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Going the Distance for Cats

Catnip Acres serves as a way station—and a spay station—for homeless kitties

  • Feline residents of Catnip Acres

    There’s plenty of room for resident cats to stretch in an outdoor play yard at Catnip Acres, where they’re cared for by two part-time staff. NANCY PETERSON/THE HSUS

When she was called in 2003 to help trap a feral cat in a town near her home in Waynesburg, Pa., Carol Pultorak ended up with more than she’d bargained for: Three 5-week-old kittens were also onsite, living in the caller’s chicken coop.

Pultorak, who’d been trapping cats for years—making regular trips from her home to Pittsburgh, where low-cost spay/neuter was available—saw that the kittens’ eyes were crusted over and they were dehydrated, so she took them home to try to nurse them back to health, as she’d done with so many others.

The kittens did well, but when they had their first vaccinations at 3 months of age, one had a severe reaction. She became paralyzed and started having seizures. But her will to survive pushed Pultorak along in her personal mission to give all cats a chance for a good life.

She adopted the paralyzed kitten, named her Weebs, and began bringing her everywhere to make sure she got the round-the-clock care she needed. "I had a warmer in the car for her food, a kitty stroller, and a regular baby buggy. I’d cover her up in the buggy when I went shopping, and no one knew I had a cat and not a baby," she says.

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