I'm starting this blog off with this picture because I really think that the sentiment is true. We have a more or less "silent war" going in our area over the feral cats that exist in our neighborhood. I mentioned Sam's story in one of my previous posts *story of a semi-feral*. It continues...
At this point one of our residents has taken the initiative to have our neighborhood feral neutered, vaccinated, and released. Several of us offered to help with the fees, but apparently *feral friends* will do it for free. So we thanked them with donations in honor of Sam.
In my private messages to her, I blessed her for taking this step and told her my own feelings on the matter - that although this Siamese cat was semi-feral and was getting old, that since he had been around our area for so long that DH and I both thought he deserved this second chance. But... we hoped she realized that not everyone in the neighborhood would agree.
And of course they didn't. Someone posted their feelings on the matter yesterday. In this post they complained about the nuisance feral cats created; spraying, having kittens on their property, etc.
And this is what bugs me... I was always taught that if one has a problem, it's up to that person to take care of it. So, if the feral cats are a problem for this person, why don't they catch them and have Animal Control come by and pick them up. Feral cats don't have much chance of being adopted since they've been out in the wild too long. So more than likely, they will be put down. But Animal Control will come pick them up if trapped. I've had discussions with Animal Control about this, and although I don't like it, I can understand that space is limited and adoptable animals are their priority.
The other option (which IMO is preferable) is to offer them some sanctuary and try to do the CNR (Catch, Neuter, & Release) whenever possible. True, there are some inconveniences that we may have to put up with... but for those of us that believe we can live alongside the wildlife, it's not that much of a stretch.
Anyway, that's my update for today concerning Sam.
Here are some pics of one of the squirrels in a *supposedly* squirrel free bird feeder. (BTW, I've learned that many people hate squirrels too... reason given: they are destructive and eat all the birdseed). Guess we're pretty tolerant because DH and I just laugh at their antics and figure the birds and squirrels can figure it out for themselves. There's plenty for all.
Next is a handsome black feral male...
And last of all is a picture of my first sewing adventure outside of quilting. This isn't much of a boast for those of you who sew, but it's really something for me who until I started quilting lately, had never sewed anything in my life.
It's a pillowslip (pillowcase?) made from some fabric that my good friend (the one teaching me to quilt) brought me home from a quilting seminar she attended. It was so pretty that I had to do something with it. So I covered an old chair pillow with it. I think it looks rather nice.
It's Friday! And it looks like we're going to have a warm sunny weekend! Yea!!