Yuma's Feral Cat Photo Story

Feral Cat Day, Humane Society, 19 October 2013

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Annette Lagunas (left), HSOY Executive Director, and Nisa Sutton (right), Feline Friends Chairwoman tour us through the Feral Cat program at the Humane Society of Yuma on Saturday's Fall Festival.

Annette Lagunas (left), HSOY Executive Director, and Nisa Sutton (right), Feline Friends Chairwoman tour us through the Feral Cat program at the Humane Society of Yuma on Saturday's Fall Festival.

Jamie J, Veterinary Technician at the Human Society of Yuma clears the airway of a convulsing post operation feral cat at Saturday's Feral Cat Day Fall Festival.

Jamie J, Veterinary Technician at the Human Society of Yuma clears the airway of a convulsing post operation feral cat at Saturday's Feral Cat Day Fall Festival.

Veterinarian, Bob Petty spays one of 88 feral cats brought in through the Trap, Neuter, and Release program at the Humane Society of Yuma's clinic, Saturday. 

Veterinarian, Bob Petty spays one of 88 feral cats brought in through the Trap, Neuter, and Release program at the Humane Society of Yuma's clinic, Saturday. 

Feral Cat colony caregivers overlook the HSOY Fall Festival's free Feral Cat spaying operation through a viewing window, Saturday.

Feral Cat colony caregivers overlook the HSOY Fall Festival's free Feral Cat spaying operation through a viewing window, Saturday.

A black and white tuxedo patterned feral cat’s head his held in the post-operative recovery room with an air passageway tube in it’s mouth. The Humane Society of Yuma spayed this feral cat for free on Saturday’s Feral Cat Day and 19 October Fall Festival.

A black and white tuxedo patterned feral cat’s head his held in the post-operative recovery room with an air passageway tube in it’s mouth. The Humane Society of Yuma spayed this feral cat for free on Saturday’s Feral Cat Day and 19 October Fall Festival.

Feral Cat Day attracted 88 caged cats to the Humane Society of Yuma’s fully funded Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. 24 towel covered cages stand in line for production line style processing in this single room while others wait outside, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

Feral Cat Day attracted 88 caged cats to the Humane Society of Yuma’s fully funded Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. 24 towel covered cages stand in line for production line style processing in this single room while others wait outside, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

HSOY Veterinary Technician Supervisor, Victoria Sarabia injects a Feral Cat before removing her from the trap for a spaying operation on Saturday's fully funded Trap, Neuter and Return program for Yuma's wild feline population.

HSOY Veterinary Technician Supervisor, Victoria Sarabia injects a Feral Cat before removing her from the trap for a spaying operation on Saturday's fully funded Trap, Neuter and Return program for Yuma's wild feline population.

Veterinarian Doctor Carney, seen through the public display window, spays one of 88 feral cats brought in for the day’s fully funded Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) Feral Cat Day program at the Humane Society of Yuma’s clinic, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

Veterinarian Doctor Carney, seen through the public display window, spays one of 88 feral cats brought in for the day’s fully funded Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) Feral Cat Day program at the Humane Society of Yuma’s clinic, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

Cat Caretaker, Kim Walsma, captures her long time feral friend for the Humane Society of Yuma’s free fixing, shots and ear mite remedy on Saturday, 19 October 2013. Walsma harbored a contagious ringworm condition many wild cats share with humans.

Cat Caretaker, Kim Walsma, captures her long time feral friend for the Humane Society of Yuma’s free fixing, shots and ear mite remedy on Saturday, 19 October 2013. Walsma harbored a contagious ringworm condition many wild cats share with humans.

Even a blind cat finds themselves trapped and neutered once in a while. This sightless salved black cat endures dangers on the street and sniffed his way into this surgical situation. He’s held down on a stainless steel table waiting in line behind his buddy for the Humane Society of Yuma’s pre-op anesthesia gas mixture, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

Even a blind cat finds themselves trapped and neutered once in a while. This sightless salved black cat endures dangers on the street and sniffed his way into this surgical situation. He’s held down on a stainless steel table waiting in line behind his buddy for the Humane Society of Yuma’s pre-op anesthesia gas mixture, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

Volunteer, Hailey Gadbois, anesthetizes the pre-operative black cat through a nose cone outside the operating room in the Humane Society of Yuma’s Feral Cat Day neutering production line, Saturday. The cat’s color matching partner’s belly is shaved to open clear veterinarian surgical access.

Volunteer, Hailey Gadbois, anesthetizes the pre-operative black cat through a nose cone outside the operating room in the Humane Society of Yuma’s Feral Cat Day neutering production line, Saturday. The cat’s color matching partner’s belly is shaved to open clear veterinarian surgical access.

