Texas Tech Feral Cat Program & additional, successful campus feral-cat programs

Feral Cats & the Public:  A Healthy Relationship:  www.AlleyCat.org/page.aspx?pid=937   In Middle River, MDDonate via https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/7SlGa to help a feral-cat colony, that has been the target of uncaring property manager who has hired a company to trap & kill all feral cats. We need to relocate them to a farm but the farm requires $100 per cat (to pay for food & vet updates).  All cats are being vetted at our expense, but we don’t have enough money to cover the costs of the farm fee.  from CHERYL.L.JANISZEWSKI@usace.army.mil

Stanford University, CAhttp://catnet.stanford.edu/  Thanks to Dr. Maggie.Durham@TTU.edu

Stony Brook University, NY:    https://www.facebook.com/SBU  thanks to Shelley.Kemp@TTU.edu at Texas Tech University Independent School District; 806-834-3716 & 1-800-692-6877

Texas Tech University / Student Government Association’s Feral Cat Programhttps://TechFeral.WordPress.com thanks to Kristen.T.Roberts@TTU.edu & Student Pres. Lauren.Sanderson@TTU.edu or text 281-782-9073 if you are willing to volunteer with the Texas Tech University Student Government Association-approved organization (6-’12) in Lubbock / northwest TX-area to oversee the on-campus feral-cat colony, that is in need of upkeep.  ‘The Humane Society of West Texas  (www.HumaneSocietyOfWestTexas.org & HSWT.org@GMail.com or 806-799-PETS [7387]; P.O. Box 67645 or 5106 Ave. T; Lubbock 79424)partners with devoted TTU students in order to trap, neuter /spay & release TTU cats, as well as maintain feeding stations throughout campus. Opportunities to be of service to feline Red Raider residents on campushelp with the daily or weekly refreshing of feral-cat feeding stations across campus;  also, on-campus, feral-cat program within the TTU System at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TXwww.kstanley.com/ASUCats/index.html  To help TTU feral cats in Lubbock, TX, USA:  MWilkinson@MHBG.commaggie.durham@ttu.edu; MaryVHatfield@SuddenLink.Netrachel.marcum@ttu.edu

kirk.robinson@ttu.edumichael.galyean@ttu.edu; GTorres@Mail.Ci.Lubbock.TX.US;

gtorres@mylubbock.uslonnie.evans@ttu.edumike.quartaro@ttu.eduCLIFF.HARRIS@ttu.edu

TTU weekly-feeding volunteers are encouraged to negotiate their own volunteer schedule & feeding-station assignments.  Volunteers will be provided with no-charge, start-up supplies, on-site training & sacks of cat food (upon request).  Semester- or summer-long volunteers are preferred (due to start-up costs & flexibility of scheduling).  Benefits to volunteers:  Independent, systematic work experience to add to your resume;  Resume & job-search related consultancy services, upon request;  Letters of recommendation for career &/or graduate/professional-school admissions, upon request;  Opportunities to recruit friends, classmates or organizations to join you in this activity; & quiet gratitude from Texas Tech’s feline residents who help control the disease-carrying rodent population.  To volunteer-feeders for figuring out their preferred ways to organize their feeding/watering/cleaning supplies:  11, one-gallon jugs of fresh water –  to empty, clean & replenish cats’ drinking water; two plastic containers with handles for cats’ crunchy food (converted from cat-litter containers into crunchy-food containers) – to replenish stale, bug-ridden or dirty food supply; bug spray – to repel insects such as mosquitoes & fire ants — while tending feeding stations; window cleaner & paper towels/rags/broom/wide-sweep brush:  to clean feeding & watering containers &/or weather-proof covering; cat- & bird-friendly bug spray to squirt around the station to keep bugs out of food & water & to keep them from biting cats eating or drinking there; one plastic sack for trash, stale cat food or litter around the feeding/watering stations.  Providing (for those who are willing & financially able to do so) for new volunteers: a set of starter supplies:  window cleaner, broom, paper towels, plastic bags, insect repellant, sack of cat food, a three-page document (through Luaren.Sanderson@TTU.edu from Alice.White@TTU.edu & Alice.V.White@GMail.com) with How-To e-document with suggestions:

