I have a dear friend, Aida Reyes, pass away recently who was involved with the Feral Cat Coalition in San Diego. Although she was very ill with cancer, she would catch feral (stray) cats in cages provided by this organization and bring them in to be spayed or neutered. My friend was always thinking of others, even animals, instead of herself!
Aida would humanely catch these cats, bring them in to be spayed or neutered (free) and release them back outside. Of course, she always kept plenty of food and water out for these cats and they would return the love that she showed to them.
During Aida’s illness one female cat was not caught and had a litter of five kittens. I took one in and named her after my dear friend, Aida Reyes, we call her Rey. She is a beautiful playful little kitten. She lives with other dogs and cats. My little Shih Tzu, who loves cats, took on the role of her mother, since she was only about 8 weeks old when we took her in.
I do not have feral cats in my neighborhood, but I want to carry on in honor of my friend. (I am already an animal welfare advocate). I ask that everyone please spay or neuter your pets. If you live in San Diego County and know of a feral cat problem please contact Feral Cat Coalition. For a list of feral cat-related organizations, listed alphabetically by state click here.
The mother cat is now spayed and all the kittens have homes.
In memory of my friend, and to help reduce cat and dog population, please spay or neuter your pets, donate or volunteer. There are way too many unwanted pets in shelters and homeless animals!
From Feral Cat Coalition Website:
Trap-Neuter-Return is a proven program in which stray and feral cats already living outdoors in cities, towns, and rural areas are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered by veterinarians, and then returned to their familiar habitat under the lifelong care of sympathetic volunteers. Be responsible: NEUTER AND SPAY Don’t let them stray. Since we began in 1992, we’ve spayed or neutered over 2,000 cats per year! The Feral Cat Coalition is made up entirely of volunteers, and donations are always welcome and needed. All money received goes directly back into achieving our goal: reducing the enormous number of homeless, unwanted cats and alleviating their suffering!
Please send your tax-deductible contributions to:
FERAL CAT COALITION
Feral Cat Coalition
9528 Miramar Road
San Diego, CA 92126
1) SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR OWN PET! Sterilizing animals is an important step in maintaining their good health. The following organizations can provide information on low-cost spay/neuter services in your area: Pet Assistance 619-544-1222, SNAP 619-525-3047 or SNAP’S Neuter Scooter 866-772-9287.
2) Call our Hotline 619-758-9194 and make a reservation, then BRING STRAY, UNOWNED CATS TO ONE OF OUR CLINICS!
3) BECOME A VOLUNTEER and encourage your personal veterinarian to become involved!
4) TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THE FCC! If someone you know is caring for stray, UNOWNED cats, let them know about our services. Education is the key, so make others aware of the feral cat problem and tell them how they can help!