Thursday, June 30, 2011

Carrick Rescue Update

By: Christine Line, Animal Friends' Communication Team

At Animal Friends, we wanted to thank all who have followed the Carrick rescue story. Your support, donations, and thoughts have been much appreciated during this extremely busy time.

As many of you may know, the Carrick rescue made news headlines for several days. Dozens of cats and kittens were found in extremely poor conditions in the house. These felines were very lucky to get out of there alive, although help came a bit too late for just a few, who died shortly after being rescued. While our hearts have broken over losing these few, we are thankful that we were able to give them a couple days of cleanliness, caring, and love.

A few more positive updates: Close to 70 cats were removed from the house, although several remained at the residence after the initial rescue until we could corral them to bring them in. They were all scared, but many of them are warming up to the kindness they are receiving here at Animal Friends.

As of last week 16 were available for adoption, but many more are becoming adoptable every day. All of the cats were horribly flea infested upon rescue, and some have hair loss and sores from the fleas. Many were malnourished and are small for their age, and many also have intestinal parasites, which is very common in neglect and abuse cases. All are being treated for the parasites and will need to go home with medication if they are adopted before completing it.

However, after some much-needed TLC from our medical staff, these furry felines are waiting to be given a second chance at life. They've gotten treatment, baths, grooming, and plenty of cuddles from our volunteers. Some have even already been adopted! For the rest who are still at Animal Friends...all they need now is to find homes where they will receive the love and care they deserve. A special thank-you to some very generous volunteer groomers, who offered their professional services to get these little survivors looking handsome again.

We are so heartened by all who have followed our journey and these cats' journeys to a better life. If you want to learn more about the Carrick rescue or wish to make a donation to support these animals, you can visit our website or call the Development Office at 412.847.7052.

And be sure to check out our blog below, featuring several adorable photos of their special bathing and grooming sessions!

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