Friday, August 31, 2012
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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.

Plea for Community Help

Faithful Friends is asking anyone who recognizes the cats or has more information on this case - or is interested in adopting them or other sweet cats waiting for homes - to please contact Jeannie DiSabatino at 302-427-8514, ext. 104 or

Faithful Friends is also seeking financial support from the community to help with the care of emergency case such as this one. Supporters can donate to the Healing Touch Fund - a fund to help animals in need of emergency and long-term medical care. Supporters can also become Monthly Donors for as little as $20/month (65 cents a day!)

Faithful Friends Animal Society cares for more cats and kittens than any other shelter in
Delaware - with almost 400 in our care - in addition to almost 40 dogs. It costs the organization over $1 million a year to provide lifesaving care and signature programs and services, with over
1/3 of our budget consumed by emergency and long-term medical expenses for animals in our care, and less than 1% of our funding coming from government support. Public support is critical!

Donate today!

Additional information on ways to donate:
Contact Arlene Boles, Development Director, (302) 427-8514, ext. 110. 

Faithful Friends Animal Society
A private, non profit, No Kill animal shelter.
12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804
(302) 427-8514

Faithful Friends is a 501(c)(3) organization. 
All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.