Eleanor Rigby Colony

2015 Trap Neuter Return Case Study

Since 2007 I TNR’d 183 cats from 20 colony sites within one square mile around me. Today there are only 51 cats from that total left outside. That is a 72% reduction rate in nine years. I am very happy with these numbers and track them carefully. I visit these colony sites and their feeders all the time… Read more »

Setting Out Traps In Secret Locations

Some new cats were visiting my yard and the weather was mild so I decided to set out traps overnight. I call this stealth trapping, because sometimes this way you end up getting cats you didn’t even know existed.   I set out traps in my secret, secure locations that I sleuthed out over the… Read more »

Clover Wants to Stay Indoors

Clover was adopted off the street by a neighbor last fall. We crossed our fingers that she would want to stay permanently.   Casey, her caregiver, just sent this photo. Thank you, Casey! The adoption is a success! Clover is from the now “retired” Eleanor Rigby Colony. She was the one cat from that colony that did everything… Read more »

Thank You, Ben M., for Your Continued Support!

Ben M. surprised me this week with another generous donation. This time it was a holiday gift for his friend Jason T. who asked Ben to make a donation in his name to his favorite charity.    I’m floored. Thank you again.   Then we also figured out that we lived close to each other…. Read more »

Thankful Another Colony Cat is Off the Street

Patches was adopted indoors this week by another neighbor!   Patches was part of the Eleanor Rigby Colony that I started TNR’ing in 2008. Her feline friend, Clover, was just adopted indoors last month. Now a neighbor on that same block just took Patches inside. This means that since 2008, 18 cats and kittens have been spayed/neutered,… Read more »

Stealth Trapping: Setting Out Traps 24/7

I’ve had traps set outside in hidden locations non-stop since Monday night. I call this “stealth trapping.”   This is when you set out traps 24-hours a day and see if you get any “surprises.” My TNR friend Bruno calls this “fishing for cats.”   With stealth trapping you leave the traps unattended, but they are… Read more »

Trapping Through the Snow

If the cat colony is hungry enough, they can be trapped any time of year. When I first started doing TNR: Trap-Neuter-Return, I was trapping year-round because kittens were being born year-round. I also was trying to get an injured cat. Now that the colony numbers are stabilized I can be more selective with the… Read more »

Thank You for Your Support & Donations to Help Colony Cats!

A feral cat colony caregiver surprised me this week by signing up for scheduled monthly donations for the cats through Paypal. THANK YOU! If you are interested in donating, there is a Paypal link on the right hand side of this page. All donations are used to trap-neuter-return and continue to care for the colony… Read more »