Extraordinary People: Keller’s Kats


“She was found outside at about 5 weeks old,” said Karla Barkley, of Keller’s Kats. She had no use of her back legs. She is paralyzed. She has no control of her bladder or bowels, and wears diaper when out running around.”

It’s a sad story with a happy ending. This tiny kitten would most likely be dead if it wasn’t for Keller’s Kats.

“We do therapy with her in the hopes that maybe we could get some functioning of her back legs,” Karla said.

Most of the cats inside Karla Barkley’s home have some sort of disability. Whether it’s a neurological problem or blindness, they all need special care.

“We see some pretty sad cases that come in, of abuse and neglect,” she said. “Some of them are struggling to survive, and we rehabilitate them and at the end of the day when we’re able to send them off to an adopter, that’s what keeps us going.”

She has about 60 volunteers, some of whom foster cats until they find a forever home. 

Right now, 160 cats are at the rescue. Tthey rely on their website and Facebook page to get pictures of cats out in the community – and hopefully find them new homes.

They rely on the community and adoption fees to help cover the costs.

“Many times we have to have eyes removed, legs amputated, and the cost to do that is expensive and a normal adoption fee will not cover the cost of the extra veterinarian care,” said Karla.

It’s a 24/7 commitment – but Barkley wouldn’t have it any other way. 

“These little faces…when you see at the end of the day what you’ve been able to do to help them and rehabilitate them and give them a home,” Karla said.

It makes the extraordinary effort worth it.

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