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Farms and Ferals

Farms and Ferals

by Mary H
(Snohomish WA)

We own a horse farm in the Snohomish Valley in WA State. We have been here for 7 years and have handled close to a hundred ferals, strays and drop offs. We’ve actually watched people drive by in a van and fling the cats out of the back door!

Of course, the cats wound up at the right place ;). We catch all that we can, make sure the others have good food & clean water, get wormed, at least.

The ones we can catch we take up to our (WONDERFUL) no kill shelter NOAH in Arlington. The’ll fix them for us and we take them home to heal.

Any who leave litters for us, we make sure the kittens are handled regularly and have no trouble placing them in wonderful homes with all the kids that come regularly for riding lessons!

A few we have kept, some just get under your skin and it’s too hard to say goodbye. Two have made it all the way to our house! What started as crazy wild feral kittens with terrible colds turned into fixed, mostly gentle, couch potatoes!

I don’t know if they could move quickly enough to catch a mouse any longer, but they don’t have to 😉 Our biggest struggle with them, now, is in keeping them down in weight.

Recently, we answered an ad in Craigslist, a vet looking for a barn home for a huge ‘feral’ cat found terribly injured. I answered, of course.

We brought him home after he spent three months healing from his wounds at the vet. We had one last, very large, gash to heal on his side but we managed ok. He is the MOST loving, vocal sweetheart of a cat… we just love him!

The ad said he would not make a suitable house cat but I have my doubts 😉 Time will tell. For now, we’ll keep him UTD on shots, worming… fed well and brushed (he looks to be part Maine Coon, maybe a JC cross as he has many traits and is HUGE).

Anyway, as usually is the case, a couple months after neuter he’s become a gentle pussycat and very well may make it in our house and onto the couch before too long 🙂


Hi Mary… Well, I am terribly impressed with your work with feral cats.

If you can get a picture please send it to me:

mjbmeister at –substitute the at with @ please….Michael

This is Washington – the Snohomish area, I hope…Michael

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Dec 31, 2009 Great job
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Mary, you are doing a great job. I simply don’t understand how people can be so cruel as to dump cats from their cars. It also happens in over here – as well as people cowardly leaving kittens on the doorsteps of shelters in order to avoid paying the fees. But luckily there are also good people like you, who do what they can. I wish you a very Happy New Year.

Dec 29, 2009 Ferals on the farm
by: Jan Plant

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.I can almost picture that huge tom making his place at home on your kind,loving couch! Bless you for taking care of so many,and doing a tremendous job of it! And welcome.I look forward to more stories of your ferals,and “potatos” as well!

Dec 29, 2009 To Mary
by: Ruth

Mary what a kind person you are to care so much about so many cats.It’s made my day to read your story amongst the many heartbreaking ones we hear, about the abuse of cats.

Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

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