By: Jennifer Jones, Lifeline Administrative Director
Since March of this year, I have spoken to countless residents of Bolivar who expressed frustrations surrounding the overpopulation of Community Cats and lack of resources in their community. Hundreds of feral and stray cats reproducing and those who wanted to help end the cycle were faced with road blocks. The vets on Galveston Island were either not affordable or were overbooked. Since Lifeline of Galveston County came into the picture, we have been more than willing to help Bolivar Peninsula. However, crossing with the ferry can make helping residents of Bolivar difficult- especially during the busy summer months. I once had a resident tell me that she had to wake at 3am to get her cat to the clinic by 7:30am. Residents would need to come over to borrow traps, and then to go to their appointment on another day. Cats are ready the same day as drop off, so Bolivar residents would have to stay in town all day or decide if it was worth it to travel all the way home and come back. These hurdles became too much for so many residents and the more I spoke to people, the more I heard the frustration and the less people called in for assistance. I knew we had a huge problem and we are finally in the position to help!