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Mom and her Boys

Anyone who has really looked around this blog knows that I love cats.  Now, I actually love all animals but am particularly fond of cats, both big and small.  I think the reason I’m partial to cats is that I grew up with them.  (My family has always had a Mitzou (name adopted from the main character in the opera Madame Butterfly) and they are currently on Mitzou IV.  Minou, Mitzou’s brother, is considered a cousin for lineage purposes.)  Many years ago, several friends and I decided to start The Cat House–a not-for-profit, no-kill cat shelter in Lincoln, Nebraska.  That was in 1999.  The Cat House has come a long way since that first year.  We have a free-standing shelter in downtown Lincoln, we maintain a feline presence at two different pet stores and we support a program called TNR for feral cats.  Trap, neuter and release is a concept that has been around for quite some time and is the only truly effective means for dealing with a feral cat colony.  The idea behind TNR is that by trapping, neutering/spaying and returning members of a feral colony to their previously established location, the colony will eventually cease to exist (through attrition) and a new colony will NOT establish itself in its place.  The Cat House is very fortunate to have several volunteers dedicated to our TNR program.  One of these wonderful volunteers has even started a blog about the cats in her neighborhood she has helped through TNR.  Her name is Sheila and you can read daily updates and see pictures of the cats that have wormed their way into her heart.  Her blogsite is:
http://www.washingtoncat.blogspot.com/