The Cat Food and Supply Donation is open for its 2nd year helping the cats in various locations around El Paso.
EPCC Administrative services, Valle Verde, EPCC Human Resources and Rio Grande Campus are asking for food donations and fresh clean water to feed the cats.
Margie Nelson Rodriguez and Barbara Williams help coordinate the event. Rebecca Danielle McGill helps coordinate the feeding schedule.
Kathleen Bombach, English professor, helps trap the cats. Brian Kirby, English professor at Rio Grande, is a major help to the event as well.
All donations are accepted at Valle Verde B-227 Multipurpose Lab. Paul Olan, lab manager, is always present to collect donations.
At the ASC, A702 Margie’s office, is another location where donations are accepted with the help of the administrative assistant Monday-Friday from 8-5 p.m.
Cats were spotted by Margie Nelson and worked with the college Administration to establish a Federal Cat Program granting them the opportunity to feed the cats daily and give them fresh water.
“I knew we had cats here, they didn’t look great” Margie said. “The cats at other campuses seemed that they were in distress.”
At Valle Verde, if they’re feeding a few days a month only a small bag per campus gets distributed. The “feeders” often buy their own cat food and empty water jugs. “We’re being environmentally conscious.” Margie said.
The feeder’s goal is to keep the feeding on a schedule. Valle Verdes feeding time is around 5 p.m.
Cats only get fed once a day, but feeders give them enough food for a day.
Cats are nocturnal and eat at night. They also manage the size of food portion to avoid it going to waste.
If cats know their feeding schedule, they won’t cross the street trying to look for food and get ran over.
The volunteers spayed and neutered the cats and return them back to where they found them for them to stop having so many kittens and effectively control the population.
“It helps them give them a better quality of life” Margie said. When the cats are trapped, they receive their vaccinations, health tests, they want to prevent kittens being sick or ran over. Cats get their ears clipped.
ASC more than 70% cats have been spayed and neutered. The cats are trapped at night lining them with pee pads and use bait.
Female cats are intelligent and if they’re not hungry they don’t go in the trap. “It’s a delicate balance.” Margie said. “It’s important to return the cats to where you found them.”.
Animal Rescue at the Community College Arc, student organization, is ran by Barbara Williams and the physical plat works along with them to successfully get the work done.
The college doesn’t pay for any costs, it is all volunteer supported. The trap in the city provide veterinarian appointments and work with a nonprofit organization called Sun City cats.
The Cat Food and Supply Donations is a team effort and use their own resources. “We provide a valuable service for the cats living here for many years.”