Carolina Cats has a major project underway in Coumbia, SC. The rescue needs your help to make it a success.
There are 100-150 cats at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, SC, a high-security men’s facility. Many inmates and staff care about the cats, but authorities wanted them trapped and killed.
Carolina Cats persuaded them that fixing them and allowing them to stay is more humane, but the rescue needs funds to cover some of the cost of spay/neuter, vaccines, antibiotics, flea treatments and de-wormers.
Other costs include transportation to and from clinics and keeping them comfortable during recovery until they can be returned. Funds to prepare these kittens for socialization and adoption are also necessary.
Carolina Cats has already taken care of 45 cats and kittens from this prison, paying for much of it out of their own pockets. They’ve taken in the younger ones and some mothers to help reduce overall numbers.
Now that the less adoptable cats may officially remain on prison grounds if fixed, they need help to get the rest done before more are born.
Most of the cats are healthy, but the first Carolina Cats fixed, a 5-year-old named Tripod, is a favorite of the staff and inmates. Tripod only has three legs, as she lost one to a mowing machine as a baby. Nevertheless, she’d had several litters.
Later, they were given two baby kittens, Leaf and Fern, who were blind and neurologically impaired. Carolina cats was able to find them a wonderful home together and they are doing great.
Carolina Cats already took care of neighboring Goodman Correctional Institution, a medium-security women’s facility, where staff were suddenly ordered to trap and send to the pound cats who were cared for and , loved and socialized by inmates.
They took in 45 cats to save their lives. Most were adopted, with only a few still awaiting homes. A few are a bit skittish and will remain with the rescue. Goodman eventually permitted half a dozen fixed cats to stay.
No new cats have been born or joined them in 16 months.
Carolina Cats is Columbia’s oldest organization providing lifetime care for special kitties. Their mascot Gus, now 10, was born with cutaneous asthenia. This is a lack of collagen that causes his skin to tear easily.
The rescue specialized in “special” kitties, providing a lifetime of care for feral, older or sick cats. They practice TNR (trap, neuter, return) for feral cats, and find lifetime homes for those deemed adoptable.
Please give whatever you can – every little bit helps. Their goal is $1000. This You Caring page will allow you to donate towards helping Carolina Cats accomplish this goal.