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Tenants of apartment complex abandoned cats - 22 Feb 2009
Purling, NY, Sunday, Feb 22, 2009
Animalkind received a call about "dozens and dozens" of cats -- all abandoned cats who were huddled up together on a house porch and under makeshift tarps and enclosures in the back of the house during a snowy day, trying to keep warm.
A nice lady was doing her best to feed the abandoned pets, but her resources are strained what with all the unspayed and unneutered cats left behind by frequently-moving apartment tenants. Her house is in close proximity to the apartment complex, and the abandoned cats gravitated to the kind lady's house, having lost their homes.
These cats follow their nature ....and they breed. The actual number of cats -- many friendly and not feral -- at the location may have reached as high as 50.
The apartment complex is in the Hamlet of Purling near Cairo, NY, across the Hudson from Animalkind in Greene County. Upon our arrival at the house where the kind lady was feeding, the many cats there came right towards us --hungry and cold, close to starving.
Animalkind spoke with the landlord of the apartment complex, and he will allow us to trap as many as we can to get them spay/neutered and vaccinated. Those cats that are friendly and socialized, as many of them are because they are abandoned pets, we will try to place in good homes. We are in the process of determining what to do with the feral cats after spay/neuter and vaccination as they are very very hard to find homes for. But with a reduced population of non-reproducing cats, perhaps we can simply return them to the lady that can cope with a drastically reduced number of cats to care for. The superintendent of the apartment complex has agreed to help us trap.
We picked up 12 friendly ones at first visit, 8 of which are below:
BURGANDY COGNAC COCCO LATTE FELICIA MUFFIN MARTINI
These sweet and gentle cats will be taken to the vet and will become available for adoption.
(See Animalkind's Adoptable Animals page.)
Rescuing these cats and getting all to the vet for spay/neuter and vaccination is going to be a major project for Animalkind. We need volunteers and special donations to help these poor animals.
UPDATE - 20 Mar 2009Our efforts are still ongoing to bring all the abandoned kitties into safety. Today, we trapped four more. You can get an idea of the trapping process below (all three in the photos were successfully trapped, plus another hiding under the porch).
One of these cats turned out to be a flame point, long-hair Siamese. We were told that he/she was not friendly and could not be approached. Yet, by the time we got him/her back to Animalkind, there were purrs of gratitude after a major combing! The kitty still has to be "sexed" and vetted, but will shortly be available for adoption.
So far, we have rescued 21, all waiting for their forever home at Animalkind.
UPDATE 13 May 2009
Chianti, Burgundy, Cognac, Latte, Muffin
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Animalkind Inc.is a not-for-profit welfare, protection, rescue, rights organization dedicated to the compassionate care and humane population control of abandoned, feral and stray cats in Hudson, New York (Columbia County) and the surrounding area. We promote non-lethal prevention of an unwanted litter or litters of kittens through trap, spay, neuter, release (return), (tnr, TNR). An altered cat or kitten is released into a managed colony. Felines living in such colonies are assured kind daily care. Adoption to homes providing love and care for cats and kittens is encouraged. We also provide low or no cost spaying and neutering assistance to low income pet owners and help increase public awareness and education through the media, special events, and publications to promote compassion, respect, and kindness towards all animals.
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