A very good thing happened last night!!! Meowm had received a notice at our apartments about not feeding the ferals. Well, she wasn't standing for this! Not feeding them would not solve any issues. So she went and talked to the manager and was amazed when the manager was welcome to the idea of taking care of the ferals, rather than getting rid of them. The manager wanted to do an educational meeting for any tenants interested, so Meowm set it up with No More Homeless Pets. Well, the educational meeting happened last night. The sad thing is, only 4 tenants showed up (out of 300 apartments). The good thing is 4 representatives from No More Homeless Pets showed up, and we all worked out that we will set up feeding stations and winter homes for the ferals. Before the new feeding stations are set up, NMHP will come in and trap for any kitties needing to be spayed or neutered.
The best place we could figure for feeding stations and winter homes are near the trash cans. Not an ideal place, but the place easiest to conceal. See, the trash can areas are fenced in on 3 sides and there is a little section that has a sidewalk where the people are supposed to walk in to throw there trash in. Well, the trash cans, or rather bins, don't fit in the area that way, so that little fenced sidewalk area will be the area for the ferals. A gate can be put on the front and some roofing be put on the top. This way they have some protection from people that may want to do mean things, and they have protection from the elements with the roofing. The kitties can shimmy along side the trash bins, and get in at the area where people would have been tossing their trash in. If people want to bother them, they will have to shimmy past the nasty trash bins themselves. We are hoping that will be a big deterrent. Locks will be put on the doors and only the regular feeders will get a key to them.
TNR may happen as soon as next week and feeding stations will be set up after TNR is finished. Winter homes will be built and readied for next Fall. Kitties, let's all purr that this works out for everyone. Let's purr that the peoples don't get in there and do mean things to the kitties. Let's purr that the kitties take to this new arrangement. Let's purr that the TNR is successful and we get the remaining kitties who need it. Let's purr for quick repair work of the areas where the feeding and homes will go.
It appears that all the current employees in the office and maintenance are on board with this, so hopefully they will put in some extra effort to get it done sooner, rather than later. Meowm is breathing a sigh of relief because she wants to keep feeding and this is the only way she can see it happening once we get moved to the
Oh, and if this works out well, NMHP can go to other apartment complexes and see if it can be implemented at those places as well.