"Not to hurt our humble brethren (animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it."
– St. Francis
Felicidad Oberholzer's Jan Term course, "Lions, and Tigers, and Cats, Oh My!", officially got our project underway when her students devoted their required service hours to initiate a TNR (trap, neuter, release) program on the Saint Mary's campus. With the help of Joseph Romero of the East Bay SPCA they trapped on three Mondays, delivered them to a spay/neuter clinic on Tuesdays, monitored their recovery while feeding and cleaning their cages until returning them on Fridays for release back into their colonies.
They trapped about twenty cats in all (a few had already been fixed) and have started an inventory of our feline residents. Ten of the cats trapped in the third week were brought to the Fix Our Ferals clinic on Sunday the 23rd where the students spent the entire day assisting a team of vets spay or neuter 175 cats from around the East Bay. These ten were brought back to campus and and cared for by the students until their release on the last days of their class.
A special note of thanks goes to Ellen Rigsby who offered her office as a Monday night motel for the trapped cats, to Gilbert DeFrenne of CaTS for his guidance in trapping and identifying local known residents, and Trinka Courtemanche in Facilities for providing a ten trap recovery ward for our last group.
Photos and videos of the project are available via the main menu above. There is also a link above to a Feral Cat Map which shows our increasing inventory.