Emily is one of the cats we have in foster care.  She was found last December with a broken leg and we decided to help her.  After a successful operation, Emily returned to her rescuer who had offered to foster her as she needed six weeks of cage rest.  We have asked Mary to tell us Emilie’s story:

“One Saturday morning just as we were leaving the house 3 youngsters about 10 or 11 years old came to the door holding a beautiful tabby & white kitte;, they asked me did I own her.  I didn’t and they said they would keep looking for the owner as she was very friendly. I told them to come back to me if they didn’t find her owner. Later that evening they arrived at the door still holding the kitten and told me that her leg was broken.  They said they had brought her to the local vet who had treated her with antibiotics and painkillers but as they didn’t know who the owner was the vet could not offer any more treatment. One of the youngsters’ father had told her to put the cat back where she had found her as they didn’t want to keep her. I rang the ACS (Katie) and told her the kitten’s story. Katie asked me to bring the kitten to The Cat Hospital in Glanmire where Clare would assess her. I took the kitten from the youngsters and brought her into my home. She was super friendly, never once growled or showed any aggression, even though her leg was broken.

The beautiful Emily (photo courtesy of Allan Meek)

When I came back in the house, there was major excitement: our own 2 dogs, another doggie I was doggies-sitting and our 4 cats (including our new addition 4 week old feral kitten) were very interested to know what I had in the carrier. My daughter and son were so excited and, not wanting to frighten this new kitten, we decided to bring her into the sitting room shut the door to keep all our nosey fur babies in the other room.  Unfortunately, when my son closed the door he didn’t realise my daughter’s fingers were in there and we ended up with a screaming 6 year old who had 2 very squished fingertips.  She only calmed down when my hubby asked her to bring the kitten with her very sore broken leg to the vet with mammy.

Emily at The Cat Hospital

On arriving at The Cat Hospital, Clare helped the squished fingertips by giving my daughter a yummy bar of chocolate.  As everyone knows chocolate is a fantastic healer! Claire assessed the kitten and told me she had a compound fracture, the bone sticking out the back and blood that was stuck around the wound would suggest that the injury had not happened that day or the day before.  This alone will show what a sweetheart this kitten is; she must have been in absolute agony, yet allowed youngsters to carry her around for most of the day in their arms, then allowed me to carry her and never complained once!  When we were leaving Clare asked my daughter to think of a name for this adorable kitten. On the drive home she told me she had decided on a name: Emily – after herself!

Emily is all set to go to her fosterer's

We went to visit Emily after her operation and Clare told us that Emily kitty would need approximately 6 weeks of cage rest.  I offered to foster her for this time.  I was nervous as I had never fostered a cat that needed cage rest.  I wanted to ensure I would do the best for her to heal.  The last time I fostered a kitten was over 2 years ago and I failed at that; I adopted her!

Emily in the arms of her fosterer (photo courtesy of Allan Meek)

Emily kitty is a very friendly kitten, which means she thinks every other cat/dog is the same.  Two of our cats gave her a shock when they hissed at her for trying to play with them through her cage when they went over to investigate. She loves everyone and plays with the feral kitten (Parmenion)  we have had now for about 9 weeks.  Parmenion will sit outside Emily’s cage and play with her through the bars.  Emily kitty had her stitches out three weeks ago and got her first vaccination.  She will have the implants in her leg removed next week, then she will be free from cage rest.  She can’t wait to come out of the cage to explore her surroundings.

If you are looking for a cat that will adore you, be very happy sitting on you lap being rubbed and enjoys playing, then Emily kitty is the cat for you. She would love a playmate as she really enjoys playing and company.  She’s very placid and really deserves a wonderful forever home.”

Emily (photo courtesy of Allan Meek)

We are delighted to say that Emily has a home waiting for her.  Magda, Lucasz and their cat, Blaszka, are getting ready to welcome Emily as soon as she has settled after the removal of her pins.

