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My name is Mike and I've been active with Feral Feline Friends for about ten years now, although it doesn't seem that long. Even though I've always liked animals (especially cats!), I got started doing TNR quite by accident. One day as I was arriving at work in Oak Ridge one morning in 2002, I saw a Tortie female in the parking lot, obviously pregnant. I thought, "What's she doing here? There's no houses anywhere close. Boy, she needs all the help she can get." The next day I set out a bowl of dry food and fresh water. I saw her periodically over the next week or so, after which she appeared smaller, having the kittens hid somewhere. I named her Millie, and continued putting out food and water for her. Then I thought, "Hey, I know! After the kittens are weaned, I'll trap her, have her spayed, and bring her back! Then she won't have to deal with this anymore." I was proud of myself for having such a neat (yes) and original (hardly) idea. When I began to see her three kittens coming out with her to eat, I borrowed a single door Havahart from a coworker who trapped groundhogs out of his garden (don't ask). I got Millie and one of her kittens on my first attempt, took them to Central Vet in Knoxville to have them checked out and get Millie spayed. I was fortunate to have a coworker who had a friend in Lenoir City who took all three kittens and provide them with a good home. Another coworker mentioned that he thought there was a small group in Knoxville who did this sort of neuter-and-return deal. I  thought, "Really!? I've got to check this out!" I found there was a group called Knoxville Feral Cat Feeders (now we're Feral Feline Friends of E. TN), and went to one of their meetings. The rest, as they say, is history. I had found my calling, and I've been doing TNR ever since.  It can take a lot of time and resources, but is very rewarding. I currently feed about 40 cats in colonies of various sizes in Karns, Oak Ridge, west of Oak Ridge, and here in Powell.
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Charlie with his person
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Dinnertime in Karns
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