A thousand-mile journey ended in Yorkshire Sunday morning, with 37 cats and kittens arriving at A Place for Cats.
The Yorkshire animal shelter and adoption center rescued the animals from a kill shelter in Louisiana, where they were at risk of being euthanized. Chelsea Vansickle, the manager of A Place for Cats, says the adoption center received a message on its Facebook page asking for help.
"Just the idea of these tiny babies being euthanized kind of got to me," Vansickle said. "We werre their last hope and I couldn't say 'no' knowing that I was going to be the final no or the final yes."
A Place for Cats agreed to take care of finding homes for the cats, and their week-long journey from Louisiana began. Volunteers drove a ventilated rental truck, taking care of the cats and kittens along the way. At least two cats gave birth to litters of kittens en route.
When the truck arrived Sunday morning in Yorkshire, it was carrying 37 cats and kittens. A Place for Cats has a capacity of about 70 animals, and its staff says it is almost full. Foster families have stepped in to take care of animals until they're adopted.
"We're going to need so many more adoptions, foster homes, donations, anything and everything that anyone can do to help," Vansickle said.
Anyone interested in adopting one of these cats can email the shelter at APCInc@gmx.com to receive an adoption application. More information on available cats, fostering and donations can be found on A Place for Cats' Facebook page.