Take Scamp, her latest project. Orum-Moore was handed the 6-week-old
kitty by the group after he was dropped off at an animal shelter by the
family that found him.
"Everybody has a cause that interests them," Orum-Moore said. "Cats
just have a special place in my heart."
Orum-Moore has been bottle-feeding Scamp, a technique she says has
brought the kitten back to health. Scamp had been found in a trash bin in
Anaheim by three children.
The bottle feeding usually lasts for about two months of a kitten's
life. Orum-Moore, using a miniature baby bottle, pumps the cats full with
a special feeding solution designed to simulate mother's milk. It is a
blend of skim milk, soy oil and vitamins. Scamp usually sucks down three
tablespoons of the formula.
Orum-Moore, who lives in Costa Mesa, spends an average of 10 hours a
week feeding kittens and finding caring homes for strays. A few cats she
has found have even stayed in her own home. After nursing them, she just
can't seem to let them go.
Thirteen years ago, the 39-year-old Orum-Moore found her first cat.
That cat, named Scruffy, is still with her. Since then, she said she has
rescued about 35 cats.
She places ads to find owners or hands the cats back to the network.
Each Saturday and Sunday, the network offers the cats to potential owners
at Fashion Island for a $175 donation that covers some needed vet bills.
Orum-Moore said she can't help picking up strays, even though she
doesn't look for them.
"When they cross your path, it's very difficult to turn your back,"
Orum-Moore said. "I can deal with a certain load of it. It's draining.
It's one drop in a pond, but it makes a difference."