New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program

From Mike Ward

The Neuter and Spay Program is designed to help manage the feral and homeless cat population in New Concord, Ohio. The Campaign Goal represents 16 male ($54) and 10 female ($86.25) surgeries plus related expenses.

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Update #26

about 1 month ago

NEUTER AND SPAY PROGRAM - UPDATE - JASON (EUTHANIZE OR AMPUTATION/NEUTER)?

Deuteronomy 30:19 GNT I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God's blessing and God's curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life.

This is a young adult male feral cat that was born and raised under the bushes at the Glenn Museum. His name is Jason. He was born on July 4, 2016. And he lived in this territory with his sisters Amber and Izzy until he was about 9 months old. Then his father Spot chased him out of this territory and he found a new home in the woods on the south side of the railroad tracks. Jason would come back from time to time for a meal and then leave again. But this past April a very aggressive male named Sasha (RIP) had a fight with him and he hasn't been back since.

Jason came back home again on Saturday (December 23). He was limping and it was obvious something was wrong with his back left leg. He was crying from the pain. And he was hungry. It was nice to see him again. He has a very gentle and kind personality so his family and friends are always happy to see him. Especially his sisters and even his father Spot (the current alpha male of this territory).

Jason stayed for a couple of days in one of my heated shelters. He was really hungry so I fed him several times a day. Then on Tuesday evening (December 26) I was taking food out to the cats and there was Jason standing at my front door. He limped into my entranceway. And I thought that was really odd! Jason is totally feral. He knows his name but he has never allowed me to touch him. And so I knew he wanted me to help. I closed the door and wondered how can I get him into a transporter? My transporter was in my car and I couldn't get out the door to get it without risking Jason running back outside. So I sent Shari Stewart a text message and asked her to help. She got my transporter and Jason walked inside. I've never seen a feral cat do that! Normally it is nearly impossible to get a feral cat inside a transporter.

I sent Dr. Elliott a message at 8:00 p.m. and told her about Jason. She told me the clinic was open until 10:00 p.m. and that Dr. Springman would be glad to help. So I took Jason to the Animal Clinic At Cambridge and she gave him pain meds and put him in a cage for the night.

The next day Dr. Elliott called and gave me the bad news. Jason had been hit by a car. His leg was broken in several places and there was no way to fix it. His pelvic bone was also fractured but she believed it would heal in time. She told me I had two choices. Euthanize or amputate. I didn't think Jason could survive the winter on 3 legs. And I'm pretty sure one of the more aggressive feral males like Marcus would kill him. So the question was whether I could and should adopt another feral cat?

I already have 10 feral cats in the upstairs part of my house. And I have 6 in the basement. I also take care of the feral colony which is currently 9 adults plus 2 juveniles outside. I wondered how can I bring another totally feral cat into my house? He won't allow me to touch him for months. Will Toby accept him? And will the other cats give him a chance?

I took Toby to visit Jason last Saturday and it went just fine. Jason stopped hissing and started purring. And I went to visit Jason again on Wednesday when I picked-up Willie (after his neuter surgery). Willie is Jason's nephew and they like each other a lot. Both of them stopped crying and hissing and started purring. So I asked Dr. Elliott to estimate the cost of the surgery. That night I began praying. And this scripture came to mind... Deuteronomy 30:19 GNT I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God's blessing and God's curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life.

Dr. Elliott performed the amputation and neuter surgery on Friday morning. I went to visit him and he is doing fine. He will be with her for the next 10 days and then I will bring him home.

Jason's surgery and related medical expenses were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Kristine Turner Miller, Rick Elkins, Paige Deuscher, Teresa Gum, Susan Fracker, Kathy Frakes, Marcia and Bob Murphy, Alice Montgomery, Barbara Gail Hinshaw, Doug Waller, Cathryn Kissinger, Cassi Ragsdale, April Reed, Judith Waller, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Belinda Sowers, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Jean Morris, Shawna Parks, Mary McGee, Anna Parry, Mary Jane Rhodes, Roger Bates, John Wycoff, Clay Curtis and several anonymous donors.

As of January 1, 2017 there were 9 adult feral cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. And 5 need surgeries. There is also 1 juvenile that needs to be spayed (Willie's sister Hope). Please consider making a donation. I have another appointment scheduled next week. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. I am hoping to neuter/spay and vaccinate at least 15 feral cats again this year. Here is a link to my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NewConcordFeralCats/
Thanks for your support! And thanks for being part of the solution!

