Pets

Feline colony arrives at new Freeport home

CARIBOU, Maine — Five feral cats from the Caribou area have been successfully relocated to a new home in Freeport.

The feline family, which numbers seven, lost their home in a local barn when the structure collapsed during the past winter from heavy snow. They are considered a feral colony family because they have always lived together.  

According to Norma Milton, executive director of the Halfway Home Pet Rescue in Caribou, Friends of Feral Felines in Portland recently networked with the local rescue to help place five of the cats. Two senior members of the former colony remain in Caribou at their foster home due to their age and caregivers’ feeling that that the trip and relocation might be too difficult for them.

HHPR volunteer Joel Violette of Woodland worked with Milton to get the cats ready for travel. During the transition, Milton said via email, fishing nets were used to provide safe and painless transfer for the cats from their foster home into travel carriers.

The animals have now been relocated to a farm home in Freeport, which has three large barns, 35 horses and lots of haylofts and hidden corners filled with straw to keep the wild felines warm.

These cats, said Milton, are only five of the over 2,600 animals that have received complete medical care and comfort needs until permanent homes or feral situations are found.  

Call 999-1075 for more information. Visit HHPR’s Facebook page for information on the cats available for adoption.

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