Joined Sep 14 2012
I took in two abandoned older kittens in 1972. I fed & watered cats at a colony next to Presidio Army Base near the coastal cliffs of the Ocean in 1977. I adopted two abandoned kittens in G. Jctn. in 1984. I fed a feral cat at West Harbor, on the Olympic Penninsula in 1987 who was living amonst the pier boulders of Greys Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. In 1988 I became serious about adopting homeless cats & and helping feral cats (trapping, neutering, vaccinating, releasing/feeding/watering) in Mesa County. My main adversary in this endeavour was other people: killing, poisoning, putting broken glass in watering dishes, etc. I worked with alley warriors like Connie James. I was harrassed hundreds of times by Grand Junction police, I had my ankles permanently injured by the police sargent who became the chief-of-police in Montrose, who was fired by a no confidence vote after a few months there (later, he shot a guy, working as a civillian at Jerry's Outdoor Sports), I was beaten unconscious with a weapon by a downtown store owner who said "so you're the one who is feeding cats" while I was trying to repair a trap someone had damaged (at 4 a.m.); there were no charges brought against this store owner. I discovered that Animal Control was accepting trapped cats (with a trap which looked like a large pipe) from a city employee and immediately killing them with gas. I found that the maintenence-man at a trailer park above the 5th street bridge was poisoning cats & dogs with 1080 given to him by the owner (who had a horse ranch near Fruita) of that park. I discovered two guys who left out cans of cat food and then shot any cat who came to eat, with arrows. I always had interference and problems with Animal Control, and still have with Animal Services. Animal Services and the code enforcer of G. Jctn. city now say that they will fine anyone who "harbors cats" (this means neutering, vaccinating, feeding and giving water to feral cats) $1,000 per cat.