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The surgeries will be performed by Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. It will cost $54 for one male and $86.25 for one female plus related medical expenses. The spay surgery (female cats) is more invasive than the nueuter surgery (male cats). Sometimes there are complications. Sometimes there is a need for antibiotics and meds.  And sometimes there is a need for boarding.  They also test them for leukemia and treat them for worms and fleas.  I take care of them at my house during their 7 day recovery period. 

As of January 1, 2018 there were 9 adult feral cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware.  4 have been neutered/spayed so there are 5 more to go.  There are also 2 juveniles and 1 of them needs to be spayed. I am hoping to trap all 6 of them this winter.  (The census data changes from month to month - some cats are missing and some are deceased plus new faces show up from time to time).  There are also 4 feral juveniles living in my basement that are still available for adoption.  All 4 have been neutered/spayed. 

I feed all of the feral cats and their juveniles everyday.  I treat most of them for worms and fleas.  I vaccinate them.  I neuter/spay them.  And I try to find good homes for their kittens.  I also try to inform the community on the progress I am making with regular posts on facebook.  You can see pictures of many of the cats and their kittens and juveniles on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/NewConcordFeralCats/

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Update #26

NEUTER AND SPAY PROGRAM - UPDATE - JASON (EUTHANIZE OR AMPUTATION/NEUTER)?

Deuteronomy 30:19 GNT I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God's blessing and God's curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life.

This is a young adult male feral cat that was born and raised under the bushes at the Glenn Museum. His name is Jason. He was born on July 4, 2016. And he lived in this territory with his sisters Amber and Izzy until he was about 9 months old. Then his father Spot chased him out of this territory and he found a new home in the woods on the south side of the railroad tracks. Jason would come back from time to time for a meal and then leave again. But this past April a very aggressive male named Sasha (RIP) had a fight with him and he hasn't been back since.

Jason came back home again on Saturday (December 23). He was limping and it was obvious something was wrong with his back left leg. He was crying from the pain. And he was hungry. It was nice to see him again. He has a very gentle and kind personality so his family and friends are always happy to see him. Especially his sisters and even his father Spot (the current alpha male of this territory).

Jason stayed for a couple of days in one of my heated shelters. He was really hungry so I fed him several times a day. Then on Tuesday evening (December 26) I was taking food out to the cats and there was Jason standing at my front door. He limped into my entranceway. And I thought that was really odd! Jason is totally feral. He knows his name but he has never allowed me to touch him. And so I knew he wanted me to help. I closed the door and wondered how can I get him into a transporter? My transporter was in my car and I couldn't get out the door to get it without risking Jason running back outside. So I sent Shari Stewart a text message and asked her to help. She got my transporter and Jason walked inside. I've never seen a feral cat do that! Normally it is nearly impossible to get a feral cat inside a transporter.

I sent Dr. Elliott a message at 8:00 p.m. and told her about Jason. She told me the clinic was open until 10:00 p.m. and that Dr. Springman would be glad to help. So I took Jason to the Animal Clinic At Cambridge and she gave him pain meds and put him in a cage for the night.

The next day Dr. Elliott called and gave me the bad news. Jason had been hit by a car. His leg was broken in several places and there was no way to fix it. His pelvic bone was also fractured but she believed it would heal in time. She told me I had two choices. Euthanize or amputate. I didn't think Jason could survive the winter on 3 legs. And I'm pretty sure one of the more aggressive feral males like Marcus would kill him. So the question was whether I could and should adopt another feral cat?

I already have 10 feral cats in the upstairs part of my house. And I have 6 in the basement. I also take care of the feral colony which is currently 9 adults plus 2 juveniles outside. I wondered how can I bring another totally feral cat into my house? He won't allow me to touch him for months. Will Toby accept him? And will the other cats give him a chance?

I took Toby to visit Jason last Saturday and it went just fine. Jason stopped hissing and started purring. And I went to visit Jason again on Wednesday when I picked-up Willie (after his neuter surgery). Willie is Jason's nephew and they like each other a lot. Both of them stopped crying and hissing and started purring. So I asked Dr. Elliott to estimate the cost of the surgery. That night I began praying. And this scripture came to mind... Deuteronomy 30:19 GNT I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God's blessing and God's curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life.

Dr. Elliott performed the amputation and neuter surgery on Friday morning. I went to visit him and he is doing fine. He will be with her for the next 10 days and then I will bring him home.

