Friday, March 24, 2017

Sara's Tale a Guest Post By Linda Zwick

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: Today we are pleased to present to you a guest post by a dear friend of mine (we have known each other since High School) who is like the rest of us, insanely in love with cats! She is deeply involved with helping ferals. This is a post she wrote, about some friends of hers in Ohio who are dedicated (as MANY of you are) to helping ferals. 

Sara's Tale

For some, winning the lottery or landing that dream job is the pinnacle of success. But for a select group of furry friends, it’s making the acquaintance of Stephen & Sara Schneider, the canine/feline benefactors of Canyon Lakes.
This sweetie is available for adoption!!


Although Steve & Sara are involved in challenging careers, their mutual love of animals always holds a special place in their hearts and home. For Sara, this started with her first rescue, a handsome cool cat named Champ. They shared 12 wonderful years together. Losing Champ was very difficult, although it made Sara & Steve realize how important animals are in their lives. Fortunately, Canyon Lakes provided the perfect opportunity to indulge in this interest. Apparently, their yard is a way station for kitties, and word soon spread that this oasis had vacancies! In the short time they’ve lived here, they’ve helped out at over a half dozen feline residents! In addition to two heated outdoor cat homes, food water, and medical care await these lucky visitors. Sara also has a Havahart trap at the ready for her work with the TNR program. More about that later.



Representing the canine brigade are Pearl and Dash, 2 gorgeous Portuguese Water Dogs. Pearl can proudly boast of parentage invited to Westminster, and she’ll gladly show you the wall of fame displaying her varied accomplishments! While she’s a certified therapy dog, she also has the unique ability to detect cancer through her amazing sense of smell. Sara hopes to do further research on this.
Dash lucked into his forever home with the Schneiders through a special rescue club for his breed. While there are lengthy waiting lists for adoption, Dash’s dire circumstances required a special heroine to come along, and obviously Sara fit the bill! Dash was given a warm welcome by all, and hasn’t looked back since.



While Clevelanders may be familiar with Geauga Humane Society, the TNR program may not be as well known. “Trap, Neuter & Release” provides an effective approach to reduce our burgeoning feral cat population. Steve & Sara have many success stories, “Jon Snow”, “Amy” & “Montego” to name a few. Some of their charges made the transition indoors, some just stop by for an occasional visit. There are currently 4 lodgers, but that number could change anytime! As amazing as their efforts are, the Schneiders have even bigger plans down the road. Someday they hope to start a foundation named after their beloved kitty “Champ”.



In the meantime, Sara has a few helpful tips for any neighbors wishing to help. If you see a kitty wandering by, look for the universal sign of an already neutered feral, the “tipped”, or slightly cut left ear. If this isn’t evident, try not to scare her/him off by chasing or reaching out too aggressively. Leaving food out (but not at night) can lure the animal in and set up a future possibility for TNR intervention. Also as adorable as tiny kittens are, try to resist the temptation to whisk them away, chances are mom and fellow litter mates are in need of rescuing as well!




45 comments:

  1. My human says thanks for the advice about helping cats for TNR - we have a few around our house that need a "spa day."

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    1. Aww, sounds like your human deserves a special spa day too!!
      -Linda

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  2. Way to go, Stephen & Sara! Keep up the good work!

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    1. We're proud of them too, our homegrown heroes!!
      -Linda

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  3. My family did trap, neuter, and release for this entire litter of ferals. It's a wonderful thing to do!

    But I have to admit...we also made a boo-boo once. We trapped a cat and brought it to the vet...but it wasn't until she was on the operating table and they had clipped her ear and opened her up that they found out she was already fixed! And the realization hit that she must have been someone's house cat that slipped out! Oops... ��

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    1. Aww, you did the right thing! No collar, no I.d.? Hopefully her human learned from this experience!
      -Linda

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    1. Thanks, Alasandra!! As we learned from our sweetie - it's trial & error!!
      -Linda

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  5. We do love special humans like that and we are TNR fans too!

