We became aware of a very sad situation on October 2nd. One of our volunteers received a phone call begging for help. A neighbor to the old La Mesa trailer park went searching for her cat who accidentally got out. She headed over to the trailer park and what she found was heart wrenching.
(If you did not know, the people who lived in La Mesa trailer park had to be out by August 31st. Everything that was left behind became property of the landowner.) Once there, she discovered that there were many cats and older kittens living on their own, eating garbage that people left behind, eating rotten food out of people’s cabinets, bagels, chicken bones, noodles, whatever they could find. One of our volunteers went down to access the situation and was very saddened and thought there were at least 10 cats, we have now found around 20. The lady went home and got food and water to bring back for the cats and sat in one of the roadways and cried while she looked around and felt helpless.
They were crawling into their old trailers, through broken windows or doors that were left open or rotten places through the floor, where they once had a family, a nice warm place to sleep and were still using their litter boxes that were left behind.”
We are a small rescue with very few fosters, but we knew we couldn’t leave them behind. Through the next couple of days, a few dedicated volunteers were there every day, checking traps, feeding cats and scouring the garbage and filth looking for life, transporting cats to the vet to be tested and accessed. All of the cats were very scared, but once they realized we were there to help, most calmed down so much that our volunteers called them love bugs once they got to the vet. Only two (of about 14, so far) have found foster homes. WE NEED PEOPLE TO STEP UP and help!
The landowner has given us the rest of this week to get the cats out, BUT we need a place for them to go! If we can’t get them out they will be captured and euthanized by the landowner. Please, if you can help by fostering an adult cat, just one… email us at contact@HomewardBoundWV.or
We could also use help with transporting the cats that we catch to the vet to be tested. We also need pine litter, Purina One cat food and crates/cages. PLEASE HELP US, we can’t stand to leave them behind!