So here you are asking yourself what’s all the fuss we keep hearing The Bridge Clinic and Rescue Purrfect talk about Habitat for Humanity and TNR. Must be some crazy Cat lady thing right? Well it is.. But hear us out
While we wish we could rescue every animal off the streets so they didn’t have to suffer through cold winters or heatwaves, thunderstorms or tornados, (yes tornados! Bensalem has around one per year and while we are hunkered down in our basements shielded from the storm there are cats and kittens of every age and size braving the elements), but the reality is that we can’t.
A lot of the animals we come across have either lost their trust in humans over a period of time or have never been in contact with a good one, so forcing them to spend their days in a cage is not only cruel, but it’s impossible.
While some places believe its ok to round these animals up and euthanize them so they stop breeding and causing problems; this has been proven not to work. Read more about that here.
We like to take a kinder approach and instead of explaining how we do it we want to really show you how this all works.
It is common knowledge around Bensalem that there are areas littered with cats. The Bridge Clinic and Rescue Purrfect (TBCRP) along with some very devoted volunteers have been participating in fundraisers and applying for grants in order to help with several really crowded areas.
In one particular location, concerned and loving community members have taken it upon themselves to organize and provide food, water and shelter on a daily basis, however they are not financial able to provide medical treatment such as vaccinations, spay/neuter or treatment for illnesses or injuries that are inevitable, so they reached out to The Bridge Clinic and Rescue Purrfect.
Upon arrival and after some research, it was discovered that there were 13 cats and kittens that “colonized” the area with a few stragglers that come and go as they please. Another rescue had entered the area in the past and helped to fix 3 of the cats but that still left a 5 adults and 5 kittens and with it being summer those numbers could quickly multiply.
One of the most urgent reasons the community contacted The Bridge Clinic and Rescue Purrfect (TBCRP) was because of a very pregnant mommy cat. Volunteers tried several times at all times of the day and night to retrieve the mom cat, Angie, as she is so lovingly referred to, before she gave birth, but they were unable. As a result 3 new little babies were born in a less than safe environment.
TBCRP volunteers were distraught after finding out the Angie wasn’t tending to the babies so, they were taken in at only 2 days old and promptly began bottle feeding. Sadly only one kitten survived and is still being showered with love in their foster failure’s home.
Within 2 months of losing her first litter Angie was still on the loose and breeding conditions were just right. The Community feeders noticed her belly beginning to grow so volunteers spent every available minute trapping.
One night 2 very determined volunteers set out to trap the newly pregnant Angie. Redbulls in hand they tried every trick in the book. Fortunately, they were able to trap 2 adults, Snotty, who had some serious infections causing his whole face to leak, thus his name, and Nippy, a beautiful black and white mom cat who had obviously done her share of nursing.
Unfortunately, Angie had evaded trappers again. After a few more attempts, the rest of the cats were caught and taken to the clinic to be treated and spayed or neutered. All the kittens were put up for adoption and 2 are still currently available.
And here’s the guy responsible for all those kittens. Big Daddy.
Angie, still on the run, has recently given birth to another litter of kittens and volunteers are certain this next trapping adventure should do the trick.
So instead of a colony of 20 who will brave the conditions all winter long there are only 8. Barring any more abandoned animals this colony will live out their days cared for and out of harms way.
If you would like to be involved in anyway please contact us immediately. We are gearing up for a very cold winter and have a few areas that really need our help. Email us at email@example.com