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These are the stories of just a few of the feral cats in our area. Some have happy endings, others not so much.

We provide these stories to make you aware that feral cats are everywhere who need your help.

This is why it's important for us to help strays.  This is why it's important for us to help ferals.  This is why it's important to spay and neuter.
Given the choice, we're quite certain none of these cats would have wished to be born feral and endure such hardships. 

They need our help.  They need a lot of it.  And they need it NOW.



Bristol's Stray Cats, Florenceville-Bristol, NB
A large colony of feral cats has grown in the Bristol, NB community. These cats suffer terrible fates. They freeze, starve, get frostbite or get run over, as has happened to some members of this colony. One young lady is trying to help them. Please visit her "Bristol's Stray Cats" page on Facebook if you'd like to learn more and help. They need food, beds, money to help pay for their spays/neuters and warm, safe barns to live out their days. Please visit the Bristol's Stray Cats Facebook page or our "Contact Us" page if you can help. Feb 2012

Sadly, this little guy was run over and killed by a car on February 18, 2012. He was so close to being safe . . .

This is an example of home to them, when they can find it. They gather together anywhere they can get out of the wind and the cold weather.

The photos on the right are trails the strays have made down to a nearby brook where they are able to get a drink - if the stream is not frozen over. It's been very cold recently and ice and snow hinder access to most water.



Now that they have been live-trapped, they'll be spayed/neutered so they don't continue to contribute to overpopulation.

Then they'll need homes - preferably warm barns where they can be housed and fed. If you have such a place and can help, please send an e-mail to: inquiries@dunroaminstrayandrescue.com

These are some of the ones who are now warm and safe, and already are much more comfortable, although they're still very scared and probably will always fear humans. But they can still have a great life, and once they're spayed and neutered will not contribute to the growing population of feral strays. They'll make great barn cats, and they'll finally be safe, warm and fed.

Carleton Co-Op Ferals, Florenceville, NB
Bonnie and Fancy, these two 9-month old females, are feral cats who have survived by living at the Florenceville Co-Op after having been abandoned there, which, very sadly, is a frequent occurrence.  A nice man was able to trap them and deliver them to the Florenceville Veterinary Clinic  on August 14 and 15, 2006, where they were treated for their medical needs. 
Bonnie and Fancy were also vaccinated and spayed, but are much too wild and scared to live with people.  After their medical needs were addressed, they were returned to the Co-Op grounds on August 18 where they will continue their feral lives.  Due to the fact that they were never socialized while they were young, they are doomed to live wild, but now will be much healthier and will not contribute more kittens to the colony.  Fortunately, the nice man who brought them to the Clinic also feeds them as much as possible, making their lives a little easier. 
Bonnie and Fancy were also vaccinated and spayed, but are much too wild and scared to live with people.  After their medical needs were addressed, they were returned to the Co-Op grounds on August 18, 2007 where they will continue their feral lives.  Due to the fact that they were never socialized while they were young, they are doomed to live wild, but now will be much healthier and will not contribute more kittens to the colony.  Fortunately, the nice man who brought them to the Clinic also feeds them as much as possible, making their lives a little easier. 

There are still feral cats at the Co-Op who are being cared for by kind people whom we hope to help.  We have already been fortunate enough to meet the following feral Co-Op cats:
                      Timbit - a beautiful cat for whom we were able to find a very good home;
                      Baxter - a very young kitten who, unfortunately, passed away;
                      Victor - for whom we were able to find a very good home;
                      Cole -  now living very happily in his new permanent home;
                      Fancy - too feral to relocate, spayed and all medical needs were addressed;
                      Bonnie - too feral to relocate, spayed and all medical needs were addressed;
                      Horace - too feral to relocate, neutered and all medical needs were addressed;
                      Marty - too feral to relocate, neutered and all medical needs were addressed; and
                      Carlene - too feral to relocate, spayed and all medical needs were addressed..

The ferals who were too feral to relocate were returned to their familiar territory at the Carleton Co-Op in Florenceville.  We need your help. If you can donate toward the cost of a spay or neuter for these animals, take one into your home, foster one, or help in any other way, we would certainly appreciate it, as would the ferals.  Please check out our Feral Cat page for more information.  They are not the only feral cat population in our area.  We hope to help them all, with your assistance.  Thank you.

This is "Horace".  Horace is another feral from the Florenceville Co-Op.  On September 11, 2006, he was caught and brought to the Florenceville Veterinary Clinic.  He has several wounds and requires other medical attention.  Once he was treated and neutered, he was returned to the Co-Op, as he is too feral to live with humans.
This is "Marty".  He is another feral cat from the Carleton Co-Op in Florenceville.  On September 13, he was brought to the Florenceville Veterinary Clinic where he was neutered and all medical needs, including a bad case of earmites, were addressed.  As Marty is very feral and terrified of humans, he will be returned to the Co-Op grounds to his familiar territory so that he will not be stressed.  He is very fortunate to be the recipient of the kindness of a gentleman who looks out for these ferals and feeds them as much as possible so that they will not starve over the winter.

