Introducing the Charlie Chaplin Colony: In Honor of Melanie and Her Cat, Lumpy

Melanie emailed me mid-October looking for help for the cats on her block in Avondale. When I looked up her address I knew we HAD to help her – she lived just a few blocks from my rescue partner, Kim, and three other colonies we did this summer: the Big Daddy Colony, the Polska Kittens Colony, and the Wild Wild West Colony. Coincidence? Nope. This area has a huge cat overpopulation problem but it can be contained with diligent, consistent TNR and colony management. We’re already well on our way. About 30% of the cats we trapped this summer from here were admitted into no-kill shelters.


Melanie estimated were 7-10 cats coming to her yard, but she knew there could be more. She also knew there was a mama cat and kittens, because they visited at one point recently. That means the kittens were just weaned. When she inquired about the costs, Melanie offered to sponsor any care as needed. She just lost her beloved pet cat, Lumpy, very recently, and wanted to continue the care of the outdoor cats in her honor.


Just look at beautiful Lumpy. As Melanie explained, “Not to brag, but she was the funniest, chattiest, softest, best beast on the entire planet. Sigh. I miss her terribly. And yes, she would always sit like this. The best!” We agree! She was gorgeous! img_1919

Melanie told Kim and I that an elderly Polish neighbor left cat food every morning in her front yard, which is why the cats were congregating their in the first place.


We asked her to communicate as best as she could with everyone to stop feeding the cats for a day or two. She didn’t know who the Polish lady was,… yet. When we arrived as planned at 5am on a Friday morning, we saw the food on her front steps. img_9205

We threw out the food, and set up the traps regardless. Melanie has a beautiful yard and garden, perfect for the cats to hang out and hide in. And perfect to keep traps hidden in.


We set up traps in her front yard.


And we set up traps in her back yard. img_9207 img_9208

While we were setting up traps in her back yard, we heard the ones in the front yard snapping shut immediately.


TNR was ON.


We trapped five cats that day. Cats started visiting from all around us.


This one came by to hang out under my car. Yup, we got her. img_9218

We set up a Cats In My Yard sign on Melanie’s front gate to explain to everyone what we were doing. It’s translated in Spanish and Polish. We saw A LOT of people stopping to read the sign. Everyone was into it and gave us the thumbs up after reading it, or asked us more questions. It’s a great way to spread awareness of your TNR project in the neighborhood. img_9242

All of the neighbors were into what we were doing, and we have plans to trap in their yards. The elderly Polish feeder came by, and agreed to stop feeding for the weekend. She is also going to show us all of the other places that she feeds cats!


The next day we set up traps again at 5am and got another four cats. At this point we had nine cats trapped for TNR.


During that time, a little cat came wobbling up to us. Clearly something was wrong with her because she was walking very funny, and we were lucky to trap her. I’ll write more about her and her injuries later.


Melanie also trapped the mama cat and found her four kittens in a garage down the street from her with the help of neighbors. I’ll also be writing about the kittens more later.


The whole weekend the cats stayed in my garage in their traps in preparation for PAWS Chicago’s low-cost TNR clinic. img_9279

The next day we were ready to bring the healthy adult cats to PAWS. That morning Melanie trapped one last cat, so there were now a total of eleven cats going there. Jim helped us out with transport.


All eleven of these cats were TNR’d, then recovered at Kim’s house, and returned to Melanie’s yard.


Katler is the gorgeous mama cat, whose kittens are now in foster care for eventual admission into PAWS. img_9307

Big Tux Jackson is the big male eleventh cat who was trapped at the eleventh hour at the last minute. img_9321

Tommy Two Ears is a fairly friendly male cat who lost most of his ears from fighting, frost bite, or who knows what from being on the streets. We’ll be keeping an eye on him to see if he’s interested in being in an indoor home – it’s hard to tell for now. img_9267

Chinny is another male cat that seems fairly friendly. We tested him for FIV/FeLV, and he was negative. We’ll also be keeping an eye on him to see if he’s interested in being adopted into a new permanent indoor home. img_9228

Inky 1 is a black male cat, identical to his brothers, Inky 2 and Inky 3. Fun fact: he loves to shred newspapers into tiny pieces, hiss and lunge whenever he can, and emits bathroom deposits in impressively huge quantities. Cleaning his trap while he was in it was quite a comedic endeavor. img_9215

The funny part was Melanie was well aware that there are three black cats. She just named them all of the same.


