On 8/3/18, Pink Paws was contacted by a prior adopter that a mom and her kittens were outside the patio of TGIF in Simi Valley. The mom and kittens were living inside the patio wall; three open drainage holes used for washing down the patio were used by mom and her kittens to enter and exit the wall. Restaurant staff allowed Pink Paws to set up traps outside the patio wall to rescue them. One kitten was rescued the first night.
Setting up traps to capture the mom and the remaining two kittens proved difficult. The area outside the wall was landscaped with several bushes. The kittens only exited the all through the center drainage hole which was surrounded by bushes. Mom came and went through any of the three holes and the kittens would not leave the wall when mom was out looking for food. Once mom returned one or both kittens came out but stayed close to the hold. Noise from the restaurant, foot traffic, food and beverage deliveries, and parking lot noise occurred at various hours making it impossible to catch them. Mom and the kittens also avoided the traps.
After a few days, a trap was modified by removing the door and placing a few pieces of dry food inside. A couple days later the kittens and mom became comfortable with the trap and began to enter it. Then a trap was rigged as a drop trap. On the 10th day in the early morning hours both kittens and mom went into the trap at the same time and were successfully rescued.
Two of the three kittens have been adopted into great homes. The third kitten is available for adoption and be adopted very soon. The feral mom has been relocated to a sanctuary where she is well taken care of as the area is too dangerous for her return.
This story is just one of the success stories we have about our ferals and their kittens.
VOLUNTEERS MAKE IT HAPPEN! Can you spend a few hours to volunteer from your home? You can be a virtual volunteer never leaving your home. You'd be working on the website, Facebook or writing a blog. You might also write news releases and stories, or contacting reporters at local papers to have articles written.
You can also donate a little time each Saturday or Sunday to work at our adoption events. Here you help maintain the event equipment and make sure everything is ready for the next event. Cuddling the kitties is a bonus!
Perhaps the most rewarding ways to volunteer is by becoming a foster parent. They provide the homes for our kittens until they are ready to be adopted. They are really dedicated to the well being of the kittens. Raising them to be social, friendly and playful can take time, but what a reward it is to see your kittens reach the point of adoption and know you have raised a kitten that someone will take home and love.
If you don't have any extra time, your donations of money and supplies keep us going, no matter how small. We depend on outside donations for medical expenses, food and supplies.
No matter what you can donate it will help us to reach our goals. A little help from many people can give us the power to do a lot of good!