The Neighborhood Cat: Our model for Hungry Kitty is to support neighborhoods in caring for cats, where more than one person takes responsibility for the daily feeding and care of cats, and all are working towards increasing spay/neuter rates in our community.
A homeowner since 1980, I have seen the misery and struggle of cats trying to survive in urban areas like Oakland. I moved into my 1907 Oakland home in 1980 and was shocked and then saddened to find in that first week of moving into my home, 17 starving and sickly kittens, 2 pregnant cats, surviving if you could call it that on their own. And I observed other cats mating, further increasing the problem of unwanted kittens in my new neighborhood.
I had always lived in suburban neighborhoods and knew nothing of the misery of abandoned urban cats in cities like Oakland.
Thirty years later...My own neighborhood has the concept of The Neighborhood Cat very well integrated into its fabric. All the cats in my neighborhood are spayed and neutered, well fed and “litter free” - referring not to garbage, but to the fact it has been over twenty years since there has been a litter of kittens born in our neighborhood. A neighborhood can be transformed with the right type of help and we have the experience of both having been educators and animal lovers to make these changes happen in Oakland neighborhoods.
Oakland and Hungry Kitty has the volunteers who are willing to do the hard work of education, transportation of cats to surgeries and other volunteer and charitable work with cats. Funds for these expenses often make the difference between an area being a healthy and happy neighborhood where cats are respected and loved or being part of a neighborhood where the cats are mistreated and abused. Hungry Kitty has the years of experience to help neighborhoods make these important changes. We need your help to continue our important work!
Pat Smyklo, Director