The ACS always tries to help as many animals as possible, but this can be difficult at times as we do not always have the resources.  Despite, the best efforts from the vets we work with, who offer fantastic discounts, such operations remain expensive.  The cost of Emily’s and Millie’s operations and treatment is over €1000; this is why we’re asking you for your help.  By donating a euro for each of these girls, you can help us to continue our work.  Do you think you could donate €2 towards their vet bills?  If so, please visit their special appeal page here.  Thanks!

Lieutenant Dan: To Be or not to Be?

Lt Dan, a feral kitten, who has been through far too much already

“Back in September, a feral kitten was brought to The Cat Hospital after a road traffic accident.  Clare Meade rang the ACS to ask if we could help.  The kitten, who was later named Lieutenant Dan, needed an operation to have his leg amputated.  At the time, Little Red was also waiting for the big operation that would save his life.  Our funds were low and we knew that Little Red’s operation would be very expensive, but the public was helping for it through our special appeal, so we decided to give that other kitten a chance to live and used the remainder of our Clyde Fund (dedicated to RTAs) for his operation.

Lieutenant Dan before his amputation in The Cat Hospital last September

The operation went well and Lt Dan recovered quickly thanks to the loving foster home Maggie and Jim offered to him.  Soon, Lt Dan was running around the place, apart from the odd tripping from his foster sister.

However, worries were not over for Lt Dan who had to be brought back in emergency to The Cat Hospital because an enormous abscess had appeared on his head.  It was emptied and Lt Dan was put on antibiotics.  However, two weeks later it reappeared, and again two weeks later.  It became evident that it could be something serious.  We also feared that the infection would get to the bone and infect the marrow, resulting in poisoning the blood.

Lt Dan falling asleep on Maggie after having had his head cleaned, something that has become a ritual for the two of them.

Clare explained that an operation would be needed to properly clean the abscess, but also take a culture to be sent for analysis so that he would receive the appropriate treatment.  Estimated cost?  €500.  What were we supposed to do?  What would you have done?

On the same day Lt Dan went to The Cat Hospital, Maggie and Jim had to bring another kitten with him.  Billy Bunter had been rescued during a TNR job and suffered from megacolon; a result of being a small kitten in a colony of hungry feral cats.  The chances for him to recover from his condition were slim and it might have also meant a lot more suffering.  We could not inflict that to this poor kitten and Billy Bunter had to be put to sleep.  You may thus understand why we did not hesitate to go ahead with Lt Dan’s operation.  Or you may not if you are cold-hearted.

This post is called “to be or not to be” because too often animal welfare people are left to decide of the destiny of the animals they rescue.  It is a difficult choice and should not be so.  Animals should be loved and treated with respect and compassion by what we call “humanity”, but this is not so, they are left to suffer because too many members of our society believe that their own little comfort is more important.  The ACS believes that if there is a chance to offer an animal a better life, we should take it, so we did and Lt Dan was given the chance to be.

Lt Dan's head after his operation

Today, we are asking you if you could help us with the cost of Lt Dan’s operation.  As you may know, our funds are very low (how can they be otherwise when we have decided to spend whatever we have to improve the lives of animals) and we rely entirely on the public’s generosity.  We have set up a special appeal for you to help Lt Dan.

Again, I am asking you, what would you have done?  It is your choice now and your decision might result in the next kitten who meets our path to be or not to be.”

Necrotic (gangrenous) skin

We have so far raised €115 for Lt Dan’s operations and numerous visits to the vet, not near enough to cover the cost.  If you would like to help, you can donate here.  The donation is set at €2.50, the price of a cup of coffee to offer a cat a better life.