Here’s Inky 2, also male.  img_9249

And Inky 3, also male. img_9259

Melanie thought there was one tabby cat, but little did she know there were two.


Here’s Wee Tab, a female brown tabby. img_9231

And Alt Tab, her female brown tabby sister or doppelgänger. img_9264

Then check out Big Skinny, a male grey tabby. img_9253

And Little Skinny, a female torbie. Fun fact: this girl ate more than anyone. img_9233

In the meantime, Melanie purchased a few outdoor shelters from Kim for her yard to help the TNReturned colony cats stay warm in the winter, and set up a permanent feeding station in her front yard.


We are excited to continue TNR with Melanie and all of her neighbors on the block. Working with such kind neighbors is a dream come true when you are doing TNR.


I’ll also be updating soon about what is happening with the four kittens and injured cat. We also know there are more cats out there from this colony. Please contact us if you’d like to help, 773-609-CATS (2287) or [email protected]


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How to Trap Specific Cats from a TNR’d Colony

Some cats will go in traps over and over again. When you need to trap specific cats from your colony for TNR or for ongoing medical care, it’s easier to have a trap set for every cat you may have.


When you trap your TNR’d cats that don’t need to be taken to the clinic, you can set them safely to the side with their own bowl of food in a safe place and keep on trapping for the ones you want. This process works.  It also works just to help trap a colony needing TNR at once. Very few colony caregivers just care for a cat or two in the city – most colonies are bigger than that and it’s easier to trap them together at the same time. I bought a bunch of traps for that very reason years ago, and am happy to lend them out to help people.


Kim V. contacted me through a mutual friend. She has done TNR for almost 20 years, starting in Logan Square off of the Boulevard, taking in cats to a regular vet because low-cost clinics for TNR weren’t available at the time.


She is now in Avondale, caring for about 12+ cats, most of them TNR’d. But there are a few intact cats still outside, and a few sick cats that she wants to take in to a clinic or vet, including this matted orange cat. Now is the perfect time of year to get him groomed. IMG_6949

Her colony is well cared for, with outdoor cat shelters made out of Rubbermaid storage bins, and feeding stations. IMG_6951

She also has heated outdoor cat shelters. This smart cat is always in one. IMG_6950

We are confident Kim will trap the cats she wants for the clinic!


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Outdoor Cats Breed Year-round

We tried trapping at the Pallet Colony on Friday night, but the alley was very busy and we only re-trapped ear-tipped cats. They all looked great.


At one point a man with a sheriff’s badge around his neck came up to my car and knocked on the window. Obviously he was not a sheriff – it was pretty funny. He jumped Ron’s fence and got him for us. Ron feeds and cares for the cats. We gave him two outdoor shelters, and wet and dry cat food. We called it a night.


Joann returned Saturday night and trapped the 18th cat from this colony so far. IMG_4686

She named the cat Vern, in honor of the maintenance man at the retirement center who has helped us immensely with information and access to the building.


The next day when she went to pick Vern up from PAWS Chicago’s spay/neuter clinic, she learned the cat is female.


Vern is actually Verna. And not only that, she was in heat.


The resilience of these colonies is amazing to me, and their capacity to breed even under the harshest conditions is astounding.


Verna is currently recovering nicely at my place. She freezes still when she sees me. The only thing she moves are her eyes, looking at what she can. She poses just the same, but I prefer this photo showing off her ear tip. IMG_4766

We’ve seen at least a half dozen more cats that need to be TNR’d, so we’re going back again to trap there tonight.


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Helping Low-Income Assisted Living Residents TNR and Care for Outdoor Cats

Joann answered a plea from PAWS Chicago to help trap a mama cat and her four kittens living in a heating vent at a low-income assisted living complex.


When we first showed up to trap last week we knew there would be more to the story, and more cats. Last year, Erica, the TNR Coordinator for PAWS Chicago, trapped and admitted seven cats from this location because they were all friendly. She recently got a call from this facility about another cat family needing help.


As of today, Joann and I trapped eleven cats and kittens there, five of which so far were directly admitted into PAWS’ adoption program! Three are currently being fostered by Joann for further socialization. Please share if you know of anyone that would like to foster or adopt these cats.


