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Steelehead Beach Community Cats Displaced by Flood Waters - Need New Home!

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Steelehead Beach Community Cats Displaced by Flood Waters - Need New Home!

Five beautiful outdoor cats living at Steelehead Beach for over 6 years were evacuated from the park during our recent deluge. They will not be returning to the park and are in need of relocation.

Over 6 years ago while on a walk in Steelehead Park my granddaughter pointed out some kittens, probably dumped there. I started to feed them in hopes of taming them and finding them homes, as I already had a full house of cats.  I learned quickly how difficult it is to socialize cats that start off “wild”. With the help of Forgotten Felines I did get all 5 spay/neutered, fed them daily, and we became good friends.

In good weather trips to feed the gang have been delightful. Some days were like paradise. Visitors to the park would strike up conversations with me when they’d see Fred, Queenie, Tabby, Grace, and Bo running to greet me at dinnertime. Winter rains have been challenging- some years worse than others, with long dreary wet spells and the river threatening to flood. I have had a sense that some day the situation could be critical.Steelehead Beach Community Cats Displaced by Flood Waters - Need New Home!

After warnings of rainfall that would surpass many previous years, I started monitoring river forecasts, with predictions that just seemed scary for Steelehead with its low banks that spill over quite easily. A few days before the predicted deluge it seemed rather a crazy idea, but I decided to pack up the gang and bring them to higher ground, ie, my spare room/office. On some instinctive level I knew it was the right thing to do. It took 3 days to gather up all 5 cats. One day before the park completely flooded I coaxed the last cat - soaked and frightened - into a carrier. Honestly, I can’t believe she didn’t just bolt!

Steelehead Beach Community Cats Displaced by Flood Waters - Need New Home!The day after the storm Vesta and I walked down to River Road. The park was now a huge muddy fast-moving river.  Cats are resourceful, but there are no escape routes in this location. After a deep sigh of relief mixed with sadness, it was clear to me that they would not be going back to their riverbank home.

All 5 cats have adjusted very well to a warm nest of blankets under a low table, with 2 “squares” a day. They are in need of a permanent “Barn Cat” type living situation where they will have food and shelter. They could be divided up, 3 and 2.

Please contact Vesta 887-0253 or myself 820-8452 for more info and thank you!!