UPDATE: January 10, 2012 – The last one has proved somewhat elusive. Several attempts to trap her have failed. Today we learned why: Kittens! This last kitty is a mama. She was spotted with two kittens today. It is possible there are more back in the den. It is important to find where the kittens are “stashed” before taking the mum or else we risk leaving the kittens defenseless and without a food source, both conditions that would likely lead to their deaths. Hopefully, I will soon report that mum and babies are all safe and warm inside!
UPDATE: January 2, 2012 – We got another one today, a youngster, So Eight now. That’s a good thing because the youngsters stand much less of a chance in the shocking cold weather that is hitting us tonight! A total of eight now, nine withe the one that was delivered This little girl is now with the rest of her pals at Special Ones Cat Rescue, and now there’s two to go (as far as we know!)
UPDATE: January 2, 2012 – We got another one today, a youngster, So Eight now. That’s a good thing because the youngsters stand much less of a chance in the shocking cold weather that is hitting us tonight! A total of eight now, nine with the one that was delivered. This little girl is now with the rest of her pals at Special Ones Cat Rescue, and now there’s two to go (as far as we know!)
UPDATE: January 1, 2012 – We saw a big girl we thought could potentially be a mama and we were worried that there might be kittens inside that huge wall space. We did not want to take a mom and thus leave behind kittens, so we hired big cuddly Gemil Lacroix from G1000 Home Inspections who showed up for the job with a boroscope, which is a camera with something that looks like a very thin elephant trunk. It’s the “trunk” that goes into the places we can’t and provides us with a view of what we could not see on our own. Gemil was very kind to come out on this cold New Year’s Day and did an awesome job looking for the babies. We could tell it wasn’t “just a job” for Gemil, that he truly cared about helping the kitties. In the end, we did not find any babies so we are now free to trap this big girl and finally bring her inside into the warmth.
UPDATE: December 28, 2011 – We got another one! So Seven now. This one too went to Special Ones Cat Rescue
THE STORY BEGINS HERE:
Lilly and I went out there with traps and carriers and were met by Jackie, the woman who had been feeding them on location for some time. Jackie took us to the hole in the wall in which the kitties have been living (see photo on the right,) and we began to set up our traps. Jackie was able to get some of them into carriers as these cats are friendly cats, trusting little souls used to being fed by a human.
All in all, it took just a little over three hours to get six cats, which is actually relatively quick for that many cats, and we did count our blessings, and fingers and toes as we were thawing them.. Three hours can end up feeling like a lot more when it’s as cold as it was that day.
Elke arrived just in time to transport them to their destination Special Ones Cat Rescue in Oakville, Ontario – thank you Karen for acting so quickly on this one!
When we left, there was one cat left behind. The next day two more cats “arrived.” We are going back tomorrow to get the rest. Our goal is to have everybody inside before the new year.. 🙂
To be continued..
Here’s the video: