For everyone out there who has been a supporter of Cat Depot it is time that you know the truth. Yes when the move to the new shelter was made, the decision to move some of the cats (3 in particular) to an outdoor sanctuary was made. However what you don't know is that the sanctuary was a property that had been in foreclosure for 2 years prior to the cats being released there and that eventually this foreclosure would be processed by the courts and the animals and caretakers would be made to vacate the property. What you also don't know is that one of these animals that was sent there was medically needy and on medication that for 1 reason or another he did not get and subsequently died. Ms Shelley "Heartless" Thayer has sent cats out to live in a supposed sanctuary that is nothing more than a business for port a potties. They are not a sanctuary. They thrown long time Cat Depot residents that are emotionally handicapped outside to survive, snakes,raccoons, hawks, their rottweilers (which incidentally are NOT cat friendly) fleas, ticks, other parasites, coyotes and other preditors without so much as a thought as to how they were supposed to survive outside when all they know it the loving indoor care they have received all their lives. Tell me Ms Thayer, if these are hard to handle cats inside, just how are these 2 women supposed to catch these cats outside if they are injured and need medical attention or to treat monthly with Advantage? What not your problem once they leave their home, out of sight out of mind right? Cat Depot is supposed to be the biggest No Kill cat shelter in Florida, what do you think you have done to these emotionally handicapped cats, it would have been better if you had had them humanely euthanized than to set them free to be dinner to a preditor. There is so much more that I could write but I don't have enough space to put it all down.
As for your 900 volunteers you are blowing smoke out of your left ear. You have chased away long standing voluteers, people who have faithfully supported the Cat Depot in numerous ways for years. I even witnessed you being so rude to one of the voluteers that you made her leave in tears!!! (That is definitely a sign of your wonderful people skills). What are the owners thinking, do you not realize that it is better to admit you have made a mistake with this one person and look for a replacement than to let her keep chasing staff, voluteers and financial contributors away. You used to have such a wonderful staff at the much smaller, less grand but far more friendly, welcoming and dedicated building. I do not see but 2 of those people and they do not look to happy.
Shelley Thayer you are nothing more that a self promoting, egotistic, greedy woman. If I were the owners I would be ashamed to say that someone as selfish and heartless was running my animal rescue which is supposed to put the needs of the helpless before the needs of themselves. You are a nightmare to the animal rescue community and perhaps the important rescues ASPCA, Humane Society of America and PETA need to be given information about the new and improved Cat Depot under the direction of Shelley Thayer so they too can see what a once wonderful rescue has become under the guiding hand of a heartless narcassis.