Cats Found Emaciated, Near Death:
Neighbors Pull Together to Save Helpless Animals
Two local business owners, Michael and Kathy Gallagher, received calls from neighbors that a group of cats needed help desperately. The cats were dumped in the area sometime over the weekend. Neighbors provided food and water while they frantically tried to obtain help from a local animal shelter or rescue - contacting 9 different organization with no response. Help was needed immediately.
When Michael and Kathy arrived, they found the cats in deplorable conditions - all extremely emaciated, flea ridden, with little or no fur. With the neighbors' help, Michael and Kathy were able to get 8 of the cats safely to Faithful Friends Animal Society, who agreed to take on their immediate care. One of the cats was thought to be dead, but when Michael picked it up, it was still alive. He rushed the cat to Windcrest Animal Hospital where it received a blood transfusion due to severe anemia due to fleas.
The staff at Faithful Friends acted quickly to provide the other cats the care needed - administering fluids, antibiotics, flea and parasite preventative, inoculations, and food and water. While waiting at Windcrest, neighbors alerted Michael that another cat had been trapped. That cat was also brought to Faithful Friends.
Since Monday, neighbors have been keeping an eye on traps in hopes of catching the other 3-4 cats who were dumped in the area over the weekend. Tragically, it was too late for one cat who was found dead. Two others were brought to Faithful Friends on Tuesday afternoon.
The Gallaghers, along with one of the neighbors, have contributed towards the cats' care, but much more is needed as it will be several months to recover for these sweet, helpless animals. Faithful Friends is hopeful that all the cats will make a full recovery and will work to place each of them in loving, forever homes.