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“We need to work together to prevent more unwanted kittens..”

By Terri Bradbury

A trap has been donated by a generous person who cares deeply about the masses of kittens being born in RVA with no homes to call their own.

As you may or may not know, there are cats having kittens in epidemic proportions in RVA; local shelters and rescues have been completely overwhelmed and have had to turn many away. As a result many kittens are abandoned, a terrifying and stressful experience that often leads to death. Or they’re given to strangers who respond to online ads with assurances the kitten will be going to a great home when in reality the kitten may now be in the hands of a dog fighter, a hoarder, a mentally sick individual planning to hurt them or someone who needs a meal for their reptile.

If you know of or are feeding feral cats without a tip missing from their ear or have seen kittens, they likely need to be TNR’d (Trapped, Neutered, Released.) We need to work together to prevent more unwanted kittens who often live a short and stressful existence. Feral cats typically live an average of 3&1/2 years as opposed to those kept as pets who live an average of 15 years – and of course their quality of life is vastly different.

Please reach out if you’d like to borrow the trap* and/or have seen kittens that may need help. There are resources available to get them spayed/neutered at no cost once trapped and to help underage, sick or injured felines.

*deposit required to borrow and fully refunded upon return


Jennifer Wright 11/14/2019 at 3:11 PM

Can you generally help us get a neuter appointment?

ian 11/14/2019 at 3:50 PM

Where should people reach out?

Melissa 11/16/2019 at 3:30 PM

You can PM me or Terri Bradbury on FB or

jean mcdaniel 11/17/2019 at 7:00 AM

My garden is not a litter box for the numerous neighborhood cats running loose. I will be trapping and taking cats to animal control. I DO NOT love those “night time kitties’ and I am fed up with finding dead and mangled birds in my yard!

Melissa ? 12/31/2019 at 3:51 AM

@Jean McDaniel your garden and yard are not exceptional. Your property, like the properties of all your neighbors, is fair game to any number of uninvited creatures both great and small. I have no idea what you mean by “night time kitties,” but it doesn’t seem relevant to the purpose or spirit of this post. @Terri Bradbury along with myself and a few other other CH residents are working together to help reduce the numbers of unwanted and stray animalIs and help alleviate their suffering. The cats aren’t the problem, the people who don’t spay and neuter their pets and let them roam freely are. This post was about letting the community know about the availability of the humane trap and educating people about resources for free and low cost veterinary care and other ways to reduce the numbers of homeless pets. This is not the thread to air your grievances against Mother Nature, so if you don’t have something constructive to add, may I suggest you get a Festivus pole for your garden.


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