The barn kitten greeting the newborn cria (a baby alpaca barely 1 1/2 hours old) is a former stray, barely six months old herself. Animal Rescue League in Boston was the kitten’s original savior. When the kitten showed no interest in people, Animal Rescue League asked Shelter Me to find her a country home. We placed her on Silver Oaks Farm in Ashby, MA. Lucky kitten. Her name is Gretel; she does not seem to have any trouble making friends with nonhuman alien species. Click here to see the video, Alpacas meet the barn kittens
See additional photos below of the kittens not long after their arrival in the alpaca barn.
Photos by Pam Welty, Silver Oaks Farm.
January 2, 2010
Pam Welty just sent along these photos of the kittens with the alpacas. Delighted to share them with you.
How to Acclimate Barn Cats (in five steps)
This “How to” video shares learnings from one of our proudest accomplishments, the Shelter Me Barn Cat Program. As of this writing, Shelter Me has placed 65 “unadoptable” cats in barns in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
We have probably driven more than 5000 miles delivering these cats to a wide range of really wonderful places. While the vast majority of the cats have already been spayed, vaccinated and tested for FIV/FELV by the groups that have given them to us for barn placement, we loan out acclimation cages to the barns, usually provide litter, litter pans, food, toys and soft beds to make sure the cats are situated properly.
If you approve of what we are doing or we have personally helped you and you are able to make a donation to help off-set the cost of this program, it would be deeply appreciated and would help us continue it. You may make a tax deductible donation directly to Shelter Me, Inc., through our secure paypal site by clicking this link.Many thanks.
Shelter Me, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization recognized by the IRS.
Woody, the cat that Sara is holding in this picture, came very close to being euthanized by a neighbor who was moving. Click this link to read that story.
P.S. We have the capability to reproduce this video on disc at a small cost for those who would like to share them with prospective barn cat owners or members of rescue groups that want to develop barn cat programs. Interested? contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy on August 11th 2009