Meet "Carlene".  She is a 2-3 year old feral cat who was live-trapped at the Carleton Co-Op in Florenceville on December 6, 2006.  Although she had fleas and worms, she was in a surprisingly healthy state of fitness.

Carlene was treated for the fleas and worms, was spayed and returned to the Co-Op grounds as she is too feral to live with humans.  A very kind gentleman feeds her and the other ferals, so her life is now much better than it might otherwise have been.
Beechwood Ferals, Beechwood , NB
These three guys are Bear, BJ, and Little Noog.  They are all ferals who have been living in an empty house and surrounding buildings in the Beechwood area.  A very kind, loving, generous and dedicated family has been taking care of them and making sure they are well fed, especially during these cold winter days.  On March 2, 2007, they were brought to the Florenceville Veterinary Clinic.  All three were examined and found to be in good health.  Little Noog, with his long hair, had a problem, though.  His fur was so matted and full of burdocks that he was extremely uncomfortable.  He had to be shaved in order to remove the burdocks and matts.  Since it's too cold for him to go back out in the cold weather, this wonderful family took him into their home to be warm and safe until his fur grows back.  The others were released back to the familiar territory of their home where they will be happier, healthier, and will continue to be cared for by this family, but will no longer contribute to the growing numbers of ferals in the area.
These four ladies are Babet, Goldie, Skip and Whitey.  They also live in Beechwood.  All four were brought to the Clinic on March 4, 2007.  Goldie, Skip and Whitey were spayed and returned to their home, but Babet had a severe respiratory problem.  She will be treated for that at the Clinic for about a week, then will be spayed.  It turns out that, having been subjected to handling, patting, kisses and hugs by the staff and friends of the Clinic, Babet is young enough that she found she enjoys these things and is not really feral.  Therefore, she has found a permanent loving home where she will have a spoiled life well beyond any of the dreams she had while she lived with the ferals!  Congratulations to her on her new home in the Perth-Andover area!!
Pembroke Ferals, Pembroke, NB

Lorne was adopted on April 4, 2008. He now lives in Bath, NB

On February 5, 2008, the newspaper article above was published by the Carleton Free Press.  As both this lady and the cats needed help, DunRoamin' responded by supplying food and by taking in, initially, Lorne and Avery, the two cats you see above.  Several generous individuals and groups responded by donating to help these abandoned cats.  Thank you all.  We hope to rescue and find homes for all who are not feral, and trap, spay/neuter and return the rest, ensuring that they will always have food and shelter.
And there are others
Meet "Arden."  He came to us on March 24, 2008.  He had been hanging around a house on the west side of the river in Florenceville looking for food and shelter from the elements, but the pets already living there refused to let him stay.  As he was quite feral and need of care, the owners live-trapped him and brought him to DunRoamin' for help, along with a donation to help with his care. 

Arden was about two years old, and other than having some superficial injuries and being very cold and hungry, was in good health.  As you can see, his eyes are two different colours.  Since Arden is feral, we hoped for a  nice farm with a barn and lots of cattle where he can be warm and fed, as well as have a chance to hunt a few mice when the mood strikes him!

On March 25, 2008, Arden got exactly that when Dave and Pat Allison welcomed him to live in their barn with their numerous cattle and Larry, their other barn cat.  Arden will be safe and warm among all the hay and straw, will be well-fed, and will also have the option of hunting all the mice he likes.  Thanks to Dave & Pat for taking him in.

Meet "Rhythm."    She's about one year old, and she and her friend "Blues" came to us on April 1, 2008 from near Atlantic Inns in the Jacksonville area where she'd been trying to survive.  She's very timid, and was so scared she had to be live-trapped.  She was in decent shape, despite several scratches and scars on her nose.  Rhythm is now spayed.  If she can overcome her fears, (hopefully with the help of a foster home full of love and patience) she'd like to go to a safe, warm, permanent home.  Chances are she's related to Tripp, 'cause she came from the same area, and she's about the same age.  Rhythm would like to say thanks to the Carmichaels for caring enough to help her and ensuring she'd get the medical care she needed, as well as a chance at having a warm safe home and a wonderful life.  Thank you so much.
This is "Blues."  He was live-trapped near Atlantic Inns in Jacksonville along with his friend Rhythm, and came to us on April 1, 2008.  He's about two or three years old, and has numerous facial wounds from fighting to survive.  Also, the tips of his ears had frostbite, and he had an eye infection.  All his medical needs were taken care of, and he was neutered.  He is definitely feral, and has a mild heart condition.  For this reason, along with all the other obvious ones, he needed to go to a place where he can be warm, safe and fed.