Veterinarian Technician, Jamie J antiseptically swabs the unconscious kitty’s belly to reduce operation introduced infections. The Humane Society of Yuma performed 88 of the 130 offered and fully funded feral cat neutering procedures, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

Veterinarian Technician, Jamie J antiseptically swabs the unconscious kitty’s belly to reduce operation introduced infections. The Humane Society of Yuma performed 88 of the 130 offered and fully funded feral cat neutering procedures, Saturday, 19 October 2013

Veterinarian Bob Petty prepares for another feral cat spaying operation as the cat lies on his stainless steel table piped with an airway maintenance anesthesia dose. Petty performs the procedures in 10 to 15 minutes and mentions his veteran Veterinarian cohort slices through the cats at a faster rate. The Humane Society of Yuma offered free neutering at this Feral Cat Day event, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

Veterinarian Bob Petty prepares for another feral cat spaying operation as the cat lies on his stainless steel table piped with an airway maintenance anesthesia dose. Petty performs the procedures in 10 to 15 minutes and mentions his veteran Veterinarian cohort slices through the cats at a faster rate. The Humane Society of Yuma offered free neutering at this Feral Cat Day event, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

This green eyed Tuxedo cat sits caged in line for the Humane Society of Yuma’s Feral Cat day, TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Release) funded program, Saturday. Evidence of the Release program’s effectiveness in reducing noise, smells and population problems over Euthanasia efforts are demonstrated in programs Nationwide.

This green eyed Tuxedo cat sits caged in line for the Humane Society of Yuma’s Feral Cat day, TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Release) funded program, Saturday. Evidence of the Release program’s effectiveness in reducing noise, smells and population problems over Euthanasia efforts are demonstrated in programs Nationwide.

H50, a 6.9 pound female black tuxedo colored post-operative feral cat, lies on a towel with a maintenance anesthesia airway dose. H50’s left ear is tipped to show she’s been spayed at this Humane Society of Yuma’s free Feral Cat Day TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

H50, a 6.9 pound female black tuxedo colored post-operative feral cat, lies on a towel with a maintenance anesthesia airway dose. H50’s left ear is tipped to show she’s been spayed at this Humane Society of Yuma’s free Feral Cat Day TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

This tipped left ear cat lays blanketed and recovering in the post-operative room with a disconnected airway tube. The Humane Society of Yuma performs a production line style neutering of 88 feral cats in the fully funded Feral Cat Day promotion, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

This tipped left ear cat lays blanketed and recovering in the post-operative room with a disconnected airway tube. The Humane Society of Yuma performs a production line style neutering of 88 feral cats in the fully funded Feral Cat Day promotion, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

Veterinarian Technician, Rikki Jimenez, completes paperwork and attends post-operative feral cats while and interested caregiving boy peeks in on his kitty’s production line progress. The Humane Society of Yuma performed 88 free fixings Saturday, 19 October 2013.

Veterinarian Technician, Rikki Jimenez, completes paperwork and attends post-operative feral cats while and interested caregiving boy peeks in on his kitty’s production line progress. The Humane Society of Yuma performed 88 free fixings Saturday, 19 October 2013.

A black trash barrel, toilet brush and chlorine bleach water mixture sits outdoors to clean the feces covered and urine soaked cages that trap and hold feral cats. The Humane Society of Yuma cleans the cages for reuse in trapping and returning neutered feral cats. They offered free operations at Feral Cat Day, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

A black trash barrel, toilet brush and chlorine bleach water mixture sits outdoors to clean the feces covered and urine soaked cages that trap and hold feral cats. The Humane Society of Yuma cleans the cages for reuse in trapping and returning neutered feral cats. They offered free operations at Feral Cat Day, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

Domesticating kittens of feral cats is possible before they learn to avoid and fear humans as their parents do. Children play with the grey and orange kittens in the Human Society of Yuma’s toy filled room on Feral Cat Day, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

Domesticating kittens of feral cats is possible before they learn to avoid and fear humans as their parents do. Children play with the grey and orange kittens in the Human Society of Yuma’s toy filled room on Feral Cat Day, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

The shaved belly of the post scratching kitten reveals a recent neutering operation. The kitten’s young age allows its domestication into a human household over older and wary feral cats. The Humane Society of Yuma maintains this playroom to facilitate prospective adoptions, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

The shaved belly of the post scratching kitten reveals a recent neutering operation. The kitten’s young age allows its domestication into a human household over older and wary feral cats. The Humane Society of Yuma maintains this playroom to facilitate prospective adoptions, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

This orange and white bicolor cute kitten’s stare reveals the magnetic cat appeal that draws friends into his world. The Humane Society of Yuma opens this 4050 South Avenue 4 1/2 E, Yuma, Arizona feline playroom for prospective adoptions on Feral Cat Day, Saturday.