Following this call for help on Facebook last December, we received a different kind of offer: Emma Robertson (Veterinary Physiotherapist) offered to do laser treatment on Lt Dan’s head.  As Lt Dan’s abscesses keep coming back and that we have no idea why, Maggie and Jim decided to go ahead with the treatment.  Lt Dan went for his first session yesterday and here is Maggie and Jim’s report:

“On Sunday, 16/01/12, Lt Dan underwent his first laser treatment. At this stage things with Lt Dan have got desperate: countless trips to vets, numerous examinations, several operations from which tissue was taken and sent for cultures to be grown, and no result. Lt Dan’s recurring abscesses have proven to be a complete veterinary mystery. There is no detectable infectious agent present. There is nothing that can be eradicated through the use of antibiotics. But still the abscesses pop up, and out, on poor old Dan’s head regularly. The only treatment that could be offered to Dan was the nightly removal of the scab and bathing the abscess with salt water in order to keep a channel clear so any puss could exit the wound areas. This was far from an ideal method of dealing with Dan, who had already suffered a great deal in his short life. It was also becoming obvious that all this ‘pulling and tearing’ at Dan was having an adverse effect on the cat’s wellbeing and he was starting to exhibit signs of stress.

Wound before treatment with the scab removed

During the course of our last Facebook appeal a lady called Emma Robertson contacted the ACS and offered to treat Dan with laser therapy. Emma, who is a chartered veterinary physiotherapist, also specialises in a range of holistic therapies and very kindly offered to take the problem of Dan’s abscesses on. So Lt Dan was marched (unwillingly) into the car and over to Tower to see Emma. The actual treatment took a matter of minutes and involved no intrusive or painful procedures that would stress Dan out even more. Emma has a portable laser generator and she merely took out a handset – it looks like a small torch with a right angled head – and held it over the abscess on Dan’s head. The laser light is red in colour and within a few minutes of beginning it was all over and Dan was back in his cage glaring at everybody.

Today (Monday) the early results look promising with no significant discharge from Dan’s head wound; the first time this has been the case in quite a while. The wound itself looks a lot drier and more healthy than it has been. Dan is due to return to Emma for further treatments, spread over the next few weeks. We are very grateful to Emma for her kind offer to help Dan as both ourselves and Clare Meade are baffled by Dan’s refusal to get better. Emma does work for the Donkey Sanctuary and is no stranger herself to animal welfare. She can be contacted from her Facebook profile.”


News from Suzie, by Katherine


“We got Suzie from the ACS last October along with her daughter, Esme. We were told when we first went to visit the cats that Suzy and her two sons were FeLV positive but that Esme was negative. We went home and did some research about what caring for her would entail. We had only intended to take home one cat but, of course, when we decided we could take Suzie on we had to bring Esme home as well.

The Ryan Brothers, Alex and Eliot, are Suzie's sons and are also FeLV positive. Unless they find a very special home, like their mum, they will remain at the sanctuary in the care of Anne P.

Having one FeLV positive and one negative cat has been a bit of a challenge because the virus can be passed by saliva from feed bowls and the cats grooming each other, as well as through shared litter trays, so we have had to take care to feed the cats separately and to maintain high levels of hygiene where it comes to items they share (like toys and litter trays). Esme also needs more frequent vaccination than cats who are not as likely to be exposed to the virus.

I had Suzie re-tested a few weeks ago on the advice of our vet because I was concerned that she might be unwell. I was surprised and happy when the test came back negative. Some cats clear it from their system, and while I always hoped that this would happen I didn’t expect it.

Suzie is a lovely cat, she is so affectionate, she will be curling up on top of any visitor and trying to scent mark them within seconds of meeting them. At the ACS rescue centre she came straight up to me and sat in my arms, looking into my face as if to say ‘well, what now? Are we going home or not?’. She is always sitting with me, on my lap if there’s room or beside me if there isn’t, and when I’m working at the table she will sit on the table next to me.

She is certainly made to be a lady of luxury because she doesn’t have much desire to chase about (although she will often chase Esme when she wants to play with her mum), she hardly miows at all, and seems to have no desire for anything outside the apartment. However, she is far from being apathetic about life. Her favourite thing is watching the birds out of the window, and even on the television if there is a nature documentary she can sit in front of, and, of course, she has a mad five minutes every now and then, where she gets excited by a trailing cord or squeaky toy.

We are waiting for the results of her full blood test to confirm that she has cleared the leukaemia. We have only had her and Esme for a year but I would be lost without either of them, so I am keeping all my fingers crossed that it confirms the good news.”

