Last Thursday we made a horrific discovery while out rescuing and doing TNR. At one of our colonies, where we feed, there is a fence that the cats seek refuge behind. We thought it would be a good idea to contact the business on the other side of the fence so we could access the cats more easily. The manager who lives on sight gladly helped out and unlocked a variety of gates to give us full access to her property … and that’s where things started to go south. Once behind the fence we found multiple dead adult cats. The cats were in various stages of decomposition and we have never EVER seen anything like this. The cats themselves being adult and ones that had already been vaccinated left little to the imagination of what could be happening to them. We are positive that they are being poisoned. We wanted to get a necropsy done by our vet but unfortunately because of the heat and level of decomposition their lab wasn’t able to perform one. We reached out to our local shelter who is reaching out to UC Davis to see if they will be able to help. We have an idea of who might be behind it and have reached out to their corporate office, they have not returned our phone calls or emails yet. We have spoken with animal control and the police department who are now aware of this ongoing situation. We will be going out tomorrow to hang posters and speak to all of the managers and business owners in the complex to let them know that the cats are being monitored and we will find out who is behind it if it doesn’t stop immediately.I know many people will say “ just remove the cats” that isn’t an option and will make NO difference. The vacuum effect of removing feral cats means new cats will move in. That is why we are seeing the influx in new feral cats, because the original colony has been dying. The only way we can save the cats in this area is to find the guilty party and have them prosecuted, or make enough noise and bring enough attention that the guilty person will get scared enough to stop. This explanation had to be condensed because Instagram only allows 2200 characters. More detailed explanation to come. Stay tuned.