Moving and don't know what to do about cats I feed

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We are moving soon and I feed the strays/ferals around my neighborhood. The town I live in is horrible about cats and we did finally get a sort of TNR program here, but the woman who runs it is very unreliable and they do not follow through. Last year she came and took 5 kittens and they were spayed/neutered and returned. I have repeatedly tried to contact her to come back and do more and she doesn't respond. I have tried to call her and message her in regard to the continuing feeding of these cats, no response. What do I do for these cats once I am gone? Luckily we are doing a slow move so I will still be able to feed them for awhile, but this is very worrying. And I reached out to another neighbor that is kind hearted, but I get the impression she doesn't want to take over what I have done which is a lot. We do own the house we currently live in, but also need to sell it within the next few mos. So that's a whole other problem, most people probably will not want cats all around the yard. We have to move and I cannot move them. I cannot relocate them. Hope someone else has dealt with a situation like this.
 

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:alright:. I can only commiserate. You could try joining a variety of social media groups and see if there are any ranchers or cat rescue groups with ideas. My experience hasn't been very positive here because cats are unpopular so even people who would otherwise be willing to help are afraid to speak up. If you start a cat Facebook page, you might make contact with fellow cat lovers. Your vet may know of someone with ideas locally.
 

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We are moving soon and I feed the strays/ferals around my neighborhood. The town I live in is horrible about cats and we did finally get a sort of TNR program here, but the woman who runs it is very unreliable and they do not follow through. Last year she came and took 5 kittens and they were spayed/neutered and returned. I have repeatedly tried to contact her to come back and do more and she doesn't respond. I have tried to call her and message her in regard to the continuing feeding of these cats, no response. What do I do for these cats once I am gone? Luckily we are doing a slow move so I will still be able to feed them for awhile, but this is very worrying. And I reached out to another neighbor that is kind hearted, but I get the impression she doesn't want to take over what I have done which is a lot. We do own the house we currently live in, but also need to sell it within the next few mos. So that's a whole other problem, most people probably will not want cats all around the yard. We have to move and I cannot move them. I cannot relocate them. Hope someone else has dealt with a situation like this.
Contact alleycat.org and bestfriends.org and outline the situation. They may be able to help you/give you referrals/connect you with someone in your area who can help. IDK your location but yes, also use social media platforms i.e. facebook, twitter etc. and input something like "take over care of outdoor TNR colony in (your location)". My heartfelt PRAYERS for these sweet, innocent cats.
 

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Hmmm, I agree with TarasGirl06,

Contact AlleyCat.org and BestFriends.org, both are excellent kitty help organizations. If you are in the Los Angeles area, you might contact www.FixNation.org, they neutor feral kitties for free. The will likely be able to refer you to a volunteer who would come out to your area (if within 50 miles or so) and TNR the kitties for you.

As for leaving them behind, that is a heart breaker. Me, when I move from California, I'm taking my four outside feral kitties, and my 4 inside/outside socialized kitties with me. But I feel for you. Its a heart breaker to have to leave those little kitties.

Best of luck...be safe (don't take any chances with CoVid)

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I hope you find a solution to this heartbreaking situation. I wish I had a solution for you. We can't move because of the cats I am caring for. Before we married in 2003 my husband to be agreed to move south when I retired. I retired in 2007 but his daughter was pregnant and he wouldn't move. I started TNR in 2008 and now have 9 indoor cats and over a dozen outdoor ferals I feed. Dear hubby NOW wants to move to a warmer climate and I said "No, you snooze, you lose." lol
 

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I hope you find a solution to this heartbreaking situation. I wish I had a solution for you. We can't move because of the cats I am caring for. Before we married in 2003 my husband to be agreed to move south when I retired. I retired in 2007 but his daughter was pregnant and he wouldn't move. I started TNR in 2008 and now have 9 indoor cats and over a dozen outdoor ferals I feed. Dear hubby NOW wants to move to a warmer climate and I said "No, you snooze, you lose." lol
GOOD ON YA and THANK YOU for your decision to stand by those who need you, 2 2 dozen -- not everyone can do this, but those who can, absolutely should!!! Not only are you doing the right thing by them, you're also protecting yourself and your loved ones, as climate change is only going to worsen the killer heat such as we experience in L.A. in summer.
 
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Contact alleycat.org and bestfriends.org and outline the situation. They may be able to help you/give you referrals/connect you with someone in your area who can help. IDK your location but yes, also use social media platforms i.e. facebook, twitter etc. and input something like "take over care of outdoor TNR colony in (your location)". My heartfelt PRAYERS for these sweet, innocent cats.
Thank you and yes it is awful to think about how they will survive without me. I am worried about this situation and it is taking any joy out of moving. I didn't think of Best Friends, but good idea!!!
 
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ACA is even better (AlleyCat.org)
I checked out to see if there is anyone near me that could help, they sent me an email for 1 person and this person wouldn't be able to do what I need. I don't know what to do. And a momma just had kittens out by my central AC unit LOL!
 

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I checked out to see if there is anyone near me that could help, they sent me an email for 1 person and this person wouldn't be able to do what I need. I don't know what to do. And a momma just had kittens out by my central AC unit LOL!
Also, use your search engine (google, bing) and input "cat rescues in (your chosen area, local, county, or wider)" and try animalrescuedirectory.net.
 
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