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Cats in Orange County Prisons Need Help

The Animal Report

January 31, 2010


Now With Six Kittens
Needs Foster Family


A Pregnant Cat Was Rescued From An Orange County Correctional Facility And Is Living Behind Bars Once Again At A Local Veterinary Hospital.

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“I Had No
Idea. I Never Would Have Expected The
Inmates To Be Taking Care Of The Animals.”

– Prison Psychologist


Cats in prisons is not the first thing that comes to our minds, but the Animal Report was told all about the issue by a correctional facility psychologist.

For the past decade the rescue friendly clinical psychologist has been working with California prisons and rehabilitation centers. 

“I first saw them outside in a large field, some were cared by inmates”. She continues, “Later I found out there would be up to two-hundred cats on the prison grounds, living in colonies.”

As the population of these animals began to increase the prison staff took initiative. They contacted local veterinarians and they began to help. Some staff made contributions, paying for the transport and spay or neuter of the animals.

The staff felt close to the prison cats; adopting them into their own homes and the situation became better.

In 2009 the psychologist moved to a different prison with new challenges.

The doctor explains:

 They lived out on a huge yard; we call the East Yard – by my office. It’s a large grassy expanse with gophers, and what I found out was that these cats were actually
the foraging gophers.”

Another problem became evident once an inmate noticed a limping kitten on the prison grounds. After caring for the hurt kitten, he later explained to the staff that the kitten had been attacked by hawks. The following week,
the prison employees helped pay for the kitten’s recovery.

Unfortunately, the prison administration had to advise the staff and inmates not to care for these prison cats; due to liability issues.


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To help foster or adopt…

please call 949-759-3646 or consider helping with a monetary

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This decision makes it more difficult
for the prison staff to collaborate to
help the cats.  The prison captain
sympathizes with the animals, however
bound to his duty, he is forced to make
a difficult decision – enforcing a
no-cats rule.

The Animal Report has been asked to help by writing and publishing this piece and Community Animal Network will be overseeing the fostering program and the adoption as well as providing the customary veterinary medical (spay/neuter, blood testing, vaccinations, de-worm and microchips and treating any conditions such as ear mites). All rescued animals come with a 30 day health guarantee. Please call 949-759-3646 to help or email

Foster Or Adoption Needed:  

Our available animals are friendly and in  need of new homes. Please adopt or foster to get involved to save lives.

Below is a list of prison cats that need your help.

Needing Fostering or New Homes:

  • One queen cat with 6 kittens
  • Two Kittens – one named Goldie, the other a Sylvester-type cat
  • 3 young female kittens (approx 4 months) – black/white mix

Not just California

It is documented throughout the nation, from the states of Montana, New York, Connecticut, and even provinces of Canada have feral cat colonies.

Many facilities conduct non-lethal approaches with countless unsung heroes that aid; contributing their time and effort to save these cats

Some inmates and staff are willing to openly help, while some turn a blind-eye.

Community Animal Network

P.O. Box 8662

Newport Beach, CA, 92658

To Help Memo Your Check,

“Prison Cats”

non-profit tax ID#  33-0971560

Meet Our Rescue Animals in the Caregivers Home Call 949-759-3646

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