Just days before the deadline, the last of Safe Harbor’s cats and three dogs were rescued and transported out of the Jackson, Mo. animal sanctuary.
Plagued with violations and a petition by the Missouri Attorney General and the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary was ordered by a judge several months ago to clean out and clean up their facility. The sanctuary is currently at a non operational status aside from a handful of dogs that remain adoptable.
Transports that took place earlier in the summer left only 27 cats and a handful of dogs at Safe Harbor. Those 27 cats included about a dozen that were feral. The remaining dogs were labeled “tough adoptions” due to age or behavior issues. At least one dog was still there after being a returned adoption by no fault to the dog.
With time running out, Helping Pawz Animal Rescue stepped up to claim the remaining cats and three dogs, transporting them to safety. Back at their facility in Indiana, each animal was evaluated and scheduled to see the veterinarian. Some have been adopted while others are still waiting for their forever homes.
Like most of the animals coming out of Safe Harbor, cats transported to Helping Pawz required medical attention. A few cats required as little as updated vaccinations and a little TLC while many required at least minor medical treatment to reach an adoptable status.
The majority of cats for all transports out of Safe Harbor were ill with upper respiratory ailments. Some had extensive medical problems like Mike Tyson had such severe respiratory infections that left him hospitalized for several days at an emergency clinic, and looking at a lifetime on medication and inhalers. More than one rescue organization taking cats from Safe Harbor reported that, according to paperwork, many of the cats hadn’t seen a veterinarian in years.
A reopening of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary will depend on whether or not they can get the location up to code in accordance with the Animal Care Facilities Act. The organization is faced with major clean up and repairs. Mold, rodent infestation, and years of neglect are reportedly top concerns. A handful of dogs remain at Safe Harbor and are available for adoption regardless of their operational status.
It goes without saying that Helping Pawz Animal Rescue deserves kudos for having taken in the most animals out of all the recues involved in this movement. Their population certainly increased with their willingness to save the animals of Safe Harbor and their funds have been depleted dramatically.
Those wishing to make a donation to Helping Pawz Animal Rescue can do so by sending a check or supplies P.O. Box 83, Fillmore, IN 46128. You can donate online by going to their website at www.helpingpawzrescue.org. Helping Pawz can also be found on Facebook.
Anyone in the Fillmore, IN area, interested in adopting animals, should certainly check out the pets available through Helping Pawz. All animals available for adoption are medically cleared by a veterinarian and are fully socialized.
*Please note that the links contained in the article, and below, tell the story of Safe Harbor’s demise and the subsequent mass rescue of the animals transported from the Jackson facility.