UPDATE: May 24, 2015
Laura Holloway did in fact facilitate one transport that moved 15 cats from Safe Harbor to various rescues. That rescue occurred on May 16, 2015.
According to Holloway, she rescinded her offer to facilitate any further rescues after May 16 citing her inability to deal with Alice Wybert, former director of Safe Harbor.
“[I] have to go thru Alice to get it done. She was pulling cats I had placed from my transports and said they were going elsewhere,” said Holloway.
That begs the question as to why Wybert is still involved at all since it was announced last week that Wybert had retired from Safe Harbor.
In further questioning Holloway stated, “Alice and Monica had the names, emails and so on of the rescues that were going to take those cats.. all they had to do was follow through.”
A group of 13 organizations stepped up to tag, rescue, and transport 41 cats from Safe Harbor on May 23. The 13 organizations accepting Safe Harbor cats are located in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Kansas. Read more about that rescue by clicking here.
End of update.
The animals of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, just outside of Jackson, Mo. are racing the clock. Recent reports indicate that all available animals have just 60 days to make transfer to licensed rescues and no-kill shelters. No adoptions can be made to the general public as mediation continues concerning the petition made by the Missouri Attorney General’s office.
One Southeast Missouri animal rescue is offering to help facilitate the transport of the Safe Harbor cats if shelters and rescues will step up to take on some of the 185 felines still residing at the sanctuary. Not all of those 185 are available for rescue.
Laura Holloway heads up animal transports that move animals to other states where rescues have agreed to take possession of animals from the Southeast Missouri region and beyond.
Currently, Holloway has transports set up to leave the SEMO area on May 16 and 23, and June 6 and 20. Those transports will get animals into other parts of Missouri as well as Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas City, Nebraska, and Iowa.
With transports already scheduled, all that is needed now is for licensed rescues and no-kill shelters to agree to take on as many of the Safe Harbor cats as possible. Once the cats have been spoken for they will receive a health certificate for transport and be scheduled to be moved on one of the previously mentioned dates.
If you are a licensed rescue or no-kill shelter in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas City, Nebraska, or Iowa, and are willing to take on any of the Safe Harbor cats, you are asked to contact Laura Holloway [contact information for Holloway has been removed since her desire to be disassociated with any rescue efforts for the Safe Harbor cats has become known.]
Emails to Holloway should contain the name or your organization, a physical address (no P.O. Box), telephone number, and the name of the cat(s) you are willing to take.
Cats available for transfer can be found on Petfinder.com by doing a search for Jackson, Mo. + cat, and looking for Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary.
Licensed rescues or no-kill animal shelters in any state, that can provide their own transportation for these cats, are also encouraged to contact Holloway.