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I was just wondering what you folks do about strays, lost pets, wild animals, etc.<br><br><br><br>
I always feed stray cats. They frequently break my heart, but I have 3 cats now, and can't really take anymore in. I don't want to call animal control ( for obvious reasons ), and I've tried calling the spca on a few occasions, but they don't come. Plus, I don't think that I could really get the cat to hold until the spca COULD get there. So I just give them tasty food, and some love if they'll let me.<br><br><br><br>
So what do you folks do in these situations?
 

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I rescue and re-home cats and kittens. Last winter I rescued and re-homed 4 Siamese cats, 3 of them severely underweight. This past summer I rescued and re-homed 4 kittens and their mother plus another cat who was abandoned by its family. And just about a month ago I rescued a kitten which my fiancé and I kept.<br><br><br><br>
In the case of a wild animal I'd take it in to a wildlife rehabilitation center if it were in danger or call in and ask them to come get it.
 

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There doesn't seem to be any strays where I live. When I first moved here I inherited a beautiful black cat who came to my back door every morning and night for about six years. I always fed him but couldn't get near enough to ever touch him. I got a few good scratches by trying. Other than that I feed the birds, squirrels and deer.
 

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I get calls a lot. People know I help out animals. I bring them into my home, feed them and give them fresh water, and then I'll start scoping out new homes for them using the internet and newspaper.<br><br><br><br>
Besides Captain, who was a frail little monster when my friend handed him off to me. I intended to re-home him, but he slept on my stomach that night. I love my kitty. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br><br><br>
[I keep an extra litter box and food and water dishes here for rescues].
 

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Do you have to keep them in a separate room than your own pets? And does it cost you a whole lot of extra $$?
 

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We have about 4 kittens living in our garage right now. They come and they go. I tried feeding them when I first noticed they were around but the raccoons and possums eat the food up. I think the kittens might be getting food elsewhere now because they look OK to me. They are getting older - I am sure maybe 7 or 8 months. Now, that the weather is getting warmer I am hoping I can find a shelter and catch them up. The neighbors complain that the kittens got into their garbage -weird because they didn't go in ours and all the garbage cans around here have special contraptions to keep out raccoons and possums. Don't see how the kittens would get in their garbage...
 

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When I got the kittens with the mother they stayed in my bedroom, but that was mainly because they were still very small and nursing, and I have 2 large cats that would have been incredibly unhappy and a possible hazard.<br><br><br><br>
The Siamese cats were also confined because of how sick they were.<br><br><br><br>
My cats are fat as can be, and they could have taken these other cats out no problem. After the kittens were weaned they were permitted run of the house and there were no problems.<br><br><br><br>
Chicken Soup For The Cat/Kitten Lover's Soul is inexpensive, so food is cheap. And since we have 2 cats I just use some of their litter in the spare litterbox.<br><br><br><br>
It was only expensive when I rescued the kittens, because they had fleas. We spent a couple hundred bucks de-fleaing all of our personal pets and getting flea killer for the carpets and upholstery.<br><br><br><br>
So if you do it, I would suggest you keep the animal in the kitchen at first and check thoroughly for fleas before you let them into other areas of the house.
 

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We once had a kitten crying loudly in our shrubs for hours, so we set up a bed and food in the patio for it. It turned out that it wasn't an orphan, although we rarely saw the mother, and it had three siblings. We fed and played with all four for a while, but then we went on vacation and when we came back they wouldn't come near us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
We've fed other stray cats in the past. There was one male who was sooo skinny. We usually can't catch them, so we just leave out food and hope for the best. We don't have a lot of cats hanging around anymore, probably because we got a dog, but I wouldn't feed them now anyway because I've caught them stalking our chickens. Two of our neighbors leave out food for the strays, so I know they're being taken care of somewhat.<br><br><br><br>
We also once had an entire nest of baby birds fall onto the porch. We called the local vet to see what to do, but he said the parents would still feed them on the ground, and we should be careful not to disturb them. He was right. We roped off the porch, and the chicks survived quite well living on the ground for the next few weeks.
 

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We also once had an entire nest of baby birds fall onto the porch. We called the local vet to see what to do, but he said the parents would still feed them on the ground, and we should be careful not to disturb them. He was right. We roped off the porch, and the chicks survived quite well living on the ground for the next few weeks.</div>
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That is really cute.
 

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I don't go out of my way to get stray cats but I volunteer with a no kill rescue for cats so I am helping them out. If cats come up to my door I'll help them out. Recently my roommates found two stray kittens, one with a missing/infected tail. One of my cat-crazy friends and I split the cost of getting them fixed, the tail amputated and antibiotics, shots, flea treatments, etc. and the vet we used adopted them out for us. We also had an iguana come through our yard so I caught him and then built a cage for him and took him to fayetville to a vet-tech who had arranged for her vet to donate services to get him rehabed and found him a home.
 

