Hello all! I'm Wendy, a new member. I'm a southeast quad resident, but thought I could pop in here for ideas.
I've been caring for a colony of cats over the winter. They used to be under the care of a lady down the street, but she went into a nursing home and the cats migrated over to my place. I brought one very old cat inside to join my other pets, and he has adapted well. The outside cats are doing ok too, they seem healthy and strong and had already been neutered by their previous caretaker. But the problem is my neighbor now wants them gone. She has bad asthma attacks and the cats apparently go on her porch as well as mine. :(
So I am sadly looking for options on what to do with them. There are six of them and all but one are friendly and let me pet them. They don't like to be picked up however. I can't stand the idea of these free ranging cats being stuck in a shelter cage, to await a bad end. It's not feasible for me to bring them into the household either.
Does anyone have any ideas? Or know of a rescue that could take them? I'm just starting my research on all this. I'd appreciate any help. Thanks!
Try Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions. They're a no-kill shelter and may be able to help with the friendly ones. There are various repellents that may be able to discourage them from visiting the neighbor's property - not sure as to effectiveness - ask the folks at Scottsville. Try double-sided sticky tape in the areas where they like to perch.
First of all, I will agree that your neighbor wants the cats gone but I am calling foul on the allergy/asthma argument. Compelling as it is... it is bunk. I am extremely allergic to cats and I have the tests to prove it. I have three cats in my house and two ferals that I provide care for and they practically live on and under my porch. I get allergy injections but PRIOR to that I was never triggered by a cat IN OPEN SPACE. If she were that reactive to cats she wouldn't be able to go anywhere without being at risk. I am also highly allergic to the pollen of several common trees and weeds. I am not demanding that my neighbors eliminate those plants from their yards because the pollen drifts into mine.
It is not difficult to exclude cats from a porch. Just requires a little effort on her part!
So, if you enjoy caring for the cats, I would advise that you go on doing that.
If not, or if the situation with the neighbor is untenable... Lollypop sometimes knows of farmers that want cats for their barns and may help with relocation. There may be a rescue that knows of a spot for relocation too but relocation is not easy and is usually seen as a last resort. Since the cats are somewhat friendly (much more so than my ferals, by the way :)) you may be able to convince different rescues to each take one or two for socialization and adoption.
Good luck! And thank you for caring for the cats!