So, we’re not an official non-profit group, but we do work in much the same manner helping keep the feral cat population on our mountaintop under control. We refer to our trap/neuter/release (TNR) program as 1CaT (1 Cat at a Time). When we have an opportunity, or when we get a call about the growing homeless cat population here, we try to be on the spot with a (humane) trap, or traps.
We deliver a trapped cat to our wonderful Cloudcroft veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Green, who spays or neuters the cat. In the case of one of these being seen as adoptable, Dr. Green and her awesome staff at the Cloudcroft Animal Hospital work with folks who visit the clinic to find the cats homes. The clinic angels have helped us find homes for nearly half of the 200-plus cats we, or others who’ve borrowed traps, have caught.
Those ferals not deemed adoptable are returned to the area in which they were trapped, and the person(s) feeding before the trapping continues to feed them.
We keep a donation can on our checkout counter for spare change and other donations to 1CaT. People have been very kind and generous in our cat population-control efforts. And we thank them.
Donations from kind friends and customers keep our efforts going. A Houston, TX, transplant has put her creative talents to work on our behalf. Lea Ann Ferring quilts postcards (see photos below). All of the proceeds from the sale of her art goes to 1CaT.
A Las Cruces, NM, couple donates/discounts award-winning salsas that put cash into our “kitty kitty." Sales by the jar of Rachel Schneider's Ol’ Gringo Chile Company make salsa fans happy and assist greatly with the cats’ spay/neuter costs. She and her husband Keith Whelpley are very kind and generous to provide us with their yummy salsas.
Another kind soul donates half of the proceeds from the sale of her two books, Gibby’s Story and Maggie Finds a Home. Sharry Stevenson donates the other half of her book sale proceeds to a no-kill shelter in Tucson, AZ, where she lives part time.
Our efforts began in November 2010 when we spotted a 3-1/2-month-old-kitten wasting away before our eyes. He was fur-covered bones walking around digging up grubs when we finally coaxed him into a carrier. We discovered he had an abdominal wound and probably would have died within days if we’d not grabbed him. We called him Einstein because he was smart enough to let us trap him. Now he’s a big, strong boy who acts as an uncle to the four former ferals living with us.
Our formerly feral support group at home
Cool stuff sold to benefit 1CaT
Lea Ann Ferring — Cloudcroft, New Mexico
A biologist by training, Lea Ann is passionate about our world and curious about our place in it. She loves to explore fiber, texture and color and incorporates variety into her work.
Nature is her inspiration for color and texture. She works with commercial fabric, hand-dyed fabric, silks, wool roving, lace, ribbons and images on paper and fabric. She likes to include found objects in her work where it is appropriate. While being in her studio is an essential part of her day, she also enjoys hiking and cooking and being with friends.
A long-time Houston, TX, resident, she recently relocated to Cloudcroft full time. She spent many childhood days here on the mountain and dreamed of calling Cloudcroft home.
Rachel Schneider & Keith Whelpley (Ol’ Gringo Chile Co.) — Las Cruces, New Mexico
Sharry Stevenson — Tuscon, Arizona, and Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Sharry splits her time between Cloudcroft and Tucson. Proceeds from the sale of her books at Off the Beaten Path are split between 1CaT and the HOPE Animal Shelter in Tucson.