Help Frank get his Shelter back!
Help Frank get his Shelter back!
We are Safe Haven 4 Cats SC Rescue Organization Our Mission is to provide a safe environment for abandoned, feral, and adoptable cats while reducing the free roaming cat population through strategically initiated Trap Neuter Release Feed (TNRF) programs for the Grand Strand area of Horry County SC. We control cat colonies by returning the feral cats that we spay and neuter to their territories to keep other cat colonies from forming there. It is called the Vacuum effect.
This is our guy Frank he has lived at the Little River SC Welcoming Center his entire life which makes him native to this land. He was soaking wet the past few nights when we went to feed him from all the rain we have had. His shelter was forced to be taken away for no good reason at all! One of our members of Safe Haven lives in a devopment just feet away from the state property that the Little River SC Welcoming Center is on. We have been caring for our guy Frank for 6 years now. He is semi feral and indoors is not an option for him. He has been vetted and neutered with his ear tipped. We worm him every 6 months and keep flea preventative meds on him every month. He is fed twice daily, he either goes to the Safe Haven members property or she will go look for him at the welcoming center and ensures that he is fed and watered. He was seeking shelter in the winter for warmth in the culvert by highway 17 as you pull into the welcoming center. Which is dangerous! Back in March we were granted permission from the supervisor of the Little River SC Welcoming Center Shelby N. Boulineau to place a feral cat house behind the shed on the State of SC property out of public view to keep him away from the highway and to be able to provide him with shelter from the rain and the cold. Mark Brinton the property manager there did not expect Shelby to approve our request and has since made it his quest to ensure that the house got removed. He did so by contacting Devon Harris at corporate office. On April 9th we received an email from Devon Harris the manager of SC visitor services that we had 30 days to remove the cat house and we were not to leave food or water for the cat on the state property. Unlike people and many other animals who can safely go without food for a period of time, cats cannot. When a cat stops eating or his normal daily caloric intake drops dramatically, it’s a very short matter of time before the potentially fatal disease known as hepatic lipidosis takes over his liver. A cat needs to drink 2-4 ounces of water on top of the food it eats daily. An average cat can only survive for a few days without water. Not being able to give him access to water could potentially be a death sentence for Frank and it's inhumane! The cat house was not in public view and was not harming anyone or anything! What his house was doing was providing this 1 poor cat with shelter from the rain and warmth from the cold when he needed it. We put a nice blanket in there for him and he was in heaven. It really broke our heart to take his house away from him. He now stays in the dumpster corral that has no roof which is why he was drenched. He will not stay over at our members house because he knows the Welcoming Center as his home since he was born there. We have explained and put in writing that this cat belongs to us and we take full responsibility for him. We did this for liability reasons so the SC Welcoming Center can not be held liable for him. Frank is very skiddish he does not go up to people he runs from them. We have emailed and called the director of South Carolina Parks,Recreation, & Tourism Mr.Duane Parrish in regards to this issue and only received an email back that was actually from his assistant Justin Hancock. He said he could not support having the cat house there and that it was against their policy and procedures. We have a copy of the policy and procedures and no where in there does it state that a working community cat is not allowed to have shelter. Frank does his job by keeping the rodents controlled there and protecting his territory from other cats forming a colony. He deserves a dry place in the summer and a dry warm place in the winter. It is our job to ensure the cats left to defend certain territories are fed,sheltered, watered, wormed, and treated with monthly flea prevention. LET US DO OUR JOB! Please sign this petition to help Frank get his house back!
Safe Haven 4 Cats SC