I had heard of an Animal Control in the rural area of Woodstock over the past few weeks. I haven't paid much attention, because I concentrate on another high volume shelter. But I couldn't ignore what I heard and decided to see for myself.
Some may think I'm being dramatic, and I'll try to be as honest with my descriptions as I can. The pictures that follow are not my pictures. Believe me - they don't show all of it.
There is room for approximately 30 cats at this "shelter". There are no cages. Cats are kept in ancient cat carriers that have rusted fronts.
There are two employees that rotate shifts and are on call 24 hours per day. They do what they can. It can't be an easy job.
The carriers are stacked on metal shelves and are cleaned every 2 or 3 days. They are filthy and at 1 pm today, nobody had been fed yet or had water. Again - the employees do what they can. If there's an emergency and they have to leave, the cats don't get fed.
There are flies everywhere. My clothes smell bad after being there for 30 minutes. These cats don't have names or cage cards. I've never felt such intense hopelessness and desperation. (From both me and the cats)
We rescued 20 cats and kittens from this place today. Imagine my horror when I realized that we left 4 cats behind. The vet will come in tomorrow at 8:30 am and kill those that remain.
There is a brown tabby/white boy, young orange boy, a black and white female, and a long haired grey and white male left. They're wonderful and adoptable. There's no putting cats on hold like at the other shelter.
I'm begging for help for the remaining four cats. I've never done that, have I? Honestly, I don't think I've ever felt so desperate before.
The cats you see in these pictures have been rescued. I wish I had pictures of the remaining 4.
Never fear. I haven't forgotten about the other shelter where I rescue. Somehow that place seems like a Four Seasons compared to what I saw today.
If you can help one or more of the 4 remaining cats, please email me right away. Did I mention that I'm begging?