Woman seeks help finding homes for cats
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
NEW CASTLE ” Valerie Hamrick lives on a 10-acre ranch 10 miles north of New Castle on Main Elk Creek. She loves animals and has three horses, two cats and a dog of her own that are well-cared-for and healthy.
Nevertheless, she is overwhelmed by a particular problem, and I could hear the desperation in her voice as she told me this story.
One of her neighbors, who had lived for more than eight years on property next to hers, suddenly moved and abandoned all the cats on his property. Her neighbor, it seemed, hadn’t found time to spay or neuter his animals, and had acquired a large number of cats. He also had an old, small, smelly dog that he did take with him.
Before this neighbor moved, Hamrick heard some gunfire and went over to his property to investigate. He told her he was shooting the cats. She told him if the cats had been fixed, he wouldn’t have had this problem, but it was too late.
When he moved, he took two cats, but later returned and released them, letting nature take its course.
Three weeks later, the cats use the vacated house as a catbox. When the weather turns inclement, the cats come up to Valerie’s house, and she feeds them. Then they go back to their house. Valerie has emotionally taken responsibility for all of these cats.
With the help of CARE, all the cats she’s been able to catch (CARE provided humane traps) are neutered, have had their necessary vaccinations, and have been for tested and are negative for feline leukemia.
Valerie is keeping six of the cats in her basement. She’s already found homes for eight or nine cats, but she’s used up all her resources for finding homes for the remaining cats. She estimates 16-18 cats still need homes. Some of them are loveable, but most of them are feral cats.
“CARE has been wonderful,” said Valerie, “but they can’t help me with finding homes.”
“If anyone has a barn, or enough acreage, they could adopt a cat or two, and really help me out. These are mouser cats, they’re survivors. You would just need to feed them for a couple of days, and then they will know where home is. After that, they’ll earn their keep and catch all the mice they can find. They need a little water, a little food. But they’ll never reproduce. They just want a home, and they’ll earn their keep.”
“Some of the cats you can’t touch, and some of them are indoor/outdoor cats. Some of them will be lovey-dovey if you give them a chance.”
If you can adopt one or more cats, she’ll even give you a bag of food. Call Valerie at 984-3471. Anyone who answers the phone will help.
“In all honesty, they’re God’s creations, and they didn’t deserve this,” she concluded. “They just want food, a warm place to sleep, and to be looked after. This is so important. Please help these cats.”
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