Technohub (T-hub) is a park located in Quezon City that is home to about 70 resident cats. The employees who work in the vast complex and visitors to the park feed and care for these cats. This number is expected to increase in the coming months because there are pregnant females and strays coming from nearby communities. Each adult female gives birth to a litter of five or six kittens at least three times a year.
Our story began in late June 2017 when someone left a container of cat food at one of the feeding spots in the park. Attached to the container was a note telling others what to and what not to feed the cats, and an urgent plea for help in solving the cat overpopulation problem in Technohub.
Thus, our group was born. We decided to organize ourselves so we can better look after the growing number of cats in the complex. Since then, we have established a mechanism in feeding the cats, looked after the well-being of kittens born to mother cats, arranged for the adoption and fostering of some of the kittens, met with the administrators of the complex to discuss the problem and create solutions, and spayed a few mother cats.
Last July 2017, we did a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) on the first batch of cats. We were able to spay 3 mother cats. We decided to work on the mother cats first and prioritize the adult females. We covered the expenses were mostly from the collection of donations from the active members of our online group. However, we realized soon enough that we needed outside help. Our resources were limited, and we realized that caring for spayed cats after surgery was a lot of work. Our first batch of cats encountered complications (not eating, incisions opening, etc.), so we ended up spending more than what we had expected.
We also encountered problems with the administration, the janitors, and the security guards, most of whom are antagonistic about the cats. They were given a memo that the cats should not be fed, and we had difficulties in trapping the cats. We are currently sorting out this problem.
We are hoping to at least spay or neuter 5 cats per month but due to our insufficient resources, we are still on the process of collecting funds and requesting the management to give us space for the cats' recovery.
Our group also faced problems with some of the cats' health especially with the smaller ones. They had urgent issues that needed immediate attention and we had no choice but to spend a portion of our spay/neuter funds for veterinary care.
Our goal is to help these feline friends live a life they deserve and build a harmonious relationship with the human population within the IT park. If we are able to spay or neuter them, we can maximize the food and the area available to the resident cats, lessen aggression that may disturb or cause issues to some people, and prevent the birth of more kittens.
Help us help them.