FPP Needs Homes for Barn Cats

Do you have a warm heart and a warm barn? Friends of the Plymouth Pound is looking for homes for a group of barn cats.

The Friends of the Plymouth Pound in conjunction with Promising Hope Sanctuary in Middleborough are seeking shelter for cats that may not be suitable as house pets.

Friends of the Plymouth recently received a grant from The PETCO Foundation to spay/ neuter and vaccinate the feral cats and kittens in a specific colony living in the Middleborough area. 

These cats cannot be returned to the area that have been occupying as the abandoned building that they have been calling "home" is destined to be demolished in the near future.

A barn setting would be a wonderful alternative for these cats most of which are very young. FPP and PHS do have specific requirements for the adoption of these cats. Please contact Promising Hope for further information and application. The cats will be available for adoption Saturday, June 9. 

Contact promisinghope2u@aol.com for more information about these cats.

Nature Advocate May 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM
If you advocate for cats as rodent-control on farms and ranches you've already doomed them to being destroyed by drowning or shooting when it becomes a financial liability more than any asset. Ranchers and farmers worldwide are fully aware that cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasite can cause the very same birth defects (hydrocephaly and microcephaly), still-births, and miscarriages in their livestock and wildlife as it can in pregnant women. Not even washing your hands in bleach will destroy this parasites' oocysts from your garden or yard. This is why any cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock and wildlife-management areas in the most efficient, humane, and least-expensive method available. Common rural practice everywhere. The risk of financial loss from dead livestock and important native wildlife from an invasive-species cat is far too great to do otherwise. This cats' parasite is now even killing off rare marine-mammals along all coastal regions. The next time you bite into that whole-grain veggie-muffin or McBurger, you need to just envision biting down on a shot-dead or drowned kitten or cat. For that's precisely how that food supply got to your mouth -- whether you want to face up to it or not. It's not going to change reality no matter how much you twist your mind away from the truth of your world. If you want to blame someone for the drowning and shooting of cats, you need to prosecute yourself -- every time you eat.
Gayle Fitzpatrick May 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Dear Nature Advocate---(if that is what you choose to call yourself) Number one---this is NOT "our problem". It is the problem of all cities and towns everywhere because they do ZERO to end the problem of cat overpopulation. It is also because of our fellow man who routinely toss out THEIR problems on to others. Abandoned cats started with people who were irresponsible and rather than take these animals to a shelter where they would be placed in to a GOOD home or humanely euthanized...decide to throw them out with the daily rubbish. They continue to breed and if not spayed/neutered...there would be MANY more cats born. Number two--the cats that are placed into barn settings through our program have ALL required vaccinations and are de-wormed so they are not spreading disease. They are all tested for Feline Leukemia before placement in to barns so that they will not spread infectious diseases throughout the land. Cats are kept in crates for several weeks on the property so that when released...they will realize that is where their food souce is located. We do not just release them at another location when they have no idea of how to survive there. We also care about the birds in our area!! Number three---I normally would not respond to comments when the word "IDIOTS" is involved..we take that from where it comes however you have the right to share your opinion. I hope you are not shooting or drowning a beloved pet--and I am glad that we are not neighbors.
Casey Meserve May 30, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I am keeping the first two comments up because Gayle did such a fantastic, and classy, job responding to this ignorance.
Casey Meserve May 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I've deleted several comments from the same commenter because they were violent and unnecessary.
Casey Meserve May 31, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I've adopted three former outdoor cats; they are wonderful pets, loyal and affectionate, they kill every bug in the house, and never, ever, leave me alone. These cats are barn cats that might never let you handle them, but they might eventually trust you.


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