On April 2, 2008, he was fortunate to be offered a home with Arden (see above) at the Allison farm in Riverbank where he'll be warm, safe and fed.  Thanks again to Dave & Pat Allison for giving yet another stray a chance at a real life.  Thanks also to the Carmichaels for saving him and his sister and making a generous donation to ensure Rhythm and Blues and other feral strays get the help they need.  Rhythm & Blues say "Thanks for caring."

This is "Axle."  Axle came to us on April 20, 2008, from the Perth-Andover area where a lady had been feeding him for about two years.  She had hoped he might get along with her cats, but that didn't happen.  She left a very generous donation to cover Axle's costs and to help other ferals as well.  Axle is very feral and doesn't like to be around humans at all.  He's about three years old.  Axle was neutered, and his fleas and worms were treated.  Since he is so feral and scared, he won't be able to live with humans.

On April 22, 2008 Axle was accepted by a lady who loves to help strays in the Newburg area.  Axle will live happily every after in her barn with some other ferals where he'll be safe, warm and fed by this lady.  He's very lucky to have this opportunity.  Thanks very much, Susan.

This is "Lucy," another example of a feral cat found at the Carleton Co-Op.  Thanks to the compassion of a very nice man who keeps an eye out for them, Lucy was found on April 23, 2008.  Even though she was scared of him, she was physically unable to muster the strength to run away.  This gentleman immediately brought her for veterinary care.  Had he not, she certainly would have died.   She was only about one year old.

Upon admission to the vet clinic, this was her medical status:
- she was profoundly lethargic (could barely move);
- she was severely dehydrated (very little fluid in her body);
- she was emaciated (starving);
- she was hypothermic (very cold);
- she had a severe upper respiratory infection which made it very difficult to breathe; 
- she had a bad eye infection; and
- on top of all these troubles, she was pregnant, even though she was in extremely poor health herself. Lucy miscarried all six of her kittens.

Lucy was under constant and intense veterinary care.  Now she's fine, thanks to people who did what they had to do.

Perth-Andover Ferals, Perth-Andover, NB

On June 13, 2009, DunRoamin' Stray And Rescue assisted with a spay/neuter campaign of several cats from the Perth-Andover area..  Dr Drost and Dr Monteith donated their day to spaying and neutering the seven cats and kittens who are seen below.  In addition to paying for a portion of the costs, their owner will assist DunRoamin' in fund-raising efforts to help cover some of the cost.  Thanks to Drs Drost and Monteith for donating their time and skills to ensure that these little ones will not contribute to the proliferation of unwanted pets.  All these little ones will continue to be fed and cared for by a gentleman who has done so for some time.
Benton Ferals, Benton, NB
On July 18, 2009, DunRoamin' Stray And Rescue, CaRMA, and the Carleton County Animal Shelter collaborated to help a colony of 15  - 20 feral cats which had appeared at a senior citizen's home in Benton.  This gentleman was doing all he could to feed and care for them, but it was too much for him to handle, and he requested help.  Drs Drost and Monteith of the Florenceville Veterinary Clinic spayed or neutered ten members of this colony on behalf of DunRoamin' Stray And Rescue.  CaRMA (Cat Rescue Maritimes) will help pay the costs for the care of these ferals, and CCAS (Carleton County Animal Shelter, Debec, NB) will accept as many as possible and attempt to find homes for them..

The four orange female kittens seen on the left and at tthe very bottom are only a few weeks old, and although they are scared, they have a good chance at being socialized and living safe and happy lives with humans.  As they are too young and small to spay right now, DunRoamin' has taken them in for a two-week period to give them  a chance to be socialized and learn to trust humans.  We are looking for a foster home where they can receive lots of attention for a two-week period, so if you or anyone you know might be able to help, please give us a call.

This colony would like to express their appreciation to CARMA and to the CCAS for helping them to have a chance at better lives, and to Dr Drost & Dr Monteith for their ability to not contribute to the overabundance of stray and feral cats.
Jerika (orange with white) and Emily are being fostered and socialized by Pam Antworth in Hartland.  Georgia and Lynnette are being fostered by another DunRoamin' volunteer in Florenceville.

All four are doing better, and hopefully will learn to trust people in the next two weeks.  Jerika is the most outgoing, and she's the first one to start purring when you pick her up and cuddle her!

Carolyn & Heather Allison help
to socialize Georgia & Lynnette

Emily, Jerika, Lynnette & Georgia, reunited for a play date on August 1, 2009.  They've grown, and are much less timid.  All four will purr, and all four love to be cuddled.  They eventually all got new and loving homes.
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