reality post: it’s Monday and time to feed the kitties. I used to work where these cats are and they’re the only reason I return to this spot. I’m low on food and what I had, ants got into when I sat the container in the garage hurrying to clear the car for travel last week. My car is a mess and I’m tired -spring allergies have me completely muddling through. Feeding ferals is a joy, but it can also seem like a ‘have to’ errand. An errand that if you put off, it means the cats won’t eat. And if you don’t do it, who will?
I’m fortunate to have a feral rescue group that has fixed the majority of these cats so vetting is covered. They also feed when they’re able to on the weekends, but with their 100+ colonies, sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. When I left the job location, I begged other employees to help and even offered food and to pay them to feed them. Most answers were that they “like the cats and don’t want to see anything happen to them, but can’t take up feeding them.” I get it. And I don’t want any sympathy and certainly won’t change feeding them myself as long as I’m physically and financially able, but I do want people to see that those who step up to help animals are average, normal people. They aren’t rich, they have jobs to work and errands to run and families to look after too. If I could do this as a paid job, I would. (Let me know where to apply if you know of any, by the way!) These cats are the result of crappy people, simply put. It’s going to take even more of us good, normal people to care for them. Food & water, shelter, checking on them during the elements and keeping them safe, vetting, donating or simply supporting those who do help them. If you can’t help right now, that’s okay, but do help when and where you can. Happy Monday!
#fortheloveofcats - 16 days ago