In October 2021, the Humane Society of the United States arrived in Muncie, Indiana to assist local police in rescuing of dozens of cats from an alleged severe neglect situation. Video producer Thom Stromer joined the HSUS Animal Rescue Team to assist with the rescue and document the scene and the condition of the animals. This is his edited story as told to All Animals editor/writer Brianna Grant.
I was very nervous the day of the rescue. Not only was it was my first time shooting video footage in my new role at the HSUS (I joined the organization last September), but I also felt aches of empathy and compassion for the animals and person who lived in the house we were heading to.
We approached the house on a tiny side street in our large vehicles. The house had so many bushes and trees growing around it that you could easily walk by it on the street and not know it was there.
Throughout the hours-long rescue process, I was so impressed with the team’s professionalism, organization and compassion for the animals and each other. They had such a finely tuned operation. As someone new to the organization, I was impressed that we were joined by Kitty Block, HSUS president and chief executive officer. She just threw herself right in there to help with whatever was needed. She was hands-on and a great example to the whole team.
After the rescue, the cats went to a temporary shelter to receive the love and care they deserve. I know that they are going to find great homes. To know they’ll be out of that environment and in a clean, safe place makes all the work worth it.
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