Latest News Items:
Adoptions Suspended due to Stay-at-Home Order -- Saturday May 23rd, 2020
Due to the current COVID-9 restrictions, TANKS has suspended our Adoption Program at this time.
Our Sponsorship program is available. Sponsorships assists with food, litter, monthly preventatives, and annual vaccinations for our senior and special needs cats here TANKS.
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Thank you for your continued support of TANKS.
2020 Giving Challenge -- Tuesday April 28th, 2020
The 2020 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation.
The Challenge begins online at noon on Tuesday, April 28 and ends at noon on Wednesday, April 29. All donations from $25 to $100 are matched by The Patterson Foundation.
Visit our Giving Challenge page today to learn what your donation will do for TANKS Incorporated. Remember, donating begins on Tuesday, April 28 at noon.
2020 Giving Challenge Update 11 PM -- Tuesday April 28th, 2020
Thank you to all of our donors participating in the 2020 Giving Challenge. So far 33 donors have contributed $2255 and this does not include the matching donations from The Patterson Foundation. Wow - 11 hours to go! So excited!
Update from TANKS founder Cindy McCollough -- Friday April 17th, 2020
Life as we knew it has been turned upside down and completely rearranged due to COVID-19. However, even amidst a pandemic the mission of TANKS Incorporated remains the same. We are still a small non-profit offering rescue and sanctuary for senior and special needs cats.
That being said, we want to assure you that we are taking all of the necessary steps to operate within the guidelines that have been set for all of us.
TANKS has temporarily suspended adoptions at this time. Our volunteers are following safe distancing practices. Donors are making arrangements to have supplies delivered directly to us or picked up at local stores. Our veterinarians are working with us to address any medical needs that may arise for our residents during this quarantine.
It’s a scary time and new information regarding Covid-19 is being presented every day. We already knew that seniors and those with special needs are exceptionally vulnerable to other illnesses. This has made us extra cautious and concerned for the senior and special needs felines in our care.
We have all been affected by the empty shelves at the stores, but, fortunately, things are getting better for TANKS. We have been able to purchase our cleaning supplies, including bleach and laundry detergent, along with cat litter on-line. Initially we were challenged with procuring enough food to feed everyone, but that too has improved.
TANKS is an Amazon Smile non-profit, so when friends and donors shop on-line through Amazon Smile we receive a small percentage of each order placed. Visit amazon.com to learn more about this great program for non-profit organizations.
We are keeping our Facebook page active as we prepare for the 2020 Giving Challenge. The Giving Challenge is an amazing 24-hour online program by the Community Foundations of Sarasota and Manatee counties. It begins Tuesday, April 28 at noon and runs through Wednesday, April 29 until noon. Donations from $25 to $100 will be matched by The Patterson Foundation. Here is the link to our web page for this year’s Challenge,
https://www.givingpartnerchallenge.org/organizations/tanks-incorporated. We invite you to visit our page to learn more about how your donation will help TANKS. #GivingChallenge2020 #BeTheOne
In times like these, it is how we care for those who are the most vulnerable that reflects who we are as a society. You can be the one that changes how future generations will remember this period of time. The Egyptians are remembered for their cat worship, we might not be that extreme, but it would nice to be remembered for our compassion, as being a light in a dark time. When this period in history is reflected upon, how do you want to be remembered?
Please know TANKS success has been in part to your support. Our team appreciates all you do for our cats and for our volunteers. It is a team effort and we are so proud to have you as a member of our team.
We look forward to being able to continue with our mission.
Thank you for your support,
Founder and Board President
Myakka City FL 34251 www.tankscatrescue.org 941-320-4371 firstname.lastname@example.org
TANKS, Inc. is a registered 501c3 with the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service and with the Florida Department of Revenue #85-8015502145C-2. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained by the Division of Consumer Affairs by calling toll free 800-435-7352, within the State or visiting: www.800helpfla.com Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State.
Lulu Finds Her Purrfect Home! -- Friday October 4th, 2019
We received this great update today from Lulu's mom and we wanted to share it with all of you!
Brought this little girl into my heart ❤️ the first time I laid eyes on her. Cindy, from TANK’s inc. cat rescue, asked me to meet her at the vet so I could meet a Persian cat in need of a home. I was hesitant. I already was owned by a rescued Persian male and I didn’t know how they would get along.
One look at the cat and I was totally smitten. I named her Lulu on the spot and promised her right then that she would be forever safe.
She spent the first few weeks in my guest bathroom recouping from a URI and some other issues. She was scared but slowly came around. Adopting Lulu was one of the best things I’ve done. No regrets!!
Thanks Cindy McCollough at TANK’s inc. rescue for all you do and for bringing Lulu and me together ❤️
Landings Residents Establish Model TNVR Program for Feral Cats -- Friday September 20th, 2019
A special thank you to Nancy Ferraro and The Landings for sharing this article about the program in their community! Well done!!!
Landings Residents Establish Model TNVR Program for Feral Cats
By Nancy Ferraro
It’s nighttime in the Landings. You are out for a walk on Starling Drive or driving home from a dinner party. Suddenly, your headlights catch the phosphorescent gleam of an animal’s eyes. Is it a raccoon or a possum? Perhaps, but just as likely, you’re seeing one of The Landings’ feral cats – cats that belong to all of us and none of us. Once they spy you, they may give you a curious look, but then they scurry into the underbrush or slink around the corner of a building. They don’t want to meet you or hurt you.
