Napa pet adoption van stolen with cats inside

EDITORS NOTE: The van, with the cats inside, was positioned in Napa on Thursday, March 2.

The one that stole a van stuffed with feral cats on Sunday evening shall be in a giant shock after they open the again doorways of that car.

That van was a short lived, in a single day house to 10 feral cats, every inside a lined cage. It belonged to the Napa-based pet adoption group Whiskers, Tails & Ferals.

In keeping with the nonprofit’s president, Margo Campainha, the van had been parked outdoors her house on E Avenue on Sunday evening. Simply earlier than midnight, a relative seen the 2017 Ford Transit van was lacking.

At 10:57 p.m., safety digicam footage confirmed a person on a bicycle cease after which break into the van. 4 minutes later, the car was gone, she mentioned.

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Campainha defined that on Sunday, as requested, she had collected the feral cats from a Jefferson Avenue parking zone so that they could possibly be spayed and neutered.

She’s been “trapping” feral cats for years, mentioned the Napan.

Feral cats should not your typical home cat, she defined, as “they’re not holdable or pet-able.” After being mounted, the feral cats are sometimes launched again into their “house” neighborhood.

“We are going to rehab the kittens if they’re re-habitable,” mentioned Campainha. “Or adults that appear tame. However the majority of them return to the colony.”

The concept is to spay and neuter sufficient cats in order that the feral inhabitants doesn’t get uncontrolled. “It’s concerning the cat lives,” she mentioned.

Such cats are “weak to individuals, automobiles, site visitors, poisoning. We’re right here to cease the countless struggling,” she mentioned.

Campainha was particularly fearful that the van thief would simply dump the cats someplace, whereas they have been nonetheless secured inside their cages. That could possibly be a demise sentence. Every provider contained solely somewhat little bit of meals. 

“Simply give me my cats,” she mentioned tearfully. “I would like them again safely. They’re not mine, however they’re valuable dwelling issues that I used to be in custodial care of, and I’m simply so upset.”

The van carries license plate 48007E2.

Campainha couldn’t keep in mind the precise wording, however the license plate body on the white van reads one thing like: “Think about a world with out homeless animals.”

Napa Police, which reposted Whiskers, Tails & Ferals’ Fb announcement of the theft, mentioned anybody recognizing the van ought to name 911. 

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