Southern Pines assisted in the rescue of 40 cats and kittens this weekend after their caretaker passed away. His family remembers him as a compassionate man who took care of any animal that happened to cross his path. From deer to snakes to rodents to cats, he always made sure they had what he could give, even it meant taking a little less for himself. Taking one step onto this quaint property tucked into the woods and off the road, it was evident that the 40 cats and kittens living there never went hungry, always had a warm place to sleep, and even found their way inside from time to time.
When their caretaker passed away, 40 cats and kittens lost a dependable source of food, they lost a way of life they were accustomed to, and they lost a friend. Now your donations can help give them a second chance. $1,200 can save 40 lives. Can you help us to help them?
Many of these cats were part of a colony that began when strays were tossed out in the rural area surrounding the country home. They were not house pets or the cuddliest of kittens, but they would come running when they'd hear the familiar sound of their caretaker singing as he filled their bowls of food. As the colony grew he did the best he could to take care of the cats even though many would never be quite trusting enough to be picked up. When their caretaker passed away, the cats lost a dependable source of food, they lost a way of life they were accustomed to, and they lost a friend. Left alone, and with some still trapped inside, some of the cats declined, and began to get sick. They needed a new start and a second chance, and thankfully the caretakers family called for help.
Southern Pines is proud to have strong partnerships with shelters, rescues, and animal welfare groups throughout the state, and when the State Director for the Humane Society of the United States reached out for assistance with this case, Southern Pines was happy to help honor a man who cared for each animal he encountered by caring for those he left behind. Tucked into the countryside, McCall Creek is a small community whose closest neighbors are our friends at the Brookhaven Animal Rescue League. This wonderful group only had the capacity to care for six of the cats, and they needed help to make sure those in need weren't left behind. Over the last few days, 34 cats made their way back to Southern Pines where they received medical exams, vaccinations, flea treatment, and spay/neuter surgery. Some of the cats are quite social, while others would prefer to love humans from a safe distance.
The cost to provide treatment to all of these cats will be just over $1,200, as some will need antibiotics, testing, and all will be spayed and neutered. They have lost the person who cared most for them, and we are committed to helping these cats find a new place to call home. Many of the kittens will be able to enter our regular adoption program, but the adults would prefer to go into barn cat or outdoor homes. If you can help us to give these cats a second chance, please consider making a donation here. All of the cats will be available for adoption, and if you are interested in giving one of the outdoor barn cats a home, please visit our Barn Cat Buddies Page and fill out the online form or give the shelter a call at 601-544-6632. Thank you for helping us to give these cats a second chance. Together we truly are saving more lives than ever before.
Blog articles are written by staff and volunteers of Southern Pines Animal Shelter.