Lesbian-run Texas Siamese Rescue facing possible closure at year’s end

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Tami Manning, left, and Alisa Lee,  run the Texas Siamese Rescue in Corinth.

The Texas Siamese Rescue is facing possible closure if it doesn’t raise enough to pay off its former owner’s debt, leaving dozens of cats without homes.

Tami Manning and Alisa Lee took over the rescue in Corinth last year when its founder died. But the rescue had a debt of $244,000, of which all but $40,000 was waived if the couple could raise the funds by the end of the year. The task seemed daunting, but the pair didn’t want the rescue’s 179 cats to be euthanized.

Since taking over, Lee and Manning have reduced the number of cats at the rescue by donations and foster homes.

Lee said the rescue has paid back $10,000 so far. A donor has agreed to match up to $5,000 in donations. So far, $3,500 has been matched in the challenge.

The deadline is Dec. 31, but Lee said if the rescue can’t raise the funds, she hopes the owner of the property will work with them.

“We are doing all we can and I know that God will take care of us,” Lee said. “We are doing all that we can to make this work.”

If the funds aren’t raised and the rescue is forced to close, Lee said she and Manning will find homes for the cats as quickly as possible, but she hopes it doesn’t come to that.

“I don’t think closing is an option. We will just need to regroup in order to save these lives,” she said. “We have our volunteers and many have picked a handful to adopt if there is no other option and we will adopt everyone out as fast as possible. We will not leave anyone behind if we ever have to close these doors.”

People can donate here or mail checks to 1123 N. Corinth St. Corinth, TX 76208.

—  Dallasvoice

Open house today at lesbian-run rescue with Denton mayor declaring it TX Siamese Rescue day

The Texas Siamese Rescue will celebrate the story of one of its rescues that is now a book at an open house today in Corinth after the mayor of Denton declares it Texas Siamese Rescue day.

“Little Orphan Oakley” was written by Linda McMurry Rollins about her journey to finding precious Oakley at the rescue after he was brought to the ranch from a kill-shelter in 2000.

After the rescue’s founder died last year and left the rescue with a debt of more than $200,000 to pay for the home that houses the cats and the lesbian couple that took over the rescue, McMurry thought Oakley’s adoption story could help benefit the rescue, director Alisa Lee said. All proceeds will go toward the debt, of which all except $40,000 has been forgiven by the lender.

“Our prayer is that after all those years ago when we saved Oakley, his story will now help save the rescue,” Lee said. “It explains what we do here better than any other medium. We have high hopes and dreams in true Texas style, and we know that animal lovers in the Metroplex have the kindness and potential to help save this amazing place.”

The open house is from 2-3 p.m. and will feature a proclamation order from Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs about the rescue’s involvement in the community, Lee said. He will declare today Texas Siamese Rescue day for the city of Denton.

The public is invited for light refreshments and the opportunity meet the roughly 70 cats and purchase the book, which is also available on Amazon for $10. Adoption applications will be received for the wide selection of available pets.

The rescue is located at 1123 N. Corinth St., Corinth, TX 76208. For more information, call 940-367-7367 or click here.

A video with art from the book is below.

—  Dallasvoice