“Nimbus” our dam kitty

Thanks to the Sacramento Metro Fire Dept “Nimbus” (named by the channel 31 news crew) was rescued off of the Nimbus Dam, then taken to the Sac Animal Shelter where he was bailed out by our volunteer. Nimbus was thought to be feral but as it turns out, he was not feral, just terrified. How scary was it to have a fireman hanging over you with a rope and then end up in a trap! His TV debut was on the Channel 31 web page under video with the heading “Nimbus” dam kitty

As you can see Nimbus was pretty skinny, nobody knows how long he was on the dam.



Day three, still not sure if he is feral or scared. Ok, I am touching him and he is leaning into my fingers. This is a very good sign!

This is the first time being held, It is hard to hold a feral cat and take the picture too.



Nimbus got a very bad upper respiratory infection. In the day time, he was outside in the summer air, it was great. He watched the humming birds in a feeder right next to him. He was very content to lay in his hammock while getting well.

Nimbus is very vocal. He has a little bird like call almost like he is singing a little tune.



Nimbus prefers to be carried where ever he goes other wise he is under your feet. :~) He always looks like he is smiling or thinking how to manipulate us to get more attention. Ha! Note he get more handsome each day.


From a very scared kitten stuck on the Nimbus Dam to cat show glory. Who would have guessed his otherwise bleak future would turn in to the life he has today. It just goes to show that just because they are feral does not mean they deserve to die. He brings much joy and happiness to his family every day. The next time you see a little feral kitten, there could be a “Nimbus” inside waiting to give you lots of love.


6-Ring All Breed Cat Show

Saturday – June 01, 2013

Still time to enter the cat show! Local residents still have an opportunity to enter their cat in the local CFA cat show, coming to North Highlands on June 1st. Entries are open for pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats. The household pet division is reserved for those entries that are non-pedigreed cats. Deadline for entries is May 28. Persons interested in entering their cat may contact Neta Cox in Clovis, California at 559-322-5278 or by email at neta.cox@gmail.com. More than 200 cats of all shapes, sizes and colors are expected to compete for top prizes in the CFA All Breed Cat Show being at the McClellan Convention Center in McClellan Park in North Highlands. Purebred and domestic non-purebred cats will travel from across the northwestern United States to compete in the six-ring exhibition. Nationally-recognized all breed judges will officiate at the show and make presentations of more than 40 different breeds of cats. Spectators can expect see such breeds as the popular Persian and Maine Coon, as well as the less-recognized Sphynx and the Siberian. A large amount of supplies and cat-related gifts are also available at the show. Tour guides will be available to accompany visitors throughout the show and answer questions. An admission donation of $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for children and seniors will be charged. A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to River City Cat Rescue, who will have a display at the show and have cats for adoption The show will be held in the McClellan Convention Center, 5411 Luce Avenue, North Highland. Show hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 1.

For more information, contact Carol Freels at (916) 655-3372 or by email ocicats@att.net. http://www.catshows.us/highsierra/13flyer.pdf


River City Cat Rescue is a 501 c3 NO KILL cat rescue organization. We need food, litter, laundry soap, bleach, towels, blankets, cat beds, medicine that your pet may not need anymore, prescription or otherwise, traps, cans of Mackerel (for trapping, the cats seem to like Chicken of the Sea the best) Ha! We always need money to buy medical supplies and pay our vet bills. 97% of our money goes directly to medical supplies and our vet bill so you can be assured your money is not being spent on something other than it’s purpose. We are all volunteers and no one is paid.  We have no over head. Donations are tax deductable. Thank you for your support!


River City Cat Rescue does a lot of feral cat trapping in the hopes of keeping cats out of the shelter. We are trapping 2-3 nights a week now in hopes of beating those mama cats to the labor room. (We did not get this cat in time. It is heartbreaking that many of these cats have their kittens in the rain under a bush. We were glad that did not happen to this little girl.) If you have feral cats living in your neighborhood or business it is best to try and get some help with TNR than to let the problem get out of hand. Cats can have 3 litters a year so the number of cats you could end up with is huge. By simply spaying and neutering you can save lives and neighbor complaints. There are many ways to get help where you live or work. We suggest looking on line at www.sacanimal.org for an up to date list of resourses.


