Trapped for 11 Days

When a Michigan woman was evicted from her apartment, she left behind something far more precious than any material possessions. She abandoned two cats.

Although concerned neighbors were able to coax one of the frightened pets out of the apartment, the other cat, Frisky, was too shy to catch. Before the neighbors could rescue her, the apartment’s landlord locked the door and refused to open it again. Attempts to contact animal control officers went unanswered — and 11 long days passed.

Fortunately for Frisky, Allie Phillips, American Humane’s director of public policy, stepped in to cut through the red tape and save a life. She worked with one of the neighbors as well as attorneys from the Michigan State Bar Animal Law Section to convince the landlord to open the apartment. Allie and another attorney then personally paid for Frisky’s veterinary care. Although Frisky was malnourished and terrified, she had somehow managed to survive, perhaps on water from a leaky faucet and food the neighbor had pushed under the door.

One Person Can Make a Difference

Allie’s personal and professional commitment to Frisky’s case is a testament to what one person can do in the fight against inhumanity and neglect. You, too, can help American Humane respond to the alarming economic trends affecting countless pets like Frisky. Foreclosures and evictions are on the rise; according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, one in 33 homeowners is projected to be in foreclosure over the next two years. Given that over 60 percent of Americans own pets, the number of animals at risk for abandonment is high.

Your donation will allow us to continue responding to animals in need, both locally and nationally. While Frisky is now safe and happy in a new home with a retired schoolteacher, other animals need our help. In addition to offering resources and grants designed specifically to assist families, pets and animal shelters affected by foreclosures, American Humane is exploring legislative solutions to this growing problem.

Please join us in our efforts to make a difference for animals like Frisky! 



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