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Its a CATastrophe! 

 

And it's right here in Columbia. 

PETS, Inc is working with Richland County Animal Control to help resolve the unacceptable living conditions for Mr. Richard and his 20+ cats.

Hoarders Cats

We have committed to do this with the understanding that he will receive the care and counseling he needs as an in-patient while we are working on the project and that he will receive follow-up assistance from DSS and from PETS, Inc. so that he never gets in this condition again. 

Mr. Richard is a sweet and caring man who couldn't afford to sterilize the cats that he took in a few years ago so they reproduced ... over and over. Then he was so overwhelmed with expenses trying to keep them healthy (which he seems to have been able to do) that he couldn't pay his bills. He is now in bankruptcy but he has a retirement income that has allowed him to restructure his bills and keep his mortgage paid.  Mr. Richard can survive in modest comfort on his retirement income but he doesn't have enough to support himself and care for all of those cats. We know he needs them for company and that his loneliness would be unbearable without pets in his life so we are hoping to reduce the count to a manageable number and get him out of this deepening crisis.

Our work here will be to remove the cats, spay/neuter, test them for disease and vaccinate them, then re-home the great majority and return only a few of the oldest ones to him. We will also have to shovel out and haul off years of accumulated garbage, rip out carpets, paint or seal the floors and get his plumbing working. We will have to spruce up his yard, cut the grass, remove trash and debris and clear weeds.

Mr. Richard is an able-bodied senior citizen with a great love for his cats and all things natural.  He has a very hard time throwing anything out so his house is a collection of useless junk and garbage that must be cleaned up.    It's so bad that it constitutes a serious fire hazard.  Some people believe that  it shouldn't be against the law to be messy, but in a subdivision everyone has a responsibility to their neighbors.  If a fire were to break out (which is highly probable in conditions such as this) it would be nearly impossible for firefighters to be able to get into the building to put it out before it spread to the nearby houses.  

Work will begin at noon on May 22, 2012


To help with Operation CATastrophe contact us at: volunteer.petsinc@yahoo.com or call our Dana Heflin, our volunteer coordinator at 803-739-9333

 

 

Our work here will be to remove the cats, spay/neuter, test them for disease and vaccinate them, then re-home the great majority and return only a few of the oldest ones to him. We will also have to shovel out and haul off years of accumulated garbage, rip out carpets, paint or seal the floors and get his plumbing working. We will have to spruce up his yard, cut the grass, remove trash and debris and clear weeds.

 

YOU CAN HELP

There is no money to hire a professional crew to clean this mess out.  We must raise at least $800.

Community committments so far:

Richland County Animal Control is providing advice and direction to bring the home into compliance with fire and health codes. 

Richland County's Victims Services Unit is arranging for in-patient services, tests and Guardian Ad Litem Services for Mr. Richard. 

The Animal Mission has agreed to assist with spay/neuter surgeries

Palmetto Utilities has reinstated his sewer service (which had been cut off after two years of non-payment).  One they were told the circumstances this company showed they are concerned about their customers and sent a crew to restore his service immediately.  How about that?

Ard's Container Service is providing roll-off construction container to collect the trash

 

If you come to volunteer:

Bring shovels, wheel barrow (if you have one) and wear heavy boots and work gloves.  This will be quite a task.

Clean-up materials needed:

Pine Cleaners
Bleach
Scrub Brushes
Paint Scrappers
Large Trash Bags
Brooms
Plastic Storage Containers with Lids
 

Post clean-up needs:

Thrift Avenue, our second-hand store will be accepting donations of household items for Mr. Richard.  At this time, he has nothing, not even a bed.  His only seating are the steps to the 2nd floor.  We are asking for donations of basic furnishings:

Twin Bed  .... Futon has been donated!
Breakfast Table & Chairs 
Book Shelves
Wooden Benches (for cats)
Cat Litter Boxes
Cat Trees
Paint
Concrete Sealant