“The cat population is overwhelming in this area.” Local rescue makes plea for help


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Every year 25,000 animals are victims of hoarders. It’s an epidemic taking place in your own backyard.

A local rescue is stepping in where shelters cannot, but now they need your help to find loving, forever homes. “It’s much needed. There’s no other feline rescue in this area, and the shelter is continuously full,” said Tammy Barnett.

As owner of the Horse Shoe Equine Rescue, Barnett is always up for a challenge. Nearly a year ago she took over Ouabache Valley Felines and Friends, a cat sanctuary in Vigo County.

“I got hit with reality this year. This is my first kitten season, and wow,” said Barnett.

Now a temporary home to more than 50 cats, the rescue is pushing its limits and is well beyond full capacity. “It just kind of snowballed and went, and with each call I felt it was needed and that I had to,” said Barnett.

Though the facility continues to expand, the cat population is growing at an even faster rate.

“With us running on donations, it can be a struggle sometimes, especially with how many we have right now,” said Barnett. She enjoys lending a helping hand, but she’s asking for a favor in return. From adoptions to donation of time or money, every little bit counts.

“It’s very rewarding to see them go from a bad situation to finally they are going to have a good life.”

The rescue will be hosting an open house on National Feral Cat Day from noon to 6 p.m. this Sunday, October 16th.

For more information you can call (812) 841-6916.