A SOUTHERN River animal shelter has desperately appealed for help after 15 cats in two cat carriers were dumped on their doorstep.
Volunteers at the Animal Protection Society of WA (APSWA) discovered the cats crammed into the carriers, which normally would be suitable for one cat per carrier, on Tuesday morning.
One of the cats is heavily pregnant and volunteers suspect another one is also pregnant.
APSWA president Melanie Jackson said the cats were covered in faeces and urine and terrified by the ordeal.
“Anyone who goes anywhere near the carriers is close to being violently ill, it’s the worst thing you’ve ever smelt and we don’t know how long the cats have been in there,” she said.
“We’ve got two vet nurses, they worked all day on those 15 cats and had to bath them, they were covered in faeces and you could tell they were terrified and uncomfortable.
“A couple are really skinny, suffering from hair loss and in really poor condition.”
Ms Jackson said they had to quarantine the new cats inside their office as they didn’t have any other room for them.
“We can’t put them with other cats because it becomes a massive problem if there’s illness,” she said.
“We have to get each and every one of them vet-checked, vaccinated, wormed, micro-chipped, de-flead, sterilised, FIV-tested.”
Ms Jackson said they were desperately seeking donations to make sure the cats got the right medical treatment.
“If you work on the fact we’ve got 15, but two are pregnant, that’s 15-30 cats very easily,” she said.
“If you work on maths of $300 a cat to get all the vet stuff done, that comes to $9000.”
APSWA’s Facebook page will be posting regular updates on the cats, who Ms Jackson have dubbed ‘The Spice Cats’.
“They’re going to have name like Saffron, Cinnamon, Pepper and Trumeric if people want to follow their progress,” she said.
If you wish to donate to APSWA, you can do so via their Facebook page or website (www.apswa.asn.au) or by visiting their premises on Talbot Road.