Greetings, readers. I’m switching gears from the environment to cats. This week brings sad news regarding the East Side Cat situation and features an SPCA adoption blitz.
“The Toughest Decision”: East Side Cats Announcement
Quick backgrounder: Several months ago, close to two hundred cats were rescued from a Corner Brook house on the east side of the city. NL West SPCA and Scaredy Cat Rescue volunteers quickly mobilized to move them out and attend to their needs, with assistance from the City of Corner Brook and the public.
Nicknamed the “East Side Cats,” they were not in bad shape, considering their cramped circumstances. It was obvious that the owner somehow managed to care for them, but it was a very unhealthy situation.
The NL West SPCA issued an announcement regarding the East Side Cats on September 10, 2012. To avoid getting facts inadvertently confused, I’ve copied and pasted it verbatim from their Facebook page.
“The preliminary report on the samples is back. It indicates that the cats immune systems have been overwhelmed by a bacteria common to all cats.
“Based on the clinical signs (significant purulent nasal discharge, congested lungs, eye infections and dehydration) and laboratory testing, those cats from the East Side Colony which have been examined, are battling a significant bacterial infection specific to cats. Large numbers of cats in such close confinement can contribute to the easy spread of this bacteria and further deterioration of their condition. ‘”
This was an incredibly huge undertaking. Everyone involved volunteered their time and worked long hard hours caring for close to 200 cats. I highly admire the NL West SPCA, Scaredy Cat Rescue, and everyone involved for their accomplishments. Many of the cats were saved, and are now in loving homes. Your efforts were not in vain by any means.
I attended a cat adoption blitz hosted by the SPCA on Saturday, September 8 outside Pet City in the Corner Brook Plaza. Mostly kittens, the felines showcased were Pepper, Jarvis, Logan, Minnie, Boots and Bashful. As of this writing, they are still available.
Jarvis and Logan
Foster cats reminder: Lynx and Sarie
Lynx and Sarie are still available. If you recall, my first Kitty Corner introduced you to the foster cats I’m living with. They’re still here, and feisty as ever!
If you are interested in adopting any of these cats, please contact the NL West SPCA using the following methods:
Phone number: 785-2747. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. NL West SPCA Website. NL West SPCA Facebook page.
Consultation with the SPCA was much appreciated in the assembly of this column.