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Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2011 8:00 am

For years, the Gilbert Riparian Preserve has been home not only to birds and bird-watchers, but also feral cats, many of them former pets who were dumped there by irresponsible owners. Save the Cats Arizona has been trapping these felines and then putting them into foster homes for rehabilitation with the hope of future adoption. Now they need your help.

About 15 volunteers are needed to feed the cats and perform general care tasks at Maybelline Manor, the Gilbert facility operated by the rescue group. About a dozen cats live at Maybelline and require daily provisions of water, food, clean-up, and someone making sure all is well in their shelter home.

Volunteers must be at least 18, and experience in cat care is preferred. They must commit to a weekly schedule and provide their own transportation.

The mission of Save the Cats, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is to give a second chance to feral cats. The group targets cats living at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, but will accept others as capacity allows.

For more information, call B.A. Harris at (480) 580-5415, or visit

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