C.A.T.S. Northeast, Inc.
Cats Assisted Thru Spay/Neuter
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The following is a running log (latest first) of just some of the calls we receive about cats in need of help.  Many of the callers are referred by various town officials, though we receive no town funding for the medical costs incurred.

2/10 - We finally finish a 30-cat colony that was drawn out unnecessarily for a month due to the feeder's lack of cooperation with following our instructions.   

2/07 - A feral cat with a horrible ear infection needs treatment.  She hisses but is not aggressive, and her treatment is provided successfully with just a little special handling. 

2/07 - The last three kittens from a Lebanon colony are altered:  the colony is finally totally sterilized!  The caretaker is ecstatic. 

2/07 - We help Norwich Animal Control with a one-eyed momcat and her three wild kittens.  Nobody else could be found to deal with them because the kittens were feral.

2/07 - Norwich Animal Control asks us to help with a sick, abandoned, unaltered adult male because they cannot find anyone else to quarantine him for care.  He seems to be doing well at first but then succumbs to a virus that he should have been vaccinated for as a kitten.

2/07 - A tenant in a Willimantic housing project finds a cat that appears to be starving.  He is matted and emaciated and his feet are oozing.  He is un-neutered and FIV-positive.  We clean him up and neuter him, but he succumbs to the deadly virus not long afterward.  Unaltered males are the highest risk group for contracting feline AIDS.  If he'd had a responsible owner he would probably be alive today.  No consequences to the neglectful owner.

1/07 - A Willimantic business owner's tenant abandons her two un-neutered cats in the apartment.  We help provide veterinary care to the cats.  The tenant cannot be found for prosecution.

1/07 - The feeder of a managed (altered) colony in North Windham has passed away and his house has been sold.  Most of the cats are not touchable and their future looks bleak.  We trap the cats and re-vet them; a relative takes three and the rest are waiting for new homes - not an easy task with half-wild cats!

1/07 - A call comes in about a cat in Willimantic with a "wound" on her shoulder.  The longtime feeder doesn't want to take the cat to the vet, so we do.  The wound turns out to be a growth, which the vet removes.  Francine now lives a pampered life safely indoors.

2006 - That year was SO busy we never got a chance to list our projects!

12/05 - We assist Norwich Animal Control with a seizure in a cruelty case.  The defendant claimed that the cats she had been feeding outside weren't hers (hence the lack of vet care).  However, the inside cats were allowed to mix with each other without being feline leukemia/AIDS tested and nearly half of them are leukemia positive and three are FIV-positive.  Most are feral.  Anyone else would have had them put to death.  They're not sick, not suffering, just "inconvenient" because they're nearly impossible to place.  12/05 - Another Norwich call:  a cat who's been on the street for ten years is leaving a bloody trail when he walks.  Uh-oh.  The growth on his foot is typical of FIV-positive cats.  Is he neutered?  No.  Is he FIV-positive?  Yes.  It takes $300 to get Deon up to snuff.  He can't believe he's getting meals delivered to him three times a day.  His paw repair looks great; the vet is surprised since FIV-positives sometimes don't heal well.  Lucky Deon.

12/05 - We help two callers with vetting of abandoned cats that have appeared on their doorsteps.  Were they in the market for another cat?  No, but unfortunately this is how an enormous number of cat "adoptions" take place! 

11/05 - We help with spay/neuter/relocation of a colony at a church, where they have been fed but not vetted for years.  People would pick up the kittens but not spay/neuter the adults, so the cycle continued.  Many complaints came in about the conditions and the constant kittens but Animal Control was unable to get the feeders to cooperate.  We were more successful.  Unfortunately several of the males, because they were unneutered, are FIV-positive.  The feeder says that no one has any money to help with the bill.

11/07 - We assist the Housing Authority with vetting some abandoned cats.  The head of the Authority is spay/neuter savvy and a pleasure to work with.

10/26 - A caller asks about placing some "excess" feral cats.  She has trapped one of them in a small carrier, where it has sat in its own waste for over 24 hours.  It has never occurred to the caller to stop the cycle of reproduction.  We make it occur to her and assist with altering the cats.

