Missoula resident helps find homes for stray cats


MISSOULA, Mont. - A year and a half ago, Megan Clifford and her fianc moved into a trailer in the west-central part of Missoula.

"My yard was like the epicenter of it all. So we'd have 12 or 13 stray cats just chilling around," said Clifford.

Cats were everywhere. Clifford started to take care of them.

"I have seen at least 20 to 30 in and out within the last year and a half. All different cats. The situation has gotten a lot better now because I am working with AniMeals right now, and they are helping me a lot with finding homes and getting the situation under control a little bit. It's getting to the point where this trailer court is being taken out and everyone is just leaving their cats," said Clifford.

But money is tight. She wants to start her own no-kill shelter, like Missoula's AniMeals.

That shelter's founder knows Clifford has her work cut out for her.

"You got to have the time, the space and the money," said AniMeals founder Karyn Moltzen.

But she does provide encouragement.

"It's possible, anything is possible. You just have to have the drive," said Moltzen.

Clifford is looking for grants. She knows there are more feral cats than she can care for on her own.

The American Humane Association says that there are as many as 86 million household cats and another 50 million feral cats in the U.S.

Clifford won't quit.

"I see the sadness in their eyes when they are out there and that's why it's important to me because I want them to have a better life. It betters my life to know that they are happy," said Clifford.

She has adopted some out to people and has three of her own. She's even taken her crusade to Facebook. But with more stray cats than anyone can count, she's got a lot of work in front of her.