This orange and white bicolor cute kitten’s stare reveals the magnetic cat appeal that draws friends into his world. The Humane Society of Yuma opens this 4050 South Avenue 4 1/2 E, Yuma, Arizona feline playroom for prospective adoptions on Feral Cat Day, Saturday.

The Humane Society of Yuma’s 4050 South Avenue 4 1/2 E, Yuma, Arizona open door entrance welcome people to their fair weathered Fall Fest and Feral Cat Day, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

The Humane Society of Yuma’s 4050 South Avenue 4 1/2 E, Yuma, Arizona open door entrance welcome people to their fair weathered Fall Fest and Feral Cat Day, Saturday, 19 October 2013.

The light of a silver moon signals wild cats of the undomesticated night’s nocturnal hour they dominate, Sunday. Estimates of 45,000 feral cats roam the streets of Yuma, Arizona in 2009 appear to be reduced since the effective Trap – Neuter – Release program advocated by Alley Cat Allies and the Humane Society of Yuma’s efforts.

The light of a silver moon signals wild cats of the undomesticated night’s nocturnal hour they dominate, Sunday. Estimates of 45,000 feral cats roam the streets of Yuma, Arizona in 2009 appear to be reduced since the effective Trap – Neuter – Release program advocated by Alley Cat Allies and the Humane Society of Yuma’s efforts.

A solid grey cat peeks behind a Saguaro cactus late Saturday night near the Derailed Saloon in downtown Yuma, Arizona. The feral felines feast late past human partiers hours.

A solid grey cat peeks behind a Saguaro cactus late Saturday night near the Derailed Saloon in downtown Yuma, Arizona. The feral felines feast late past human partiers hours.

 

 

A clowder of cats sit in their automatically feeding and watering oasis many outfit in tuxedos at Treasures, 225 S. Main Street, Yuma, Arizona during Saturday night’s festivities. Feral cat caregivers provide a stream of food and comfort.

A clowder of cats sit in their automatically feeding and watering oasis many outfit in tuxedos at Treasures, 225 S. Main Street, Yuma, Arizona during Saturday night’s festivities. Feral cat caregivers provide a stream of food and comfort.

A young kitty couple, one attentively peering and the other comfortably resting, seize the night long after weary Saturday party goers leave. Sunday morning is owned by these feral cats at Yuma, Arizona’s downtown Derailed Saloon.

A young kitty couple, one attentively peering and the other comfortably resting, seize the night long after weary Saturday party goers leave. Sunday morning is owned by these feral cats at Yuma, Arizona’s downtown Derailed Saloon.

Two silhouetted feral cats sit parked on 2nd Street in downtown Yuma, Arizona near Jimmie Dee’s Bar late after Saturday night party goers went home on this early Sunday morning. In 2009 estimates of one feral cat for every two Yuma citizens existed for a total of 45,000 roaming wild the streets.

Two silhouetted feral cats sit parked on 2nd Street in downtown Yuma, Arizona near Jimmie Dee’s Bar late after Saturday night party goers went home on this early Sunday morning. In 2009 estimates of one feral cat for every two Yuma citizens existed for a total of 45,000 roaming wild the streets.

 Open alleyway dumpsters provide a viable food source for agile cats able to enter and exit containers with ease.  Smelly treats suck this hungry feral cat in to retrieve the tasty discarded morsels, on this 3rd Avenue alleyway near 2nd Street in Yuma, Arizona, at 10:00 pm Saturday night.

Open alleyway dumpsters provide a viable food source for agile cats able to enter and exit containers with ease.  Smelly treats suck this hungry feral cat in to retrieve the tasty discarded morsels, on this 3rd Avenue alleyway near 2nd Street in Yuma, Arizona, at 10:00 pm Saturday night.

A feral black cat roams beneath a street light behind Yuma, Arizona’s Little Caesar’s Pizza on this 4th Avenue and 8th Street alleyway late Saturday night.

A feral black cat roams beneath a street light behind Yuma, Arizona’s Little Caesar’s Pizza on this 4th Avenue and 8th Street alleyway late Saturday night.

A bicolored grey and white feral cat enters the 8th Street and 20th Avenue Taco Stand after closing hours at 1 AM Sunday morning. Scavenging along the ground and rummaging through open containers, this fit feline feeds at a market currently closed to people.

