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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Breanna Stout is seeking forever homes for several stray cats.
The Breeze Hill trailer park has been overrun by feral cats. Stout had been feeding them for some time.
She was roused to further action when two kittens there froze to death during a cold spell.
“We had two kittens freeze to death with the first frost and when I decided that we needed to start to do something to help them,” she said. “So that’s when I started contacting people about donations for the warming shelters. And then after that it turned into donations for cat food for the feeders. Now we’ve been getting donations for vet care. That way we can do trap and neuter. We’re focusing on spays right now.”
She is working on this with Dr. Tracey Anheuser.
The cats need to be put up after their surgeries, then need permanent homes.
“I have two people who are willing to board these cats during their healing process,” Stout said. “We have in the process three cats as of right now who are waiting for their spay appointment and then after that they’ll be able to be rehomed.”
It’s a big job. There are about 60 cats around the trailer park, in groups or “hordes” of 15 to 20 apiece.
Finding permanent homes is the biggest need right now.
“We have people lined up to house for healing, but not for adoption,” Stout said.
There is not a surge of cats going through the process, though. Stout said one female would be spayed on Nov. 24 and one on Dec. 26. After a week or so of recovery, both will need homes.
“Most people don’t want to adopt a female unless she’s been spayed,” Stout said. “So that’s the problem we were running into. That’s why we’re doing the trap neuter and stay that way we can help with the Overpopulation problem and that way we can also try to get more adopted out since they’ll already have the vet care completed. It’s a tough situation.”
A fundraising event will be held Nov. 26, 5-8 p.m., at the Microtel Inn and Suites.