Unfortunately, the results of the full blood test came back positive.  However, Suzie is still living a happy life in the care of Katherine.

Veterinary nurse students to the help of Billy

A lot of the time, people get on to us and other animal rescues to help them with the stray animals they have found.  We are so overloaded that it has become very difficult for us to take in any more animals until homes are found for the ones we already have in our care.  Consequently, we have been encouraging the public to keep looking after the animals they find.  It is not always easy, but it can be done.

Recently, Kate, one of the veterinary nurse students in St John’s, contacted us to help a cat.  Unfortunately, we had no space to take in Billy.  This didn’t deter Kate and she put in all her energy to find a solution to help Billy.  With the help of her fellow students, she managed to care for Billy and to nurse back to health.

This is Billy’s story as told by Kate:

“Billy was found at the side of a road originally and picked up by a friend of mine. He lived for a short time in their garden and house but they were unable to keep him and their own male cat began to attack him. They frantically looked for a home as they were heading away and were afraid of what might happen to him if they left him there. Billy, as we have named him, is the most wonderful kitten fluffy, loves cuddles and purring and really deserves a home to call his own. He is currently being fostered between students of the second year Veterinary Nursing class in St. Johns. He is currently not neutered or vaccinated. Some of the girls and I will be fundraising in  the coming weeks to cover the cost. I have taken him to the vet  and he is recovering from cat flu at the moment. Billy also has one eye smaller than the other a birth defect known as Microphthalmia. He does not have a severe case of Microphthalmia but his eye will need to be monitored on a regular basis by his new owners. He is such an affectionate cat and really deserves a loving home.”

Billy is still in foster care at the moment and Kate is actively looking for a forever home for him.  I’m sure she will find one as he is gorgeous!  If you’d like to offer Billy a home, please contact Kate at

Once more, this is an example of the dedication of some people to the welfare of animals, but it also demonstrates that by working together we can achieve a lot more.  Well done to Kate and her fellow students!

News from Coco

Kimberly, aka Coco, with her brother Spenser at the sanctuary, last August

We recently received news from Kimberly, now named Coco, who was adopted from the sanctuary at the end of August.  We were really delighted she found the perfect home for her and are glad to see that everything is going well for her…

Eager to have her photo taken in order to find a forever home

Hi Anne, Albert,

Coco here, sorry I haven’t been in touch sooner just having to much fun here in Waterford.

You will be very proud of me, I have been on best behaviour since I moved here and I know they all love me because they are always hugging me and kissing me.

I don’t bark unless I have to, there is a dog behind us and he is always barking, I keep telling him I’m a lady and ladies don’t bark, but he won’t listen.

I got over my fear of the car, sausages make me forget everything… I go everywhere now in the car, we go up to school in the morning, we sometimes go to the shops at lunchtime and then we go back up to the school to collect Brian & Ciara. I love going to the school I get to meet lots of people and they all say how pretty I am and how shiny my coat is.

I go for long walks and then come home and I sleep in Ray’s office for the morning, sometimes I rob something from the office waste paper din for a good old chew, when he’s not looking.

The other day we went to Cork to this house with a big garden, I think they called it a farm and we stopped halfway because the kids needed to pee and go for a little walk.

They have a dog on the farm called “Browny” and we are great friends, we play all day, she is my best friend on the farm.

I have attached two photo that the kids took of me.

The first, which is not my best side but I think someone said “walk”.

The second is me playing, eating and tearing the Argos catalogue, yes I had hours of fun that week.

I need to go for a nap now, so I will write again soon.

Lots of love,


An update on Little Red

Many of you have been asking for news of Little Red, so I asked Jim to write an update for you.

Li’l Red is still recovering from the effects of his diaphragmatic hernia and the two operations intended to rectify the condition. Following the first op Red was set to be released from Claire Meade’s care at the Cat Hospital but further complications led to a second operation to correct some problems. Red made a good recovery following this second op and was released back into the care of his mum, Maggie, and returned in some triumph to his forever home.

Back home at last!

