The Texas Siamese Rescue is fighting to keep its doors open.
The cat shelter in Corinth that rescues, houses and places cats in new homes is facing a substantial amount of debt and is asking for help.
"Each day we pray, and each day, we take one step at a time," rescue director Alisa Lee said. "It is going to take the help of many to accomplish this task. I want them [the cats] to all be OK and all have the home they deserve."
Lee said the shelter's previous director died last year and left behind debt.
"There is substantial amount of taxes and a home loan that needs to be paid for," Lee said. "We owe at least $244,000."
If the shelter can come up with $40,000, a private lender will waive the remaining $204,000, Lee said.
Lee knows the names and personalities of the rescue's nearly 80 cats and calls them her family.
Melanie Conaway adopted a kitten on Friday.
"Without places like this, those euthanasia lists will be longer," Conaway said. "It's [adopting a cat] like getting a baby. It's like a baby."
Texas Siamese Rescue published a book called Little Orphan Oakley, and all of the proceeds will go towards saving the shelter.
The shelter can be reached at 940-367-7367 or on its website.