Mr. Lucky's Kitty Corner
P. O. Box 902, Hudson, New York 12534
Mr. Lucky's Kitty Corner
June 2005 Issue
I used to call all of Hudson's corners my home and thought I'm a pretty lucky cat...after all, I still have three legs, one eye, half a tail and I am alive. In addition to being a survivor, I also managed to trade the alleys in for a cozy home with a kind human who loves me and treats me like the cat I always aspired to be, a cat that may influence how you feel about my fellow felines. So please join me once a month in my new column Mr. Luckyıs Kitty Corner".
My story is one of thousands of abandoned, homeless cats, but mine has a happy ending. So I decided to help other animals by telling their stories.
Nobody thought I was lucky when my ragged thin mother gave birth to me, a three legged kitten, and 3 siblings under a dilapidated building in Hudson. Unfortunately my mom was too malnourished to feed all of us kittens and we went hungry. My brother and I are the only survivors of the once so promising new family. We stuck together for as long as possible, but he has since left the area and I can only hope that heıs okay.
People refer to cats like me as ³feral² as I had no prior contact with humans and was very weary of people. By the way, us "ferals" live in groups called "colonies" and settle wherever we can find shelter, often in alleys or abandoned buildings. We care for each other and give each other a helping paw trying to raise our youngsters (a job!). We develop special bonds with each other, just like you humans do.
I spent the first years of my life in downtown Hudson, fending for myself, becoming a real rodent specialist. Life was tough. One day, a huge Tom cat and me had a bad fight and because neither of us was neutered, the male instinct to dominate ran high! One of my eyes got hurt badly. To make matters worse, some humans were so upset by us running around the alleys, howling, yowling and mating that they tried to eradicate us, kill us! They didnıt stop and think that we didnıt choose that life- that we are the offspring of abandoned, unaltered domestic house cats, trying to survive.
A bad eye, humans trying to kill me and no food, that could have been the end of me, however, I got real lucky!
I was spotted by a kind human, trapped, neutered, vaccinated and my eye was removed. My life changed in an instant! I was in a home!! It took me while to relax and to develop some trust, but the food was excellent (and not moving!). I liked it! (I lost that all again, but more about my life story at a later time)
I was "Lucky" and became the inspiration for a new organization to be named "Animalkind". I wanted all my friends and all the alley cats to have a quality life and to prevent unwanted kittens from being born into a world where nobody wants them and where they have no chance for a good life. "Animalkind" is an organization based in Hudson, NY, attending the feral cats by a method called "TNR" (trap/neuter/return). Animalkind's mission is to stop the proliferation and to provide care for existing homeless felines.
The cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be spayed and vaccinated. One ear is notched for identification before being released back into familiar environment where volunteers provide food and daily care.
Tame kitties, abandoned house cats unable to fend for themselves, are taken into our Adoption Center where they are waiting to be adopted. What a place! Couches to lounge on, boxes and scratching posts, daily treats and a view, however, they still wish for a real home.
We also help pet owners to get their kitties altered to prevent reproduction, so shelters donıt euthanize us anymore and we aim to make them understand that abandonment of their cats means extreme suffering to their pets.
By the way, did you know that one pair of unaltered cats and their kittens and their kittens can produce 2000 cats in only 4 years?
Now we are having a party! (we need the financial part to pay the vets!)
Tuesday, June 7th at 6:00 PM, compassionate humans are gathering at the
Red Dot Restaurant , 321 Warren Street, to celebrate while helping us homeless cats! Itıs an ART RAFFLE. Over 100 pieces of art, donated by artists will be raffled. Tickets are $100, include a delicious vegan buffet, music, drinks and YOUR CHOICE of available artwork.
You can get your ticket at the ³Red Dot² Restaurant or at
"Aristopets" & "Animalkind", 721 Warren St., Hudson
(Thurs-Mon, 12 to 4 PM) or call Animalkind at 518-822-8643.
You can view the art and learn more about all the rescues and Animalkind at: www.animalkind.info
I will be here again and ...if you have any special questions, you can write me:
Hudson, NY 12534
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Animalkind Inc.is a not-for-profit welfare, protection, rescue, rights organization dedicated to the compassionate care and humane population control of abandoned, feral and stray cats in Hudson, New York (Columbia County) and the surrounding area. We promote non-lethal prevention of an unwanted litter or litters of kittens through trap, spay, neuter, release (return), (tnr, TNR). An altered cat or kitten is released into a managed colony. Felines living in such colonies are assured kind daily care. Adoption to homes providing love and care for cats and kittens is encouraged. We also provide low or no cost spaying and neutering assistance to low income pet owners and help increase public awareness and education through the media, special events, and publications to promote compassion, respect, and kindness towards all animals.
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