Here, Red was reunited with his four sisters, the ‘Torties’, who were delighted to see their brother again. Red’s first few days at home were marked by differences of opinion between Red and his dominant tortoise shell sisters over who had ‘dibs’ at the food. In fact Li’l Red had first dibs and a few well aimed paws weren’t long in alerting his pushy sisters that although Li’l Red might be small in stature he was big on courage. Red was happy to be free of cages and confinement and ran about the place playing with everybody and generally enjoying his first taste of freedom in quite a while.

All looked fine with him for a while but Maggie began to notice that Red was starting to get sick after eating and appeared unable to digest normal catfood so an alternative had to be found. This led to the ‘Jamie Oliver’ experience for Red as Maggie began to experiment with different types of food, different textures and various substances, in an effort to make the process of eating easy for Red. It quickly became apparent that Red was unable to digest ordinary food and that everything had to be liquidised for him so Red is now being fed on a specially prepared diet of mushy food somewhat similar to human baby food. His mum, Maggie, is very busy everyday mashing up all sorts of nutritious foods into an easily digestible mash for Red to snack upon. He is still the same lovable, playful kitten, whose eyes are still too big for his head, and who rushes about the house to see what everybody is up to. Nothing goes on in Red’s house without the benefit of his direct supervision and presence and he is well able to play with his very boisterous sisters and all the other kittens that Maggie is currently fostering. It looks like his food will always have to be processed before he can eat it and Clare Meade thinks he probably has a megaesophagus hernia (hernia in his digestive system). Unfortunately it can only be truly diagnosed in
the Royal College of veterinary surgeons in Dublin and there is no guarantee that
he can be cured with another operation.

So that’s the story with Little Red so far. He’s a little cat with a lot of people rooting for him and his full recovery but it is down to the determination of Maggie and her patience and hard work in literally spoon-feeding him, day in and night out, that will decide Little Red’s future. Red has many friends in his life from the people who contributed towards his initial operations to his Mum, Maggie, who has worked ceaselessly to find food he can digest. Although Red has ongoing medical problems that may never be totally resolved none of them have dented his unfailing playfulness and mischievousness or his utter enjoyment of, and appreciation for, life. Red has had to fight for survival from the moment of
his birth but this experience has not soured him in any way. He is a delicate little creature, small in stature, but a giant in courage. On behalf of Li’l Red
I would like to thank all his supporters, and there are many from all over the
world, who have helped the little cat with the big courage to survive.

Little Red is now part of our “Sponsor a Pet” programme.  You can also take responsibility for his well-being by sponsoring him and thus helping us with his daily care.

Reporting on National Feral Cats Awareness Week (15-22 Oct 2011)

To mark this most important week, a few volunteers at the ACS took time off and dedicated themselves to the welfare of feral cats.  The aim was to raise awareness, but also to trap-neuter-return as many ferals as possible.  A significant number of vets offered a discounted rate for spaying and neutering during the week to the public and we made ourselves available to help trapping.

Our week actually started one day early as we were called in a pub for an urgent matter.  The staff at the pub wanted to get a female spayed, but most urgently, her kittens needed to be looked after as it had been reported that their eyes were gluey.  If untreated, they could rapidly become blind.

The pub kittens: the setting

In fact, there were two litters of kittens and two females.  The females were easily trapped (and spayed), but it took four days to catch all the kittens.  Unfortunately, we were too late for one of them.  we are not sure how she died, but we assume that Rapunzel might have been attacked.  The other five kittens were brought in emergency to the Cloyne Veterinary practice.  Indeed, their eyes were in a terrible state.  Two of the kittens, the last ones we managed to catch (not by trapping them, but by simply scooping them up from a box of glasses where they were hiding) were very weak and their future was most uncertain.  Sinead and Tammy at the Cloyne Vet Clinic fought for the whole week and did all they could by providing the best care for them, but the weakest one had just given up on life and on the Friday, we had to let him go (RIP little fellow, you died loved and I often think of you).

Mummy and her kitten trapped together

The girls trapped on the Friday

The boys, finally found on the Monday

While these little guys were fighting for their lives, we kept working on our mission: neutering as many ferals as we could.

