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Homeless Cats In Santa Barbara County Impacted By Coronavirus Crisis Get Foster Homes

"Patches" is one of the cats in Southern Santa Barbara County seeking a new home

The coronavirus crisis is having all types of impacts on the Central and South Coasts, including the region’s animal shelters. An animal care group launched an emergency effort to help some stranded cats Friday.

In Southern Santa Barbara County, the non-profit group ASAP Cats provides care for homeless cats, and kittens. But, the shelter at home order means volunteers can’t care for them at a shelter. And, it means people won’t be coming to see, and possibly adopt them. So, ASAP placed some three dozen cats in foster homes.

ASAP Executive Director Angela Walters Cates says to keep foster families safe, they did a driveup pickup program where people came at specific times. Volunteers had the cats waiting for the people driving up, with cat carriers, food, and information on the cat.

More than 50 cats were placed Friday. The foster program will continue as more cats are brought to the shelter.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.