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Cat Rescue, Maritimes struggling to find homes for stray felines

Community group overwhelmed

AMHERST A non-profit community group that works to find homes for stray cats needs more community support.

Cat Rescue, Maritimes, or ca-r-ma.org, has found that the feral-barn-stray cat population has overwhelmed its volunteer staff and limited financial resources.

We cant find homes for the kittens born this spring and there are litters of newborn kittens that will be killed unless we can find people willing to help raise and care for a feral cat colony, people that maybe have a barn or live in the country, said ca-r-ma.org president Corinna Peveling.

The website www.ca-r-ma.org lists several kittens for sale and the recently granted charity-status organization provides a healthy cat that has been spay or neutered.

Paveling said the cat population is beyond out of control and at this time of year its just raining cats. Its something most people dont think about because its an out of sight, out of mind thing.

There are many more cats and kittens that are coping with desperate situations, much more then we can help without more funding and more people willing to adopt or manage a feral cat colony. It is heartbreaking to see such unnecessary suffering and misery, another member of Cat Rescue, Martimes, Peter dEntremont, said.

The group has spayed and neutered almost three dozen cats since last December but it cant get ahead of the problem.

The need now is for a certain type of volunteer.

Volunteers should be willing to act as caregivers for a number of outdoor cats so we can start feral cat colonies with some of the unwanted litters of cats that are being needlessly killed said Peveling. This spring we have come across people that care for 25 cats, some have 30, but they dont invest in having the cats neutered so they become overwhelmed as the colony grows out of control.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

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