I just really have to let you in on the kind of heart V has. Last October we had a wonderful gathering in honor of her grandson’s first birthday. The party was held at a park under a pavilion near a river and surrounded by woods. We had a wonderful, beautiful day.
As we ate, we noticed two young cats furtively watching us from the edge of the woods, occasionally inching closer and then disappearing back into the forest line. (These pictures are not the cats of whom I speak, but I thought since I am on a cat theme, I’d use them anyway…)
But those cats, clearly abandoned to their own devices, weighed on V’s heart. Since that day, most days she drives miles out of her way to feed these cats, usually after a hard day’s work. She goes out on weekends, too. Cats have to eat then, too.
She worried about them when we were out of town.
As word has gotten out, five cats have been counted. Last night she says they were waiting on her.
V cannot catch them because of their skittishness. Who can blame them? Being dropped off and abandoned to possible starvation is no recommendation for trusting people.
The nights are getting colder now, really cold, and we know that they depend on every scrap they can get. V has worried even more about them. She has contacted a local organization about getting live traps and taking them in to a shelter. The bad news is that these folks have no more room for cats. They will provide food but cannot take them in.
No room at the Inn.
V’s plan is to feed them through until Spring and and warm weather, capture them, beginning with the males, and have them neutered. This organization will pay for the operations. We will then have to release them back in the park, as neither of us can take them. V has several cats of her own and I have a Chili dog who would love to get his mouth around their necks—just can’t seem to get that prey drive out of him.
At least the neutered cats won’t be able to add to the population.
And I just can’t help but scowl right now as I am writing this at the thought of heartless people who do the despicable and drop these animals off like this.
But I did want to praise V’s heart of mercy. C