To The Rescue

Seven simple ways to help cats in need.

By Cimeron Morrissey

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Paolo scavenged for food, water and shelter to survive. The abandoned silver tabby domestic shorthair suffered a painful compound fracture in his leg, which he dragged behind him, lifeless and limp. Luckily, he was spotted by animal lover Nanette Plivoris who got him free veterinary care that saved his life, and helped by a rescue group that found him a permanent home.

Homeless, stray and feral cats live among us in the shadows and rely on the kindness of strangers for survival. “Even if you rescue just one cat, you’re helping with the pet overpopulation problem, and you’re part of a nationwide movement toward building a kinder world for animals,” says Gregory Castle, one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society, an international organization dedicated to humanely reducing pet homelessness and the largest animal sanctuary in the United States. “There’s a huge sense of satisfaction in helping a cat in need. It’s a wonderful thing to do, and it feels wonderful to do it.”

**Get the February 2008 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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Lillian    Eugene, OR

1/28/2008 5:38:27 PM

We have 20 feral cat/kittens that we had fixed and I'm able to care, feed and love most all of them. I wish all felines were able to be spayed or neutered.

Kitti    New York, NY

1/25/2008 12:22:27 PM

I thought it ironic that this month when I surfed over to the Cat Fancy website I see one of your articles is "To The Rescue: Seven simple ways to help cats in need."

I am an animal rescuer, who has worked to rescue stray cats in New York for over 10 years now. This month, I am desperately seeking a new apartment where the landlord will be open to my continuing my work, or at the very least allow me to keep the 12 cats I currently have in my care (long term fosters who quite frankly I know are not likely to ever be adopted due to age, behavior or health issues).

I am a great tenant - have excellant references, my credit is in the upper 700s, and make more annually than most landlords require for an apartment in my price range. But the fact that I am actually HONEST about my rescue work usually turns landlords and brokers off immediately - I have not only been told No, but even insulted and made fun of. One man told me I would never find a new apartment if I wasn't willing to lie.

I haven't read your full article yet, and I'm sure it's full of great suggestions, but what cat lovers REALLY can do to help is find ways to improve the lives of rescuers who do the hands on work. We need places to live, and emotional support above and beyond any financial or material assistance they can give.

If anyone knows of a NYC landlord who loves cats...

Kitti B

Dawn    Charlotte, NC

1/23/2008 10:17:09 AM

The love of my life is a tuxedo cat adopted 18 years ago on a whim. Little did I know then how close I could be to one lovely cat soul. I have always had cats but this one is exceptional. If you haven't helped a cat through adoption, do it and see if you are not paid back hundred-fold by its love.

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