STILLWATER, Okla. - An urgent cry for help is coming from a place called Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue in Stillwater.
The rescue center takes in neonatal orphan kittens from the city and residents, nurses them so they can survive and then adopts them out.
They are out of room and need your help to continue to save little animals that otherwise have no chance.
For the last eight years Holley Chapples has been on a mission to save desperately ill newborn kittens.
So far she has adopted out 2,000 of the kittens who otherwise would have died.
She runs Tiny Paws from out of her own home.
She has run out of room; they need a new building.
“We’d like to get it before the spring litters start to show up around the area,”Chapples said.
Bottle feeding, medical treatment and other care is a lot of time and expense when you have 50 of the little ones under foot.
But according to people like Deidre Spruce, who has adopted kittens from Tiny Paws, the facility provides an invaluable service to the community.
"Oh I think it's wonderful," she said. "It takes a lot of work to raise a kitten its mom won’t take care of."
The city of Stillwater has offered the group a building for their use and it would take care of all their space needs.
If Tiny Paws can find a way to make the building functional and up to code, they could use it lease-and utility-free for decades.
But it needs plumbing, heating and a new roof.
Tiny Paws has applied for grant money to pay for the repairs but those applications have been denied.
So, they are asking for construction companies to donate their time, residents to donate some money and skilled laborers to lend their skills.
They also need volunteers to open their homes to litters in order to prevent kittens from being euthanized.