We’ve had another busy week at Operation Hood. We focused much of our attention on trapping (females primarily), caring for the cats at Loving Touch Animal Hospital, and installing insulation in one of the sheds on the colony property. We also had a very successful cat food drive.
Sixteen cats were trapped this week. Most of them were spayed and neutered; others who did not require surgery were vaccinated and/or provided medical attention, if needed. To date, 34 cats have been removed from the property. Five are currently in foster care, 26 are being housed and cared for at Loving Touch Animal Hospital, and sadly three passed away due/euthanized due to terminal illness. A majority of the cats in our care do allow us to pet them, however they are scared and must learn to trust humans again. We do not want to return these cats to Operation Hood if possible. We are in desperate need of foster homes. If you are interested in becoming a foster, please contact us. Note, these cats require love and attention and need to be socialized. These are not cuddly, sit in your lap cats YET!
Volunteers installed leftover insulation that was donated for shelters in one of the sheds where many cats seek warmth from the cold, wind, and snow/rain. Much of the insulation already in the shed had fallen down over time. Now, the shed is fully insulated and hopefully many, many cats are seeking warmth in the shed. Volunteers also finished building another 20 shelters and they were placed at Operation Hood. We are praying that we have provided enough shelter to keep all or most of the cats warm and dry during this bitter arctic chill.
Lastly, we held a food donation drive this past Saturday at 360 Farm and Pet. It was a huge success!!! We received enough food to last us approximately two weeks and enough pine cat litter to last us a week. Our next donation drive will be on March 12th at 360 Farm and Pet. Please note, we are in constant need of pine cat litter, x-large piddle pads, HE liquid laundry detergent, bleach, and Pinesol/Lysol cleaner. It is so important that we keep the cat room at Loving Touch clean.
We have another busy week ahead. We are hoping to have the cats in our care socialized enough to move them into foster care starting February 22nd. We also have two cats who must be trapped ASAP—one is extremely sick and may not make it the week and the other is very pregnant! We also hope to begin work on the second shed this coming weekend, along with cleaning around the shed area.
Pictured below are just a few of the cats currently in our care at Loving Touch Animal Hospital. We hope to get all of them posted this week!