10/05 - We assist a caller who comes all the way from Ellington with altering a small colony.  She couldn't find anyone in her area to help.  One of the cats, though he has to be trapped, has been looking in her window.  We suspect he is an abandoned pet and we are right.  Champ quickly came around and is now part of a family, inside just as he was requesting.

10/05 - We assist a caller with trapping and altering a small semi-feral cat colony that has come over from her neighbor's property.  The neighbor's idea of population control is the street.  They like to "let nature take its course."  We wonder if they see the doctor when they're sick, or if they "let nature take its course."

10/3 - A local Animal Control Officer calls for help with a cat who has been hit by a car.  We get the cat prompt veterinary care and she recovers well.

8/31 - We trap a small colony of cats left without a feeder when she goes into a nursing home.  The cats have never been vetted; the patriarch is FIV-positive and the kittens from that colony have often died.  We patch them up as well as possible but two die due to a massive worm infestation.  No one helps with the bill.

8/19 - A semi-feral kitten is found abandoned and injured in Willimantic.  His shoulder is torn open and dislocated.  The caller says she can't pay the vet bill, so we get care for the kitten, who now lives safely and happily with other ferals.

8/12 - A Willimantic mailman calls, concerned about a neighbor's cat.  The cat is injured and the neighbor won't provide care.  We assist Dave in getting vet care for Jake, whose rump had been torn open by something.  Dave is a good, kind man.  The world needs more like him.

7/05 - We assist with getting a large colony of cats from an eviction proceeding to safety.  The feeder had lived at the complex for 20 years; his own pets were altered but he also fed the cats abandoned by transient tenants.  The reward for this kindness was eviction.  No consequences to the abandoners, just to the feeder and the animals.

7/20 - Tame kitten shows up outside apartment in Taftville, abandoned by someone who never should have been allowed to have a pet. 

6/24 - A feral cat finds his way into a house in Norwich.  The residents try to get him out by hosing him with water!!  Cornered, he hisses and lashes out in fear.  The residents called Animal Control, afraid the cat was rabid.  No, Bartholomew was simply unused to humans and afraid.  And his limited experience that day did nothing the endear people to him.  This harmless creature now lives happily with a colony of other feral cats, safe and well-fed.

6/05 - A call comes in from a man who was doing renovation work on Main Street in Willimantic; he heard meowing and scratching and found a young, unneutered cat taped into a hooded litterbox by the dumpster behind the building.  It was a 90+ degree day, and the cat would not have lasted much longer; his body temperature was already elevated.  The man brought him to the vet for us to take over, promising assistance with the vet bill, which he never provided.  What kind of person would leave a cat trapped to die like that?  The cat was a delightful animal, friendly both to people and other cats.

6/7/05 - A sniffly, unneutered cat who resided at West Ave. (Willimantic again) before his "guardian" died was brought to the vet for belated medical care; his prior neglect resulted in a diagnosis of feline AIDS and leukemia, with a guarded future. 

6/6/05 - A resident of Freedom Green wrote about her concern for a cat who's been spotted there frequently over the past 5 or 6 years.  A tooth was protruding from the side of what looked like a swollen face.  The writer was simply seeking a discount on vetting this cat that isn't hers, and we immediately arranged for a dental procedure for the following morning.  Several teeth were extracted, and we were thrilled to be able to have a part in making this animal more comfortable and healthy.  This is our favorite kind of request, and one which reassures us that there are indeed kind and compassionate people still out there.

6/1/05 - a caller from Serwan Ave. in Willimantic reported an orange tabby shorthair with an ear injury looking "like he was dying."  The cat was gone when a volunteer arrived and hasn't been seen since.

5/28/05 - Volunteer Hedi found a nursing mother cat, gray tuxedo long hair, dead in the road on Valley Street near Mansfield Ave. in Willimantic.  Several volunteers searched the area for her kittens but were unable to find them: the high cost of not spaying a cat.



4/25/05 - A message was left on the answering machine that a woman we'd met once had seen a cat at her doctor's office, looking in the window and crying.  "Everyone was concerned about him," she said, though apparently no one was willing to actually do anything.  A few minutes later a new message informed us that, without asking us and apparently not concerned that we don't have a "shelter", the caller had left the cat at the vet, claiming friendship with the founder - no telephone number, no donation to help with his care.  This fellow was already neutered, placing him out of the common risk group for feline AIDS, but his low body weight and upper respiratory symptoms signaled trouble.  Sure enough, not AIDS positive, but leukemia positive, with a possible mass in the abdomen.  However, he was purring and eating up a storm.  Notice the strange appearance of his ears:  Lord Ledgerwood, as he indicated he would like to be addressed, has bilateral aural hematomas, untreated, a pretty clear sign of neglect.  So while L.L. had received a certain amount of vet care (neutering), he doesn't seem to have received much else - certainly not a lifetime commitment from his erstwhile guardian. 


