This Monday we visited Ellen Gifford Cat Shelter, a volunteer site we have booked for all of you animal lovers! Let me tell you, there are some cute cats, and a lot of good service to be done. Ellen Gifford is a cageless, no-kill cat shelter located in Newton that is home to many adoptable cats and kittens.
We met with our site contact who is super excited to host everyone again and possibly find some volunteers for the school year. We learned a lot about feral cats and “trap, neuter, return” an effective and humane method to keep feral cat colonies under control. Unfortunately, feral cats cannot be adopted because they are so unsocialized, but they can live healthy lives in their colonies. The biggest problem is keeping the large feral cat population under control. Trap, neuter, return is a method of capturing feral cats, spaying or neutering them, and then returning them to their colony. Ellen Gifford provides shelter for its own feral cat colony, many of whom cannot be returned to their colony for one reason or another.
We also met a cat named Eliot, who has feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV, which is the cat equivalent of HIV. Eliot can live a long and healthy life, and he is waiting to be adopted by a loving family. The disease can only be spread to other cats by deep bites or scratches, so he is kept in his own enclosure to prevent the spread of the disease.
We also got to play with some very cute kittens, who were rescued after being discovered in a hoarding situation. How sad! Ellen Gifford needs volunteers to help socialize them, so one of the volunteer tasks will be to play with them! We are so excited to be working with Ellen Gifford Cat Shelter again this year, and you should be too!