Dec 30, 2009 12:00 AM by Stacy Daniel
In just two more days, the founder of a local stray cat sanctuary will pack up and relocate, moving her operation 400 miles away to an area near Sacramento.
This is all the result of a visit by county code enforcement workers.
The visit was sparked by neighbor complaints. Pounce, is a non-profit animal shelter that's run out of a home in Los Osos. At one point there were more than a hundred cats living at the residence.
Code Enforcement officers say this is a case of the right business in the wrong place.
Julie Olsen has rescued thousands of stray cats over the last several years. But, her constant collection of strays became too much for neighbors who called county code enforcement officers. Code Enforcement Investigator, Harley Voss says, " The cats were noisy. They were stinky. There were deliveries coming to and from the property from the pet food stores. There were people coming to adopt pets and would impact the neighborhood with their traffic."
Pounce Founder, Julie Olson admits there were a lot of things going on at her residence. Olson says, "There were too many cats for a neighborhood and the pressure from the neighbors and the county became too much and when it hit all of the sudden, it had to happen fast." Voss says, " I think the proprietor of Pounce had the best intentions, did a great benefit for the cats and the community for the most part as far as getting the cats medically treated and adopted out. I think it was just a very poor spot."
For the last eight months Olsen has been downsizing her operation in order to relocate. By the end of the week, nearly a hundred cats will have five acres, near Sacramento, to call their own.
KSBY News Reporter, Stacy Daniel asks, "Is your hope that one day there won't be stray cats to rescue? Olson answers," Yes. That is my hope. I think we're going to have to enforce the laws though. It's against the law to abandon a cat."
Pounce volunteers will still be working with Olsen to rescue stray cats and kittens found in San Luis Obispo County.
If you would like to become a Pounce volunteer or would like to make a donation or adopt a cat, you should contact the folks at Pounce by using the following methods.
P.O BOX 6075, Los Osos, CA 93412
Tax ID# 770398505
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