New cats at the CSFS NurseryThis past year (2016 – early 2017) was a really difficult year with respect to pest control, in particular voles. While we found ways to help stave them off (e.g., spraying down the trees with capsaicin), we needed a better way to attenuate the population of voles instead of just giving them chili mouth. Enter Kitty Bungalow.

Kitty Bungalow is a feral cat rescue and socialization facility based in Los Angeles, CA. They call themselves “shelter interventionists” who look to help socialize feral cats using their structured socialization guide with the help of over 80 volunteers. During this time the cats get one-on-one attention in a cage-free environment where they complete physical exercises to earn trust and get food bribes for their love.

Kitty Bungalow also works to provide broad Trap Neuter Return (TNR) services and free spays and neuters to neighborhoods in need in Los Angeles. TNR involves the human trapping of cats, bringing them back to have them spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies, eartipped (for ID), and returning them to their colonies to continue their lives. This system also involves a colony caretaker who provides food, shelter, and watches over the cats’ general health. TNR helps with the homeless cat population and will give cats more space, shelter and food, and experience lower incidences of disease. In fact, it has been noted that TNR is the most successful method for stabilizing healthy feral cat populations.

After reading this, you may be asking yourself how we are involved with them. Fair question.

It relates to the voles.

A feline journey from L.A. to Fort Collins

Knowing we needed some other form of fighting the vole population, when we caught word of this group from one of our crew members, we reached out to them to see if we might be able to adopt a number of their cats. We quickly found that it was a good fit and we arranged to have an initial four cats come to the Nursery. Kitty Bungalow really came through for us in not only agreeing to give us four cats, but to drive them out to us from Los Angeles.

With the initial four having done well out here, we have since received more than 20 cats from Kitty Bungalow.

With the help of Kitty Bunglaow, the cats are off to an excellent start at the Nursery. The group has provided us with cages and food and sound advice on how to handle these cats properly and well.

We are extremely grateful for everyone at Kitty Bungalow and for the work they are doing. Take it from us, this is the kind of place you want to support.