June 9th, 2011
Submitted by UAN volunteer Beth Gammie of Tallahassee, Florida
|UAN volunteer Angel Zebraski of
Hampton, Georgia carries a rescued
cat into the emergency shelter
For two days, trucks arrived at UAN’s emergency shelter carrying precious cargo–700 neglected cats rescued from deplorable hoarding conditions in High Springs, Florida. Time after time, UAN volunteers lined up to meet the transports and gently carried the cats to the clean, new kennels that awaited.
|Many cats had runny eyes and noses|
The neglect these cats experienced quickly became evident. Many of the cats were simply filthy. The despair of trying to live in dirty and overcrowded conditions showed. Matted fur and crusty eyes and noses abounded. Volunteers heard the wheezy breathing of cats suffering from upper respiratory infections and saw the fur loss and other skin conditions.
|Relaxing comfortably in safe and
However, UAN volunteers are fluent in “cat” and heard them express their gratitude for shelter from the elements, a clean kennel, abundant food and clean water.
|One of the tiniest cats rescued|
One calico asked, “What’s up with that cold air blowing down from the ceiling,” clearly unfamiliar with air conditioning. But mainly they expressed gratitude for humans who cared enough about them to travel from all over the United States and Canada to come to their rescue. “Mew,” indeed.