Yes, the last remnant of a colony can be introduced into a larger group. Apparently, though, the newcomers must not have the option of running away; keeping them in hutches or a building in the territory where they can smell and see the larger group but not be able to flee or fight the other group.
How interesting! The reason I asked is because you mentioned dwindling colonies and ho that could adversely affect the members. i wondered if a caretaker of another dwindling colony could contact the larger colony to possibly integrate their few members into the larger colony, Oh my it is late and we're leaving for the weekend to go to a hot springs. I need to get into KSO before I leave. Will catch your answer when I get bac. You are so very educated on colonies and I knew vey little about them until met you excdpt the basics about TNR.
With ours, only informally. Initially, I logged more than three dozen cats and kept a record for a Harrisburg non-profit. Unfortunately, we lost contact with them with a few months when a worst-case situation happened: it was discovered that a high-profile caretaker had gone criminal. The area contact person assigned to us took her side (which was unconscionable) and we were cut off because of our association with her. Later that same non-profit did us a great good turn once we got in touch with another representative and cleared up the misunderstanding.We're down to two households on our street providing food and three providing shelter, but for only eight cats, that works. There is at least one household very close by on an adjoining street where the lady of the house puts out food, too. Some colonies are affiliated with others and keep a written log of their cats and vet records for a non-profit, like Alley Cat Allies or group of non-profits headed by people who exchange imformation and sometimes pass along resources to other groups for the same cause on a local level. Truly dedicated colony caretakers tend to find each other sooner or later.
You know - I had not picked up that the top cat is Happy Cat - thanks for pointing that out! But there is an "evil cat", "psycho cat" - sone recessiv geners in Happy Cat aifnkso LOL As far as the colony, on never knows what may happen. Is there like a "network" of feral colony caregivers?
Yes, I would call the colony a success, especially since I am not in the position of having to "close" it. Sometimes when a colony is down to its last few oldsters, younger cats from a neighboring group try to encroach, especially in bad weather like this (heavy snow cover yesterday and brutal temps predicted for today). That means at a time when the colony is most likely to have to defend their turf, it is impossible for the caretakers to do what they could do in mild weather: transport the struggling remnant to a barn or other colony. The only thing I have truly dreaded about maintaining the group is the possibility of one day having to end it by euthanizing the last few. I kind of hope we can maintain a small group with an occasional addition instead, but that does not look likely now. At least those of us who keep supporting the group know that they were much, much better off with us than they would have been without us.
Catching up - hope the weather has eased up and that is the last of it but with this hellacious winter, who knows. Not meaning to sound callous in any way, but TNR is working in this case, the elders pass on and no new feral kittens to take their place. But they have wonderful caretakerrs like you and your neighbor to make sure they have a comfotable life until the inevitable happens. That vid is ridiculously stoopy - and funny LOL
Sending this out to some freinds to get it around. Told Tofu about it and hoping ICHC somehow can post it in its entirety. All I could do was get a print screen and give the link http://cheezburger.com/8457837056
Welkumz an thanx 4 teh kompliment on Monorail Thumbcat! Kud *nawt* beleeb nobuddy kapshunned him as such before. We just had about sixteen hours of unrelenting ice and snow coming down on us. Kids came home early yesterday and the bridges are fatalities waiting to happen (who knows what happened to "stimulus" money that we were told was meant to repair them). Two of the spays have been living beside my front porch in a plastic tub full of fleece and corduroy. Its flap opening faces away from the wind and they snuggle there when they're both waiting for gushyfudz. The other person who always feeds them has begun to put only wet food out for them, too, which is good because none of these cats have had their teeth done. I don't believe that the cold killed any of them; don't know where Old Boss Boi is, but he vanished after New Year's, long before the really cold weather hit, and since he was far from timid, he may have simply found a new situation. The old spay who lived in a hutch on my neighbor's porch has not been seen in three weeks. She had her own hutch so I don't think the cold got her; I suspect that since she was at least twelve, she may have died of old age. The rest, in spite of their years, are spry and active. I have a hunch that they have not been resorting to the barn because there is a dumpster much closer to the feeding stations. The wind can't get 'em when they are under there, and if they want to escape the cold and snow, they can hide in the inside corners of the dumpster to keep warm. Look out Grand Ole Opry, it's Farmer Derek! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4G-iwRv5HU
I was visiting Jadzia's profile and your msgs caught my eye and I learned a bit more about your colony and the very interesting fatabout WWII almost causing the extincton of British shorthairs. Hope your little colony conitnues to fare well.
Thanks for the congrats.heh heh! The title that someone gave that LOL was hilarious. Like I told Cataff, black bears make me laugh because they come off as so goofy. I agree about the article on Flyhawk; it's beautiful. Bgcmeowrrrr's art and her description of their friendship gives people who were not acquainted with her a genuine sense of Flyhawk's values and presence.
Forgot to answer your other question. The Book Club collects Anut Tabbies if you want to drop it off there. I don't see the BC avatar there (not that that means anything as faves are all messed up) so would be a very funny addition.
What a wonderful and thoughtful thing for her to do. Sure hate to lose the good ones don't we? But nothing is ever truly ended into absolute nothingess and depending on your beliefs, you may meet again :)
Thank you, Sylvia. That really sums up the friendship; as a matter of fact, during and after the time that the old soldier was in my home, Flyhawk was sending food gifts to my house. Even though she was very tired and did not spend much time online, she knew that the best way to help us keep going in that situation was to send food, and she did it herself instead of having someone else do it. Over the years, I often told her that she amazed me. : 7 )