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{I should have posted the following appeal in this forum initially, but I neglected to do so and it’s been sitting in The Cat Lounge forum for a few days. Please read this and contact “Pam†if you can help. Thank you!}

Subject: Fosterparents needed, please read this [Yahoo! Clubs: Animal Psychology]
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 01:03:56 PDT

Dear family,

I'm sure some of you are able to help an elderly couple so they don't have to put their cats to sleep while the man is home in USA for cancer treatment. 8 kitties need fosterhomes for 3-6 months. WHo can help or know someone loving and caring in USA or south of France? I forward this sad letter I got today and I beg you to think fast, copy it and forward it to any caring and loving cat people who has in their heart to be a fosterparent for some months to save the innocent kitties. Also if you are a member of other clubs, please forward it there.

We all know if we had to leave our home for some months we would appreciate help from caring cat people, and I'm sure there's someone out there who can help. I have attached Pam's email addy, so if you have any questions or can help, please write to Pam.

Love and purrs,
Helle and sweet Cindy

To all

I have already emailed the Southern CA list on this but now it's an emergency & help is needed.

Fred & Megan Karlin are 2 elderly (70s) Americans living in France with their 12 cats & 1 dog. Fred has cancer & it has just come out of remission & he has returned here for treatment in Los Angeles. Megan is anxious to join him but has no one to take care of the animals. This has happened before & it was a terrible experience as the cats were
neglected & two died. Megan has said that she will put all 12 to sleep before that happens again.

What they are trying to do is to bring the cats & the dog here for the 3-6 months that Fred will be undergoing treatment. They will have the dog with them in the apt. even though the lease says no pets, but the cats need temporary foster homes. I have already found one wonderful woman in Los Angeles via Melody Baker - Colleen is going to take 4. Which leaves 8 who need TEMPORARY homes.

And they need them desperately. I have talked to both Fred & Colleen right now & apparently Megan is at her wit's end & is talking about putting all 12 cats to sleep tomorrow! I can't believe this has to happen. But the poor woman is older, alone, worried about her husband, & frantic about the animals. Fred is going to call her later tonight when it's morning there. I hope & pray it won't be too late.

Please please please can anyone help out? Maybe take 2 kitties? Fred says they are all healthy & up to date on vaccinations. At the most it would be for 6 months. Maybe it would be less. But these kitties should not have to be put to sleep. We all rescued the Tahiti kitties. Please give these guys some love & shelter just for a short while.

Please email me privately. We can do this. For two elderly people & their cats.


{The cats will be in the U.S.A., so please consider this further appeal.}


Thank you so much for reposting Helle's message.

All 12 cats are still ok, although some days I hold my breath. They are scheduled to arrive in Los Angles around the middle of May. Right now I still need foster "hosts" for 5 of them. A wonderful woman here in the LA area will be taking 4 for as long as necessary & one in Las Vegas will take 3 on the same basis. I would dearly love to get maybe 2 more people out here to do the same for the remaining 5 but at the moment it looks as if the best bet is to get a number of folks who'll take 2 for a couple of weeks & then pass them on to the next.

So we still need hosts, but ideally within ferrying distance of Los Angeles.


{As Pam has already made public her electronic-mail address in connection with this ongoing appeal, I shall reproduce it here: Please contact Pam as soon as possible if you can help these cats. Thank you!}