By MADDY VITALE
Two local non-profit animal welfare organizations, SOS (Sea Isle Cats) and Cape Atlantic Cats of Ocean City are working together to rescue, foster, adopt, neuter and spay more than 35 cats that have been released from a home in Atlantic County.
Kathy Goodwin, a Sea Isle Cats volunteer, said in an interview on Wednesday that there were more than 20 kittens who have been placed in foster care or in hospital for home care. The owner returned the animals last month and since then volunteers have been working to help and care for the cats.
Partnering with the nonprofit Cape Atlantic Cats of Ocean City in Ocean City was the way to go, Goodwin pointed out.
“We have established a relationship with Cape Atlantic Cats. They do a terrific job,” Goodwin said. “Because of our relationship with them, we help foster, adopt and help care for an animal population that really needs care.”
And SOS has rescued over 400 cats or trapped them to be released with vaccines to reduce the spread of disease.
Goodwin said it was a three-part mission. Volunteers assess the cat population, care for sick cats and neuter them, and find foster homes for them to stay in before they are adopted.
Goodwin said Judy Canton is in charge of the entire mission and is at Cape Atlantic Cats. Like Goodwin, who works at the Crooked Tail store in Sea Isle, she runs Mew to You in Ocean City.
Most felines staying at home are adult males. Goodwin hopes they will have the chance to be adopted like kittens do.
“Everyone wants kittens,” she said, noting that adult cats also make great companions.
For feral cats, they are cared for and released.
Local veterinarians provide medical care. But it costs money, and sometimes the amount is exorbitant.
“A lot of cats are being treated for eye infections and respiratory issues,” Goodwin said. “We are working as fast as possible to treat every cat to stop the spread of disease and make them fat.”
However, she said on social media, “It’s a big task and we could use your help by donating kitty food and litter.”
Goodwin said organizations look to the public for their generosity and to give what they can. Any small amount helps, she says.
She stressed that none of this would be possible without the collaboration between the two groups of animal lovers or the generous donations that are so needed for surgeries and other medical care.
For more information on how to donate or volunteer, visit the “Crooked Tail Rescue Project” at 4208 Landis Ave Sea Isle City NJ 08243 or call Kathy Goodwin at 609-675-0421.