The Final Kitty Round-Up 😿
07 June 2019 | Marina Puerto Escondido
Our celebratory mood after catching Momma Kitty and getting her kittens into foster care was short lived because just as we thought we had everything under control with our small group of non-fertile people friendly ferals, disaster struck.
The powers that be at the marina suddenly decided they couldn't tolerate seeing any cats on the grounds -- with cat hair being the main objection. The 1st we knew of this sudden decision was when the cats food and dishes disappeared from their feeding area. The 1st time that happened we bought new supplies and moved the feeding area farther from the marina. That lasted one day before going missing so we needed to get to the bottom of it and had a meeting with the on site marina management.
That's when we were told in no uncertain terms that all the cats had to be removed from the marina property within 2 weeks (as that's when the person that objects to the cats would be back).
We have always tried to reason with the marina by explaining the many benefits of keeping this little band of good cats here, but once again that fell on deaf ears. Once these cats are removed and the population of cockroaches and rats and mice increases -- along with the strong likelihood that new fertile cats will move into the now open territory maybe they will appreciate the great service we provided the marina when we got the "out of control cat population" taken care of with the catch/neuter/release program we started here in February of 2018.
Fearing the worst for what would happen to the cats if we didn't remove them we immediately started catching them. With nowhere to take them on such short notice we released them temporarily on to a friends property where we hope to feed and maintain them until we can find permanent homes. It has been heart wrenching having to take these cats away from the home they've enjoyed for many years and it's so sad not to see the happy faces of these cats we've watched grow from tiny kittens over the 9 years we've been coming into Puerto Escondido. If you've ever seen "Harry and the Henderson's" you will know what I mean.
So, unfortunately our work here continues, but now with heavy hearts.