Good New For Oakland Urban Kitties!!
In these hard economic times, there are still dedicated people making a difference in the lives of cats in Oakland. There is much good news for cats in Oakland. Hungry Kitty is part of the good news for Oakland, through our hard work and donations from the public, we are making a difference in the lives of abandoned Oakland cats and kittens. We think that years of neglect of cats in Oakland can through Hungry Kitty and other hard working cat groups be dealt with and changed.
Fix Our Ferals came to Oakland to bring their message of spay/neuter of neighborhood cats. Our volunteers are in agreement with Fix Our Ferals’ mission and goals. One important concept of Fix Our Ferals and Hungry Kitty is to “fix, spay/neuter” every cat that we feed. We see that as our mission too and to spread that message to Oakland neighborhoods. Feral cats without spay/neuter surgery can reproduce very quickly, producing new generations of cats. Well managed and altered neighborhood cats can increase compassion towards cats and encourage these neighbors to think differently about cats, seeing the cats as creatures that need our care versus pests.
Oakland Animal Shelter deserves the name of “shelter” as there have been many significant changes in the Oakland Shelter. Faced with budget cuts and reduced hours, the Oakland Shelter has persevered with many new programs to help Oakland cats. Oakland Shelter is a friendly and good place to go to adopt your next feline family member. OAS joins with FOF in encouraging people wanting help with feral cats to contact Fix Our Ferals with their focus on TNR (trap, neuter, release) instead of trap and kill. Research has shown that TNR works best in stabilizing cat populations. The shelter supports working within the neighborhoods on spay and neuter projects of feral cats, versus bringing them in to the shelter.
Cat Town, Urban Cat Sanctuary is working on establishing a safe place for shy and frightened Oakland animal shelter cats that don’t do well in a shelter environment. Cat Town recently passed the 100 cat mark of cats they have taken in to help through partnership with OAS and volunteers, giving TLC to cats that once might have been overlooked or even euthanized in previous years.
Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue Center Lila Travis, wildlife rehabilitator, is a sensitive and caring soul, and very knowledgeable about wildlife. She took two abandoned baby squirrels from one of our volunteers. She provides an important link in caring for injured wildlife that have a place in the city of Oakland. With many creeks and green areas that provide habitat for wild life in Oakland, Lila cares for our valuable wildlife, returning them to their neighborhoods after they are rehabilitated.