A bicolored grey and white feral cat enters the 8th Street and 20th Avenue Taco Stand after closing hours at 1 AM Sunday morning. Scavenging along the ground and rummaging through open containers, this fit feline feeds at a market currently closed to people.

A white feral cat sits comfortably by Attorney John Minore’s office ready for a late Saturday night snack in Mr G’s fruitful dumpster. The tipped left ear indicates this wild feline has been spayed in the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program that reduces the cat population, noises and smells amongst Yuma, Arizona’s community.

A white feral cat sits comfortably by Attorney John Minore’s office ready for a late Saturday night snack in Mr G’s fruitful dumpster. The tipped left ear indicates this wild feline has been spayed in the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program that reduces the cat population, noises and smells amongst Yuma, Arizona’s community.

The average lifespan for feral cats living on their own is under two years while those living in colonies or with caretakers can last up to ten. This flattened feline met an early demise beneath a vehicle crossing 5th Street toward Yuma, Arizona’s Mr G’s Restaurant, Saturday night.

The average lifespan for feral cats living on their own is under two years while those living in colonies or with caretakers can last up to ten. This flattened feline met an early demise beneath a vehicle crossing 5th Street toward Yuma, Arizona’s Mr G’s Restaurant, Saturday night.

Sergeant Leanne Worthen, YPD Public Information Supervisor, instructs the Animal Control Administrative person to duck when a request for Yuma Police Department Animal Control photo story images is made on Monday, 21 October 2013.

Sergeant Leanne Worthen, YPD Public Information Supervisor, instructs the Animal Control Administrative person to duck when a request for Yuma Police Department Animal Control photo story images is made on Monday, 21 October 2013.

The Yuma Police Department Animal Control Services Administrative lady’s head pops back up laughing as her previously ducked and hidden image is captured. A request placed to Sgt. Leanne Worthen, the YPD Public Information Supervisor, for feral cat photo story images, Monday, 21 October 2013 went unfulfilled.

The Yuma Police Department Animal Control Services Administrative lady’s head pops back up laughing as her previously ducked and hidden image is captured. A request placed to Sgt. Leanne Worthen, the YPD Public Information Supervisor, for feral cat photo story images, Monday, 21 October 2013 went unfulfilled.

Scavenging before the Yuma Municipal Court on Sunday morning, a white and brown feral cat parades near the Yuma Police Department’s Animal Control Services office recently tasked to manage their population. The YPD works in conjunction with the Humane Society of Yuma in providing cages and coupons for an effective Trap, Neuter and Return program. Neutered feral cats are identified with notched or tipped left ears.

Scavenging before the Yuma Municipal Court on Sunday morning, a white and brown feral cat parades near the Yuma Police Department’s Animal Control Services office recently tasked to manage their population. The YPD works in conjunction with the Humane Society of Yuma in providing cages and coupons for an effective Trap, Neuter and Return program. Neutered feral cats are identified with notched or tipped left ears.

With Yuma Arizona’s iconic Ocean-to-Ocean Highway Bridge in the background, a feral cat colony attends an after party in the Derailed Saloon’s food filled dumpster, early Sunday morning.

With Yuma Arizona’s iconic Ocean-to-Ocean Highway Bridge in the background, a feral cat colony attends an after party in the Derailed Saloon’s food filled dumpster, early Sunday morning.

Stalking the rim of C&D Disposal’s dumpster, a feral cat surveys it’s treasure before diving in for a Yuma, Arizona treat behind the Derailed Saloon early Sunday morning.

Stalking the rim of C&D Disposal’s dumpster, a feral cat surveys it’s treasure before diving in for a Yuma, Arizona treat behind the Derailed Saloon early Sunday morning.

A kitten well below Arizona’s 21-year-old drinking age limit sits outside Yuma’s Derailed Saloon downtown waiting for bar scraps and taco stand treats early Sunday morning.

A kitten well below Arizona’s 21-year-old drinking age limit sits outside Yuma’s Derailed Saloon downtown waiting for bar scraps and taco stand treats early Sunday morning.

A grey, white and brown striped feral cat fights to escape the trap it finds itself captured in. Tuna tempted the wild creature to this 468 S. Orange Avenue historic house in Yuma, Arizona, Monday night.

A grey, white and brown striped feral cat fights to escape the trap it finds itself captured in. Tuna tempted the wild creature to this 468 S. Orange Avenue historic house in Yuma, Arizona, Monday night.

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Feral Cat Day, Humane Society, 19 October 2013