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Coffee Break: Your Most Difficult Field Rescue Operation

Tell us about the most difficult (or interesting!) field rescue operation you’ve ever been involved in. That was the question we asked you for this issue’s Coffee Break. Many of you mentioned animals trapped in unusual places, some of you mentioned hoarding incidents, others dealt with unusual species. To read more of your answers, visit

Tell us about the most difficult (or interesting!) field rescue operation you’ve ever been involved in. That was the question we asked you for this issue’s Coffee Break. Many of you mentioned animals trapped in unusual places, some of you mentioned hoarding incidents, others dealt with unusual species. To read more of your answers, visit animalsheltering.org/coffeebreak.

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Our most difficult field rescue took place in January 2007. … A tenant had moved out of a rental unit and abandoned 72 Siamese mix cats and kittens. When we arrived, the home was in complete disarray. … It seemed every drawer, door, or item we opened was filled with more cats. After days of trapping them, we were finally able to catch the last one. … Once back at our shelter, we slowly worked on health and temperament assessments. None were spayed or neutered, and vaccinations were lacking. We were fortunate that this rescue took place in a “slow” time, as we had ample room available. One of our local veterinarians volunteered her time to spay and neuter all of the cats with the help of another [vet] from Madison. The wonderful people at a Madison rescue assisted with the surgeries and offered to help us place the cats into homes. … We adopted out the last cat in April, and many of the new adopters have sent us pictures of their new family members! Without the support of our local veterinarian, an area rescue, and our community, this rescue may not have had such a positive ending!

Jenny Vandevelde, Operations Manager, Lakeshore Humane Society, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

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To see and respond to the latest Coffee Break question, check out animalsheltering.org/coffeebreak.

 

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