On Monday, before going to our pub rescue, we stopped in Midleton where someone was worried for a cat in a colony and wanted her checked and spayed.  We spent a little while trying to trap the cat in question until someone arrived and told us that she had taken care of neutering and spaying all the cats from the colony.  This is an example of why ear-tipping is important as it might saved not only time, but the discomfort of a second, unecessary operation for the cat.

Little did we know that all the cats from this colony were already neutered

Tuesday was a very productive day.  Our first stop was in Douglas where Jennifer’s cats were waiting for us in the kitchen (what an easy trapping!).  You might remember Jennifer?  She is a thirteen year old girl who recently contacted me to ask if the ACS could help with her feral.  Even at her young age, she was aware that spaying was the only humane solution to prevent what could rapidly become a problematic situation.  I was so impressed by Jennifer’s maturity that I organised an appeal to raise the funds to get her ferals neutered.  We raised enough money to get mummy cat and her two younger kittens neutered.  Her one-year old kitten was nowhere in sight though, so we decided to use the money raised for the ones who were there, and the mum was our priority.  They were returned to their shed safely the same evening after their operation at The Cat Hospital.

Jennifer's cats: the mummy

Jennifer's cats: Ben & Bob after their operation

After that, we headed to Ballycotton where a few colonies of feral cats live.  This is a project that has taken a little while to put together and to bring to life, but at last we were ready to start.  We had already trapped four cats there previously, but we were even more successful that day and trapped five cats whom we brought to the Cloyne Veterinary Practice.


Our last stop for the day was in Mahon.  A lady there had contacted us regarding a mother and her kittens.  She was trying to rehome the kittens, and after talking to us realised how important it would be to get the mother spayed as soon as possible.  It did not take us much effort to trap mammy cat who had not had her dinner and could not resist the smell coming from the sardines.  Trish had only planned to get the mother spayed as she thought that the kittens could be rehomed.  However, the kittens were a little older than we thought and we think that three out of the four were female.  We explained to Trish that it would not take long before they became sexually active and we recommended that she should consider getting them spayed as well; maybe one every two weeks.  When I rang Trish to check on how the mummy was doing after her operation, Trish told me she was ready to have one of the kittens spayed, so we will be back to her very soon…

"Look! They have sardines!"

She's next!

We had offered to our supporters the opportunity to accompany us on TNR excursions and on Wednesday, Wendy came with us to Ballycotton.  We returned cats trapped the previous days and trapped three more.  Wendy found it a really rewarding experience.  With TNR, you do not see the fruits of your work, but you know that thanks to it many kittens won’t be born and raised in difficult conditions.  It prevents the suffering of these kittens, but it is not something you see.  It was thus pleasing to hear that Wendy found it rewarding.

Free again!

But that was not it!  When outside, Maggie could hear some screaming and was unsure if it was a seagull or a kitten crying fo help.  After looking around and listening for a while, we located where the sound came from and saw a kitten on a roof.  Maggie and I jumped in the car and went to the house.  We knocked on a door, but were told that there were no kittens there.  But we could hear the kitten and had seen him.  We borrowed a ladder and had a look above the wall and saw this little furry ball in the yard.

How are we going to get there?

There was no answer at the door and, after enquiring, we learnt that nobody was living there.  Getting into that yard wasn’t easy, but it had to be done as there was no way the kitten could get out of it on his own.  We were looking for one kitten, but the first thing Maggie saw once in the yard was a little head peeping out of a mop bucket.  We got the two kittens out safely, they both had a little bit of cat flu and were brought to Sinead in Cloyne.

Bally and Cotton arriving at the vet

From what we have gathered, they were left behind by a mum who transported her kittens to a different spot.  Bally and Cotton have recovered quickly and were able to go to their foster home this week.

"What do you mean I can get out? I'm fine here!"

Thursday was another busy day.  We had been invited to give a talk about TNR in St John’s college.  The talk went well and we were delighted to see so many young people eager to learn about feral cats and TNR.

