19 cats need new homes

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Nineteen cats are in need of a new home.

Second Chance Animal Rescue has to close its doors. The shelter’s founder, Joann Barrows, unexpectedly passed away in December.

The Austintown property was hers, but it’s now private property. The board and volunteers have been able to find homes for 40 cats, but they’re down to the remaining 19 and need the public’s help.

“We need one more push from everybody who might say ‘well, I don’t need another cat.’ These cats really need a place to be and a home is a much better environment than a shelter, even this shelter, which is a wonderful place,” said Deb Alexander, a volunteer with Second Chance Animal Rescue.

Volunteers at the shelter said finding the remaining 19 cats a home completes their friend Joann’s mission.

Helen Dolak has been a volunteer for six years and knows all the cats’ personality traits. Watching each cat leave has been bittersweet for Dolak.

“It’s very hard for me to see the cats go out the door because I have gotten so close to them, but at the same time I know that this is our only option for these cats. They need to have a wonderful home,” Dolak said.

The adoption fee is $50. Cats already have their shots  and have been spayed and neutered.

Second Chance’s adoption information, as well as pictures and descriptions of each cat, can be found by clicking here.

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