|This little kitty is looking forward to a new home.|
"We are down to the extremely skittish ones," said Sandra Bartareau of Cats Everywhere,Inc. on Monday. It took Bartareau and an SPCA trapper Bruce Nance an hour to catch a very agile black feline that took to hiding in cabinets, jumping from drawer to drawer. "If only they knew this means getting a better life."
|Smile -- Jessica Lawson and Bruce Nance with the last cats.|
|Loading cats for long trip and new adventure.|
The SPCA Florida in Lakeland is a magnificent facility, according to Community Relations Manager Jessica Lawson. She says it costs about $300 to examine, test, treat and neuter each cat. All of this is done in their full-service hospital. Some of the cats will be placed in foster homes. This is done to give some of the cats time to adjust to their new lives and it is also a bit of marketing strategy -- to keep the number available within reason and provide a variety for a adoption. Lawson added, tours of the facility are available, as the SPCA is proud to show the public how contributions are applied for the health and welfare of dogs and cats in their care.
They set three traps on available floor space Monday night -- each containing a bowl of cat food. By Tuesday morning all three traps were sprung and three more cats were about to set out on a new journey. A fourth cat was trapped overnight in the backyard. Bruce Nance spent an hour banging on walls, looking in closets and under furniture for stragglers. He was pretty sure there weren't anymore in the house. But just in case, he left dishes of food on a shelf near the window and a litter box within sight. Neighbors will check from that vantage point for any sign of cats.
There will be much for our neighborhood to celebrate -- but there is still a lot to do. Once we know the cats are safely taken, the home must be destroyed. Then there is dealing with an ineffectual homeowners association.
|HOA Board Members converge?|