recipient: Damascus Gardens Condominium Board of Directors | Damascus, Maryland
"Can you help me? My feral cat colony is in jeopardy from the Condo HOA board where I live. They've gone so far as to get estimates from trapping companies. I'm trying to educate the people here, 7 buildings with 11 units each, but my information keeps getting torn down from the bulletin boards.
"We got 2 pages of signatures to save the cats and a copy of it is being sent to the management company and the condo board. We have heard nothing back.
COLONY MANAGEMENT: "Stray, dumped and feral cats are trapped for vet care, vaccinations, spaying/neutering and other health problems. Stray cats that are friendly are pulled for fostering and adoption. I have personally fostered 6 cats for adoption. If I have knowledge of kittens early, they can be caught and sent for foster to friends of mine. Currently all cats in Rosebud are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and have a left ear tip to show they have been to the vet. I wish we could say the same for people's pets."
TRAPPING AND COLONY STABILITY: "Over the last 4 1/2 years, I have needed to trap less and less. The current colony is stable and doesn't readily accept newcomers. I have a great relationship with all the cats, even the ones that won't let me touch them. They come out for food every morning for me.
"All the cats have been to the Eldersburg clinic of Metro Ferals. They are wonderful and just last weekend went over 5,000 cats spayed and neutered!" Susan B., Manager, Rosebud Feral Cat Colony
Damascus Gardens Condominium Board of Directors c/o Michael E. Potter, President MTM Management Associates 26223 Ridge Road Damascus, MD 20872
Dear Mr. Potter:
We the Undersigned are gravely concerned for the welfare of the feral cats of Rosebud Colony.
It is well-established that properly managed feral cat colonies provide a real and ongoing benefit--not merely for the animals, but for the community.
Proper animal care prevents disease among free-roaming cats. Spaying and neutering ends the proliferation of unwanted kittens.
Therefore, we respectfully submit the following for your consideration:
"By signing THIS PETITION I understand that the Feral Cats in our community are of No Danger to my children or pets and pose No Health Hazards to myself or my family. They are managed by caring individuals that went to their own expense to have them vaccinated, spayed and neutered. They deserve LIFE!" Click Rosebud Colony: A Success Story