Hello, my name is Lucy, and I found your blog after doing some research online. I'm in desperate need of your help or advice...a cat abandoned by her owner to a store because they didn't want her anymore went into the store basement...she has never come out of the basement and they are closing the store on 10/31 and they're just going to leave her there to die if she doesn't come out..I tried going down there with a friend to get her, but she refused to come out, she would just meow...she's already spayed...please help me...please let me know your thoughts or if you can do anything to help, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks a lot. -Lucy.I replied to let Lucy know I could not take her in, but I could help get her out. Lucy took my advice, secured a foster home and prepared a back up plan in case she was feral. So I said, "Great, let's get her out of there." So we did.
First things first, I pulled out my gear and Spin checked it all out before giving me the go ahead.
Lucy and Jasmine picked me up and we headed to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They told me a little more about Sassy's story. Jasmine's cousins work at the store, and they are the ones who have fed her over the past year, but they could not get her to come out and reached out to Jasmine for help when they learned the store owner was closing the store and Sassy was in danger. Jasmine tried to get her to come out, but couldn't get her. She called Lucy, and they went to the store. Jasmine told me that after they tried to get her again and found out about the store closing, Lucy went on "her mission" and found help. And away we go...
We set up in the stinky basement, if you've ever been in a basement on Manhattan avenue, you know what I'm talking about, it's a distinct moldy, funky infusion.
So after about an hour and a half, I said "Time for the drop trap." I usually lead with the drop, but we were in a really tight space and I didn't know if we could do it. Sadly, I didn't have my camera with me, and when trapping the smart ones, you can't move an inch or you will spook them, I was also holding the drop trap string, so I couldn't leave. I would LOVE to have video of Lucy and Jasmine while watching her move slowly to the drop. They moved in perfect unison, up, down, left, right, it was synchronized worry and anticipation, and it was fabulous! Then, she went in, I pulled the string, and we got her.
Sassy's all, "Wait, what are you going to do with that?"
The doc assures us Sassy is in good health.
My friends and I, and rescues everywhere, get emails daily, and we are only able to help a small percentage of those who reach out to us. I would not have been able to help Sassy without Lucy stepping up to foster/adopt and Jasmine doing recon and providing transportation. I do a fair amount of TNR and fostering, nowhere near what others do, but my favorite thing to do is to help others rescue and become heroes. Animal rescue relies heavily on the community, we all work together and sometimes, even when you think your effort or contribution is small, it makes all the difference. All I did was trap and share some information, Lucy did a tremendous job planning, researching and reaching out for help. Well done, Lucy.