Two Fires Involving Cat Shelters in Two Weeks
Updated: Monday, February 18 2013, 11:58 PM EST
GAHANNA -- Two cats died after a fire broke out at a cat foster home in Gahanna Monday morning. This is the second time a cat foster home has caught fire in the last two weeks.
The first fire happened in Galloway. Six cats died in that fire. Both cat shelters have ties to Colony Cats in Dublin.
"The fire this morning was another tragedy that is every pet owner's worst nightmare," said Mona McKinniss of Colony Cats.
Now she's trying to figure out how to keep her cats safe after both of these fires.
"Just do what you can," she said. "You have to protect yourself. The fire moves so fast."
It's just a coincidence both of these foster homes caught fire in less than two weeks. McKinniss said she's looking at retraining her foster families. She also wants to work with firefighters to figure out what people with lots of pets should do if their home catches fire.
"The cats aren't going to cooperate," she said. "They're going to panic. They're going to hide just like you are, so you can't possibly take the time to round them up."
McKinniss already has dozens of cats looking for a new home. She's found a home for neraly half of the 20 cats that survived the fire in Galloway. Now she has to find homes for 20 more cats that survived the fire in Gahanna.