Update: It has been over two years and we still have not rebuilt our home and sanctuary. As of 3.10.19, it appears that the planners have finally approved the thrice-adapted plans, so there is hope!
Meanwhile, we are doing okay, but Widget and Precious have never come home which makes us very sad. Sammie recovered fully and is up to her usual headbonks and she has added nips to your arm when you are not paying attention to her requests for love<3 She has gained all her weight back, plus some!
Living in a separate location (two doors down) from the cats has taken a bit of a toll on all of us, but everyone is safe, loved and cared for - humans included. Chris sleep there at night and LuAnn is there on and off during the day. We have a healthy fear for their safety, so new checks and balances have been implemented, ie. they sleep in crates.
Watch for a fundraiser in the summer to help outfit the new sanctuary! It will be a specially adapted part of the house, so the actual building will be included covered by insurance. Bringing it to code for licensure will take more resources, which we need your help with.
Stay tuned for details. Thanks for your ongoing support!
Here’s a recap of the original story with links to the television coverage (it is hard to watch).
On the morning of December 4, 2016, our niece, Katie, awoke to flames outside her window. She hurried down the stairs to rouse us, and we immediately took action to save the cats that stayed inside the house with us as their home and place of sanctuary.
The initial story was on two television stations and local newspapers. Three of the cats were missing at the time. Samaria found her way home after one month. Widget and Precious are still missing as of today, June 14, 2017. Click the links to see the coverage.
The local and national community stepped up in the weeks that followed with gifts and donations of money and practical items that we requested. The outpouring was both humbling and overwhelming – and greatly appreciated. As one who is a professional helper, being on the receiving end of the kindness and generosity was especially gratifying.
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