San Antonio Sanctuary Transfers 40 Cats To SPCA Of Texas
Felines Were Rescued From Hurricane Katrina Last Year
Tomorrow at approximately 1 p.m. the SPCA of Texas will be receiving 40 cats, all originally rescued in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina last year, from Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO), a sanctuary out of San Antonio, at its Dallas shelter to help make room at WAO for cats that continue to come in from Louisiana and Mississippi. The 40 cats will immediately be evaluated and placed into the SPCA’s adoption program.
"We’re eager to help the Wild Animal Orphanage and find wonderful new homes for these cats," said James Bias, SPCA of Texas President. "We encourage the public to stay tuned to our website, http://www.spca.org/, to learn more about each of these cats’ personalities as they become available for adoption."
The cats have been cared for and rehabilitated by the Wild Animal Orphanage, who treated them for a variety of ailments, including ringworm, minor injuries and upper respiratory infections.
"We worked in the hurricane stricken area alongside the SPCA of Texas for many months, and although it was a disaster situation, it was a pleasure working with them. It truly takes all animal welfare organizations working together to make a difference in animal lives in situations as dire as last year’s," said Carol Asvestas, Wild Animal Orphanage CEO and Director of Animal Care and Administration. "And now we’re coming into a new hurricane season. We all need to be prepared to help at a moment’s notice going forward."
Although a concentrated effort has been under way since the cats were rescued last year to locate their previous owners, none of the owners have been found.
The SPCA of Texas is a comprehensive animal welfare agency in North Texas with two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and in Collin County, and serves as an active resource center providing an array of programs and services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives. A private, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the SPCA of Texas is dedicated to improving the welfare of all animals. For more information, visit http://www.spca.org/ or call 1-888-ANIMALS.
The Wild Animal Orphanage is one of the nation’s largest and most reputable permanent sanctuaries for unwanted, abused, and non-releasable wild and exotic animals. Licensed by the USDA under the Animal Welfare Act, the WAO also serves as an educational facility for schools and the general public. Proper diets and veterinary care are provided for a wide variety of species who have found a home at the orphanage. WAO was founded in 1983, is situated on 112 acres in Northwest Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas and currently houses over 600 unwanted wild and exotic animals that were cast-offs from the pet trade or the entertainment industry. For more information, visit .
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