Save feral cats on the Texas Tech University campus & in your yard/neighborhood

Contact TTU Feral Cat Program / Student Organization:  https://TechFeral.WordPress.com thanks to Kristen.T.Roberts@TTU.edu & Student Pres. Lauren.Sanderson@TTU.edu about

  • Volunteering to trap, neuter & return (TNR) feral cats on the Texas Tech University campusin Lubbock, Texas — at no cost to Texas Tech.  Texas Tech’s managed (TNR), non-producing feral cat colonies eliminate rodents, yowling, fighting, & spraying; eliminate incoming, reproducing, unvaccinated stray cats; & eliminate the expense of trapping & euthanizing Texas Tech’s long-time feline residents.  Alice will provide you with low-cost Humane Society spay/neuter/vaccination/vouchers @$67 so that when you trap TTU cats/kittens
  • Taking trapped cat(s) directly to Acres North (5205 13th St.: SW corner of Slide & 13thwww.LubbockMap.com & 806-793-2863) or the Animal Hospital of Lubbock (7902 Slide Rd.:  SW corner of Slide & 79th & 806-794-4543);
  • Dropping off cat(s) for spay-neuer surgery, rabies vaccination & ear-tip notch (to alert folks that the cat is healthy)
  • Picking up cat(s) the next day &
  • Releasing cat(s) back
  • Borrowing a cat trap & providing you with no-charge Humane Society vouchers so that you may help cats in your yard/neighborhood.  When you trap cats/kittens
  • Taking them directly to Acres North (5205 13th St.: SW corner of Slide & 13thwww.LubbockMap.com & 806-793-2863) or the Animal Hospital of Lubbock (7902 Slide Rd.:  SW corner of Slide & 79th St. & 806-794-4543);
  • Dropping them off
  • Picking them up the next day &
  • Releasing them back (or work with Alice to get kittens into the Humane Society foster/adoption system).   Cats/kittens released to become barn cats must be kept securely & exclusively … & fed & watered daily inside of the barn for 4 full weeks.  Only barns with donkeys will be safe for cats/kittens (because donkeys kill predators).
  • Low-cost vouchers @$67 from the Humane Society include the spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination & an ear notch (to let folks know that the cat is spayed/neutered/vaccinated).  Contact 806-799-PETS or HWST.org@GMail.com for HSWT pet-wellness appointments:  5106 Ave. T (www.LubbockMap.com).  Donations to HSWT (to pay for the cost of vouchers) are welcomed.

Order live traps @$65:  Tomahawk Live Traps, www.LiveTrap.com or 800 272-8727

300+ cats on campus have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated & then re-released.  Maintenance of feeding stations allows volunteers to identify newcomers or ill cats.  Feral kittens that are caught on campus are socialized & then adopted into loving homes.  Helpful TTU Feral Cat Program partners:  Human & Environmental Health & Safety:   Timmy.Riojas@TTU.edu or 806-742-3876; Cliff.Harris@TTU.edu; Paul.Cotter@TTU.edu (806-742-3876 or 806-281-4780); TTU Housing facilities:  Mark.McVay@TTU.edu;  TTU Plant & Facilities VP Sam.Bennett@TTU.edu is TTU/feral-cat champion & his helpful team members:  Charles.Leatherwood@TTU.edu & Gene.Gibson@TTU.edu or 806-742-3801 for arranging for trimming of West Hall bushes – to allow easy, comfortable access for volunteers;  TTU Plumbing  Gary.Green@TTU.edu (806-742-3308 or 742-1308) for rescuing kittens on campus; Joel.Perez@TTU.edu or 806-742-3470;  Shannon Hutchinson & Douglas Haynes/TTU Civil Engineering shop:  806-789-7454 to cut openings in the plastics tubs that cover the feeding stations & to help with live-trapping Holden Hall cats/kittens;  Bonnie.Morris@TTU.edu at Walls-Gates Residence Hall –  to post notices for volunteers; & Emily.Marler@TTU.edu or 314-496-7916 for Sigma Alpha/TTU Sisters in Agriculture volunteer(s);  or call 806-785-2331 for recruiting day-a-week/student- & other-volunteer caretakers for feral-cat feeding stations.

