My name is Kara and I had my first feral colony many moons ago, around 1993. There was no FFF, not even a KFCF, so I made every mistake possible!! I had just moved to a little farm in Hardin Valley, and shortly noticed all the cats across the street. I introduced myself to Nell and Granny, and asked about the cats. "...Are they fixed? No? Well, maybe I can help you with that..." Then the real trouble started! Found a place cheap enough for me to afford to fix ~15 cats. This was also waaay before Feral Fixins or the Spay Shuttle! It was pretty slim pickins back then! Then I learned all the wrong ways to catch feral cats. You cannot pick them up!! Ouch! But after making every wrong move in the book, I finally had all the cats TNRed. I moved from Hardin Valley a couple years later, and took all the surviving cats with me. More mistakes. In spite of me, most of them stayed. Since this greatly multiplied my cat family, I vowed to never deal with another feral colony again!! They would surely find out where I live.Then a couple years ago, a neighbor pointed out a colony at Pilot. Ugh. Not that again. But I figured if I did not help, no one would. That put me back into TNR. But I still really try to avoid having my own colony. I don’t want to name them, worry about them, all of which leads to bringing them home!! I will help anyone who is willing to continue to care for a colony. It does pain me to look at all the mistakes I have made over the years. I hope the cats forgive me, and know that I have learned the lessons they taught me. Cats are beautiful creatures, and have much to teach, if only we will listen.
Editor’s note: We call Kara one of the “Master Trappers”. She will go anywhere, any time, any place to help anyone trap a cat. She is also very creative inher trapping, i.e., see picture of how to trap a cat on the roof of a house. Thanks Kara, for all you do to help take care of the kitties in this area!!