Monday, April 4, 2011

The Plattsburg Seven (Originally The Plattsburg Thirteen)

I know things have been a little quiet on the blog lately--hopefully the posts will begin to come on a more regular basis. I wanted to let you know about a group of cats I picked up in Plattsburg, MO.

On Monday, March 21st, the HERO program responded to a call for help in Plattsburg, MO. Social services had contacted a volunteer with NMHPKC about a family who was caring for thirteen cats. The family was in over their heads and it had come to the point that they had to find homes for the cats or they were going to lose their children.

The neighbors had been abusing these cats, shooting some with pellet guns, and the cats were in danger if they stayed where they were. We brought back nine on Monday and set them up at NMHPKC. We returned Tuesday morning to get the other four cats who we were unable to get on Monday.

Luckily, many of the cats are incredibly social, but a few had some issues that needed to be corrected. Boots has a large neck wound that had been untreated for quite some time, Socks had been shot in the eye with a pellet gun, Shadow has ears issues probably caused by untreated ear mites and Samantha has a deformed leg caused by a broken femur that had fused improperly. All of these cats were immediately seen by our vet staff and are on the road to recovery.

All of the cats, minus Boots who also had a URI and a heart murmur, were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for fleas and dewormed. Luckily, Wayside Waifs was able to take four of the cats on Monday, March 28th. On Thursday, March 31st, a volunteer has taken another one in to her home to see if he will work with her four-legged family. Today, she filled out the forms and adopted him! A woman who saw the cats on Facebook fell in love with Samantha and has taken her to her vet for X-rays and is now fostering her until the day when the vet is going to try to fix Samantha’s leg.

This leaves seven cats who currently call NMHPKC home. We are looking for foster homes or adoptive families for these seven cats. We have had an outpouring of support from volunteers who come in twice a day to help clean their kennels and give them some much needed TLC. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in fostering or adopting one of these cats, please contact Joe Hinkle and he will be able to set up a time for you to meet them. These cats have had a rough life and are looking for homes where they can be part of a family and get the love they deserve.
Boots-He is the only cat not currently altered as he had 
a neck wound, URI and heart murmur when he came in.
He will be altered this week and is a very loving cat! 
Garfield-He is, by far, the most timid of all the cats. He is
having a harder time adjusting, but should do well in a home 
that is patient, loving and willing to go slow with him. 
Patchy-She is a very sweet girl, but is FIV positive. She
is a very sweet cat and is just looking for a loving home. 
 Shadow-Don't let this guys ears fool you; he is one
super-sweet man! He wants to be near people and will
end up being a great lap cat!
Socks-He started out being a bit timid, probably from being
shot in the eye with a pellet gun. His eye is looking a lot
better and he is really starting to come out of his shell. 
Silvertip-She is very outgoing and inquisitive. She would 
love to find a home where she can explore and search
and play to her hearts content! 
Sunshine--She is a little shy, but is coming around more and more
each day. He would do well in a patient home, but with a
little love and tenderness, he is going to be a loving, friendly cat!

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