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When I worked at the hospital a few years ago, there were a few wild/stray cats who hung around in the parking lot. A few of us employees took turns feeding them everyday. It was really cute because they seemed to recognize our cars. As soon as I would pull in the lot they would come running! But you could never get close enough to them to touch them.
 

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We also once had an entire nest of baby birds fall onto the porch. We called the local vet to see what to do, but he said the parents would still feed them on the ground, and we should be careful not to disturb them. He was right. We roped off the porch, and the chicks survived quite well living on the ground for the next few weeks.</div>
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In my old house when I was very little we had a hole in the roof where birds would nest all the time. Unfortunately our roof was slanted so the nests would fall out constantly.<br><br><br><br>
I remember my mother, my sister and myself were all out and my father was home by himself. My father hates any animal except fish. Well the nest fell out ... again ... and he got a box and like 3 blankets and he brought the chicks in for the night and put them back inside the roof the next morning.
 

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We also once had an entire nest of baby birds fall onto the porch. We called the local vet to see what to do, but he said the parents would still feed them on the ground, and we should be careful not to disturb them. He was right. We roped off the porch, and the chicks survived quite well living on the ground for the next few weeks.</div>
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If the birds are fledgings you can usually leave them where they fell and the parents will come and feed them. You can tell by looking at the wings - are the chicks growing real feathers yet (not just fuzzy fluff)? If they are, then they are probably at the fledging stage which means they are starting to move around by themselves and don't need to be in the nest all the time.<br><br><br><br>
If there are no feathers and the chick looks all pink and can't stand than it needs to go back up in the nest. You can touch a baby bird and the parents will still feed them - there is that myth about that you shouldn't touch them.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry I love to give bird advice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Sorry I love to give bird advice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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No problem! It was a long time ago, but I'm assuming they were fledglings. It was weird, though, because they were on the porch a long time. But maybe I'm exagerating the length of time too.<br><br><br><br>
I was so worried about cats getting them, even after I knew they were being fed. I wonder what kept all the predators from picking up a free meal? Dive-bombing parents? (We used have a pine tree in our back yard, right by the swimming pool, that blue jays nested in. We had to take huge detours to avoid speeding blue bullets of death).
 

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In my old house when I was very little we had a hole in the roof where birds would nest all the time. Unfortunately our roof was slanted so the nests would fall out constantly.<br><br><br><br>
I remember my mother, my sister and myself were all out and my father was home by himself. My father hates any animal except fish. Well the nest fell out ... again ... and he got a box and like 3 blankets and he brought the chicks in for the night and put them back inside the roof the next morning.</div>
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Putting them in the box is another good thing to do - you could probably just have left them out on the porch in the box.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
FYI: I love your kitty avatar! Looks very much like my kitty Woog!
 

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So it wasn't really the idea behind this thread, I was just curious, but I am finding the thread to be rather heartwarming. One of those things that restores a little faith in humanity. Thank you folks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">
 

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I wonder what kept all the predators from picking up a free meal? Dive-bombing parents? (We used have a pine tree in our back yard, right by the swimming pool, that blue jays nested in. We had to take huge detours to avoid speeding blue bullets of death).</div>
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Yep! Some parent birds with pull out your eyes if you get near their chicks!<br><br><br><br>
I used to get attack quite often when I work at the zoo (with birds). I am sure the vistors had a good laugh watching me get attacked during breeding season in the exhibits! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> It was fun working with baby birds though - worth getting attack for!
 

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Captain and Woog do look a lot alike!<br><br><br><br>
Yeah, I actually think the chicks fell out of the nest which is why my father made a makeshift one. He normally would have left them outside, more for lack of compassion than anything, but I recall there was a really nasty thunderstorm taking place at the time. My dad heard them chirping and rescued them before they got stuck in the nasty rains with all of the thunder and lightning going on. They needed shelter and our porch wasn't covered.<br><br><br><br>
In the morning the weather had cleared and he put them back in their nest inside the roof.
 

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In the past year I found a bunny, a duck and cat that needed my help as well as numerous dogs that I returned to their owners. The bunny had been a pet but I think it was dumped because I found food in the bushes near it. A nearby pet store took him and sold him, since they had the facilities to take a bunny. The mallard duck was limping along the street near my house and was not able to fly. He stayed with us for 5 days until my vet was able to take him. He thought the duck had been hit and just needed a few days to recover as he couldn't find any broken bones. The cat was outside my kitchen window. He couldn't walk and was clearly sick. I had no idea where he had come from so I took him to the vet and they said he was dying. He was such a sweet cat he purred and rubbed my hand all the way to the vet's. At least he was warm and loved in his last moments of life.<br><br><br><br>
I have found and returned hundreds of dogs. I live near a popular walking trail and dogs are always getting lost. They are supposed to be leashed but not too many are. Sometimes they have identification sometimes not. One dog was always loose all the time but he didn't have any identification. I put a little note in his collar and after that I noticed he had his name and number on his collar. Now, I walk him once and week and he plays with my dog. His owner just isn't able to give him the exercise he needs (still no excuse for letting the dog roam!) so I try to help out when I can.
 
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