Jason's surgery and related medical expenses were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Kristine Turner Miller, Rick Elkins, Paige Deuscher, Teresa Gum, Susan Fracker, Kathy Frakes, Marcia and Bob Murphy, Alice Montgomery, Barbara Gail Hinshaw, Doug Waller, Cathryn Kissinger, Cassi Ragsdale, April Reed, Judith Waller, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Belinda Sowers, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Jean Morris, Shawna Parks, Mary McGee, Anna Parry, Mary Jane Rhodes, Roger Bates, John Wycoff, Clay Curtis and several anonymous donors.

As of January 1, 2017 there were 9 adult feral cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. And 5 need surgeries. There is also 1 juvenile that needs to be spayed (Willie's sister Hope). Please consider making a donation. I have another appointment scheduled next week. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. I am hoping to neuter/spay and vaccinate at least 15 feral cats again this year. Here is a link to my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NewConcordFeralCats/
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #25

NEUTER AND SPAY PROGRAM - UPDATE - WILLIE

Willie and his sister Hope and his mom Izzy were playing in the snow early Saturday morning. Jumping, chasing, plowing the snow with their noses and making feral cat snow angels. So I decided to try to trap one of them. And it worked out really well! I got Willie and he was able to spend the last few very cold days inside the Animal Clinic At Cambridge.

Willie is a young feral juvenile that was born and raised under the bushes at the Glenn Museum. He and his siblings Hope and Atlas (RIP) were born on April 15, 2017. His mother Izzy moved them into one of the heated shelters behind my house when the weather started to get cold. They are all extremely wary of people and can seldom be seen during the day. Willie likes to play with the other feral cats and hunt with his uncle Jason and aunt Amber. But his favorites are his big uncle Midnight and grandfather Spot. I delivered Willie to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge on Saturday morning. Dr. Jessica Springman performed his surgery yesterday. And I brought him home today. He weighs 8.4 pounds. And the lab test shows he does not have feline leukemia. Now he will spend the next 7 days recovering in one of the large cages at my house.

Willie's surgery and related medical expenses were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Kristine Turner Miller, Rick Elkins, Paige Deuscher, Teresa Gum, Susan Fracker, Kathy Frakes, Marcia and Bob Murphy, Alice Montgomery, Barbara Gail Hinshaw, Doug Waller, Cathryn Kissinger, April Reed, Judith Waller, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Belinda Sowers, Cassi Ragsdale, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Jean Morris, Shawna Parks, Mary McGee, Anna Parry, Mary Jane Rhodes, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis and several anonymous donors.

As of December 31, 2017 there were 10 adult feral cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. And 6 need surgeries. There is also 1 juvenile that needs to be spayed (Willie's sister Hope). Please consider making a donation. I have another appointment scheduled next week. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. I am hoping to neuter/spay and vaccinate at least 15 feral cats again this year. Here is a link to my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NewConcordFeralCats/
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #24

NEUTER AND SPAY PROGRAM - UPDATE - LUCAS AND PEPPER

These are the last 2 feral juveniles to be neutered and spayed this year. Their names are Lucas and Pepper. And they are best friends. Lucas is a feral juvenile I rescued from my neighbor Peg McKirahan's front yard. Just like all of his 6 brothers and sisters and the other 10 kittens I rescued this year, I raised Lucas in my basement and eventually decided to adopt him and bring him upstairs.

Pepper is one of Charlie's kittens and I raised him in my basement from the day he was born. And just like Lucas, I eventually decided to adopt him and bring him upstairs. Now both of them are old enough to be neutered. So I took them to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. Everything went very well and I was able to bring them home today. Lucas and Pepper love to run and chase and play with each other and the other feral cats. But Dr. Elliott prefers no roughhousing after surgery. So they will spend the next 7 days with Benji and a few female feral adults on the first floor.

Lucas and Pepper's surgery and related medical expenses were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Kristine Turner Miller, Paige Deuscher, Teresa Gum, Susan Fracker, Kathy Frakes, Rick Elkins, Marcia and Bob Murphy, Alice Montgomery, Barbara Gail Hinshaw, Doug Waller, Cathryn Kissinger, April Reed, Judith Waller, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Belinda Sowers, Cassi Ragsdale, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Jean Morris, Shawna Parks, Mary McGee, Anna Parry, Mary Jane Rhodes, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis and several anonymous donors.

