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Upstate SC rescue groups race against time to save Anderson feline survivors

Anderson feline survivor from 'the farm'

Two cat rescue groups in upstate South Carolina have teamed up to help the cats rescued from a recent case in which a Belton woman is charged with ill treatment of animals and torture. Fox Carolina News reported the good news July 6.

Diana Rigler said her organization, Foster Paws, along with the Kitten Action Team will be taking the 30 cats seized from an Anderson County property tied into the case where Julianne Westberry allegedly dumped an unknown number of cats on a farm to fend for themselves.

Traps were set last week, and the 37 cats recovered were taken to Anderson County P.A.W.S.. The cats were given until Monday, July 7 at 6 pm to find rescue, or the shelter was going to euthanize. Anderson County PAWS posted this statement on their Facebook album

"Only 2 males confirmed altered from this group. These cats have till Monday 7/7/2014 at 6pm. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE due to other animals needing those cages."

Ash Truesdale, who has worked night and day alongside area animal advocates to save the farm survivors, met with Anderson County PAWS director Jessica Cwynar on Thursday.

An online petition was also started asked the shelter to give the cats 10 days, which would be enough time to learn the identity of each cat and who should be allowed to save it.

Diana told Fox Carolina that volunteers would be at Anderson County PAWS Monday afternoon to pick up any remaining cats who haven't been spoken for by a reputable rescue or placed in a foster home.

Any cats brought in by Animal Control will be transferred to the building being provided.

A building has been donated on Butler Road in Mauldin by a business owner, where the cats can remain for up to six weeks while loving forever homes are found. Volunteers worked this weekend to ensure the cats have a comfortable, clean environment.

Listed below are links to help the rescues provide necessities (and treats) to these precious babies.

Amazon Wish List
YouCaring donation webpage
PayPal direct donation

Monetary donations are especially needed, as many of these cats are emaciated and have other health issues that will require frequent vet visits. Those in charge of this project intend to see the cats get the best of care.

For anyone unfamiliar with the case, all of the articles detailing this tragedy can be found below under 'sources.'

Facebook: Anderson Feline Survivors is the page to share with your friends, and be sure to check back often for updates and photos as these cats continue their journey toward a new life.

Donations are needed to ensure these rescues can rehome the cats without worrying about finances to support this project. Please give a few dollars if you can, and share this article.

This is one tragedy that has drawn the animal community closer. Thank you to all who went out of their way to make this happen. It's important for these cats to recover in a quiet and caring environment.


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