Oh, I must have written it wrong. By the time I picked them up yesterday, Animalkind had them all neutered and vaccinated.
Thursday night Animalkind set traps at this colony and they actually caught seven. One had an upper respiratory problem so could not be operated on Friday morning. So six went in for S/N and shots.
I went to Animalkind at 4 pm to pick up the four I had agreed to take. A volunteer brought them back from the vet and when we unloaded them and brought them inside, there were five cats and one empty cage.
I've only been doing this for a year, but I knew all too well what that meant. I remember last September, going to the clinic to pick up two ferals I'd brought in that morning. One of my empty traps was on the porch, and I had a terrible feeling. One young male had died after being put under; they said it was a heart defect.
So yesterday, seeing the empty trap, was so sad. In this case it was a positive feline leukemia test. A feral with leukemia. The decision was made to put him down, and I won't argue with that. All the people who care about this colony of 20 feral cats are having a hard time placing the healthy ones. The volunteer was crying, and said something about having to play God.
So anyway - my four are recovering in their great big cage in the barn. Yesterday was so traumatic for them, but hopefully it will only get better from here.