Thirteen animal welfare organizations banded together as a single unit to save lives in a May 23 rescue and transport of 41 Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary cats. The plan came together over a three week period.
Volunteers for some of the organizations involved claimed and transported the 41 animals on Saturday.
Restrictions placed on Safe Harbor by the state prevent them from doing any public adoptions. It is required that all animals removed from the Safe Harbor facility be licensed animal shelters and rescues.
One of the 41 cats pulled from Safe Harbor was found to be critically ill; Mike Tyson was found curled up alone, taking shallow breaths, with minimal responsiveness and a green discharge coming from his nose. Volunteers refused to leave Mike behind and instead transported him to Veterinary Specialty Services and Emergency Center, in St. Louis for immediate medical care.
Mike was admitted to the clinic where it was discovered he was suffering from a severe case of pneumonia. He is currently receiving IV fluids, antibiotics and is being kept in an oxygen chamber. Mike continues to fight for his life.
Veterinary bills are expected to exceed $900 by Tuesday morning. A PetCaring Fund has been set up to receive donations to help pay for Mike’s care. You can find Mike’s fundraiser by clicking here.
If Mike Tyson can pull through, he will be transported on to an Indiana rescue when he is able to travel.
Those volunteers facilitating the physical transport from Safe Harbor on Saturday are as follows:
Lucretia and Patrick Skaggs
Each of the volunteers represents one or more of the participating rescues accepting the Safe Harbor cats.
During interviews it was alleged that 50 cats were recently transported to the Human Society of Missouri but no one from HSMO was available to confirm.
The animal organizations involved in the Saturday rescue effort hope to return to Safe Harbor to tag and transport as many of the remaining cats as possible.
The number of Safe Harbor cats is allegedly now down to 77.
While none of the other 40 cats already transported are as ill as Mike Tyson, several are exhibiting signs and symptoms of upper respiratory illness and will most certainly require vetting.
The following rescues have each accepted Safe Harbor cats and could use help with their vetting. These organizations are spread throughout Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Kansas.
Please inquire of individual rescues to find out what you can do to help, or to arrange to meet pets available for adoption. Any donations are valued and appreciated.
Farmington Pet Adoption Center– Farmington, MO
Whisker Stop-Rolla, MO
Kitten Division– Dixon, MO
Heartland Humane Society– O’Fallon, MO
Helping Pawz– Fillmore, MO
Riley County Humane Society– Manhattan, KS
Felines Forever– St. Louis, MO
Animal House– St. Louis, MO
Clowder House Foundation– St. Louis, MO
FB: (group) www.facebook.com/groups/48369586691/
Highland Animal Shelter– Highland, IL
Great Plains SPCA– Kansas City and Independence, MO
Pulaski County Humane Society– Crocker, MO
Tenth Life Cat Rescue– St. Louis, MO
Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary is located at 359 Cree Lane, Jackson, Mo. 63755
Licensed animals rescues and shelters that have an interest in rescuing Safe Harbor animals are encouraged to contact Montica Babers at (573) 243-9823.