Orphans of the Storm, located in Rayburn Township, is asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons who abandoned 17 cats at the shelter this week. The felines were crammed into two small plastic containers and left overnight.
“The cats are lucky to be alive,” said Bethann Galbraith, shelter manager. “There were no air holes in either container. We don’t know how long they were there before we came in.” The cats are friendly and were delighted to see the staff when the lids were removed.
A reward of $500 for information leading to the arrest of this person is being offered. If convicted, the perpetrator faces a $5,000 fine and up to two years in jail for each abandoned feline.
Help with the individual cats is also needed. The shelter is looking for other rescue organizations, or people who can foster a cat until a spot opens up.
“As all shelters this time of the year, we are overwhelmed with felines and there is a waiting list to accept cats. We simply do not have space to keep these guys.”
The shelter urges anyone who might have information on the person who abandoned these cats, or who might foster a cat, to call Galbraith at (724) 548-4520.
Orphans of the Storm is located in Armstrong County. It was established in 1969 to provide temporary shelter for unwanted and abused animals. The shelter matches lovable animals with loving forever homes, educate the public on humane, responsible care of all animals, and promote spaying and neutering to reduce companion animal overpopulation. Orphans of the Storm is a no-kill animal shelter. This means it euthanizes an animal only if it is suffering with no hope to be cured, or if the animal is a danger to people or other animals.