No Kill Pima County posted this on Facebook. It’s too good to not share and describes all the steps to save these cats. Please take note especially to the rescue groups who saved the 12 urgent cats/kitties from being killed at noon.
“Yesterday was an example of something wonderful!
It actually started the day before when PACC volunteer, Michelle faced with a growing crisis and no real ‘authority’ to do anything, put quick thinking into action.
She proposed that cat adoption fee be waived and that was agreed upon (for cats aged 6 mos+). Then the looming deadline for at least 12 cats was announced. Volunteer and advocate Sandra Holland was finding every nook and cranny to put a cat but in the end 12 were slated for destruction. A short window of opportunity came when Dr. Lilly left early and the 12 cats were made available until the next day at noon.
Several volunteers and advocates jumped into action and started their own outreach which continued late into Sunday evening.
We started working together on community awareness. Karyn Zoldan jumped into action and wrote an article on the cat situation and posted it that night on Tucson Tails.
The group reached out directly to other cross posters, rescues and fosters.
Rescues wanted to help but needed fosters, and some broke normal policy and agreed to allow a short term foster arrangement so some of these 12 lives could be saved.
Transportation was arranged in case fosters were found but could not get there before noon.
Justin was contacted and although he was off that day he engaged and was responsive.
Advocates started contacting the news stations and asking them to cover the issue and inform the public
Media responded and all 3 stations covered the crisis, during daytime and prime time news providing the ultimate public awareness.
In the end and for what we set out to do that day – mission accomplished! All 12 were rescued, some others were diverted at intake and people were coming out to adopt!
Special thanks to Joann Ollar for providing short term foster care to so many. Julie and all the other fosters YOU are the answer to eveyone’s prayers! Thanks to the transporters and networkers working their magic. Thank you to Ellen Miller, Jenica Anagnostou, Linda Dills and all the other advocates and huge thanks to Sandra Holland and Beth Montes for orchestrating much of this from behind the scenes and through the evening. To those we didn’t name, we apologize but no effort was in vain!
We thank Tucson 2 Tails and WSKR (We Save Kitties Rescue) for being willing to accept short term fosters to help get them out while working to find longer term arrangements, and for taking 5 of the urgents, and to Hermitage No Kill Cat Shelter, (Saving Animals at Risk) SARA Pawsitively Cats, and Rachel’s Crew.
PLEASE SUPPORT these organizations who take animals from the shelter with unknown/undiagnosed problems and then incur great expenses.
We know there is a long road ahead until we can celebrate every day, but we do want to acknowledge these efforts that demonstrate what can be done when we all come together which embodies the No Kill mindset!
So on this day and we want to recognize all involved, it started with one person taking action and resulted in a great collaboration that effectively saved so many urgents! THANK YOU!”
Reading this makes me a teary eyed. I always say — it takes a village — and it does. If you can help the above mentioned rescues in any way, please do. If you cannot afford to donate money, what about foster care, outreach, web design, collecting food, fundraising, cleaning kennels? I’m sure there are many opportunities for willing participants.
(Photo: Friendly and mellow Garfield is a volunteer favorite. He hangs out at the back of the kennel acting shy, but is looking for a special purrson to take him home. )