  • Feral cat feeding-station(s) volunteers for Feeding Stations:  Volunteers neededfor Mondays, Tuesdays,Wednesdays, Thursdays; MWilkinson@MHBG.com & Michael.Grainge@TTU.edu or 713-254-9145 (Fridays: Mary Ann, 9 feeding stations & Michael:  Wall/Gates; Saturdays & SundaysAlso, Art Bldg. Mondays & Wednesdays; & Tuesdays & Thursdays:  2 @ West Hall & Holden Hall during the fall ’12 semester:  Sarah.McKeown@TTU.edu or 903-675-1230.      Beverley Nichols (Jake.Beverley@SBCGlobal.Net & 806-792-1983) the go-to person for kittens & appreciates donations.  She gives excellent care to baby cats.  And Nancy McCutchen & her sister feed/rescue TTUHSC feral cats @ S. Quaker & Loop 289:  806-632-0527 or 806-281-9953.  More, helpful cat-lovers:  Robin Bingham (RN.Bingham@TTU.edu & 806-742-2976; Krista at  806-549-8807; Kathryn.Terrell@TTU.edu has cat trap to help with Trap/Neuter/Release.  Gail Anderson (former 3-1-1 call center for City of Lubbock):  Lubbock_Gail@Yahoo.com or 806-252-4382 weekly donating jug of feral cat food.

*www.HSWT.WordPress.com & HSWT.org@GMail.com or 806-799-PETS.   Humane Society of West Texas’ Wellness Clinic by appointment (J.Rudine@TTU.edu) on Tuesdays / 5106 Ave. T.; Lubbock (www.LubbockMap.com), 6p.

4-8-’13 from TX Tech Feral Cat Program Pres. Lauren.Sanderson@TTU.edu to Dominique.de-Haro@TTU.edu; MargoYoung@Becknell.comJaykob.Emanuel@TTU.eduKatrina.Keilman@TTU.eduLauren.Raynes@TTU.eduSarah.J.Jackson@TTU.eduCarissa.Garcia@TTU.edu; Katlynn.Leonard@TTU.eduDavid.de-Luna@TTU.edu;  Kristina.Mayer@TTU.edu; Melissa.Rafferty@TTU.eduAthena.Baumann@TTU.edu

Thank you for expressing interest in participating in the upkeep of our feral cat colony at Texas Tech.  A few of you have asked for more information on this organization.

Requirements

The organization requires you participate in feedings or trapping in order to stay an active member.  Feedings are on a preferred weekly schedule, but if you would like to form a group that feeds biweekly this is fine – as long as the stations are refreshed as promised.  We have eleven feeding stations.  Feeders must be trained before they can participate.

Training periods are on Friday. It should last until around 7:30p.  Meet at the TTU Student Union Building near the staff parking lot – close to the side where the SUB is next to the library at the metal book man sculpture.  You will visit all of the stations & learn about the safety involved with feral cats.  At the end of this meeting, you will be able to sign up for a station.  Melanie is leaving at the end of the semester, & we are looking for a highly dedicated volunteer to take over her position as feeding chair.

Trapping requirements are that trappers TNR at least one cat per month, more preferred.  I will provide the traps & vouchers, all you need to do is set the trap up at night, come back in the morning to pick up & deliver to a participating veterinarian, pick up the next day & drop off in original location!  I will provide training when you receive the first trap – it should only take a few minutes. If you want to know more about the TNR process, feel free to ask me questions.

We have other various volunteer opportunities that can be substituted through the Humane Society of West Texas.  These include bringing fosters to adoption events or health clinics or fostering kittens yourself.

If you would like a leadership opportunity, please email me (lauren.sanderson@ttu.edu) directly.  Some various positions that are open : Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, Webmaster, Feeding Chair.  If you have any ideas on how to raise money or help the cats in any way, we are always open to ideas!

Our most needed volunteers are in fundraising/pr.  We would like to set a booth up at the sub, perhaps alongside the Humane Society to raise funds for both organization. Food costs $2,600+ a year, & we are running low.

We are on orgsync – please request membership.   https://orgsync.com/54555/chapter

If you would like to be apart of the facebook group, add me on facebook, & I’ll send you an invite.     NOTE: if you are not using a ttu email address, it will not let me invite you until you verify you are from Tech.  You can change your email in settings.   www.facebook.com/lauren.sanderson.100

Thank you again for your willingness to help the feral colony! Feel free to ask me any questions at all. I look forward to meeting all of you!

Also, Sign petition to save lives of feral & stray cats: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50710/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6911

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