It Takes a Community

Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Thousands of cats and kittens are rescued from certain death every year in Southern California alone by dozens of rescue groups that work tirelessly and selfishly to save these lives.

Rescues are seldom accomplished through the act of one individual or one rescue group. As the saying goes, it takes a community. Recently, the rescue community came together to fulfill the last wish of one of its own. After a heart transplant, Inge was in and out of the hospital for severl weeks until she she finally passed away on October 28th. During her hospitaliztion, she assured fellow rescuers that “paid caregivers” were taking care of her cats.

Finally, on November 6th, after many requests, the rescuers were allowed to enter the property. They found that the cats were without food and water and probably had been for at least two weeks. Conditions were deplorable and many of the cats were in need of medical treatment.

MeoowzResQ offered right away to take in Cornflake, a young orange tabby who was emaciated, and later Alice. Cornflake is putting on weight and doing pretty well. He has a slight upper respiratory infection which is under control. Alice had to spend a week at the vet but is healthy now.

Cornflake, a young orange tabby, was emaciated

An emaciated Cornflake waiting to be rescued

Staci Cash, an amimal control officer with Manhattan Beach who spearheaded the rescue effort said, “After massive and constant communication and coordination, we removed all 39 cats off of the property and in with reputable rescues/adopters by December 7th, 2012.

To read the full story, written by Staci Cash, and to see more photos click here.

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