A small group of volunteers in Palm Beach County, Florida, called the Animal Friends Project, focuses on efforts to help forgotten cats in low-income areas. Often the animals they save face the grimmest of circumstances, but they can make amazing transformations given a chance, care, and love.
People on the street would ignore many rescues here, adult homeless cats that look beat up, neglected and struggling. But Carmen and the rescuers see the hope in these cats and don’t turn their backs. Instead, they get a second chance at life.
Advocates Who See Forgotten Cats
The Animal Friends Project recently shared the story of a forgotten old mother cat struggling for survival on the street. She is one of many homeless cats here, just waiting for someone to see them and not pass them by.
“They are out there in plain view waiting for someone to notice them,” the rescuer shared.
Rescuers Save Struggling Mama Cat
Another rescuer, Linda from Florida Sunshine Cats, saw this poor mama and decided to help her. So she spent time gaining the kittie’s trust and then was able to trap her as part of routine TNR (trap, neuter, return) efforts. The rescuers also vaccinate the cats, so it’s called TNVR in those cases.
When adult cats are friendly, they can often find homes, and the rescuers place dozens of kittens in homes pulled from the streets.
In this case, the mama cat looked like she had seen much better days with a crumpled ear, crusty eyes, and poor dental health. She was nervous and possibly sore when touched. And yet, this cat was lactating, which meant a litter of kittens was probably hiding nearby. Without being spayed, she had no choice but to carry a litter in the poorest health and circumstances.
“Thank you so much @flsunshinecats for trapping this old cat so she could be fixed and vaccinated. It is so sad to know she is lactating, and there are kittens somewhere in the overgrown lot. Who knows how many litters she has had in her life? The cats need advocates who can see them and help them live better,” shared Animal Friends.
Animal Friends Save Cats From Euthanasia
The Animal Friends Project frequently has long-term feral fosters requiring extensive and expensive care. For example, here’s Bunny, who lost an eye. The local shelter was about to euthanize the cats when a kind woman named Lisa intervened. She contacted the Animal Friends Project, and they rescued Bunny and her brother Jellybean. Bunny’s eye was injured and required eye enucleation, but she recovered thanks to the wonderful rescuers and donations for veterinary services.
Neither cat was friendly to their rescuers as feral cats. Nevertheless, these wonderful people would do all they could to get them back to health again. With generous donations, they could see them transform into healthy, happy cats again.
“Lisa was in the lobby and she asked me to help him. I got [her] and his brother too. They had mange and ringworm and Bunny’s eye had a terrible infection. They are still not friendly but they are doing well,” they shared.
Super Friendly Cats Seek Forever Homes
Sometimes, cats that have been scraping by on the street are super-friendly. With help, they can find forever homes and live out their days in the lap of luxury.
This distinguished grey cat may look rough, but he’s as friendly as can be. Rescuers from Furry Friend Jupiter took the cat from the streets, and now he could find himself living the pampered life of a house cat in his retirement years.
And below is how they found this kitty. As you can see, he was just hanging out in the grass waiting for somebody kind to stop and notice him.
You can follow and support Animal Friends Project on Instagram and Facebook to see more of the work these wonderful rescuers do in the Delray Beach, Florida area. At a shelter near you, there are so many lovable cats and kittens that need homes, supplies, and foster care.