As of December 10, 2017 there were 10 adult feral cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. And 6 need surgeries. There are also 2 juveniles that need surgeries - we lost 1 (Atlas) on November 17th to a speeding vehicle on Main Street. Please consider making a donation. I have another appointment scheduled next week. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. I am hoping to neuter/spay and vaccinate at least 15 feral cats again this year. Here is a link to my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NewConcordFeralCats/
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #23

NEUTER AND SPAY PROGRAM - UPDATE - MAGGIE

This is another one of Nikki's feral juveniles. Her name is Maggie. Just like her brothers Tiger and Ace, I have raised her in my basement from the day she was born. She is one of four juveniles still available for adoption. And now she is old enough to be spayed. So I took her to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. The staff at the front desk (Jacque Lowry and Denali) were dressed for the holidays. And the office is decorated for Christmas. The surgery went very well and I was able to bring Maggie home today. She loves to run and chase and play with her mom (Nikki) and great aunt (Charlie) and the other juveniles. But Dr. Elliott prefers no roughhousing after surgery. So Maggie will spend the next 7 days recovering in one of the large cages in my basement.

Maggie is available for adoption but she is very closely bonded with her brother Tiger. I do not want to separate them and so I will only allow them to be adopted as a pair. Please let me know if you are interested. I reserve the right to pick the best home for them.

Maggie's surgery and related medical expenses were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Kristine Turner Miller, Paige Deuscher, Teresa Gum, Susan Fracker, Kathy Frakes, Rick Elkins, Marcia and Bob Murphy, Alice Montgomery, Barbara Gail Hinshaw, Doug Waller, Cathryn Kissinger, April Reed, Judith Waller, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Belinda Sowers, Cassi Ragsdale, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Jean Morris, Shawna Parks, Mary McGee, Anna Parry, Mary Jane Rhodes, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis and several anonymous donors.

As of December 10, 2017 there were 10 adult feral cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. And 6 need surgeries. There are also 2 juveniles that need surgeries - we lost 1 (Atlas) on November 17th to a speeding vehicle on Main Street. Please consider making a donation. I have another appointment scheduled next week. I am not certain which one will be next. It may be an adult cat that I trap or it might be another feral juvenile. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. I am hoping to neuter/spay and vaccinate at least 15 feral cats again this year. Here is a link to my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NewConcordFeralCats/
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #22

NEUTER AND SPAY PROGRAM - UPDATE - RACHEL

This is a feral juvenile I rescued from Christy's Main Street Memories Scrapbooking & More with the help of Christy White Applegate, Mindy Boggs (Spa Girl) and Sheri Stewart (Pampered Paws). Her name is Rachel. Just like all of the other 16 kittens I rescued this year, I raised Rachel in my basement. Now she is old enough to be spayed. So I took her to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. Everything went very well and I was able to bring her home today. Rachel is a perfect juvenile in all respects - beautiful, smart, playful, gentle, loving and curious. But she does love to run and chase and jump and play with the adults and the other juveniles. And Dr. Elliott prefers no roughhousing after surgery. So she will spend the next 7 days recovering in one of the large cages in my basement.

Rachel is available for adoption but she is very closely bonded with another feral juvenile named Ace. I do not want to separate them and so I will only allow them to be adopted as a pair.

Rachel's surgery and related medical expenses were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Kristine Turner Miller, Paige Deuscher, Teresa Gum, Susan Fracker, Rick Elkins, Marcia and Bob Murphy, Alice Montgomery, Kathy Frakes, Doug Waller, Cathryn Kissinger, April Reed, Judith Waller, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Belinda Sowers, Cassi Ragsdale, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Jean Morris, Shawna Parks, Mary McGee, Anna Parry, Mary Jane Rhodes, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis and several anonymous donors.

As of December 1, 2017 there were 10 adult feral cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. And 6 need surgeries. There are also 2 juveniles that need surgeries - we lost 1 (Atlas) on November 17th to a speeding vehicle on Main Street. Please consider making a donation. I have another appointment scheduled next week. I am not certain which one will be next. It may be an adult cat that I trap or it might be another feral juvenile. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. I am hoping to neuter/spay and vaccinate at least 15 feral cats again this year. Here is a link to my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NewConcordFeralCats/
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #21

NEUTER AND SPAY PROGRAM - UPDATE - SAMSON

This is a feral juvenile I rescued from my neighbor Peg McKirahan's front yard. His name is Little Samson. Just like all of his 6 brothers and sisters and the other 10 kittens I rescued this year, I raised Sam in my basement and eventually decided to adopt him and bring him upstairs. Now he is old enough to be neutered. So I took him to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. Everything went very well and I was able to bring him home today. Samson is an aggressive male and loves to run and chase and jump and play with the adults and the other kittens. But Dr. Elliott prefers no roughhousing after surgery. So he will spend the next 7 days with a few female feral adults on the first floor.

