Purrs has been dealing with a very sad situation over the last week. We had an urgent plea for help from a family who had discovered a family member’s house had a bad over population problem and they hadn’t realised just quite the seriousness of it. Over 20 cats and kittens living in very bad conditions and they needed urgent help.
Joy and Jeri from Purrs have been absolute heroes and lept to the challenge in awful conditions and joined forces with other rescues to get places for all cats between them all, and getting the cats to the vets for treatment, spaying/neutering, microchipping, flea and worm treatment and overall checks. They will also need time to adjust to life outside these conditions and get used to other people and eventually, the outside world.
Joy and Jeri & the rescues have been visiting once or twice daily, trapping and trying to make sure all cats are out of the property so that the council can take things from there. Environmental Health need to come into to do more clearing to check there are not more further cats hiding in furniture etc. Unfortunately, we already know of at least 2 cats who have not survived and were found dead.
We have been given permission from the family to use the photos to show the conditions in the house that the cats have been in and thatrescuers have been dealing with.
This has been a team effort of a few (small independent) rescues and as well as massive thabks to Joy and Jeri – huge thanks to Mark and Linzi from Pippas Army, Bow Lodge, Wanderers, Carol from Caring for Animals and Meows Rescue who have all done their bit to ensure the best possible outcome for all concerns and we cannot thank them all enough.
The photos show the cats from the house, some will go other rescues, some will come to Purrs, so more details will come on that when the situation is more stable so please do not enquire about adopting particular cats at this point – please follow our Facebook page for updates.
As you can imagine, the cost of care for all these cats, health checks, spaying, neutering and treatment for any conditions (like eye infections) as a result of living in these conditions (they have never been outside) will be very costly and is likely to reach £8000 so we are starting a fundraiser to fund this mammoth task – the money raised will be shared amongst all the rescues that have taken on cats from the house to ensure everyone has the support needed.
Follow the link below to contribute – we have used Btmydonate for this (instead of justgiving or gofundme) as they take the least fees for hosting the fundraiser which ensures more of your kind donations comes to us, rather than taken away in fees.
We thank you for anything you can contribute – New Year is a tough time for everyone with bills but anything would be greatly appreciated!
If you would rather donate food, please contact us if you’d like to deliver or send direct or you can buy from our amazon wish list here – we will need both adult and kitten food.
You could also drop food off at our collection bins at Pets At Home Romford and Ilford and Jollyes in Romford – it can be any food, it doesn’t have to have been bought in store.
Thank you for your continued support – it’s your support that means we were able to help in this very sad and upsetting situation.