Tough Guys Need More Muscle to Rescue 200 Cats
The motorcyclist/animal welfare nonprofit Rescue Ink is undergoing a rescue of 200 cats found at a Long Island home. Nearly 80 cats will be pulled from the house, which is facing foreclosure, today. (Pet Pulse Photo Courtesy of Rescue Ink)
NEW YORK -- The tough riders with tender hearts at Rescue Ink have struck again, this time stepping in to relieve a Long Island family caring for 200 cats.
The nonprofit organization, comprised mainly of tattooed motorcyclists who bonded over their love for animals, pulled 30 cats from a Morchies, N.Y., home on Wednesday.
They will return today to remove another 75 cats from the ranch house, which was stuffed with animals in "every single crevice," according to Rescue Ink volunteer Robert Misseri.
The case isn't as it appears, Misseri says.
"In my opinion, this was not a hoarding case," he said. "This was an upper-middle class neighborhood, with a nice family who had their own business. They went on hard times, and the home went under foreclosure. They can't afford to take care of these animals."
It all started with two unfixed family cats, which multiplied over the years.
The expanding feline lineage became overwhelming for the Moriches' family, consisting of an 80-year-old woman, her 60-year-old daughter and middle-aged grandson.
The family means well, Misseri says, and will not be charged with animal abuse. Though none of the cats were vaccinated or spayed/neutered, they were all in good health.
The family sought help from another rescue nonprofit, which turned the case over to Rescue Ink, a "go-to" organization for New York shelters and other nonprofits.
It wasn't easy for the family to admit their shortcomings in caring for the animals, Misseri says.
"If someone has what feels like 180 children, and they now have to go to unknown places, it is very upsetting for her," he said. "But they physically can't take care of them anymore and can't afford to feed them. It is heartbreaking."
Rescue Ink rescued mainly kittens and pregnant cats yesterday; it has also inoculated an additional 50 cats that remain in the home. The removal efforts will continue for the next three weeks, providing the organization with much-needed time to find veterinarians willing to work pro bono, as well as foster homes.
The organization will work to ensure that efforts don't fall short, but is also looking to the New York community for help.
"We just don't have the resources," Misseri said. "We are asking for the public and other rescue groups to come in and help with the adoptions."
The cats will be available for adoption in the coming weeks, after all of them have been vaccinated and spayed/neutered. The 50 cats that already received inoculations have tested negative for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukimia.
To learn more about Rescue Ink and fostering or adopting one of the rescued cats, visit RescueInk.org.
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