Animal Umbrella Messenger 
Summer 2000

The Logan Airport Cats Rescue Project

AlizaWe would like to share with you a particularly special rescue story to emphasize the importance of shared responsibility when it comes to the rescue and care of abandoned animals.

Well over a year ago, I met a concerned animal lover (Carol) who showed me a sight at Boston's Logan Airport where she was feeding a colony of feral cats. The cats were living in small spaces between huge concrete blocks used as wave breakers on a landfill used as a parking lot. The concrete blocks dropped at least 30 feet into the ocean. The day I went there the wind was very cold and I wondered how any cat could survive such a horrible place. Fortunately however, Carol was overfeeding the cats daily and they somehow managed to survive.

Unfortunately our shelter was full at the time and we could not take any of the cats in.  Late last fall, we received a call from another very caring animal lover and her friend (Cathy and Dave) who had been taking turns with Carol to feed the cats. Cathy was concerned about the cat’s well-being because of the dreadful cold and the ever-present danger of cats slipping into the ocean.

This time, we decided to take the cats as we thought they had endured sufficient hardships by living in such a hostile environment.Zorro

 For several weeks, Cathy and Dave started trapping cats and bringing them to our shelter.  What is remarkable is that they did this enduring the terrible cold themselves (they would not leave the traps unattended with the fear the cats could fall into the ocean) and they managed to do this despite their work schedules which often took them out of state for several days at the time.

By late January, Cathy and Dave had brought to our shelter a total of 8 adults and 6 kittens.  They rescued a few other cats, which they decided to foster not to overcrowd us any further.

As of this writing, two of the 6 kittens have been adopted by an animal lover who was fostering them for us.  The remaining 4 kittens have almost been socialized and will be soon available for adoption.  The other 8 adult cats also still at the shelter are in various stages of domestication and because they were exposed so much to humans, we think that in a few months they will be available for adoption as well.

We hope that there are no more cats left in that dreadful place at the airport and we highly praise Carol, Cathy and Dave for their tenacious and incredible efforts to save these unfortunate animals.


Annamarie Taylor

 Chloe and Joey, Jr.