I have a SAVE to brag about!
I thank all on this board who gave me support and sympathy when my own cat was killed in March (See "I suspect a neighbor" below). Since that time I have focused myself on warning other apartment residents about what happened and trying to prevent other deaths from occurring. Since we have a large complex (700 units) myself and a very nice neighbor who also is a SPCA volunteer have teamed up and we came up with a flyer stating what happened to my cat and to urge residents to tag/collar their own cats as specified in the rules and regulations and of course spay/neuter. We also asked that they keep their cats inside as much as possible because of the "possibilty" (actually a sad reality) that a cat killer lives among us.
Last Wednesday night at their regular monthly board meeting our board of directors approved our flyer for distribution and we are now in the process of posting it around the complex.
The save happened about a week ago today. A tiny grey and black kitty approached me about 2 weeks ago, was bedraggled and had a swollen belly and was obviously very hungry. I of course started feeding what I was certain was a small male, and was amazed at the amount of food he ate, about 6-8 cans of 3 oz Fancy Feast a day. This kitty would just demolish the food and lick the bowl.
I decided about 10 days ago to try to get him into the SPCA for adoption. The county animal shelter here is not a good one, its not bad, but its just not great. They dont hold animals very long before euthanizing. I opted to try for the SPCA instead. My neighbor helped me get him into a cat carrier last Monday evening and he put up surpringsly little resistance and she brought him in for examination last Tuesday. Come to find out that he was actually a SHE and was very pregnant! The SPCA did surgery to remove the litter (at no charge) and spayed her at the same time and did a chip implant. Now she is home again and my neighbor will foster her until she is well enough to return to the SPCA for adoption.
She (we have named her Whitley) is doing very well, and for a feral cat has adapted rapidly for her new inside environment, knows to use the litter box and getting along well with my neighbors two older kitties.
Im happy that we (my neighbor and I) made this save and hopefully the people here heed our flyer. Thanks to all for reading this and for your words of kindness and sympathy.