Hope for Opie

For: Opie the Cat & His Feral Friends
New York, NY
Organizer: Neighborhood Cats
Hope for Opie (Opie the Cat & His Feral Friends)
of $5,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 143 donors

The Story

Opie doesn’t know it, but his life is in danger.

Two years ago the orange-and-white cat was born in a bleak industrial lot in Queens. Concrete and rusting metal, the roar of machinery and air heavy with the smell of chemicals and exhaust fumes have been his world. Now, even that life is being taken away. Managers at the industrial complex don’t want cats on the site. Shelters provided for Opie and his colony-mates have been thrown away. Their caretaker has been warned not to feed them.

Without food and shelter, Opie won’t survive the coming winter. The colony’s caretaker puts his job on the line, bringing food when he can but the cats are getting thinner. They’re searching, hopelessly, for shelters that are no longer there. Ever-present dangers, including carelessly discarded toxic chemicals, moving vehicles and, when it rains, flooding from a waterway that borders one side of the complex have already claimed many lives. It’s only a matter of time before Opie and the other surviving cats are lost forever as well. 

We’re not going to let Opie, Ralphie, Jack Whiskers and 14 other innocent cats suffer and die.
With your help, Neighborhood Cats will begin trapping the colony within days and having them spayed, neutered and vaccinated. Then, together with the cats’ dedicated caretaker, we’ll relocate them to a place where they’ll be safe and cared for - this winter, and for many years to come.

Please consider a donation today to save Opie and his colony! Your gift will be used for veterinary care, food, trapping expenses and costs to get the cats safely into the sanctuary that will be their forever home.

Opie always “meows” a greeting when he sees his caretaker. Please don’t let his sweet voice be silenced – help save Opie and his friends now!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 29, 2015

Posted on October 29, 2015

Today's the day! Now that Opie and his colony mates have been rescued from a hazardous place, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and given other needed veterinary care, it's time for them to start their new lives. That's just what they did early this morning. At about 6:00 a.m. the cats were settled in a transport van (see the photo). Then they hit the road - next stop: their "forever" home"!

This happy ending for Opie, Jack Whiskers, Curly Q and the others would not have been possible without the generosity of friends near and far. Because of you, these lovely cats have been given the second chance they deserve. To each and every supporter who believed in Hope for Opie - we thank you for caring!

Posted on October 19, 2015

Posted on October 19, 2015

Operation Opie is underway! With the support of our friends, Neighborhood Cats was able to begin TNRing Opie's colony on Saturday. By Sunday evening every single cat in the colony was trapped! Without shelter they would have struggled as weekend temperatures dipped to near-freezing, but today Opie, Ralphie, Curly Q, Jack Whiskers and the others are in a warm secure holding space. Later this week they'll be fixed and vaccinated against rabies as we prepare to relocate them to their new home.

Opie and his friends have been brave through a difficult time but the ordeal has taken its toll. Some of the cats have upper respiratory infections, some have inflamed eyes and almost all of them need to gain weight. We'll be supporting them as they get stronger - and you can too! Contributions towards their care will cover veterinary costs as well as transport and other mounting expenses.

Because of you, Opie and his colony mates are leaving a life of hardship behind. Thank you helping to give them a better tomorrow.

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