The administrators at this assisted living facility are open to TNR and let us in with our traps. They gave us access to a room facing their courtyard where the residents feed. We saw a cat right away, screaming at us and shivering in the bitter cold. IMG_4359

Per the residents there, she was known as the mama cat. They all feed the cats daily, and were very excited for our help. They said that at this point her kittens were weaned and able to eat on their own.


I was able to pet and pick her up, but she was wary of our carriers, so we set a trap for her separately. She went in soon enough. IMG_4374

We tried trapping for the kittens that day. We never saw them, so after awhile we decided to come back the next day.


In the meantime, mama cat Moonbeam was admitted into PAWS’ adoption program and adopted within a few days. Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 1.25.08 PM

When we came back the next day, the word had spread. We were allowed to hang out in this room, and the administrators put out a “Do not feed the cats” sign for us while we trapped. The administrators are extremely helpful. Shanta made sure everyone knew who we were before we got there. Vernon, who works in maintenance, helps the residents care for the cats, and lets Joann and I know where they were seen last on the block and at what times. IMG_4390

This room became a sort of headquarters for us to stay warm, watch the traps, and talk to the residents. A lot of the elderly residents came to meet us and give us all kinds of opinions and advice on what was going on with the cats. In fact, a lot of them disregarded the “do not feed” signs as we found frozen chicken outside. Part of the challenge of TNR’ing this colony is that there is not a set feeding time, multiple people feed, and there are all kinds of answers as to how many cats there are in the first place. Whenever Joann and I go to trap, we hardly see any cats, just tons of paw prints, and yet we keep trapping more cats so we know they’re there.


Miss Nelson has been with us every day, and cares deeply for the cats. Eugene thought there was no way we could trap them, until I showed him the photos. Mr. Love came by, dressed all in red, to flirt with us. Miss Oona did not like to stop feeding, until she saw us trap the kittens. Another man, who cannot speak or hear, understood immediately what we were doing. He would smile and give us the thumbs up sign every time we showed him a cat in a trap. His enthusiasm and support brought tears to our eyes. At one point Joann found herself at a birthday party hosted there for a 103-year old woman. They were all initially divided on what should happen to the cats, but once they understood about TNR, they were on board. They tried to help, and some were pretty entertained by the whole thing.


We could see the cat tracks in the courtyard where the cats find shelter under the trees.

IMG_4360 IMG_4382 The kittens were small enough to crawl into these heating vents for warmth. IMG_4381

And there were drain pipes outside that they would go in and out of. IMG_4455

We also expanded our search and found cat tracks all over the place. There is a coach house and abandoned building on the block where they can get in and out of. IMG_4519

There’s a huge metal recycling plant also next door. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And this industrial lot with trucks and stacks of wood pallets. IMG_4386 IMG_4385

Stacks and stacks of wood pallets. And paw prints everywhere.


So, we’ve decided to call this the Pallet Colony.


We set up traps in various locations and eventually a tortie popped her head out of one of the drain pipes in the courtyard.


She played a lot of games with us and would not go in right away. She even mocked us through the door, right under the “do not feed the cats” sign. IMG_4405

But hunger took over, and she went in the trap eventually. Meet Pinky.  IMG_4450

We also trapped The Brain, a female marble tabby, that night. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA They did not pass PAWS’ temperament test so far for admission. They are currently in foster care after their TNR surgery to see if they can be further socialized. PAWS provided TNR vouchers for all of these cats. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The residents kept talking about much smaller kittens so we knew we didn’t have the cat family they were referring to yet. They also keep talking about another pregnant female cat but we have never seen her.


Joann went back several times to trap, and eventually managed to get all four kittens, along with other cats no one knew about.


