David Combs and his girlfriend, Jill Gulch, have started a Web site, Forgotten Felines of Toledo, to help find good homes for abandoned cats they’ve taken in.
Combs and Gulch started taking in cats two-and-a-half years ago when they moved to Elgin Avenue in East Toledo and noticed the felines entering and exiting an abandoned house next door, near an alley.
“Eventually, winter came. One cat was really nice and he would come up to the back door,” said Combs. “We felt sorry for him and started feeding him. There was a blizzard coming, so we brought him inside. We got him fixed up and found him a home. He was such a sweet cat.”
Soon, they were bringing in more cats, though fewer than four at any time.
“If they have a chance, we’re definitely going to try to save them, bring them in, and find them good homes,” said Combs, who has three cats of his own.
The cats are quarantined from his pets until a veterinarian checks them for feline leukemia and FIV. The cats are also spay or neutered.
Anyone who is interested in adopting a cat is charged a small re-homing fee of $30.
“We definitely don’t make any money,” said Combs. “There are plenty of vet’s bills. But we want them to have some value rather than give them away. These are good cats. You can tell. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it just to know they’re safe.”
Currently, Combs and Gulch have three cats available for adoption.
“People have to realize these cats lived out on the streets, which means they can be a little timid at first, so it takes them a bit to warm up to you,” said Combs. “Even though they’re nice cats and we do make sure they’re socialized, they need a little patience, too.”
So far, they have been successful with adoptions. There’s only been one cat they took in that was too wild and unadoptable, said Combs.
“He had some problems. He couldn’t be handled or be around people without tearing the place apart,” he said.
Those who are interested in adopting a cat are required to fill out a standard adoption contract. “It just covers some basic things – that you’ll promise to provide food, shelter, and veterinary care,” he said. “And if for any reason the person who adopts the cat can’t take care of it anymore, we’ll take it back, with a full refund, no questions asked. We just want the cats to get good homes. It’s all for a good cause.”
For more information, contact Combs and Gulch at their Web site www.forgottenfelines.wordpress.com