There's a little saying that goes on license plates in Maine, "Maine, the way life should be." One of the most beautiful things about Maine is not just the scenic coasts and pine trees, but the way we care about our animals. In these unprecedented times, the SPCA has anticipated to take in more surrendered pets from well-meaning owners, but even we weren't fully ready for 17 cats in one day. Their dad got sick, though, and neighbors jumped in to help him make sure his fur family didn't go uncared for, so of course we said yes to all their adorable faces.
The pictures you see here are just a glimpse of the kitties we've taken in; we're still taking in other dogs and cats from around Hancock County! But though these guys came to us frightened and confused, they are starting to come out of their shells. Many of them need to be spayed and neutered, like little Rusty and Ellsworth, whereas Van Gogh has an autoimmune condition called soft paws and he'll need to be kept indoors-only. A few of them will need more rehabilitation and time to settle in to be socialized for a new home. Some of them are what you might call "mouthy", like Marcel DuChomp - you can guess what he does!
These cats are proof that it takes a village to love our animals and treat all of them with respect. We are so grateful to the amazing people who stepped up and helped each other out through every step of this process, all for the welfare of these animals. Now we only ask for a little bit of help too. Whatever you can contribute monetarily toward the cost of their spay and neuter, since we are not getting the community spay/neuter clinic day discounts right now, would be IMMENSELY appreciated. Let's make sure life really is the way it should be for these cats of Hancock County, Maine.