All cats are pets too. Sadly there is an epidemic of homeless cats throughout the world. We are working to reverse that trend through education, rescue, adoption and compassion. All the Riverfront Cats are either rescue kittens from outdoors now living the good life indoors or feral neighborhood cats that are lovingly managed with food, attention, and affection.
Tabby chillin' in carrier. On way to the vet. This is no ordinary cat!
Hello cat lovers,
Here is our latest rescue. His name is simply Tabby. Why? Well because he is part of outdoor colony that was fed nightly by resident volunteers in downtown Miami. They noticed his bad eye and took him in to vet for treatment.
Tabby resting in pet carrier with no fuss.
This sugar bear has a bad case of conjunctivitis and eye inflammation. The good news- with daily drops it is stabilized. Therefore he can not return to the streets.
Vet examining bad eye
While many outdoor cats have difficulty adjusting to indoors or would experience great stress at visiting a vet, not this Tabby! Amazingly he is mellow through it all. Enjoying the clean soft blanket, the regular food, the soothing voices and lots of affection. Oh does he love affection. The videos and photos are proof.
Tabby ready to take a nap waiting for the vet. Why not?
So we are on a mission to find him a home. Tabby is middle aged about 5-6 years old. Neutered. Fully vaccinated. He tested positive for FIV, and negative for FeLV. Parasite-free. Tabby is also excellent with other dogs and cats.
Tabby sleeping soundly on bed of foster guardian.
FIV (Feline Aids) is not a death warrant. Cats with FIV can live with other cats safely. He has some minor dental issues, but no long term health issues. He needs a proper indoor home to monitor his eye issues and keep him healthy.
Still purring and happy after the vet. Amazing.
This is great pet for adoption. With middle age cats you already know their personality. He's mellow yellow. A "sugar bear" as evident in all the photos and videos. Welcomes sleeping with his guardian. Gets along with everyone and every pet.
To meet Tabby please call or text Sabrina at 1-786-554-0084. (Downtown Miami). Let her know you saw this posting on Riverfront Cats website.
If you are not able to adopt Tabby, but would like to help, please share this information with friends via email or social media or word of mouth. Or donations are welcome to cover the vet bill. He still has another follow-up visit, the third vet visit.
Feel free to make a donation of any amount. Our umbrella organization is Pawsitively Humane.
Click on mobile version of this site to get the right column and click DONATE.
Thank you for sharing. Thank you for caring. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of homeless, voiceless cats and our community!
At Riverfront Cats, not only do we lead by example in feeding and managing a cat colony and educate residents about TNRM (Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage), but we have rescued many cats over the years that were born nearby and found their way or were dumped here. Volunteers and residents have also rescued other cats in the Miami area. It's all about teamwork.
We have faced many sad cases in trying to help and rescue lost or injured cat. It's part of the effort. Then there are the stories of rescued cats that reached their "happily-ever-after" ending. Oh we cling to those stories for dear life. To give us the energy to keep going; to uplift us after our hearts shatter in pieces from a cat not making it. Yes rescuers and homeless pet supporters all need a good dose of happy news, happy stories.
I am thrilled to share the book Rescued Volume 2: The Healing Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. A beautiful anthology that will have you smiling, laughing, and uplifted with each new story. Here is a great review that best sums up the book.
By purchasing the book, a proceed will be donated to Riverfront Cats to help us with ongoing costs of caring for community, stray and injured cats--food, care, shelters, flea/tick medicines, spaying/neutering. This is wonderful and very much needed!
You can order your copy at Amazon. And if you would like to help in other ways, at Riverfront Cats we welcome any type of donation.
Other donations needed:
Cat food is always needed and feel free to email us for the brand of food they eat and to make arrangements to have it dropped off.
Old towels, sheets, blankets. These are needed for the outdoor cat shelters or for transporting sick or injured cats. White towels are the best as bleach can be used to disinfect them well.
Or financial donations. Just click on the donate button on top right column. With the volatile weather (rain, extreme cold, winds) we have to create more shelters for the cats and funding is needed.
A dedicated part-time volunteer to answer emails, manage social media, etc. Education is key to overturning homeless pet epidemic in Miami!
You heard the expression, rescue pets and their owners "they saved eachother". It's not a saying. It is pure truth. After reading the book you will definitely appreciate cats a little more, their intuition, their antics, their love. The healing power of purrs.
Gabriel relieved to see us the night after Hurricane Irma
It's National Feral Cat Day! Which means our community cats (feral, semi-feral and friendly cats) will all receive extra love and attention, and petting and their favorite food and treats.
At Riverfront Cats, we lead by example in caring for community cats. While we can't trap or foster every stray cat in Miami, our goal is to educate others who come upon a stray cat or kitten, what they can do to help the cat and their neighborhood. As more residents are educated the better chance we have to educate politicians and keep building a movement towards reversing homeless pets.
This year we missed a bullet when Hurricane Irma shifted west of Miami and we were impacted by the outer bands. Thankfully all our cats were unaffected. The silver lining in this chaotic time was gaining an understanding about assessing and preparing for a hurricane. Our last post, addresses the question, "Is It Better to Bring In or Leave Colony Cats Outdoors During a Hurricane?".
We continue to manage our colony with great care, ensuring they are in decent health and have shelter from regular rain and cold. Above, Sabrina is pictured taking a nap on the upper bunk.
Sabrina & Gabriel love their bunk beds.
