Efforts to relocate 60 cats living in a Merrillville home have spawned a new cat rescue group in Crown Point.
Diana Marovich formed the Cats of St. Francis rescue in July, she said. It's had a successful start, she added.
She quickly started receiving calls about strays in backyards.
The group has cared for many homeless cats, some of which were located as far as Lynwood.
"The word is out," Marovich said of the rescue.
Marovich decided to establish the Cats of St. Francis after she helped relocate dozens of cats a Merrillville man had in his home.
She said it was a difficult process, but she and others involved in the situation eventually found new homes for all of the animals.
Although the Cats of St. Francis has been busy, the work it provides can't be done without funds, Marovich said.
The group has hosted fundraisers and is seeking additional financial assistance for rescue efforts.
The Cats of St. Francis has collected donations at grocery stores and adopted some of its cats during those events.
Marovich said the Hanover Veterinary Hospital in Cedar Lake and the Deer Run Animal Hospital in Schererville have "been good about helping us out" with veterinary care and to spay and neuter animals.
In addition to financial support, the Cats of St. Francis also is seeking people interested in fostering or adopting cats.
"We're trying to get cats off the street," Marovich said.
Contact Marovich at (219) 769-1859 or (219) 789-2081 for information about the Cats of St. Francis rescue group.