CHICAGO (CBS) — A Stickney woman who has been caring for a feral cat colony at Hawthorne Race Course says the track’s owner has cut her access and wants the colony gone.
Every day for the past seven years, Carrie Gobernatz has gone to Hawthorne to feed the feral cats. She said there are about 40 cats right now, and for eight days, about half of them have had no food or water.
Feral cats are common at horse tracks, and some tracks have programs to care for the animals.
Gobernatz said she spends $130 a week in her own money on cat food alone. Over seven years that’s more than $47,000. That figure doesn’t count veterinarian bills from when she’s able to capture cats and have them spayed, neutered or treated for illnesses or conditions.