Little Samson's surgery and related medical expenses were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Kristine Turner Miller, Paige Deuscher, Teresa Gum, Susan Fracker, Rick Elkins, Marcia and Bob Murphy, Alice Montgomery, Kathy Frakes, Doug Waller, Cathryn Kissinger, April Reed, Judith Waller, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Belinda Sowers, Cassi Ragsdale, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Jean Morris, Shawna Parks, Mary McGee, Anna Parry, Mary Jane Rhodes, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis and several anonymous donors.

As of November 30, 2017 there are 10 adult feral cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. And 6 need surgeries. There are also 2 juveniles that need surgeries - we lost 1 (Atlas) on November 17th to a speeding vehicle on Main Street. Please consider making a donation. I have another appointment scheduled next week. I am not certain which one will be next. It may be an adult cat that I trap or it might be another feral juvenile. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. I am hoping to neuter/spay and vaccinate at least 15 feral cats again this year. Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
https://fundly.com/new-concord-feral-cats-neuter-and-spay-program
And here is a link to my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NewConcordFeralCats/
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #20

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program - Update - Ace

This is another one of Nikki's feral kittens. His name is Ace. Just like his brother Tiger, I have raised him in my basement from the day he was born. He is one of four kittens still available for adoption. And now he is old enough to be neutered. So I took him to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. Everything went very well and I was able to bring him home today. Ace loves to run and chase and play with his mom (Nikki) and great aunt (Charlie) and the other kittens. But Dr. Elliott prefers no roughhousing after surgery. So Ace will spend the next 7 days recovering in one of the large cages in my basement.

Ace's surgery and related medical expenses were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Kristine Turner Miller, Paige Deuscher, Teresa Gum, Susan Fracker, Rick Elkins, Marcia and Bob Murphy, Alice Montgomery, Kathy Frakes, Doug Waller, Cathryn Kissinger, April Reed, Judith Waller, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Belinda Sowers, Cassi Ragsdale, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Jean Morris, Shawna Parks, Mary McGee, Anna Parry, Mary Jane Rhodes, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis and several anonymous donors.

As of November 1, 2017 there were 10 adult feral cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. And 6 need surgeries. There are also 3 juveniles that need surgeries. Please consider making a donation. I have another appointment scheduled in two weeks. I am not certain which one will be next. It may be an adult cat that I trap or it might be another feral kitten that is living in my basement. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. I am hoping to neuter/spay and vaccinate at least 15 feral cats again this year. Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
https://fundly.com/new-concord-feral-cats-neuter-and-spay-program
And here is a link to my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NewConcordFeralCats/
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #19

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program - Update - Tiger

This is one of Nikki's feral kittens. His name is Tiger. I raised him in my basement from the day he was born. He is one of four kittens still available for adoption. And now he is old enough to be neutered. So I took him to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. Everything went very well and I was able to bring him home today. Tiger loves to run and chase and play with his mom (Nikki) and great aunt (Charlie) and the other kittens. But Dr. Elliott prefers no roughhousing after surgery. So Tiger will spend the next 7 days recovering in one of the large cages in my basement.

Tiger's surgery and related medical expenses were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Kristine Turner Miller, Paige Deuscher, Teresa Gum, Rick Elkins, Marcia and Bob Murphy, Alice Montgomery, Kathy Frakes, Doug Waller, Cathryn Kissinger, April Reed, Judith Waller, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Belinda Sowers, Cassi Ragsdale, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Jean Morris, Shawna Parks, Mary McGee, Anna Parry, Mary Jane Rhodes, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis and several anonymous donors.

As of November 1, 2017 there were 10 adult feral cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. And 6 need surgeries. There were also 3 juveniles that need surgeries. Please consider making a donation. I have another appointment scheduled for next Wednesday. I am not certain which one will be next. It may be an adult cat that I trap or it might be another feral kitten that is living in my basement. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. I am hoping to neuter/spay and vaccinate at least 15 feral cats again this year. Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
https://fundly.com/new-concord-feral-cats-neuter-and-spay-program
And here is a link to my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NewConcordFeralCats/
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #18

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program - Update - Moses

This is a young male feral cat that is new to this territory. His name is Moses. He began eating here at the beginning of March. I trapped him after supper on Wednesday and delivered him to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. He had his surgery yesterday and I brought him home today. He is 2 years old and he weighs 9.5 pounds. The lab test shows he does not have feline leukemia. Now he will spend the next 10 days recovering at my house.

