What a year it has been! 2020 has been a strange and busy year for our fledgling little “Pawsitivity” group. In spite of everything, we managed somehow to muddle through and in the end were quite successful, all things considered.
At the beginning of last year, we hoped to build on our progress from the previous year with trap-neuter-release (TNR) work in and around the Goldendale and Centerville area. It started out somewhat typical for January and February, as we did what we could to TNR cats before spring and kitten season started. Then Covid-19 hit. With closures of non-essential businesses in the spring, we were unable to take any trapped cats to the Feral Cat Coalition (FCO) to be neutered. While everything didn’t completely grind to a halt, things did slow down considerably,
Come spring, due to the inability to do much TNR work in the winter, there were so many kittens in need of rescuing and fostering. Unfortunately, we were down a foster home at a critical period from May until July, with one of our volunteers out of town. Elke, our intrepid leader, took up the slack and at one time was fostering around 20 kittens and cats in her home! Our other three foster parents, Stina, Heather, and Sally, stayed busy as well and stepped up to help. In July, with all volunteers on deck, our foster homes were busy taking in more kittens as soon as others were adopted.
Luckily, with the bad, came some good. With everyone stuck at home, folks decided it would be a good time to adopt a pet and adoptions happened at a fast pace. We were able to post kittens and cats up for adoption and almost immediately found loving homes for them. It was astonishing at times to post an ad on Pet Finder and receive an inquiry within minutes of posting it.
For a group of only around six members, we are proud of what we were able to accomplish last year, in spite of Covid restrictions. TNR Total: 300. Kittens/cats adopted: 170. Barn cats adopted: 45. All our kittens/cats go to a new home after they were spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccines.
During our down time in the winter, Stina was able to create a website for Pawsitivity (www.pawsitivity.info). It makes a difference to have a web site this year. We were able to drive contacts through the website, post cats and kittens for adoption, and provide information on our group, which helped to streamline communication somewhat.
As frustrating and sad as this year has been in many ways, we’ve had some great success with adoptions and hope that a few of the stories below will warm your heart.
Easter was a hard case. She was thrown out of a car window near her foster mom’s home and was not social, but was a very sweet and good cat. She bonded to her friend Lily (a sweet outgoing girl), and it was determined that they needed a home together. After being fostered for eight months, we finally were able to find an amazing home for these two with a very patient woman.
Dr. Jean from Rowena Wildlife Clinic helped save a sweet little girl that was caught in the base of a wind turbine. She was pretty bad off and required one of her legs to be amputated and lots of stitches, but she managed to recover in one of our foster homes. She gained some notoriety after being featured in an article and was quickly adopted.
Poor Sugar was so tiny and so sick for a very long time. Two of her siblings had to be euthanized, but nevertheless she persisted. After many months and several setbacks, she was finally well enough to be adopted with her friend Bear to a wonderful home.
We rescued 11 cats from an abandoned house. It was so sad to see the conditions these poor cats were living in. We were so relieved when our volunteer Trisha’s mom offered to adopt all of them to her horse ranch south of Portland.
We are working with cat clinics in Portland and Tri-Cities. Going to this clinics are long drives for the volunteer drivers. We are glad to have Trisha as a new driver besides our all-round volunteers Heather and Elke.
We are very thankful to our wonderful local veterinarian, Marianne Randall DVM, for helping us out, when we need a vet immediately.
Finally, we could not do what we are doing without the support of Rowena Wildlife and Dr. Jean Cypher. We are so grateful to her for all that she does to help the kitties. She is also a selfless human being and an amazing vet for our injured wildlife. We cannot thank her enough.
We don’t know what next year holds for us, but we are hopeful that we will be able to continue to build on our progress from the last years. With the help of the community we will be even more successful and help more cats with our programs. We also want to say thank you to all the community members who helped us with trapping cats.
Please text or call Elke at 261-0689 or Heather at (303) 523-4412 and tell us how we can help.