Houston, TX – On a quiet street on the southwest side of Houston, not too far from Lakewood Church, a small band of people are racing against the clock to try to save a group of homeless cats before demolition crews destroy the apartment complex where the cats have been living.
There is a large colony of approximately 25 cats living at, or near, the Courts of West University Apartments in the 3800 block of Law Street. For many years, a resident of the complex fed the cats and took care of them, but the complex was recently sold. The new property owner plans to demolish the complex starting June 1st, so the residents were forced to vacate.
A small band of rescuers have been traveling to the complex once a day to feed the cats since the residents moved away. Kathy Golding, who travels there to feed several times per week, says “It really shows that they aren’t being fed as often because when I get there at 7 pm or 8 pm, I’m seeing cats waiting in the empty parking lot. It is so very sad because some of them look like they are literally starving. I had never seen them before now. I’m sure that they were there, but they are out of hiding now because they are so hungry.”
The rescuers are worried that some of the cats might accidentally get trapped in the abandoned buildings or killed during the demolition. In addition, there are two fences behind the complex that run parallel to each other with a few feet of space between them. Some cats have gotten in that space to hide and have their babies. Rescuers believe there are 3 mothers with litters between the fences, but they can’t reach them to save the cats. There are also large holes in the walls of the building. Cats could easily crawl through and get underneath the building to hide. Because it is so dark, rescuers are not able to see through the hole to make sure no cats are hiding there.
The property will likely be fenced on June 1st when demolition begins, so the rescuers will probably not have access to the property after that date. They are running out of time and are asking for help from the community.
The following is needed to help the Law street cats: 1) Donations to help buy cat food and a feeding station to be placed away from the demolition site to draw the cats away from the danger zone; 2) Volunteers to go to the area to help feed and trap cats to remove them; 3) Safe locations to relocate the feral cats; 4) Adoptive and foster homes for the tame cats and babies; 5) Someone to check for cats between the fences and under the apartment buildings and remove them, if needed.
Kathy Golding is coordinating rescue and feeding efforts. Citizens should contact her if they can help. firstname.lastname@example.org; 832-969-1376. View slideshow: Law street cats.