Moses' surgery and related medical expenses (blood tests, vaccinations, antibiotics and flea meds) were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Kristine Turner Miller, Paige Deuscher, Kathy Frakes, Cathryn Kissinger, April Reed, Teresa Gum, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Cassi Ragsdale, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis.

There are a total of 8 adult feral cats and 3 adult homeless house cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. 5 have had surgeries. There are also 5 juveniles that have not been adopted and 1 (Amber) has had her surgery. And there are 7 adults and juveniles which have had surgeries and have been adopted. We are making good progress.

Please continue making donations. I need approximately $200 for the next female surgery and related expenses. I have another appointment scheduled for next week. And any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
https://fundly.com/new-concord-feral-cats-neuter-and-spay-program

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https://www.facebook.com/NewConcordFeralCats/
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #17

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program - Update - Amber

This is a young (Juvenile) female feral cat that was born and raised under the bushes at the Glenn Museum. Her name is Amber. She was born on July 4, 2016 and has spent the winter months with her sister Izzy and brother Jason in the heated shelters behind my house. They are all extremely wary of people and can seldom be seen during the day. Amber likes to play with the other juveniles and hunt with some of the adults in the feral colony. I trapped her early Thursday morning and delivered her to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. She had her surgery yesterday and I brought her home today. She is 8+ months old and she weighs 6.3 pounds. The lab test shows she does not have feline leukemia. Now she will spend the next 10 days recovering at my house.

Amber's surgery and related medical expenses (blood tests and vaccinations) were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Kristine Turner Miller, Paige Deuscher, Kathy Frakes, April Reed, Teresa Gum, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Cassi Ragsdale, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis.

With the recent death of Lucy and the unexpected return of Sasha (alpha male), there are a total of 8 adult feral cats and 2 adult homeless house cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. 4 have had surgeries. There are also 5 juveniles that have not been adopted and one (Amber) has had surgery. And there are 7 which have had surgeries and have been adopted. We are making good progress.

Please continue making donations. I need approximately $200 for the next female surgery and related expenses. I have another appointment scheduled for next week. And any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #16

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program - Update - Kerby

This is my favorite adult female in this territory. Her name is Kerby. She is the daughter of Abby and like her mother, also provides training and leadership to the members of the feral colony. She looks just like Abby (the cat I trapped last week). Her companions have included both alpha males Sasha and Spot. Kerby has several beautiful children and has lost many children to the raccoons. She is wary of people and can seldom be seen during the day. She likes to hunt and normally stops to eat very early in the morning. I trapped her early Thursday morning and delivered her to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. Kerby had her surgery yesterday and I brought her home today. She is approximately 3 years old and she weighs 6 pounds. The lab test shows she does not have feline leukemia. Now she will spend the next 10 days recovering at my house.

Kerby's surgery and related medical expenses (blood tests and vaccinations) were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Paige Deuscher, Kristine Turner Miller, April Reed, Teresa Gum, Kathy Frakes, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Cassi Ragsdale, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis.

There are a total of 10 adult feral cats and 2 adult homeless house cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. Six have had surgeries. And there are 6 more to go.

We need approximately $220 for the next female surgery and related expenses. Please help if possible. Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
12 months ago

Update #15

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program - Update

This is the oldest female in this territory. Her name is Abby. She is the "Queen" and provides leadership to all of the members of the feral colony. Her companion is Spot and he is the alpha male. Abby has many beautiful children and grandchildren. She is wary of people and can seldom be seen during the day. She likes to hunt and doesn't eat here on a regular basis. Sometimes weeks go by without her showing up for a meal. And sometimes she stops to eat very early in the morning and very late in the evening. I trapped her during the rainstorm Tuesday evening and delivered her to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. Abby had her surgery yesterday and I brought her home today. She is approximately 7 years old and she weighs 8.1 pounds. The lab test shows she does not have feline leukemia. Now she will spend the next 10 days recovering at my house.

Dr. Elliott and her staff deserve special recognition for the extra effort that was necessary to care for Abby. She was not pleased to be trapped or caged. And trying to handle her required exceptional skill and courage.

Abby's surgery and related medical expenses (blood tests and vaccinations) were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Paige Deuscher, Kristine Turner Miller, Teresa Gum, Kathy Frakes, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, April Reed, Cassi Ragsdale, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis.

