CATastrophe in the Ward- How Everyone Can Help!

The "cat group" has been busy lately.  Last week it came to our attention that there are two cat colonies in the Ward with lots of kittens.  We've contacted the people who are feeding these cats and we are staging an intervention of sorts, educating them about spay/neuter resources among other things.  We've already begun the spay/neuters, completing two this week. 


We need your help!  And you CAN help with the following:

1. Speak up!  If you become aware of a situtation in the Ward where stray, abandoned, or feral cats are being fed but not spayed or neutered please let someone from the 19th Ward Community Cats group know ASAP so we can help.  The population gets out of control very quickly in these situations.  We need to get this message out there:  If you feed them, then fix them.  There are resources available!


2. Donate! There's a donate button on our website: or you can send/take a check or cash to the 19th Ward Community Association Office, 216 Thurston Road.  Please make sure you clearly indicate that your donation is for cats (we have a separate account).   You can also donate directly to a specific colony or caretaker in need. Contact me!  Financial support is needed primarily for the spay/neuters and other vet care.  Food is also welcome.  Do you have carpentry skills?  There is a need for small winter shelters.  There are many different plans available.


3. Foster kittens!  The sooner kittens can be taken off the street and into a home the better.  Socialized kittens are adoptable kittens.


4. Adopt!  Adopting a 19th Ward cat or kitten keeps it local.  I am going to do a separate post about adoption with pictures. :)


Together we can make a difference!


Questions?  Don't hesitate to contact me, sheritehan(at) or another member of 19th Ward Community Cats.



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Comment by Inge Mallory on September 23, 2011 at 6:28am

We trapped a another  small kitten in my yard  at Sheldon Terrace  yesterday. This one is 99.99% black and  about the same size as the gray & white one we trapped almost two weeks ago around 6-8 weeks old.

I can keep this little one for a few weeks but the 20 + pounder foster already living in my basement and my 5 permanent charges  prevents me from keeping the kitten for an extended stay. Anyone willing to take it? 

Comment by Sheri Tehan on September 22, 2011 at 9:44pm
Both kittens that I brought into my home have been adopted.  Another foster did come forward in the Ward and has taken in 3 more kittens.  We continue to spay/neuter adults.  The issue is still large but we are chipping away at it!
Comment by Sheri Tehan on September 5, 2011 at 12:36pm

I have had several contacts from neighbors since I posted this!  Thank you all! 

I recently rescued a kitten from our streets and brought him into my home.  His name is Garrett and he is an awesome, loving kitten. He is 3+ months old and weighs approx 3.5 pounds now. He has been tested (FelV/FIV negative), vaccinated, wormed, and given Advantage. I am taking him to be neutered this week. I am looking for a home for him and asking for a $75 adoption fee to defray some of my cost. There are recent pictures of Garrett and more information in the 19th Ward Community Cats group.

19th Ward Community Cats would still welcome your donations.  Monetary donations help with the spay/neuters of feral cats.  We could also use donations of Havahart traps, food, winter shelters (or materials).  Please contact me if you have any questions.


Comment by Sheri Tehan on August 24, 2011 at 7:15am
More cats headed to the clinic this morning!  Thanks to everyone who has taken an interest in this situation and contributed in various ways! 

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