We have great news tonight...Angie and her babies were taken in this evening by one of the Fredericksburg SPCA's loving fosters. Angie and her seven kittens will remain in foster care until they are ready to be adopted. The Fredericksburg SPCA has offered to help Operation Hood by providing foster homes for nursing moms, thus allowing more pregnant cats and/or nursing mom's with kittens to be rescued from the Hood colony.
A sneak peak at some of our Operation Hood Kitties and what they are really like. Many of them are not feral cats but strays. Please support Operation Hood.
We are desperately in need of foster homes for these kitties. If you have a bathroom, small bedroom or other room to spare they sure could use your help.
Operation Hood applied for an emergency grant from Two Mauds early last week and we were uncertain whether we were going to receive funding since we are located outside their coverage area--they cover the Appalachia. To our surprise, we received $3,000 in emergency funding! This is more than originally requested!!! The funding will be used to spay/neuter the cats, as well as cover other medical expenses.
Thanks Two Mauds!!!
The donation drive that Valarie and Jim hosted at Giant at Harrison Crossing was a huge success. Operation Hood received lots of food donations and received $307 for the Operation Hood cats! One young lady come up and single-handedly put $220 in the donation jar! There were Girl Scouts selling Girl Scout cookies on the other side of the entrance, and the little Girl Scouts kept coming over and dropping dollar bills in the donation jar (so sweet). Some people at the very least would bring us a can of cat food to add to the collection. These people are going to make our efforts at Operation Hood a success!
I was overwhelmed by what was waiting for me when I went to feed so I had to take this video to show the community what we are dealing with at Operation Hood.
A small view of Operation Hood so you have an idea of what we are dealing with on this one acre parcel of land. This colony has been a public problem for over a decade and finally a group of dedicated cat rescue individuals is taking on the monumental task of caring for these cats many of which have been dumped by their owners over the years.
If you would like to donate please go to either of the following Facebook pages - Operation Hood Making It Great or A Cat's Friend Inc.
Video filmed, narrated, and uploaded to Facebook by Kate Balow, Operation Hood colony caregiver.
We want to thank all those wonderful generous people who donated to the Operation Hood Fundraising/Food Drive today! We appreciate everything that you graciously donated for the kitties today! Because of you, we will make this work! Thank you to the great customers and staff of PETCO at Harrison Crossing!
This morning Dawn at Loving Touch Animal Hospital went into the cat room to get Angie to have her spayed. To her surprise, Dawn heard the sounds of little kittens. At the end of the day, Angie had given birth to seven kittens...a black one, two gray ones, two brown tabbies, and two orange tabbies.
Angie seemed very content. She allowed us to transfer her and the kittens to a dry, warm cage without any hissing or growling.
Angie and her kittens were removed from the cage at Loving Touch and taken into foster care this evening.
We are sad tonight about the passing of Sanne to the Rainbow Bridge late this afternoon. She was a senior girl with such a will to survive, black and white with big green eyes...the first kitty to be officially rescued by Operation Hood right after New Year's. It was because she was so ill and so dirty and so pathetic that she came out first. She is the type of kitty who haunts the rescuers of Operation Hood....to see one of God's creatures so thin and ill and struggling on. I call it Trap, Neutered and Returned to H E double hockeysticks...not the fault of those who performed TNR but the fault of the ones who are supposed to "caretake" or take care. She was a senior, roughly 10 to 12 years of age and the highlight of her two months of foster care was food, and plenty of it. She purred greedily each time she was fed, it had been so long since her tummy was full. She purred when she was lightly brushed, and she slept a lot in between. The wonderful vets at Loving Touch waited for her to get stronger before they would attempt to do a dental on her, as her mouth was so bad it smelled and she drooled. Today, when the doctor started to do the procedure, she found that Sanne could not tolerate being under for very long and six teeth were severely infected and would have required a dental specialist to spend three or four hours with her under anesthesia to bring any relief to her mouth. In the past several weeks she has been fragile, and tired. Last night she curled up on the couch with me, and today was the time go give up the good fight...we know the Rainbow Bridge is peace for all of our kitties who have had their time here with us...Thank you Sanne for surviving long enough to come into my life.
Posted on Facebook by Mary Anne Schneider (Sanne's Foster Mom)