Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Day at the A

Today was spay/neuter day at the ASPCA.
We brought 12 cats and left with 12 cats now spayed/neutered, ear tipped, vaccinated and already on the road to recovery!
As you know, we had some luck on Wednesday night in the rain trapping 7 of our 12 cats.
Thursday was not so lucky. We trapped ZERO!
I built a drop trap to catch those that would not go in the traps.
Friday we got 2, Hemi and Beetle for a total of 9.
Shawn labeled Beetle's trap
while Lisa, seeing Hemi had a little cold, set him up with a heat lamp.

So then it was Saturday, our last shot.
We started early at 11 am. We caught Bolt, one we have only seen once, and found he has what we think are bite marks turned to abcesses on his back. Lisa is keeping a close eye on him and he seems to be doing ok.
We had not seen any sign of Muffler, the long haired gray cat. We assume this cat belongs to someone and is being kept inside while we trap.

We will go back for Muffler at a later date.
Knowing getting Muffler was not an option, we just had one left.
We stayed until about 3 pm and decided to take a break and try again at 10 pm for that last kitten, Winch. The other night, Winch played in the trap and ate all the bait without triggering the spring door and just walked right out several times. GRRR!
So here is the rainy start to our last chance of getting that last kitten.
After catching (and releasing) a couple of possums (or the same one several times), we heard a trap snap again and thought, damn those possums! Turns out it was Winch! The last one was finally caught!
We had room for one more in the truck so we went to another lot Lisa and Shawn are familiar with and a friendly walked right up to us begging for attention. Our 12th trap was filled! More on him later...
So then it was time to set them up at the recovery space and get home for a couple hours of sleep before transporting them all to the ASPCA.
We were happy to hear they were all healthy enough for surgery and all came through just fine.
Pics of all with their new stylish ear tips to come!

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