Bogart and Bacall are 10-week old kittens and admitted into PAWS’ adoption program. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Starchild is a feral female patched tabby and was TNReturned to the site after being recovered for a few days. She ran right for the metal recycling plant. IMG_4511

Moonage Daydream is also a feral female patched tabby, most likely siblings with Starchild. She was also TNReturned and ran right to the coach house. IMG_4514

These cats and kittens were trapped when the clinic wasn’t open for a few days, so Joann took them to her vet for a check up, vaccines, flea treatment and testing. One of the kittens also appeared sick at the time and received eye meds. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A few days later she trapped Shirley, is a 10-week old tortie who was admitted into PAWS. IMG_7291-2

As was Nelson, an adult orange male cat that turned out to be friendly and admitted directly to PAWS. IMG_7304-2

Fitzgerald is the last 10-week old kitten to be trapped and was TNR’d at PAWS today. He did not pass the temperament test but because of his age, we are currently looking for a socialization foster for him. Fitzgerald-2

And Mrs. Love is a female adult orange cat trapped by surprise. She received her TNR surgery today and is currently recovering. MrLove-2


In the meantime Joann also purchased four Rubbermaid bin shelters for $100 from Treehouse for this colony and placed them all throughout the courtyard. The residents said the cats were already using them. IMG_4387

If you’d like to donate to help offset our vetting and outdoor shelter costs for this colony, $560.11 total, you can do so through the Paypal donation button at the top of this page, or through [email protected]


We are also looking for socialization fosters for Fitzgerald, Pinky and The Brain.


I’ll be back at this site next week to see if we can get any more “surprise” cats since we have no idea how many there are.

Wonderful! Is there anyone who does this in Berwyn? I moved from Soth Berwyn where I took care of three. When I moved One named Blacky came to live with us. My neighbor is taking care of the other two. We had a care giver on almost every block around me. There were at least two or three per block it seemed. Now I live in North Berwyn, there seem to be even more. I’ve tried to trap not always so easy. Blacky was trapped though and fixed. I need help over here, any ideas 🙂

Vanessa says:

Hi Kelly, You can contact Alley Cat Allies, a national organization advocating for outdoor cats, for a list of organizations and people who are doing TNR in your area. Fill out this online form here:

Thanks for caring for the cats!

Michelle says:

Kelly here is another local organization. I believe they are in the near west suburbs. Cat Van Do. Cats in my yard you guys are awesome!

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Thanks to Willow for the Cat House Donations, Buttons and Magnets!

Willow N. contacted me a few weeks ago, asking if anyone I knew needed outdoor cat houses.


Willow is amazing. She is part of the CACC Cat Transfer Team, and fosters for CARF: The Critical Animal Relief Foundation.


Joann and I went to her house together to pick up the outdoor cat shelters. We got a tour inside and outside of her apartment.


She was fostering a bunch of calico kittens and cats for CARF.  IMG_3329 IMG_3330

She also had a cat solarium for her window. IMG_3324 Isn’t that cool? It attaches to your window so that the cats can sit in it outside.


She even showed us the outdoor cat litter box she made for her feral cat colony. This one was pretty fancy, made out of a deck box used for deck supplies. IMG_3332

This is what it looked like on the inside with all of the litter boxes. IMG_3331

There are two entrances so that the cats don’t feel trapped inside. They use them regularly, and Willow said the neighbor’s complaints stopped as soon as she installed them. The Arm & Hammer Baking Soda helps with any smells.


She donated three large used Rubbermaid bin shelters. I cleaned them out along with the other ones that I had and distributed most of them to the Kitchen Colony and Chicago TNR for her south side colonies. IMG_3499 IMG_3603

Willow started caring for her cat colony as soon as she moved in a few years ago. The primary colony caregiver already TNR’d the cats. Over the years, the colony got smaller, and she doesn’t need as many outdoor cat houses anymore.


We were excited to see a few of those cats hanging out in her yard and alley. They stayed away from us at a safe distance. IMG_3334 IMG_3335

A few weeks later Willow gave me some buttons and magnets she made with the Cats In My Yard logo. She runs this business from her home, and said she loves our logo. 100715CatsInMyYard-3

I’m always so touched by people’s generosity and am glad that people are reading and responding to what we’re doing. It means a lot. Especially from people who are doing so much to help the animals as well. Thank you, Willow!




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Happy National Feral Cat Day 2015!

Every year we celebrate National Feral Cat Day by cleaning out the outdoor cat houses.


As always, Mooha inspects everything. IMG_3494

The garage turns into a Feral Cat Shelter and Feeding Station Factory assembly line. IMG_3499 If you need outdoor cat shelters or feeding stations, hit me up at [email protected]

First come, first serve. Hope everyone had a great day!

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TNR Works: 67% Reduction in Outdoor Cats Since 2007

Here are the numbers:


A total of 177 cats were TNR’d within one square mile since 2007.


