Written by Mike Martin
Regency Cat Fund designed to help both community -- and kitty -- health
COLUMBIA, 5/28/12 (Beat Byte) -- The Regency Trailer Court closure has another, quieter casualty: pets, particularly cats, left behind as residents of the defunct mobile home park move out en masse.
"The Regency Trailer Park story
is tragic on so many levels," said animal rescue advocate Peggy Gray
. "It demonstrates how greed and irresponsibility have had a powerfully negative effect on our community."
Closed earlier this year after its sale to out-of-state investors, the mostly ramshackle trailer park has since been beset by fire and debris. With few rentals allowing animals, family pets have been left behind.
The park was also home to feral cats, another sign of long neglect by its owners and city officials.
SNAP -- Spay, Neuter, and Protect, a local animal rescue group -- has started a fund to help (click photo) the cats within the limits of Columbia's relatively new law on feral cat care, providing vaccinations, spaying, neutering, and other services important to community -- and kitty -- health.
Among cats set for new homes is trailer park mascot Regency, "a laid-back lap cat who uses a litter box and is doing well in his foster home," McCullen explained. "Regency is super sweet. He was so hungry when we found him, but was clearly a pet at one time. We neutered him and gave him a rabies vaccine."
To find out how you can help, check out SNAP online at: