cats were pregnant; we had just unknowingly stumbled onto our first feral cat colony. Our first inclination was to trap as many of the cats as possible and then turn them into pet cats that would live in our home. The problem, however, was not that easily solved: the cats we had taken into our home hid and were afraid. The only solution that made sense was Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Over the course of the next three months, we instituted a rapid trapping project so that all of the cats were eventually altered. Pregnant cats were fostered until their kittens were delivered, which in turn allowed them to be tamed and adopted. Returned cats were provided shelter and feeding stations and, most importantly, a home— the only home they had ever known— the territory where they were born and raised, in other words, the same one where their close-knit “family” lived.
At this point, KITTY ANGELS was born out of an existing need. We quickly learned that we could not take all of the Feral Cats into our home, which was clearly impossible. We realized that the best we could do for them was to provide them with the basic necessities at the place where they already lived and to control the population through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).
Over the years, KITTY ANGELS has learned on our own how to manage Feral Cat colonies since there were few resources available to us. As time went on, an awareness of the plight of Feral Cats and of their right to live a quality life has emerged. Despite this awareness, many people still choose to ignore the suffering of these beautiful majestic creatures as well as their basic right and need to exist. KITTY ANGELS places value on the lives of these Feral Cats, and it is our mission to educate the public so that humans and Feral Cats can coexist peacefully.