Foster Focus

Because of the efforts of one woman, it?s no longer raining cats and dogs in her rural town.

By Cimeron Morrissey

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It’s a crisp, calm Saturday morning in the high-desert town of Hurricane, Utah. On these kinds of days, residents sleep in and look forward to hiking the sandstone bluffs in the nearby mountains. But for 62-year-old Susan Barrett, it will be a whirlwind day. She’s already fed her foster cat, arranged to trap kittens at a farm and made plans to drive a carload of animals to a Best Friends Animal Society’s spay/neuter clinic, which is an hour and 15 minutes away. Like a bolt of lightning, she’s out her front door and on her way to Hurricane Animal Shelter to pick up cats and take them to an all-day adoption fair at PETCO.

But this isn’t a typical day for Barrett. No two days are alike for the feline foster parent and animal rescuer. As one of the few dedicated animal advocates in her small country town, Barrett’s days are scheduled by the needs of cats (and sometimes dogs) in her rural community. On some days she fosters kittens and traps free-roaming cats for spay/neuter; on other days she socializes neglected cats that were surrendered to the shelter and finds ranches to relocate abandoned semi-feral felines. Whatever the task, Barrett does it with a passion and intensity that leaves no room for anything but a happy ending for the animals in her care.

**Get the July 2009 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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Jorja    Marion, IA

6/7/2009 9:43:53 AM

I think that putting an article in each cat fancy book using information on a new rescue in new part of the US each month would be a great thing. Did you know that since the flood here in Iowa we have thousands of abandoned cats and I get calls twice or three times a week from people who explain that they are trying to feed cats who wander in but they need to have someone come and round them up and take them somewhere safe because they can't afford to keep feeding them. They are afraid to take them to the shelter because there are so many that the city shelters are putting them asleep about every two weeks. I send the folks who call me to a young lady who lives on a farm in the next county but she is exceeding 50 or more cats and feeding them is becomming almost impossible not to mention having them neutered, spayed and given necessary vaccines. If anyone can help, I know that I would appreciate it.

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