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Cats rescued from North Amityville mobile home park up for adoption this weekend at Wantagh shelter

Liam, a tuxedo cat, and other felines rescued

Liam, a tuxedo cat, and other felines rescued from the Frontier Mobile Home Park in North Amityville await adoption at the Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation shelter in Wantagh. The nonprofit is holding an adoption fair Oct. 10-11, 2015, to raise money to rescue other strays at the park and find the cats at the shelter new homes. The trailers are being torn down to make way for an apartment and shopping complex. Photo Credit: Ellen Yan

Liam, stretched out on a blanket in his tuxedo colors, is an exile waiting for a home.

Months after the feline and about 100 other strays were caught this year at Frontier Mobile Home Park in North Amityville, more than a dozen are ready for adoption Saturday and Sunday from the Last Hope rescue shelter in Wantagh.

Volunteers said the Frontier cats arrived in shock, fear and depression -- their trailer homes torn up and the park ringing with construction noise for a new shopping and apartment complex. Many were jettisoned on a snowy day this year when their owners were evicted and had no place to go themselves.

"Their trailers were gone and [the cats] were wandering around," said Last Hope volunteer Georgina McKee. "You could just see the sadness in their eyes. They were extremely quiet. They left what they knew and they came here . . . If they got hissy, I looked at it as if they're angry, just like we would be if we were put out of our homes."

Now, the cats have been groomed into a sense of security by volunteers and a rescue group giving them steady meals of patience.

When Liam arrived, his eyes were "empty," McKee said. For weeks in his cage, he hid in the back of a covered cat bed and didn't come out, so volunteers placed his food dish inside it. If he didn't want to be approached, he got his self time. If he wanted to be petted, he got that too.

"After a few months, he was more social and loves to be held and petted," McKee said.

At the adoption fair, raffles and a Chinese auction will be held to raise money to rescue more strays at the park and provide healthcare, including spaying and neutering.

No one knows how many strays still live on the property, but efforts to rescue the cats have brought together Babylon Town, independent cat rescuers and nonprofits such as All About Spay Neuter in Howard Beach and A Wing and A Prayer in Nesconset. The rescue initiative is expected to go into next year.

The teardown of 300 trailers at Frontier is being done in stages, with the third phase scheduled by the developer for late January.

Many of the 100 cats were in hoarding situations and a number had to be euthanized because they were in bad shape and had incurable diseases, said Linda Stuurman, Last Hope's president.

Cats with more feral tendencies were spayed or neutered and returned to the mobile park, where their fates are uncertain as new construction squeeze their territory.

In the meantime, they are fed by the remaining residents awaiting word of when they must go.

Liam and other Frontier cats will have a home at Last Hope until a cat lover notices him, McKee said.

"They're waiting for that person who's meant to come through the door," she said. "They're waiting patiently for them."

The adoption fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Last Hope's shelter, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. For details, contact or 631-425-1884.

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