4/13/05 - While we were trapping in a housing project to help a disabled woman get her small feral colony altered and vaccinated, this bleary-eyed intact male, who is not part of the colony, walked into the trap.  This is the prime high-risk population for feline AIDS and, as feared, he turned out to be positive.  We are furious that, once again, someone's neglect has unnecessarily endangered the life of this tame, gentle cat.



4/3/05, Sunday, 8:15 am, call received about a cat who "hasn't been looking good for awhile" from a woman we helped previously (and from whom we never received the promised donation to help with vet care).  She had fed this cat for three years and never vetted him and now early on a Sunday morning is seeking help from us again.  She "didn't want to touch him" to bring him in herself, so as we prepared to arrange for an emergency visit, we said we'd call back when we heard from the vet.  However, when we called

back to give her the appointment time, she had left the house and the cat was "gone".  A volunteer went to the house to look for him and found him on the sidewalk, barely moving, dehydrated, emaciated and disoriented.  He was examined by Dr. Lisa Carlson, above; bloodwork revealed both feline leukemia and feline AIDS on this unneutered, probably unvaccinated animal.  He weighed only six pounds and his body temperature was 92.5, nearly 10 degrees below normal.  Since we were unable to help him in the condition to which he had been allowed to deteriorate, we sadly had him euthanized, another victim of the "free to good home" business.  We are hoping for the day that backyard breeding is prohibited, so that all companion animals can have the loving and permanent homes that they deserve instead of ending up with impulse adopters who often are not capable of providing responsible, lifetime care.

4/2/05, Saturday, email message that a Chaplin builder moved out of the house four months ago and abandoned six cats, who were beginning to look thin.  The first selectman, acting as Animal Control, told the concerned caller that Chaplin "doesn't do" cats.  Animal abandonment is illegal!!  Will we have any luck in getting the abandoner prosecuted as the law stipulates??  Town officials need to hear from concerned citizens that this behavior is unacceptable.  The caller is willing to take two of the cats, but what will happen to the others?  We can help with initial vet care but (especially without a shelter!) cannot take every abandoned cat in northeast Connecticut.

3/27/05, Sunday, call to help a "stray" cat at a housing project in Willimantic.  The cat was an adult unneutered male weighing barely more than five pounds.  His appetite was not what we would have expected, given his emaciated condition:  the first warning sign.  He was brought to the vet the following day and had blood drawn to check Feline Leukemia/AIDS status.  Because of his low weight and torn ears indicating past fights, we expected him to be FIV+, as he belonged to the highest-risk group of cats for this virus (unneutered males).  The next day we were astounded to see completely normal bloodwork.  What could account for his condition?  While the results of the bloodwork were pending, it had been noted that his breathing was labored at rest, which had a number of possible causes including cardiac problems, a chest tumor, or asthma.  In this case, it was a diaphragmatic hernia, a condition most often resulting from a traumatic blow.  The unfortunate animal's abdominal organs had pushed through a severe tear in his diaphragm and were crushing his lungs, preventing him from drawing a comfortable breath.  The next day he was brought in for surgery to correct the problem, but died on the operating table when his tormented lungs collapsed and would not re-inflate, despite the desperate efforts of veterinary technician Nicky Donze to breathe for him.  This is just the latest example in our ongoing efforts to help cats who were acquired by people who failed them.  It never seems to end, and it is very costly.  The person who called us to help gave us a check for $100 toward the poor cat's $300 bill.  Then he put a stop payment on the check, costing us another $10 in bank fees.  When called about it, he said "I guess you're stuck with the bill, maybe you should find another line of work."  Hard to believe someone could be so sleazy, but it happens all the time.  If you believe, as we do, that these little lives are worth saving, please help us to help them by making a donation today (PayPal link on home page).  We can't help them without you.

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