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    1. Thanks Brian! So glad our furry-purry friends have such good support!!
      -Linda

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  6. People involved in TNR are heroes. It's difficult work but it's so worthwhile. We live with two amazing cats who were trapped in TNR operations. Mickey was a kitten, so they didn't tip his ear - he was young enough to be socialized. They didn't realize that two year old Rufus wasn't feral until he woke up from his operation sans equipment and ear tip.
    Thank you!
    xxoo
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and Rufus the Red

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    1. Lol, sounds like harrowing adventures for all!! Glad your tale had a happy ending!!
      -Linda

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  7. What great advice. Many just don't know the ends and outs. Everyone should be TNR fans.

    Have a purrfect day and weekend, Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

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    1. Thanks Sandee!! It's a challenging road to travel, but the rewards are amazing!
      -Linda

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    1. Yes,I totally agree! Wish we could clone them!!
      -Linda

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  9. What a great post about some great people - anyone who adores cats is "ACES" in our book!!! Best of luck.....

    Love, Pam, Angel Sam and Ted

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    1. Aww, thanks Pam & family❣ With all the terrible headlines we face, so grateful for the heroes in our midst!
      -Linda

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  10. Beautiful post! Thanks for introducing us to wonderful people!

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    1. Thanks so much! I know we'll hear alot more about Sara in the years ahead!!
      -Linda

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  11. Sara and Steve are amazing people. If is so kind of them to do TNR and help ferals. Thanks for sharing their story!

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    1. Thanks Annie!! Our neighborhood's so lucky to have them!
      -Linda

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    1. Aww, he's just adorable!! I know his forever home's out there!!
      -Linda

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm always amazed by the caring cat/dog lovers out there, very reaffirming!!
      -Linda

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    1. Aren't they? We're very proud of them & their awesome efforts!!
      -Linda

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  15. I have so much respect for those who dedicate their time and talents to help ferals and other animals in need. I applaud Steve and Sara!

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  16. Sounds like all the furries are fortunate to cross paths with these folks. The adoptable kitty has adorable nose freckles.

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  17. Thank you for such a wonderful, heart-warming and informative article, Linda! Steve and Sara rock, and we're so grateful for those heroes who help community cats. :)

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  18. Feral cats need people like Sarah and Steve.
    My two lady cats are free to go outside during the day. Of course they are spayed.
    We "have" a feral cat. He knows that he has food twice a day, and a dry small shelter in the garden. But he is not neutered and it's a problem.
    By the way, collars are highly dangerous for cats that are allowed to go oustside.
    Natacha

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  19. What a wonderful article about great people! Wow! We need about a million more like Sarah and Steve! Love animal people with such passion!

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  20. What a beautiful story and gift! I dogsat for years and Portuguese Water Dogs are truly unique. Unfortunately, any time a famous person takes interest in an unknown breed (like the Obamas) ... the breed becomes a fad and people don't consider the unique needs of the breed - meaning that many are surrendered in shelters. When I sat for mine, they were the only ones in the state and only one of four mating couples in the US (I didn't verify this ... I went on the owners' words). I love reading stories of people being the change they want to see in the world ... it's inspiring.

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    1. Actually, "Bo" was given to the Obamas as a gift. (I believe from Ted Kennedy)...they needed a hypoallergenic breed (and researched others), for their daughter Malia who has allergies.

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  21. Great post, and great advice ! Sarah and Steve do an amazing job. Purrs

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  22. Great guest post and as life long rescue person, Sarah and Steve are my kind of peeps xox. I tweeted but had to shorten it. Caren, try using bit.ly or other shortener.

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  23. This was a wonderful guest post! These kinds of stories are always so inspiring!

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  24. Linda, thank you so much for contributing to our blog and for taking the time to respond to comments! Love you!! xoxo

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  25. Thank you as well from Katie and me. I appreciate ea h and every rescue effort and person. I think they are heroes.

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  26. The world is a better place because of people like Steve and Sara. Good tips on TNR, too!

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  27. Great post and people!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  28. Wow! What a great family and so loving and helpful to those needy kitties.
    Our vet an also has a rescue as part of his practice (Froggie's Pond).

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  29. Damn always wanted to adopt a pet but my mom is alergic to cats. Can anyone suggest me something. I only want a cat not anything else.

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