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Catch, neuter & release: volunteers work with feral cats in Southport

A just-fixed feral cat makes a tentative move back to freedom after being released back into its Southport field by local volunteers. The idea was Patricia Kenney’s (she’s above at right), and she was assisted by local cat supporters such as Heather, above left. (News-Ledger photo)

A just-fixed feral cat makes a tentative move back to freedom after being released back into its Southport field by local volunteers. The idea was Patricia Kenney’s (she’s above at right), and she was assisted by local cat supporters such as Heather, above left. (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 11, 2015 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A small group of West Sacramento kindred spirits gathered behind Southport’s Tower Mart on Sunday, February 1, to turn loose about 15 feral cats that they had trapped and then spayed and neutered.

The effort sprung from an experience by Patti Kenney, a local pet sitter, one night just over a month earlier right at the edge of the same parking lot.

“It was December,” recalled Kenney. “It was dark and on was on my way to Bridgeway to do an overnight pet-sit. I went into the deli , and when I came out, there were all these pairs of eyes staring at me from the dark. I counted 12 of them.”

Kenney walked to the edge of the market’s parking lot, where it adjoins a vacant field. She found signs that others had been leaving food for a colony of feral cats.

PATTI KENNEY (News-Ledger photo)

PATTI KENNEY
(News-Ledger photo)

“There’s regular folks that come by,” said Kenney. “When I saw that, I said to them, ‘These cats need to be trapped to stop them multiplying.’”

Some of the folks who were feeding the animals volunteered to help. The group borrowed raccoon-style traps from the SPCA in Sacramento.

“We started with eight traps,” reported volunteer “Margaret” (who asked that her last name not be used). “You can borrow two traps per person.”

Over the month of January, the group set out the baited cages and hauled in most of the animals.  The cats weren’t immediately spayed and neutered, for fear that they would just end up getting re-trapped. Instead, Kenney temporarily collected them.

“They stayed in my spare bedroom,” she said. “All of them were in my spare bedroom.”

She thinks they were unable to trap only about two of the cats.

Members of the cat posse contributed cash to pay the fees to have the animals spayed or neutered and also treated for fleas by the SPCA.

“We had donations of $340 or something like that,” reported Kenney. “I’m pretty sure I spent it all.”

On the afternoon of Feb. 1, this handful of cat-fanciers showed up for the big day. The cats – probably anxious and nervous – were hunkered down in pet cages in the back of a vehicle.

The volunteers carried the cages over to the edge of the parking lot, where the cats would be able to make a run for it into “their” field. Many of the animals were reluctant to leave their cages, and had to be gently coaxed or even “poured” from their cages. But sooner or later, each one finally headed out for the green grass of the Southport field.

They were still feral – escaped or abandoned from local homes, perhaps – but at least they wouldn’t be reproducing and contributing to a growing colony.

The News-Ledger asked Kenney whether she had plans to head up the same kind of effort at any of the other cat colonies in West Sacramento – there have been reports of a lot of cats near shopping centers at Enterprise Boulevard and Lake Washington Boulevard, for example.

“No,” said Kenney. “This was a one time thing for me.”

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Want to stand up for kids? Yolo CASA needs volunteers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER of WEST SACRAMENTO —

Yolo CASA, a nonprofit that specializes in advocating for children as they spend time in the foster care system, needs new volunteers. Training provided. Successful volunteers will spend time with the child they’re paired with, talk to professionals and caregivers in that child’s life, and advocate in the court system for the child’s best interests.

Call (530) 661-4200 or email volunteer@yolocasa.org. Next training session is in the evenings, Feb. 2. Orientation is noon on Thursdays at 724 Main Street, Ste. 102 in Woodland.