There are a total of 9 adult feral cats and 3 adult homeless house cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. Six have had surgeries. And there are 6 more to go.

We need approximately $220 for the next female surgery and related expenses. Please help if possible. Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
https://fundly.com/new-concord-feral-cats-neuter-and-spay-program

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Mike Ward posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #14

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program - Update

This is a young (Juvenile) female feral cat that was born under my front bushes. Her name is Zoe. She was born on June 21, 2016 and has spent the winter months sheltering in my basement. She plays outside with her sister Sophie during the day. And then comes back inside and stays for the night with the other feral kittens. I trapped her father Spot and had him neutered on September 28, 2016. I also trapped her mother Lucy and had her spayed on October 12, 2016.

I delivered Zoe to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge on Wednesday afternoon. And she had her surgery today. She weighs 6.2 pounds and and the lab test shows she does not have feline leukemia. Now she will spend the next ten days recovering at my house.

Sophie's surgery and related medical expenses (blood tests and vaccinations) were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Paige Deuscher, Kristine Turner Miller, Kathy Frakes, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, April Reed, Cassi Ragsdale, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis.

There are a total of 9 adult feral cats and 3 adult homeless house cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. Five have had surgeries. Zoe is the third juvenile to be neutered/spayed. And there are 5 more to go. I am hoping to find a good home for Zoe and her sister Sophie in the near future. They are socialized and domesticated to the point they can be adopted as inside cats. I adopted their brother Benji. All of them are very smart and loving cats.

Please continue making donations. I need approximately $220 for the next female surgery and related expenses. I have another appointment scheduled for next week. And any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
https://fundly.com/new-concord-feral-cats-neuter-and-spay-program

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Mike Ward posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #13

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program - Update

This is a young (Juvenile) female feral cat that was born under my wicker furniture behind my house. Her name is Evie. She was born on May 12, 2016. Her mother is Charlie and her father is Spot (alpha male). Her brothers and sister (Rocky and Sunny and Megan) live on a farm owned by Bethany Huckabee Louive just outside New Concord. Evie spends the day roaming and hunting with her mother and aunt. And then comes back inside the basement for the night to babysit the feral kittens. I trapped her father Spot and had him neutered on September 28, 2016.

I delivered Evie to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge on Tuesday afternoon. And she had her surgery today. She weighs 7.8 pounds and the lab test shows she does not have feline leukemia. Now she will spend the next ten days recovering at my house.

Evie's surgery and related medical expenses (blood tests and vaccinations) were made possible by generous donations from Mike Ward, Paige Deuscher, Kristine Turner Miller, Kathy Frakes, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, April Reed, Cassi Ragsdale, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis.

There are a total of 9 adult feral cats and 3 adult homeless house cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. Five have had surgeries. Evie is the second juvenile to be neutered/spayed. And there are 6 more to go.

Please continue making donations. I need approximately $220 for the next female surgery and related expenses. I have another appointment scheduled for tomorrow. And any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
https://fundly.com/new-concord-feral-cats-neuter-and-spay-program

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Mike Ward posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #12

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program - Update

This is a young (Juvenile) female feral cat that was born under my front bushes. Her name is Sophie. She was born on June 21, 2016 and has spent the winter months sheltering in my basement. She plays outside with her sister Zoe during the day. And then comes back inside and stays for the night with the other feral kittens. I trapped her father Spot and had him neutered on September 28, 2016. I also trapped her mother Lucy and had her spayed on October 12, 2016.

I delivered Sophie to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge on Tuesday afternoon. And she had her surgery on Wednesday. Now she will spend the next ten days recovering at my house.

Sophie's surgery and related medical expenses (blood tests and vaccinations) were made possible by generous donations from Paige Deuscher, Kristine Turner Miller, Kathy Frakes, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, April Reed, Cassi Ragsdale, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis.

There are a total of 10 adult feral cats and 3 adult homeless house cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. Five have had surgeries. Sophie is the first juvenile to be neutered/spayed. And there are 6 more to go. I am hoping to find a good home for Sophie and her sister Zoe in the near future. They are socialized and domesticated to the point they can be adopted as inside cats. I adopted their brother Benji. All of them are very smart and loving cats.

