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Siamese Shelter Faces Closure Over Debt

Cat rescue needs $40,000 to stay open



    The Texas Siamese Rescue in Corinth is fighting to keep its doors open after its director died. (Published Friday, July 13, 2012)

    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.