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Want to help West Sac? Join one of city’s boards or commissions

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

By the City of West Sacramento

Applications are now being accepted for service on various City of West Sacramento commissions.  These commissions work directly with City staff in developing goals and advising the City Council on many issues.
•    Agriculture & Natural Resources Commission:  Members of this commission provide recommendations in the areas of tree and habitat conservation, open space, and energy policies.
•    Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation Commission:  This commission evaluates and identifies needs in the area of cultural enrichment, the designation and inventory of historic resources, and placement and use of art throughout the City.
•    Board of Appeals:  These members review the workings and finances of the Fire Department hazardous materials program as well as provide interpretation pertaining to uniform codes and City ordinances.  Membership preference is granted to those with backgrounds in architecture, civil engineering, building trades, or fire protection.
•    Commission on Aging:  These individuals examine and evaluate programs and services targeted to the elderly and identify specific areas of need.
•    Disaster Council:  The Disaster Council meets at least once each year to review the emergency preparedness status of the City and reports their findings to the City Council.
•    Economic Development Advisory Commission:  Commission members review and comment on economic studies, marketing strategies, business retention and recruitment, and work with the Chamber of Commerce on programs of mutual interest.
•    Housing Advisory Commission: Members of this commission review and make recommendations regarding housing policies, affordable housing, and identify sources of housing funds.
•    Library Advisory Board:  The Board acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian and includes the review of library operations and services, budget policies, and programs and priorities for the Yolo County Library. The Board is comprised of a representative from each Yolo County district, as well as one member from the Board of Supervisors.
•    Parks & Community Services Commission:  These individuals act in an advisory capacity to the Council in matters affecting the well-being, enhancement, and enrichment of the citizens and in matters pertaining to use, maintenance, improvement and development of City parks.
•    Planning Commission:  This commission is a decision making body as designated by state law.  Members are heavily involved in planning and zoning law, and land use policy.
Applications are due by November 28, 2014.  Applications and more detailed information about each commission are on the City’s website (www.cityofwestsacramento.org) or by contacting Kryss Rankin, City Clerk at 617-4500.

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Hundreds on West Capitol for Earth Day

A young visitor shows off a grin almost as toothy as that of ‘Mooie,’ the city parks department mascot.  Click to enlarge. (News-Ledger photo)

A young visitor shows off a grin almost as toothy as that of ‘Mooie,’ the city parks department mascot.
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 23, 2014 —

By Lina Vang
& Danny Thirakul
River City High School Volunteers

The sun was shining, the band was playing, and lots of little kids were smiling as teenage volunteers from River City High School’s Interact Club painted faces and more April 19 at city hall (1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento).

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children and their families enjoyed the city’s annual Earth Day event. This year, the event included the Interact Club’s annual Spring Carnival. Interact Club board member Joelle Panugaling, one of 10 who painted faces, said, “I had lots of fun at the Spring Carnival this year in comparison to last year’s Earth Day. Fellow face painter and board member Beatrice Bui agreed, saying her favorite part was the live music and performances.”

River City High School-Rotary Interact Club board member Beatrice Bui, 16, paints a child’s face Saturday as part of Spring Carnival/Earth Day festivities in West Sacramento. Thirty Interactors volunteered to help out with the event, painting faces and helping with the egg hunt.  Click to enlarge. (Photo courtesy of Rotary/RCHS Interact Club)

River City High School-Rotary Interact Club board member Beatrice Bui, 16, paints a child’s face Saturday as part of Spring Carnival/Earth Day festivities in West Sacramento. Thirty Interactors volunteered to help out with the event, painting faces and helping with the egg hunt. Click to enlarge.
(Photo courtesy of Rotary/RCHS Interact Club)

The Interactor face painters had ‘training’ in face painting prior to the event and the 10 who volunteered to paint faces demonstrated their artistic skills on assorted faces. Interactor and 2013-14 board member Lily He graduates this year from River City and will study architecture this fall at UC Berkeley. Lily said she this year’s Spring Carnival was much bigger than years past and added, “It was a lot of fun for the volunteers and the kids.”

The event also included Earth Day-themed information, bounce houses, and a live outdoor band.

The Interact Club at River City High is co-sponsored by Rotary Club of West Sacramento and West Sacramento’s Centennial Rotary Club. The Interact Club advisers are River City High School English teacher Brandon Duff and Rotary Club of West Sacramento member Charyl Silva.

The crew from River City Dance Academy in front of city hall. Click to enlarge.  (News-Ledger photo)

The crew from River City Dance Academy in front of city hall. Click to enlarge.
(News-Ledger photo)

Hunting for eggs on the city hall lawn . (News-Ledger photo)

Hunting for eggs on the city hall lawn .
(News-Ledger photo)

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