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Old 11-21-2007, 06:13 PM
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Default Springwater Trail Riders can help stop vandal harassing cats under the R.I. Bridge

Background:
There is a managed colony of six feral cats residing in the brushy area near the bike path just south of the Ross Island Bridge. "Managed" means that they have all been neutered at clinics provided by the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (www.feralcats.com). Several volunteers have been taking turns feeding them daily for the past two years.

Under the power line tower we put three sleeping shelters made from large Rubbermaid tubs lined with straw. The deluxe version had housing insulation. The elderly orange cat especially enjoyed that one.

The Current Situation:
Some time on Sunday, Nov. 19, all three shelters were vandalized. The lids were stolen and the insulation was ripped up. The damage was without a doubt caused by a human.

Last year about this same time, similar incidents began to occur and continued for about two months before abruptly stopping. At that time the vandal destroyed a series of four wooden structures that a volunteer had built to protect the cats' food from rain. Each time we replaced one, he came and removed or destroyed it. We know it's a man because last year somebody caught a glimpse of him carrying one of the shelters away on a bike. We are assuming it's the same guy now.

Last year we left messages for him, asking him to e-mail one of us so we could set up a meeting with him and maybe talk this out, but he is a coward and was not willing to face us, although he did leave some irate, illogical notes.

Our experience last year suggests that the vandal will be back and will continue to harass the cats, destroying any attempts we make to salvage the shelters or create new ones.

What you can do:
We are asking cyclists to be on the lookout for anyone messing with the feeding area or the sleeping shelters when they ride through that section of the trail. If you see such activity, please post on this thread any observations you make. What does he look like? How does he dress? What does his bike look like? What kind of gear is on his bike? What day of the week and time of day was it?

If you can get a photo without putting yourself at risk and post it here that would be a major help. We could make signs with the photo on them and post them at the site, embarrassing the guy and letting him know people are watching for him. That alone might make him back off.

Any clues you can give us that will help identify this man will be much appreciated. We want to give these cats the best life that is possible for them without interference from this cruel person.
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:35 PM
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Default wtf?

i will keep an eye out. i can't say here what i'm likely to do if i catch him.

i'm willing to help make a rain-resistant feeding structure that is affixed to one of the metal fence-poles.
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Old 11-22-2007, 02:42 AM
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that sucks. i probably like cats more than i do most people.
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Old 11-22-2007, 10:18 AM
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I share these sentiments. I will also keep an eye out. I occasionally see people stopped there early in the mornings. I alway assume they're helping, but I will stop and engage if there is any question.

Please keep in mind that this guy is likely mentally ill.
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:55 PM
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Nothing new to report at this time. I just wanted to get this thread back to the top so more people would take a look at it. Thanks to the folks who are already watching for suspicious activity. It sure would be great if we could I.D. this guy and get him to stop.
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:49 AM
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Default Food/firewood for homeless?

It's good to know that those cats are fixed, for a number of years I thought the little kitties were being farmed by the homeless around that area as a source of food. Grotesque?

Perhaps lack of resources are why your shelter is perpetually stolen... Is it being used for firewood?

Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-28-2007, 12:15 PM
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I've only been riding through there about 2 weeks now. I've noticed the cat shelters and the cats happily eating by the fence. I really admire what you folks have set up... It's a shame that someone has something soo wrong with themselves they have to take it out on the cats.
I ride through there 2x a day so I'll keep a look out, but if anyone sees the guy be cautious, They guy is messed up... and is unstable so be wary. Anyone who would hurt an animal... sucks.
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Old 11-30-2007, 08:19 PM
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Default Cats rule, so do dogs... peaceful creatures

It is good to hear why those little kitties are there and that they are taken care of. I always wondered when I use to marathon train along the path there. I do ride along there sometimes so will always keep a protective eye alert for the little furry friends. purrrrrrrr.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:54 PM
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Default Just an idea

Would it be possible to get a professional sign made, something to the effect of
Due to recent vandalism, this area is now video monitored. Maybe even set up a battery operated motion sensor (or would that bother the cats?).

I'd even help create a sign, and I doubt it would cost too much to get printed at Fast Signs or an other low end sign shop.
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Old 12-01-2007, 02:16 PM
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Default Poor kitty

Thank you for the education. I too have seen these cats and was happy to see someone was feeding but sad to know they'd likely be reproducing more homeless kitties. It's great that the colony is controlled. I wonder if a sign indicating it's a controlled feral cat colony would be helpful? I agree with the other post as well, the shelter could be being used for firewood/human shelter. I wonder if you could constrcut something out of styrofoam or other non useful materials?
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