59 of those cats remain outside here at 20 colony sites where they are fed and sheltered. Outdoor cat population decreased at 18 of those locations. Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 9.31.48 AM

Compare that with last year’s numbers of 153 cats TNR’d, and 70 of those cats remaining outside.


TNR works.


Even though 24 more cats were TNR’d here last year, the outdoor cat population decreased overall even more from 2013 to 2014, from 55% to two thirds reduction: 67 percent!


That means only one in three cats remain outside here ever since I started TNR!


How does that work? The majority of the 24 “new” cats from last year were friendly, most likely people’s cats left outside, so they were pulled off the street for adoption. Even though we added one more colony site last year, the Stealer’s Wheel Colony, aka the hoarder/drug house, the majority of those cats were pulled off the site. Out of 16 cats only 3 were TNReturned. The other 13 were admitted into shelters, relocated, or died.


In the meantime, some of the other colony cats, like PatchesClover, Wally, Berto, and Woodrow Whiskers decided to become friendly and were adopted into indoor homes.



And some of the colony cats were euthanized/died. RIP Dice and Betty.

Or the cats disappeared, like Noche Nariz.

We would see even greater reductions in numbers if people stopped leaving their pets outside, or there was no such thing as animal hoarders. Those are things I cannot control, and do not dispute how TNR works, because they really have nothing to do with TNR. TNR is for feral cats, and there have been very, very few “true ferals” here in the past few years. If I have to TNReturn cats here outside, it’s because I cannot find indoor homes for them fast enough. I am also pretty busy caring for the medical needs of these fantastic “legacy” colony cats as they are aging gracefully out there. They are doing well, but older cats sometimes get sick.


The ONLY point of TNR is to reduce the cat population humanely. I can never say it enough. I dream of the day of not seeing cats in every alley. We are getting closer to that reality.


Here’s the case study to illustrate the point: Feral-Cat-Map-2014-Page-1

Feral-Cat-Map-2014-Page-2 If you want to download this case study here’s the pdf:

Feral Cat Map 2014


I also helped people TNR outside of this area. I call these “satellite colonies” and the colony numbers were reduced as well, by more than a third overall. Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 9.46.17 AM

If you’d like to know more about how TNR works in reducing the outdoor cat populations, please visit Alley Cat Allies, a national organization dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of our nation’s cats. They have a number of case studies conducted nationally of people and organizations doing TNR successfully. I am happy to be included on that list.






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Lots of Changes with the Outdoor Cats from the Jose and the Pussycats Colony

Last month there was a lot going on with the Jose and the Pussycats Colony.


Betty diedNoche Nariz disappeared.


And the feeders had bought a pair of Siamese male cats for $1000 from a breeder in Indiana. They keep them indoors, but they weren’t fixed. Luckily I managed to convince them to take them to the vet clinic for free neuter packages. Their names are Ruby 1 and Ruby 2. I called the clinic on their behalf, and showed up to escort the feeders there.


A lot of this was confusing to keep track of because the feeders don’t return my calls – I have to show up in person to talk to them and arrange everything and get updates on the cats. I had no idea they bought those cats a year ago because I never thought to ask about indoor cats, only outdoor ones. There’s also a lot of people involved here – this is a family spread out in three houses.


In the midst of all this, an orange cat had showed up at their feeding station. He was super friendly, and luckily he was already ear tipped.  IMG_8680

Which means he was TNR’d already. I’m pretty sure I’m not the one who did that – I didn’t recognize him. The feeders wanted me to adopt him out, but there was too much going on at the time. I told them to keep feeding, and to keep an eye on him. Maybe I could even find his owner. He was certainly friendly enough.


I went by there again today and one of the family members came out and thanked me for taking the orange cat. I said I didn’t take him. She said that he hasn’t been around anymore. I had to laugh because I only wish it was so easy for me to just “take” cats off the street. So many are friendly and shelters are perpetually full. The shelter has even had multiple staff members at this site for the past few years telling me how friendly all of the cats are. I did manage to foster and adopt out Frostie from there. Fingers crossed that perhaps the orange cat just went home once winter hit, or that another neighbor took it upon themselves to help a cat out. If that’s the case, I’d love to meet them.

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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, and now the colony is down to ONE cat. TNR works!


