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A feral sanctuary and second chance for the stray and abandoned.

Brick by Brick

Building and Maintaining a Sanctuary

Over the years, all of us at Monadnock Kitty Rescue & Adoption have been asked, "Why do we do what we do?"  Well, there is a very simple answer... because no one else does!
We got into the feral rescue business in 2003 when we found a colony of cats and kittens. We decided to trap them and bring them to a shelter, but nobody would take them as they were feral. We were told that if we brought them in, they would be euthanized on the spot.
Luckily, we had access to a building. We proceeded to get them spayed/neutered, immunized, etc.  But now what? To be honest, we had no idea what we were doing or what we were getting into, but we felt passionately that these poor cats and kittens, that society tossed aside, should not have to suffer anymore. They did not deserve to be euthanized because they had been failed by their owners.

Hence, Monadnock Kitty Rescue and Adoption was formed.

Since that time, we have saved, housed, and adopted out hundreds, if not thousands, of cats and kittens who would have otherwise been put down because of their feral nature or rough physical condition.
We have often been asked, "Why don't you just do a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) with all of your feral cats?"
MKRA definitely belies in the TNR prgoram. However, there has to be a caregiver in place to watch over a colony that you are intending to return. The caregiver is responsible for making sure that the colony has food and water available, and shelter for the harsh winter months.
In almost every case that we have come across in the area, people DO NOT want these cats returned; they consider ferals to be a nuisance, which opens them up to torment and abuse.
We all felt that society had disappointed them enough and that they shouldn't have to continue to be afraid to be alive.
As this scenario happened more and more often, we found that there was a definite need for a safe place for feral cats to live and be cared for. Most of the feral cats in our care don't want to interact with us.  They are very leery of human interaction. Our volunteers are very aware of this and don't force interaction.
Occasionally, after a period of time, our feral cats start to trust us and seek our love and attention.
This is the greatest gift they could give us... trust!