MADISON TOWNSHIP, OH -- A Lake County cat rescue sanctuary needs the public's help or the cats may be forced out into the cold soon.
"Well, we have outgrown our facility. The building we are currently in is in very bad shape and we can't remodel it anymore," said Leslie Lawrence of the Holy Cat Whiskers rescue.
The Holy Cat Whiskers rescue sanctuary on Hubbard Road in Madison Township is running out of room to take care of their feral cats. Currently, the rescue facility runs out of a small, 600 sq. ft. house, which is not enough.
"We need more space, we need an isolation room, we need a room for pregnant mothers to come in and have their kittens and we need an emergency room as Holy Cat Whiskers is a 24-7 emergency hotline for Madison Township, so we get calls all hours," said Lawrence.
The Holy Cat Whiskers rescue is currently taking care of more than 40 cats of all sizes and breeds.
"But when they come into us, they are in very bad shape because they have been outside for so long, so they usually have upper respiratory, eye infections, no fur, flea infested, sometimes more serious situations, so our vet bills are very high," said Lawrence.
For the past five years, Holy Whiskers has been rescuing feral cats. It's a no-kill shelter, so the cats are cared for until they are adopted. Plus, they are sprayed and neutered.
Susan Brochak has been volunteering at the rescue for the past few years. She finds feral cats and feeds them during her lunch hour.
"They are very comfortable being outdoors, but they always need a good meal. So, we go out everyday, holidays included, we go out there and feed. One of the things I do Monday through Friday, I take my lunch and go out there and feed," said Brochak, who volunteers at the rescue.
The Holy Cat Whiskers sanctuary needs to find a home by the end of February so they can continue their good work in helping the cats.
Click here for more information on the sanctuary.