7th April: Emergency rescue - 45 cats....
Lewisham Branch have taken in 45 cats after receiving an urgent call for help last week.
The cats owners son phoned us at around 6p.m on Tuesday reporting that his vulnerable elderly mother had up to 60 cats and had a court order against her enforcing her eviction from her local authority home in Islington at 8a.m on Thursday morning.
It transpired that the 87 year owner had kept a large number of cats for the last 10 years and had resisted efforts from authorities to bring numbers under control. Tragically over 70 cats had been removed from her care two years previously by the local authority and another charity and the vast majority had been deemed unhomeable and had been euthanased. Sadly a number of cats had been left behind who were unneutered and had continued to breed so numbers had increased again. This time the cats owner was evicted and moved to sheltered accommodation.
To say that we were somewhat daunted by the prospect of rescuing and accommodating all these cats at such short notice was an understatement but we were determined to save these cats.
James, Kelley and Lesley from our Lewisham rescue team attended the property on Tuesday evening, Wednesday and early on Thursday morning to round up the cats. Many of the cats were shut indoors as the owners son had attempted to protect the female cats and kittens from the attentions of the numerous adult male cats. Others had to be caught in the garden of the flat. Some very grateful and helpful neighbours are now assisting with feeding any stragglers that may remain outside and we will return to round them up as it is essential that no unneutered cats are left behind to breed again.
The cats range from a litter of 6 week old kittens, to numerous juveniles and young adult cats. In general the cats are in relatively good health but all require neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and flea and worm treatments. Our vets have now commenced all the cats health checks and neutering. Some of the cats are a little shy but most are friendly and we are hopeful that the shier cats will soon gain in confidence.
We are seeking homes for these cats in pairs. Most will require homes with gardens but some of the pairs of juveniles who have not been used to going outside could be suitable for spacious indoor homes in pairs.
UPDATE 16th JUNE: Eight of these cats are still in need of new homes. They are seeking adult homes in pairs and will require homes with outdoor access.
Kiki - black/white male, Bob - black male, Jonno - black male, Steve - black male, Morgan black/white male, Sydney black male, Anna - black female, Boss - black male.
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