Please continue making donations. I need approximately $230 for the next female surgery and related expenses. I have another appointment scheduled for next week. And any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks. Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
fundly.com/new-concord-feral-cats-neuter-and-spay-program
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Mike Ward posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #11

This is a large feral male that lives in this territory. His name is Midnight. His mother is a beautiful black and white long hair named Abby. I'm not sure about his father. And he has one sibling named Shadow. As his name implies, Midnight is wary of people and can seldom be seen during the day. He normally stops to eat very early in the morning and sometimes very late in the evening. I have often wondered if he may be the next alpha male to replace Spot. I trapped him yesterday morning and delivered him to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. Midnight had his surgery today. He is 1 year old and he weighs 11 pounds. The lab test shows he does not have feline leukemia. Now he will spend the next 10 days recovering at the clinic and my house.

Midnight's surgery and related medical expenses (blood tests, vaccinations and flea meds) were made possible by generous donations from Paige Deuscher, Kristine Turner Miller, Kathy Frakes, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, April Reed, Cassi Ragsdale, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Karen Logan, Alistair Hattingh, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis.

There are a total of 10 adult feral cats and 3 adult homeless house cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. Midnight is the fifth to be neutered/spayed. So there are 8 more to go. Please continue making donations. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks.

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Mike Ward posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #10

This is a beautiful large homeless male that lives in or near this territory. He began eating here around Thanksgiving. I have often wondered if he came from a Muskingum University student that may have lost or possibly abandoned him before leaving for break. He was seen by Patricia Le Hill who lives near New Concord Elementary. She said he would walk on her porch looking for food. She and her kids called him Garfield. But I named him Samson.

I delivered Samson to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge on Monday. And he had his surgery and dental work done yesterday. Dr. Rachel Elliott thinks he is 6 years old and he weighs 11.8 pounds. The lab test shows he does not have feline leukemia. Although he does have a problem with the roof of his mouth (a hole in his palate probably caused by an abscessed tooth). Now he will spend the next 10 days recovering at my house.

Samson's surgery and related medical expenses (blood tests, vaccinations, dental work, antibiotics, pain meds and treating him for ear mites) was made possible by generous donations from Paige Deuscher, Tera Landry, Cynthia Carroll, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, April Reed, Cassi Ragsdale, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Kathy Frakes, Alistair Hattingh, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis.

There are a total of 9 adult feral cats and 2 adult homeless house cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. Samson is the fourth to be neutered/spayed. So there are 7 more to go. Please continue making donations. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks.

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Mike Ward posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #9

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program - Update

NEXT SURGERY SCHEDULED FOR 12/13/16
Made possible by generous donations from Paige Deuscher, Tera Landry, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, April Reed, Cassi Ragsdale, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Cynthia Carroll, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Kathy Frakes, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis.

We still need approximately $42 for the next surgery and related medical expenses. Please help if possible. Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
https://fundly.com/new-concord-feral-cats-neuter-and-spay-program

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Mike Ward posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #8

This is a large feral male that lives in this territory. He normally stops to eat in the afternoon. I have often wondered if he may be the next alpha male to replace Spot. His name is Simon. I trapped him yesterday morning and delivered him to Dr. Rachel Elliott at the Animal Clinic At Cambridge. Simon had his surgery today. Dr. Elliott thinks he is 1.5 years old and he weighs 11.8 pounds. The lab test shows he does not have feline leukemia. Now he will spend the next 10 days recovering at the clinic and my house.

Simon's surgery and related medical expenses (blood tests, vaccinations and treating him for worms and fleas) was made possible by generous donations from Tera Landry, Daniel and Diane Troendly, Tom German, Beth and Mark Wharton, Susan Fracker, Jeremy Morrow, Cynthia Carroll, Jennifer Lyle, Lois Zook-Gerdau, Kathy Frakes, Roger Bates, John Wycoff and Clay Curtis.

There are a total of 9 adult feral cats on the south side of Main Street from the IGA to Orme Hardware. Simon is the third to be neutered/spayed. So there are 6 more to go. Please continue making donations. Any excess funds above the campaign goal will allow me to continue trapping and scheduling additional surgeries over the coming weeks.

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Mike Ward posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #7

New Concord Feral Cats Neuter and Spay Program - Update

It has been 10 full days since her surgery. And Lucy should be completely healed. So I released her this morning and she is very happy to be outside with her family and friends. Now we are one more step closer to a happy and healthy community.

I plan to try to trap another adult cat on Monday, October 31. And I scheduled the next surgery at The Animal Clinic At Cambridge for Tuesday, November 1. Many people have made donations over the past month for Spot and Lucy. Now we need a little more money for the next surgery. Please help if possible.

Here is a link you can use to make donations with a credit card:
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