Scaredy Cat Rescue in the Corner Brook area of Newfoundland, Canada is a small all volunteer group that began in December of 2010 when 2 concerned individuals, Janice Higgins and Kim Fraser started to notice the vast amount of feral cats living outside in harsh conditions without any shelter, food or human interaction. Because of such little human contact, the cats were rarely seen and would scour at first approach, hence the name “Scaredy Cat”. Today the volunteer group not only feeds and vets the numerous colonies, but they are often called upon in times of crisis.
Although they are primarily a Trap, Neuter and Release Rescue group, they were recently asked to help with a hoarding situation that even a larger shelter would have difficulty taking on. Expecting to assist by rehoming 40-50 cats, they were shocked when they entered the property in question to find over 140 felines living in the most horrid conditions. The team, wearing protective masks, discovered cats and kittens of all ages with no food bowls, only random kibble spread on the floor between 3 overflowing litter boxes filled with excrement and garbage scattered everywhere.
All the cats were malnourished, many adults weighing less than five pounds, beyond emaciation. Some of the cats appeared to be younger due to stunted growth. All of the cats were suffering from severe flea infestation, tapeworm and ear canals totally blocked with mites. Some had nails so long they were curled over and imbedded in their pads causing painful infections and inability to walk Several of the cats showed clear signs of calicivius, abscesses, patches of hair loss, skeletal appearance with protruding bones, shoulder blades and spinal vertebrae so prominently visible through their thin skin. Several cats were found with broken tails and many wounds from fighting.
Though unplanned, the volunteers left the house with approximately 30 cats that first day. They removed what appeared to be the smallest and weakest first, some with flea infestations so bad, they had to pull them from their eyes. A few of the cats have died to their deprivation despite intensive vet care. The remainder are responding well to vet treatment, are in foster care and awaiting spay and neuter with hopes for adoption.
This is a heart wrenching experience, as well as very costly. Scaredy Cat Rescue relies solely on donations and they barely have enough funds to rescue the 300 cats they find annually amongst a population of only 25,000 people.
Being a former Shelter Support Grant Recipient in 2012, when Scaredy Cat Rescue reached out to us for emergency help, we responded with subsequent financial aid immediately. Without your assistance, this would have been not been possible. Their budget will be stretched for months to come, please further their efforts by reading about their work and sharing their plight through their website below.