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  1. Melanie
    May 25, 2018 @ 11:46 am

    Thank you for your TNR work and your fostering. My parents did both for a very long time and it’s so rewarding and heartbreaking at times. Scritches to your furry friends.

    Melanie

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  2. Ricki Jill Treleaven
    May 25, 2018 @ 11:50 am

    Kudos to you!!! What dire statistics, and I hope that your efforts as well as your sharing will help. 😀

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  3. SherryG
    May 25, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

    I have TNR’d seven cats, neighbors have TNR’d many others. I feed about eight TNR’d cats, six are a colony on the east side of my house, two live next door on the west side. The elderly neighbor who fed them had to go into assisted living, so I took over. Neighbors across the street feed three more TNR’d cats. In my area of Maricopa County, around 20,000 cats are TNR’d each year. It’s a great program.

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  4. Jane
    May 25, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

    You are a very good person and your halo is wide!

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  5. Allie
    May 25, 2018 @ 12:12 pm

    KITTENS!!! Ahhh! pictures of fluff munchkins make my morning. These babies are gorgeous too! I can’t wait for videos! xAllie
    http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

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  6. Kathleen
    May 25, 2018 @ 12:28 pm

    I fear that if you and the Kitten Lady (Hannah Shaw) ever met it would be too amazing and pure for this world and you would cancel each other out. Good job to the both of you and continue the wonderful work you both do with TNR and fostering.

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    • Melanie Plum
      May 25, 2018 @ 4:12 pm

      I’ve said the same! I hope VEB follows kittenxlady on instagram! (She would especially love Badger the Tuxedo now!)

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  7. Lindsey
    May 25, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

    Your new babies are so cute and thanks for sharing about TNR. Before you I didn’t even know that was a program.

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  8. Laura
    May 25, 2018 @ 12:53 pm

    Could it be that these kittens are the cutest, to date???

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  9. Beth
    May 25, 2018 @ 1:07 pm

    TNR is an amazing tool. Over the last 18 years, my wife and I have personally paid to have over 100 cats and kittens spayed/neutered and either adopted them out or released the feral ones. It’s cost us around $15,000, but it is absolutely the right thing to do.

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  10. embees
    May 25, 2018 @ 1:27 pm

    drives around in a vehicle LITERALLY FILLED WITH CATS.
    #goals

    Besides, Paul should know that if you take such good care of the cats, he will be in excellent hands should the time come. Unless he thinks he is less cute than kittens? Which: possible. Hm.

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  11. Cindy Clark
    May 25, 2018 @ 1:29 pm

    OMG. If I lived near you, I would totally take in the tortoiseshell and the orange kittens.
    They are so sweet.
    So is your husband. He is a SAINT. They should clone him.

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  12. Linda
    May 25, 2018 @ 1:44 pm

    Good job! My cat is a stray that I rescued. I was not able to TNR a cat last Fall but fed her, made her a bed outside on my swing and found a group in my area who trapped her, I paid for the vet and then she was fostered and then adopted to a home that promised not to let her be outside ever again. Cats should not be let outside even if they are fixed–they get killed by cars and are prone to getting sick. Please people keep your cats inside just like your dogs!

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  13. Joanne
    May 25, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

    I feel ya! I do tnr in my neighborhood. Sooo many gray cats! 3 that I have officially made my responsibility. Several more who think I’m running a cat B and B. I guess I am.
    Without tnr, we would be drowning in ferals here! As I catch them I try to explain that I am pro choice- it’s my choice to offer them a better life than constantly being pregnant! I was especially happy to tnr the cat who I have named Harvey Weinstein!
    Keep up your good work!

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  14. carolyn
    May 25, 2018 @ 2:02 pm

    I fail to see the issue your husband would have with a car full of cats. We have 7 rescues, most from the Camden County and Burlington County Animal Shelters here in South Jersey. Our kids moved out and we replaced them with cats. Our most recent kitten went into heat yesterday…she just couldn’t wait until her spay appointment next week! Silly girl…now her sister will probably go into heat too. Fortunately, they don’t go outside so there’s no concern about them getting pregnant, but I now understand what caterwauling means! Blessings on you for your TNR work!

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  15. RobynB
    May 25, 2018 @ 2:05 pm

    What is it about feral shorthair grey clones?? The ones here (California) all seem to have yellow-ish eyes, too. Almost 100% of the cats I’ve trapped are either grey clones or black/white shorthairs. Except my Boo, one feral kitten I kept who is a perfect throwback from the crazy Birman breeder that lived in our neighborhood 20+ years ago and apparently let Birman blood somehow enter the feral lines around here. I trapped mama and the kittens, mama was the grey clone and had two black/white shorthairs, one grey/white shorthair, and this fluffy blue eyed sealpoint Birman clone. I socialized the whole litter and still have Boo and one brother. Yay you!!!

