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Cary cat rescue group looking for loving homes

Posted August 16, 2009

— A cat rescue group is trying to find homes for animals taken last week from a Cary home. The additional cats have come at a time when adoptions are down.

“This is the worst drop off that we've had in past summers. The combination of the economy, and the summer, was the main cause of this (fewer adoptions),” said Mike Fox, with Cat Angels Pet Adoptions.

Fox took in 25 cats on Wednesday from a home at 8626 Chapel Hill Road. The homeowner decided to surrender 65 of her cats after animal control officers came to her house.

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After being examined, only 36 cats were able to be saved; the others were put down. WRAL was told another cat rescued from the home had to be put to sleep over the weekend.

Cat Angels Pet Adoptions plans to spay, neuter, vaccinate and then put the rescued cats up for adoption. But Fox said during a recession, it isn't easy finding homes for rescued animals.

"People are losing their houses and trying to give up their cats, rather than adopting them," Fox explained.

But Cat Angels didn’t let a full house prevent them from offering a temporary home to the recently rescued animals.

"We have worked to squeeze in additional space. We’ve had to improvise. We set up cages in storage areas, and we've had some of our volunteers take them to foster at home," Fox said.

Cat Angels volunteer Lisa Rich sent her husband to check out the new additions last week.

“When I heard those numbers, and I thought where is he going to put them all? And I said, ‘See if they need us to keep a couple, and he came home with eight cats,’” Rich said.

So far, six of the cats have been spoken for. Fox said he hopes the publicity surrounding the rescue, and that most of the rescued cats are Siamese, will help with finding them loving homes.

Anyone interested in adopting one of the cats is asked to call Cat Angels Pet Adoptions at 919-463-9586 or visit the group at 102-F Woodwinds Industrial Court in Cary from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County is also offering 50 percent off adoption fees as an incentive to help find homes for its animals this summer.


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  • Doctor Dataclerk Aug 17, 2009

    Classy. I am guessing you aren't a very religious person, huh? Since they are God's creatures, too.

    I certainly am. God gave man dominion over the animals after he let Adam give them all their names. They are God's creatures and creatures only, they were not made in the image of God as man was. They were put on earth to enjoy, to work, to make use of their skins, and to eat. While I love animals as much as most sensible people do, when their is a problem with population (since they breed at every opportunity and you can't reason with them), you eventually have no choice but to put them down. Domesticated animals are no different than wild animals who's population gets out of control at times and have to be put down, hunted, or slaughtered.

  • JAT Aug 17, 2009

    itsmy...I didn't say you did have them in cages, but alot of the agencies do, and alot of the "foster parents" do as well. The one I had to return was kept in the bathroom all the time because it was too wild to let out with the other pets and people. If it can't be around people, don't lie, you know. That was one cat that was just unable to be domesticated and it would have been better off for everyone, including the cat, if it had been put to sleep when the original owner first surrendered it.

  • itsmyownopinion Aug 17, 2009

    JAT, nothing in cages at my house. The cats have claws and I don't. Both stay inside at night. One goes out and back in dozens of times a day if she wants. The other one stays in and seems to fear the thought of going out. It had been badly injured, according to the SPCA, and I'm guessing that whatever happened must have occurred outside. I'm glad they both are secure now.

  • JAT Aug 17, 2009

    My last comment on this matter.....I sincerely hope all the animals that this woman had and which survived do indeed find a goog home. They deserve it after all they had to endure. And I hope they are truly capable of being "adopted out" and not too highstrung, anti-social or wild to be domesticated. Siamese aren't the most calmest breed around. And I hope that the agency will realize that just because a family plans on declawing the animal doesn't mean it won't provide a loving home for the cat. Consider where the cat came from and where it's going and what's best for the animal should be what is done.

  • JAT Aug 17, 2009

    and, no, itsmy...., you shouldn't make that assumption. But, then, I don't think it's humane to keep animals locked up in cages or kept in bathrooms (because they're too wild) or things like that. I guess "hateful comments" and "hateful actions" are 2 different things....

  • JAT Aug 17, 2009

    petfinders.com also lists places that have barn cats, too. At least you know what you're getting with those! :)

  • info52 Aug 17, 2009

    For those of you seeking barn cats, we are a rescue group that has such a program. We place high-risk ferals/semi-ferals or friendly cats that are often deemed unadoptable by other groups into safe barn environments. We have helped place cats in barn homes for several other rescue groups that don't have such a program. Check out our website at www.alleycatsandangels.org

  • JAT Aug 17, 2009

    and rescuefan - you're the one who refused to answer my questions about declawing vs. death. If those were indeed the only 2 options for a cat, which would you prefer. I've given you the assumption that those are the only options - if the cat is not given to a family that is going to declaw them, the cat will have to be put to sleep. Or even if not to that extreme, remain confined to a cage for most of the day with other cats. Which is truly better for the cat in the long run?

  • JAT Aug 17, 2009

    re: population control issue....yes, if everyone would have their pet spayed or neutered, it would solve alot of issues, but not everyone will. It's their "RIGHT", remember! But there are also alot of the animals that these rescue places "adopt out" that are not suitable for human living and which the SPCA should have put to sleep. A friend of mine adopted a cat from the SPCA which had every disease known to cat kind, but she didn't find out till she took it to the vet. It wasn't safe to be with humans. Luckly, she had plenty of money to spend on it. But alot of people don't and that cat would have been put out on the street otherwise. There was a cat I wanted once and told the SPCA I would have it fixed on my own money, but they refused. I just don't get it. They seem to have actions that are counter to their goals. Doesn't make sense.

  • JAT Aug 17, 2009

    rescuefan, no I do not wish a cat would be killed instead of being declawed but I, along with many others, will not have a cat that is not declawed and I, as that cat's owner (NOTE: OWNER NOT PARENT) should have the right to determine what is best for my HUMAN family and my ANIMAL pet. However, because I choose to have an indoor only cat that I intend to declaw, I am refused the cat, even when the option is to either kill it or keep it locked in a cage somewhere. I cannot reason that attitude at all. Sorry. I've learned not to ever tell them you're going to declaw - if lying is the only way to get a pet you'll love, then do it. They have no right to judge you for loving a cat. And yes, I am anti-rescue, especially after the last one lied about the animal.

    And, you can deny it all you want but I've seen quite a few cats float from the SPCA to agency to agency. I can't help if you haven't tracked these things as I have when I was looking for a new/another pet.