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While You Were Sleeping: Rescuer’s Daily Mission for Street Cats

While You Were Sleeping: Rescuer’s Daily Mission for Street Cats

 

Written by Harmony Fund Volunteer Laura Hearn

The term ‘cat lady’ unnerves even the most devout animal lovers; its reference evoking images of feline-hoarding spinsters. But Auburn, Massachusetts native Kris King is redefining what it means to devote a life to saving cats.

Starving, injured and frightened is often how Kris discovers her rescues. For the past four years, she’s invested her spare time and personal savings working with local animal shelters, caring for strays and educating anyone who will listen about the importance of humane education and funded TNR (trap, neuter, and release) programs.

A Hero in Everyday Clothes

In a town just 40 minutes west of Boston, Kris starts each week day while most of us are still fast asleep. At 4:30 a.m., she rises to care for her six cats (all rescues) and prepare food for the two feral cat colonies she cares for. Despite the significant danger of moving about the city before dawn, Kris quickly dresses and heads out to feed and check on the colonies before going into work. Often, during her lunch break, she can be found getting abandoned friendly cats (cats that were once pets) into carriers and calling local shelters like Broken Tail Rescue trying to find placements for them, handing out flyers for a local TNR group called Spay Worcester, or humanely trapping feral cats. TNR continues to be the most effective and humane way of addressing the population problem, and its subsequent challenges.

Lost and Forgotten

Sadly, Kris has noticed more and more abandoned pets. “People just leave their cats in parking lots or near businesses and never come back. It’s  heartbreaking,” she says. “I see declawed cats with no way of defending themselves. When I find them, they’re terrified…desperate for food, shelter, love.

I often find little ones plagued with ear mites, broken bones, wounds, and other treatable illnesses. Many of them have suffered abuse. It’s not uncommon for kids in some pretty tough neighborhoods to throw things at them…or worse.”

Since 2008, Kris has helped place more than 35 domestic cats in forever-homes, and she continues to care for 19 feral cats in two neighboring towns.

Going the Extra Step

“It’s not even about going the extra mile,” Kris explains. “It’s about going the extra small step. If you see a cat in distress or abandoned, if you cannot do anything directly, you can always call your local no-kill animal shelters and seek help for the cat. If you see some cats that are not friendly, but feral, try and see if any local agencies do TNR. (USA Readers, Click here to find a low-cost spay or neuter clinic near you.)

Kris is not only a rescuer, but also an advocate. In March, she presented research to the public school committee in the nearby city of Worcester on the benefits of humane education in public schools, modeled after similar programs in Maine and New York. The decision is still pending before the Standing Committee, however, Kris is thrilled the local afterschool program, “This is Your City” will add a section about how to treat and deal with stray and abandoned animals.

The World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals has made a contribution toward Kris’ work and to help dozens of rescue squads across the planet.  Come on over to meet the babies!

 

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3:12AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Thank you Kris, for everything you do for animals.

6:12AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

An example to us all. Thank you Kris for all that you do and the author for bringing her work to our attention.

3:45AM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Good on you Kris, cats angel.

5:32PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

When I read about people like Kris, I am certain beyond any doubt that God has put angels here on Earth to care for His most Innocent Ones. They are few and far between, which makes them so very precious, but they do exist, and Kris is living proof. May the good Lord watch over her and protect her as she does her daily work. She is in my prayers. People this good-hearted are not just a blessing to animals - they are a blessing to us all. Thank you Kris, for everything you do everyday for animals.

4:18PM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

Love her!

10:00PM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

so wonderful, hope for humanity

12:16PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

OMG what a wonderful and caring person you are thank you for sharing.

8:03PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Great job! Thank you.

3:07PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Bravo!!! Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

Another story of Love and Devotion!

Nicer than constantly hearing about war, violence and death!

6:11AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

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