At nearly 12 weeks old, Oreo was stuck in a tree for days unable to get down. Taking her routine walk in Sunny Point Park on Monday, Daily News Business Development Managaer Marka Sonoga looked up and saw the kitten and knew she had to do something to help.
Sonoga called several agencies before she went to Troup County Manager Tod Tentler and insisted the county do something to help the kitten. Tentler agreed and called the city and fire department to rescue Oreo.
Oreo was rescued that day by Troup County firefighters and LaGrange city workers and taken to the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter where he was adopted less than 24 hours later by Troup County Firefighter Chris May and his wife Cheryl May.
The May’s, being animal lovers, said as soon as they had seen the picture of the black and white kitten, they wanted to adopt Oreo.
Cheryl described Oreo as sweet, playful and very curious, which may have been what sent him running up that tree.
The couple also adopted a second kitten that day, which they named Tom-Tom. At only three weeks, Tom-Tom, was found inside a wall of a home.
The cats join a family of three dogs, a bird and a third cat.
Oreo and Tom-Tom’s story is just one of the many stories behind cats being cared for at the Humane Society. For the month of June, all adoption of cats will be discounted to half price to help find homes for the animals.
Marsha Schubert, administrative assistant at the Humane Society, said the shelter always has an over abundance of cats during summer months. With the shelter being tight on space, the agency wanted to help relieve some of the costs to find good homes for these cats.
The shelter estimates that they currently are housing 50 cats.
With any adoption the shelter will provide new owners with vouchers that go towards helping the partial costs of vaccines, spaying or neutering.
If interested in adopting, potential owners have to be 18 or older. The shelter accepts credit or debit cards, money orders or checks. They do not accept cash.