We have three weeks to save the last of Ann-Maries babies. We have found a for-ever home on a property, but it is bare. We need to provide fencing and shelter and full vet treatment and then they will be safe for the rest of their lives. Otherwise, they will need to be put down. Your donation will help save them. Read Ann-Maries story below and dig deep.
Three years ago a colony of 22 cats was found in Ashfield by an amazing, selfless woman "“ Ann-Marie. She set about trying to save them all. And now, there are 5 cats left who, were are going to be hunted, trapped and put down in a matter of weeks without our help.
Ann-Marie has found a for-ever home on a farm for the remaining members of the colony but we need your help in setting it up to be cat-friendly and safe. This means putting in appropriate shelter and fencing to keep other predators out and these babies safe.
We are trying to raise $6000 in our first campaign to build shelter and fencing, and will be running a second campaign for $4000 to contribute to Vet bills, food, transportation and rehabilitation costs.
Even $5 can help to get these cats to a safe, warm environment where they will be safe for the rest of their lives.
The Amazing story of this Woman and the cat colony is told below in her own words. You can see this has been a labour of love and has cost her significant time and money. This is the final step in a project that has been a part of Ann-Marie for 3 years.
Please help her to finish this, and provide a loving and safe home for Diva, Hissy, Mamma, Sam and Swipey.
One late night while I was driving home I saw a moving shadow out of the corner of my eye. I pulled over to find 5 scared, starving kittens, and a dead mother cat. I was horrified, I followed the kittens which lead me to the back of a homeless shelter, and there I discovered 22 starving, sick and pregnant little cats. After several meetings and extensive conversations with the local council they stopped trapping and destroying the little cats as I gave them my word I would take action to be their carer.
Over the last three years I have had them all desexed, micro chipped and vaccinated. They are fed twice a day, every day. With the previous support of the management at the shelter I have had the time to rehabilitate and socialise most of the cats into special care homes with experienced owners. All but 5 remain.
Now their ongoing safety and existence is under threat due to a change in management at the shelter.
I have been a direct notice that they must be gone within 3 weeks because they are not wanted anymore. This callous act makes me feel so helpless. I'm desperate to find homes for these special cats who I have helped survive over the last three years.
With no help from any animal welfare organisations as they are not fully socialized, private homes are the only option. These beautiful cats are fragile, shy and have only had minimum physical contact with humans, but are used to being around people. They need to be re-homed in pairs or more into quiet loving, forever homes. Socialising starts in your lounge room with me as a daily support for as long as the cats and you need my assistance. Or if you have a cat proofed backyard they will easily adapt living outdoors.
The other cats I have found homes for have integrated well into their new families. Being cats from a colony naturally they love being around other cats, so if there are other cats in your home don't think that harmony can't be achieved.
On a personal note, the task of being their permanent cat carer has been an enormous one, but it has been an incredibly rewarding experience at the same time.
These cats are a joy to me and the friends who have helped me along the way.
I am overwhelmed that we have an offer to re-home the remaining babies, but we cannot do this without your help. Please donate to help our little cat family live their lives.
See http://www.facebook.com/12homelesscats for more of the journey and story.
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