After 19 years, at the end of July 21st, Giant Express will close its doors for the last time.
The vast parking lot will be empty, the quiet loading dock at the back corner of its building, and the stack of crates that formed little pyramids. Two small containers at the front selling donuts and fried chicken.
Over twenty cats who count their lives there will lose their home and their living.
They can move to a college campus next door, but the college campus is now closed. The cafeteria and diners around are closed; their food sources are now gone.
I have relocated a mother and her three babies. I have trapped two seniors, spayed and neutered them, and released them to a nearby park where I will go to feed them. I have to leave three kittens recently dumped there, because I only have my two hands and public transport. I set up a comfortable place in one of the crates hoping they will stay there until I can come back the next day.
One of them was adopted by a merchant who lives nearby. One is sick, so he went home with me. The calico in the picture was missing.
The waterline has been partially disconnected, so the cats now drink from rainwater collected in a broken bucket.
The rest of them have to move to a safer place by dusk of July 21.
I have enough crates to trap at least six of them at a time, but I need the means to spay or neuter them before releasing them to their new environment, and I need the means to drive them around to their new place.
The cost of renting a van for the whole day is USD 120. The cost to spay a female cat is USD 35, and the cost to neuter a male is USD 25. Kittens will stay at the sanctuary until they are old enough to be altered and relocated.
Kittens, pregnant and lactating mothers, and seniors will be my priority. While it will be a lot easier and faster if I have others working with me, people are reluctant to go out of their way in lockdown just for stray, insignificant street cats. So, while hoping for the best, I will not sit and wait for a miracle to happen.
These cats’ fate is in our hands. If you have a dime or two, a dollar or few, it will mean the whole world of difference for them.
Help me deliver them to safety