Midland resident wants to find homes for family of abandoned cats


Shirley Turpin has been feeding five abandoned cats in a derelict house in Midland.
Pictures: David Baylis         d467705
Midland resident wants to find homes for family of abandoned cats
Shirley Turpin has been feeding five abandoned cats in a derelict house in Midland. Pictures: David Baylis        d467705

MIDLAND local Shirley Turpin is pleading for help to find homes for a family of cats she found living on a vacant Sampson Close property.

Mrs Turpin said the skinny but beautiful cats came out from underneath the home, which is for sale, when she walked by about three months ago.

The Charles Street resident returned with food and she has continued to feed the two adult cats and three kittens and make calls to an animal welfare group, the City of Swan and local vets about shelter options.

“They’re getting bigger now and I just can’t afford to keep feeding them like I’m doing,” she said.

“In the morning, they get their canned food and at nighttimes they get their biscuits and milk.

“I’m hoping someone might do something or someone might come up and say they want a cat, anybody would love to get them, they’re beautiful kittens.”

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She said other residents had offered food and milk to help her feed the cats.

“Everybody around here knows what I’m doing,” she said.

“I had a lady I didn’t even know stop her car and come over to me while I was down feeding the cats and she said ‘where do you live?’. When I got home, there were 12 cans of cat food, a packet of biscuits and some milk.

“Another lady gave me powdered milk because I’m going through the milk like steam. You can’t let an animal starve. If I stop feeding them, they are going to start killing all the birds and everything if they are hungry.”

She said both she and vet clinics, who made calls to the RSPCA on her behalf, were told to contact the City of Swan about collecting the animals.

City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said concerned residents made the City aware of the abandoned cats in March.

“So far, the City has received three customer requests and has been working with the customers to try to relocate the animals,” Mr Foley said.

“The City has also made a number of attempts to contact the property owners, without success.

“City officers have now reported the matter to the RSPCA for further follow-up and have offered assistance to concerned residents to capture the animals with cat traps.”