1CaT (our TNR program) 

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Recognized as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit group, we do work keeping 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 300-plus cats we, or others who’ve borrowed traps, have caught.

Our sanctuary has become the home of many cats and kittens we socialize for adoption. Volunteers spend quality time with the cats daily to help them become more and more comfortable with people.

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.

Singer-songwriter and good friend Don Watts, of Mayhill, donates the proceeds from our sale of his CD, Footprints in the Snow. And Betsy Shepler, also of Mayhill, works with clay to create brown sugar savers that she donates to 1CaT to sell.


Jet and Dash at the Kitty Cafe.

1 CaT History

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 wed not grabbed him. We called him Einstein because he was smart enough to let us trap him. Now hes a big, strong boy who acts as an uncle to the five former ferals living with us.

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(Above) Einstein then — November 2010 and (Below) Einstein 2014


Our formerly feral support group at home

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Bodie and Skylar with Einstein

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Pace (pah-chay)

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Cool stuff sold to benefit 1CaT

Lea Ann Ferring — Mayhill, New Mexico

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Lea Ann Ferring’s quilted postcards

Don Watts — Mayhill, New Mexico

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Don Watts “Footprints in the Snow” CD

Rachel Schneider & Keith Whelpley (Ol’ Gringo Chile Co.) — Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Salsa (medium and hot varieties available) and green sauce (hot available).

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Betsy Shepler — Mayhill, New Mexico

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Brown sugar savers

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