However some of our cats, at least two, are showing signs of illness. They are now nine years old. Also, with the regular rain and now the addition of roosters, chickens, opossums and raccoons, more food is needed to feed the growing brood. It's a mini jungle here in downtown Miami! Plus the shelters must be replaced every 5-6 months. It's the same as caring for any family, any home.
Sadly many pets were dumped by owners before the hurricane, that some of our volunteers are caring for them.
It's always the same individuals, the ones who have the least, that give the most. But unfortunately funds are not limitless. It's time for us to come together.
BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION for helping feral cats Therefore we would like to take this opportunity to ask for your involvement and help in considering a donation. Any amount. $10, $20, $50, $100. No amount is too small or large.
Simply, click on the DONATE button below or on the right column to make your donation. Your statement will say PHI or Pawsitively Humane Inc, our umbrella organization.
You are always welcome to meet the Riverfront Cats, and take photos and video !!
CONFLICT RESOLUTION - we are here for you And if you find yourself in a hostile situation with a neighbor or anyone else in caring for community cats, Christine, our founder and President is also ambassador and can help diffuse the situation. The goal is for harmony for all--residents, cats and the neighborhood. No one wants conflict, there is always a solution!! We are here to help.
Callie lets us near her to feed, but never touch her.
Miami has just survived the wrath of Hurricane Irma that reached us two days ago.
Needless to say it was stressful from the preparations, to holding our breath as Irma striked land, unleashing her fury as she skirted Miami, and her agonizing slow withdrawal.
In the end we are grateful that our families, pets and the Miami Riverfront cats all survived unscathed!
As we finish cleanup efforts and slowly return to normalcy, upon reflecting on recent events many questions were asked of volunteers and small rescue groups that care for homeless cats.
"Why didn't you trap the cats, cage them and evacuate?" Every situation is different depending on the type of cat (feral or friendly), and the resources of the volunteer/caretaker in terms of reliability of shelter, space, funds and supplies.
Regarding feral cats, per Alley Cat Allies:
...for truly feral cats, their best chance of survival is using their own instincts and abilities to respond to changing circumstances. Like wildlife, feral cats will instinctively seek higher ground during floods.
With regard to friendly cats, it depends on the friendliness of the cat and its known comfort level with indoor environment. This is key. Colony feeders may have friendly relations with some cats where they can pet them and pick them up. However, this does not necessarily mean that a friendly cat will remain friendly indoors. Cats dislike change in environment. Some outdoor cats may experience high stress levels indoors not only from new surroundings but from being caged for days. This may be more stressful for the cat than a hurricane.
At Riverfront Cats, one beautiful all black male cat is named Romeo. He is a Romeo. He seeks attention and affection from caretakers before eating. He enjoys petting and tolerates being picked up. However, Romeo also suffers from seizures when in a carrier. We learned this on two occasions. First when he was trapped for TNR. But also years later when placed in a carrier and taken to vet when he showed signs of illness. While exiting the vet office, he had seizures and was rushed back inside to the vet. Thankfully he has not become ill again. With the news of Hurricane Irma, we knew he had to remain outdoors. Days in a carrier would more likely kill him than the hurricane. We trusted his instincts to survive. He also knows to meow for help or attention as he once appeared lost or stuck in his part-time refuge--the storm drainage on our condo lot. Thankfully it is shallow that he was able to jump out on his own.
Romeo an affectionate colony cat
In a category 4 or 5 hurricane, it is likely that an average house will lose a roof, parts of the home or entire home. That is why they are called "catastrophic". One has to expect the worst to prepare for it. In this case, bringing in colony cats and caging them for days is not wise. There is also guaranteed loss of electricity. Unless there is a concrete shelter with no to minimal windows and a generator for emergency power source, as difficult as it may sound, it may be best to leave the cat outdoor.
In Miami we were fortunate that the hurricane shifted, taking Miami outside the cone, and we were only impacted by outer bands. Still powerful with gusts of winds as high as 90mph but nowhere near the strength of a Category 3 or 4 at 130mph. The Riverfront Cats have weathered many Tropical Storms. So when Irma moved, we were very confident the Riverfront Cats were going to survive.
"Do you know where an outdoor cat seeks shelter during a regular storm?"Most of us do not. Therefore one has to think like a cat, not human and trust their instincts.
These decisions are a struggle for caretakers. There are many factors to consider and weigh. Colony cat caretakers should never be judged. Outsiders can offer funds or resources or other options. But never judge.
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Ray Ray, an older foster kitten, is the first one on the scene to inspect new cat litter. His blindness does not hinder him. His other senses, touch and smell, are more keen, hence me makes best tester.
In a deep slumber, the sound of ruffling of a bag, and the pouring of small granules will awaken our cats to come running. One of our cats, the infamous Johnny Walker, practically dives into the litter box like a swimming pool on a hot summer day. Before I continue, please know the litter box is cleaned 2-3 times a day. Cats are clean animals, and if their guardian maintains a clean home and litter box, cats expect the same standards or better. Yes, cats are finicky but they also encourage pet owners to strive for the best. Tis true!
Johnny Walker (top of toilet cover) is ready to dive in
Part of good health and longevity (living out 9-10 lives) are daily self care habits. In downtown Miami, cats must live indoors. Therefore, cat litter is an essential . Here at our nonprofit organization there are always cats and plenty of litter pans. When a new cat litter comes to market, we are ready to try it for our rescue cats and share our recommendations with readers, followers, and future adopters.
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