It's Hard to Find Cats a Good Home, Especially if There is No Shelter

A Hartford woman with a giving heart is having trouble finding homes for some stray feline friends. With no animal shelter around, taking on the task alone is burning a hole in her pocket.

Fancy Campbell has had some extra company at her home in Geneva County. "There's so many, I started feeding them. I need help placing them in homes."

Campbell started putting food out for the cats; one led to two, then two eventually added to more than 10.

"There's about 12 to 14 that come up here to eat,” Fancy says. “I feel sorry for them and I can't see them going hungry, so I spend $100 or more a month feeding them."

Campbell says she just wishes someone could pick up the feline friends and find them a home.

However, the problem with that is, there’s no animal shelter in Geneva County.

Mayor Sorrells said, "We don't have facilities that, like Dothan or Houston County would have to accommodate cats."

Mayor Sorrells says Geneva County only deals with stray dogs and rarely has any problems with cats. "About the only option we have would be to contact the vet and try to get some guidance from there."

In the meantime, Campbell hopes that some resolution will be made and these four-legged friends can find a permanent family.

Mayor Sorrells says there is no immediate plan to create a shelter for felines.


Fancy Campbell
334-588-0587
864 Tindill Dr. Hartfod, AL


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  • by MARYTINDELL Location: DOTHAN on Oct 17, 2007 at 12:40 PM
    THE PEOPLE OF GENEVA CO. NEED TO HAVE AN ANIMAL SHELTER FOR ALL ANIMALS. YOU SAY DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH CATS, MAYBE THATS BECAUSE THEY TAKE THEM TO ANOTHER AREA(COUNTY,CITY,OUT IN THE COUNTRY)???WHEN I WAS LITTLE IF A STRAY SHOWED UP IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SOMEONE WOULD JUST TAKE IT OUT TO THE "COUNTRY" AND SAY SOMEONE WILL TAKE CARE OF IT.AND GUESS WHAT? ITS STILL BEING DONE.GENEVA CO. NEEDS TO HELP. MAYBE THEIR GOOD SENATOR MIGHT HELP, YOU THINK?
  • by Jacqui Location: Daleville on Oct 17, 2007 at 07:54 AM
    "About the only option we have would be to contact the vet and try to get some guidance from there." And what the vets say is give them money and they'll 'try' to place them, but if they do not find a home within one week, they'll euthanize them. I as well was in this same situation when an ex neighbor abandoned several cats and dogs. I couldn't afford all that, plus take care of my own, but thankfully a shelter made room and found every one of them a good home. That's a rare thing, though. There are simply too many unwanted animals, and not enough resources. And everyone in a position to actually take action and build much needed shelters shifts responsibility elsewhere. I wish I had the funds, for every community would have a wonderful shelter for all animals in need. Because what it always comes down to is money first, lives last. And that's very sad.
  • by MICHELLE Location: HENRY COUNTY on Oct 17, 2007 at 07:12 AM
    IF THE LOCAL VETS WOULD QUIT TRYING TO MAKE THEMSELVES MILLIONAIRES, THEY COULD REDUCE THEIR PRICE FOR NEUTERING AND IT WOULD HELP. IT IS OUTRAGEOUS HOW MUCH IT COSTS. ESPECIALLY FOR A MALE CAT. I THINK WE SHOULD JUST TAKE ALL THE STRAYS AND DROP THEM OFF AT THE LOCAL VETS FRONT YARD.
  • by Cat Guy Location: Your Town on Oct 17, 2007 at 04:33 AM
    What a great woman this lady is maybe some pet store could help her out with the expenses. Maybe even the county commission would recognize that a problem exist not only with dogs but with cats also. Many people love kittens but just will not take care of them after a while. Every community has the same problem with strays. This is situation where civic leaders could step up to the plate and hit a home run for stray animals and for good hearted citizens like Ms Campbell. Now that would be a example Real Leadership on the part of County Government. So what about it County Commissioners??????
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