I received an urgent request for help from an amazing animal advocate, Sia Barbi, of the Barbi Twins’ fame. Sia and her sister, Shane Barbi, are powerful animal advocates, working tirelessly to help animals in need. Shane Barbi is married to Golden Globe Award winner, Ken Wahl. He had read an article in the Beverly Hills Courier about a Los Angeles cat rescue that will soon have to close its doors, after the owner of the building where the rescue is located was diagnosed with cancer, and sold the building. Mr. Wahl, who has a special place in his heart for cats, wanted to make as many people as possible aware of this tragic situation, because if new homes are not found by the end of November, these precious babies will face being killed.
I contacted Elaine Kares from the rescue, and she provided me with the heartbreaking background information about this situation. For years this feline rescue has taken in and cared for countless cats who found themselves homeless. Some came from elderly guardians who had died or who had to move into assisted living facilities, and their families flatly refused to take them in. Some were left on the doorstep in the middle of the night, and some brought to them by local firefighters or police officers who had found them in abusive situations. All of them have been loved and cared for in clean, bright and beautiful surroundings.
Ms. Kares stated that there has been a rather contentious relationship with the owner of the building over the years, including after a fire that was caused by faulty wiring. The cats had nowhere to go, and even though the owner of the building had a kitty hotel in the same building, she refused to allow the displaced cats to stay in the hotel. They had to live in cramped cages in a dark corner, and a fee of $4.00 per day was charged for each cat until their part of the building was repaired.
Still, the rescue went on, and when the owner was diagnosed with cancer, there was hope that the building would be sold to the rescue, so they could continue on with this crucial work. Sadly, the owner of the building flatly refused to entertain any offers from the rescue, even though the full purchase price was offered. The building was sold, and the new owners plan to tear the building down at the end of November. If homes are not found for these precious babies before then, they face being killed, since local shelters are overflowing with cats at present. They will die through no fault of their own.
There are 48 cats who need new homes, and the rescue staff are doing everything possible to make these adoptions appealing and easy for the potential new guardians. Ms. Kares stated:
There is no adoption fee for any of our cats if you can offer them a good home. All of our cats have shots and spayed/neutered, and come with a free starter gift, which includes: Wet and dry food, litter and litter box, and a few toys, leaving you plenty of opportunity to spoil them yourself.
Added gift: Our Super Cat-care-giver, Doris will deliver your kitty personally, and will be available free of charge to assist you with any care-giving services you need to get started.
These are loving, well-cared-for kitties, desperately needing new forever homes before it is too late and they are killed. Ms. Kares, the contact person for the rescue has stated that they are perfect for busy young singles, who want to share their lives with an animal, but do not have the time to care for a dog. Also, for seniors looking for that perfect little furbaby to lie in their laps and give love and purrs to. Any loving home is welcomed, however. There are also a few feral cats, who will require that extra special patience and love to help them transition into family members. But, they all show the potential to do this, and just need someone with that special touch feral kitties require.
If you live in the Los Angeles area and have room in your heart and your home for one (or more) of these beautiful cats, please contact:
Elaine Kares at 323-691-6442
Pictures of some of the gorgeous kitties are provided here. As you can see, these are truly beautiful cats who are in desperate need of forever homes before it is too late.
This is a call to action for all advocates to step up and help find homes for these wonderful felines. It would be a tragedy for them to die, after being so lovingly cared for, simply because there is no space for them anywhere. Please do what you always do so well, and network this story to all of your social media contacts, so that these precious lives can be saved. Please help save them before it is too late!
Click here for the Beverly Hills Courier article: ”Cat Shelter Needs Your Help! Must Place Pets After Losing Location”.
Click here for the Parade article: “How Wiseguy Actor Ken Wahl Helps Kittens Help Veterans”.
Click here for the Barbi Twins’ Facebook page.
Click here for Ken Wahl’s Facebook page.
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