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  16. Susan Steadman
    May 25, 2018 @ 2:27 pm

    You are fabulous. You’re my hero.

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  17. Suzanne Forbes
    May 25, 2018 @ 2:43 pm

    I thought it was a splendidly written post! It contained everything I needed plus cuteness plus the excellent part about Paul’s possible future infirmity being overseen by you in your Cat Chalet with your Cat Rockettes and Cat Football Team and Cat Choir.

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  18. Ann
    May 25, 2018 @ 2:59 pm

    Thank you!!!! I had always planned to be a Cat Lady in my old age…but alas, it hasn’t worked out. I have rescued a few in my time, however. It is soul satisfying to see the precious photos of these kittens!

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  19. Linda
    May 25, 2018 @ 3:16 pm

    We just adopted two kittens from our local Animal Rescue League after losing our beloved 16 year old cat. Originally, we planned to adopt just one, but they were having a BOGO free special. Who can say no to that? 2 kittens are 5x more fun!

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  20. Suzanne
    May 25, 2018 @ 3:50 pm

    Hooray for TNR! Where we used to live in Georgia, we trapped and TNR’d at least 16 cats, and fed the whole colony. It was enlightening how hard outside feral cats have it. Our ferals all eventually succombed to being hit by cars, killed by stray dogs and/or coyotes, and FLV. The longest-lived, a mama cat, had her last litter before we managed to trap her, and then abandoned three of the litter at 3 days old. We found them and took them in, and they are now the sweetest set of kits you could ever want. 🙂 Most of that colony were either all white, all black, or tux. There was one all-grey one. Ours are an all-white boy and two all-black girls. <3 We love cats!

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  21. Shirley
    May 25, 2018 @ 4:05 pm

    What a fabulous looking litter of kittens. I’d have to keep them all!! But, I’m so torn about TNR. I agree with the neuter part. It’s the return/release part that I’m conflicted about. What about all the wild birds that deserve to not be murdered because of the feral cats? (and the other residential nuisances they are responsible for) I tend to side with the birds. We wouldn’t TNR feral dogs. How do feral cats deserve a get out of jail free card?

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    • Lisa D Witte
      May 25, 2018 @ 10:48 pm

      Shirley,

      It was explained to me as a way to keep down the rodent population. No matter where you live, if there are people there – there are rodents there.

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  22. Susan
    May 25, 2018 @ 4:15 pm

    I remember when I was little, probably 6, ( I’m 61 now ) we would go to my grandmothers house in Long Beach California and in the side yard, it was overgrown with bushes and trees, there lived several feral cats. We would try to catch them just to pet them. Well I don’t think we ever got any. Plus my gramma would tell us not to touch them cuz they might be diseased.. anyway.. they always fascinated me. Thanks for the memories. Glad your saving some..

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  23. Norah
    May 25, 2018 @ 7:22 pm

    OH the little tortie girl! She is making my day. Thank you for the work you’re doing (and the pictures).

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  24. Jen McKeon
    May 25, 2018 @ 9:18 pm

    You are the Yoda for all of us crazy cat ladies! We had a poor thing come up on our porch and into our open door today… we rushed her to our local vet hospital where they said she had a broken jaw and numerous wounds… she will be with them for several days. You are right, it is up to us to save the kitties one at a time! Bless you!

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  25. Sheila
    May 25, 2018 @ 9:26 pm

    I got involved with TNR last year, trapping 2 females, 2 males, and 7 kittens. The adults were returned, the kittens were fostered and adopted. All our adult ferals are black short hair. I was surprised to see yours are grey! Thank goodness for ear tipping, but even that is difficult to see when you’ve got a cat frantically pacing inside a cage!
    Resuming my TNR efforts after this holiday weekend. Keep up the good work, feral cats have a difficult existence and it’s a good thing to get the population down for all the reasons you listed, and more!

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  26. Debby
    May 25, 2018 @ 9:33 pm

    I have been doing tnt for about 15 years. I came across a feral Colony at a closed down restaurant recently. I just couldn’t walk away so I ended up setting up feeding stations and doing a TNR like you, trapping 17 cats and three kittens. I had 8 tuxedos that are most looked identical. I always tip the ear to make sure I don’t trap them again. I have one feral kitty that had a leg wound and she ended up staying at my house for three months why I took her to the vet to address her injury. It is so rewarding once you do a TNR because you know there are hopefully no more kittens being born outside plus the cats are healthier . The kittens that I brought into my house ended up staying here because they were sick. Now they are well and as happy as can be. We need more people to be compassionate about ferals. I get angry when someone says all ferals can’t be tamed. That’s not true. If you have the time and patience the majority of them can be tamed and can live a long loving life inside a house as my most of my furry family were once feral. Thank you for documenting your TNR, hopefully more people will watch it and get involved. P.S. my husband thinks I’m crazy & I’m ok with it as long as my ferals are taking care of.

