1 Man, 1 House, Dozens of Cats
FORT MILL, S.C. - It started eight months ago when someone noticed a handmade sign in front of a run-down Fort Mill home. It read in part, "Recovering from cancer surgery, no income, if you can, help." The man who lives there, like so many, is unemployed and having a hard time taking care of himself.
Not to mention the more than 70 cats that also lived there. "It's gotten out of hand. A lot of them were in his house, so you can imagine probably what that was like," says Animal Adoption League of York County (AAL) volunteer Bill Downs.
About 30 feral cats, most now spayed or neutered, remain at the home. The cats that are adoptable are in a nearby 1,000 square foot rented office space turned temporary shelter. They are all well fed and have also been spayed or neutered.
AAL paid for everything and initially thought the cats may be able to return to the man. But unexpected news has left them scrambling. "The owner of the house is evicting him from the property in the next couple weeks," says Downs.
He says the man who lives in the home (who declined to be interviewed) has good intentions, just no means to take care of these animals. Downs says, "When we took them last week, he wanted to hold each of them and say goodbye and give them a kiss."
AAL volunteers need cash donations as well as food and supplies and of course, adoptions. They also need help with the feral cats that remain on the property. If you can help or want to adopt a cat, please call 336-209-0519 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.