Group wants to save stray, feral cats before demolition at Casselberry trailer park

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CASSELBERRY, Fla. - Time is running out for animal rescue groups trying to save a colony of cats that live in an abandoned trailer park in Casselberry.

Many of the cats were abandoned by their owners when the property off State Road 17-92 was sold to a developer.

Now, demolition crews are at the site, ready to begin tearing down the homes, but there are 14 cats still living on the property.

 Susan Thompson is one of the few that have been feeding the cats every day.

“We just want to try to relocate them,” said Thompson. “We don't want them to be demolished.  Chances are they'll be killed.”

Thompson and other rescue volunteers have been trying to delay construction.  The group has been using traps and have been able to capture six of the cats, but they’re not sure what to do with them.

Most of the cats are spayed and neutered, but some are feral. 

“I would say 100 percent of the time, feral cats are put down. They're just not adoptable,” said Phyllis Ayoob of the Animal Care Clinic. “They're not used to humans. They don't want to be put inside. They don’t want to be near humans.”

Still, the group is desperate to get them out fast, and they hope someone is willing to take them in.

“Some of them are adoptable. It's all about relocation. We need people, we need help,” Thompson said.