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Greensburg cats here for adoption

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, July 28, 2007, at 1:36 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at 5:15 p.m.

The 15 cats rescued from the Greensburg tornado that were moved to the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita are available for adoption, starting today.

Ten are indoor cats, accustomed to being around humans, and the other five are people-shy "barn buddies," said Jennifer Campbell, director of communications for the Humane Society.

The barn cats "probably wouldn't do well in a home and need some type of farm environment to really help them thrive," Campbell said.

The 10 indoor cats, seven males and three females, range in age from 2 to 9 years and come in a variety of colors.

The cats survived the May 4 Greensburg tornado and were placed in the Pratt County Humane Society, where they had a chance to be reclaimed by their owners or adopted by local residents.

After a Greensburg Adoption Days event July 16-22, all but 28 cats and one dog had been adopted. The dog, a male border collie, was transported to the Lawrence Humane Society.

The border collie has not been adopted yet because he "has issues with other dogs," Midge Grinstead, executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society, said Friday. She said she had contacted a border collie rescue group in Kansas City for help because she wants to see him get a good home.

"He's a great, great border collie with people -- an incredibly intelligent, wonderful dog," Grinstead said. "He just doesn't like other dogs."

The cats were moved to shelters in Wichita, Lawrence and Ottawa.

"These are the nicest cats, sweet and friendly -- even these barn buddies," Campbell said. By adopting them, people can "help us provide a happy ending for a kitty that made it through a horrible disaster."

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