[Vision2020] Caturday (March 20, 2021)
thansen at moscow.com
Sat Mar 20 05:23:20 PDT 2021
A nonprofit animal shelter in Michigan rescued 33 cats from a home after a mail carrier spotted multiple felines on the roof of what appeared to be an abandoned house. All are recovering nicely and will soon be up for adoption on Caturday
Courtesy of N-Live (Detroit, Michigan) at:
33 cats rescued from house after mail carrier sees some on the roof
MONROE, MI – A nonprofit animal shelter in Monroe rescued 33 cats from a home after a mail carrier spotted multiple cats on the roof of what appeared to be an abandoned home.
Friends of Companion Animals, Monroe’s only all-cat rescue and adoption center, announced Tuesday, March 16 it had recently rescued the cats, which were of various ages and in different states of health from a single home. The organization is working to adopt out as many as possible.
In January, a mail carrier on his route in downtown Monroe spotted multiple cats on the roof of the seeming abandoned home and called Monroe County Animal Control which referred the carrier to the non-profit shelter, FOCA Shelter Director Penny Bly said.
Shelter volunteers coordinated with the owner of the house, who no longer lived at the residence, and rescued 33 cats in total from the home over the course of several months, Bly said.
No criminal charges have been filed in the case, which remains under investigation.
“As you would imagine, a number of these felines require serious medical attention,” Bly said. “Two felines appear to have a genetic mutation where their front claws are growing abnormally so they will require a declaw to alleviate their pain. While another required a partial tail amputation due to exposed bone.”
Bly added that several other cats are battling vision issues, upper respiratory infections and other ailments often seen with a colony of cats who are left without medical treatment.
Bly stated this was the largest cat rescue the group has conducted since its creation in 2011.
“This case is a prime example of how rapidly cats can reproduce and why we stress the importance of spaying and neutering pets, including outdoor feral cats, to alleviate unnecessary suffering,” she said.
Two of the cats have already been adopted into loving homes, though about 10 or 12 of the rescued felines will likely not be adoptable due to lack of human contact their entire lives, Bly said.
These cats will be candidates for the shelter’s barn cat program where they are adopted to rural families with barns, garages, or stables where they can live outdoors while still being taken care of.
Animals that become available for adoption can be viewed by visiting the shelter’s website at friendsofcompanionanimals.orgor visiting the shelter’s Facebook page.
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“Caturday” by Linus Petit
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