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  27. Bernie
    May 25, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    I heard about TNR through my sister in law’s neighbor. One very busy week she had several dozen cats (in cages) at her house during various stages of being transported to and from being neutered. It really takes dedication. Thanks for your work!

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  28. becky up a hill
    May 25, 2018 @ 11:10 pm

    Orange and white kitties are my Kryptonite.

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  29. Zefi
    May 26, 2018 @ 1:22 am

    There is an amazing young girl in our town who set up to rescue and rehome all kinds of unwanted and stray animals. And the last time I was in Greece (3 years ago) I was pleasantly surprised by the amazing work the volunteers do their with their TNR project. There are so many less stray cats around than there used to be.

    Well done on your own work. Its a heartbreaking job but rewarding when things work out.

    z

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  30. Rose
    May 26, 2018 @ 1:23 am

    What you’re doing is just great, I started Trapping last year and now I can’t stop!! I’m in Glendale Arizona so I hate the thought of so many kittens dying in the heat. I came across a big cat colony y my neighborhood and after getting permission from all the neighbors we trapped a total of 35 adult cats and a dozen of kittens barely 2 weeks old that we ended up fostering. After weeks of sleepless nights bottle feeding they were finally ready to go to their forever homes where they are loved ❤️we kept 3 ferals, one had ‘twisty’ arms and we knew he would not be able to survive outdoors so he’s ours, the other 2 are doing great after much patience and love was given. I wish more people got involved and cared for feral Cats and do something about it, my husband complains about it but on Trapping day he gets all excited about catching all of them🤣, he’s becoming an expert and loves it, even if he doesn’t want to admit it 😜, keep up the good work 👍😊

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  31. April
    May 26, 2018 @ 1:59 am

    Thanks for the lovely post and infusion of cuteness! I had a rotten day, but feel so much better now. I was an epic failure at TNR. Which is why we moved from NY to Seattle with 2 dogs and 12 cats in our cars (6 had been trapped as ferals, but failed at the R); 5 were rescued from the streets, and 1 was a shelter adoption). Four more flew out once we were settled. They were trapped just before we moved with the intention of euthanizing them. There was nobody able to take over their care. I found I couldn’t do it, so instead arranged to have them tested for FELV and left in the temporary care of our rescue group. If the tests came back positive they would be euthanized, otherwise they would be sent to us. Even prepaid their airfare, because I was certain they were healthy. Fo.rtunately, since leaving NY my cat-finding has slowed. Now we have 4 cats, all once strays. Two were trapped for TNR, but again….epic fail on my part. After 2.5 years with us, the once has become a mooch for smooches, but the other still spends most daylight hours hidden away. At night, though, she comes out to play! And play! And play!

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  32. Julia Bramer
    May 26, 2018 @ 9:16 am

    Thanks for all you do! 😻

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  33. Fred Ross-Cisneros
    May 26, 2018 @ 11:30 am

    Yes, our “group” can relate out here in the San Gabriel Valley in California. We need TNR to expand with more education. Education will help the change that is needed for the feral/stray cat “problem.” Please visit TNRProject.org to find out more about our organization. Best wishes and thanks for what you are doing for feral/stray cats.

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  34. tiffaney jewel
    May 26, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

    The NYC ACC in Brooklyn is overrun with cats, especially now that it is kitten season. Please consider heading there to adopt a kitten!

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  35. TERI
    May 26, 2018 @ 4:27 pm

    I too am a mad cat lady. Another cat lady is doing a petition for Scottish Wildcats https://www.change.org/p/scottish-government-save-the-scottish-wildcat-by-protecting-clashindarroch-forest xx

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  36. Pauline Pickering
    May 26, 2018 @ 5:36 pm

    I am a fellow animal crazy. I have trapped and kept the faral cat that was hanging around my house. The vet told me he is a munchkin and rare to be faro. I took him in 2 yrs ago and he has just recently started trusting me. He has fur that must be 4 in he is such a beautiful cat. I will never understand the cat lovers that are against them. He is a very loyal pet and with time they are no differant than any timid cat. Feel free to email

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  37. Barb
    May 27, 2018 @ 1:24 pm

    Preach! I wish more folks understood the adopt don’t shop and always spay/neuter your pets! All my animals, horses, chickens, dogs, cats, are rescue.

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  38. Ellen
    May 27, 2018 @ 8:18 pm

    Yay!!! I live in a small community in southwest Louisiana…we are NOT exactly known for being progressive…😉😉…but my friend Dana heads up a great TNR program here. Our local vet support is amazing as well. Thank you for being the voice for these little ones!!

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