For the last 28 years, 365 days a year, my partner and I from dusk to late night go out and try to save the lives of these forgotten feral cats. Strictly volunteer, most of the money comes out of our own pockets.
These forgotten ferals need shelters so my partner and I build numerous houses every year, which we stuff with hay and insulate with blue spruce tree limbs. It takes tremendous work and effort to place these homes in the woods. We also build numerous feeding cafes every year. These feeding cafes are where the food and water is placed and kept dry from inclement weather. When feeding we stay with the ferals until they are done eating so they can eat without fear of the predators. With our harsh Maine winters, these areas must be shoveled and kept dry; otherwise these animals couldn’t reach their food nor get out of their houses. We have 10 areas on the outside so when we have a blizzard we have to shovel several hundred feet to reach these feeders and cafes. One site is over a mile to shovel, in order to reach their houses and cafes . Some days we may start at 4:30am and not finish for 24 hours.
Our work not only provides feeding and living accommodations but also help with spaying and neutering; this has helped control and balance the population significantly. Also, it has helped stop the spreading of deadly diseases. We give vaccinations and any medical treatment needed. Lastly, it has provided homes for many who would otherwise be dead. We offer foster care with rehabilitation, hoping for adoption. Also we have devoted thousands of hours interacting and socializing to gain their love and trust.
Given much patience, love, trust, and affection, these feral cats can make loving, devoted, affectionate friends. Feral kittens between 6 and 10 weeks, given 24-hour love and hands-on affection, are more successful in making loving friends than your average adult feral. Although, in my experience, with much love and affection I’ve been extremely successful with older feral cats. Some ferals prefer to live back in their own environment. This is why shelters and feeding stations are built.
It is our goal to continue helping these unloved and unwanted feral cats and animals. Our work and devotion is never-ending. At the end of everyday when we look back into their eyes, we wonder if they think will be back tomorrow.
“It was once said by Mahatma Gandhi, “We judge the moral character of our country by the way we treat our animals.”
Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends holds true to their moral convictions of tender love, kindness, loyalty, and devotion for their feral felines. No animal in our care is killed nor declawed. Without Tommy’s love, loyalty, devotion and keen sense of intuition Rose wouldn’t be alive and our love for him has helped rescue thousands of feral cats and other animals who otherwise would die.
SO LET’S ALL TRY TO KEEP THEM SAFE.
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