SURRY COUNTY, NC (WGHP) — Amber Arnder is naturally drawn to a needy cat.
“I can’t turn away. I will not turn away,” she said.
Seven years ago, she took in and adopted a cat named Josiah from Rescue of tiger cubs who was allegedly attacked by a coyote.
“Once I came to pick him up and saw what the rescue was all about, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on all the cats,” she said.
Arnder has been on the team ever since and is now the manager of Tiny Tigers Rescue.
“Our overall mission is to help cats who would otherwise be forgotten in the community, who would be left behind. We’re proud to take on what we call the silver lining business,” she said.
These may be cats that need medical or behavioral intervention or cats that have been completely abandoned.
“A lot of times we see an elderly owner who may be deceased, and the family can’t or won’t take the cat home. We also see people who move out and just leave their cats behind,” Arnder said. .
Although based in Surry County, Tiny Tigers Rescue can receive up to 100 calls per day, including from surrounding areas, even in Virginia.
Arnder says this is the only cat shelter in this area for many counties.
The job can be emotionally draining, but Arnder remains encouraged knowing the silver lining is close at hand.
“You just have to know that you’re fighting the battle with all the weapons you have and doing what you can to alleviate the problem,” she said.
Tiny Tigers Rescue has helped approximately 3,000 cats since 2005.
None of the team members receives a salary. The association operates thanks to volunteers and donations.
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