Following that, we rushed to the Plaza on Grand Parade for a demo we had organised in support of the Forgotten Felines Protest that was taking place in Dublin at the same time.  The protest had three aims: that cats should be recognised in new legislation (and not just considered as vermin), that a new legislation should be put in place (the present one dates from 1911) and that funds should be made available to carry a comprehensive neutering programme.  The protest was well-attended.  Although our event was small, we really wanted to mark our support and I believe we managed to share our message through distributing leaflets and free kitty hugs.

Then, we headed again to Ballycotton where we trapped three more cats.  We spent a long time trying to catch another one, but unsuccessfully.  We will be back!

"Forget about it; I won't go in your trap!"

Friday started very sadly with the news that one of the pub kittens had to be put to sleep because he was just too weak and would not eat.  We felt a bit down and did not have the heart to go trapping that day and I only went to return cats to Ballycotton.

Figures of the week:

  • Kittens rescued: 7 (one did not survive)
  • Cats trapped: 17
  • Females spayed: 9
  • Males neutered: 7
  • Cats trapped twice: 1
  • According to statistics, one female cat and her offsprings can be responsible of a colony of 30 cats in just one year.  We can thus assume that thanks to this one week, 270 kittens will not be born in a world that is cruel to them.

I would like to thank everybody involved in making this week such a success, but more particularly Clare and her team at The Cat Hospital and Sinead and Tammy at the Cloyne Veterinary Practice for being so helpful and accommodating.

If you would like more information about feral cats, visit

This post is dedicated to this little guy who never made it.  Hopefully, there will be less and less kittens in the same situation as him.


Sponsor a Stray

To celebrate National Feral Cat Awareness Week and all the ferals out there, we have decided to lauch a new sponsorship programme!

You might already be aware of our “Sponsor a Pet” programme, whereby you can donate one euro a week (or more) to sponsor one of our pets who are long-term residents with us?  Incidentally, this amount covers the spaying of a female cat.  So by donating a euro a week, you could get a female cat spayed every year.

Usually, with the “Sponsor a Pet” programme, you receive updates on your pet three times a year.  However, this might be difficult to do with feral cats, so we will send you updates of all the TNR projects we are doing.

One female cat and her offspring can be responsible for the birth of 420000 kittens in seven years!  Imagine the difference you could make in the animal world by donating just a euro a week.

I would also like to remind you that if you set up a standing order with us this month, you will be entered in a draw to win a Family Pass to Leahy’s Open Farm, as well as a photo shoot of your pet with Diane Cusack.  Moreover, if you refer us to your friends you could also win more prizes.  Please, find more details about the competition here.

National Feral Cat Awareness Week 2011: “Spay that Stray”

We’ve been talking about it for weeks and it has finally arrived!  Since midnight, it is officially National Feral Cat Awareness Week!  And the theme this year is “Spay that Stray”.

In order to help you to get your ferals neutered/spayed, we have asked vets all over the county to offer discounts on spaying and neutering.  Be aware that the offer is only valid for feral cats.  We are delighted by the response we received and here is a list of the vets taking part (a few more might come on board on Monday):

For more information and advice, you can contact us at  You can also contact the practice closest to you directly.  If you need help trapping, we will be happy to come and help you (note that we are already working on a few projects and that our availability might be limited); however, we are unfortunately not in a position to pay for the cost of the operation.

To celebrate this week and raise awareness, we will also be posting information on this blog on a regular basis.  Meanwhile, you can have a look at Feral Cats Ireland, a fantastic website full of interesting resources.

If you are interested in accompanying us on one of our trapping outings, you can contact me at  We will be happy to bring one or two people with us.  Note that we will limit the number of persons coming with us.  Patience is key in such interventions as trapping can take a long time and we cannot determine in advance how long it will take.

Finally, I would like to bring to your attention the Forgotten Felines Protest taking place in Dublin this Thursday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm outside Leinster House.  The aim of the protest is to ask for a change of legislation (actual legislation dates from 1911) and for more funds from the government to get cats neutered.  If you can go up, please, go and lend your voice to the felines, who are too often regarded as vermin in this country.