For several years, Patricia Decker, Landings South IV, and George Khuen-Kryk, Landings South VII, have tirelessly and compassionately maintained a program to manage the feral cat population in their neighborhood. Their efforts have gone a long way to keeping the numbers of these cats contained, and as a bonus, keeping down our population of unwanted rodents.
What Exactly are Feral Cats?
Feral cats have never known human contact. A feral cat is typically born in the wild or outdoors with little to no human interaction. They can rarely be domesticated enough to become pets. They may tolerate some petting once they get used to the person who feeds their colony, but generally cannot be picked up and held. They are distinguished from stray cats which are pets that have been lost or abandoned and are used to people and touch. Unlike a cat who has been raised with humans, feral cats do not raise their tails in friendly hello, but usually carry their tails down and slightly hunch their backs.
Humans who have abandoned and discarded their pets, leaving them to fend for themselves are the cause of the problem. Their abandoned cats multiply, and ultimately give birth to feral kittens. Most are ill-equipped to survive, and if they do, their lives aren't easy without human caretakers. Females may become pregnant as young as 5 months of age and may have two to three litters a year. Within less than a year and a half, one cat can bear 36 kitties or more.
Being pregnant so young and so often, and having and nursing kittens, is even more stressful on female cats who are struggling to survive. More than half of the kittens are likely to die without human intervention. Unneutered males roam and fight to find mates and defend their territories.
Feral cats are a nation-wide epidemic. It is estimated there are more then 69 million feral cats nation-wide. In Sarasota County alone it is estimated there are 60,000-80,000 feral cats. In The Landings you can see them around Heron, Pintail, Starling, the Carriage Houses, and the Tree Houses to mention a few.
Managing a Feral Cat Community
Managed feral cat colonies are a distinct advantage to their communities. First, they keep unneutered ferals from moving into the area. To move or displace managed colonies only opens the door for new feral cats to move in. And the new ones that move in will be more of a nuisance since they are not neutered and will have fights as they seek to mate. Managed colonies keep away vermin. Uninformed opponents of managed colonies who argue that ferals are despoiling their walkways or patios simply show their ignorance of cat behavior since cats cover their waste in order to not attract predators. It's a matter of survival. Droppings in open spaces are more likely to be from raccoons or possums.
The humane approach to addressing community cat populations known as “TNVR” works. The acronym stands for (T)rap, (N)euter, (V)accinate and (R)eturn to the colony and this is the approach used here by George and Patricia. Locally several organizations, including Cat Depot, Animal Rescue Coalition, and Buddy's Feral Cat Program in conjunction with Ashton Animal Clinic provide advice, guidance, traps and free spay/neuter. Once a colony has been neutered it will no longer continue to multiply and will eventually die out, for feral cats have short lives compared to the indoor, domestic cat. (see Cat Depot website http://www.catdepot.org/rescue/maintain-a-colony.aspx.) Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return is a non-lethal strategy to reduce the number of feral cats and improve the quality of life for cats, birds, wildlife, and people.
Eartipping is the universal sign of an altered feral cat. When the cat is sedated for the spay or neuter surgery, a quarter of an inch is removed from the tip of the left ear in a straight line cut. The procedure is swift and painless and healing is rapid. A tipped ear lets you easily recognize a feral cat that has already been neutered.
The Landings Program
In 2007 Karin Friend Dempsy wrote an article in the Eagle alerting residents about the growing feral cat issue in the Tree House area alerting residents of the growing problem.
Then, several years ago, in response to the growing population of ferals and explosion of kitten births in the Starling area, Patricia and George embarked on a tireless effort to manage the feral cats in their neighborhood by implementing TNVR. Eventually and through compassion and perseverance they were able to trap and neuter the feral cats in their neighborhood and establish a model TNVR program right here in the Landings. This task was no simple matter. Under Sarasota County Code, Sec. 14-41, people who are recognized as caring for a feral cat colony are responsible for providing food, water, medical care and if possible shelter on a regular basis and maintain a record of the number of cats in the colony and monitor the cats’ health. Under the County Ordinance, the Animal Services Director has the power to maintain a TNVR program, but given the scarce finances, it’s much better if local residents can do it. The ordinance uses the word "humane" throughout.
It took time, patience and effort but George and Patricia finally did it. The cats in their colony keep out unneutered ferals that will have territorial fights. George continues to maintain the peaceful colony and is happy to share information about setting up a TNVR program in their area.
If you would like to set up a TNVR program in your Sarasota community please feel free to contact any of these resources:
Cat Depot 366-2404
Animal Rescue Coalition 957-1955
Ashton Animal Clinic http://ashtonanimalclinic.com/services/feral-cat-program.html
Ear Tipping -- Friday September 20th, 2019
Spay and Neuter -- Friday September 20th, 2019
Donations will change a life! -- Friday September 20th, 2019
Meet our little pal Star. He is around four weeks old and he arrived at TANKS with a fractured pelvis. A very special thank you to our friends at West Coast Veterinary for seeing him urgently. He has begun his road to recovery and with good crate rest and the TLC he is receiving from West Coast he should recover and lead a full life!
Please help TANKS help those who cannot help themselves and donate today to Star's medical expenses. Donations made be made through PayPal or by mail to 8466 Lockwood Ridge Road #123, Sarasota FL 34243.
We promise to keep you updated on Star and how he is doing.