Patches was always very motivated by food. Here she is eating on the ground before the monorail cats. monorailcats

She’s on the left here, the first day I met this colony and started trapping. She’s watching me to see if it’s ok to eat.  DSC03496 Patches was easy to trap and bring in for her TNR treatment. She was always very skittish with me, but she bonded to her feeders. This colony moved through three feeders on their block. When the cats started being fed by a woman named Casey, Patches and Clover bonded to each other, and then bonded to Casey’s family. Patches loves her son. 551171_10200922588963066_566223173_n

And their dog. 1236965_10200810788688129_1172783251_n And then she loved going inside with them. 577799_10201593388412633_628489878_n

But when the weather is nice out, Patches enjoyed the outdoors. Who could blame her? Casey provided daily food and water. IMG_1476

Casey had a heated outdoor shelter for the cats in her yard. The colony cats also used the shelters under the original feeder’s porch. As the colony got smaller through the years, Patches was the only one who used these shelters. IMG_4925

As it got colder this past month, perhaps Patches had enough of winter, because she has now been indoors all week with her new family. She meowed at first, but settled in within two days. 10805293_10203538151030483_1539061207_n

The one remaining TNR’d cat outside is fed by yet another neighbor on another block, and that cat pretty much stays in their yard all the time, and is basically their outdoor cat. Casey also donated her heated shelter to them since she no longer has cats to feed outside.


I’ve left the shelter and tarp under the porch just in case another cat ever shows up, but there has not been a “new” cat on this block since 2010.


I will always check on this location periodically, but as fas as I’m concerned, this colony is a wrap. It’s done! All of the hard work of TNR has paid off, proving that it works – it is the most effective, humane way to control the stray and feral cat overpopulation outdoors.


I could not be more thankful this holiday season.

Dawn says:

yayy, but now Im worried the one remaining cat will be lonely : )

Happy Thanksgiving

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When a Colony Cat “Disappears”: The Unknown Story of Noche Nariz

These past few weeks there has been a few deaths from the colonies. Dice was euthanized. Betty was found dead in her backyard.


This can be difficult, but at least we know what happened to these cats.


One of the hardest things for a feral cat colony caregiver to deal with is the “unknown.” It really sucks when a cat “disappears.”


Of course, that is part of being a caregiver. Cats disappear sometimes, and all you can do is hope that perhaps the cat was scooped up and adopted indoors by another person (yeah, that sounds like a fantasy, but sometimes, the TNR’d, ear tipped cats show up later with a collar on), or, more likely, if they died, there was little unnecessary suffering involved.


It’s one of the reasons that I will never understand how people can let their pet cats in and out, especially in a heavy urban environment such as Chicago, where pretty much anything can happen. Once a cat leaves their property, they are fair game, legally and realistically. Cats can get poisoned, hit by cars, claimed without recourse by another person, tortured, or just wander off forever. Cats who are socialized to humans are especially susceptible to such danger. Feral cats are more savvy, as the adult ones outside are truly the fittest and strongest from their litters. They know the streets and know to be wary of danger. After all, they’ve made it this far. The outdoors are their true home and they know how to navigate it and survive.


Noche Nariz was a black and white cat with a distinctive black nose from the Jose and the Pussycats Colony, the same colony where Betty was from.


This colony is mostly made up of TNR’d black cats, so cats like him and Betty were very visible from the start.  photo (52)

Noche hung out on Maria’s steps ever since I TNR’d him in 2010, waiting for dinner. IMG_2436

I wouldn’t call him friendly, exactly, but he was acclimated to his territory at Maria’s house, and the three other houses next door where the rest of her family and neighbors live who also feed the cats. He did not flinch or move from his hangouts when you passed him on the sidewalk. Instead, he would pose beautifully.


During the winter, he was one of the few cats from the colony that actually used the outdoor cat shelters his feeders made for him in their backyard. IMG_3257

When I was talking to Maria and her family about Betty, I asked about Noche because I hadn’t seen him since the spring, after the polar vortex. Maria admitted to me she also hadn’t seen him, and had no idea what happened to him.


It kills me how many cats here seemed to make it past last year’s terrible winter, but then got sick, perished, or “disappeared,” by the time spring arrived.


There is a chance that perhaps Noche was scooped up and adopted by a neighbor that he may have bonded to. He had a tendency to hang out by people’s front doors, but so far I have no idea.  IMG_1094


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