Cats tend to give birth in the warmer months, which means more cuddly, irresistible kittens are on their way. That is not necessarily a good thing. There are millions more kittens and cats in the U.S. than there are homes for them, so some shelters kill them. Even the kittens. We need to reduce the number of homeless cats, which would reduce the number languishing or being executed in shelters. Here are four ways you can help. 1. Spay or Neuter Your Cats Family pets who are not spayed can get pregnant, sometimes accidentally (if they are not indoor cats) and sometimes because their family wants to experience the “miracle of birth” or wants to sell the kittens. That litter of kittens increases the population of homeless cats. Even if the cats’ family adopts all of them out to good homes they indirectly increase the number of homeless cats by getting adopted into a home that might otherwise adopt a cat from a shelter. Spaying your female cat can also enhance her health. The ASPCA says that spaying “helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about…90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.” Spaying also protects your house and your sanity: “Female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently — sometimes all over the house!” The breeding season in the U.S. is approximately March through September. That is a long time to live with yowling and pee on your rugs. Neutering male cats also benefits both them and you. Neutering them before they are six months old prevents testicular cancer. It also reduces the likelihood that your cat will roam far from home in search of a mate and get lost. And like spaying, neutering protects your living space. Unneutered male cats may spray your house with particularly pungent pee to mark their territory, and may even be aggressive towards their human family. Neutered cats are much less likely to spray and more likely to shower their humans with affection. Spaying and neutering is good for your cats and for you. 2. Adopt Pets, Don’t Buy Them Those adorable kittens in the pet store probably came from a kitten mill. These operations keep cats in filthy, tiny cages and force them to give birth over and over so the owners can sell their kittens. By buying from a pet store you are funneling money that props up these heartless businesses which treat cats as inventory. Another reason not to buy from pet stores is that, like the kittens your own cat has birthed, the pet store kittens displace homeless kittens and cats who live outside or in shelters, some of which kill them if they are not adopted. If you don’t want to visit a shelter you can adopt online. One place to start is Petfinder.com. If you want a pure bred cat, shelters and Petfinder have plenty of them. There are also breed rescue groups that have pure bred cats available for adoption, such as Purebred Cat Breed Rescue. 3. Support Programs That Spay/Neuter at Low or No Cost Some families don’t spay or neuter their cats because they can’t afford to. If you adopt from a shelter, they may spay or neuter the cat before you take her or him home. If your cat comes from some other source, look for programs that offer spay/neuter operations at low or no cost. You can find these services at the Humane Society’s handy webpage. Cat lovers who can afford it can donate to these programs to help reduce the homeless cat population. 4. Support Programs that Trap-Neuter-Return Feral Cats Many homeless cats are feral, meaning they are not tame and cannot be adopted. Feral cats can produce a whole lot of kittens who, if caught early enough and depending on their luck, will go either to a shelter or a foster or forever home. There is a solution: Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Cat rescuers trap feral cats, neuter them, clip off a corner of one ear to let others know that this cat has already been spayed or neutered, and then release them back into the colony of feral cats they live in. Colony caretakers bring the cats food and water and make sure they have adequate shelter from the weather. TNR has been proven to be the best method of reducing the feral cat population because it prevents colonies from reproducing.

Angel made it! Good job Blake!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

This is Angel. I found her half dead at one of my colonies 1 week before christmas. Angel ate on her own for the first time january 1st. after many blanket warmings, antibiotics, nebulizing, force feeding and an endless supply of love she is making a slow and steady recovery. Many thanks to Megan at Foothill Farms Vet for her great ideas and compassion.. Carol and Barbara for caring about Angel as much as I do (and for understanding my absence at adoptions for the last 3 weekends 🙂 )

Twin sisters share passion for critter control

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Twins Colleen Spears and Kathleen Leahy, with help from Leahy’s daughter Shannon, rescue and adopt out hundreds of stray cats each year. The sisters are advocates for trapping and altering stray or wild cats. They are shown here with cats and kittens waiting for adoption. karina williams/ loomis news

Colleen Spears, Kathleen Leahy work on rescue and adoption of stray cats.
Read article from the Loomis News

Paige’s life gets even better. Now she has children to love too!

This is a very heart warming story from someone who adopted a cat named “Paige” from one of our volunteers 7 years ago. Paige used to live in an apt. until her “owner” moved and left her behind. She was about 8 months old, homeless and to make matters worse, she was pregnant! Most cats who end up in that situation do not have happy ending stories. All to many times these cats will have a litter outside with no one to care for them and no one to socialize the kittens. The kittens will go on to breed and often this is how a “feral” colony gets started. Lucky for Paige, she was rescued and has gone on to a wonderful life. 7 years later, we received an e-mail from Paige’s family and an update on her wonderful family life. LETTER: It was good hearing from you, and congratulations on your new rescue group!

We bought Paige a house a little over 5 years ago. It has lots of windows that face the backyard, so she loves to bird watch all day! We also adopted 2 children who she loves to play with and has also given her a new place to sleep!

Paige was such an important part of our children’s transition into our home. We told our kids her story- about how she was abandoned, fostered, and then adopted. My son pointed out that he and Paige share the same life story. After he realized this, he really felt a special connection to her. I’ve attached a picture of them. They adore each other!

Thanks again for giving us our Paige!