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Welcome to our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop where we share the things we are thankful for in our daily lives. Today I’m thankful that there are so many of you that step up to be a voice for the voiceless. I’m so thankful you’re out there doing everything from volunteer work at your local animal shelters, TNR, sharing on social media, the wonderful things you do are truly amazing.
Today, I will be most thankful if you can help a large group of cats and kittens who have no voice of their own. They are in a dire situation and need immediate help. If we all work together we can stop the Animal Abuse and Horrible Neglect going on at this place. That place is Best Friends Village in Granite Falls, NC.
Picture this……… A remote small complex consisting of three trailers, a house and three cabins, all in disrepair, mostly the cabins. You see the cabins were put together from bits and pieces of the trailers, old rotted wood, old linoleum, broken furniture, you get the picture. Cats and kittens are housed here. In cabin one we have the adult cats who have lived here their entire lives. In cabin 2 we have the teenagers or in-between ages, and in cabin 3 the kittens.
The property is owned by a woman by the name of Olga Jensen (Phone: 828-729-0607), who lives in the Blowing Rock area, it is extra income for her. At one time she was very active in the area when it came to kitties, but now as an elderly woman she doesn’t have the means or ability to care for them. Two caretakers who live on this property are disabled people unable to bend or have the stamina to do any more than place food on rotted ledges, or windowsills or the floor in small piles. Litter boxes, in areas which have them, are caked with 3/4 old urine and umpteen feces and new is poured over it. Mostly the kitties just poop everywhere, which is where they urinate as well. Water, when it is remembered, is topped off in old scummy receptacles.
Kittens, when they are taken in, are kept in teeny tiny cages in the house, porch or small kitten cabin. There they can barely move as more are shoved into the cages. Their eyes are caked with goo as are their noses from URI. They are covered in fleas and a good portion of them die. Two volunteer caretakers who are familiar with our blog have volunteered there for years going every day to help keep it “fairly” clean. After going to animal control on this they are barred from the property and so the cats now have nothing.
Brother Wolf Rescue was kind enough to go there and take from all of the sick cats 15 of the sickest. The buildings are infested as well with ringworm and all the people there are covered in it, not to mention the kitties. Ringworm is a mold like fungi that is very hard to get rid of in cats and spreads like wildfire.
The buildings are full of it down into the small cracks and crevices, everywhere. The smell of urine has caused the two women to have to go out for a breath of air before returning. Cats come and cats die. People just drop them off and have no idea what they are putting them into. One of the residents job is to bury the dead, which is frequently.
These women have exhausted every avenue they know to shut this place down. Please, the kitties need your voice. Shout it from the rooftops, rattle the cages, spread it virally everywhere and to everyone you can. Every day these kitties wake up to this same horror and their only way out is the shovel of dirt thrown over them.
Local Animal Control is sitting on their duff and not taking action either.
This is a call to action. Please call and email the following officials and let them know, politely, that this must stop, and now the whole world is watching their town and county. They must do the right thing. The property is located at 743 Dudley Shoals Road, Granite Falls, NC 28630. Let’s take this viral, so please share the heck out of this. If you have any direct personal contacts with someone in the ASPCA, HSUS, or PETA, please share with them as well.
Granite Falls, NC:
Caldwell County, NC:
Alan Jones, Sheriff 828-758-2324
Caldwell County Animal Control 828-757-8625
Stan Kiser, County Manager 828-757-1300
Stan Kiser, County Manager 828-757-1300
CALDWELL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 828-757-1300
Randy Church, Chairman EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike LaBrose, Vice Chairman EMAIL: email@example.com
Jeff Branch, Commissioner EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donnie Potter, Commissioner EMAIL: email@example.com
Robbie Wilkie, Commissioner: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m thankful that you have taken the time to consider whether or not you can help by making a phone call or sending an email and/or sharing this post. After all, if you don’t help, who will? Thank you!
What are you thankful for today? Tell us in your comments and then join us for our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, we would really like that. Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!