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The saying, “third time’s a charm,” certainly rang true in this Hope for Paws rescue! JoAnn Wiltz and Lisa Arturo wasted no time in going out to rescue a feral cat who had recently given birth.

Trapping is usually the easiest and safest way to capture a feral cat, so they went with this option. The first trap the rescuers tried was a box trap, but this mama was way too smart for that. She entered the trap to get the food but didn’t go in far enough to set it off. So, it was time for plan B! The mama had already started relocating the kittens and moved one under the house, so Lisa worked quickly to get the remaining kittens to safety before she returned.

The next trap they tried was a drop trap, but Lisa and JoAnn determined it was best to remove the kittens and come back in the morning for mama and the kitten she already moved. But first, one last try! They used the first box trap again but put the carrier of kittens behind it to lure her out. It took some time, but it worked!

The mama cat was named Beauty, and her babies were named Maurice, Gaston, Cogsworth, Chip, and Lafou. Beauty was safely released to a feral cat colony while the babies found their forever homes thanks to Room 8 Memorial Cat Foundation.

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