|I recently learned that Cat Depot has decided to release cat depot cats to a 'rescue" in Myakka. Concerned that this was beign done with no publicity and without notifying Cat Depot customers, last week i went to investigate.|
What I found was outrageous.
As you will read, no domesticated, indoor cat could be expected to survive there -- not with NO SHELTER, wild Myakka raccoons, snakes hogs, barbed wire fence and loose dogs.
I did not see a single cat or paw print in the area.
The property is located 35 miles outside of Sarasota and is the business location of Pit Stop Sanitation, a port-a-potty business. These previouslly INDOOR human reared cats were dumped into this area which is dotted with heavy machinery, large loose dogs and LOTS of barbed wire, high and low. Next door is a "Rottweiler on Guard" sign. I saw NO structure that woud provide any dry, covered shelter for the cats that were dumped there, and who previously lived in a 'state of the art multi-million dollar' shelter.
This is NOT a rescue, or a sanctuary, it is simply someone's rndom industrial site in the middle of nowhere.
I have asked around and have not been able to learn of any plan for continued monitoring of the cats' health, or even their numbers.
Cat Depot is simply DUMPING these "unwanted" cats and washing their hands of them. It has been learned that the criteria for being in the "unwanted" category is simply being at the shelter too long or being too old. Any formerly indoor cat would immediately run in terror from the noise and dogs. If a snake or raccoon did not kill the cat first, or run it into the barbed wire fence at night, it would die from thirst and hunger in the cold.
Cat Depot customers and supporters have a right to know what is happening with their money and their cats which they have entrusted to Cat Depot for safekeeping.
Please call the woenrs of the Cat Depot and ask why they have ot terminated their executive director, Shelley Thayer, and their shelter manager, Marilyn Warner, who both authorized and facilitated this cat dumping and betrayed the trust of the public and the cats in their care!
Ken Slavin 941-504-6820
Linda Slavin 941-400-9493
CatDepotCatDumping, Sarasota, Florida