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Horrendous animal hoarding bust: Be part of the solution

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Sarasota & Manatee Counties, SW FL: - While the news media focuses on the deplorable conditions, possible fraud charges, and questionable motives of a “sanctuary” recently raided, area animal rescue organizations need your help to save and comfort the almost 300 animal victims of this sad situation.

One of these organizations, Cat Depot, has accepted 34 of the cats confiscated from the property; the sudden influx of felines is putting a strain on the Depot’s resources (both physical and financial). While their intensive care unit is doing a fabulous job of seeing to the needs of these neglected babies, they need your support. How can you help? IN many ways, from hands-on efforts to check writing to ANYTHING you are in a position to do, all efforts are appreciated. Here are some suggestions, choose whatever works for you, but please, DO SOMETHING:

  1. Volunteers who are in good physical condition, over the age of 18, willing and able to commit to help for more than one day. The three shifts for volunteers to assist with feeding and cleaning are: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.; 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays; 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.weekENDS.
  2. If you want to help defray the immense cost involved with saving these animals, you can send a check to Cat Depot, 2542 – 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34234 or just go to the big DONATE button on the Depot’s web site. where you can also check out their top six most specific needs list (NOTE: Cat Depot is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 no-kill free-roaming facility.)
  3. If you've been waiting 'til after the holiday hubbub to adopt a new furrever friend, now is the time! While the confiscated cats cannot be released until after all the legalities are settled and they are healed and ready for re-homing, if you adopt one of the cats that was already at Cat Depot awaiting a new home, that helps in that there is one less little fur-baby to care for and one less little mouth to feed.

Whatever you do, your assistance will be greatly appreciated by these needy animals and the people struggling to save them. Thank you!

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