It’s a sad situation and there are probably more of these than we are aware of — a kind and caring person opens their home to help cats in need, sometimes even creating an official cat “sanctuary.” They care for the cats as best they can, but fail to make a plan for what will happen when they can no longer care for the cats or manage the facility. We recently came across a situation just like this here in Arizona.
Oasis de los Gatos served as a cat sanctuary for 13 years in Apache Junction, Arizona. In that time, hundreds of cats lived at the sanctuary and were cared for by the sanctuary owner. Over the past year, the owner’s health has declined and she is now in a long-term care facility and is no longer able to care for the cats. She did not have a contingency plan for the future of the facility or for the care of the cats in the event that she could no longer care for them. The situation came to the attention of a small group of volunteers in early June 2009. At that time there were 52 cats on the property. The group set to work immediately, cleaning the facility and caring for the cats. Unfortunately, three of the cats have since passed away due to extreme health conditions, and the remaining cats are in poor health, but most are extremely social and are in need of loving homes.
Peter and I got involved with this rescue about a month ago and now we are happy to say that most of the cats are in foster homes and some have been transferred to another, well-managed sanctuary in Tucson, Arizona. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. Many of the cats are in need of vet care and we still need to either find them homes or transport them to the Tuscon sanctuary.
We set-up a fund raising page at Give Forward where you can make a contribution to help the cats of the Oasis de los Gatos cat rescue. Every little bit helps! And for any contribution made through Give Forward, you will be entered into a drawing to win a brand new Earth & Sky Pod Bed from Hepper Home. A big thanks to Jed from Hepper for donating the bed for this cause!