Care2 Success! Feral Kitties Out Of Danger – VIDEO

Thanks to help from Care2 members, the Rosebud Colony of feral cats in Damascus, Maryland, is no longer in danger of being trapped.

Here’s the story:

Damascus, in addition to having more than 15,200 human residents, is home to more than 2,500 feral cats, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

As reported in Maryland’s Gazette.Net, the town of Damascus has stable feral cat colonies flourishing near the Damascus Gardens apartment complex, Safeway, the post office, the Druid Theater building and other locations. And each colony has a person caring for it.

Local resident Susan Berger discovered the Damascus Gardens colony when she moved into the complex, saw cats walking around outside and wondered where their owners were.

Residents Demand Removal Of 25 Feral Cats

She won the trust of a cat she named Rosie, who became her bridge to the rest of the colony. Once she had Rosie’s trust, the others trusted her, too. The Damascus Gardens colony is named the Rosebud cat colony in honor of Rosie. And Berger has been caring for the Damascus Gardens colony of about 25 cats for the past five years.

Last summer, a few residents of the Damascus Gardens apartment complex  told the community’s management that they wanted the cats gone. The complex’s board of directors looked into trapping the cats to get rid of them.

Cat-Lover Fights For Her Felines

When Berger heard what was going on, she leapt into action.
First she moved two cat houses off the property. That didn’t help.

Next, local cat lovers posted a petition on Care2′s petition site. Here’s what they wrote:

“Can you help me? My feral cat colony is in jeopardy from the Condo HOA board where I live. They’ve gone so far as to get estimates from trapping companies. I’m trying to educate the people here, 7 buildings with 11 units each, but my information keeps getting torn down from the bulletin boards.

Care2 Petition Draws Worldwide Signatures

And as Maryland’s Gazette.Net reports,

When a volunteer set up a web petition to save the colony, it garnered more than 1,700 signatures from around the world.

That’s right! That was the power of Care2′s grassroots action.

Finally, when Berger got an expert to explain that if the cats were trapped and removed, new ones would take their place, it seemed to make a difference.

Rosebud Colony Cats Can Purr Again

Now the threat has gone, and the feral cats of Rosebud Colony are no longer in danger.

Since cats become feral when they have been lost or abandoned by humans, it seems only right that the story ends this way.

Thanks, Care2 members, for taking action! And thank you, Susan Berger, for caring.

You can watch a video of some of these adorable felines here:

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250 comments

William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thanks for the information.

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W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you for caring.

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Barbara Peterlin
Barbara P5 years ago

I nam happy that the feral cats are no longer trapped.

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Susan G.
Susan Griffiths7 years ago

How lovely you are and the little souls you care for and protect.

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Dorie Thompson
Dorie Thompson7 years ago

good job! You are an angel & will be blessed . =)

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Elvina Andersson
Elvina A7 years ago

This is good, it seems they have someone taking care of them.

Although they should not be able to breed (in my opinion). We had a cat colony near my place and the breeding was under no control at all, with inscest and unhealthy, deformed kittens being born. Horrible.

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Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M7 years ago

Awesome!

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SeattleAnn S.
Ann S7 years ago

Yay for happy, healthy kitties!

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Caitlin C.
Caitlin C7 years ago

@ Gillian M If I don't live naturally it's my choice, but it isn't my choice to mutilate others. It's safer to give vasectomy/tubal ligation to prevent the overpopulation than neutering and they won't get health problems from it, but ANY sterilization should be used as a second-to-last resort (the very last resort is killing) if the population gets too high.

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Caitlin C.
Caitlin C7 years ago

Although not 'fixing' your cats will cause feral ones, what's really bad about it? That they live hard lives? You WANT wild animals to live like this so why not cats? And they AREN'T homeless just because they don't live in a human house, otherwise wild animals would be homeless, and would need to be adopted and TNR'd too. I know what you're going to say, that "they aren't wild animals", but that's because we DOMESTICATED them, if they can survive in the wild, they ARE wild. "But they're not native and they eat all the birds!" I can tell you're just making up excuses. And they DON'T eat that many birds (with the exception of cats on small islands, where they can get to all the birds because the island is small enough) Since they almost all live by/in cities and farms, and not in the wilderness, they don't really kill that many birds.

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